President's Message

President's Message

Hello MAOHN members & friends,

I am delighted to share with you some important local and national developments and opportunities!

First, I will promote the Professional Development Committee's (a.k.a., Program Committee) work this year to provide quality opportunities for networking and education. The November lunch forum focused on creative workplace accommodations evoked lively discussion with 1.5 hours of CE's for participants. The next event will be a tour of the Pine Bend Refinery on January 16th facilitated by members Jeanne Sample & Jennifer Hastings; followed by the Joint Meeting on March 21st addressing a timely topic - Pills & Weed: Managing Injury Risks. The culminating event, now in its third consecutive year, will be the 2018 Professional Development Conference on May 22nd. Be sure to mark your calendars and take advantage of these local happenings! Check the webpage for details: https://www.maohn.org/events.php.

Secondly, I encourage you to engage in an issue of national importance. An Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) will be enacted in 26 states next month and the original NLC will remain in 4 states as they seek to adopt the eNLC. While legislation in support of the NLC has been introduced in Minnesota and MAOHN has actively supported it, we are not yet there. Sadly many MAOHN members are required to obtain licenses in multiple states. I urge to stay aware of this issue and check the following websites: NLC: https://www.nursecompact.com/ & MAOHN Governmental Affairs: https://www.maohn.org/govt-affairs.php

Lastly, I wish to share with you some of the chapter challenges that have potential implications for the future structure of MAOHN so you can thoughtfully prepare and provide input. To start the conversation, the AAOHN Board of Directors and Chapters Committee began a conversation at the Chapter Leaders Town Hall meeting in September but sharing a number of challenges the AAOHN and other professional associations are facing. With 102 local or state chapters, each has individual incorporation and members who have to pay dues for benefits they do not what (some prefer local chapter and/or national involvement only). The struggles with engagement and decreasing involvement are not new yet there is great interest in growing and meeting the needs of members. This many require a very different chapter model. MAOHN Officer and AAOHN Director Virginia Carlson has agreed to spearhead a dialogue with you in the coming months! AAOHN will also be asking for you input! Please stay tuned for more details!

Please feel free to email the board via maohn@maohn.org.

Sincerely wishing you and your family the best this season has to offer!

Karen Wilson

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