Project Community Celebrates World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse
By Carly Snarr
The World Needs 9 Million More Nurses by 2030: The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The World Health Assembly has stated “Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.”
Project Community Joins WHO in Celebration: Project Community could not agree more. This is why we are joining WHO in “a year- long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.” What better year to raise awareness for the need for quality nurses than this year - the year we celebrate nurses around the world. Project Community began 35 years ago as the Nurses Network of Pelham, founded by four nurses who wanted to make a difference in healthcare on a grassroots level. Today it has evolved into Project Community, with not only nurses, but community leaders in healthcare, business, education, and volunteerism, creating community-based health programs.
Programs Developed and Run by Nurses: We love our nurses and are indebted to them for their dedication to Project CHILDD (Community Help In Learning about Developmental Disabilities), as well as our innovative education programs, Rewind I: Binge Drinking & Rewind II: Sexual Assault, geared to teens and young adults. Binge drinking and sexual assault present a public health crisis. Project Community’s Rewind programs use current research and innovative teaching strategies to empower teens and young adults to intervene. Training youth in bystander intervention and giving them the knowledge they need to recognize when someone needs help are key elements of each program. The insight and valuable research and experience our nurses have has been critical in developing these programs, as well as our newest programs on Anxiety and Bullying.
Meet Elaine Pottenger, MS, RN, CPNP, PMHS: Project Community is proud to salute our courageous and tireless nurses who fulfill these healthcare needs. Let us introduce you to one of our stellar nurses, Elaine Pottenger, MS, RN, CPNP, PMHS, Vice President of Project Community. Elaine has been practicing nursing for almost 35 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College and went on to receive a Master of Science from Columbia University. She has been a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since graduating from Columbia University in 1992, and is also a Certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. She has spent the majority of her professional career in pediatric hematology and oncology. For the last 25 years, she has been providing care to pediatric cancer survivors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Pediatric Long Term Follow Up Clinic in New York City. In 2010, Ms. Pottenger received the Samuel and May Rudin Award for Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice. She was also the recipient of the Fred Epstein Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Elaine belongs to several professional organizations, including APHON, and has presented at national and regional conferences.
Elaine’s Role as Vice President of Project Community: Through Elaine’s decades of nursing she has learned that despite our best efforts, illness and its devastating effects is sometimes beyond our control. She meets children and families during difficult times and was striving to find balance in her volunteer work. Searching for an organization whose mission was to save lives by educating how to prevent unnecessary tragedies, she was drawn to the Nurses Network, now known as Project Community. She was impressed by the members of the organization and their mission that “Knowledge is the Power to Navigate and Effect Change.” She wanted to be part of the opportunity to effect change.
Elaine joined the Board and has served as the Vice President of Project Community for the past five years. She has focused on developing and presenting the research-based programs that address bullying, anxiety, binge drinking and sexual assault. She is so proud of these programs and the change they have already created, and enjoys working with an organization that teaches how to intervene and help save a life. Elaine has seen firsthand how teen participants in our programs have taken this knowledge and used it in real life situations where they recognized the need to intervene and help save lives.
Project Community is proud of this exemplary professional and values the expertise she brings to our programs.
Project Community has been making a positive impact on our children, providing them with the “Knowledge to Navigate” the pitfalls of youth. Our work gives kids the power to make better decisions. To know when to step in. To know when things are going in the wrong direction. To know when to pivot away from potential tragedy. Please join us today and help us help our kids.
To learn more about their programs visit ProjectCommunity.us.