Dear NAPNAP Members,
Welcome Spring! I hope you filed your taxes on time! It is hard to believe that our national conference was over almost a month ago and we have results from the 2016 election already! I congratulate new board members and send a sincere “thank you” to all who ran for office and to those who voted. Strong leadership results in a strong, sustained organization. Board members are charged with representing you, the NAPNAP members, in making important decisions year round.
As I reflect on attending the national conference and on the election process, I feel very honored, once again, to be a member of the leadership team of this wonderful organization! I also think about the benefits of the conference and election experiences. Through being part of the Executive Board, I have been humbled to meet and work with so many talented professionals within NAPNAP and our esteemed partner pediatric organizations. In order to be a member of the Executive Board, NAPNAP members are invited, once a year, to apply for available positions. Candidates who run for NAPNAP office are selected through an application, nomination and initial screening process, and then approved by the board for inclusion on the ballot. Thanks to Mary Chesney and the Nominations Committee for finding such talented individuals to run for office this year. Collectively, our 2016 candidates have over 225 years of experience in leadership and board positions. They have doctoral degrees and national certifications, practice in both acute and primary care settings, and are involved in pediatrics as educators and as researchers. They are experienced in health policy, and they have participated in medical missions. There is not enough I can say that reflects the competence of these candidates, other than it was a very competitive election!
As the new leadership group is oriented and the Executive Board prepares to begin their 2016-2017 work in July, the staff of the national office is working hard to share information on new incentives for NAPNAP members. In addition to the national conference, NAPNAP is excited to offer you the following:
TeamPeds Member Network: TeamPeds Member Network is an online community that gives NAPNAP members the opportunity to network with members of your Special Interest Groups (SIG) and your local chapter. You can read documents posted by SIG leaders and members under the library tab, search for a member or participate in a discussion. Local chapter members can network, share resources and find out about activities and NAPNAP opportunities at the local level.
TeamPeds Volunteers: TeamPeds Volunteers offers busy NAPNAP members opportunities to lend your professional experience to short-term projects and activities. All you have to do is log in and update your personal information! NAPNAP staff will share current opportunities that line up with your expertise, giving you both flexibility and a way to stay involved with your association.
Pediatric Health Care Library: This newest member and family resource displays information with pictures, handouts and videos about common health care problems. You can download the app on your hand-held device and also find tear-off handouts for your patients with Spanish and English versions.
Updated Ready, Set, Grow Website: “Ready, Set, Grow” is a magazine written by PNPs, which can be sent to your office and offers families health information on a variety of child health and wellness topics. The updated website offers enhanced features to view on any device and access to current and past articles that you can share with your patients.
Updated Career Connection website: Career Connection offers you the ability to upload multiple resumes and cover letters, make private notes on a potential employer, and anonymously chat with employers, so that you can be in control of your job-hunting experience. This site also offers a variety of resources such as reference checking and on-line critique of your resume. You can upload your resume and set up job alerts to receive information about potential jobs in the areas that you are interested in working.
Lifelock Member Benefit: Lifelock, the leader in identify theft protection, offers NAPNAP members a discount to protect your identify and assets. You can access the Lifelock link to sign up for this important service through the NAPNAP website.
NAPNAP strives to provide members with benefits that support your professional interests, offer information to your patients and their families, and give you opportunities for networking and volunteering for exciting short and long-term projects. Make sure to continue your membership and encourage your friends, colleagues and students to make NAPNAP their professional home!
As NAPNAP searches for other great member benefits, look for invitations to submit abstracts for presentations and posters for the 2017 NAPNAP conference in Denver and consider signing up for TeamPeds:Volunteers to find out about other exciting opportunities to be involved with NAPNAP. Calls for nominations for open 2017 Executive Board positions will be posted in late summer. I personally invite you to find a role in this organization that meets your professional interests and supports NAPNAP objectives. While you decide what role is right for you, sit back and take advantage of all the new and exciting NAPNAP member benefits! Let us know what you think!