This year marks the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner movement making our observance of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week, March 9 – 13, extra special.
In 1965, the Medicare and Medicaid programs were established to provide health care to low income families creating an increased demand for primary care services and paving the way for the creation of the nurse practitioner role under the leadership of Dr. Henry K. Silver and public health nurse Loretta Ford. The healthcare landscape has evolved significantly over the last half century and pediatric nurse practitioners have been there at every step providing high-quality, cost-effective, evidenced-based care for our patients. As the first professional society for advanced practice nurses, we are pleased to say that NAPNAP now has more than 8,000 members across the U.S.
We value our members and their contributions every day, but this week especially we pause to publicly celebrate you. We applaud your commitment to the health of our nation’s children both in practice and research, the leadership and knowledge you share with your students, and your passion for advancing our profession in legislation, regulation and institutional policies at every level.
Thank you for being a pediatric nurse practitioner and a member of NAPNAP. Cheers to the next 50 years!
Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN