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.
I am so honored to become NAPNAP’s 40th president. Thank you all for your confidence and trust. My sincere gratitude to Cathy Haut and Mary Chesney, our prior two presidents, for their mentorship and support. You have my pledge that I will represent our association to the best of my ability. To this end, I will be focusing on three areas in the coming year...
On June 30, I will end my year as NAPNAP president. I am proud of this organization’s response to issues that affect the mental and physical health of children and our continued advocacy for child health at both local and national levels. As members, we can always count on NAPNAP to be our voice at the table, promoting the important role of pediatric-focused advanced practice nurses in creating healthy environments for children and their families.
A few weeks ago, I shared with you some NAPNAP history. Started in 1973, NAPNAP had an initial 400 members. Currently, we have more than 8500 members. The growth of this organization is attributed to you, NAPNAP’s dedicated pediatric-focused healthcare providers! Once again, I say Thank YOU for all of your participation in NAPNAP activities and for advertising the benefits of membership to your colleagues!
Weather is never a predictable factor! Making plans for outdoor activities must always involve a back-up location in case of inclement weather. Throughout my experience this year as NAPNAP president and the past 18 years as a NAPNAP member, I have never been concerned that the association's barometer is going to change, as this organization is stable with a predictable, but extremely progressive forecast.
Congratulations to all pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurse graduates! We welcome you to active participation in the profession. We are also excited about our members who will be receiving their PhD and DNP degrees this spring! In order to fulfill some of the educational needs of members, NAPNAP collaborates with industry in our Corporate Circle membership program, which offers healthcare-related businesses an opportunity to partner with NAPNAP in their mutual dedication to child health.
A round of applause for all nurses! National Nurses week begins on May 6, the official National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The U.S. observed the very first National Nurse Week in October 1954 to correspond with the centennial of Florence Nightingale’s service in the Crimean War. There were various celebrations to recognize nurses over the next several years, but it wasn’t until 1982 when Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed May 6 as National Nurses Day.
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! 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 provide you with new and exciting member benefits! We are thrilled to offer you the following new opportunities.
WOW! After coming home, I still feel very energized from the NAPNAP National Conference, where more than 1500 pediatric-focused APRNs gathered to learn the latest in their specialties while enjoying sunny Georgia and reconnecting with friends and colleagues over dinner, cocktails or between educational sessions. For many, the NAPNAP conference is the place where friendships continue to bloom year after year. After all, we all share the same passion, caring for children and their families!
The week of March 14 is National Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week, a time to celebrate our profession’s many successes! For more than 50 years, PNPs have provided quality health care for children, and we continue to expand our horizons, working in primary care, acute and specialty care. I am proud to represent our PNP NAPNAP members as we embrace full practice authority and continue to share our expertise with the patients and families we serve. PNPs have a strong history of advocating for children and their families, dating back to the 1970s.
I am very excited for the opening of NAPNAP national elections! You will have the opportunity to vote for your elected leaders March 1-31. The NAPNAP Executive Board is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary, treasurer and, as of July 1, six members-at-large. Voting is a membership privilege and your chance to participate in determining the leadership of your organization!
Greetings! In the news: Groundhog, “Punxutawney Phil” did not see his shadow, so winter will soon be gone! Hard to believe after the record-breaking snowstorm that hit the northeast two weeks ago and another storm that came across the Midwest last weekend! Hope everyone is warm and looking forward to a snow–free Valentine’s Day weekend and of course, a warm week in March for the NAPNAP conference in Atlanta!
Registration is open for the upcoming NAPNAP National Conference in Atlanta! I sincerely hope you will plan on attending! The NAPNAP conference offers many benefits for students, from enhancing their education about the pediatric-focused APRN role and clinical topics to introducing them to potential employers in the Exhibit Hall and the Student Reception. Mentoring is also a great opportunity for students to learn, and mentors benefit from the opportunity to share their knowledge and learn from their mentee!
I hope that you have many positive experiences and adventures to remember when you reflect on the events of the year. It is amazing that half of the decade from 2010 to 2020 is now over! As your new year’s resolution for 2016, consider taking part in advocacy efforts for child health in your own neighborhood! There are so many concerns for children and together we can positively affect these outcomes.