Fall is upon us. Not only is Fall a time to appreciate relief from the summer heat, but it is also a time for reflection. As we reflect on this past year as a chapter, we have had many successes, and we are also aware of areas where we must continue to grow. Our chapter board recently received results from the chapter survey that went out to members in the Spring. We are working on reviewing those responses and incorporating your feedback into planning our future initiatives, some of which should be announced in the coming weeks. I want to encourage each of you to strengthen your commitment to our organization and engage with our chapter on a variety of levels. Engagement can take on a variety of forms including attending our upcoming Arizona Pediatric Symposium, attending chapter events, serving as a member of the chapter leadership team, or even contacting our chapter with feedback/ideas/success stories. We love to know what each of you are doing and how we can better serve your needs as a chapter. During this time of reflection, it is also important to reflect on where we are at as a profession. NAPNAP, as an organization, continues to see annual growth and offers new opportunities to better serve its members. We have seen several states pass legislation to protect or expand the role of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. At the same time, it has become a bit of an uncertain time for healthcare providers and the patients they serve due to the ever-changing proposals to our healthcare system. While access to care and cost of healthcare continue to be concerns, as APRNs we continue to be in a unique place to meet these challenges and provide much needed care for patients in our communities. As we reflect on the needs of our individual communities, let us reflect on how we can continue to serve the members of our communities whether it be through how we are already doing things or through the creation of new innovative ideas to meet these needs.
Happy Fall, and I hope to see you at the 2nd Annual Arizona Pediatric Symposium!
Dan Crawford, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC