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GNA President's Message

 

 

Past, Present, and Future

By Richard Lamphier, RN

GNA President

 

As I write this message, the holiday season is upon us and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

One of my favorite holiday stories is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. As your new President, I have thought about the past, present, and future of the Georgia Nurses Association, and what it means to me to be your President.

 

The Past Presidents have recruited nurses to care for wounded warriors in 2 World Wars, gathered and packed supplies to send to areas ravaged by natural and man-made disasters, and staffed evacuation shelters for the citizens of Georgia, while worrying about their own families’ safety.

As I think about Present day GNA, I cannot help to think about those other presidents; were they as excited and nervous to start their term?

 

On November 12, 2018, I became the first male to hammer the gavel and bring the Georgia Nurses Association Board of Directors to order. On that day, I asked the Board for their help. Now, I am asking for your help. We have an opportunity to build and grow on the strengths and legacies of our past and in order to do that we need you as a member of the Georgia Nurses Association.

 

We need help from the nurses I worked with in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Fitzgerald, were the nurses treated me to some of the best biscuits and preserves a person could ask for. We need help from the nurses I worked with in Dalton, Georgia. The cafeteria at Hamilton Memorial had Sunday dinner that rivaled Mary Macs in Atlanta.We need help from the nurses I worked with in Savannah, Albany, Columbus, Blairsville, Ringgold, Clayton, and Rome.

 

We need your expertise, no matter where you use it: from bedside nursing to boardroom meetings, from school clinics to classroom lectures and all the nursing in between. The citizens of Georgia need all of our specialties to join together to catapult our healthcare needs forward.  And by unifying all our specialties and sub-specialties together, this is how we identify the gaps in healthcare needs.

 

The Future depends on us. I hope at the end of my Presidency we can look back and see Georgians with increased access to healthcare and the nursing shortage, both at the bedside and in academia, being addressed. I would love to see how the nurses of Georgia worked together to provide “One Voice” to improve health and healthcare for our families, friends, and fellow citizens.

 

As we enter this 112th year of GNA, we need your help. Let’s take this journey together, so please join me as we continue our quest to move nursing forward and make our voice stronger.

 

Please go to www.georgianurses.org to join GNA or contact me at president@georgianurses.org or call 678-613-1099.

 

In service to you,

 

Richard Lamphier, RN

President

Georgia Nurses Association





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