President's Message

Presidents Message

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

At the March business meeting, held during the national conference in Denver, we introduced a campaign that would allow NAPNAP to take a leading role in initiatives serving underserved children and respond authoritatively to timely events in health care. In the past, we often served in a passenger role by supporting others’ initiatives, but the road map is changing, and we are now putting ourselves in the driver’s seat. I hope you are as excited about this as I am. 

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

Gun violence. There I said it. I believe the time has come for NAPNAP to take a stronger stand to reduce gun violence and promote common sense gun safety regulations to protect children. I am positive you are as mentally exhausted and outraged as I at each reporting of another mass shooting. We must recognize this as the public health crisis it truly is. Did you know there have been 278 mass casualty shootings in America so far in 2017? That is almost one shooting each day. A mass casualty shooting is defined as greater than four persons injured in a single assault.

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

September has started in a whirlwind (no pun intended) as August went out with a bang. So many losses for so many, especially in the southern hemisphere with Hurricane Harvey hitting and Hurricane Irma active. NAPNAP’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

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

As I have been following what I now term the “healthcare shuffle,” I have gained some new heroes. The two senators who persisted in fighting for the greater good were outshined by a perfectly timed ‘no’ vote, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine consistently asked that the healthcare bill provide more for children and our other most vulnerable citizens.

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

I hope everyone is having a great summer and enjoying some time with families and friends. I am excited to be typing my first presidential address from my happy place at the Jersey Shore as I look and wait for my dolphins to swim by. My summer reading is Attitude: Developing a Winning Mindset on and off the Court by Jay Wright, head coach for the Villanova basketball team. The similarities between his advice and the advice Loretta Ford has given nurse practitioners is very similar.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Greetings!  I am writing this on the plane traveling back from New York City, home of our NAPNAP national office. Over the last few days we welcomed and provided orientation and training for our newly elected board members, held our spring Executive Board meeting, and expressed our gratitude and said good-bye to some amazing leaders who are leaving the board at the end of their terms. I return home confident in the strength and sustainability of our thriving professional association.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Happy Nurses Week everyone! I want to personally thank you all for following the call to nursing and to pediatric nursing. Our children are unique and precious gifts of creation. We know that we are blessed and enriched by the opportunity to care for them and their families every day.

Year after year, nursing is at or near the top of the list of most trusted professions. In thinking about this, I believe the reason that so much trust is placed in nurses is found in our Nursing Code of Ethics and the way our daily practice puts these principles into action.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Happy Spring, everyone. Despite the clouds of pollen that blanket Atlanta, this is my favorite time of year. I was thrilled that Spring started early in Colorado. We all thoroughly enjoyed the lovely warm weather in Denver at our national conference.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

It is the eve of my departure for Denver and I am looking forward to welcoming a record setting 1,700+ friends and colleagues to our 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. My fellow Executive Board members and I will be there to greet you in person at our Wednesday evening Welcome Social and at our Conference Kick-off and Opening Session on Thursday morning.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Winter greetings to everyone. I am happy to say that we are past the halfway point of winter, and the days are becoming noticeably longer. It also means that NAPNAP’s election season and our 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, March 16-19 in Denver, will soon be here.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Happy New Year to all,

I hope your holidays were filled with many good things, especially the warmth and love of time spent with family and friends. What I treasure most about the holidays is the unique spirit of the season. It is a special, uplifting time when people seem to have more open minds and open hearts. I have resolved this year to try to hold on to this spirit as we enter a time of great uncertainty and change.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

It’s difficult to believe that tumultuous 2016 is almost over. While agreement on any issue has seemed to be out of reach, I think we all can agree that a bit of peace, comfort and joy is just what we need. Let me start by wishing you my most sincere wishes for a joyful holiday season. All of you give so much during the year to your colleagues, students, patients and their families. This has been a good year for NAPNAP.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week to all my wonderful colleagues. I am continuously impressed by our members’ unyielding dedication to their patients and our profession, and I applaud you during this very special week. Especially during this month of Thanksgiving, know you all have my thanks and gratitude.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

I begin this message with hopes for the safety and security of all of our members in the coastal areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. Like you, I am dismayed by the destruction and loss of life. I think it is important for all of us to take a moment from our busy routines and contribute in some way to the relief efforts. We can show we care in so many small ways. There is quite a bit of other news to share with you.

President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

The beginning of a new school year and the celebration of Labor Day mark the end of summer. Football season has begun and with it the other fall competitive event, political campaign season. This year in particular there are some drastic and worrisome differences in the tone and tenor of political debate. Americans have traditionally been a hopeful and optimistic people. We have always valued civil discourse and an open debate of conflicting ideas without the meanness, combativeness and lack of ethical behavior we are currently seeing.

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