It is hard to believe that I am writing this final message as CNM Chair. I have been honored to be at the helm of our DPG which is filled with the most amazing, motivated group of leaders. Our DPG members do not let the grass grow under their feet—they are constantly innovating and willingly share best practices with their colleagues!
I mentioned in my last message that the CNM Symposium is my favorite educational and networking event of the year and this year did not disappoint! Whether you learned a new hands-on skill at the Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment pre-conference, discovered best practices ranging from ensuring staff competency to improving outcomes using ERAS protocols, or located new products and services from our vendors, you couldn’t help but come away with something useful. However, in some ways it is the one-on-one and small group discussions that occur at the Symposium that bring so much value. These moments can’t be replicated through e-mail, webinars, or other electronic forms of education. Throughout my time in Austin, I found myself involved in wonderful and lively discussions (often late into the evening and quite possibly accompanied by a glass of wine….) about current practices and challenges that CNMs in a variety of settings face every day. It is this brainstorming, sharing, and cheerleading that always ensures I leave with some action items, fresh motivation, and a new friend or two. If you have not yet attended a Symposium or could not join us this year, it isn’t too early to start planning for 2017!
I thank you all for allowing me to serve as your DPG chair. It has been a privilege and a rewarding experience. I highly encourage all of you to consider serving on the DPG executive committee in some capacity. There are many opportunities for elected, appointed, and committee positions.
And so, as of June 1st, I will hand the baton to Janel Welch, your incoming chair. Janel has already proven herself as a leader in CNM through her work as the chair-elect and in past positions on the EC. I am already looking forward to the year to come!
Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC
Chair, CNM DPG 2015-2016