My CCANN Adventure

 

When I first migrated to the United States back in 2006, I was looking for a reputable nursing organization to affiliate my professional growth with. Then I was introduced and became a member of National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) in 2008. In addition, I became a member of my local chapter in Philadelphia—Delaware Valley Association of Neonatal Nurses.

 

After visiting with friends in California, we decided to reside in the Bear State! There is no such thing as too much sunshine! 

 

I wanted to become more involved in another local NANN chapter when I settled in the Central Valley. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to join the Central California Association of Neonatal Nurses (CCANN). Joining CCANN provided many opportunities including becoming involved in educational conferences and building relationships at meetings. At first, I simply attended meetings, but eventually started becoming more involved—helping out with small tasks such as selling fundraising raffle tickets for local charities, helping set up for conferences, collecting evaluation forms after the conference.

 

Throughout my involvement, I came to truly enjoy being a part of such dedicated and collaborative group of people all coming together for the purpose of optimizing neonatal outcomes. Many lasting friendships were forged, and my diligence in seeking many opportunities to expand CCANN and help with events were well-recognized. Hence, when I was elected as President of CCANN, I was delighted to take on the new role with the support of many friends and members. Throughout the many roles of I had with CCANN, I learned a great deal about leadership, accountability and importance of collaboration. To have received the 2021 NANN Chapter of the Year Award truly validated the hard-work and dedication as well as our collaborative efforts as a team. I was honored to have received recognition of CCANN Outstanding Leadership Award this year. The growth and success of CCANN is a team effort validated by accurate reflection of how far our subchapter have grown. I plan to continue supporting CCANN and hope to encourage current and new members to become more involved and experience the professional and personal growth I have throughout my CCANN adventures

 

 

Farewell and Happy Retirement to CCANN Fund Raising Officer and EMCEE, Rachel Isaac !

 

Rachel has been a long-term member and supporter of CCANN, taking on important roles, especially as a Fundraising Officer and hostess of many CCANN events. This December 2021, we celebrated Rachel’s retirement and numerous contributions.

 

In the past decade, Rachel gradually expanded her role as a CCANN member to Fundraising Officer by helping sell raffle tickets, T-shirts and sweatshirts.  All  of these fundraising efforts provided monetary support to many charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Terry’s House, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, Community Food Bank, Make a Wish Foundation and Marjaree Mason Center.  In the past two years, Rachel had expanded her role further by serving as Hostess of many events as well  as during our virtual conference during the pandemic. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated officer and often recruited new CCANN members by reminding others that CCANN can offer CEUs and provide the most up-to-date and evidence-based education in the care of our neonatal population. In addition, Rachel is an excellent collaborator and will be especially missed by her fellow officers. Her efforts throughout her CCANN journey are well recognized and deeply appreciated.

 

Farewell Rachel! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!! We would like to welcome Leslie Williams, BSN, our new CCANN Event Hostess!