Gail Bagwell, DNP APRN CNS
Happy Autumn from the NANN Board of Directors! We hope you are finding ways to enjoy the season despite the continued challenges we’re sure you’re experiencing in units across the world related to the pandemic. Remember, we are here to support you and would love to hear from you about ways in which NANN can be helpful during these difficult times. Please reach out to our Director of Membership, Molly Anderson, at email@example.com with your ideas for ways that NANN may be able to provide additional support. Is there a guideline or position statement you feel is needed? A resource that would make your daily activities easier? All ideas are welcome and we take your suggestions to heart.
Speaking of heart, mine is full after a wonderful experience with so many of you last week at NANN’s Virtual 37th Annual Conference. I learned so much, connected with so many of you, had lots fun in our Welcome Reception and Trivia Night, and most importantly, left feeling nurtured and rejuvenated for the months ahead. Remember, you have until January 7, 2022 to register for NANN’s conference and can experience it on demand at your convenience and until February 1, 2022, to claim your CE. Over 50 hours of CNE await you from the most informative, interesting, and engaging presenters to date. Thanks to each of you who joined us and continue to experience NANN’s conference online. We simply cannot wait to see you in person next year in Las Vegas, September 14-17, 2022, so mark your calendars!
Throughout the year, the NANN E-News Board Update will inform you about our latest achievements and upcoming previews related to our strategic plan. This month, I’m excited to provide updates related to NANN’s strategic pillar of Leadership. Developing pathways that allow our members to grow in their own leadership journeys through education, mentorship relationships, volunteerism, and other forms of professional development is a key component of the work we do and your NANN member benefits. In recent months, NANN has created more micro-volunteering opportunities to help our members find bite-sized ways to make a difference and enhance their NANN experience. We have developed resources to help increase engagement on MyNANN to allow members to get involved, ask questions, connect with others, and share their expertise. Finally, we’ve worked hard to create a new version of the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program offered in partnership with Synova Associates, dedicated to providing leadership skills training that builds strong leaders on the unit and in the organization. Applications for the 2022 ELF program open TODAY, so if leadership development is on your mind, be sure to visit our site to learn more.
As we head into cooler weather, I wish you health and happiness. Stay safe and remember to make self-care part of each week as we, and our healthcare system, continue to work in overdrive. I am so grateful for each of you and all the amazing work you do every day. Be well!