A message from the AAHN President                                                                                           

Dear AAHN Friends,

It has been a very busy winter for us at AAHN! As many of us cruise to the end of an academic semester, we begin to enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of Spring. I certainly hope that it soon will be here to stay!

I want to share with you some significant accomplishments over the last 6 months. We hired and have transitioned to a new management firm, Riggs Enterprise, at a considerable savings to our former company, Kellen. Brian and Jennifer Riggs are our CEO and Account Executive respectively. They have been working hard to learn about our Association, and hit the ground running with a new website. Within a week of taking over, Jennifer was accepting abstracts for our fall meeting and transitioning memberships. At the same time, Brian and Jennifer were setting up our infrastructure on the new site, relocating our records and banking to New Jersey and generally (quickly) getting to know us. We have cleared many hurdles – including troubleshooting the new login and securing our members’ online connection to the Nursing History Review, among others. As with any new enterprise, there will be bumps as we move forward. We are delighted to be working with the Riggs!

Many of you have renewed your membership, but those who haven’t should understand that you will have to create a new login (your email) and password on the new website. Please contact Jennifer if you have problems renewing – we need your membership to keep our Association viable! Our membership numbers are currently at 242 members, down from over 340 last year, despite e-blasts and > 150 personal phone calls to encourage renewals.

Our financial situation from last year was tenuous, but even after anticipating a significant deficit, we did come out of 2017 in the black by > $16,000. Our conference also made money. While this is good news, we cannot be complacent. We must continue to responsibly manage the resources of AAHN and bolster our membership if we want to remain viable. Without financial stability, we cannot continue the Association successfully and offer our members the advantages of our journal, research dollars and awards.

Our planning for the 35th Annual AAHN Conference in San Diego is progressing beautifully. Our Local Arrangements Committee from San Diego State and Samuel Merritt Universities has been working with Brian, Melissa and myself to make it the best one yet! The preconference, Engaging in Social Media for Scholarship, will be led by members Kylie Smith and Amanda Mahoney, and our keynote, Julie Fairman’s topic will be “Service is the Rent we Pay”: the complex history of nursing and social justice. Forty-eight papers, 4 thematic sessions and 7 posters have been accepted, so this conference promises to offer significant scholarship! Be assured that we are working hard to keep our costs down while offering you a fabulous conference. Registration will be available soon and will be announced by e-blast and on the website. Please plan to join us September 13-15, 2018 in San Diego and invite a friend!

In the next month you should be receiving a ballot for AAHN elections. The Nominating Committee is nearing a complete slate for the board offices of President, 1st Vice President, Treasurer, Awards, Communications, Research Review, and Bylaws/Policies. Stay tuned!

I look forward to seeing all of you at the conference in San Diego by the harbor – make plans now to join us! May your summer be restful!

Yours truly,

Mary E. Gibson, PhD, RN
AAHN President

The Benefits of Membership

History provides current nurses with the same intellectual and political tools that determined nursing pioneers applied to shape nursing values and beliefs to the social context of their times. Nursing history is not an ornament to be displayed on anniversary days, nor does it consist of only happy stories to be recalled and retold on special occasions. Nursing history is a vivid testimony, meant to incite, instruct and inspire today's nurses as they bravely tread the winding path of a reinvented health care system.

To find out about these nursing pioneers and their efforts, join the American Association for the History of Nursing.

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