Hello friends and colleagues!
I am honored, excited and (honestly) a bit nervous to move into the role of NAPNAP president for 2015-2016. I follow a long list of highly qualified and talented individuals, including our immediate past president, Mary Chesney. Mary led NAPNAP with her extensive health policy experience, eloquence and sincere interest in moving the organization forward! It has been a very busy, but enlightening year for me working with Mary, Mikki Meadows-Oliver, our wonderful board of directors, and the fantastic NAPNAP staff led by Cate Brennan. Thanks to all of them for their guidance and support. I look forward to continued engagement with this phenomenal group!
So, what are the previews for this coming year?
Our organization now has more than 8,000 members, the largest number in its 42-year history, and it continues to grow. NAPNAP is currently involved in many exciting and innovative endeavors to benefit members. One of our top priorities is advocacy for children, which is certainly on my radar and, I am sure, of great importance to you as well. As we work to improve children’s health care, our increased membership ranks will result in greater success for NAPNAP initiatives – there is definitely strength in numbers!
One of my goals this year is to increase the number of NAPNAP’s acute care nurse practitioner members. I am very happy to join in spearheading a new membership initiative, group discounts for children’s hospitals, to help us recruit more acute and specialty care pediatric nurse practitioners to our ranks. The diversity of our membership provides enhanced interaction, increased educational offerings and the ability to develop a very large pool of expertise and talent. As the Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners, NAPNAP encourages its member-experts to offer innovative learning opportunities for members, such as the newest pharmacology programs taught by Dr. Teri Woo.
In addition to policy and education, there are many exciting opportunities for members to volunteer within the organization for short or long-term engagements. It is essential to have the right expertise to represent NAPNAP at meetings and gatherings where we can be the voice for children, families and pediatric health care. I am very interested in offering mentorship to members preparing for volunteer positions. 41 percent of NAPNAP members will retire within the next 10 years. It is vital that we bring our less experienced members to the table and offer them training and guidance to carry out the work of the organization.
Finally, I am excited to be part of the newly configured board of directors. We welcomed three members-at-large in June. Our committees will continue to be led by NAPNAP experts who will liaison with the board through these new board members. Next month, NAPNAP will begin recruiting candidates to run for important board member positions. Strong leadership is an ongoing need for the organization, and I invite you to step up to the plate!