Michigan Nurses     For Life



Over 50 nurses, lay people and students met on October 7th at the Franco Auditorium of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac to hear speakers related to the topic “End of Life Decisions: Who Will Make Yours?”

Nancy Valko RN, the spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses and an Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant, shared stories of her work with intensive care unit patients who were thought to have no hope of survival, but “woke up” after supportive care was offered. She told of her third daughter who was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect; she died at 5 1/2 months old and the doctor who encouraged her to “let her daughter die” eventually became prolife.

She cared for an elderly man who coded after a knee replacement and refused to give him morphine when he was taken off the vent; she was almost terminating for exercising her conscience rights as a nurse.

Another daughter abused drugs and became pregnant at age 17; she released the baby for adoption, returned to drugs and became pregnant again. She miscarried this baby and became suicidal. She read “Final Exit” and ended her life in 2009. Nancy commented how depressed people often look for options to get out of painful situations. Nancy gave a strong prolife witness as she shared these difficult situations.

Jason Negri, JD, the Assistant Director of the Patient’s Rights Council, spoke on the practical and ethical issues related to end of life care. He spoke of the differences between wills, financial and medical powers of attorney and advanced directives.

Living wills are very broad, don’t cover all potential medical situations and currently are not legal in Michigan. Advanced directives allow the patient to choose an agent to represent his/her health care wishes. POST – Physician’s orders for scope of treatment is not yet legal in Michigan; this document needs to be continually updated based on the patient’s current health situation. POST legislation has passed the Michigan House, needs to go through the Senate and may become law next year. He said POST documents could be “living wills on steroids”. RTL of Michigan is working to make POST documents as supportive of the prolife position as possible.

He spoke of society’s general attitude to “pull the plug”; our society values youth and is uncomfortable with death. He stressed it is always possible to remove “burdensome methods of care” that are not helping, weighing the benefits and risks to the patient. Five states currently allow assisted suicide: (OR, WA, VT, CA, and. CO)-. Twenty eight bills have been introduced in other states.

Much information was gleaned from both speakers; we will continue to face moral and ethical challenges as prolife nurses.

Mary Lou Temple, RN, MSN
MNFL Board Member & Co-Founder MNFL


Nancy Valko, RN is an Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant and has over forty years of nursing experience. She has served on medical ethic committees, appeared on many radio and television shows and has written on these topics. She is a spokesperson for the National Assoc. of Pro-Life Nurses.
Nancy Valko, RN
Jason Negri, JD is the Assistant Director of the Patients Rights Council and speaks nationally on the practical and ethical aspects of end-of-life issues and the importance of advanced directives. He has written articles and authored the booklet Twenty Answers on End-of-Life issues.
Jason Negri, JD

Below is a list of our past conferences. We strive to offer timely topics and speakers who are experts in their field.

Past MNFL Conferences

October, 2016
Sheila Meshinski, BSN, RN, CEN, CFN, Theresa Flores, LSW, MS, Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons - THE TRAGEDY OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN MICHIGAN

September, 2015
Wesley J. Smith, Edward L. Rivet II - FIRST DO NO HARM (The Threat of Assisted Suicide As End of Life Care)

September, 2014
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Mary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC, Cyndy Kirschbaum, RN, BSN, CPTC - Procuring Organs (Over my Dead Body)

September, 2013
Cristen Krebs, DNP-ANP, Dr. Jeanne Lewandowski, MD, DMary Burkett, RN, MS, CNS, ANE-BC - The Changing World of Hospice Care

September, 2012
Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson, PhD, Dr. Ann Bellar, RN, GNP, PhD, Barry Goudy, Stem Cell Recipient - It's Right Under Your Nose: Progress in Adult Stem Cell Research

September, 2011
Dr. Elizabeth Shadigian, Laura Farrugia, RN, Madelyn Carpenter - The Consequences of Choice

September, 2010
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Mary Mitsch, Cynthia Dudek - Current Trends in End of Life Health Care

October 2009
Byron Calhoun, MD - Perinatal Hospice, Ann Bellar, NP – Acute Pain Management  

October 2008
Dr. Vincent Rue – Impact of the Abortion Experience, Lubasik & Michelle Yax  

April 2008
Peg Nelson, NP – Pain Management – Palliative Care at the end of life,
Sharon Urso, BS – Solving the Mystery of Hospice  

September 2007
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk – Cloning & Human Embryos: Is there an ethical dilemma? Daniel Greene,MD - The New HPV Vaccine  

April 2006
Wesley Smith, Esq – Futile Care Theory….The Duty to Die, Charles Kleinbrook, Esq – Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care  

April 2005
Regina Chapman - STD's & Spring Break, Julie Hage – CPC Health Educator  

April 2004
Angela Lanfranchi, MD, - Abortion/Breast Cancer, Lorna Cvetkovich, MD - Morning After Pill  

April 2003
Wesley Smith, Esq – Culture of Death / Dr. Latkovic - Medical Ethics  

March 2002
John Diggs, MD – Abstinence – Just Do It, Leslee Unruh, Teresa Tomeo  

March 2001
Life's Beginnings….to be or not to be - Brenda Pratt Schafer – Partial Birth Abortion, Richard Doerflinger - Stem Cell Research – Prolife Response, Diane Trombley, RN – Legislation, James Penkala, Pharmacist


Michigan Nurses for Life


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nursing profession to protect all
human life from conception until
natural death

...To form an educated core of nurses who can speak for their profession by acting as a community resource for life issues

...To promote public education and
awareness about life issues on both
ends of the spectrum, from abortion
to euthanasia

...To uphold and defend human life
in all stages and conditions of development







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