President's Message

Why I Value NAPNAP

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President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Greetings!

Time has flown by this summer. Here in the South, kids are starting back to school (they finish the school year mid to late May). Parents are navigating all the options for their kids to join this or that organization; touting the benefits of membership.

This summer saw the launch of NAPNAP’s big membership drive, the Connect & Recruit campaign, which began on July 18 and will run through October 7. During this time we ask our members to act as ambassadors for NAPNAP and reach out to professional colleagues who may not yet know all that NAPNAP membership has to offer. NAPNAP membership is open to any APRN who cares for children, be they PNPs, FNPs or CNSs in any acute care, primary care, or specialty area of practice. You can receive discounts on your next membership renewal for every new member you recruit. Check out the details on the Connect & Recruit webpage and start spreading the word. The benefits of membership have expanded through the years and encompass member discounts, top notch educational opportunities, advocacy tools, practice resources and many ways to build a professional community with people who share your interests.

NAPNAP is truly a unique organization, and in reflecting on my more than 20 years as a NAPNAP member, there are a number of key reasons why I value our association so highly. First and foremost, I value NAPNAP for the relationships and career-long friendships I have formed. I remember my first NAPNAP conference in San Antonio. I was about to graduate from my PNP program and had joined NAPNAP as a student member (thanks to a few of my professors who had encouraged me as a student to be active with the Georgia Chapter). I remember the great anticipation I felt as I boarded the plane. I had gone to grad school with three kids under the age of 7. And while I love my husband and children dearly, this was the first time that I was going to be away, by myself, for something professional for me in nine years. I was anticipating getting up when I pleased, eating where and when I pleased, and yes, going to great sessions and learning more about this new branch of my nursing career. I remember being a little apprehensive about not knowing a lot of people. What I did not anticipate, when I put on my name badge with the “first time participant” designation, was the warm welcome I received from NAPNAP members around the country. Many of those individuals have become career-long friends and colleagues and are some of the best leaders and mentors any one could associate with.

NAPNAP membership, besides the wonderful educational offerings and other benefits, has given me the opportunity to work on committees and workgroups with colleagues who share my interest and passions. I work alongside dedicated professionals who model the best of positive teamwork with respect, courtesy, and an openness to diversity of opinion—and all to benefit the evolution of our profession and promote the well-being of children. Think how much more we could offer and accomplish if each member recruited one more!

Along with the launch of Connect & Recruit, August is National Breastfeeding Month and National Immunization Awareness Month. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the leaders and members of both our Breastfeeding Education and Immunization special interest groups (SIGs). Their leadership and contributions in these fields have been valuable and impactful. Follow the below links to their web pages, and you will find a wealth of information and resources on these topics. Consider joining these or any one of our 17 SIGs. The benefits of enhancing your professional community are many.

Breastfeeding Education – https://www.napnap.org/bfe

Immunization - https://www.napnap.org/imm

Enjoy the remaining days of summer! As always your comments are welcome, and my “virtual office door” is always open. I would love to hear from you.

All my best,

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