Board Liaison's Message
Looking to the Horizon—So Much to Look Forward To!
A Note from Sheila St. Cyr, MS, RN, NPD-BC
I have had the privilege to write the Board Liaison’s message in TrendLines every other month for almost two years now. It seems like only yesterday I was drafting my first one. At the close of the Aspire to Inclusivity convention, I embarked on another first as I stepped into the President-Elect role on the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Board. It will be my extreme pleasure to work alongside the current President, Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNEcl, to learn the role and responsibilities. I would like to welcome our newest Board member, Stephanie Zidek, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, and welcome back Directors Dale Callicut, PhD, RN, CV-BC, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, and Mandi Walker, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, NEA-BC. They join Susan, me, Treasurer, Rachael Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, and Director, Cathleen Opperman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CPN to complete the Board. I am honored and humbled to work with not only the Board members, but also the ANPD staff and committee members as we “boldly go” into 2022 and beyond. There are so many great things happening within ANPD currently and there are many more just over the horizon.
Before we leap into 2022, I want to recognize the 2021 Aspire to Inclusivity convention as another showing of the fortitude and tenacity of our organization! Thanks to all who helped make this year’s offering a success! As we look ahead, the 2022 Annual Convention, Aspire to Trailblaze, will be here before we know it. The convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, March 22–25, 2022, and will be an in-person offering! While the deadline for submitting an abstract is fast-approaching, you have until August 22 at 11:55 pm (PDT) to submit a proposal for a concurrent session, rapid-fire session, or poster presentation. Educational tracks at the 2022 Annual Convention include onboarding/orientation, competency management, education, role development, collaborative partnerships, research/EBP/QI, leadership, diversity & inclusion, and healthy work environment (HWE). I’m sure each of you has a trailblazing story to share given the last year and a half—maybe you implemented an innovative approach to education or a new way to mentor and guide newly licensed nurses in chaotic times. Whatever the story, don’t miss an opportunity to share with your peers!
Another important event on the immediate horizon is NPD Week! This opportunity to celebrate our specialty is slated for September 12–18, 2021. Keep an eye out for more details from ANPD in the coming weeks. It is never too early to start planning for ways to recognize the amazing accomplishments of NPD practitioners and associates—everyone loves a good party to celebrate, and we definitely have much to celebrate!
It was at last year’s convention that ANPD hit an important milestone of 6000+ members. That number continues to climb slowly and as an organization, we would love to achieve 7500 members by the end of 2023. I encourage each of you to reflect on the resources, relationships, and mentoring you have benefited from with your ANPD membership and invite other NPD practitioners, professional development (PD) associates, preceptors, or other staff who engage in professional development activities to become a member themselves. By engaging with a diverse membership base, ANPD will grow and thrive! Thanks to each of you for being a part of the success of ANPD!
All my best,
Sheila St. Cyr, MS, RN, NPD-BC
Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Specialist
Department of Pharmacy