President's Message

Joan SullivanHello Everyone,

Updated Nov. 23, 2020

I hope everyone is doing fine and staying well as we enter a new surge of the Covid-19 Pandemic. I commend you all with the amazing work you have been doing managing your patients through these stressful and challenging times. I know you have all been stretched to what seemed beyond your limits as you have been navigating through this ever changing new normal. Hopefully you can utilize some lessons learned from the earlier surge as we are yet again presented with skin care & maintenance demands to this compromised patient population. We have such a knowledgeable nursing specialty in our region, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your colleagues for support.

The MAR board decided to have a Nurse of the Year nomination despite the fact we were not having a conference this year. I am excited to announce that Amanda Owen, BSN, RN, CWON was the winner this year. We will be updating the MAR webpage with a picture of Amanda receiving her award and information about her. Thank you for those of you who took the time to submit a nomination. As I have said before, we have such talented people in our region, we need to celebrate our stars. I hope that we receive a nomination for this award from each of the affiliates next year.

Although we are not having a regional conference, we still are looking for candidates for Nurse of the Year for our region. We will have the election and celebrate them on-line this year and recognize them in person at our Regional conference to be held in the Fall of 2021. Judging by the quality of the poster presentations we have many talented people who need to be recognized. I would love to see each affiliate in the region nominate at least one person from their affiliate for Nurse of the Year.

The challenges of work/home life balance have impacted the leadership team on the MAR Board during this Covid-19 pandemic. With this in mind, we have quite a few leadership opportunities on the MAR board. The following positions are open:

  • President- elect
  • Member-at- large Communications Director
  • Member-at-large Marketing/Development
  • Social Media Committee Chair- director at large
  • Secretary (Opens in 2021)
  • Please contact me if you have questions/interest in these opportunities.

The Conference Planning Committee has begun its work in planning the MAR 2021 Conference. It will be held September 9-11, 2021 at the Doubletree Hotel, Williamsburg, VA. We will also be working on having a virtual option as well. There will be more information coming out about this, so watch the MAR website.

I would like to extend my best wishes to all of you for your personal and work families as we head into the holiday season. I look forward to better days for us coming in 2021. Take care and be safe.

Happy Holidays,
Joan Sullivan, MSN, MAS, RN, CWON/ MAR President

2021 MAR Annual Conference
September 9-11, 2021 at the Doubletree Hotel, Williamsburg, VA.

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