President's Message

President's Message

2021-2022 President's Message: Forging Ahead With Our Lens

From a perspective of pre-COVID living to intra-COVID living, our lens, as nurses, is quite different. We have embarked upon a time where social distancing is an act that is encouraged in order to protect ourselves and the public. How does this impact us as healthcare professionals? We all received a calling to serve and care for the vulnerable. We belong to a profession that is synonymous with human interaction and touch; an interaction that provides trust, and a touch that provides closeness. How do we function in a way that is contrary to everything that encompasses our very nature? We are overcomers; we are change agents; we are the definition of all that is good and righteous in this world. Our hearts ache for our clients’ challenges and warm for their victories. We are nurses, and although we are diverse and unique, we are unified under the profession we have been chosen for. Yes, we were chosen. Each of us responded to the call to serve. We all replied, “Here I am. Send me.” Therefore, I want to take a brief moment to thank every single one of you for answering the call. You are valued beyond all measure and treasured beyond all that is precious.

Please allow me to proudly present your 2021-2022 LINAPNAP Board:

President: Francine Bono-Neri

President Elect: Joanne Camarda

Past President: Mary McFeiler

Secretary: Maria S. Narine

Treasurer: Michelle: Ceo

Membership/Continuing Education: Melissa Williams

Annual Conference: Melissa Williams

Nominating Committee/Historical Society: Kammy McLoughlin & Arleen Steckel

Charity Committee: Maria S. Narine

Legislative: Lisa Clark

As your current president, my wish is to bring a productive and joyful year to all of you, our valued members. Despite the world around us and the pandemic we continue to face, we are always joined as an association and LINAPNAP family.  Our events will continue, albeit in a different manner than in the past, but we will continue to function, provide continuing education opportunities, and thrive as a chapter. My hope is that we will be face-to-face again in the near future to celebrate our work, network as a group, and gather as the family of LINAPNAP members that we are.


Collegially yours,


Francine Bono-Neri, PhD, RN, PNP

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Welcome 2020-2021

I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the summer.  It has been a very challenging year for all of us.  The current health crisis has changed the way we must live, learn and practice.  As we enter this new year I would like to thank our 2019-2020 for their outstanding leadership during the COVID health crisis.  I proudly introduce your NAPNAP Long Island Chapter Board members for the 2020-2021 year:
President: Mary Feiler
President Elect: Francine Bono-Neri
Past President: Joann Camarda
Secretary: Maria Narine
Treasurer: Michelle: Ceo
Membership/Continuing Education: Christine Pfundstein,   Christy Etsch
Annual Conference: Chelsea Finn,  Elizabeth Seim
Legislative: Lisa Clark, 
Our goal is to provide you with learning opportunities, professional networking opportunities and a forum to discuss current and relevant pediatric care.    Your comfort and safety is our priority while serving as your board.  We are working together to set up general meetings and our annual education conference within the framework of current health guidelines.   We have set November 20, 2020 as the date for our annual educational conference and would like to schedule a general meeting in late September.  As the guidelines and restrictions for social gathering evolve we will be better able to plan ahead and share information about our upcoming activities. 

We look forward to the upcoming year and will rise to meet the challenges presented

Mary Feiler, CPNP

President's Message

3/30/2020Spring (season) - Wikipedia
Greetings LINAPNAP Chapter,

I pray that everyone is staying safe during this time. I wanted to take a brief moment to check in with everyone. I know as healthcare providers, some of us are still having to present to work and face the COVID-19 situation first hand. These are uncertain times, the world desperately needs compassion, support & kindness. People are uniting globally and more importantly, helping to protect those who are most vulnerable. As the world practices social distancing, the human spirit has found a way to band together as a digital ecosystem working in solidarity to support one another during this unprecedented time.

At this time, we have suspended any upcoming events which include our brunch at the Ronald McDonald house and our social night. Once we are past this pandemic situation, we will revisit these events. Until then, we can be reached by e-mails for any questions or concerns.

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented challenges around the world, we must remain vigilant by prioritizing the health and safety of all impacted, including you as a healthcare provider. We are humbled by the sacrifice and inspired by the dedication of those who are working tirelessly on the front lines to respond to this overwhelming crisis. The kindness within the human spirit is unmatched. We are all concerned, but we are not alone, and we will get through this together!

Stay safe & healthy,


Joanne Camarda, RN, MSN, CPNP
President, LINAPNAP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Stony Brook Children's
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
HSC T-11, Room 020
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8111


Good Afternoon LINAPNAP members,

Hope you all had a Blessed & Merry Holiday Season, wishing everyone a Happy , Healthy & Prosperous New Year! As 2019 comes to an end, we are planning for an exciting year ahead for 2020. If you are interested in attending our CEU educational program, please RSVP to me directly as we need to give the restaurant a head count. Attendance is free for active members, looking forward to seeing you there! Please see information below.

CEU/Educational opportunity: We have scheduled an interval educational program on Stop the Bleed, for Jan. 22, 2020 at Villa Olivetti’s in Smithtown at 6:30pm. A certificate will be issued for all participants (cost will be covered for current active LINAPNAP members). Please RSVP to me directly asap. We need to give the restaurant a head count.

SAVE THE DATE: FEB. 11, 2020 NEXT DINNER MEETING TO BE HELD AT INSIGNIA IN SMITHTOWN. Sponsored by Octapharma – Topic on VonWillebrand’s

Ronald McDonald House Brunch: 5/17/20. We need 10 volunteers to shop & cook for the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Nassau County. Please let me know if you are interested.

We are in the process of looking for venues for our Spring meeting. Since we had such a great time at last year’s Paint night we would like to have another social Paint night , Date & location to be announced

Save the date: November 20,2020, Annual LINAPNAP Conference, Hilton Garden Inn, Melville, NY

Thank you,


Joanne Camarda, MSN, RN, CPN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Instructor
Department of Surgery | Stony Brook Medicine
Health Sciences Center, T-19, Room 054
Stony Brook, New York 11794-8191
Tel: 631-444-2045| Fax: 631-444-8862
Office: 631-638-3975
Cell: 631-637-0550