A Message from the President

Dear HANP Members:

Happy May and Happy Nurses Week!  National Nurses Week is a time to recognize the many contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. So thank you for all you do! 

Inspire… (inspire others)

Congratulations to our April Shining Star, Jacque Richards!  Jacque has been a member of HANP for many years and has been a volunteer for numerous committees and events.  She always has a smile on her face, is ready to help, and is such a pleasure to work with and know.  Thanks Jacque!  Read more...


About HANP

Mission Statement: HANP is dedicated to providing professional support, networking, education, and legislative awareness for Nurse Practitioners in the greater Houston area. 

Vision Statement: To inspire and lead nurse practitioners to be active participants in our profession. 

Core Values (LEADERS): Leading Education and Active Participation Dedicated to Excellence Respect and Supporting Our Members

Board of Directors & Past Presidents

Upcoming Meetings

June Dinner Meeting

Register today for our June dinner meeting!
June 12, 2019 | 6:00 PM

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July Meeting - A Clinical Review of Vraylar

Please Join Us for Our July Meeting!
July 10, 2019 | 6:00 PM

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The Spring 2019 award season has closed. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email/telephone and MUST be present at the June meeting in order to accept the award. 

For the application - Application
For questions email Sara  Wilkins at [email protected]
If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund please click here.

Meet the 2019-2020 PResident-Elect candidates

Shanea P. Hall, MSN, APRN,

Shanea is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and NP educator at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Prior to NP education, I worked with solid organ transplant recipients and donors. Prior to starting a career in nursing, I served in a variety of program management and development roles for community organizations and higher education institutions. These roles gave a valuable experience that translates into the role of President-Elect for HANP. I desire to see the organization thrive with engaged members who are advancing the role of the NP in their communities, workplace and on a state and national level.

Paula K. Rupert, APRN, ACNP

I was born and raised (BOI) in Galveston, Texas and still love the “sand between my toes.” I have four children and six grandchildren that are the “spice” in my life! With 28 years of nursing experience I have learned that a kind heart, sharp mind, and passion for lifelong learning is essential. I obtained my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Texas Medical Branch. The last twelve years of my career has been focused on surgical wound management with over 10 national and international scientific posters and two recent publications. A career in nursing is more diverse, challenging and in greater demand than any time in history. Nurse practitioners are well- positioned to lead and develop healthcare reform, and accelerate research into clinical improvements to advance the population health.

Lauren Tezak, APRN, AGACNP-BC

First, let me say how honored that I am to be a member of HANP and to be part of an organization full of amazing and caring nurse practitioners/nurse practitioner students.  
As I write this, I am not aware of who the other candidates are.  I won’t try to say why I would do a better job because I am confident that the other two candidates would do an exceptional job as well.  
I can tell you why I would be an excellent candidate. I have been a HANP member for approximately 4 yrs.   I was a registered nurse for 19 years and just starting my fourth year as a practicing nurse practitioner.
I work for Baylor College of Medicine as part of their surgical division cardiothoracic surgery and am currently Co-chair of the APP (Advanced Practice Provider) Council.   As part of co-chair, I am helping to advance the APP role, educate the medical profession to our role and provided a better work environment support structure for APPs at Baylor.    I feel that this role can help me to better serve as President-elect.  
I am a people person and genuinely love what I do,  I am also grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.   I am readily available to participate in various charitable events whether through HANP or not.  I plan to continue the initiatives that previous Presidents-Elects have already set in motion.   I would love to continue and expand our presence in the community doing various volunteer programs.  I have been a volunteer for CityWide for the past several years. put At Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve we put together a feast for the poor at the GRB Convention Center.  It’s an amazing event to be a part of.  

I hope that you will consider voting for me but most importantly.... please vote!



Thank you to our 2019 CE sponsor!