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Dear Colleagues,

We had a wonderful time in Kansas City where we had nurses from 29 states and Canada, and a fifty-fifty split between APRN and RN delegates. We had a record high 12.5 CEU’s offered and some great conversations in our specialty interest groups.  ACNN would love to continue these conversations and others through our newest communication opportunity on the Connect site of the CNS website (http://connect.childneurologysociety.org/home).   We are actively planning for Chicago where our 2018 conference will be held at The Hyatt Regency on October 15-18.  The meeting will run Monday thru Wednesday rather than the traditional Wednesday thru Friday. 

ACNN has had exciting expansion in membership and resources for our members in the last few years.  The Child Neurology Encounter Guide and the soon to be released Caregiver Resource Guide are outstanding examples of how we can enhance the opportunity for our members to provide excellent care to our communities. The presenters at our conferences have been increasingly impressive in the expansion of quality improvement and research to contribute to evidence based practice. ACNN will be happy to support further research and quality improvement projects through our Hobdel grant and travel grants to help support you in getting here to present your projects. 

ACNN encourages all our members to join our committee’s and share your suggestions for improvement in the future. Please consider yourself and your colleagues as nominees for our innovative practice award, our nurse practitioner award and our Claire Chee nursing excellence award. We will be sending out email blasts to help remind you of deadlines for these awards and applications to 2018 presentations. Remember the annual 5K walk/run and gather your group to have fun in Chicago and raise money for future ACNN grants. 

In the next few years we would like to take it further in providing the next generation of child neurology APRN providers and RN’s with the resources necessary to transition to care. We look forward to hearing your suggestions for the process through our communication board on Connect.  We will keep pressing forward to provide education and networking opportunities for all neurology nurses.  


Tara Pezzuto, APRN

President ACNN