Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Reflections

I'm aware that many people roll their eyes at another "year in review" blog post but it's been some time since my last post here and I think it is a good way to end the year.

2011 was an important year for me professionally as I completed my DNP back in May. It was a grueling 3 years (that I mostly chronicled here on this blog) and in my mind was the right choice for me at this point in my life. I approach clinical problems and scenarios through an alternative perspective and I have really embraced this philosophy. I hope to apply some of this new wisdom to the health care system and patients alike.

Because I'm a glutton for punishment, following the completion of the DNP, in the Fall, I enrolled full-time in one of the University Based Training programs that was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's HITECH Act. Technology has always been my passion and I am so interested in the integration of information technology and health - it is really the future of health care. Thus far, I have completed 1 semester and have 1 more semester to go which is slated to start in January. This has been an enormous amount of work on top of a full-time job and family stuff but I am certain that this post-grad certificate along with the DNP is where I want to be professionally.

In August, I also starting blogging over at Online Nurse Practitioner Programs. I've been posting about 2 entries a week about all things NP-related. It has been a fun experience to blog professionally and I look forward to continuing to expand my professional social media activities (i.e. Linked In & Twitter - feel free to connect with me there too.)

In November, I ran for and won the Chair-elect position for the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York. This is a 3 year term that starts in January 2012 as Chair-elect, 2013 as Chair, and 2014 as Past-Chair. I am looking forward to serving the organization and hope to further strengthen membership and and reduce the practice barriers in NY so that NPs can care for patients consistent with our training and education.

I was recently notified that I won the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2012 State Award for Excellence in New York State. I am so surprised and honored to receive this distinction!

Whew! And that is on top of balancing a family including three children (7, 5 and 2 years old) and the full-time job in occupational health. I lost a very close aunt to lung cancer earlier this month and there is no other way to put it that cancer just sucks. All of this has been challenging and has caught up to me to make it overwhelming at times. I am actively trying to find balance in both my personal and professional lives. It will be something I work on in 2012!

So thats a look back at 2011 and I am looking forward to 2012. I wish all my readers a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!