President's Message

Presidents Message

President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.

-Greta Thunberg

President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

Families arrive to our clinical practices having already obtained so much information from a variety of avenues: social media, friends, articles or just perhaps word of mouth. We are all aware of the misinformation about vaccines that has been posted online, fueling concern of invalidated evidence on the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. Years of evidence, scientific research and vaccine development have prevented millions of children from contracting serious illnesses. And yet, through powerful posts, we see the tides shifting.

President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

President Raji Koppolu shares her thoughts on the importance of mentors, the Blueprint 2020 member survey and NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth.

President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

In just the last week, our communities have witnessed acts of firearm violence, one of which was very close to where I am personally living. These acts in Gilroy, CA; Dayton, OH; and El Paso, TX, continue to not only affect us as individuals, but the communities in which we live. We also know that pediatric injury and mortality associated with other events may not otherwise be reported in media.

President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

-Beverly Sills

Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

As I write this message, I am sitting in Long Beach, California looking out at the palm trees and sand, and I am smiling to myself. It is wonderful to have long summer days. The extra time gives me the opportunity to ride my bike, visit friends or watch my pups run at the dog park. It means time with friends and family, summer barbecues and chilled white wine. It also is a time of transition. Our graduates from every level anxiously await next steps in their education, sick season winds down and illnesses shift to milder viruses, bug bites and contact dermatitis.

Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

Happy April everyone. I love spring! April is an important time for many people of different faith traditions. It is a month where we see the promise of tomorrow in the new growth and flowers. Kids start to realize that the school year is coming to an end, and graduations with the promise of the future start to fill out calendars. I hope each of you is well and healthy, and that our long sick season will soon end.

Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

Happy NP week everyone! I graduated with my PNP in 1994, and I admit I have never regretted the decision to go back to school. I'm so grateful that the University of Florida gave me an exceptional education and that I have a professional home like NAPNAP that pushes me to always be at the top of my game. Almost every day I go to clinic, I have a moment where I think to myself that it amazes me how much I love being a PNP, even after all these years. As a profession, we have come far these last decades.

President Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

Happy fall everyone! I for one am glad for cooler temperatures, and I love watching the trees erupt in color. Although time is flying by, these crisp autumn days almost force me to slow down, to take more walks and to appreciate all my blessings and good fortunes. For those who were in the path of Hurricane Michael, my heart goes out to you, your families and your communities. As a native Floridan, I know the panhandle and southern Georgia well and know you are resilient, amazing people who won’t be kept down long.

President Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

I don’t know about you, but I am amazed we are almost halfway through September. Time seems to be flying by, and I am astounded we are almost to the last quarter of the year! I know many of you are dealing with natural disasters, be they fires or impending hurricanes. Some of you are recovering from natural disasters that have already happened. I lost my home in Hurricane Andrew, lived near Tornado Alley for 24 years and live in an area devastated by fires last year, so I can imagine where your concerns are at this time. I pray you, your loved ones and your communities stay safe.

President Dawn Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

August is such a busy time of the year; infant births are high, and children are getting ready to go back to school, which means it’s physical season in primary care and elective surgeries are picking up. I, for one, try to enjoy the last bit of sunny warmth before the cold and rain returns, and I have tons of friends going on that last family vacation of the summer. I teach, so the fall semester has started and what I call my “faculty affective disorder” has kicked in.

President Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

On July 1, I began my journey as the 42nd president of NAPNAP. I often start a journey by thinking about the steps that led me to the start. This gives me perspective and helps me keep my priorities straight. I find it’s easy to lose sight of that which is important when I’m in the midst of a challenge. So, I start my presidency with a look back, and with a glance to the journey ahead.

President Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

On July 1, I began my journey as the 42nd president of NAPNAP. I often start a journey by thinking about the steps that led me to the start. This gives me perspective and helps me keep my priorities straight. I find it’s easy to lose sight of that which is important when I’m in the midst of a challenge. So, I start my presidency with a look back, and with a glance to the journey ahead.

President Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC

I just finished my last board meeting as president, and it has caused me to reflect on the past year and all the remarkable people I have met. What an amazing time. The June board meeting is always fun and energetic as we blend recently elected board members, who are joining us for the first time to learn their roles, and some of our seasoned members who are completing their terms. On the plane home, I read an article about a businessman who was learning to make new friends at age 45.

President Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC

Welcome to May and warmer weather (finally), flowers blooming and outdoor activities in full swing.  In Chicago, warmer weather can bring an uptick in injuries, including traumas involving gun violence.  So, it seems appropriate that as we head into the warmer weather, we take a stand for firearm injury prevention.

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