Events Calendar

Convention 2017

10.11.2017 - 10.13.2017

2017-10-11 2017-10-13 America/New_York Convention 2017 MNA MNA


On-line registration is closed, please register on-site at the Convention.

2017 Speakers

Bill Barry is a labor historian and author, and is the retired Director of Labor Studies at The Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk, Maryland. He was a union organizer for 20 years before that. He has written several books on trade unionism: I Just Got Elected, Now What: The New Union Officer's Handbook; Union Strategies for Hard Times; From First Contact to First Contract: An Organizer's Handbook, The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore; and, Closing up the Open Shop: A Guide to Internal Organizing. Bill has also been a three-time candidate for Baltimore City Council as a Green Party member in northeast Baltimore. Bill Barry is currently active in the Association for Union Democracy.

Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, PhD, RN An outstanding seminar leader, Dr. Gasparis Vonfrolio has been a nurse for over 30 years in critical care nursing and has held CCRN and CEN certifications over 13 years. She obtained an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s from NYU in nursing and a PhD in nursing education.

She has held positions as a staff nurse, staff development instructor and a tenured professor of nursing. Dr. Gasparis Vonfrolio has published over 30 articles and authored 11 books including the Critical Care Examination Review and Emergency Nursing Examination Review books, 12 Lead EKG Stat! and 25 Stupid Things Nurses Do to Self-Destruct.

She organized the “Nurses March on Washington DC” with over 35,000 nurses protesting in what has been a catalyst for nurse legislation for safe patient ratios. She is the former President of the National Nurses in Business Association and the current president of Education Enterprises. Laura has appeared on television shows, Good Morning America and Nightline discussing nursing issues.


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Wednesday, October 11


6:30 – 9 p.m.


Reception/Entertainment sponsored by Region 2.

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Thursday, October 12


7:30 – 8:15 a.m.


Breakfast, registration, exhibits and silent auction opens


8:15 – 8:30 a.m.


MNA Announcements and Updates, Donna Kelly Williams, RN

  8:30-9:30 a.m.  

Labor Program, Bill Barry – Right to Work

  9:45 - 10:30 a.m.  

Bargaining Unit Reports


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

  Breaks, exhibits, and silent auction

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Immigration Issues and the Impact on Health Care – Panel Program


12:30-2:00 p.m.


Lunch, exhibits, silent auction


12:30-2:00 p.m.


Unit 7 Annual Meeting and lunch


2:00 p.m.


Business Meeting


6:30-9 p.m.


Awards Dinner


9-10:30 p.m.


Nurses' Fun Night event: Dueling Pianos


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Friday, October 13


7–8:30 a.m.


Registration, breakfast

  8:30 a.m.  

Silent Auction closes


8–9 a.m.


MNA PAC Meeting


8–9 a.m.


Mass Student Nurses Association Meeting

  9-9:15 a.m.  

MNA Announcements & Speaker Introduction


9:15–10:30 a.m.


IV Dilemmas at the Bedside, Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, PhD, RN


10:30–10:45 a.m.




10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Evidence-Based Practice Related to Safe Staffing, Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, PhD, RN




Hotel Accomodations at Sheraton Framingham
1657 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA

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Room rates are $167.55 per night (inclusive of tax) is available until September 12, 2017. Please call 888.627.7184 and mention the MNA Fall Convention or book online at:

Chemical Sensitivity: Attendees are requested to avoid wearing scented personal products when attending the 2017 MNA Convention. Scents may trigger responses in those with chemical sensitivity.

Contact Hours: Contact hours will be provided for three of the educational sessions for this two day conference (Immigration, IV Dilemmas and Safe Staffing). These programs meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for a total of 4.6 contact hours for re-licensure. In terms of specialty certification, these programs will provide a total of 3.8 contact hours. MNA is accredited, with distinction, as a provider of nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

To successfully complete a program and receive contact hours, you must: 1) sign in, 2) be present for the entire time period of the session, and 3) complete the evaluation.

Questions: call the MNA's Division of Nursing at: 800.882.2056 x727

Registrations can also be made by phone. Call Theresa at 781.830.5727.

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