From the Executive Director - July 2018
July 2, 2018
Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,
My first month as the Executive Director of NHNPA has been a busy one.
On the legislative front, SB 313, Medicaid Expansion, has been signed by the Governor. NHNPA was a strong supporter of this bill, submitting letters to legislators urging their support. In addition, Governor Sununu signed HB 1571, authorizing an alternative recovery program for nurses. NHNPA testified on behalf of NPs in support of this legislation. Nurses will now have similar treatment options for substance abuse disorders, mental or physical illness as other licensed health professionals in NH.
On the heels of record attendance at our 2018 annual conference, the NHNPA Education Committee has been tirelessly planning the 2019 Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference that will be held once again in Nashua. The agenda and speakers are being finalized now, promising exceptional clinical content delivered by expert speakers. New to the 2019 curriculum will be a leadership track, as requested by our general membership. Please save the date for April 11 & 12, 2019.
Along the lines of education, the 2018 NP Week event is titled Planting the Seed of Health. For the week dedicated to celebrating NPs, we will continue on the theme of taking care of ourselves. The evening will include a social activity of planting a terrarium, a wine social and networking opportunity, and a healthy and flavorful dinner by Ellacoya Bar & Grille. For our main event, Lisa Howe, MSN-ANP, BC, founder of iMindBody, will teach us about recognizing and managing the stress response using the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) model. Registration is open now. This event sold out last year. Please go to the Upcoming Events page of our website at nhnpa.enpnetwork.com for more information and to register.
Over the last month, I have had the opportunity to meet with NPs from around New Hampshire. I am in awe to learn of the work that NPs do in this state. My visits this past month have introduced me to NPs working with homeless populations, in community health centers, and in primary care offices. I have heard of triumphs, frustrations, challenges and successes. Most of all, I have heard dedication to patients and profession. NPs are sharing ideas with me on how NHNPA can best support practice. Keep these ideas coming - your interest and participation in NHNPA will help to make this organization stronger.
Each month, I will continue visiting NPs around the state. The more I can learn from you, the better NHNPA can support you and your practice. If you are able to take 20 minutes out of your busy day, I would love to meet at your workplace, to learn more about your role as an NP and how NHNPA can serve you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule a time to meet.
I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. I look forward to hearing from and working with you all. I challenge you to become a member of NHNPA and become involved if you are already a member. Together, we can do great things.
Jennifer Thompson, MS, APRN
New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association