March 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Dear HANP Members:

There have been some very big developments on the legislative front (full practice authority bill has been filed!) as well as lots of things happening with HANP.  Please keep reading for more information. 

Inspire… (inspire others)

We have had many new members join HANP and come to our meetings- it is so nice to see HANP grow! Please be sure to welcome and chat with them- you’ll know who they are by the jazzy #1 ribbons they’ll be sporting for the evening.  Congratulations to our February Shining Star, Danielle Burgess, and to the winner of the President's Award, Anesia Okezie.  Way to go!  You are doing some really great stuff and we appreciate your involvement in and support of HANP.

Please tell me what you are doing and share your achievements. Email me at, I want to recognize you!  Don’t be shy!

Commit…(commit to support and advance our legislative agendas)

TNP’s Capitol Day is just around the corner- March 8th, 2019!  We have only 2 seats left on our luxury charter bus that is providing a FREE round trip to Austin.  Click here to reserve your seat, register for the workshop, or get bus transportation details.  If you are riding the bus, you will receive detailed information closer to the event date.  If you have to cancel for some reason, please notify Sara Wilkins @ immediately.  Remember, you must also register through TNP to participate in the workshop and receive your CEs. 

Our profession needs your support- if ever there was a time, it is now.  Even if our bus is full, we still want you and your colleagues to come to Austin. Several bills have been filed thus far including our Full Practice Authority bill, H.B. 1792 (Rep. Stephanie Klick), which has 28 joint authors and co-sponsors.  This bill provides a pathway for full practice authority, places APRNs under the exclusive regulatory authority of the Texas Board of Nursing, and increases the biennial CE requirements to 48 contact hours (commensurate to physician requirements).  We need to thank our bill sponsors and let them know we are part of the APRN Alliance, which represents nearly 300,000 Texans who support this legislation.  Other bills that have been filed include Virtual Meetings H.B. 278/S.B 311 (Rep. Tom Oliverson & Sen. Charles Perry), Work Status Reports H.B. 387/S.B 1022 (Cortez, Creighton), Expedited Licensing for certain APRNs H.B. 912 (Howard), and Schedule II Prescriptive Authority H.B 2250 (Lucio III).  Click here for TNP’s Capitol Watch for more details

All nurse practitioners, students included, should be members of our state professional organization, Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP).  TNP works day in and day out on behalf of our profession and all Texas NPs, regardless of their membership status.  They have made great strides to improve the practice environment for NPs and improve access to care in Texas.  Join TNP for just $0.41 a day- it is a small price to pay to help monitor and influence regulatory and practice changes that impact your career and livelihood.  Go to and join or renew today!

Engage…(engage and be an active participant of HANP)

On Saturday, March 16th, from 10a-2p (weather permitting) come have some fun with your family and friends while helping our community and supporting our profession.  You can enjoy some snacks and a live DJ and have a chance to win some cool prizes.  We are collecting nonperishable food items for the Houston Food Bank and accepting donations for TNP-Advocacy.  Bring your walking (or dancing) shoes and do the .91 mile loop- after all, fundraising for our profession is as easy as a walk in the park!  If you can’t make it you can still donate canned goods to the HFB at your local HEB and you can donate to TNP Advocacy (use this link) to support, advance, and protect our profession. I challenge everyone who reads this to donate a minimum of $10- imagine the impact that would have (select HANP fundraiser)!  Do it for the love of your profession. Registration is not required but is encouraged. Please use this link to register.

HANP is seeking nominations from those who wish to run for President-Elect for the 2019-2020 elections of officers.  You can declare your candidacy through March 31st, 2019.  Click here for the nomination ballot and for a description of the responsibilities of the position and the election process.

HANP is seeking members to serve on the Education Committee and small taskforces to assist with planning our Annual Conference, which will be November 1st & 2nd, 2019.  Please email any of the Board of Directors or me if you are interested. 

Thank you to those 222 members who completed the membership survey- YOU ROCK!  The Board of Directors and I listened to your feedback and used the information to develop a strategic plan for HANP for the next several years.  Some survey highlights include: most members have been members for 1-4 years or more than 10 years; more members of HANP are members of AANP than TNP; the most important functions of HANP include professional support, networking, and CEs; your communication preferences include email blasts, in-person, and website; a majority of members would participate in monthly meetings if they were streamed or offered as a webinar; a majority of members are interested in additional educational opportunities outside of HANP monthly meetings; and finally, we have great information on topics of interest for our annual conference. 

Join thousands of your fellow nurse practitioners at the nation's largest multispecialty NP conference! HANP will be giving away one registration to a lucky HANP member for the 2019 AANP National Conference taking place June 18-23, 2019 in Indianapolis ($645 value).  The winner will be announced at the April general meeting (do not need to be present to win).  For more information about the conference, visit here, or to enter for a chance to win, sign up here.  Please note, this is for conference registration only, not for travel or hotel accommodations, etc. 

I want our members to know that the Board of Directors and I are working hard to make this organization work for you!  We want you to be inspired, committed, and engaged.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email me

Thank you for being an HANP member!  ICE (inspire, commit, engage), ICE baby!


Elizabeth Gigliotti
2018-2019 HANP President




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Member Meeting

Obesity Overview

Reese Oschsner, PhD, RD, CDE, CSOWM
Obesity Medical Liaison, Novo Nordisk

Ouiesie's Table
3939 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77027

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

6:00 pm Registration 
7:00 pm Presentation and Dinner


Thank you to our sponsor

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Upcoming Events

March 13 - General Meeting 

March 16 - Community Event & Food Drive 

April 10 - General Meeting 

Please visit for more information on events and to register.

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