Hello MAOHN members and friends,
Today I am writing this as your president after the unfortunate resignation of Jennifer Spanier on April 20th, 2017. Please wish her good health and successes in all her future endeavors. As former president-elect and with twenty plus years of involvement with MAOHN I am filled with gratitude and excitement for our organization!
How absolutely timely that at the AAOHN Conference this year in New Orleans we celebrated our national organizations 75th anniversary! What a wonderful place, full of history and culture. We were reminded that if you don't know where you've been, you can't know where you're going! A keynote speech by Dr. Murray emphasized that history is "...the music heard and remembered, the stories that were told, the lives lived". She invited us to reach back and touch those lives and experiences of those that have gone before us.
MAOHN has a 50 year history filled with so many wonderful examples of what occupational and environmental nurses have done and can do to better the workforce and all the communities we serve. On May 16th of this year, we will celebrate this rich history with the culmination of an unprecedented look at our past! A subcommittee of many current and retired members have worked tirelessly this year, from deep dive into the archives at the Mn Historical Society to reaching out to our past presidents and friends. They have gathered a myriad of examples of those who have set our course for this organization! On behalf of MAOHN members and friends, I invite you to share our organizations past and future with optimism and inspiration!
I hope to see many of you on May 16th for the Professional Development Conferences and/or the 50th Gala Celebration!
Karen Wilson, MAOHN President