President's Message

February President's Message

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President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending" C.S. Lewis

            In the fall, I attended the Nursing Organization Alliance (NOA) Annual Fall Summit where I has the opportunity to network with other leaders from a variety of nursing organizations. The discussion touched on a number of topics: membership engagement, student outreach, incorporation of diversity and inclusion in association activities, and even the relevance of professional associations for today's nursing professionals. I was able to sit on a panel that examined election styles for associations. It was a great discussion and impressed upon me the importance of leadership succession planning.

           As we approach our national conference, I highly encourage you to take a look at the candidates who are running for national office. It is through the dedicated volunteer leaders of this association that we are able to move our new strategic plan forward, stay abreast of current trends, and represent the diversity in thought of our membership. Please visit our candidates page to learn more about our esteemed candidates.

           Don't let this chance slip to help share the future of NAPNAP. All active, student, and retired members will receive an email with detailed voting instructions from an independent election company. The voting window will be March 9-27th. Members will be able to log in to the NAPNAP website and click on a "Vote Now" button to be taken to the election site. Results will be shared with the membership in early April. Thank you to Immediate Past President and Nominations Committee Chair, Dawn Garzon-Maaks, and the Nominations Committee for their work in putting together a wonderful slate of candidates. I wish all those running the best of luck.

            Our 41st National Conference on Pediatric Healthcare March 25-28th will soon be here! We have a great number of people registered already. Candidates will be wearing a "I'm a Candidate" button, so make sure to introduce yourself and learn about them. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from president-elect candidates at the opening session. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Rishi Manchanda who will be discussing breakthrough opportunities to Improve Care and the Social Factors that Make Patients Sick the First Place. In addition to the diverse presentations provided by high-quality speakers, there is also opportunity to connect with colleagues, engage with your peers and build new professional relationships. Nothing is more empowering than being in a room with thousands of other pediatric-focused APRNs who all have dedicated their careers to the improvement of child health and wellbeing.

Highlights include:

  • Intensive workshops: Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) for Adolescent Patients, Telehealth, Pharmacology Update, Autism, Identifying and Communicating with Youth on Risky Behaviors, Frenotomy, Child Maltreatment, Stop the Bleed, Interpretation of Radiographs, How to start a Post-Graduate Training Program, Model of Sustainable NP-led care, Child Trafficking, Precepting 101, Rheumatology Review
  • Mini tracks: Acute Care, Infectious Disease, Dermatology and Substance Use
  • Speed Sessions: Acute Care, Primary Care, Developmental, Behavioral, and Mental Health, Process Innovation, and Quality Improvement

We are excited to offer those who cannot attend in person the opportunity to participate in our conference from home or office. Register for our March 26-27 live streaming option to earn up to 11.0 contact hours and gain evidence-based education to enhance your daily practice.

It's not too late to join as we celebrate the year of the nurse and NAPNAP's history. Join us on Tuesday, March 24th for the Welcome Aboard Social on the historic Queen Mary.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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