Chris Malagrida, FNP
In these last few months, like you, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has influenced many of my decisions at work, home, and at the MCNP. In addition to advising patients, family, and coworkers on best practices to stay healthy and prevent the spread of all infectious illnesses common around this time of year, I am keeping pace with the rapidly evolving advice from official health experts.
As nurse practitioners, we are on the front lines of this new health threat spreading across the world and that can cause increased stress, anxiety, and concern for ourselves and those closest to us. I hope that you are reaching out to others if you need support and I hope that you and your families remain healthy.
At the MCNP, we are closely monitoring information and advice from state and local health officials, and will be making decisions about our upcoming Health Policy Breakfast and Annual Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference (April 29th – May 1st) in the days ahead. We will send email updates about this as plans evolve.
On a more positive note, it is my great pleasure to share with you that the MCNP will be hiring its first-ever Executive Director! As the MCNP has grown to represent the professional interests of more than 11,000 currently licensed Nurse Practitioners in Massachusetts, it has become clear that the demands being placed on our limited pool of long-term volunteers (i.e. Board of Directors, Committee Chairs & Members, and Regional Representatives) are no longer sustainable if we are to continue to advance our work. With a healthy and growing operating budget and many opportunities for additional revenue from membership, advertising, and conferences, the MCNP is well-positioned to right size the management infrastructure of the organization.
We are confident that under the leadership of a full-time Executive Director, the MCNP will be able to build on the momentum of the past several years and continue our work toward a vision of health equity, cost savings, and optimal wellness for residents of MA. Additionally, an Executive Director will provide stability and support to our Board Members and allow for more reasonable and rewarding volunteer experiences and opportunities. Please share our posting for the ED position widely and with anyone that you think would be a great fit.
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Additionally, it is that time of year when we are again seeking MCNP members who are interested in assuming a higher-level leadership position on the MCNP Board of Directors. NPs of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Although serving as an MCNP officer involves a commitment of time and energy, the personal and professional rewards are great. I have experienced this firsthand in my role as the MCNP President, and in addition to the networking, mentoring, and leadership opportunities, I have had the pleasure of developing personal relationships with a distinguished group of Nurse Practitioner colleagues. I look forward to the year ahead when I will have the opportunity to work with and mentor our next President-Elect.
CLICK HERE for details about the open officer positions on the 2020 ballot. Please reach out if you want more information about these rewarding and influential opportunities.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the profession. The care that you provide to your patients and communities, at a time when they need so much reassurance, has never been so important.