New Chapter Leaders Welcomed
by Cynthia Gerstenlauer
Congratulations to the Mid-South Tennessee Chapter for winning March Madness this year!
We look forward to visiting your booth at GAPNA’s Annual Conference. Our chapter made a good effort, coming in 6th place with 70 joins or renewals.
Our recent quarterly meeting was held on June 14, 2017, at Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Livonia, MI. The meeting was sponsored by Insys Therapeutics, Inc., featuring Subsys (fentanyl sublingual spray. Dr. James Otting spoke on, “Understanding Breakthrough Cancer Pain (BTCP) and Identifying Treatment Limitations.” He was very passionate about managing pain and improving quality of life for patients with cancer.
As June is election time, we first recognized outgoing officers. Mary Jane (aka “MJ”) Favot has served as Immediate Past-President for the past 2 years. We will miss her valuable contributions on the Board, but look forward to her continued presence as our webmaster and other great work she does for the chapter.
Laura Kremer is the outgoing Student Director at Large, and she did a great job for us this past year. We are happy that she will continue on the Planning Committee for our 10th Annual Conference in November. Congratulations also to Laura for graduating with her MSN and already preparing to take her boards!
I completed serving as President for the last 2 years, which has been both an honor and a privilege. I highly recommend becoming involved with chapter leadership. It is educational and many opportunities are open to you to grow personally and contribute not only to the success of your chapter and state, but also to GAPNA and the role of APRNs.
Lastly, we recognized Stephanie Lusis as our wonderful Treasurer for the past 2 years. Fortunately, for us, she agreed to run for Treasurer again and, no surprise, was re-elected unanimously.
Also elected was Nina Ganesh Nandish as President-elect. Nina joined our chapter when she was a student and has been active on the Planning Committee for our annual conferences. We look forward to helping her develop her skills as a leader.
Even though our terms for President-elect, President, and Immediate Past President are 1 year each, we concluded that while not mandatory, it has been helpful to serve 2 years in these positions, due to the learning curve and for chapter stability.
Donna Hamill, DNP, assumed the Presidency at the conclusion of the meeting. Donna was featured as a GAPNA Rising Star in the Fall 2016 GAPNA newsletter, and we are very much looking forward to her leadership.
The Board also appointed two Student Direct at Large positions as we had two very good candidates and we believe appointing both would be mutually beneficial to our chapter and the students. Laura Schipper is an adult gerontology primary care DNP student at the University of Michigan, and Ashley Manning is an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner student at Madonna University. Both are slated to graduate in 2018. We look forward to having them on the Board.
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Cynthia Gerstenlauer, ANP-BC, GNCS-BC, CDE, CCD
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