September 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

September is the beginning of HANP's fiscal year. I am grateful and appreciative of Elizabeth Gigliotti, Blanca Barrera, Ana Licona for their time and energy in supporting our organization. I am honored to announce the new members of our volunteer board:

President: Lauren Tezak
President Elect: Shanea Hall
Secretary: Lavender Atieno Muirhead
Treasurer: Katherine Simpson
At Large Director: Danielle Burgess
At Large Director: Heather Perez
Conference Chair: Ella Esteban

Though this year has been fraught with challenges and surprises, there are still many blessings to be grateful for. This year has also been a humbling experience, both in the capabilities and intersection of medicine, economy and politics. There has never been such a stark example for the saying "Make the best decision you can with the information you have on hand."

It has been a different experience in that we are not able to gather in person as we used to in the past. Though it is not the same, we continue to support each other and share knowledge and insight.

Thank you for your support. The work continues on as we strive to be the best in our profession and provide excellent patient care.


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Upcoming Events

Important: Please remember to register for events in order to get the information for the virtual meeting link and other pertinent information. Meeting links are only sent to those who have registered. 

September 16 - 19
advanced Practice Provider (APRN & PA) Leadership Summit

The Advanced Practice Provider Leadership Summit will be held September 16 - 19 online. Earn up to 28 CE/CME total contact hours. For more information about this virtual event, click here.

September 23
September CE Virtual meeting

Attend this upcoming webinar - New Therapeutic Options for Migraine: The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Patient Management - Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM CT. For more informaton, click here. This event is sponsored by Rockpointe.

November 7
hanp's 10th Annual Virtual Conference

Be sure to attend HANP's 10th Annual Virtuall Conference coming up on Saturday, November 7 from 7:45 AM – 2:45 PM. This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to four contact hours of accredited education. For more information, click here

Leadership Excellence for Advanced Registered Nurses

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Texas Nurses Virtual Voter Information

Texas Nurses Virtual Voter Informaton Event on September 17

The voices of Texas nurses have never been more important as the nation continues to address an ongoing pandemic and other pressing health care issues. Make sure your vote counts in the Year of the Nurse, and stay in the know about COVID-19 related changes and other updates for the November 3 General Election.

Join Texas Nurses Association and Texas Nurse Practitioners for a voter information session and panel discussion to talk about updates for the upcoming election, including voter registration deadlines, the mail-in ballot process, early voting locations, where a voter can go to identify what is on the ballot, resources providing background information on the ballot issues, and how to vote safely in November. Panelists include Grace Chimene, President of the League of Women Voters of Texas, and Jacquelyn Callanen, Bexar County Election Administrator. Register online here

What: Texas Nurses Virtual Voter Information Event
When: Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 PM
Who: TNA, TNP, League of Women Voters of Texas
Cost: Free and open to all

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Member News

Tribute to Congressman John Lewis
by Katherine Simpson

I am grateful for having met Congressman John Lewis. During our brief conversation, I thanked him for his work. Congressman Lewis and I talked about the need to increase access to health care services especially to minority and/or underserved communities. We were in agreement that nurse practitioners with full practice authority in all states was a solution. He encouraged me to keep up the journey. I am thankful for his encouraging words, his journey, and his life work.

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For Your Consideration

Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech (Research Article from AAAS) 

Mandates for mask use in public during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, worsened by global shortage of commercial supplies, have led to widespread use of homemade masks and mask alternatives. It is assumed that wearing such masks reduces the likelihood for an infected person to spread the disease, but many of these mask designs have not been tested in practice. Read the full article from American Association for the Advancement of Science here.

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As always, thank you for your efforts and the work that each and everyone of you do for our patients and community. 

Signing off,
Mari Galang

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