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From the Editor Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF As we entered 2019, I intended to use this column to reflect on a stellar year as PSNA again represented the profession through education and advocacy. In addition, the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylva- nia’s first Black & Gold Gala was a successful event. Keynote speaker Lee Woodruff, an advocate for active duty military, veterans, and their families, spoke from the heart about the journey her fam- ily experienced after her husband, journalist Bob Woodruff, was severely injured by an improvised explosive device while on assignment in Iraq. With specific examples, she told of the nurses who made a difference not only to her but to other families whose lives had been forever altered by injuries of war. I brought with me In an Instant, the book she had written about their experiences and autographed for me a decade before when she spoke at the 2008 PSNA Summit. She graciously autographed it again. Then, as 2019 began, PSNA received the unfathom- able news of the death of Patrick Kenny, beloved past president of PSNA (2007-2011). Unexpected and untimely, Patrick’s passing has left a place in our hearts for deep sorrow at his loss and celebration of his life of service and impact. Patrick attended Allentown College (now DeSales University), the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia Univer- sity’s Teachers College. He began working in HIV/ AIDS nursing in the early 1980s, becoming a found- ing member of the AIDS Task Force of Philadelphia. Patrick was asked by the Surgeon General to be on his panel for AIDS awareness and treatment. He authored textbook chapters and journal articles. Pat- rick presented “Men in Nursing” at the International Council of Nursing, Malta and the International His- tory of Nursing Conference, Denmark (2015). PSNA CEO Betsy M. Snook summarized the many tributes to Patrick in saying: ... he approached (Life) with passion and veracity. Patrick will be greatly missed. He’ll be remembered with love and respect. We are proud to honor Patrick — a leader, educator, and mentor to so many nurses, nursing students, patients, families, and staff. In 2011, Patrick, representing PSNA, addressed a group of graduating nurses during a pinning ceremo- ny. His speech ended with (these) wise words: Work hard and be kind. Show them what an excellent nurse you are. Always retain your enthusiasm for nurs- ing and your patients. Together, we make a difference. Patrick lived his words. His impact is recounted in the stories of those who knew him and shown in the many, many lives he touched. Excerpt from Patrick’s Final President’s Message, Pennsylvania Nurse (September 2011) I am proud of the accomplishments that PSNA has made during my term and I’d like to highlight a few: • It has been remarkable to watch the nursing liaison forum grow into the Nursing Congress on Practice, Education, & Policy. With part- ners in the Congress, we have a unified voice in speaking for nursing when we interact with legislators, our Governor and other professions. • With the support of Gov. Rendell, his administration, and our partners in advanced nursing practice groups, a campaign was rolled out and culminated in outstanding legislative gains. We were a part of the successful fight for clinical nurse specialist title protection. • Pennsylvania Coalition for the Advancement of Nursing Education (PCANE) evolved into a group representing all levels of nursing dedi- cated to education. The LPN, associate degree, and baccalaureate degree programs are all at the table. • On my watch, PSNA has not had a dues increase. Membership is at its highest level since becoming president in 1999. • The Environmental Task Force held several conferences and was being formalized into the PSNA structure as a committee. • The official journal of PSNA, Pennsylvania Nurse, was transformed to a peer-reviewed journal under the leadership of Dr. Zane Wolf and Dr. Carol Toussie Weingarten. Goodbyes and farewells are never easy. But this is a change, not a goodbye, so I’ll end this message by saying “I’ll be seeing you!” Issue 74, 1 2019 Pennsylvania Nurse 12