Heartland Advanced Practice Nurses Network (HAPNN) recently presented a $1,000 check to Saint Francis Medical Center in support of the Saint Francis Institute for Nursing Excellence, a program designed to strengthen the nursing practice, promote nursing importance and recognize professional nursing achievements. HAPNN formed in 1996 to provide nurse practitioners with networking opportunities.
Jeannie Fadler, RN, Vice President – Patient Care Services, says the Institute for Nursing Excellence will continue to put the money toward promoting evidence-based practice in nursing.
The Saint Francis Institute for Nursing Excellence was created to positively impact patient care and stresses five main purposes: enhance quality of patient care; provide a mechanism for promoting existing programs while encouraging creativity; recognize the accomplishments of nurses who contribute to the art and science of nursing; achieve recognition for Saint Francis as a “pacesetter” for nursing in the region; and promote a professional practice environment at the Medical Center. The Saint Francis Institute for Nursing Excellence is committed to education; research and clinical investigation; professional and community outreach; clinical competence; innovation; and professional development.
HAPNN serves as a professional resource providing nurse practitioners and clinical nurses with educational opportunities and increasing community awareness about the profession. The association hosts an annual conference designed to improve regional nursing care and is actively involved in state legislation for the advancement of nursing professionals. The organization has grown from six original founding members to a roster that exceeds 60 associates. Along with providing professional support, HAPNN provides scholarship opportunities to nursing students. The organization is open to all advanced practice nurses.
Judy Heitman, RN, MSN, CCRN, TNS, Heartland Advance Practice Nurses Network representative, presents a $1,000 contribution to the Saint Francis Institute for Nursing Excellence. Saint Francis Medical Center Vice President – Patient Care Services Jeannie Fadler, RN; Laura Dumey, RN, MSN, TNS, BC, clinical director of surgical and critical care services; Cathy Abrams, RN, BSN, MS, director of maternal and child health services; and Linda Decker, executive director of the Saint Francis Foundation, accept the check from Heitman.