Nurses March!


featuring the rally for our patients
March 22, 2017, Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

It’s time to stop taking care of too many patients at once. It’s time for nurses to stop wondering what was forgotten after the shift ends. It’s time for new nurses and seasoned veterans to stop fleeing the profession stating, “I’ve had enough.” It’s time for nurses to stand up and advocate for change – change that benefits patients and nurses alike.

This year’s Michigan Nurse MARCH! will inspire, educate, and motivate nurses and nursing students to boldly state, “I’ve had enough and I’m rallying for change.” Attendees will receive the tools and information needed to effectively advocate for their practice with legislators, administrators and the public.

When Nurses Have Had Enough: Advocating for CHANGE

Keynote Speaker – Renée Branch Canady, PhD, has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute since 2014. A nationally recognized thought leader in health disparities and inequities, cultural competence, and social justice, her focus includes successfully building relationships, inspiring others to leadership, and strategizing effectively for the future.

“Dialogue is action – it’s a verb – if you talk strategically and in a way that is designed to produce outcomes – which is the heart of dialogue – that is doing something.” -Renée Canady, PhD


The 2017 Nurses MARCH! is FREE for MNA members, $25 for non-MNA members and $10 for nursing students.
Non-MNA members may join the Michigan Nurses Association for only $75 prior to the event and attend for free. In addition to Nurses MARCH!, this entitles you to FREE CE and other opportunities throughout the year.

Register online here or download the PDF

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and CNEs. There will be a $25 late fee after March 10.


7:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:30 amWelcome
John Armelagos, RN, MNA President
Michigan Nursing Student Association Representative
8:45 amKeynote Speaker – “What’s the Next Step for Change?”
Renée Branch Canady, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute
10:00 amBreak
10:15 amLegislative Overview – What’s Passed, What’s Pending and How It Affects Your Practice
Dawn Kettinger, MNA Government Relations Director
10:45 amLegislative Panel
11:45 amMarch to the Capitol steps
12:00 NoonRally for our Patients – Capitol steps
12:30 pmReturn to Lansing Center for lunch and small group discussions
1:30 pmGroup dismissed


A limited number of overnight rooms have been reserved at a special discounted rate of $134.95 at the Lansing Radisson Hotel (connected via skyway to the Lansing Center).  Individual attendees should make reservations directly with Radisson reservations at 1-800-333-3333 or with the hotel at 517.482.0188. Reservations may also be made at Click on More Search Options and use the code MNAM17 to receive the discounted group rate.


The Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol offers all overnight guests valet parking for a fee of $15.00 per night, per vehicle. Temporary self-parking is available in the city-owned ramp conveniently connected to the hotel and the Lansing Center. Current parking rates are the 1st half hour free, $1.00 for each additional ½ hour, maximum of $10.00 per day.


The purpose of this activity is to enable the learners to explore advocating for social justice, which includes safe patient care and safe work environments, through collective dialogue.

  1. Discuss how relationships and partnerships can influence change.
  2. Explain how nursing’s collective voice can create greater synergy in healthcare.
  3. Recognize that the nursing profession must advocate for both themselves and their patients.

Contact Hours

2.0 contact hours will be awarded to RNs who are in attendance for the entire event and complete the evaluation.

Michigan Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.