President's Message

Hello e-Chapter Members!!

Greetings and welcome to the e-Chapter 2020-2021!  We are excited about our connection as pediatric focused nurse practitioners and hope to see our chapter flourish.  It is my intention to continue the momentum of previous years and build on the many e-Chapter accomplishments under the leadership of Jaime Panton and Linda Frye.  In the past 3 years as a member of the e-Chapter board, I have had the incredible opportunity to learn our history as a new and unique chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  We have several of the founding members who continue to provide leadership and engagement as chapter members!  We have benefitted from their expertise, their lessons learned, and vision for this geographically expansive chapter.  With this foundation and as e-Chapter President for 2020-2021, I am honored to continue to grow our membership and find ways to put our collective expertise and membership fees to good use.  It is my hope that we will increase membership engagement to optimally provide the many benefits of belonging to our professional organization.  

With this intention set, here are our 2020-2021 Chapter Goals, aligned with the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan for NAPNAP:

1.Continuing education opportunities for members: Build CE Library for free use by chapter member, Offer Live CE for members

  1. Maintain Timely Membership Communications: Welcome letter to every new member in month they join, Quarterly newsletter, Monthly TeamPeds chapter member updates – current research, conferences, educational opportunities, health policy, etc., Optimize use of social media
  2. Increase e-Chapter membership and Member Engagement: Mentor/Leadership Program, Student Representative Program, Biannual Virtual General Membership Meetings, Face to Face Meeting/Social at Annual National Conference, “Of the Year” Awards: NP, student, preceptor
  3. Community service: Host city service project, Foundation donation
  4. Health Policy Representation: e-Chapter member representative at Health Policy meetings and Child Health Policy Meetings, Dissemination of health policy alerts and calls to action to members

I am excited to have this year going even as we all face the challenges brought by the ongoing pandemic. Recognizing the fatigue that the increase online/zoom activities produced, it is with the hope and perseverance of committed professionals, like you, that the show goes on.  I invite you to stay informed of chapter activities and opportunities and consider how you might be able to participate.  Are you interested in growing your teaching/presentation skills? Consider creating a CE opportunity for fellow members; our Education Committee can work with members of all levels of experience!  Want to find a way to learn about health policy?  Join our legislative committee!  Are you a student and interested in being a student representative/ambassador?  Our Secretary Melissa Nunn would love to hear from you!  Are you curious about becoming a board member but have no experience?  Watch for our mentoring committee updates!   

Lastly, thank you for choosing to be an e-Chapter member. I anticipate meeting many of you as we connect to provide each other support and avenues for professional development.  I am certain that you will agree even the smallest amount of participation in chapter activities will reward you!  

Yours in service, 

Dr. Christine Hallas, CPNP-AC

e-Chapter President