50Forward - NAPNAP

50Forward

Celebrating NAPNAP's 50th Anniversary

Throughout 2023, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) will be celebrating our 50th anniversary and place in history as the first national nurse practitioner society. We have a rich history of optimizing child and family health to honor. Equally important – we have an incredibly bright future. This is why we have themed our yearlong celebration 50Forward.

Visit all of the webpages under our 50Forward tab and look for new content in the weeks and months to come. Take a walk down memory lane in our gallery of past event and member photos. You can also view our retrospective of NAPNAP’s provider and public education projects (coming soon!). 

The History of NAPNAP

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your professional home. As we celebrate throughout 2023 and look towards building in years to come, please enjoy the rich history of our association.

First meeting minutes
May 1973
Convened a planning meeting in Ohio to discuss uniting nurse practitioners
May 1973
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Sept. 1973
Published first newsletter, "The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner"
Sept. 1973
First NAPNAP Meeting
Oct. 21, 1973
Hosted first national meeting in Chicago with 400 attendees and officially founded NAPNAP
Oct. 21, 1973
Fall 1974
Conducted first educational conference and business meeting; drafted and approved Scope of Practice statement
Fall 1974
1974
Published Pediatric Nursing, NAPNAP's first journal
1974
Original NAPNAP Logo
1974
Trademarked first logo
1974
Early 1970s
Supported by Ross Laboratories, Mead Johnson, Wyeth, Johnson & Johnson and American Academy of Pediatrics
Early 1970s
Oct. 1975
Established the National Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Associates, a separate entity to develop certification, with representatives from NAPNAP, AAP and faculty group
Oct. 1975
1975-78
Transitioned NAPNAP's operations to a management company and hired first paid executive director
1975-78
1977
First certification exam for PNPs conducted by NBPNPA; 958 testers
1977
1978
Recognized Ohio, Arkansas and Los Angeles as first NAPNAP chapters
1978
1978
Established NAPNAP Foundation
1978
1979
Presented first Henry K. Silver Memorial Award to Patricia McAtee
1979
Feb. 1980
Hosted NAPNAP's first nursing conference on pediatric primary care in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 1980
1980
Presented first Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award to Katie Barton Frantz
1980
1980-81
Adopted NAPNAP's first legislative platform; launched "NAPNAP and Children Growing Together" public relations campaign
1980-81
1982
Conducted NAPNAP's first certification review course
1982
Fall 1982
Revised Scope of Practice Statement to describe relationship with physicians as collegial rather than supervisory; grassroots support from PNPs and pediatricians positively facilitated the revision
Fall 1982
1983
Appointed first director of government relations; hired first lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.
1983
Jan. 1985
Established NAPNAP's first independent national office in New Jersey
Jan. 1985
JPHC
Jan. 1987
Debuted Journal of Pediatric Health Care to meet needs of changing membership
Jan. 1987
1987
Conducted public awareness campaign about PNPs as health care leaders; published related provider and patient booklets
1987
1987-88
Initiated Risk Management Project and published "Risk Management for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners"
1987-88
1988
Conducted the Universe Study, focused on NAPNAP's membership recruitment and retention
1988
1988
State legislation covering reimbursement and prescriptive authority for NPs introduced and passed
1988
July 1, 1990
Direct reimbursement under Medicaid became effective for PNPs
July 1, 1990
1990
Participated in high profile national projects on pediatric HIV/AIDs and immunization
1990
1991
Published first position statement after formation of policy and position committee
1991
1992-93
National health care reform movement caused NAPNAP to evaluate its strategic planning to respond to future demand
1992-93
March 1, 1993
Approved formation of first two special interest groups — Child Care and School-based Health
March 1, 1993
1993
Approved investigation into developing a research agenda
1993
1993
National dialogue about merging all advanced practice nurses into a single generic role; NAPNAP advocated for specific NP recognition
1993
1993-96
Developed and executed "Put Prevention into Practice", NAPNAP's first major government-funded project
1993-96
First White Paper
1995
Published first white paper, Education Preparation and Role Parameter of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
1995
1996
Developed NAPNAP's first website
1996
1997
Hosted first Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.
1997
NAPNAP Logo 1997
1998
Adapted logo to align with changes in infant sleep health
1998
NAPNAP 25th Anniversary
1998
Celebrated NAPNAP's 25th anniversary
1998
Oct. 1, 2000
Removed "Associates &" from organization name
Oct. 1, 2000
2001
Launched Keep your Child/Self Safe and Secure (KySS) campaign
2001
Baby Steps
Fall 2001
Published first Baby Steps consumer magazine
Fall 2001
2003
Approved new logo representative of pediatric population
2003
HEAT
March 2004
Launched Healthy Eating and Activity Together (HEAT©) initiative as joint NAPNAP/NAPNAP Foundation project
March 2004
2004-08
Participated in the development and publication of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification & Education
2004-08
2005
Issued first NAPNAP advocacy call to action which focused on Medicaid funding
2005
Mental Health Guide
2006
Published first edition of KySS Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion
2006
Grassroots Award
2006
Presented first Grassroots Advocacy Award
2006
2007
Co-published first Core Review for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Core Review for Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners book
2007
March 2008
Converted NAPNAP national election to online voting system
March 2008
Loretta Ford
April 13, 2008
Hosted first student reception at national conference with special guest Dr. Loretta Ford
April 13, 2008
PNPSourCE
April 2008
Launched NAPNAP online education platform, PNPSourCE — now PedsCESM
April 2008
Scope and Standards
2008
Co-published first Pediatric Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
2008
Ready Set Grow
Oct. 2008
Published first Ready Set Grow consumer magazine
Oct. 2008
2009-11
Unified NAPNAP chapters with national organization to promote uniform standards for education, practice, regulation, advocacy and communication messages
2009-11
2009
Launched first online e-communities for NAPNAP members
2009
July 13, 2009
Launched Twitter page
July 13, 2009
Oct. 9, 2009
Launched Facebook page
Oct. 9, 2009
2010
Helped initiate the LACE Network
2010
2011
Launched LinkedIn page
2011
2011-14
Convened Optimum Board Size and Structure Advisory Working Group which led to 11-member board and introduction of members-at-large
2011-14
2014
Amended bylaws to reflect new board structure and inclusivity of all pediatric-focused APRNs
2014
March 2014
Launched Instagram page
March 2014
Fall 2015
Expanded in-person CE offerings to include specialty symposia
Fall 2015
Nov. 17, 2015
Introduced The Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners® for educational marketing
Nov. 17, 2015
June 10, 2016
Hosted first SIG leader summit in Chicago
June 10, 2016
2016
Received award for Social Responsibility from the New York Society of Association Executives
2016
Dec. 2016
Conducted first natioanal radio media tour focused on cancer prevention/ HPV
Dec. 2016
Partners Logo
2017
Founded NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth with first campaign Alliance for Children in Trafficking
2017
2017
Initiated group membership program with institutional partners
2017
March 15, 2017
Hosted first chapter officer summit in Denver
March 15, 2017
2018
Convened Diversity and Inclusion taskforce which led to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion national committee in 2020
2018
2019
Signed on to first amicus brief in Flores v. Barr lawsuit challenging the administration’s regulations intended to replace the Flores Settlement Agreement
2019
2019
Published white paper, Critical Shortage of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Predicted
2019
Student Ambassadors
2019
Initiated Student Ambassadors volunteer marketer program
2019
2020
COVID-19 global pandemic; conducted highly successful virtual 41st National Conference on Pediatric Health Care
2020
April 7, 2020
Conducted first TeamPeds Experts Live on Facebook
April 7, 2020
Aug. 2, 2020
Posted first TeamPeds Talks podcast
Aug. 2, 2020
NAPNAP Logo 2020
Sept. 17, 2020
Launched new national, chapter and SIG branding with logo and hero message "Experts in Pediatrics, Advocates for Children" and newly designed and upgraded website
Sept. 17, 2020
2020
Published white paper, Recognizing Child Trafficking as a Critical Emerging Health Threat
2020
May 2021
Published Exhausted and Burned Out: COVID-19 Emerging Impacts Threaten the Health of the Pediatric Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Workforce
May 2021
Participated as plaintiff in County of Santa Clara, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al. - successful legal challenge to block the “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (SUNSET) rule
Aug. 2021
Received CDC grant for Lyme disease prevention initiative
Aug. 2021
June 2022
Published first Pulse of the Profession report
June 2022
Sept. 2022
Received CDC grant for COVID-19 immunization initiative
Sept. 2022
Fall 2022
Partipated in first amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County v. Talevski
Fall 2022
2023
Celebrating NAPNAP's 50th anniversary, themed 50Forward
2023
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