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NAPNAP Named Exemplar in Childhood Obesity Article


The article Can APNs Captain the Staggering Problem of the Weight of the Nation? by Dr. Eileen T. O'Grady published in the July 2012 issue of NP World News addresses the worldwide epidemic of obesity in children.  Several key points are identified including the rising cost of healthcare, strategies for obesity prevention and NAPNAP's commitment to educate and lead the charge of eradicating  obesity in children nationwide. To read the full article click here.

New Healthy Plate Replaces Food Pyramid After 20 Years! (June 2011)

The US Department of Agriculture announced on 6/2/11 that the food pyramid that represented a healthy diet for almost 20 years now gives way to a food plate.  It’s called MyPlate, and it has four colored sections representing fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins and a smaller circle next to the plate representing dairy products.  Go to www.choosemyplate.gov to learn more!


Nurse Practitioner Elected Medical Staff President

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media (February 8, 2011)

Bob Donaldson is clinical director of emergency medicine and president of the medical staff at Ellenville Regional Hospital in New York. His current projects sound much like any medical staff president's goals. What might surprise you is that Donaldson is not a physician but a nurse practitioner. He was elected to this influential position by his physician colleagues and enjoys great support from the hospital's medical staff. Click here to read the full story.


Let’s Move!  Medical Community Call with First Lady Michelle Obama and Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin (February 7, 2011)

Please join us to find out how we can work together to provide optimal patient care for obesity prevention and management and become community leaders for broader preventive health.  Learn more about Let’s Move in the Clinic and hear from leaders from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Please join us for this conference call TUESDAY, February 8th at 2:30pm.   


Starting Tuesday, February 8th, materials, including columns authored by First Lady Michelle Obama, will be available to use with your members, on your websites and in your newsletters at www.letsmove.gov.

We hope you are able to join.  Thank you.


WHAT: White House Conference Call

WHEN: Tuesday, February 8th at 2:30PM EDT

Call Number: (866) 259-6033     

Title (in lieu of passcode): Let's Move Medical Community Call

Product Recalls

For product recalls, visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.cpsc.gov/index.html.

phil&teds Jogging Strollers Recalled (January 21, 2011)

phil&teds USA Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of their jogging strollers because when folding and unfolding the stroller, a consumer's finger can become caught in the hinge mechanism, posing amputation and laceration hazards.  Get a complete description of models, serial numbers and pictures at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11106.html.

Units:  22,000 in the United States and 7,200 in Canada


Importer:  phil&teds USA, Inc. of Fort Collins, CO


Sold by: Specialty juvenile stores nationwide from May 2008 through July 2010 for between $350 and $450


Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact phil&teds USA to arrange for the shipping of a free hinge-cover kit and repair instructions.

Consumer Contact:  For additional information, contact phil&teds USA at 877-432-1642 between 9 am and 7 pm ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at http://philandteds.com/support/.



The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners provides news to NPs to keep them informed of issues affecting their profession, scope of practice and education. NAPNAP is a group member of the AANP. Click here for AANP News.


Webcast: National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing

The National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing--the capstone event of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM--will be webcast live on November 30, 2010. The Summit will officially "kick-off" the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and engage stakeholders in efforts to identify strategies to implement recommendations from the IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released in October 2010. Summit presentations will highlight the recommendations from the report and steps to help foster their implementation.

Register for the webcast, which will begin at 10:15 AM EST on November 30
Access the report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health 


Coalition for Patients’ Rights™ Provides Tips to Assist Patients in Choosing the Right Care Provider

To help people navigate the decision-making process and identify their own priorities, CPR, a national coalition of more than 35 organizations, has developed a “toolkit” of materials that provides helpful resources for patients looking for the most appropriate healthcare provider for their individual needs.  It will also equip consumers with materials to help protect and promote access to a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals.  View the toolkit click here.

To help people navigate the decision-making process and identify their own priorities, CPR, a national coalition of more than 35 organizations, has developed a “toolkit” of materials that provides helpful resources for patients looking for the most.


CPR issues Press Release on IOM report the "Future of Nursing"

The Coalition for Patients Rights distributed a press release on the recent IOM report on the "Future of Nursing." NAPNAP is a member of this Coalition. To read the prese release click here.


NAPNAP, ACNP and NONPF Introduces new Director of Government Affairs

The NAPNAP Executive Board is pleased to announce that Dave Mason of Mason Consulting, LLC has been selected as the new Director of Government Affairs. He will serve as the primary contact for Congress, the Administration and federal regulatory agencies, and other advocacy interests on behalf of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties (NONPF).  The three organizations are working in collaboration to pool limited resources and expand and enhance the NP presence in Washington, DC and advance mutual Health Policy agendas.  NAPNAP, ACNP and NONPF have a history of joint cooperation in related activities that benefit all three organizations in their complementary missions.  This collaboration is guided by the principle ‘together we can accomplish more.’ To read the full press release click here.  


NAPNAP Comments on New Meidcaid and CHIPRA Legislation

Read NAPNAP's comments regarding new Medicaid and CHIPRA legislation. NAPNAP submitted comments on Friday, Aug 27th in response to the Federal Register notice: Medicaid Program Request for Comments on Legislative Changes to Provide Quality of Care to Children.  NAPNAP is in support of the legislation as it stands today but highlights 4 key areas that warrant change or continued improvement.  Click here to read more.







Secretary Sebelius Announces Final Rules To Support ‘Meaningful Use’ of Electronic Health Records

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in July the final rules to help improve Americans’ health, increase safety and reduce health care costs through expanded use of electronic health records (EHR). Click here to read more. 


Announcing Healthcare.gov

The White House announced on July 1, 2010 that launch of HealthCare.gov a new consumer website that provides unprecedented transparency into the health care marketplace.  Through HealthCare.gov, individuals will have more control over their health care as informed and empowered consumers. The website contains information on insurance carriers, products, information on Medicaid and CHIP and much more. 


New York Seeks National Reduction of Salt in Food - NEW

The New York City Health Department unveiled an initiative urging restaurants and food companies across the country to voluntarily reduce their products' salt levels, city officials said.  "New York has partnered with cities, states, and national health organizations across the country with the goal of cutting the salt in packaged and restaurant foods gradually by 25% over five years.  Doing that would reduce the nation's salt intake by 20%," Angell said.  Dr. Sonia Angell, director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.   For the complete story, click here



Practice FAQs

NAPNAP's Professional Issues Committee posts answers to several practice-related Frequently Asked Questions on NAPNAP's website.

Attention New Grads!

PNPs have been contributing to the healthcare of America's children for more than 35 years. But, PNPs face several challenges in today's healthcare marketplace. Competition with other providers for available positions is keen and PNPs must promote those attributes that make them stand out as the best choices for providing high quality health services to children. As a service to our members, NAPNAP has developed a comprehensive guide of career resources for PNPs. As you graduate from your PNP Program, give yourself a leg up by ordering NAPNAP's Career Resource Kit. Visit the NAPNAP Online Store to order yours today.