December 5, 2010
The holiday season—the busiest time of the year. Although we are all shopping, wrapping gifts, baking and going to holiday parties, it is also a great time to reflect back on the past year. As a chapter, we have maintained our membership, hosted four programs, elected a new board of directors and given awards to our members.
The board of directors will continue to provide you with excellent programs with contact hours in the new year. A program is planned for January and of course the all day conference planning is well under way for our all day educational program in April. The all day conference will be held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay with a tour of the stadium planned for the night before. I hope to see you all at one of our conferences in the new year.
It is also a time to reflect on our personal lives. I was able to attend the ARN national conference for the first time in three years. I had a great time learning what is new in rehabilitation; however, the best part of the conference was the people. I was able to reconnect with old friends and made several new friends. It is the friendships that I look forward to each year at the conference. I am thankful that many of us who are over 60 are still in fairly good health, still involved in nursing, able to share our knowledge of rehabilitation and continue our work to pass on the torch to the younger nurses in our organization.
In another personal note, I recently had an abnormal mammogram result. Many other tests followed and the results all came back negative. I was extremely thankful for this but what I remember most through this experience was my nurse at the woman’s center. She was so supportive, empathetic and caring that it made me realize once again what nursing is all about. She was there to hold my hand and distract me with conversation during the needle biopsy. She hugged me at times when I needed someone to be there. She was always conscious of my privacy as I laid there half naked. She even thought of our future when she asked if a student could come in for the biopsy –of course I said yes. The way she talked to the student as well as to me during the procedure was awesome. She made a very trying experience into an experience I will always remember as something special.
So for this holiday season, I want to say thank you to all of you for being nurses and giving of yourself each and every day. You all make a difference in the lives of people each day.
Joyce Ennis WARN President