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Michigan Nurses For Life began independently in the hearts of two nurses in the Metro Detroit area in the fall of 1995. One was a LPN; the other was a RN.

Both called the Educational Center For Life in Oakland County to see if there was such a group already in existence. Both were aware there was a National Association of Prolife Nurses, but wanted to be involved in something local. The answer was “no”, but they were given each other's phone number.

After that meeting and a great deal of work, which included developing the purpose, structure, marketing plan, and activities for the organization, MNFL emerged as a vibrant organization.

After a number of phone conversations, the two planned to meet one rainy fall evening in 1995, at a local restaurant. Another nurse, who was a member of a local prolife nursing group that dissolved in the late 1980's, joined them.

Michigan Nurses For Life has now grown to a membership of over 200 health care professionals. Each year an Educational Conference is held and Contact Hours are offered. A great deal has been accomplished, but there is so much more to be done! 

Co-Founders MNFL 1995

Jackie BlackwoodMary Lou Temple

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Open Nursing Positions

Compassion Pregnancy Center
    37540 S. Gratiot Ave.
    Suite 100
    Clinton Twp., MI 48036
needs a part-time registered nurse with OB/Ultrasound experience.

Please contact Kathy Bazzy at 586-783-2229 or visit

Crossroads Pregnancy Center
    3205 E. South Blvd.
    Auburn Hills, MI 48326
is looking for nurses to join their SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationship Education) program teaching students in local schools about abstinence and relationships.

For details contact Evelyn Van Sloten at or 248-766-5662.

All you Facebook Folks----the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses now has a Facebook site. Please check it out, become a fan and let the light for Life shine on Facebook!



Dear Colleague,

When I started my nursing career, there was a growing moral question that revolved around "pulling the plug" on comatose, non-responsive patients. There were really no universal standards in place and that decision was made pretty much on a case by case basis. I saw doctors, nurses and family members agonize over what to do, second guessing themselves, never being sure what action to take.

Then came the Harvard Criteria for death. We now had a standard against which to determine our patient's condition and an acceptable plan to follow.

But did we really? What we accepted in the '60s and '70s began to feel inadequate as medical knowledge and technology advanced. With the advent of successful organ transplants things became even more complicated. The board members of MNFL did not fully realize how complicated things have become until we decided to offer our conference on brain death and organ transplants!

We have criteria in place, but how closely are they followed in each facility? Is our desire to do good by transplanting viable,healthy organs driving a trend to hasty declarations of death? When has our patient truly expired and how do we explain that to family members who see continued respirations and active ECG tracings on the monitors at their loved one's bedside.

These are some of the issues we will explore at our September conference. Join us!

Love Life!


   Diane Trombley
Diane Trombley , RN, BSN
President, MNFL

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