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.
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