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An Idea Leads to Collaboration Between Two Affiliates

Submitted by Midwest Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) and Chicago ANPD (CANPD) Affiliate contributors

Leanna Bonczkowski, MS, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC (not pictured)

Amy Bickett, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Danene Coroneos-Shannon, PhD, MSEd, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, NC-BC, MCHES

Kurtis Hammitt, MSN, RN

Dina Kebbekus, BSN, RNC-OB (not pictured)

Joann Mazur, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, NPD-BC (not pictured)

Patti Stockhausen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC 

Midwest ANPD Board:

President: Patricia Stockhausen, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Treasurer: Amy Bickett, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

Secretary: Kurtis Hammitt, MSN, RN

Web Master: Dina Kebbekus, BSN, RNC-OB

CANPD Board:

President: Danene Coroneos-Shannon, PhD, MSEd, BSN, NPD-BC, NC-BC, MCHES

President Elect: Leanna Bonczkowski, MS, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC

Treasurer: Joann Mazur, MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, NPD-BC

Secretary: Cori Lester, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

In early January, the Midwest ANPD affiliate was planning their spring conference. How could we provide what our affiliate members want and need? Environmental scanning efforts determined that networking opportunities, collaboration among health care educators, and a larger pool from which to pull presenters was needed. With the increased use of virtual platforms for meetings and education, the distance between resources was shrinking. It was the perfect time to consider providing educational programming over a large geographical area. With that in mind, Midwest ANPD invited the CANPD affiliate to a meeting—virtual, of course. As health care organizations combine, institutions will find peers working across state lines and throughout larger geographical areas. Both affiliates have members who work for similar health care organizations, thus, an optimal opportunity for collaboration.

Much of the work for nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners within health care organizations has become virtual, including meetings, presentations, curriculum development, and how education is provided. This shift has allowed us to connect our work and communication throughout our two-state geographical area with ease. Both the ability to have “boundaryless” communication and the inclusion of more NPD practitioners led to the idea of collaboration with other ANPD affiliates. As a result, the boards formally met to determine potential opportunities for members.

Midwest ANPD and CANPD affiliate boards met to discuss partnership opportunities, solidifying three key reasons for the collaboration: increased learning opportunities for the members, increased networking capabilities, and increased availability in the speaker pool. As NPD practitioners, we must embrace virtual learning and encourage the colleagues and customers that we serve to learn how to use the virtual platforms. Technology use aligns with our ongoing development of education information delivery post-pandemic.

We quickly identified this collaboration could have a positive impact on our members. We would be able to share best practices in NPD, increase contact hour offerings, possibly increase membership for both organizations, and allow for collaboration on conference topics. The meeting concluded with the unanimous decision to move forward with the Midwest ANPD conference invitation, open to the CANPD affiliate members. The Midwest ANPD conference flyers were shared and distributed to the CANPD affiliate members.

The Midwest ANPD affiliate held its spring conference in April with CANPD members in attendance. Evaluation data was positive; members stated they enjoyed meeting peers and learning from others. By collaborating across both affiliate organizations, we have members from over ten hospital systems and numerous ambulatory settings, with a span over 2 states, covering greater than 200 miles. This collaboration will ensure the support to move the knowledge and skills of NPD practitioners forward through networking, expanded educational opportunities, and expert speaker availability. Future possibilities of networking and collaboration between these two ANPD affiliates are bright.

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