President's Message

The Road Untraveled

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President Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

-Beverly Sills

Greetings NAPNAP members! I am truly honored and excited to serve as your president this year. We are all part of an exciting and formative time in our association's history. While I know we will celebrate many accomplishments this year, I see three large areas of focus starting to develop: planning for the future, increasing membership, and supporting members to be leaders and strong advocates. We will embark on project: "Blueprint 2020" to help develop our next strategic plan. While we can't predict the future, we can assess our current state, be aware of emerging trends and prepare new goals in response. Build your leadership and advocacy toolbox by participating in our NP Leadership and Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day, November 3rd-4th in Washington DC. Consider attending one of our regional symposia this year. These specialty symposia are designed to provide continuing education on important and current topics in child health in cities around the country. They also provide opportunity for students to have support in preparing for the primary and acute certification exams. Board members will be at these symposia to meet you, hear from you, and be a liaison to the Executive Board. Each of you has a story as to why you joined NAPNAP. Share the great benefits of being a member as your association continues to aim to be the Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners®.

I remember when I went to my first NAPNAP event. Nothing felt more empowering than being in a room with so many other like-minded individuals. If you are a student or early in your career, NAPNAP provides a wonderful place to network with other providers and know you are not alone in the journey. For those who are in the middle of your career, changing subspecialties, transitioning to a faculty, research, or administrative role, NAPNAP is here to support you in this transition. Your newfound skills will only broaden our perspective in advocating for children. And for those who have been sustaining members, I thank you for your mentorship, loyalty and dedication to NAPNAP. Your guidance and wisdom help amplify our collective voice for children.

I wish you all a healthy and safe summer and that you all take time for personal rest and recovery. I appreciate that we find ourselves in a time of significant concern for the health and well-being of vulnerable children. With your support and advocacy, we will be a part of educating ourselves on these issues, actively participating in efforts for improvement, and working with our colleagues to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for all children. I look forward to the road untraveled and encourage you to email me at president@napnap.org at any time throughout the year.

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