All Chapter Officers!!
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Attention all Chapter Officers and Members !!
National Nurse Practitioner Week 2015 is quickly approaching us. National Nurse Practitioner Week 2015 will be held November 8 – 14. The special week offers numerous opportunities to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care that NPs provide. A brilliant way we can do this is by using the 1 page article that I mailed out earlier in the year stating the underutilization of APRNs throughout Georgia (see attachment).
Georgia's shortage of primary care physicians ranks us the second or third from the bottom in the nation. Who better to answer this shortage and save the state a significant amount of money (see attachment sent out 2 to 3 weeks ago about Pennsylvania) than the one health care group of professionals who have been providing primary care to Americans since the 1970s....the Nurse Practitioner ?!
Additionally, AANP will provide an online resource guide for your use in planning activities to celebrate NP Week and the 50th anniversary of the NP program. The guide will be available at aanp.org in mid-September and will contain information such as a sample news release, talking points, an NP fact sheet, community activities, a media interview guide, and guidelines for writing a letter to the editor.
I encourage every chapter president or designated officer to write a proclamation and have the town or city's mayor proclaim national NP Week this year in. The Augusta UAPRN chapter did a wonderful job in doing this last year and it reminds your local mayor of what many of us are doing on a state level as well.
I will be submitting to our governor the forms to proclaim national NP Week from the governor's office like I did in 2013 and will be inviting various chapter leaders to the state capital to meet the governor and be in the picture opportunity with us- so stayed tuned!
Lastly, it is never too early to begin planning for this event. Our early planning has paid off over the past 2 years ago as we tied national NP week in with our state-wide community service day. This year we will do the same and November 6-8, 2015 and November 13-15, 2015 will be designated days that every UAPRN chapter around the state will be encouraged to "give back" to its community. Our chapters around the state have been very creative in successfully pulling this event off so no project or idea is too small or insignificant. PLEASE, let me hear about your ideas and if your executive board can assist you in any way, let us know.
Did you know that in 2013, UAPRN received national recognition of its state-wide community service day commitment by implementing this from the mountains to the coast? Also, did you know that in 2014, I received a personal telephone call from First Lady Michelle Obama congratulating us for our community service efforts throughout the state? This was due to our collaboration among chapters, establishing effective dialogue to your state executive board, and most importantly utilizing the many talented members our organization has. This is why early planning is key !
I hope everyone's summer is going well.