Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner Coalition

Important Message from the NCNPC President

Posted about 2 months ago by Laura Hildebrand

Dear Members and Followers,

It is difficult to believe all the changes we have endured recently due to the global pandemic.  I hope this finds you all safe and sane, especially those of you on the front lines. I truly missed seeing everyone in March for our monthly gathering.  Since we will still not be able to meet in April, the Board of Directors will be hosting a virtual networking session on Wednesday April 22, 2020 from 6-7 PM in lieu of our usual meeting.  Thanks to Rose Macalister for this innovative suggestion! Details on the platform and how to join will follow soon. If you are interested, please sign up on-line so we are able to accommodate everyone interested in participating:       register now!

I want to encourage you all to be sure you are caring for yourselves both physically and emotionally.  I am treasuring my evening hikes with my dogs, they give me an opportunity to unplug and reset. Mindfulness is an important tool that can be helpful in keeping us calm and grounded in times of stress.  If you don’t already practice it, there is a terrific app, Headspace, which offers instruction and guided meditation sessions you can do on your own or (virtually) with others.  They are currently offering a free one-year subscription for healthcare workers! I personally started the “basics” course and find it very relaxing and calming.  Many thanks to NCNPC member, Milo Mijatovic, for bringing this to our attention:  https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19

 Elections for Board of Director positions will still take place in May, as required by NCNPC Bylaws, for the positions of President-elect and Treasurer.  We will be accepting nominations through April 30, 2020. If you or someone you know is qualified and interested, please send a paragraph outlining your qualifications and reasons you would like to be considered and for which position to ncnpcoaltion@gmail.com.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • An officer of the NCNPC must be a current member of NCNPC; licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Colorado and serving on the Board of Directors.  
  • The term of office shall be two years for all NCNPC officers.
  • Officers shall be installed by May 31st.

Duties:

President-elect:

  • Learns the role of the President.
  •  Assumes role of the President at expiration of the President’s term (May 2022).
  • Assist in development of goals, strategic plan, objectives, and budget.
  • Consults with the President throughout term of office to provide for continuity and smooth transition of coalition leadership. 
  • Presides over meetings in the absence of the President. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President.  

Treasurer:

  • The treasurer keeps all financial records and pays all obligations of the NCNPC.
  • Submits a Treasurer’s report at each regularly scheduled meeting of the NCNPC. 
  • Prepares a quarterly summary report of all NCNPC monies and files this report with the NCNPC office.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President.  

I also wanted to share some good news:  

  • As you may know, many clinical sites stopped allowing students in March an effort to conserve PPE.  This was going to leave many NP students at the end of their programs unable to graduate as planned.  Thanks to the tireless efforts and dedication of the UNC Faculty, all of their NP Students set to graduate in May were able to complete their required clinical hours and will finish on time!
  • The Federal restriction on  signing Home Health Care orders on Medicare Patients has been a long standing frustration for APRNs around the country and a serious barrier to care for patients, especially in rural and underserved areas.  One of the provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Trump last month, authorizes NPs to certify and recertify home health care orders! It also strengthens funding for PPE and ensures vital resources to respond to the pandemic.  Read the full story:  https://www.aanp.org/news-feed/aanp-applauds-president-trump-on-signing-of-cares-act 
  • The National Nurse Practitioner Symposium in Keystone from July 9-July 12, 2020 is still scheduled to proceed at this time.  Early registration discount has been extended through May 15, 2020. In addition, NCNPC Members and Followers can take advantage of an additional $50 discount by using the coupon code “NCNPC50” at checkout.  NCNPC will again be hosting a booth in the exhibition hall and we would love to see you there!  https://npsymposium.com/registration/

Here’s hoping normalcy returns soon!  

Warmest regards,

Laura