February 2020

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

At NHNPA, we are very proud of our tradition of acknowledging outstanding nurse practitioners (NPs) and supporters.  Each year, at our annual conference, NHNPA recognizes individuals for three different awards: NH NP of the Year, Advocate of the Year and Lifetime of Service.  Please consider nominating a colleague. You can submit your nominations by February 10 at nhnpa.org/awards

Have you heard it is an election year??  Not only for the entire country, but two Board positions at NHNPA are open as well.  Stay tuned for more details regarding these two important positions!

 A word on membership…  In New Hampshire, there are approximately 2,600 licensed nurse practitioners.  At the time of this writing, 416 NPs are members of NHNPA. This represents a state membership rate of 16%, lower than the national AANP membership rate of 25% (Goolsby and BuBois, 2017).  

Why are these numbers important?  You’ve heard me say it before: the larger our membership, the louder our voice.  It is through this collective voice of the professional organization of NHNPA that NPs have and can influence health policy.  In fact, this was exactly how full practice authority in New Hampshire became a reality - nurse practitioners working together, a collective voice, to change a law.   Membership and involvement in state and national professional organizations is considered “an ethical expectation” (Goolsby, 2017). Recently, the collective voice of NHNPA has been influential in several legislative initiatives, including: the Primary Care Workforce Coalition, the Governor’s Commission on Drugs and Alcohol, the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness and the PDMP Advisory Council.  If you are already a member of NHNPA – thank you! If you are considering membership – here is your call-to-action. Join now at NHNPA.org!  We need you on our team!   

Another benefit of participation in professional organizations is the ability to network and learn.  NHNPA will be doing this in a big way on April 9th and 10th at the Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference in Nashua.  Last year, over 300 healthcare professionals gathered for informative discussion and education on various clinical, policy and leadership topics.  This year is shaping up to be even better. Please visit NHNPA.org to learn more and register.  Save money with Early Bird registration through 2/10/20.  

 


If you have not already done so, please take a moment and go to nhnpa.org now to update your membership.  From the home page, choose Member Login (if you are a member already).  This will take you to the Member Landing Page.  

From here, please complete your profile:

  1. Update your contact information, email, photo, employer, and other information.

  2. Renew your membership (if due) and you have the option to choose auto-renewal and change your billing preferences.

  3. Opt-in (or opt-out) of the searchable member directory.  This will allow other members to connect with you professionally.

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

Jennifer Thompson, MS, APRN

Executive Director

New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association

[email protected]

 

NHNPA Board meetings are open to the general NHNPA membership.  They are scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and usually held in Concord, NH.  Please visit NHNPA.org for an updated schedule.

 

 

 

NHNPA | PO Box 10315 | Bedford, NH 03110

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (603) 648-2233

Website: nhnpa.org

 


January 2020

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

Happy New Year! 

As we close out 2019, we have many great successes to share.  We have launched our new website at NHNPA.org.  This new platform is the hub for NHNPA with enhanced functionality including: announcements, resources, event registration, and a membership directory.  As a member, you have more control over your profile, including changing contact and payment information, printing receipts and tracking CMEs.  

Please remember, MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!  As I have said in the past, your membership gives us a voice and our collective voice allows us to achieve our shared mission and shape health policy.  

In 2019, NHNPA participated in several legislative efforts in support of NP practice and the health and well being of our patients, including: 

  • Primary Care Workforce Coalition

  • State budget - advocating for increased Medicaid reimbursement rates

  • Governor’s Commission on Drugs and Alcohol

  • Appointment to Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness

  • Appointment to PDMP Advisory Council

The upcoming election year will be very busy on the health policy front.  The NHNPA Government Affairs Committee hosted an advocacy training and working meeting for the 2020 NH legislative session on Thursday, January 9, 2020. 

Look for our weekly legislative updates! With your help, NHNPA remains at the forefront of shaping health policy in New Hampshire.  It is through the collective voice of the members of NHNPA that NPs can make a positive difference in health policy and healthcare leadership in New Hampshire.

Our first annual Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference was a huge success.  Over 350 NPs from around the Northeast participated in a wide range of clinical discussions and hands-on workshops.     

Join NHNPA at our second annual Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference in Nashua, NH, on April 9-10, 2020.  NHNPA has a long history of providing quality clinical education.  We will continue to bring together thought leaders from around the country and nurse practitioners from the Northeast region for state-of-the-art education.  Watch for the NHNPA logo and colors in your email and mail. Be sure to register early for the NHNPA conference to participate in education specific to the scope of practice in New Hampshire.  Registration is open!  Visit us at NHNPA.org to register today!


If you have not already done so, please take a moment and go to NHNPA.org now to update your membership.  From the home page, choose Member Login (if you are a member already).  This will take you to the Member Landing Page.  

From here, please complete your profile:

  1. Update your contact information, email, photo, employer, and other information.

  2. Renew your membership (if due) and you have the option to choose auto-renewal and change your billing preferences.

  3. Opt-in (or opt-out) of the searchable member directory.  This will allow other members to connect with you professionally.

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

Jennifer Thompson, MS, APRN

Executive Director

New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association

[email protected]

 

NHNPA Board meetings are open to the general NHNPA membership.  They are scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and usually held in Concord, NH.  Please visit NHNPA.org for an updated schedule.

 

 

 

NHNPA | PO Box 10315 | Bedford, NH 03110

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (603) 648-2233

Website: nhnpa.org

 

December 2019

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed an inspirational celebration of NP practice in New Hampshire.  Over 100 NPs and special guests from around the state came together for an evening of networking, learning and celebration.

New Hampshire is one of 22 US states allowing full practice authority, ensuring patients have full and direct access to all the services that NPs are able to provide.  The valuable work of NPs was recognized by Governor Sununu, once again, by proclaiming November 10-16, 2019, Nurse Practitioner Week.

At the event, we learned a little bit more about each other and the diverse roles we each play in caring for the residents of New Hampshire.  We also learned about extending our skills globally. Nancy Dirubbo, DNP, shared her stories about providing medical care on the global stage.  She provided a very interesting and inspirational talk on caring for underserved populations around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

   As we move into this holiday season, we are thankful for having the privilege to care for people as nurse practitioners.  We are thankful to work in a state that allows us to work at the top of our license. We are also thankful for the camaraderie and professional support we all share.

Please remember, MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!  As I have said in the past, your membership gives us a voice and our collective voice allows us to shape health policy. 

Over the past year, NHNPA has been involved in the following health policy initiatives:

  • Primary Care Workforce Coalition
  • State budget - advocating for increased Medicaid reimbursement rates
  • Tobacco 21 initiative
  • Climate change and health initiative
  • Non-compete language in NP contracts now illegal
  • Assistant physician role defeated
  • Alternative therapy program for nurses
  • Defeated 5.5% income tax on NP revenue
  • Mental health procedures for involuntary commitment
  • Oral contraceptive dispensing
  • Environmental causes of environmental disease
  • Governor’s Commission on Drugs and Alcohol
  • Therapeutic Cannabis Advisory Council
  • NH Oral Health Coalition
  • Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness
  • PDMP Advisory Council

With your help, NHNPA remains at the forefront of shaping health policy in New Hampshire.

For updates related to your practice, follow NHNPA on Twitter @npa_nh or like us on Facebook @nhnpa.net  and Instagram @npa_nh.

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

 

NHNPA | PO Box 10315 | Bedford, NH 03110

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (603) 648-2233

 

June 2019 

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

The NHNPA Conference Planning Committee is still riding high after our first annual Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference.   We have had a little time to catch our breath and have now begun planning for 2020. Save the date for April 9 & 10, 2020, in Nashua.

We have received helpful feedback from those of you that attended.  Specifically, attendees were very impressed with the speakers and topics.  Many rooms were standing room only. Shortly, we will be putting out a call for 2020 proposals for educational topics.  If you are interested in presenting, or you know someone who would be an excellent speaker, please let us know.

NHNPA members have been busy this legislative session.  Priorities have included the bill addressing warning labels on prescription drugs (HB 359), the workforce bill (SB 308) and the state budget (HB 1 and HB 2).  During the week of June 3, 2019, the Senate will be voting on the budget which includes additional funding for rate increases for Medicaid providers and increased funding for the state loan repayment program.  NHNPA has also been active on bills addressing telemedicine and syringe service programs. There are always opportunities to become involved in health policy at the state level. If this sounds interesting to you, please let us know.

We will be continuing our leadership focus at NP Week in November.  We are currently exploring a program on global healthcare leadership.   We are inviting New Hampshire nurse practitioners to share their stories of medical missions.  As always, we will have wine, a great dinner, and plenty of networking time. We hope to see you there.

Please remember, MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!  As I have said in the past, your membership gives us a voice and our collective voice allows us to shape health policy.  With your help, NHNPA remains at the forefront of shaping health policy in New Hampshire.

For updates related to your practice, follow NHNPA on Twitter @npa_nh or like us on Facebook @nhnpa.net  and Instagram @npa_nh.

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

 

 
  
 
 

April 2019

 

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues, 

The first annual Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference was a huge success!  Thank you to all that attended. You contributed to making this conference an incredible educational and networking event.  Our outstanding faculty and pertinent curriculum created standing room only in most of the sessions.  

There was palpable energy this year.  Maybe it was the common thread of working in New Hampshire.  Or, the knowledge that we can now make this conference our own.  Or, that among the nearly 300 nurse practitioners present, many of us have worked together or crossed paths in the past.  And we cannot ignore the contribution of fellow NPs that came to our conference from all over New England and beyond; I spoke to many of them who were very happy they made the trip to New Hampshire.  


Dr. Joanne Conroy’s Keynote on Women in Healthcare Leadership kicked off the conference with a bang.  This was an engaging and inspiring talk that will likely serve as a catalyst for many of us to take that next step - outside of our comfort zone.  If you need renewed inspiration, please visit Dr. Conroy’s blog at joanneconroymd.com or see her recent editorial in Modern Healthcare on women in healthcare leadership at Modernhealthcare.com.   




























I would also like to give a big shout-out to the vendors and corporate sponsors.  They brought an energy and additional level of education and service to the conference.  They helped make this conference a huge success and we look forward to continuing these relationships.

Please note that we will be continuing our leadership focus at NP Week.  We plan to focus on our own New Hampshire NP leaders; if you know someone with an inspirational story, please let me know.  Their story may be worth sharing.

My closing thought, as I said in my address to the NHNPA membership at the conference, please remember, MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!  Your membership gives us voice and our collective voice allows us to shape health policy. With your help, NHNPA remains at the forefront of shaping health policy in New Hampshire.

For updates related to your practice, follow NHNPA on Twitter @npa_nh or like us on Facebook @nhnpa.net.

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

 
 

 

 March 2019
 

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

In February, a delegation of NHNPA members went to Washington, DC for the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference.  We met with Senator Maggie Hassan and Representative Chris Pappas to discuss federal barriers to NP practice. Federal priorities for APRNs continue to focus on eliminating obstacles to certifying a patients’ need for home health care and to prescribing diabetic shoes.  In addition, we discussed the importance of ensuring NPs are full partners in Accountable Care Organizations. Both Senator Hassan and Representative Pappas were very supportive and willing to support these important pieces of legislation. They expressed interest in hearing our stories from the front lines of healthcare in New Hampshire and are very appreciative of the work NPs do every day.  Senator Hassan and Representative Pappas both extended an invitation to contact them at any time with questions or concerns regarding federal healthcare issues.

We are very pleased to announce that registration for the Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference is well over 200 now.  In fact, some sessions initially sold out, requiring us to arrange for larger rooms!  Not only will participants have the opportunity to network with NPs from around New England, but also interact with over 50 exhibitors and corporate sponsors.  NHNPA is pleased to provide the opportunity for NPs to expand their knowledge through interaction with a wide variety of healthcare industry organizations.

 


 
As you know, the Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference will be held once again in Nashua, NH, on April 11-12, 2019.  NHNPA has brought together outstanding faculty that will cover a wide range of subjects including asthma, anticoagulation, violence in healthcare, treating transgender youth, integrative medicine, and much more.  The conference kicks off with Dr. Joanne Conroy’s keynote address on Women in Healthcare Leadership.  A variety of workshops are also offered on topics including suturing, pelvic medicine, and Doctoral education.  

Do not miss out on this opportunity to meet, network and learn from fellow healthcare professionals and industry representatives.  Register now at www.nhnpa.org.   Ticket sales have exceeded our expectations.  If a session you are interested in is full, please email me directly and we will make every effort to enroll you in the sessions of your choice.

For updates on featured conference sessions, follow NHNPA on Twitter @npa_nh or like us on Facebook @nhnpa.net.

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

 

 
 

February 2019

 

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

Excitement is building around the Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference that will be held in Nashua, NH on April 11-12, 2019.  We have an outstanding curriculum, covering a wide range of subjects including: arsenic in well water, end-of-life decisions in the ICU, anti-inflammatory diets, medical marijuana, MAT for opioid use disorder, and much more.  The conference kicks off with Dr. Joanne Conroy’s keynote on Women in Healthcare Leadership.  A variety of workshops are also offered on various topics, including: suturing, pelvic medicine, and Doctoral education.  

 

Tickets are selling fast.  Save money with Early Bird registration through 2/11/19.  Register now at www.nhnpa.org.

 

For updates on featured conference sessions follow NHNPA on Twitter @npa_nh or like us on Facebook @nhnpa.net.

 

On January 22, 2019, NHNPA hosted our annual Legislative Breakfast in Concord.  The event was very well attended by New Hampshire legislators. Twelve NHNPA members were present to answer questions and provide information on the role of nurse practitioners in New Hampshire.  The lawmakers were interested, engaged and appreciative of the work we do every day. Particularly, they were interested in knowing our opinion on specific healthcare-related bills. If you did not have an opportunity to join us, I would encourage you to call your legislator and offer yourself as a healthcare resource.  Your opinion and expertise goes a long way in Concord.

 

This legislative session, there are many bills pertaining to healthcare.  At the end of January, NHNPA testified in opposition to HB 509, a bill proposing to create a graduate physician pilot program.  Similar legislation was proposed last year and was rejected in the Senate. This proposal would create an avenue for medical school graduates, who have not matched to a residency, to work in underserved areas as primary care providers.  It is the position of NHNPA that this legislation would certainly have a negative impact on quality primary care in New Hampshire. In addition, this is a role that would be optimally served with nurse practitioners. More to come on this.  

 

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things.

 

Sincerely,

 

 
 
 

January 2019

 

Dear New Hampshire NP Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

As we close out 2018, we have many great successes to share.  NHNPA membership is up 17% compared to this time last year.  This is a true indicator that NPs in New Hampshire are engaged and looking to make a professional contribution.  Goolsby and DuBois (2017) state “Participation in professional organizations allows members to have [a] voice in the identification and development of health policy initiatives” (p. 437).   It is through the collective voice of the members of NHNPA that NPs can make a positive difference in health policy and healthcare leadership in New Hampshire.

Our NP Week event and Legislative Boot Camp were both sold out programs.  While NP Week focused on training geared towards self-care and avoiding burnout, the Legislative Boot Camp gave NHNPA members the tools and skills to work directly with legislators on healthcare issues, in Concord and in Washington, DC.

In 2018, NHNPA participated in several legislative efforts in support of NP practice and the health and well being of our patients, including:

  • SB 313 - passage of Medicaid expansion.

  • HB 1506 - elimination of graduate physician language, thereby protecting NP jobs.

  • SB 590 - amendment imposing 5.5% tax on all NP revenue – failed to pass.

  • HB 1571 - passage of legislation creating recovery programs for nurses.

  • SB 473 - passage of legislation eliminating non-compete language in NP contracts.

2019 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for NHNPA members.  As we work to support our vision of Empowering Nurse Practitioners as Leaders in Healthcare, many networking, training and advocacy opportunities will be available.  For example:

  • The Legislative Response Team is trained and ready for action on health policy issues.

  • NHNPA will have a large delegation attending the AANP 2019 Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC, in February.

  • Regional representatives will be holding local Meet & Greets, focusing on clinical and professional topics.

  • The Legislative Boot Camp will be offered again in the fall.

  • NP Week 2019 will be in November focusing on leadership issues.

  • The Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference on April 11 & 12, 2019, in Nashua, NH, is now open for registration.

  • Increased presence of NHNPA members in the media.

Join NHNPA at our first annual Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference in Nashua, NH, on April 11-12, 2019.  NHNPA has a long history of providing quality clinical education.  We will continue to bring together thought leaders from around the country and nurse practitioners from the northeast region for state-of-the-art education.  Watch for the NHNPA logo and colors in your email and mail. Be sure to register early for the NHNPA conference to participate in education specific to the scope of practice in New Hampshire.  Registration is now open at www.nhnpa.org.
 

Did you know NHNPA is on social media?   Be sure to follow us…

@nhnpa.net
@npa_nh
www.nhnpa.org
@npa_nh
 
  
 
December 2018 

 

“Excellent program!”  

“Loved it!”   

"Great presentation! I so needed to hear this today."

These were the comments from attendees of the NHNPA NP Week event on November 14, 2018.  Planting the Seed of Health was a program dedicated to self-care. Building a terrarium proved to be an excellent exercise in mindfulness.  We were certainly '
in the moment.'  Laughter and conversation filled the room. The presentation by Lisa Howe, MSN, ANP, was relevant, informative, and useful.  She provided information we can apply to both patients and ourselves.  

Overall, a huge success!  We look forward to hosting a similar event again in 2019.


Did you know NHNPA is on social media?   Be sure to follow us…

@nhnpa.net
@npa_nh
www.nhnpa.org
@npa_nh
Join NHNPA at our first annual Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference in Nashua, NH, on April 11-12, 2019.  NHNPA has a long history of providing quality clinical education.  We will continue to bring together thought leaders from around the country and nurse practitioners from the northeast region for state-of-the-art education.  Watch for the NHNPA logo and colors in your email and mail. Be sure you register for the NHNPA conference to ensure your participation in education specific to the scope of practice in New Hampshire.  Registration is open at www.nhnpa.org
 
 

November 2018

Dear NHNPA Colleagues, 

The New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association (NHNPA) held our first Legislative Boot Camp in Manchester on October 22nd.  Supporting our vision of Empowering Nurse Practitioners as Leaders in Healthcare, this 3-hour session gave NHNPA Members the tools to advocate for NP practice on the state legislative level.  Led by attorney/lobbyist, Bob Dunn, we learned about letter writing to legislators, attending hearings, giving testimony, and serving on commissions.  This team of 20 NPs is now prepared to respond to legislative needs on your behalf. The focus of the NHNPA Legislative Response Team will be to advocate for healthcare, NP practice, and the patients of New Hampshire.  The Legislative Boot Camp was a tremendous success and a great way to kick off this very important program. We look forward to hosting this event again next year.

A delegation of AANP Fellows and NHNPA Executive Team members attended the AANP Region 1 Leadership meeting in Boston.   This provided an opportunity to collaborate with AANP Leadership teams from MA, ME, VT, CT, and RI. We discussed state health policy and professional practice issues, the impact of federal health policies on each state, and state and federal reimbursement issues. 

Once again, Governor Chris Sununu has recognized the important work of New Hampshire nurse practitioners by proclaiming November 11-17, 2018, Nurse Practitioner Week in the State of New Hampshire.  NHNPA encourages each NP to celebrate AANP’s National Nurse Practitioner Week by participating in some activity to increase awareness of the exceptional care that NPs provide.  Whether you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, host an information table at your place of employment, or speak at a local school – we hope you will reach out.

We will see many of you at NHNPA’s celebration: Planting the Seed of Health.   This event has SOLD OUT, once again.  We will focus on taking care of ourselves, with an evening of dinner, wine, and networking.  For our main event, Lisa Howe, MSN-ANP, BC, founder of iMindBody, will teach us about recognizing and managing the stress response using the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) model. 

I am honored to be able to serve the nurse practitioners of New Hampshire. Together, we can do great things



Jennifer Thompson, MS, APRN
Executive Director
New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association
[email protected]
603-867-4002

 
 
  
 
 
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