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Dear Colleagues and Fellow Members:
Happy Thanksgiving! 
November has been a whirlwind month. Our organization held our 9th Annual Conference. It was a 2-day event that held different sessions that were high yield and were applicable to the different population certifications. It was well attended by 126 attendees on day 1 and 143 attendees on day 2. In addition to membership dues, our conference is our only other main source of income. Congratulations to you all in making our organization continue to thrive and generate funds that we then use towards our events and goals for the next year. 
If you attended the conference, please complete the post-conference survey. The education committee reviews all the feedback given when planning the 2020 Conference.
This year, we had our first silent auction benefitting the Scholarship fund. I want to thank all the donors of goods and services and everyone who participated and threw in those bids! Because of you all, we raised $2,050 to go to the 2020 Scholarship fund.
Special thank you to our donors: Rita Cinquemani, Nachole Johnson, Lauren DeLumpa, Shanea Hall, Katherine Simpson, Ella Esteban, Bill Hunt, Ida Diamond and Texas Nurse Practitioners for their donations. Thank you to Elizabeth Gigliotti, Kristine Clements, Prashanth Anumandla and Lauren Tezak for donating funds to the scholarship account.
Heartfelt appreciation to the Education Committee members for volunteering their time, skills and enthusiasm in making this a successful event. Ella Esteban, Committee chair, Carolyn Giveon, Heather Perez, Katherine Simpson, Gena Castilla, Anthonia Okwuosa, and Jacquelyn Richards.
I also want to acknowledge our administrator, Sara Wilkins with AMC (Association Management Consultants). She keeps our operations running. Our leadership group is comprised of volunteers who donate their time, skills and efforts. Sara helps our organization function on the day to day.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that we as a nation celebrate on a designated day. It is also a good landmark to take stock of what has occurred over the last year, reassess your family goals and take the time out of the daily hubbub to reconnect and strengthen family relationships near and far. With the shorter time of daylight and general stresses at the end of the year, mental and emotional resiliency can be more challenging and keeping up with a daily habit of writing down 3 things to be grateful for helps place it in perspective.
Looking back, here are some of the things I am thankful for:
-HANP continues to thrive as an organization
-through HANP, I have met new people, made new friends and new connections that I otherwise wouldn't have
-fostering personal growth by placing myself in situations to reach out to talk to different people and continual development of leadership skills and group dynamics
-formal recognition during NP week at work
-getting valuable experience and insight in a non-profit organization
-continual growth and honing of skills in my professional practice as a NP (had quite the complicated cases this year)
-keeping my commitment to my own health - I worked out more weeks than I didn't this past year
-tried out a new vegetable that I actually ended up loving (Beets!)
The list goes on for quite a bit. there are blessings aplenty and I encourage you to put it all to paper. It's enlightening and uplifting. 
In Memoriam:
It is with deep sadness to share that Ms. Jacquelyn "Jacque" Richards passed away on November 16, 2019. I knew Ms. Jacque when I worked at St.Luke's CV Recovery Room unit. She always had a bright spirit and a kind word. 
She started her nursing career in 1981 and giving credit to her extensive experience as a bedside ICU nurse, she went back and earned her Master's Degree in Nursing with preparation for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification in 2015.
We reconnected when she joined HANP and the education committee at about the same time as students. She has been a faithful and active member of the Committee the previous five years and was instrumental in getting us fantastic speakers. Through all of this, she was steadfastly battling her challenge with cancer. However, she felt it important enough to stay active and engaged in her local profession despite her own personal challenges. 
She was one of those people that was a good soul and she is missed. 
2019 Annual Conference - check out our page on Facebook and Instagram to check out the photos. Don't forget to like and follow our page!

HANP Night with the Rockets
TNP helped us host HANP night with the Rockets. It was a chance to reconnect outside of our normal meetings while supporting our local Htown team. The rockets lost this one - however, the season is early! Check out some of the photos on our social media pages.

CityWide Volunteer Event 
A passion project for our President-Elect Lauren Tezak, let's support our community in helping people get a thanksgiving meal.
I'm gearing up to volunteer Wednesday morning. If you can't make it to this event, we'll have another opportunity for community service next year.

December Monthly Meeting - 12/11/19
HIV prevention with Tomorrow in mind
Sponsored by Gilead at Willie G's on W. Loop S.  
register on the website -

SAVE THE DATE: 4/25/2020 - 25th Anniversary party
HANP awarded three recipients for Fall 2019.
Congratulations to: William Hill, Mike Manis and Leah Murphy
A message from Leah Murphy, BSN, RN, OCN, FNP student:

Dear HANP Scholarship Committee and HANP members,

I would like to thank you for your generosity in funding the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners Scholarship. I am extremely honored to have been chosen as a recipient of this award.

I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2015. Since graduation, I have worked as an inpatient medical-surgical RN and currently, I work in oncology. Like a lot of nurses, I fell into oncology by chance, and now I love it. I find what I do very rewarding, and I hope to continue working in oncology as a nurse practitioner.

I am currently in my third semester in the family nurse practitioner program at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health Houston. I attend the program part-time while working as a night-shift nurse at MD Anderson Cancer Center and being a mom to my 4-year-old daughter, Maeve. As a Nurse Practitioner, I want to help those with cancer as they navigate their way through diagnosis and treatment. I would also like to provide access to cancer screening and prevention education to vulnerable and underserved populations in Texas. 

Receiving this scholarship means I can focus less on the financial burden of graduate school, and more on making sure I succeed in the program. I know I have future patients out there who are counting on me to be a knowledgeable and compassionate provider when they are feeling at their most vulnerable. I would like to thank HANP again for your confidence and willingness in helping me achieve my goals, and I know that I will pay-it-forward as a practicing APRN.

Leah Murphy, BSN, RN, OCN
MSN-FNP Student
Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health Houston


Professional Presentation Opportunities:

Present at TNP!
Submit an abstract by 01/15/2020
Interested in presenting for HANP's 2020 conference?
Submit a topic proposal to [email protected]
Interested in being a part of the Education Committee for 2020?
Email Ella Esteban, Committee Chair at [email protected]
Board of Directors Positions open for 2020:
watch out for details re: nominations in Spring, 2020
National Black Nurse Practitioners Association presents:
Masquerade Holiday Scholarship Gala 12/7/19
go to their website for details
Camp Kesem
looking for volunteers for their 1 week summer camp in 2020 for two camp nurses
if you've read this far - I truly appreciate you! 
Finance tip of the month: don't spend out of your budget buying presents that people might not even want. Having a gift exchange game, making handmade items or foodstuffs can foster a stronger experience instead of some item/trinket that will be forgotten in a week's time. 
Book last read: The chimp and the river: how AIDS emerged from an African forest by David Quammen

Signing off,
Mari Galang
2019-2020 President
status: steadfastly refraining from buying a fancy new planner, no matter how pretty it looks

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