President's Message

2014 - A NAPNAP Year in Review

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President Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

On behalf of the Executive Board and staff, I want to wish all of you a joyous and peaceful holiday season.

The holidays, marking the end of the year, are a time to celebrate accomplishments, spend time with those you love, reflect on the year that was and make resolutions for the year to come.

What 2014 professional accomplishments are you the most proud of? Have you set any new career goals for 2015? If so, let us know in the blog comments.

As I reflect back on NAPNAP’s 41st year, I am very proud of what we collectively accomplished. In January, Cate Brennan began her first full year as executive director of NAPNAP after joining us in November 2013. We set record-high attendance during our Boston conference in March and enjoyed fabulous sessions and workshops on a wide range of timely, informative topics. Together we passed the revision of our organization’s governing bylaws to improve NAPNAP’s ability to serve its members today and in the future. I enjoyed meeting many of you at the conference and speaking with you about your professional goals and challenges. I look forward to meeting more of you next year in Las Vegas!

Also in March, NAPNAP leaders and members made our annual Capitol Hill Day pilgrimage to speak to Congressional leadership about issues important to our APRN community like reauthorizing CHIP, funding nurse practitioner education programs and improving Medicare patient access to home health services. Vocal advocacy on these issues and others is an important benefit you receive as a member. We know that not everyone can personally advocate at their state house or Washington, D.C., but you should be confident that NAPNAP is speaking on your behalf on professional issues. We recognize this as a unique and critical mission for you, and NAPNAP is committed to making a difference in your professional life.

Advanced practice nursing took another big step forward in May when Connecticut and my home state of Minnesota granted full practice authority to PNPs and other APRNs, bringing the total states allowing independent practice for NPs to 19. These successes are a testament to the power nurse practitioners and other APRNs can have when we pool our resources, work together, and speak with a large, unified, collective voice. 

Which state will grant full practice authority next? Will it be yours?

NAPNAP launched its new website in October with a bold new look, easier access to the information you need and the opportunity for me to connect with you via this blog every two weeks. I welcome your feedback and comments and look forward to hearing from you! We also launched our chapter lecture series on Infant Touch and Massage sponsored by Johnson & Johnson with November events in New York and Texas. Look for opportunities to participate in this program through your local chapter or on PNPSourCE.

What will 2015 bring?

My response is whatever we set our minds to accomplishing! A new year means new beginnings. State and federal legislative sessions begin in January; we will collectively gather again in Las Vegas in March; new NAPNAP leaders will be elected in April. As we enjoy the holidays with our family and friends, let us also look ahead to 2015 and decide for our organization and ourselves exactly what we want the new year to bring and what steps we will take to make it happen.

Happy holidays from NAPNAP!

Yours in health,

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