February 2021 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Greetings! Hope that everyone has settled into the new year and with good health. 2020 was definitely a year for the record books and I am happy to leave it behind. For months, our mantra was that we couldn’t wait until 2021 but this year so far has not been without its challenges.

We continue to be gripped in a pandemic that we have not seen in over 100 years. As a society we were extremely unprepared, not only for the virus but for the ramifications that we will likely feel for years to come. At this point, all of us have been touched directly by COVID whether we had it or a loved one has. Many have experienced loss.

Never before as a society have we been so divisive, whether it was wearing masks, getting vaccines or even our election. The issues seemed endless. Many friendships have ended. This year, it is as if so many have collectively decided to excuse or engage in bad behavior... regardless of each person stand on this issue.

As nurse practitioners / nurse practitioner students, we have been trained to not only care for others but to impart our knowledge and expertise to our patients. Sometimes though lines get blurred and we impart our own personal bias, prejudices and or stereotype. Additionally, the lines gets blurred even more when these concepts develop into aggressive and demeaning behavior. For even the most patient of people, it can be a tenuous line to follow. 

On the positive side... we started vaccinating in the beginning of the year. Access to those that need it most is proving to be difficult, but we will get there. 

Additionally, Joe Biden has appointed Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN to serve as acting surgeon general, pending the Senate confirmation of Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. This is exciting news to the nurse practitioner community as we continue to strive for validation for the knowledge and dedication to quality health that we give to our patients and we extend our congratulations.

Last of all in these difficult times, I ask you to be kind even when it is difficult and to ask yourself how you can “Pay it Forward”. As Houston Area Nurse Practitioners lets show that, “We are Part of the Solution.”

Lauren Tezak, MS, APRN, AGACNP-BC
HANP President 

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Winter Storm & Power Outages

Due to the unprecedented winter storm and power outages, many of our members are without electricity, water, and internet service. HANP hopes that you are staying safe and warm during this highly unsual weather event.

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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. 

HANP MARCH ce virtual meeting

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7 PM – 8 PM CT

Subject: GERD Beyond the PPIs, What's next?
Presenter: Mari Galang, MSN, APRN, AGACNP, Nurse Practitioner with Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center

CE: This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse
Practitioners for approval of one hour of accredited education. For more information, click here.

Members: $20
Non-Members: $25
Bundled with Conference: Complimentary (those that purchased this, will get a separate email with registration instructions)

Please consider signing up for the February event in support of HANP.

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Board Nominations

Are you looking for a way to get involved professionally? Your profession needs you. Please consider serving in your local organization's membership.

Nominations are now open for President-Elect and Secretary for 2021-2022.

  • President Elect: 3 year succession
    - comprised of President Elect year, President year, Past President year

  • Secretary: 2-year term

To view the Board position descriptions, click here.
For more information about the nomination process, click here.

Submission of nomination ends Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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HANP Scholarships

The Spring 2021 award season is OPEN. Please submit your scholarship applications by April 23rd. Winners will be anounced in June.

See below for details.

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Member News

Get an incredible new job? A promotion? Get published? Obtain additional certifications or license? Do you just have some great news you want to share? We want to know! Let us celebrate you! Please send information to [email protected].

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