Promoting Healthy Communities by Enhancing the Practice of Public Health Nursing
Letter from the President:
Dear PHNAC Members,
As we near the end of 2012 we close out a successful year for PHNAC. We have strong membership, we are healthy fiscally, and have had successful conference involvement. We have an exciting new year approaching as well. The PHNAC retreat was held on October 31st and the board looked at the membership survey and developed the goals for 2013. The take away we got was a need to improve our communication internally with networking and professional development opportunities and externally with the public and decision-makers to communicate the value of Public Health Nurses.
The PHNAC Winter Conference of 2013 will concentrate on Communication for Public Health Nurses and how we can continue to use our VOICE to demonstrate our value to stake holders especially in a time of health care reform and systems changes.
The monthly meetings will be changed a bit to allow for networking and at each meeting it is my intention that we will have a topic or speaker for discussion. This will require cutting back and streamlining the business section to allow 30-45 minutes to learn about other programs and how we can grow our practice as Public Health Nurses.
We have contracted with The Public Health Alliance to increase our social networking…we are getting a Facebook page! Once this is up and running please “friend” us to get quick information about your professional organization. The PHNAC website will also receive some updates in 2013.
Membership as always will be an important goal. This year the membership team will look to implement the changes made at the fall meeting that allows a student rate to recruit student membership and faculty. In addition a few networking events will be held for current members.
The legislative committee will be crucial this year as we begin to look at health care reform and fiscal changes. It will be an interesting year as we navigate and learn about proposed legislation and the state and federal budget.
Finally the PHNAC Practice Council has some new leaders this year. The Practice Council will be focusing on membership growth and strengthening its goals. This is a great way to get involved and help shape your practice as well as get to know your Public Health Nurse colleagues.
Thank you for your membership! It will be an exciting year and I am looking forward to all of the great membership benefits we will be offering in 2013! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Penny Grande, M.S., R.N.
2013 PHNAC President
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