President's Message

Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve

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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.

Congratulations and a warm welcome to our incoming president-elect, Dawn Garzon, and members-at-large, Brenda Cassidy, Cathy Woodard and Terri Woo. They bring a wealth of clinical knowledge, scholarship and leadership experience to the table. Congratulations as well to Beth Bolick, who is moving from her previous member-at-large position to the position of secretary.

We also said farewell and thank you to Immediate Past President Cathy Haut, outgoing secretary, Jessica Peck, and members-at-large, Tina Rickenback and Julie Creaden. I owe a personal debt of gratitude to these ladies, especially Cathy, from whom I learned so much during my terms as president-elect and president.

This past year has been the highlight of my professional career, and I thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your president. I leave office with much gratitude to the outstanding Executive Board members with whom I have had the privilege to work this past year. Not only are they all great leaders, but they have become fast friends. I would also like to give a big shout out to NAPNAP Executive Director Cate Brennan and our national office staff. With the leadership of the Executive Board and the skilled and careful management by our executive director and our amazing staff, NAPNAP is growing, thriving and well positioned for continued success. We will all continue to work tirelessly on your behalf to advance our pediatric advanced practice profession and provide you, our members, with services and opportunities to grow as professionals and improve the health and well-being of our nation’s children. I am very happy to be turning the gavel over to Tresa Zielinski as she begins her term as president of NAPNAP. She is an outstanding, innovative leader who brings much wonderful experience to her new position.

It will be an exciting year. Mark your calendars for our four regional symposia taking place July 29 in Tampa, Fla., August 6 in Louisville, Ky, November 5 in Washington D.C., and November 11-12 in San Francisco. I want to especially highlight our pediatric emergencies symposium in Washington DC on November 5, followed by our NAPNAP Capitol Hill Day. Plan on joining us! Thanks again for a wonderful year, and I hope to see many of you March 19-22 in Chicago at our National Conference.  Have a great summer.  As always:

All my best,

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