Greetings! It is my pleasure and honor be be serving as your HANP President this year and I look forward to navigating through these tough times with all of you. I admit that I have big shoes to fill as our most recent past Presidents have been incredible. Their leadership had inspired me to undertake this role. I would like to take a moment to thank Mari Galang (2019-2020 President) and Elizabeth Gigliotti (2018-2019 President) for their mentoring and guidance.
2020 has been an unprecedented bumpy ride. Bumpy likely isn’t an apt description. It been more of a year with sharp unexpected twists and turns that showed more lows than highs. I remember at this time last year, we were excited at what 2020 held in store.
In the beginning of the year, there were murmurs about this virus. Most of us, myself included didn’t take it seriously at the time and continued about our lives. On March 6th, a group of us attended the annual Legislative Day in Austin. On the ride to and from Austin, I remember discussing the virus with some members. We knew things would be different but on that day, we had no idea how much our lives would change. Just the day before Harris County saw its first COVID cases. On March 11th, the Rodeo was cancelled, HISD cancelled classes on March 12th and on March 16th, bars, nightclubs and in-person dining was suspended.
It was a hard decision but fortunately we had the foresight to cancel in-person meeting early on. We knew that we had to be not only professionally responsible but we needed to set an example to not only our members but most importantly the community we serve.
While I am grateful for the ability to continue our meeting online, I do miss the face to face with everyone. Wine does taste much better when shared with friends.
As practitioners, we have all done our part to help keep our community safe. Whether it was working COVID units, doing COVID testing, seeing patients in clinic, working in OR or treating patients via telemedicine, we have worked hard to show this city… this state… this nation just how vital we are. I salute you all and am honored to be a colleague.
As we head into deep into Fall and the winter months, we find the days getting shorter and are being pushed inside. We are starting to see another increase of COVID cases, just as COVID fatigue is setting in. For anyone having difficultly coping at this time of years, please do not feel that you have to do it alone. Please reach out to a HANP member or even board member. At the least, it always helps to have someone to talk to and sometimes we just can’t with our families
No one has been immune from the hardships of 2020, whether it’s the loss of a job, income, health or a loved one. Our lives have been disrupted but we will emerge from this and we may have been beaten down but we WILL stand back up again. It’s what we do.
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.
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 five contact hours of accredited education. For more information, click here.
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For those that may be struggling at this time of year, please find links to various support groups.
If that is not your thing, reach out to a member or a close friend if you can. If anyone knows of any additional resources please send contact to [email protected]
And finally, I thank all of you for all that you do and the sacrifices you have made to... BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!!