President's Welcome

ruccione.r2016 Palm Springs, California! I am so pleased to invite you to APHON’s 41st annual conference and exhibit in this beautiful desert resort town, where we will be celebrating our theme: “Expanding Horizons: Innovative Approaches in Care.” Once again, the Conference Planning Committee has done an awesome job of putting together a conference packed with dynamic speakers, outstanding content, and fun activities, beginning with our “can’t miss” opening keynote, Secrets Everyone in Health Care Needs to Know presented by Donna Wright, and closing with Deciphering the Intersection of Caring for Self and Caring for Others presented by Janice Nuuhiwa. Whether this is your first APHON conference or your 41st, there will be something for you to learn, and memories to be made. The fellowship and networking opportunities you’ll find at the conference are beyond compare. As I shared on our 40th anniversary, I wouldn’t trade my conference experiences — the hugs, the hilarious laughter, the times that moved me to tears, and the lasting friendships — for anything. That’s still my wish for you, too.

So get ready to expand your horizons. Come recharge and reboot so you can return to your work re-dedicated to the magnificent mission of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. I very much look forward to seeing you in August.