Chapters Lead the Way in Education and Mentorship
by Michelle Moccia
We are looking forward to the GAPNA’s Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, and networking, learning, visiting exhibitors, riding in the Cash Cab, taking the new APRN Specialty Certification in Gerontology pilot exam, and supporting the Foundation by donating baskets for their raffle. The money raised is used for the GAPNA Foundation Project and Research Awards.
Many chapters hosted student night outs, pharmaceutical meetings, community events, giving back opportunities, and annual conferences. The Sonoran (Arizona) and Delaware Valley Chapters are celebrating their 10th anniversaries this year. The Great Lakes Chapter is hosting their 10th Annual Excellence in Geriatric Care Annual Conference.
Many chapters have elected Student Directors at Large to expose them to leadership and mentor future leaders. Everyone continues to share resources. Thank you to Karen Shore and Dim Lin Tran (Southern California) for sharing their student night booklet. Congratulations to Mid-South Tennessee for winning the March Madness membership contest. We are looking forward to seeing and supporting their booth at the conference.
We want to thank Abby Luck-Parish (Awards Chair) for being a guest at a couple of the meetings and the committee for creating nomination tips.
The Awards Committee reported 33 nominations this year. Thank you to Chair Sue Mullaney (Health Affairs) for sharing their work and discussing member opportunities for possible coalition partnerships to address geriatric and APRN matters. View the GAPNA Committees.
The Chapter Presidents and President-elects will be meeting in Nashville on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 to set goals for the 2017-2018 year.
Thank you to our outgoing Presidents Deanna Wingate (Arizona), Ann Herzmann (Chicagoland), Cynthia Gerstenlauer (Michigan), Karen Shore (Southern California), Donna Theisen (Northern California), Teresa McDonald (Delaware Valley), Karen Jones (Florida), Brette Winston (Georgia), Carol Knud-Hansen (Maryland), Karin Broden (New England), Sarah Kangas (Pennsylvania), Mary Shelkey (Seattle), Karolina Dimitrova (Texas), Heather Mullen (Virginia), and Lisa Lockwood (Wisconsin) for their leadership, contributions, and their gift of time this past year.
See you in Nashville!
Michelle Moccia DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN
Join your friends and colleagues in Nashville.