President's Message

National Nurses Week - An Opportunity to Thank Your Mentor!

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President Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

It’s national Nurses Week! From May 6 – May 12, we honor and recognize nurses across all specialties and all areas of practice. The week culminates on the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and in her spirit, we celebrate the dedication of all nurses and advanced practice nurses to providing the highest quality care to their patients. We should all be extremely proud of the work we do and take the opportunity, especially this week, to celebrate our accomplishments.

For many of us, our accomplishments as advanced practice nurses would not be possible without the guidance and support of a mentor, that special person who was our teacher, leader, guiding spirit, coach, cheerleader or honest advisor. A mentor may be someone we still speak to every day or someone we may not have spoken to for 10 years, but without whom we wouldn’t be the APRN we are today.

Who was your mentor? How do you recognize them?

I had the opportunity to honor my dear mentor, Linda Lindeke, during the 2015 conference Awards Breakfast. NAPNAP is giving all members the opportunity to honor their mentors through its Mentors Matter program.

Mentors Matter

The Mentors Matter program allows you to publicly recognize that person who truly made a difference in your professional life. When you nominate your mentor, they will be included in our Annual Mentors Matter Hall of Fame. We will also feature a mentor story each month on our Mentors Matter web page.

The person you recognize can be a fellow NAPNAP member or APRN, but they do not necessarily have to be. You can honor a parent, best friend, high school teacher, college professor, employer, anyone who has had a profound impact on your nursing career. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form and say thank you to someone whose support and teachings will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The mentors who matter to you, matter to us. We want to help you say “thank you.”

Our goal is for the Mentors Matter Hall of Fame to hold 50 mentors by the end of the year. You can make your mentor one of those 50 by submitting your nominated mentor and their photo here.

Florence Nightingale was known as the “lady with the lamp.” She started a nursing training program, sparked worldwide healthcare reform, and changed the way people saw the nursing profession. She was one of the first prominent nursing mentors. We honor Florence Nightingale's influence every year during national Nurses Week. Now it’s your turn. Honor the person who influenced you through NAPNAP’s Mentors Matter.

Yours in health,

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