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 Blackwood
Mary Lou Temple >>
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2012-2013 NURSING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
Association of Prolife Nurses scholarship
application is available at
www.nursesforlife.org. Any student currently
enrolled in an accredited school of nursing in the
fall, winter or spring of the 2013-2014 school year,
including full time or part time. A $1,000
scholarship will be paid directly to the
school in which the winner is enrolled. The
scholarship may be used for tuition, books or
supplies. The application must be completed
and returned to the NAPN by February 15, 2014.
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Each year, as I write this
membership renewal letter, I reflect on what
has happened in the previous 12 months with
our struggle to defend human life, at all
Most recently, a young girl
in California has been much in the news. Jahi
had a routine tonsillectomy that apparently
went terribly wrong and she was left in an
unresponsive state. I used that word very
intentionally. She is not a vegetable—she is a
human person. She has been declared “brain
dead”. What exactly does that mean? The
definition of brain death seems to change with
each person describing it. After the hospital
stated that three days after the event, Jahi
was a dead body, and that, in spite of her
parent’s objections, they were unilaterally
withdrawing life support because it was
“unethical to provide medical treatment to a
dead body”. A court battle ensued and Jahi’s
parents were finally given judicial approval
to move her to a different facility that would
provide ventilation and a feeding tube.
Is this good or bad for
Jahi? How about her parents, who are placing
their faith in a miracle? Is this futile care?
Who should decide what is futile? How do we
prepare family members for the demise of a
loved one? It seems that referring to their
family member as a “dead body” is unduly
harsh. Are Jahi’s parents, or any relative of
a non-responsive patient, grasping at straws
and their desires need to be ignored because
“it is unethical to do treatments on dead
bodies”? Should we EVER refer to someone on
ventilation with unfavorable EEG tracings as
dead bodies? If, in fact, they are deceased,
where is our respect for the lives they led,
the people they loved and those who loved
I don’t have answers to any
of these questions but we need to find those
answers as medical care of all kinds changes
under Obamacare. End of life care will
continue to be of grave concern as we proceed
into 2014 and beyond. MNFL will question,
explore, research and study the direction our
medical services are going and hope that you
will be interested in the answers we find.
Please renew your
Diane Trombley , RN,