In April 2015, the Michigan Chapter hosted their annual spring conference and chapter business meeting. Attendees came from around the state increasing attendance greater than 20 percent from the previous year’s conference. It was a busy day of learning, networking, public service and advocacy.
Speakers addressed important APRN and pediatric topics such as: legislative advocacy, sudden cardiac death prevention, anxiety disorders, management of hematuria and proteinuria, pediatric sedation, and using technology to communicate with patients. As part of the conference, the chapter held a silent auction, merchandise sale and also took up a collection to benefit APRN legislative efforts in the Great Lakes State. More than $1,200 was raised for the legislative fund. The chapter also held a non-perishable food drive in conjunction with the conference. Hundreds of food items were donated to local food banks to help feed hungry children and families. As part of the conference, the chapter presented the following awards: PNP of the Year, Preceptor of the Year, and PNP Advocate of the Year. The last two awards were new awards and presented for the first time. Several board members worked to develop criteria for the new awards and then a committee of chapter members reviewed nominations to finalize the winners.
The Michigan Chapter made many changes that improved communication with members increasing membership growth. A new website was developed which increased daily communication with chapter members as well as developing a new online registration system for their annual conference. Finally, they began publishing a quarterly newsletter. This digital publication is sent via email to their members. Plus, the chapter has actively reached out to PNP graduate programs in Michigan in order to attract new student members.
Over the past year, the chapter has been working very closely and tirelessly with the state’s APRN coalition to influence the legislature in order to define APRN practice and to allow them to practice to the full extent of their education and training. While they still await a bill to be voted into law by their state legislation that adequately defines APRN practice without limitations, the members remain committed and very active. The Michigan Chapter remains hopeful that their efforts will prevail in 2015-2016 legislative session and that Michigan will become a "green" state.
We celebrate you Michigan, and we look forward to all the future accomplishments your chapter will achieve.