Nurse and author to speak at nurse association meeting

Nancy Palker

AMSTERDAM — Nancy Palker, a nurse and author of “Magic and Tragic Rosebud,” will speak at a meeting of the Mohawk Valley Nurses Association on Wednesday, May 8, at Raindancer Restaurant, 4582 Route 30.

Registration and social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6, followed by a brief business meeting and awards ceremony at 6:45. Palker’s presentation will begin at 7.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and hear first hand from the author of her story, a memoir recounting her experiences as a nurse on the Lakota Sioux Rosebud reservation in 1973, according to a news release.

They will travel with this young woman from Connecticut who accepts her first nursing job with the U.S. Public Health Service and finds herself immersed in a culture very different from her own. Nancy will share stories from her book followed by a discussion with attendees and local nurse practitioner, Judy Kelly, who also started her nursing career at Rosebud with Palker. Books will be available for sale, proceeds to be returned to the people of Rosebud.

The program will be of special interest to nurses but is open to any interested persons. It is part of MVNA’s annual meeting that will include a short business meeting and awards ceremony. A basket raffle will be held to benefit Nurse’s House, an organization that serves nurses in need.

The cost for dinner is $35, paid in advance. Contact Mimi Raffetto at to make a reservation by Wednesday, May 1, and arrange for payment of the registration fee.

Those interested in attending the presentation only, at no cost, should plan to arrive at 6:50 and email Christine Stegel, MVNA president, at to register and reserve their seat.

The Mohawk Valley Nurses Association is a professional organization serving Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties.