2020 Michigan Nursing Summit


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Michigan Nursing Summit, which was planned to take place in Grand Rapids on October 29-30, 2020. Out of concern for public health, and following Governor Whitmer’s plan for reopening the economy, we are taking the cautious position that a large gathering will not be advisable by the date of the event.

While we understand this comes as a disappointment to many of our partners, we are optimistic for a virtual Michigan Nursing Summit in Fall of 2021. Supporting the health care workforce is an integral part of Michigan Health Council’s mission and we look forward to continuing that work in new ways.

We are so grateful for your participation and support during this process, and hope to engage with you in the future. We wish you, your families, and loved ones health and well-being during this health crisis.


The Michigan Center for Nursing’s Michigan Nursing Summit is an annual event that convenes nurses from all over the state of Michigan. The Summit equips nurses with knowledge to promote understanding of underlying health factors, and the impact that these have on patient interactions and outcomes regardless of setting. We aim to provide the knowledge and tools for academic, administrators, and bedside nurses to meet patients where they are. Nurses, Nursing Students, Educators, Clinicians, Researchers, and Community Partners attend the Summit from all over the state of Michigan and neighboring states.



  • Nurse Planner: Remy Bruder DNP, RN; Provost/VPAA, Rochester University
  • Sue Moran MPH, BSN; Owner, Sue Moran Consulting LLC
  • Michelle Harmon PhD, RN; Associate Chief Nurse, Integrated Clinical Services, John Dingell VA Medical Center
  • Ericka Brunson-Gillespie DNP, RN, ACACNP-BC;Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner, Michigan Medicine



  • "Feeling inspired again as a nurse, getting to step outside of my unit of practice and see a bigger picture of nursing practice."
  • "The topics geared more towards becoming a better nurse and self care. I wanted to go back to my place of employment and just be better. I felt like the summit made me feel such pride and privilege in being a nurse. Very uplifting."
  • "The best aspect was the anti-bullying and humor in the work place. This makes a huge difference in the milieu and I plan to formulate a class similar to the two."
  • “The summit content [had a] good range of relevant topics. I also liked short break between each presentation.”
  • “[The best part was] the humor that was brought in so many lectures. I was not expecting to laugh so much, but it makes the learning more enjoyable and more realistic for those of us who try to find the light side of things.”
  •  “This was the first one I have been able to attend. I have been a nurse for over 10 years and I was very impressed with all of the speakers. Having Barb be the end speaker was wonderful and she had everyone laughing and having such a great time but learning so many things at the same time as well.”
  • “I think this was the best Summit that I ever attended. I will put this on my planner for next year for sure.”
  • “The speakers were outstanding!”“[The best part was the] variety of topics presented. It was nice that some Public Health perspective/topics were included.”
  • “[The best part was the] collaboration that occurs when you interact with other nurses from a variety of disciplines.”
  • “The whole summit was great. Probably one of the best nursing conferences that I ever attended. This is because you covered extremely current topics and had the finest speakers to discuss this with us. The speakers were engaging and really knew their material. Wonderful.”