New Position Creates Unique Opportunity
by Mary Beth Kuebrich
Over the past year, it was my privilege to serve as the first Student Director at Large for the GAPNA Great Lakes Chapter (GLC).
I first became involved with GLC as a student member after attending their NP student mentorship night during the first year of my graduate program. I was inspired by this group’s dedication to the profession and to fostering the success of the next generation of nurse practitioners.
I felt so welcomed by this group of seasoned nurse practitioners that during my final year of school I decided to apply for the Student Director at Large position.
In this unique role, I was invited to participate in Board of Directors meetings via teleconference as well as in person. The board members were accommodating of my scheduling needs as a student and facilitated my participation from a distance when needed. I was also invited to join a committee of my choice. I chose the Education Committee, which focused on planning the Student NP Mentorship Night and the Annual GLC Conference.
Serving in this position is a fantastic networking opportunity for an NP student as it provides the chance to meet many nurse practitioners working in the local area.
The GLC Board and Chapter members embody what being a professional nurse practitioner means: going above and beyond their practice commitments, advocating for the profession, and instilling leadership qualities in the next generation of nurse practitioners.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve in this year-long role and learn from such a wonderful and experienced group of advanced practice nurses.
Mary Beth Kuebrich, MS, AGPCNP-BC
Student Director at Large