Dear Members and Colleagues,
While traveling over the holidays to visit family, I came across a short story. In 1924 a British explorer, George Mallory who endeavored to become the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest disappeared into storm clouds that gathered around the peak, he was never to be heard from again. Whether he reached the top or achieved his goal remains a mystery to all. Prior to his climb he was asked why he wanted to climb it and he said, “Because it is there.” As we begin the New Year I’m sure we have all made resolutions that we hope to keep. Set your goals and don’t be afraid to aim high!
In the spirit of setting goals, once again consider the mission of NYSASN. “To advance the practice of school nursing and enhance the educational success of students by promoting quality health services.” As you reflect on this mission statement consider ways that you can advance your practice as a school nurse. Try setting at least one professional goal per month this year to somehow become an active member of your school community. Get involved with your local zone; contact your local representative, offer to assist with a local meeting. Joining your professional organization is a great way to stay up to date on health related issues. Don’t be afraid to become involved in political advocacy. Stepping out of your comfort zone may be difficult but it may be the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself to feel passionate about your practice. See legislation under the advocacy tab on the NYSASN website.
One of my goals is to encourage connectedness in every school community. Although diversity is important, take time to notice our similarities instead of focusing on our differences. You may find it surprising the connections that can be made with students, families and colleagues that you work with rather than being divided by differences.
At NYSASN, the board of directors will continue to strive to work together to increase communication, keep our website up to date and utilize social media to enhance our organization’s involvement in your practice.
I look forward to an exciting 2017!
Happy New Year!
Betsy A. Williams AAS, RN