President's Message

NAPNAP 2015 Conference - What Happened in Vegas

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President Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

What happened in Vegas? Many exciting things!

We had 1655 total conference attendees, a NAPNAP record!

Our new conference app was a big hit uniting over 1100 attendees into an interactive community through the sharing of photos and posts.

We empowered today’s and tomorrow’s leaders with our new professional leadership and development track that included stimulating presentations on CHIP reauthorization, finding the best job and the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

We accomplished a lot--all on the beautiful grounds of Caesars Palace in sunny Paradise, Nevada, otherwise known as the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Here’s my top ten countdown of personal conference highlights:

10. Having the privilege of opening the 36th Conference.

9. Hearing positive comments from members throughout the conference about the excellent educational sessions.

8. Watching with pride as NAPNAP national staff worked their magic and met the needs of 1,655 attendees so beautifully throughout the conference.

7. Meeting with partners from other professional organizations.

6. Sharing the presentation on Advancing the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation with Kristin Hittle and Laura Searcy.

5. Celebrating with my Minnesota NAPNAP colleagues on Friday night.

4. Feeling such energy and excitment from the crowd during the opening session Wednesday morning.

3. Connecting with fabulous NAPNAP friends again and meeting new friends.

2. Presenting the President’s Award to my dear friend and mentor, Dr. Linda Lindeke.

1. Meeting so many wonderful student NAPNAP members and feeling assured that our future will be in capable hands!

For those of you who attended the conference, please keep our community going by sharing some of your highlights in the comments. I would love to read about your favorite moments.

If you were unable to make it this year, we look forward to seeing you at our 37th annual conference, March 16 – 19, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, the “Empire City of the South.” It will be another rewarding experience that you won’t want to miss!

Yours in health,

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So great to read Mary's comments and recall the wonderful time I had at the conference. I have been attending the conference for years and always come home energized and ready to care for and advocate for children and their families. Love the fact many of the sessions will be available on the NAPNAP website so I can still obtain information on sessions I missed. It was good to learn about the legislative efforts of our organization to advocate for children as well as protect our practice. Also loved the general session lunch with dance time!!! I think the conference APP was very successful and added a new dimension to the experience. As usual I enjoyed the conference and look forward to Atlanta! Tina Rickenback, Clinical Practice Chair

On behalf of all NAPNAP staff, thanks to the Executive Board, Conference Planning Committee, and hundreds of volunteers and subject matter experts for making the 2015 Annual Conference a resounding success. Staff, along with the above, work almost year round to make the conference informative and impactful. One of our goals this year was to make it more inviting, friendly and warm. We will continue to work hard to make the conference not only about learning the latest research and skills but also about building a supportive network for APRNs working with children. Cate Brennan, NAPNAP executive director, New York City. 

I echo Mary's thoughts. It was so wonderful to have the opportunity to see the networking and professional development of so many talented pediatric healthcare providers! The strength of the conference comes from the members who attend, the gifted clinicians who share their wisdom and the hard work of the volunteers on the conference planning committee and other critical committees who work so tirelessly. I have always said NAPANP is my first professional home and my most most beloved one. Being at this year's conference only cemented that for me. Can't wait to see what wonderful things they will have for us in Atlanta!