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It's Almost Election/National Conference Time!

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President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Winter greetings to everyone. I am happy to say that we are past the halfway point of winter, and the days are becoming noticeably longer. It also means that NAPNAP’s election season and our 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, March 16-19 in Denver, will soon be here.

You will have the opportunity (and if I may say so, the obligation) in March to choose among another strong slate of candidates for president-elect, secretary, three member-at-large positions and a Nominations Committee member. All active, student and retired members will receive an email, containing unique voting credentials and the voting site link, from our independent election company on March 1. You will be able to cast your vote any time before 11:59 p.m. on March 31. Election results will be shared via an email announcement in early April.

Voter turnout for professional associations is critically important and needs to reflect the broad diversity and priorities of all our members. So PLEASE vote for the candidates of your choice. We realize that it is not possible in an 8,500+ member organization to personally know all the candidates. So, new this year all members will  have the opportunity to meet the candidates through two town hall calls, scheduled for February 22 and 23. Details about the town hall calls can be found on our elections page and through announcements in our Open Forum.

Those attending the national conference will also have many opportunities to meet the candidates throughout the four days, including a meet and greet at the NAPNAP Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, March 17 from 8:45-9:45a.m. Each candidate will be wearing an “I’m a candidate” button, so make sure you say hello.

I am so excited about this year’s conference in the vibrant Mile High City. We will honor you as we celebrate National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner week in the birthplace of the NP movement, started by Dr. Henry K. Silver and public health nurse Loretta Ford, more than 50 years ago.

There will be much fellowship and fun as well as the high-quality, relevant and diverse educational sessions for which NAPNAP is known. There will be opportunities for engagement with your peers and leaders and relationship building with your friends and colleagues from near and far. Whether you are a student or veteran practitioner with a practice in primary, acute or specialty care, there is something for you. And while there are serious child health issues to confront and discuss, we will balance this with … did I mention? … a good dose of fun! 

Some educational highlights include:

  • The introduction of mini-tracks in dermatology, obesity, breastfeeding and neonatal health care.
  • Sessions on hot topics such as care of human trafficking victims, managing technology in health care, care of transgender youth and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Clinical roundups addressing pediatric specialty care in cardiology, dermatology, pulmonology, neurology and rheumatology.

For those of you who will be unable to attend in person, we will be live streaming the conference on March 17 with the opportunity to earn 5.5 credits (2.5 Rx credits) for online participants. 

In these challenging times, it has never been more important to prioritize care for ourselves. Our keynote speaker is Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul coauthor LeAnn Thieman. “By sharing Chicken Soup stories and those from her own 30 plus years as a nurse, LeAnn uplifts, encourages and honors nurse practitioners and champions their daily contributions and sacrifices. Her SelfCare for HealthCare™ tools teach daily practices for APRNs to care for their minds, bodies and spirits.”

We are currently on track to have record attendance in Denver. It’s not too late to join us as we celebrate nurse practitioner history and make NAPNAP history. This will truly be the biggest and best conference ever. Join us at the Attendee Welcome Social March 15, put on your dancing shoes and help us start the celebration! I can’t wait to see you there.

All my best,

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