In your opinion, which new trends are the most impactful in today’s pediatric health care world? How can NAPNAP members not only prepare for these trends but also serve as health care leaders in light of them?
There are many emerging trends that impact the health and well-being of children, but I believe the most significant impact on pediatric health has been through advancements in technology. The advancement of technology and it's use in education, healthcare and through social media has touched every aspect of our culture and changed the way we deliver healthcare, communicate with one another and learn. Technology has impacted both personal and professional relationships of all of us!
I believe NAPNAP has a dual responsibility to USE technology to connect us to one another for support and networking but also to PROMOTE SAFE use of technology to patients and their families. We want to harness the power of technology to strengthen our community and empower NAPNAP members to be engaged; always advancing their knowledge, while also using the knowledge to protect and promote healthy lifestyles among our patients.
What motivated you to serve as a leader on NAPNAP’s executive board?
I received a lot of encouragement and support to consider service on the Executive Board and felt compelled to run for office since NAPNAP has been such a vital part of my professional career. I am so proud of the mission of our organization and grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for excellence in pediatric health care with such a positive team.
How do you manage your professional association volunteerism while maintaining a busy clinical schedule?
The best method I've found in organizing my time is to plan and schedule dedicated space on my calendars to complete NAPNAP responsibilities. After a lot of trial and error, this is the surest way to make sure I complete goals and meet deadlines! (I'm also a dedicated "night owl" so a lot of my work gets completed when others are sleeping.)
When you’re not being a rockstar pediatric-focused APRN, what do you enjoy doing?
I do not consider myself a rockstar! When I'm not doing pediatric-related work, I enjoy being outside in nature, practicing yoga and writing (I've been journaling for more than 30 years).
I also LOVE being the mother of two amazing daughters and wife to their incredible dad.