As the co-chair for the Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health SIG and member of the Conference Planning committee what motivates you to serve your professional association?
I fondly remember those who were the most impactful for me professionally - these include teachers, clinical instructors, and professional mentors. I would not be where I am today professionally without those individuals. I like to think that I am helping to provide the same impact for those who are coming up after me. Participation in NAPNAP at the national level affords me the opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues in a way that is at a higher level than my day-to-day work, and I enjoy that.
As part of the planning committee and an attendee at our national conference, what is your favorite part of the conference?
I still like the exhibit hall, after all these years, though I am definitely more selective in what I bring home now. I also like Posters on the Move and the Developmental Behavioral Mental Health SIG meeting and social - we have a very large, active group who really enjoy hanging out together every year!
In your opinion, which new trends are the most impactful in today’s pediatric healthcare world?
Technology is definitely an impactful trend for today's pediatric healthcare world - our group should be one of those on the forefront of figuring out the best ways technology can serve our patients. Sometimes, this includes determining the best ways we as pediatric clinicians can use technology to promote quality and personalization in the care we provide. From Epic SmartPhrases (I have 110!) to telemental health to apps that help our patients with making healthy food choices (Fooducate and Awesome Eats), and decreasing stress (Calm, Headspace), I try to be a connoisseur of it all!
How can NAPNAP members not only prepare for these trends but also serve as health care leaders in light of them?
NAPNAP members can serve as health care leaders on the forefront of technology in healthcare by regular use and sharing of those elements or platforms that they find most useful.
When you’re not being a rockstar pediatric-focused APRN, what do you enjoy doing?
Hanging out with my daughter and husband, running, cycling, hiking, cooking & baking (hence, all the activities I listed first), and various and assorted crafts.