October 2015 Meeting Notes


ChesMont NP/PA Association

Regional Chapter of PACNP (Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners)

Meeting Minutes for Wed. Oct 21, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Meeting was conducted by Sue Mattei, Co-President.

6pm Doors Open* 6:15-6:30pm ChesMont Updates* 6:30pm Dinner & Lecture

Officers & Chairpersons:

Co-President: Sue Mattei

Co-President: Barb LaVerghetta

Secretary: Lisa Adams

Membership/Treasury Committee Chairperson: Cheryl Wieczorek

Basket Raffle/Fundraising Chairpersons: Cynthia MacDonald & Buffy Blunt

Regional Representative: Cheryl Schlamb

Attendance Manager: Emmie Amerine

Physician’s Assistant Representative: OPEN

Medical Education Lecture Coordinator: Mary Keirsey, Amanda Laskoskie & Penny Vanderbeek

Directory Chairperson: Lisa Johnson-Ford

PAC Fund Chairperson: Teresa Holman

CEU Chairperson: Tricia Eckman

  1. Lecture for Tonight’s Meeting: Tonight’s lecture was on Multiple Sclerosis. Speaker is Dr. Thomas Leist, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University. Sponsor is Biogen. Rep is Marybeth Moser.
  1. Legislative Updates and Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP) (Cheryl Schlamb):
  1. Cheryl Schlamb updated PCNP’s strategic planning. Lisa Adams spoke about the Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee tomorrow.
  2. Full Practice Authority Campaign Update–#CareforPA: Lisa Adams discussed #CareforPA campaign. She discussed the upcoming hearing. PCNP is requesting APRN’s to attend and be in the audience. We are in good position to pass in the Senate with no problems. The focus is now on the House. Keep Writing Letters and discuss with your House Reps!!!!

. Lisa Adams (email: Dlkmadams@comcast.net ) and Lisa Johnson (email: lisa.johnson@desales.edu ) can help answer any questions about Full Practice Authority.

  1. November 5th to Nov. 7th is PCNP’s annual Conference. This year it will be held in Lancaster, PA at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square & Lancaster Convention Center. For further details, go onto the PCNP website: http://www.pacnp.org/ .
  1. PAC Fund (Teresa Holman):
    1. We need to boost funds due to recent legislative activities. Tonight’s basket raffle will be split between the winner and the PAC fund. PCNP has needed the PAC Fund to pay lobbyists and others to help with the Full Practice Authority Campaign. Please donate money to the PAC Fund to help continue the funding for these very important lobbying activities.
    2. Basket Raffle funds – 100% will go to PAC for the rest of the year.
  2. Medical Lectures Update and Upcoming Meetings (Mary Keirsey):
    1. Thank you to Amanda Laskoskie and Penny Vanderbeek!!!!! Our two new medical lecture coordinators.
    2. Mary has been doing this position for ChesMont for a long time and we are so grateful to have the help!!!!
    3. Mary has speakers scheduled until the March of next year.
  3. CEU Chairperson: Welcome Tricia Eckman!!!! Thank you. Tricia spoke about free CEU lectures at Reading Hospital, Temple and MLHC. She provided handouts with information and suggested visiting the websites if interested. More info will be coming each meeting.
    1. Netce” was also recommended for online free pharmacology credits.
  1. Membership Updates (Cheryl Wieczorek):
    1. Please make sure that your memberships are up-to-date. Please check the PCNP website at www.pacnp.org for your membership status and renewal date. Please also confirm the correct email address as well. Memberships are only ONLINE for nurse practitioner members. We now have official membership cards from PCNP.
    2. Physician Assistants (PAs) are not online for PCNP and will need to fill-out membership forms each year. PAs will need to see Cheryl Wieczorek (email: cherylwiz@comcast.net ) for new registration forms to renew your membership and pay annual ChesMont dues. Cheryl Wieczorek will no longer be able to be the Physician Assistant Representative. We need a PA to volunteer for the position of Physician Assistant Representative.
  2. Attendance and Meeting Logistics (Emmie Amerine):
    1. New Whoozin.com RSVP process was very well received! We will continue to use. ChesMont NP members will need to make sure they are current with the PCNP membership. Invitations to meetings are pulled from the current PCNP member list. ChesMont PA members will need to let us know who is responsible for PA group and invites.
    2. All members and guests must sign-in on both sheets:
      1. ChesMont sign-in sheet
      2. Sponsor’s sign-in sheet.
    3. RSVPs are MANDATORY!! If you RSVP your attendance to a meeting but later find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your RSVP as indicated on the Whoozin invitation and/or contact the ChesMont Secretary.
    4. Guests are welcome, and will be allowed as we have room. Guests or their host must RSVP to the meeting. When you RSVP for your guest, please provide their name and professional status (NP, PA, or student).
  3. Basket Raffle (Cynthia MacDonald):
    1. Tonight’s basket was a gift certificate for the Bone Fish Grill. It was donated by Mary Keirsey, Emmie Amerine, Amanda Laskoskie, Deb Mentzer and Cynthia Wagner. Thank you!!
    2. Kim Churach offered to donate the basket for November.
    3. Please consider donating a basket for the next meeting in January.
  1. Job Opportunities:
    1. Palliative Care positions: Cynthia Wagner provided information about NP job openings in Palliative Care at Main Line Health for FT, PT, or Per Diem positions. They need positions filled in all Main Line Health sites (Bryn Mawr, Paoli, Riddle, and Lankenau Hospitals). Cynthia is actively growing the Palliative Program and is always looking for additional help. If you have any questions about these positions, contact Cynthia Wagner at email below. Please send resumes to Cynthia by email: Wagnercy@MLHS.org
    2. Reading Hospital openings: Tricia Eckman provided information about NP or PA positions available at Reading Hospital. Email for Tricia Eckman: audigirl007@gmail.com for further details. Reading Hospital website for open NP and PA positions: http://www.readinghealthsystem.jobs/en-US/find/Advanced-Practitioner-Jobs/XjfP-jf442
    3. Volunteer Position: St. Agnes Nurse’s Center in West Chester, PA is looking for volunteers on Saturday mornings 10am to 12noon and Wednesday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm. Contact Terry Berkman at email address: berkmanct@aol.com or phone #484-883-6945.
    4. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Per Diem Position: Christine Sloan provided us with information about a Per Diem position at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, PA for an opening for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. If interested, ask for Dr. Hahn at 215-482-5353. Responsibilities include: performing psychiatric evaluations; providing crisis intervention, ongoing psychopharmacological management; conduction peer reviews with managed care companies; and working within a multidisciplinary treatment team. Providing coverage for Psychiatric services. Requirements: Must have a current CRNP license in PA with a specialization in Psychiatry. Previous experience working with patients with eating disorders and/or addictions is preferred. Must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Please review the website for Renfrew Center career positions: http://renfrewcenter.com/careers , scroll down to Philadelphia, PA section.
    5. Brandywine GI Associates- looking for help with Dr. Myers. If interested in contact www.brandywiegi.com.
    6. La Comunidad Hispana-Cheryl Schlamb provided information for a job of Medical Director in Kennet Square.
    7. West Chester University-Cheryl Schlamb also noted that WCU has availability for the DNP program in the fall and spring.
  2. Presentation Tonight: Thank you to speaker Dr. Leist for his lecture on Multiple Sclerosis. We enjoyed the lecture. It was very informative and interesting! Thanks to Biogen’s representative Marybeth Moser for sponsoring our meeting tonight!
  3. Next Meeting: Our next meeting will be held on Wed, November 18, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Kimberton Inn. This will be the last meeting for 2015! Topic will be Hyponatremia. Meeting was adjourned by Sue Mattei, Co-President.


Meeting Minutes respectfully submitted on October 22, 2015 by Lisa Adams at chesmont.nppa@comcast.net to Co-Presidents Sue Mattei at sjmattei@comcast.net and Barbara LaVerghetta at blaver1@comcast.net .