2018 Spring Conference Returns to Point Lookout


April 25-27





This conference is approved for up to 14.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes up to 3.0 hours of pharmacology)

by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 18023075

This activity was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies


Spring Conference Registration (online form)


Spring Conference Registration (paper copy)


Be sure to register early to receive the member discounted rates.


$340 MNPA Member  - All Days

$175 MNPA Member  - Single Day

$465 Non MNPA Member - All Days

$250 Non MNPA Member  - Single Day

MNPA Student Member Rate - $100 All Days/Single Day

Rates increase after April 6, 2018




A limited number of MNPA Student Scholarships are available for

students to attend the Spring Conference 

2018 Student Scholarship Application (PDF download)

 To reserve Point Lookout overnight accommodations at conference rates, call 207.789.2000


2018 Spring Conference Vendor/Exhibitor Registration form below:

Vendor Registration Form (online form)


 2018 Spring Conference Agenda and printable Vendor/Exhbitor registration form (PDF download)




Nurse practitioner elected chief of medical staff, a first for EMHS

Sunlight poured into the waiting room as a young woman doted over her newborn, awaiting the child’s first checkup. “She’s holding her head up now!” the mother proudly informed two smiling strangers in the waiting room of Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) Family Care in Pittsfield.

“This is what I really like about family practice—caring for the whole family,” explained Emily Cianchette, MSN, and board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) at SVH Family Care. In the span of a day, Emily can see the entire spectrum of human life. “I could be doing a well child check one moment, and then see a 75 year old man about his high cholesterol and difficulty caring for his home as he ages. It’s dynamic and ever-changing.”

Emily is among a growing trend in Maine of nurse practitioners independently caring for their own group of patients—a role traditionally filled by physicians. However, the demand for primary care physicians nationwide is outpacing the supply with an expected shortfall of up to 35,600 physicians by 2025. The need is especially serious in Maine as the population ages and recruiting physicians to rural locations becomes more difficult. To help fill this widening gap, nurse practitioners have had the authority to practice independently of physician supervision in Maine since the mid-1990s.

“Maine has always had very advanced legislation for nurse practitioners, which is great,” said Emily, whose career began after the legislation was passed. “We collaborate well with our physician colleagues and all share one vision, to take care of the healthcare needs of the patient.”

It is that spirit of collaboration, and other leadership qualities, that led Emily to break another tradition in medicine as the first non-physician at EMHS to be elected by her peers as chief of a medical staff—an extremely rare occurrence in Maine and the US.

Jeff Doran, EMHS vice president of System Clinical Services, said of Emily’s appointment as chief, “It’s a big deal. It’s a reflection of the continued maturation and importance of the non-physician providers—how critically important and valued that expertise is. “

A hospital’s medical staff is an integral part of shaping policy, and clinical delivery and quality—it is also traditionally comprised of, and led by, physicians. Emily said, “Healthcare is shifting from being physician-led to an integrated team approach.”

Maine representative Anne Perry, FNP, president of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association and member of EMHS’ Board of Directors, is personally aware of the struggle Maine faces recruiting primary care physicians. “I think, and I hope, we will see more NPs filling that gap. Even though there are still practice restrictions on NPs at the federal level, in Maine, it’s been a collaborative effort.” Anne said of Emily’s new role at SVH, “That there is enough sense of collaboration that she was elected chief of staff, that’s groundbreaking. It really is.”

Emily is deeply invested in her community and its wellbeing. Raised in nearby St. Albans, her parents owned a general store and her mother was also a nurse who spent part of her career at SVH. “It’s such a close knit community and people really work together—we care about the people—and that is so important to me.”

When asked what she hopes to accomplish come November when she assumes the role of chief, her goals are much like her focus at work: all about the patients. “The medical staff is really focused on increasing the quality of care, following standard best practices, and trying to increase access to healthcare for all patients. I would like to see our providers work together to advance these initiatives.”

Robert Schlager, MD, SVH chief medical officer and family medicine physician, works side-by-side with Emily at SVH Family Care, and knows all too well what patients think of her. “What is remarkable is how much her patients appreciate and love her. She sees some of our most medically complex patients and manages their care extremely well. She is widely respected by her patients and peers and is viewed as a true leader.”

From the moment she trained as a medical assistant in high school, Emily knew she wanted to make a positive difference in healthcare. As a leader, she brings together the entire team to give the best care to Maine patients, from babies and their families, to the elderly. “Being able to empower the people you work with is critical—we’re all working toward the same goal. And if everyone feels like they’re making a difference and have a say in that goal, our patients win out in the end.”

Is someone in your organization breaking tradition or trying something new to advance patient care? Email us at yourstory@emhs.org.



MNPA Past President Appointed to Maine Council on Aging Board


     Rhonda Selvin, FNP, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Maine Council on Aging.  Rhonda is an Independent Healthcare Consultant who serves on the board on behalf of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association.  Rhonda practices in primary care and consults with patients, providers, systems and payers to build truly whole person centered care. Her experience as a NP leader and Medical Director in practice and in the nonprofit world affords a unique understanding of opportunities to build care that sustains from the top down and bottom up.  She is a former president of MNPA.



     MCOA was founded in 2011 and formally established in 2012.  It is an organization-based membership association formed to address broad public policy concerns facing older adults in Maine. Its members form the core of Maine’s Aging Network and span all of the sectors that help older adults thrive in their homes and communities.  For more information on MCOA, click here.











Enrollment is OPEN for the Hanley Center’s Provider Executive Leadership Institute
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Course

Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's first Provider Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) —Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Course.
The NP/PA PELI Course is tailored to meet the leadership development needs of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants and builds upon the Hanley Center’s well-respected physician PELI Foundational Course. Participants gain knowledge, skills, and tools in the core competency areas of: systems awareness; strategic focus; key management/business skills; self-awareness; interpersonal skills; healthcare trends; and teamwork and collaboration, best enabling them to lead and transform our
healthcare delivery system.

The Course consists of 6 two-evening sessions and 4 90-minute intersessions taking place over one year.  The two-evening sessions take place on consecutive evenings once every other month with the intersessions scheduled on the off-months. Because NPs & PAs will be joining the class from various locations around Maine, the location and dates will be finalized based on input from those who are committed to attend. The course will likely take place in the Brunswick or Lewiston areas, though Portland or Augusta are also possible. If enrollment is especially strong from north of Augusta, a Bangor-based class could be added. With a minimum of number of 12 NP/PAs and maximum of 20 in each class, the Hanley Center is planning for the class to begin in the spring of 2018.

Participants receive 40 hours of Category One CME for their participation in the full program.
Tuition: $4,500 (plus $300 shared cost of room/food/etc)
Deadline for enrollments: January 19, 2018

To learn more, please contact the Hanley Center's Judiann Smith at:
judiannsmith@hanleyleadership.org (207-615-6253) or Kathy Vezina, NP at kathrynvezina@hanleyleadership.org (207-553-9854).

Maine Nurse Practitioners Association 11 Columbia Street , Augusta, Maine 04330, United States

Are you interested in Integrative Healthcare?

 MNPA member Kathy Coleman, ANP is a member of the Integrative Wellness Council of Maine.  She welcome's participation in the council's work from other NPs. Please check out the website.  ContactTisha Bremner, council chair, tisha@integrativewellnessme.com, or Meneah Haworth, meneah.haworth@gmail.com for more info.

The Integrative Wellness Council of Maine is a group of like-minded medical providers and holistic health practitioners who are joining together in an opportunity to network and create a platform for continued community support and education of the ways in which complementary and alternative therapies may help our patients, clients, and students lead healthy, well, and whole live.

We would love to see more APRNs involved with the Integrative Wellness Council of Maine!