MNPA has always been a strong supporter of nurse practitioner students across the state of Maine as they strive to support student integration into professional practice. This support has recently been extended by adopting the new role of Student Representative for the MNPA Board. The Student Representative role has helped bridge the gap between the educational and professional realms via networking and collaboration with our professional leaders.

The challenges faced by students in recent years have not gone unnoticed, and MNPA is here to help. As we all embrace the safety of social distancing, use of electronic platforms have allowed us to reach students far and wide across the state of Maine. Hosting of regular Zoom meetings have provided a safe space for students to network, share stories, offer survival tips and tricks for NP school, and support one another from the comfort of our own homes. Furthermore, the recurring challenge of securing preceptors has been compounded by the effects of COVID-19 and MNPA has offered support through numerous modalities to help students secure preceptors and complete their education.

Nurse practitioner students across Maine share many common challenges, such as adjusting to the academic rigor of graduate studies, securing preceptors, maintaining work-life-school balance, studying for board certification, and learning the necessary steps for post-graduation requirements. As the MNPA Student Representative my goal is to foster collaboration between students and our professional leaders, so we can all learn from one another. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you wish to share with your MNPA Student representative, please reach out to me via email. It is my pleasure to serve as a voice and advocate for the NP students of Maine.