Mentorship Keeps Chapter Vibrant
by Donna Hamill
The Great Lakes Chapter kicked the season off with a busy first quarter. Committee members are actively planning our 11th Annual Conference in November at the Historic Dearborn Inn.
The chair for the event, Alice Early, is mentoring Tom McConnell in the role as a new chair. The Friday Night Members Only event continues to be popular. Speaker selection is underway, and our agenda is nearly finalized.
Members met at Mitchell’s Fish Market for the first quarter 2018 Business/Education meeting in March. Our sponsor, Boehringer-Ingelheim, invited Dr. Brian Kim to speak on anticoagulation therapies and reversal agents. Dr. Kim is involved in post-market studies for Praxbind®, the reversal agent of Pradaxa®. At the second quarter meeting, we will be hearing from Dr. Henry Bone, renowned clinician and researcher of metabolic bone health. The sponsor is Radius Health, the producers of Tymlos™, the newest anabolic agent for osteoporosis.
Our 8th Annual Nurse Practitioner Student Mentorship night was a success!
We hosted 28 soon-to-graduate NP students. Topics included contract negotiations and job searching, certification and licensing, and APRN legislative issues. Foremost, the students were offered an opportunity to request a mentor with whom they can connect as they bridge from the role of student to active NP; 23 students took advantage of this benefit.
Of special importance, the chapter received four new members as a direct result of the evening activities and networking with chapter members. One of these new members is considering the role of Student Director at Large for the term of 2018-2019. Planning committee chairperson, MJ Favot, continued to mentor chapter member Diane Stempek, AGPCNP-BC, in the role of chairperson for the 2019 event.
We have focused on encouraging new and existing members to become active members. Our success in this effort is evident in two long-standing chairs mentioned above being able to pass the baton to eager volunteers.
We emphasize that joining our planning committees is easy: our meetings are generally conference-call based; members can participate as much or little as they wish; and support is always available to members who are new to committees.
Two members of our group, myself and Nina Ganesh-Nandish, have joined with Karen Tepper from the East Coast Chapter to form the Anniversary Committee. We are drafting a proposal for the GAPNA Board of Directors to consider how chapter and national anniversaries will be celebrated at the Annual Conference. Anyone interested in joining this committee, please contact me.
The horizon continues to look active! Coming up at the end of the Summer will be the Alzheimer’s Walk and the Stomp Out Sepsis Walk. We are working with industry sponsors to sponsor future quarterly meetings with twin presentations at a location on the west side of our beautiful state.
This way, members living far from the Metro area can enjoy the benefits of attending a quarterly meeting. We look forward to reporting on our activities in the next newsletter!
Donna Hamill, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, BC-ADM
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