It is hard to believe that after months of preparation NTI Boston is now a over. I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank chapter and board members who helped man the ribbon booth during NTI. Sunday marked the first day with pre-conferences and lots of activity at the ribbon booth. A big thank-you to Janet Eagan, Colleen Ryan, Laurie Diamond, Tony Gross, Norine Leaver, Patti Rabbett, John Whitlock and Linda Le who helped man the ribbon booth on Sunday. On Tuesday GBC members Megan George, Joanne Rosato, Diane McAleer, Jenn Vaughn and Amy Burke helped out New Hampshire Seacoast who had limited members attend conference. Each day activity at the ribbon booth increased and by Wednesday afternoon Diane McAleer, Patti Rabbett, Sonia Thompson, Sue Hamilton- Bruno, Joanne Rosatto, Karen Giuliano, Laurie Diamond and myself were busy distributing ribbons to hundreds of participants who proudly showed off their tales of ribbons.
Monday the Greater Boston Chapter, Merrimack Valley and New Hampshire Seacoast welcomed more than 9000 participants to NTI Boston. As the president of the Greater Boston Chapter I had the honor and privilege of making the opening speech to welcome everyone to our great city of Boston. What an awesome site to see so many nurses who share the same passion and vision for excellence in providing outstanding care to our critically ill patients come together to enhance their knowledge. The education sessions offered were often at capacity with rooms set up for overflow. There was a great diversity of sessions provided to meet the needs of both new and seasoned critical care nurses. Next year NTI will be held in Orlando. I challenge members to consider doing a presentation or submit a poster to highlight the nursing excellence in Boston. Presentation abstracts are due by June 10th, 2018 and submissions for posters open on July 16th, 2018 and are due by September 16th, 2018. Check out https://www.aacn.org/conferences-and-events/nti/nti-call-for-abstracts to submit an presentation abstract or poster.
Monday evening marked a milestone for the Greater Boston Chapter as we celebrated our 45th Anniversary without the dedication and perseverance of Board Member Patti Rabbett we would not have had so many past presidents in attendance in a beautiful venue to celebrate our history as a chapter. We were fortunate to have Sallie Millar and Joan Vitello reflect back on the early days of the Greater Boston Chapter as members first met at Massachusetts General Hospital to start planning the chapter’s first programs to meet the educational needs of critical care nurses in Boston. Quite a stroll down memory lane, the legacy these early chapter pioneers started lives on today with the same vision for enhancing the knowledge of critical care nurses. The collaborative efforts of Region 1 and the Horizons committee led to two Chapter Awards of Excellence in Chapter Collaboration and Excellence in the Value of Certification. Both Norine Leaver and Marcia Bixby have been active members of the Horizon’s committee and we would like to thank them for their participation in representing the greater Boston Chapter of AACN.
Chris Shulman’s 2018 theme of “Guided by Why” was evident in the many poster presentations exhibited during NTI with a few posters presented by our very own GBC members. Outstanding job!. Lisa Riggs’s 2019 theme was announced as “Our Voice Our Strength” collectively as nurses we make up the largest number of healthcare professionals imagine the impact we can make if we use our voices! Can’t wait to see the changes that lie ahead!
As my term as your president comes to an end I would also like to thank board members who supported me through this past year. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with and these members made me a better president, without their support we would not have had such a successful year! Thank- you
2017-2018 President Greater Boston Chapter of AACN