May 2018 HANP Newstter Print

President's Message

Dear All,

Happy nurses week to each and every one of you and with much gratitude for your daily efforts to improve patient care.  The compassion and dedication that nurse’s exhibit to patients and their families makes our healthcare a healing system and for that we salute you. HANP has been busy in April with the following:

Finally, we would like to thank each and of you and we would like to encourage you to be brilliant in finding solutions for our patients and the challenges in our healthcare system.

Miriam "Pepper" Santa Ana Delaflor
2017-2018 HANP President



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Monthly Member Highlight

Name and Title:  Paula Westergren, MS, APRN, FNP-BC;  Hepatology Research NP @ Baylor College of Medicine

Clinical Focus: For the past 18 years I have worked with the same group of physicians in different positions.  Currently, I work at Baylor’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.  In my role as a nurse practitioner, I recruit for clinical research studies, see study patients, and manage side effects.  There are many facets to the job, but these are some of the primary expectations.  

What a typical day looks like:  My days are very chaotic but safe to say, in a single day I will see a few patients, review patient records for recruiting, make necessary calls, and generally take care of any other tasks that come my way. 

Biggest Challenge:  Trying to keep track of all of the active and upcoming research protocols and matching inclusion/exclusion criteria to the correct patients.   It’s a mental obstacle course.

Biggest Advantage:  We work as a team in the truest sense of the word.  Great team members and a great supervising physician make the days fly.

Enjoy most about being NP:  Seeing the look on someone’s face when they have the “AHA” moment of understanding something critical to their diagnosis and/or treatment.  Or when I am able to ease someone’s burden and they are visibly touched.   NP’s are one of the most understanding, giving, compassionate groups around.  Combined with the increased knowledge, we are walking instruments of healing.  Proud to count myself among you. 

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Member Meeting

Please be sure to join us for our June CE dinner meeting to be held on June 13, 2018

Speaker: Mari T. Galang, MSN, RN, AGACNP
Topic: Therapeutic Misadventures: Side Effects to Antimicrobials 
Venue: TBD
Time: 6 pm - 7 pm registration and networking; 7 pm dinner and presentation
After this presentation you will be able to/better understand:

  • Briefly Discuss Categories of Allergic Reactions, Drugs as Molecules that can act as Antigens
  • Discuss Penicillin Allergy - History Taking, Epidemiology, Potential Reactions and Challenge
  • Brief overview of Mechanism of Action, Common Indications of Antimicrobials Listed; Discuss Common and Potentially Life Threatening Reactions of : Penicillins, Cephalosporins, Carbapenems, Vancomycin, Daptomycin, Linezolid, Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole, Fluoroquinolones, Macrolides, Antifungals and potential interventions to mitigate reactions

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Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events: 

June 13, 2018 - CE Dinner Meeting
July 11, 2018 - Members Only Dinner Meeting
August 8, 2018 - Members Only Dinner Meeting
September 12, 2018 - Annual Meeting
October 10, 2018 - CE Dinner Meeting
November 2 - 3, 2018 - HANP's 8th Annual Conference

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