March 16, 2020
The health and safety of our members and the community are NCNA’s highest priority. As such, NCNA’s Board of Directors has voted to cancel or postpone ALL in-person events through the end of May as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Not only do we want to keep you safe and prevent the spread of the virus, but we also want to release nurses from obligations so they may focus on the influx of patients as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.
This new directive pertains to all NCNA activities, including Regional & Council events, the Leadership Academy retreat, Board of Directors meetings, and staff meetings. NCNA had already announced it was shutting down the in-person aspect of our Nurse Practitioner Sprint Symposium, and the new directive also includes one of our other major statewide events: Nurses Night at the Legislature.
If some of these events can be transitioned to virtual meetings via webinar or conference call, NCNA staff will work with organizers to ensure a smooth transition. Some of these events will be rescheduled for later in the year. If you have already registered for an event that is canceled outright, we will be in touch soon with more details. Please be patient as staff works through these unprecedented circumstances.
NCNA’s Board of Directors will reassess the situation in mid-April to determine if the events policy needs to be extended or adjusted. We have worked hard to prepare for this situation and do not foresee any interruption in member services.
These are uncertain times and the entire country is about to rediscover exactly how much they rely on nurses. We are proud to work for the most trusted profession in the United States and will continue to support you all as needed. Thank you for everything you already do – and thank you for everything that will be asked of you in the coming weeks.
We are dedicated to helping make sure that you, the members, still have the tools you need to continue leading Nursing Forward®. If there is anything you need from your North Carolina Nurses Association, please let us know. Click here to take a short survey about ways we can help.
Tina C. Gordon, MPA, CAE, FACHE
North Carolina Nurses Association