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December 2014 FNPN Newsletter Bullets

Posted about 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
  • FNPN PAC Update
  • Job Announcement
  • Membership update
  • Message from AANP
  • Around the State and Around the Nation
  • News You Can Use

Quote of the Month

"Life is only as good as you decide to make it. So stand up, be bold, and don't let everyone else define it." - Unknown

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 twelfth year of advocacy and leadership in representing the Nurse Practitioners of Florida, we are pleased to announce that elections will be closed on Dec. 21. Below are the candidates running for office. You may go to this link for more information click here

FNPN President
  • Angela Ritten, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
  • Janet DuBois, DNP, ARNP, FAANP
FNPN Treasurer
  • Ivonne Johnson, DNP, ARNP, ANP-C, PNP-C
  • George Byron Peraza-smith, DNP, ARNP, GNP-BC, CNE
FNPN 2nd Vice-President Education
  • Arlene T. Wright, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
  • Brad A. Briscoe, DNP, ARNP
  • Paula E. Glass, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, ARNP, ANP-C

Thank you to all of our members who voted already and FNPN sincerely appreciates the willingness of those who chose 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

FNPN Members Dr. Jean Aertker and Dr. Kim Curry Help Preserve Nursing History

Thank you both for helping contribute to a project that honors Florida nurses and their contributions to the health of the state and help to make available information on the historical contributions of Florida nurses to all who seek it. To read more 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 website at 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

Dear Members,

In order for us to have our voices heard in Tallahassee, we will need to increase our membership, at the same time working hard to retain current members. One of our goals this year will be to actively work on recruiting new members to FNPN to make our organization stronger.

Renewal Reminder-Membership in FNPN runs on an annual basis Jan-Dec. Please renew your membership today. Membership in FNPN can be as a group or individual member.

Individual members belong and receive many benefits as part of their membership-frequent communication during the legislative session (or special sessions), a paid lobbyist based in Tallahassee, access to posted job opportunities, access to posted upcoming conferences and many more benefits. If you belong to your local NP group you are not an FNPN member until you join FNPN individually, group and individual membership are two separate levels of membership. I encourage you to visit our newly redesigned web page today and while you're there you can renew online.

Group Presidents- please renew today and continue to be an integral part of our growing organization. We value our group members as this creates a vital network of NP groups throughout the state. These groups help disseminate information about trends, issues and changes impacting NP's at the state and national level. As a group member we will also assist with conference planning and obtaining approval for CEU's if offered. We will also assist with promoting your conferences and activities and can provide assistance or link you with support in web design.

FNPN now has several options for membership:
  • $75.00 - New Member /Renewing
  • $50.00 - Student / Retired Member
  • $120.00 - NP Group Member
  • $120.00 - Organization Member

As the Chair of the Membership Committee I am always open to suggestions and new ideas. If you have any questions, please contact me. This year, when joining/renewing, we also ask you to consider 'bringing a friend' to the registration table and helping build our organizations to where they should be. With the numbers of Advanced Practice Nurses nearing 15,000 in Florida, we should have a strength that can overcome any push from our medical community. We hope you will let us nurture that side of you if you need it and engage those around you to do the same. Please be sure to contact us should you have questions about legislation, membership, education and more. Our Executive Assistant, Regina, is always available either by phone, computer and even skype!

Message From AANP

Congratulations to Representative Cary Pigman on receiving the 2015 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence from Florida. FNPN nominated Representative Cary Pigman for this award based on his significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of the Nurse Practitioner role.

Around the State and Around the Nation

2014 NP Week - Proclamation Celebration

"Tallahassee Council of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN)" Members celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week with our 2014 Proclamation from Governor Rick Scott."

Seated in the front from left to right is: Kathleen Wilson, CAPN Treasurer, Judy Harris, CAPN Secretary, Cynthia Evans (holding our Proclamation) - the 2014 AANP State Awardee for Clinical Excellence, Debra Danforth (holding our Proclamation), CAPN President, and Christie Jones, FSU DNP Student. Back Row: Members in attendance at the November 20th meeting.

ARNPs and SMMC plan

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care plans are now effective throughout Florida. All residents dually eligible and covered through Medicare and Medicaid have Medicaid Managed Assistance (a Medicaid HMO) as their primary or secondary insurance.

Clinicians and patients are experiencing difficulties accessing care and continuity of care may have been disrupted. The AHCA in Florida has created the following presentation to gather information.

Please make this presentation available to all health care clinicians and the public - Click Here

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.

Recent News Articles

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CE Broker

Did you know that full members can get a discount to CE Broker? Click here to find out more

CE Requirements by State 2014-2015

Remember, in Florida all ARNPs must be board certified and as of July 2014, you only have to maintain certification, but you MUST go on CEBROKER and indicate in your FREE account that you have elected to us the National Certification option or you will not be in compliance. This info from Medscape and was last verified October 2014. Licenses are issued and renewed at the sole discretion of the state boards-changes can occur at each legislative session, so stay current! Click here for more information

Florida ARNP and Medicaid Survey

Your willingness to help assess Medicaid credentialed ARNPs ability increase access to care for Medicaid recipient's is appreciated. Please complete this survey once and answer each question based on your or the employer billing Florida Medicaid. Click here to take the survey