Why am I #ANACProud? I am proud to part of an organization that SUPPORTS nurses. I am proud to be part of a COMMUNITY of like-minded individuals who share a PASSION for CARING. As a long-time member of ANAC, I think about the friends that I have made along the way – from near and far – and it is truly amazing to connect and network with a group nurses who understand the passion that drives MY CALLING to be an HIV nurse. We may all have come to join ANAC for different reasons, but I believe I can say with certainty that my ANAC colleagues SHARE A VISION of a society where ALL INDIVIDUALS can receive care unconditionally and care that is provided with COMPASSION. ANAC represents much more than just a “professional organization” – for me, it is a FAMILY, it is a COMMUNITY, and it is a place for me to call HOME. I belong to many different professional organizations, many of them are much larger, and many of them are much more well known. However, I feel closest to ANAC. As one of my mentors, Lucy Bradley-Springer, once said to me, “HIV nurses are a special breed….we are driven by the beat of a special drum.”……let’s join our drums together in celebration of the work we do…together we are ANAC – and I am #ANACProud.
Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC, ACRN/Assistant Professor