Letter from GBC President
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As your new president I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my nursing career. I have been a nurse for over 36 years and thirty five years have been focused in critical care both as a clinician and as an educator. I can honestly say there has never been a day that I have not enjoyed choosing this profession. Now the third generation starts as my daughter joins the ranks with two of her cousins who are both pediatric critical care nurses.
I consider myself a lifelong learner always challenging myself to learn something new and be the best I can be so that I can better serve the patients and staff I am responsible for. I started my journey as a diploma nurse but quickly entered into a bachelors program after graduation. Now I find myself 35 years later entering graduate school to become a family nurse practitioner. I am inspired by this year’s theme of “Guided by Why” as nurses we must relentlessly challenge ourselves to ask why. The art of nursing is not stagnant it is constantly changing and evolving. Why? You say because someone is always asking why? We cannot lose that spirit of inquiry we must remain motivated to expand our knowledge and improve our practice. Just like last year’s theme of “It Matters” we matter even if it is just one person’s life we change we as nurses can make a difference to what really matters.
As we begin this journey together I would like to reflect back on some exciting changes that have transpired over this past year. The most obvious change is our appearance this year we joined the platform of Nursing Networks to better align with our members as well as streamline registration processes for our programs. We continue to encourage certification of our members and had a very successful CCRN and PCCN review course last year presented by “Cammie” House-Frasier and we look forward to her joining us in the first week in November for our annual CCRN/PCCN review course. Cammie is such a dynamic speaker and her pearls of wisdom have helped many of our members successfully pass the CCRN and PCCN exam on their first try.
In the spring we had our annual Spring Celebration where Donna White gave a great talk on “caring for ourselves” as care givers we all have a tendency to neglect ourselves. Remember we can’t be there for our patients, families and friends if we don’t nourish ourselves. Taking from nursing theorist Dorothea Orem’s self-care model and take a moment to care for ourselves. Lastly we ended with our annual Evidenced Based Practice Symposium at Regis College where many of our members presented posters and we had two great podium presentations.
What is ahead of us? We have a very exciting year ahead as the Greater Boston Chapter prepares to celebrate our 45th anniversary we are also preparing to welcome thousands of AACN members to our great city of Boston as we prepare for the 2018 National Teaching Institute Symposium in Boston May. Please send us exemplars of fellow GBC members in action.
Dorothy DiDomenico BSN, RN, CCRN
President, Greater Boston Chapter of AACN