Moving Forward in Service, Guidance, Collaboration, and Friendship
By Nina Ganesh Nandish
It seems we have reached the days of the Earth standing still.
The global pandemic COVID-19 has changed all of us, our practices, our thinking, and the way we once went about our days. GAPNA Great Lakes Chapter (GLC) members have stepped up to the calling of our profession in many different ways. Many members are on the frontline of Michigan’s fight, and we send a sincere pray to them and those they serve. Other members are supporting those frontline nurses by providing emotional support, meals and groceries, and personal protection equipment.
The GAPNA Exchange is a wealth of resources and connects members from all areas in a robust educational and collaborative fashion. This new way of functioning has not stopped us, but rather allowed our wings to spread and together we are soaring toward success.
As 2020 got underway, GLC planned many activities. We are now in the process of developing ways to continue our plans in an appropriate manner for the new times we find ourselves in. We remain committed to serving our senior population and our members.
We are brainstorming new ideas and new ways to demonstrate our leadership locally, statewide, and nationally. Nurses are coming together and reshaping our profession on all levels, especially at the advanced practice level where our political leaders have relaxed laws and rules for our education, allowing us to shine and practice at our true level of participation in the healthcare arena. With the removal of these barriers, we are able to complete our work to the level of our experiences and education, providing services that are very much needed and serving the most vulnerable people in our society.
Plans are well on the way to continue and improving our quarterly meetings and our annual November Geriatric Conference, as we hope life will get back to some resemblance of what it used to be. June is our election time and we plan on conducting voting digitally, ensuring GAPNA GLC progresses forward.
We look ahead to new plans while still building upon our history and moving forward in service, guidance, collaboration, and, most importantly, friendships. GAPNA GLC wishes everyone safety and good healthy for the rest of 2020.
Nina Ganesh Nandish, AGPC, NP