Florida Nurse Practitioner Network
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FNPN November December 2013 Newsletter Bullets

Posted almost 6 years ago by Regina Pommer

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Good Morning!

We would like to bring you up to date on what’s new in your own backyard of Florida. In this newsletter you will find the following:


  • Happy Holidays
  • FNPN Elections
  • Become an FNPN Volunteer
  • Shining Stars
  • Legislative Update
  • FNPN PAC Update
  • Job Announcement
  • Membership update
  • Message from AANP 
  • Education Update
  • Around the State and Around the Nation
  • News You Can Use

Quote of the Month:

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
-Helen Keller

Happy Holidays

We are truly grateful for our members and community advocates. As the holidays approach, we would like to thank you for your time, donations, and community support that positively impact the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network each and every day.

FNPN Elections

As FNPN enters its eleventh year of advocacy and leadership in representing the Nurse Practitioners of Florida, we are pleased to announce our leadership team.

The FNPN election results have been certified by the nominations/election committee and we congratulate the new officers.

They are as follows:
  • Jean Aertker-First Vice President
  • Cindy Parsons-Secretary
  • Pam Johnson-Membership Chair
  • Donna Lester-Nominating Committee
  • Jeanne Abdou-Nominating Committee
  • Yolanda Bone-Nominating Committee

Thank you to all of our members who voted this fall and FNPN sincerely appreciates the willingness of those who choose to run for office, as well as our appreciation of the hard work of our nominations committee.

Volunteer Your Time -Become A Committee Member

FNPN offers meaningful and varied opportunities for all members to be involved. We are all working professionals with limited time to give back to the profession so one needs to choose the best fit for your passion and your time. Whether you seek career building projects, job seeking, or simply want to network and meet new colleagues in your practice area or in an area of interest, FNPN can link you that way. Volunteerism with FNPN can be short-term as a member of a small task force group or contributing to an urgent need committee. You can adjust the time you can give at the start up and flex as your time permits too! One recent example of a quick working group was to secure the Governors NP week proclamation! Time investment minimal but PR impact huge!
Volunteers with FNPN gain from volunteering, such as learning new skills and experience in health, social services and education, which can often help advance your career or assist in deciding how to really focus your career. Volunteer programs are offered year-round and statewide.
Some real needs now are members to help with the Conference, Practice and PR committees. Volunteering here can be a small investment of time by simply web clipping and sending NP's in the news articles to share or be really involved working closely with the Board to move us in the direction you want FNPN go over the next 10 years!

As you review the current list of committees to choose from, let me ask you this one question posed to me by Dr. Imogene King, nursing advocate and theorist, "So what are you doing for your profession?" I did not have a great answer back then, but it got me into my long career of being a NP advocate. Is today that starting day for you too?

Click here to contact us about volunteering

Shining Star

Congratulations Arlene Wright for being the first NP to sit on her health care systems physician governance council. As the lead advanced provider for the internal medicine family practice division, she now holds a seat on the physician's governance council as the first advanced provider. She has also been selected to participate in a joint venture with the USF Center for transformation and leadership entitled “the physician leadership institute" which is a collaborated effort to transform our healthcare systems leaders for the future.

Legislation Update

Dr. Kathleen Wilson, PHD, ARNP, FNPN's Tallahassee Legislative Action Team Leader, accepted Governor Rick Scott's 2014 NP Week Proclamation at a signing in the governor's office in Tallahassee. Kathleen is excited to be part of the FNPN Legislative Committee and will assist our education and lobbying efforts with feet on the ground in Tallahassee with her Action Team. The signing of NP week proclamation is an annual event for FNPN. FNPN is pleased to help our national organization bring more recognition and appreciation for the NP role. Special thanks to our President Doreen Cassarino, our Lobbyist, Allison Carvajal and AANP State Rep, Gail Sadler for working on this endeavor. Click Here


Laureen M. Fleck, PhD,FNP-BC,CDE, Chairperson - Political Action Committee

As voters, we are in a position to support the candidate of our choice by promoting their campaign not only on Election Day but by participation and promotion of the candidate's campaign promises.

Advanced practice nurses in Florida have not been able to practice to the full extent of our scope of practice and education because of political restrictions imposed on us in the House and Senate.

Our PAC committee will be traveling throughout the state to raise money and participate in fund raising efforts to build OUR VOICE in the Florida political arena. We will also support the candidates that support our issues by monetary contributions to their campaigns.

We need your help! Money is Power!! A brilliant legislative session is expected and we are closer than ever to reach our goals. We have a lobbyist working with us. We are well informed and networked in Tallahassee. She keeps the constant flow of information current. We cannot achieve our goals with this disruption of policy and politics! Without you, your patients, family and community support we are invisible. Become a member of the FNPN PAC Committee.

Consider your commitment to our profession. We are ARNPs in private practice, hospital settings, colleges, universities and clinics throughout the state! We are YOU!

If each person in our membership donated $10 and asked 5 more people to donate $10 we would be on our way to political success! We have a membership of 4,300 ARNPs in Florida. We are solid, we are YOU!

To make a contribution please click here

Job Announcements!

There have been many new job postings around the state on our web site at www.fnpn.org for those of you that may have an interest. On our new website, the most recent postings are on the front page. A new feature will allow postings to be visible for 90 days. Please feel free to pass this along to your colleagues who may be interested in it as well, or who may have an interest in finding out more about our network. For those of you that have found jobs on our website, please be sure to let us know!

Do you know an employer who might find the FNPN Job posting a worthwhile site? If so, please be sure to tell them about the website and the fact that on average 20 or more jobs are posted each month. The traffic to our website is incredible and we have more and more folks seeking employment through this site than ever before. Let them know you saw it on the FNPN Website!

Membership Update

Pamela Johnson-Membership Chair

Florida Nurse Practitioner Network has nearly 600 actively enrolled members as of November 2013! This number is less than commendable since there are over 12,000 Advanced Practice Nurses who are not registered with Florida’s Board of Nursing as being specialty certified. And, over 16,000 practicing Advance Practice Nurses in Florida. FNPN NEEDS every licensed Advance Practice Nurse throughout Florida to unite in order to carry forth a successful political agenda! FNPN as part of Florida Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses is moving forward united in voice and actions. Join us TODAY at www.fnpn.org!!

FNPN has improved ability of potential and renewing nurses become members of FNPN by modifying our website. We are working to continue providing direct access to Group members desiring to dually activate memberships within their local organizations and FNPN making ONE payment. We recognize the importance and benefits of streamlining voice and participation within our professional organizations.

FNPN represented you at the Nurse Service Organization Advisory Board Meeting gathering information and sharing in the processes affecting risk and liabilities associated with Advance Practice Nursing. As practice environments change insurance risk and liabilities shift, affecting coverage as well as cost. Advanced Practice Nurses must be prepared through education to address needs of the public while understanding how to minimize professional risk and liability. NSO is committed to providing the nursing community with risk education. NSO, in partnership with Wolters Kluwer Health - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) and CNA, the underwriter for the NSO program, is pleased to announce their risk management continuing education program: Focus on Malpractice Prevention. Take advantage of RISK MANAMENT courses offered by NSO. Visit www.nso.com, click on risk management to earn CEUs and save 10% on the cost of your NSO professional liability insurance.

FNPN appreciates being able to represent you throughout this state and nationally ensuring voice of Florida Advanced Practices Nurses remain congruent within Nursing’s community.

2014: Continuing with New Beginnings…Staying United!

Message From AANP

AUSTIN, TX (October 14, 2013) – The AANP Nominations Committee has announced the Call for Nominations for the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners Election. Click here for complete nomination information including eligibility, position descriptions and the election process.

Education Updates:

The following important educational opportunities have been posted for December; be sure to check back on our website at www.fnpn.org for additional updates and additions!

Dec 04
Duval County Medical Society Annual Meeting and ACO Forum
Wednesday, December 04 2013 at 12:00pm ET in Jacksonville, FL

Dec 11
IOM 2010 Future of Nursing Report Update: Webinar and Live Event
Wednesday, December 11 2013 at 5:00pm ET

Around the State and Around the Nation

NSO's Risk Management Continuing Education Program – 10% Discount

Florida Nurse Practitioner Network is partnered with Nurse Service Organization (NSO) to help Advanced Practice Nurses in Florida gain access to affordable, reliable, cost effective liability insurance. NSO has offered liability insurance to nurses since 1976. Save 10% on the cost of your NSO professional liability insurance premium.

NSO is committed to providing the nursing community with risk education. NSO, in partnership with Wolters Kluwer Health - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) and CNA, the underwriter for the NSO program, is pleased to announce our risk management continuing education program: Focus on Malpractice Prevention.

NSO's risk management continuing education program uses educational material based on the most frequent and most severe areas of loss facing nursing professionals. The courses include interactive power-point slides with case-based questions, customized images, voiceover and animation to enhance the learning experience. All modules include a post-test and are certified for nursing continuing education credit!

CE accreditation is through the American Nurses Credentialing Center provider accreditation and is applicable to registered nurses, licensed practical and vocational nurses, nursing assistants, and nurse practitioners.

Receive a 10% non-cumulative risk management credit on your individual professional liability insurance premium for up to three years when you complete 6 contact hours in our online risk management continuing education program, Focus on Malpractice Prevention.

Log at www.NSO.com to complete an NSO Risk Management course and earn continuing education units!

News You Can Use

The Florida NP Network has taken the next step to keep our members informed. Keep abreast of changes in your practice around the state and around the nation. You can join us today on Facebook under Florida Nurse Practitioner and Twitter under FloridaNP. We hope to hear from you.

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