I’d like to wish everyone a holiday season filled with family, friends and great surprises. May your 2016 be safe, happy, healthy and filled with many exciting adventures for you and your family! At NAPNAP, we are eagerly looking forward to traveling to Atlanta for the 2016 national conference in March, the largest annual event for our organization!
At the end of the year, we set goals for the year to come, and we reflect on the year that was, celebrating the successes we achieved and challenges we survived. I have been reflecting on NAPNAP’s 2015 successes and challenges, especially those that relate to children’s health care and our pediatric-focused APRN profession.
Health policy is an important ongoing responsibility for NAPNAP, and I certainly have our association's highlights to share:
At the State Level:
- Nurse practitioners at the state level have positively affected hundreds of bills aimed to improve practice and care for pediatric patients. Several states passed legislation related to Consensus Model alignment and full practice authority.
- Lifting restrictions for controlled substance prescribing and certifying home health care were other state based successes by NPs across the country.
On the Federal level NAPNAP advocacy has included:
- Signing on to many coalition letters of support for pediatric- and family-focused agendas.
- Supporting all efforts to maintain the Affordable Care Act, ensuring health care for all people.
- Coordinating with nursing organizations and Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) to introduce the “Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2015,” and continuing to advocate for its funding.
- Supporting the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which the president signed into law after steady lobbying in April 2015.
- Advocating for congressional action on the “Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act,” which the Senate just passed this month.
- Nominating NAPNAP members to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria; the United States Preventive Services Task Force; the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines; the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality; the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice; and the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, among many others!
- Participating in the celebration of Medicaid’s 50th anniversary, including supporting the Partnership for Medicaid’s effort to place articles in news outlets around the country. NAPNAP members submitted at least eight op-ed pieces, of which at least two were published.
- ***Introducing the NEW Advocacy Center webpage, which makes it so easy for you to learn about important issues and connect with your local representatives!
Here are just a few NAPNAP organizational highlights:
- Our first board members-at-large began their two-year terms on the NAPNAP Executive Board.
- Early in the year, the Transition Workgroup reorganized the NAPNAP committee structure along with developing guidelines for a volunteer pool called Team Peds: Volunteers and recommendations for committee leaders.
- Membership opportunities at NAPNAP were expanded with the addition of discounted group hospital memberships, and discounts for dual memberships with AAP, APGNN and POPS. A subscription service will be offered to APSNA members in early 2016.
- NAPNAP partnered with Contemporary Pediatrics to offer members access to the online journal and mobile app. Check out the new online section, called “PNP Corner,” edited by Donna Hallas, PhD, PNP-BC, CPNP.
- Through a webinar and survey based approach, the NAPNAP Strategic Plan was rewritten for 2016 – 2019 with involvement from a dedicated committee and numerous other members surveyed as participants in the development. We will share the details of the new plan in early 2016.
- Collaborating with ANA, SPN and a writing workgroup comprised of members of APGNN, APSNA, PENS and SPCN, we published the Pediatric Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition. I was very proud to contribute to this important publication. You can order your copy through the link on our publications page.
This list represents a small sampling of NAPNAP’s accomplishments over the past year and certainly does not include the ongoing successes of its individual members. Kudos to anyone who celebrated personal or professional success in 2015, including advancing your education, participating on a local or national committee or task force, running for NAPNAP office at the state or national level, or involvement in activities that cement or extend the expert care provided to pediatric patients and their families.
It has been a busy year and I remain honored to be your president and a member of a fantastic group of pediatric healthcare providers. I am definitely looking forward to starting the New Year with you and achieving many other NAPNAP successes!!
Again, warm wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful 2016!