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January Message - 20/20 Vision for the Future

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President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…we must be learning all of our lives.
-Florence Nightingale

 

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe we have begun another decade in our history as a society, as a profession and as an association. 2020 marks an important milestone for nursing. On Jan. 30, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO), designated the year 2020 as the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World's Nursing report which will be launched in 2020 prior to the 73nd World Health Assembly. As NAPNAP continues to place effort on advocating for the value of advanced practice pediatric nursing in the workforce, we believe this report will be an important tool in describing issues globally with the nursing workforce in WHO member states. Many of you are also familiar with the Nursing Now Campaign, launched in 2018 by campaign patron the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. The campaign hopes to elevate and promote the role of nursing. It's very empowering to think about the significant impact that 20 million nurses (and counting) have in improving the health and wellbeing of our communities globally. NAPNAP will be honoring the year of nurse throughout 2020, so please look for more information to follow.

In just a couple months, we will be hosting the feature event of the year for NAPNAP: our 41st National Conference on Pediatric Health Care in Long Beach, Calif.! Don't miss the early bird registration deadline of Feb. 5, 2020. Our national conference continues to be a highlight for members for so many reasons.

  • The national conference is a great way to earn continuing education with a variety of presenters and topics to choose from. Think outside the box and attend sessions that you wouldn't normally choose or select a session on a topic outside your area of clinical practice. We offer different types of learning environments such as intensive workshops, mini-tracks and speed sessions. The conference also includes sessions for budding faculty and our growing student membership. There is always something new to learn.
     
  • Our conference service project will take place between sessions on Wednesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 26th. Participants can fill a backpack with school supplies and include a personal note of encouragement for Long Beach school children. The school supplies will be provided, just stop by, fill a backpack! We are aiming to fill 150 backpacks, so stop by early in order to make sure that you can contribute and give back to the community in a meaningful way.
     
  • There are ample opportunities for networking including the Welcome Aboard social on the Queen Mary, the opening reception in the exhibition hall, networking breaks, poster-viewing sessions, or the Special Interest Group (SIG) showcase and SIG/committee meetings. These occasions serve as important avenues to connect with other members from your clinical specialties or areas of interest. Take advantage of the breaks in between sessions and strike up a conversation with new colleagues. It's so wonderful to be in a space where everyone in attendance is pursuing a career we are passionate about and committed to. Don't forget to bring business cards to share!
     
  • Hear from future leaders for the association, grow your knowledge base and take advantage of visiting the beautiful city of Long Beach with close friends and colleagues.

Thank you so much to the national conference staff and the conference planning committee who have done a wonderful job in putting this together! I am really looking forward to seeing many of you there. Let's make this the best attended NAPNAP conference to date! #NAPNAPCONF

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