President's Message

New Year's Resolutions

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President Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Happy New Year 2015! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and enjoyed time with your family and friends.

A new year is like an unopened present full of possibilities for growth, development and exploration. What we do with that gift is up to us. Each January we make resolutions, promises to ourselves that we will accomplish great things before the following December 31. Common resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier foods, exercise more, explore new cities, learn a language, or take a class in an area of interest. We make resolutions with the best of intentions and the gung-ho spirit that comes when we have the better part of 365 days still in front of us.

However, New Year’s resolutions are challenging to maintain. As we all know, life gets busy. Work and family take priority over our aspirations and those January resolutions can easily fade by March. Sometimes it takes support from friends, family and co-workers to make our resolutions into realities.

In the spirit of the New Year, I have made some 2015 resolutions for NAPNAP, child health and the APRN community that I hope you will help me turn into reality.

  • May we have our highest attendance ever at the 36th Conference on Pediatric Health Care in Las Vegas and may those of you who join us maximize your benefits from the experience. The conference is only two months away! We have numerous exciting sessions and programs planned that I know you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget to register by January 30 for the Early Bird Discount!
     
  • May we have strong voter turnout for the NAPNAP elections this year. This is YOUR association, yet sadly, fewer than 20% of NAPNAP members annually exercise their right to vote for NAPNAP leadership. You can meet the candidates throughout the conference in Vegas and through messages on our election webpage and emails you will receive directly to your inbox. This is the first year we will be electing members-at-large to our Executive Board. I encourage all of you to find out more about the candidates and the member-at-large position and vote for your elected leaders.
     
  • May the new 114th Congress vote to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before current funding runs out in September. NAPNAP has been heavily involved in the work to persuade Congress to pass this important legislation. Please take time to write to your state representatives and ask that they vote “Yes” to reauthorize CHIP.
     
  • May those of you working to pass state legislation granting full practice authority to APRNs be successful in your efforts. Allowing APRNs to practice autonomously to the fullest extent of their education and clinical training will help meet the demand for quality health care. I encourage you to find out how you can get involved in APRN legislative efforts in your state.

Assisting with 2015 goals is a two-way street. NAPNAP has many resources available to help you achieve career success. Explore the website or contact the national office or your local chapter to find out how we can help you turn your professional New Year’s resolutions into achievable realities.

What are your professional New Year’s resolutions? What can NAPNAP do to help you make them a reality?

Yours in health,

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