February 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Dear HANP Members:

It’s February, the last month of winter! I hope your hearts are bursting with warmth, love, and happiness!

Inspire… (inspire others)

Congratulations to our January shining stars, Carolyn Giveon and honorary HANP member Jessica Peck!  Way to go!  Also, congratulations to Sara Wood for receiving the President’s Award.  Thank you for all you do for our members, our organization, and our profession. 

I know we have lots of shining stars in our organization, please share your achievements. Email me at egigliotti@comcast.net, I want to recognize you!

Just a few weeks ago, we learned of the sad news of one of our colleague’s passing, Katie Russell.  Katie was an amazing NP leader, an unrelenting advocate for our profession, and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Castroville who touched the lives of many patients and families.  One year ago, she realized her dream of opening up the first pediatric clinic in her hometown and made a tremendous impact in her community. To continue her life’s work and honor her legacy, the Katie Russell Memorial Scholarship has been established to support pediatric nurse practitioner education in Texas.  Click here to make a contribution

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

Legislative Day is almost here!  Join us for TNP’s Capitol Day on March 8th, 2019 and travel in style!  We have about 15 seats left on our luxury charter bus and the round trip to Austin is FREE (but donations to the scholarship fund will gladly be accepted).  Click here to reserve your seat.  We want the bus to be full and show the legislators we have power in numbers.  Wear business casual and your white lab coat if you have one.  The day will feature a presentation on the 86th Legislative Session and the APRN agenda, as well as education on how to effectively communicate with legislators.  Capitol visits will be arranged for the afternoon.  You must also register through TNP to participate in the workshop and receive your CEs.  The above link also provides detailed information on pick up locations and times and the links to donate to the HANP scholarship fund and register for the TNP Capitol Day event.

You have heard me say many times that we all should be members of our state professional organization, Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP).  This includes students.  Approximately only 25% of HANP members are members of TNP.  We can do better.  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.  You can join TNP for just $0.41 a day, which is a small price to pay to help monitor and influence regulatory and practice changes that impact your career and livelihood.  For example, TNP has alerted us that the Texas Medical Board (TMB) recently proposed a new rule that could dramatically affect the practice of APRNs in Texas across all practice settings- from urban areas to the most rural clinics.  The rule states that the reading and interpretation of radiologic studies and rendering a diagnosis based on the results are the practice of medicine and cannot be delegated to a midlevel provider.  Imagine the impact that can have, especially for NP-owned businesses and rural NP clinics without a physician to read and interpret these studies.  Please contact the Texas Medical Board as soon as possible to express your concern with this opposed rule.   See instructions and a sample message here.

Donate now to the TNP Advocacy fund (use this link) to support, advance, and protect our profession.   One of HANP’s goals is to raise $10,000 this year for TNP Advocacy, please contribute (more than once is okay!).

Save the Date!  We are planning a Community Volunteer event and TNP Advocacy fundraiser on March 16th, 2019, weather permitting, from 10a-2p.  We will be collecting nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Houston Food Bank and asking for contributions to the TNP Advocacy fund.  We will have snacks and drinks, games and prizes, as well as a DJ for entertainment! So bring the entire family and enjoy a little rest & relaxation with your colleagues.  More information will be available on the website soon.

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

HANP is seeking nominations from those who wish to run for President-Elect for the 2019-2020 elections of officers.  The nomination period is now through March 31st, 2019.  A separate email was sent to members describing the responsibilities of the position and the nomination and election process.  Click here for the nomination ballot.

Thank you to those of you who came to our January CE meeting, Human Trafficking: Identifying and Treating Victims in the Clinical Setting.  Dr. Jessica Peck gave a fantastic presentation and many lives will be impacted from the information we learned!  Registrants were sent the CE link and her slide deck for reference.

HANP is seeking members to serve on the Education Committee 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. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the membership survey.  An email was sent to you last week with the link, but you can click here for the membership survey.  You only need to fill it out once.  We need your invaluable feedback to assist with strategic planning as well as membership recruitment and retention.  Thank you if you’ve already done it!

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.  I understand that not all our members can come to our monthly dinner meetings, nor can we accommodate everyone, be we are providing many other opportunities for you to get involved (such as serving on the Education Committee, attending Legislative Day and our Community Volunteer Events, etc.) and I hope you do.  Did you know if you are placed on the waitlist for a dinner meeting, you are offered a guaranteed seat at the next meeting?  Also, we are exploring the possibility of live-streaming the business portion of our general meetings and starting a “special interest group” education calendar on the website.  Stay tuned for more information.

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

Taking Current PBC Treatment Further

Lynn Frazier, DNP, APRN, CNP-BC
Director, Liver Wellness Center
Little Rock, AR

The Palm
6100 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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


Thank you to our sponsor

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Upcoming Events

March 8 - Legislative Day at the Capitol - Register Here

March 13 - General Meeting - Registration Coming Soon

March 16 - Community Event & Food Drive - Registration Coming Soon

April 10 - General Meeting - Registration Coming Soon

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