President's Message

Blueprint for Children and Other Exciting NAPNAP Updates!

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President Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC

Dear NAPNAP Members,

I begin this message with hopes for the safety and security of all of our members in the coastal areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. Like you, I am dismayed by the destruction and loss of life. I think it is important for all of us to take a moment from our busy routines and contribute in some way to the relief efforts. We can show we care in so many small ways. This is a good time to point out the special needs of children in disaster situations. Here is a link to our position statement about the Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Role in Disasters Involving Children.

There is quite a bit of other news to share with you. On the national health policy front, NAPNAP is pleased to endorse the American Academy of Pediatrics’ document Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future. At the request of AAP, NAPNAP contributed by providing comments during drafting. Blueprint for Children is a briefing document for the transition team of the next presidential administration and includes a child health policy agenda as well as recommendations for federal agencies and departments. I want to thank Nancy Cavanaugh, Sarah Gutknecht and Raji Koppolu for assisting in reviewing and drafting well-received comments, many of which were incorporated by AAP into the final document. This effort was a great example of proactive health policy work and positive interprofessional collaboration. You can read the document here.  

As a NAPNAP member, you have the valuable opportunity to collaborate with your peers by belonging to a chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG). SIGs give you the opportunity to connect with fellow members who share your interest and expertise. You can exchange materials, gain new knowledge and updated resources, and engage with like-minded APRNs. Each of NAPNAP’s 50 chapters offers a local community of peers with whom you can network, share ideas and discuss the joys and challenges of our profession. Through your chapter, you can also earn much needed CE credits without the need to travel a great distance and get involved in grassroots advocacy efforts to effect positive change in your professional life.

Chapter and SIG membership is an incredibly beneficial extension of your NAPNAP membership. NAPNAP currently has 18 SIGs, each with its own unique focus area. If you haven’t already, spend some time learning about our SIGs through the SIG webpage. If you don’t currently belong to a SIG, you can join one today! The cost of belonging to a chapter is included in your NAPNAP membership, and I encourage you to take advantage and get involved! You can find out more about chapter activities through the chapters page on the NAPNAP website.

I am also excited to share that registration opens later this month for NAPNAP’s 38th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care! This year we will be visiting the beautiful city of Denver, the birthplace of the nurse practitioner movement. In 1965, pediatrician, Henry K. Silver, and registered nurse, Loretta C. Ford, created the nurse practitioner role at the University of Colorado and forged the path that we proudly travel. In that spirit, I strongly encourage you to join us for this amazing week of learning, networking and connecting with your fellow pediatric-focused APRNs. Among the many high-quality conference sessions will be our new educational mini-tracks, back-to-back sessions on hot topics such as obesity, dermatology, breastfeeding and neonatal health care.

Be on the lookout for the conference brochure in the mail. You can also find full details and register on our national conference webpage. NAPNAP always hosts a professional, informative and exciting national conference that I look forward to attending each year. I recommend that you register soon to take advantage of the Early Bird discount rate, and I can’t wait to see you in Denver!

All my best,

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