Chapter Celebrates 20th Anniversary
By Donna Hamill
The Great Lakes Chapter ended the year with a wonderful and historic meeting.
Alice Early, MJ Favot, and Cindy Gerstenlauer recapped our 20 years as a GAPNA chapter through a presentation at our 4th Quarter Business and Education Meeting. We also made history by connecting via Zoom to nurse practitioners in Grand Rapids, MI, and hosted our first dual location meeting.
We are on our way to having more dual meetings and adding to our membership. Our meeting was kicked off at our Detroit location with an informative presentation by Dr. Shamsa Ali regarding two anti-diabetes medications from Astra Zeneca: Bydureon® and Farxiga®.
We enjoyed celebrating our final meeting of the year with a treat to attending members. Dr. Michelle Moccia found decorative popcorn treats; we adorned these with 20th Anniversary labels and offered our members chapter pens and 20th Anniversary lapel pins.
Diana Burton paved the way for the Great Lakes Chapter to connect with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Diana met via telephone with the LBFE director and then explained to our members the needs of this great organization. The chapter contributed greater than $830 in cash and gift cards. We are so appreciative of Diana’s work and the generosity of our members.
GAPNA Awards nominations are accepted March 1 through June 1 every year.
Nominations are now closed... but get ready! Self-nominations are invited!
The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.
Many chapter members were recognized with awards in 2018!
At the GAPNA Annual Conference, Cindy Gerstenlauer received the award for Excellence in Clinical Practice; Dr. Deborah Dunn received the award for Excellence in Leadership; and we were all recognized with the Chapter Excellence award. At our Chapter Conference, we were proud to announce the following award winners: Excellence in Clinical Practice – Patty Eble; Excellence in Leadership – Dr. Donna Hamill; Poster Presenter (Student) – Iomaobong Vanderpool; Poster Presenter (APN) Ann McKay; Student Scholarships – Josilyn Goebel and Ann Marie Zuidema. At the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence 2018 Leadership Conference, Linda Keilman was named Distinguished Educator. Michigan AANP named Dr. Cynthera McNeill Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Advocate.
We ended the year with a bang and look forward to a busy and exciting 2019. Already in planning stages is the 1st Quarter Business and Education Meeting. We are taking a new/old approach and providing our own speakers for education: Dr. Michele Moccia will discuss end-of-life planning. Diane Stempek and MJ Favot are planning the NP Student Mentorship night for March 2019. This continues to be a very popular event.
Attendees are grateful for the information and several attendees joined GAPNA. I will join in a panel discussion with the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners to give a similar presentation at their annual meeting.
The Great Lakes Chapter wishes you all a happy and healthy 2019 and are grateful for all the opportunities to improve health outcomes for our older population.
Donna Hamill, DNP, NP-C, BC-ADM
A Lovely Celebration of 20 Years!
Join your friends at the 2019 Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults Conference, March 28-30, 2019, in Chicago, IL.