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Why did you join PSNA? It sounds terrible to say “I always meant to” ... but it’s true. There’s no reason not to join. I have no excuse as to why it took me so long. In 2018, I met with Alex Bonner, PSNA Government Affairs Specialist, where we dis- cussed how PSNA advocates for Pennsylvania’s patients and nurses. I knew I had to be a part of this important work. I look forward to serving on the PSNA Government Relations Committee. My only regret is that I did not participate sooner. What is one piece of advice you would give to a new-to-practice RN? Feeling overwhelmed is a universal experience. You will get used to the pace and feel more confident. I promise it will get better and that YOU will get better. The most important thing I want to say to new nurses is this: Thank you for doing this job. Thank you for rising to this challenge. What you are doing is both meaningful and neces- sary. We all need you. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? When I was in college, I rode around in a red 1971 Volkswagon Minibus to see several shows during the final tour of the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia passed away in the summer of 1995. I was so glad I made time to do this be- fore it was no longer an option. I charge these experiences with my subsequent wanderlust. Currently, my favorite thing to do is travel to new places with my family. We especially enjoy day trips on the weekends. Afterward, I blog about the fun spots we’ve visited. Issue 74, 1 2019 Pennsylvania Nurse 21