Readiness for Care: Capital Area Community Nursing Network 

Committee Sponsor - Michigan State University

Mission Statement

The Capital Area Community Nursing Network intentionally addresses nursing practice and community needs in the Capital Area through communication, collaboration and advocacy to build action alliances.

Strategic Priority Focus 2019/20

Address Readiness for Care, including preparation for leadership, clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills, dynamic health systems, and coaching new generations of nurses. Strategies include:
  1. Community Education Forums for Nursing Students
  2. Millennial Nurses Speaker Bureau
  3. Leadership/ Mentoring Model
Model emerging Readiness for Care collaboration: as CACNN works on Readiness for Care and nursing leadership initiatives, create a model for collaboration to inspire and inform efforts of other Capital Area professionals.

    Millennial Speaker Bureau

    On March 19, 2019, CACNN’s Millennial Speaker Bureau launched its first panel presentation.  Angela Ackley*, MSN, RN; Ashley Benjamin**, RN; and Antigoni Tzumakas***, BSN, RN; provided a 60-minute presentation featuring their role and professional sites in rural health, long term care, and community case management practice. More than eighty nursing students preparing to graduate in May 2019 from Michigan State University’s Baccalaureate Nursing (BSN) program attended. Following the presentation, the students, enrolled in NUR 460, Leadership in Clinical Practice, engaged in a question and answer period to learn about hiring, benefits of staffing at these practice sites, tuition forgiveness, and the supports established for new practitioners.

    The Millennial Speaker Bureau is an outcome of the CACNN "Readiness for Practice" initiative with the goal to provide an example of alternatives to acute care practice attractive to young nurses. The speaker panel is comprised of Millennial-aged nurses in a variety of practice settings. Speaking engagements are currently being scheduled. Please contact CAHA at if you are interested in this group.

    *Angela Ackley, MSN, RN is the Manager of the Emergency Department at Eaton Rapids Medical Center, a rural community hospital in Eaton Rapids, MI.
    **Ashley Benjamin, RN is the Assistant Director of Nursing and Staff Development Coordinator at Holt Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Holt, MI.
    ***Antigoni Tzumakas, BSN, RN is a Nurse Case Manager providing community services to elderly individuals through the Tri-County Office on Aging.

    Community Education Forum

    On April 13, 2019, CACNN kicked off its first educational forum Launch Your Nursing Career: Tips & Strategies for that First Nursing Job. The purpose of the event was for nursing students to explore a variety of practice environments, career planning tips and strategies for successful employment as a registered nurse. Nursing students attended from area programs including Baker College, Davenport University, Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. Volunteer representatives from Michigan State University College of Nursing (MSU-CON); McLaren of Greater Lansing; Sparrow Health System; Holt Senior Care & Rehab; VA Medical Center; Davenport University, and ANA-MI provided presentations.
    Topics included resume and interviewing tips; working in hospice, long- term care and rehab, behavioral health, and ambulatory care; communicating with physicians/colleagues; time management & prioritization; and advocacy/professionalism. Each attendee will complete an evaluation and provide feedback to inform the development of the larger forum in October.

    To access the PowerPoint presentations from the forum, click on the links below:

    Upcoming Meetings

    • October 9, 2019, 9:00 - 10:30 am, ANA-MI, 2501 Jolly Road, Suite 110, Okemos 
    • December 11, 2019, 9:00 - 10:30 am, ANA-MI, 2501 Jolly Road, Suite 110, Okemos

    CE & Conference Opportunities

    2019 Michigan Nursing Summit
    October 17-18, 2019
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit - Dearborn

    The Michigan Center for Nursing’s Michigan Nursing Summit is an annual event that convenes nurses from all over the state of Michigan. Learn more at

    Past Events

    Nurses Week Celebration 2017
    May 10, 2017, Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI).  Guest speaker Roxane Chan PhD, RN, AHN-BC spokeon Care Giver Strategies for Chronic Pain Management.

    Nurses Week Celebration 2016
    May 12, 2016, Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI). Guest speaker Leslie E. Simons, DNP, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor, Health Programs in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University spoke on Pain Management in Elders with Chronic Nonmalignant Pain.

    Nurses Week Celebration 2015
    May 12, 2015, Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI). The annual region-wide celebration was open to the public and offered a continuing education program, networking, dinner and recognition of the work of nurses in the Capital Area.

    Nurses Week Celebration 2014
    May 7, 2014, Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI). The annual celebration drew 110 participants who attended a Pain Management workshop and obtained Continuing Education credits and enjoyed an evening of networking, refreshments, and prizes, in recognition of the contributions that nurses and nursing make to our community.

    Community Collaboration on Increasing Cancer Screening of Underserved Populations
    December 12, 2012. PowerPoint Presentations are available for viewing here.