President's Message

Imagine, Believe, Achieve

Welcome to the 2014-2015 ANNA year. We are in for a magical ride! Beginning this year at Disneyland and ending next year at Disney World, I am excited and honored to be able to represent you during this upcoming year. Many changes have occurred, and a lot of work has been done to get us to where we are today – but we have much more to do.

In her Annual Report in the March/April 2014 issue of the ANNA Update, Immediate Past President Norma Gomez shared information regarding the progress that ANNA has made during the past year. I hope you had an opportunity to read Norma’s article so that you stay abreast of the actions that the Association has taken. It is imperative that we continue to build on the initiatives and projects that were highlighted; however, we also must ensure we remain future-focused. Many plans are already in the works, ranging from greater technological, educational, and research resources to chapter and Specialty Practice Network initiatives to advocacy and health and safety opportunities. ANNA is committed to providing our members with the tools and information needed to be successful in our professional roles.

Successful outcomes, however, require the work of many people, and we need your help. Whether you actively participate in a volunteer role within the Association or not, it remains the responsibility of all of us to stay informed, communicate issues and ideas, maintain high educational standards within our professional practice, and remain committed to our patients and each other. Let’s all Step Up! Share your thoughts, commit to being a positive contributor to our profession, and let’s make things happen together. I look forward to meeting and speaking with many of you during this upcoming year, together, as One ANNA!

Sharon Longton, RN, BSN, CNN, CCTC
ANNA President