Education and Business Meeting Highlights
by Cynthia Gerstenlauer
Five Great Lakes Chapter (GLC) members participated in the National Health Care Decision Day on April 7, 2016 at Saint Mary Mercy Hospital, led by member Michelle Moccia. The documentary Nine to Ninety was shown. The producer and director of the film participated via videoconference so the audience could ask questions.
The film is highly recommended to help “have the conversation” and to bring about intergenerational discussions about end-of-life issues. The use of drama increased the number of participants completing an advance directive. Approximately 60 people attended and evaluations were excellent.
Kudos to the Southern California Chapter for winning the March Member Madness! We look forward to visiting your booth at GAPNA’s Annual Conference in Phoenix.
The GLC had four members on the GAPNA election ballot. Two of our members were elected including Michelle Moccia as President-Elect and Deborah Dunn as Director-at-Large. Our congratulations to all of the new GAPNA Board of Directors.
The GLC accepted the challenge from the GAPNA Awards Committee to nominate a member from our chapter for each award category. We knew the competition was stiff but also recognized there were very deserving individuals in our chapter.
The June 14, 2016 Education and Business Meeting was held at Cortina Café in Farmington Hills, and was attended by 22 APNs and APN students. The dinner program was sponsored by XenoPort, Inc. and featured a presentation on Horizant® (gabapentin enacarbil) for the treatment of restless legs syndrome. The speaker was neurologist Aaron Ellenbogen, DO, MPH, who was very knowledgeable about this disorder and was one of the principal investigators for this medication.
The chapter held its election of officers at the meeting. Cynthia Gerstenlauer will continue as President, Donna Hamill as President-Elect, and MJ Favot as Immediate Past President. Mary Ann Nicholas is the new Secretary, and Stephanie Lusis will continue in the second year of her term as Treasurer. We are working with local universities to fill the Student Director at Large position as we value having a student on the board.
Members brought cans of food for the Plymouth Friendship Center for seniors. The board also made the decision to be a Stomp Out Sepsis sponsor for a 5K to be held on September 11, 2016.
Cynthia Gerstenlauer, ANP-BC, GNCS-BC, CDE