Jo Ann has been a member of NAPNAP since 1985 and currently volunteers as NAPNAP Foundation president, a Journal of Pediatric Health Care editor and Ready, Set, Grow editorial advisory panel member. She has also been a president of NAPNAP and on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare. She’s also the prime example of how you can manage your professional association volunteerism while maintaining a busy clinical schedule in your primary practice.
There are several trends which are impacting pediatric health care today. In primary care, there have been stressors in developing a practice’s electronic medical records, reimbursement from insurers, cost of vaccines and the competition from urgent care centers. The newest hurdles we are encountering are telemedicine and its legal issues regarding interstate licensing and the use of video conferencing technology for patient encounters, diagnosing and treating. This is all developing so quickly that it is difficult to stay ahead of the newest trends. I encourage members to get involved with the development of telemedicine programs in their work setting, learn the technology and get involved in establishing the criteria and daily encounters with patients using this technology.
The general population’s use of the internet for medical advice and the popularity of telemedicine can be a challenge for primary care providers. Volunteer for committees or work groups to maintain and upgrade content and programs. Our input is vital in the development of evidence-based internet technology and how the public accesses it for health care.
2. What motivates you to serve your professional association?
Volunteering for NAPNAP helped me develop and expand my leadership skills, introduced me to wonderful colleagues and new friendships, expanded my knowledge of legislative issues and educated me on how a professional organization operates including working with our dedicated national office staff. Volunteering enables me to represent our members on issues and programs which influence and impact our role in the health care arena. I enjoy volunteering not only for NAPNAP but for other organizations and community projects as a way to give back.
3. How do you manage your professional association volunteerism while maintaining a busy clinical schedule?
It can be difficult to manage my professional association volunteerism at times. I have scheduled an afternoon a week to work on my volunteer obligations. In addition, I check my e-mails most evenings and try to respond the same day. I try to schedule meetings to meet most board members’ availability. Often, I have an evening meeting which is fine because I think it’s important for everyone to attend. When my four children were young, it was a bit more difficult but bedtime was usually early and I would work after they were asleep (And this was in the ‘80s and early ‘90s before the internet and computers made communicating much easier. Communication was done then via the telephone and mail). I love my smartphone because I can communicate while on-the-go! It’s fabulous!
4. When you’re not being a rock star pediatric-focused APRN, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy entertaining family and friends. I like to cook, garden, read, work on stain glass projects, quilting and finish my house projects when I have time. My husband and I are beginning to travel to places on our bucket list now that our children are grown. It’s so much fun! Most of all, I love spending time with my family and friends to catch up with their lives and making memories. I relax on occasion to recharge.
Follow Jo Ann’s lead and learn more about ways to get involved with NAPNAP!