President’s Message-January 2021
Happy New Year SPCN members! What an exciting time to start my presidency term for SPCN. I’m thankful for the guidance and support from past leadership, in addition to the trust from the current membership. 2020 was a year of many challenges, especially for those in the nursing profession. Whether you are a bedside nurse, procedural nurse, nurse administrator, nurse educator, or nurse researcher, the pandemic has forced each of us to change our role. We have modified our personal and professional lives to keep ourselves, our families, our patients, and our colleagues safe and healthy. News words have surfaced in our everyday language: pandemic, social distancing, Zoom conferences and webinars, quarantine, MIS-C, resilience, masks and face shields.
The last week has been an overwhelming experience of emotion for many. We have been witnesses to progress within a democracy, progress towards more equality and equity. History has been made with Kamala Harris transitioning to the first woman, first Asian, and first Black to hold the office of the Vice President. There is an air of optimism and hope after almost a year of uncertainty and loss. Coronavirus vaccines promise a time of relief in our future. For those who have already received vaccination, share your experience via voice and social media. Strive to be the example others need to make the decision to do the same. Volunteer to assist with vaccinations if the opportunity arises. Together, we will make a difference by decreasing the spread and preserving the lives of thousands.
As an organization, we are also looking forward to improvements. Though our membership is representative of all types of nursing, we are challenged to continue to reach additional nurses. During the month of February, we will be launching a new program, ‘Recruit 2 and Get 1 Free’. Look for more information soon on how you can participate. Additionally, we are assessing ways to expand the benefits of your membership. Our record attendance at the first ever virtual annual SPCN Educational Meeting on November 13, 2020, allowed us to share an exciting program with the membership. This success will push us to develop other opportunities to engage nurses while working to bring the membership together.
American Heart Month is nearly here. Thank you for all you have done during this past year. Keep the focus and faith as we move forward in 2021. If you have suggestions for our organization, please share with me or another board member. An active membership provides benefit for all.
Trudy A. Pierick, MSN, ARNP, CPNP, FAHA
To the SPCN Membership in a time of great troubles:
Yesterday I was humbled and honored to receive the following email:
“The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in the Central MA Region will be recognizing a Heart Hero / Stroke Hero at the 2020 Heart & Stroke Walk on June 20th in Worcester. The recipient is recognized for volunteer service and/or commitment to American Heart and American Stroke Association’s mission in Central MA. The Executive Leadership Team for the 2020 Heart & Stroke Walk reviewed all nominations and selected Nancy Hagberg for this 2020 Heart Hero Award.
Nancy was selected using the following criteria:
The recipient is active in the community as an advocate, volunteer, philanthropist or civic leader and has made exceptional contributions through volunteer service and / or commitment to American Heart and American Stroke Association’s mission to create a culture of health in the business community and community at large. The recipient is well known and serves the community with distinction and excellence.
Congratulations Nancy for her outstanding service to the American Heart Association.“
Through the nearly 40 years of my nursing practice I have worked with many Heart Heros- stronger, more resilient and braver than I- both patients and their families, colleagues, my family and friends. I am deeply moved by this recognition.
I was also selected to give feedback for the American Heart Association to the United States Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents this month.
I miss crowded clinics with patients and families milling about and the mental exercise of keeping it all straight, but I have been challenged to find other ways to support our staff, SPCN members, patients, families and colleagues using different energies.
Please send us your stories, triumphs and presentations so that we can lift your practice up and recognize your hard work. Our members are US!!
Please keep safe and stay well.
Nancy Hagberg, NP President SPCN