We're Still Standing! - May 2020

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We're Still Standing!

By Mary Harper, PhD, RN, NPD-BC

Sir Elton John sang (cue the music in your head):

            I’m still standing better than I ever did,

            Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid…

            I’m still standing. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

            I’m still standing. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

And here at ANPD, we’re still standing! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

As you know, the ANPD Board of Directors took the necessary action of canceling our beloved annual convention, Aspire…to Envision, scheduled April 28 – May 1 in Chicago. Again, quoting Sir Elton, with just a little improvisation:

     And did you think “that we” could never win,

     Well look at “us, we are” coming back again!

That’s right!  Aspire…to Envision is coming back virtually during NPD week, September 14 – 18, 2020. Mark your calendars to take a little time for both live and recorded education sessions and other events you’ve grown to love during convention, including a virtual networking event, Star Search, poster presentations, awards, and more! Watch your email and the ANPD website for additional details.

One important facet of convention is the installation of new ANPD Board members during the closing session. Although elections were held earlier this year, according to the ANPD bylaws, new Board members take office “at the close of convention” (Article VI, Section 3). In order to comply with our bylaws, the current Board has agreed to continue their service until the virtual convention, at which time new Board members will join the Board. In the meantime, new Board members are attending regularly scheduled virtual meetings as part of their orientation. These new Board members include:

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  • President (current President-Elect): Susan Bindon, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CNE, CNE-cl
  • Treasurer: Rachel Frija, DNP, RN, NPD-BC 

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  • Director: Cathleen Opperman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, CPN
  • Re-elected Director: Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the current Board members who have generously agreed to extend their terms until the virtual convention. These Board members include:

  • President: Patsy Maloney, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, CEN, NEA-BC 
  • Treasurer: Mary Golway, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
  • Director: Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN, NPD-BC 

Another important component of our annual convention is recognition of the ANPD award winners. The 2020 award recipients are:

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Marlene Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award

Kari Schmidt, MS, RN, NPD-BC, ACC

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Belinda Puetz Award

Mary A. Olson, MA, RN, NPD-BC

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Advocate for NPD Specialty Award

Lisa Benfield, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

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Champion for Scientific Inquiry Award

Paula E. Dunham, ND, MSA, BSN, NPD-BC, EBP-C

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Change Agent Award

Jennifer Luna, MBA, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K, CVRN-BC

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Leader Award

Jill Benns, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K

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Mentor Award

Betsy Corrigan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K

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Partner for Practice Transitions Award

Deborah Raley, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

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Convention Scholarship Recipients

Jamie Readinger, MSN, RN, CCRN

Thomas Maxwell, MSN, MA, RN, NPD-BC

The award winners will be formally recognized during the virtual convention and again at our 2021 convention, Aspire...to Inclusivity in Atlanta, GA.

Cue the music again!  We’re still standing! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!


Association for Nursing Professional Development. (2018). ANPD Bylaws. https://www.anpd.org/page/about

Taupin, B. (1983). I’m still standing [Recorded by E. John]. On Too Low for Zero [Vinyl]. Santa Monica, CA: Geffen Records.

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