President's Message

Congratulations Graduates and Thank You Corporate Circle!

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President Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, CCRN

Congratulations to all pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurse graduates! We welcome you to active participation in the profession. We are also excited about our members who will be receiving their PhD​ and DNP degrees this spring!

Advancing your education is a personal and professional commitment. Increasing your knowledge ultimately improves the care you provide for children and their families. Whether you are enrolled in a formal education program or you have completed a terminal nursing degree, there is still a need to stay current in practice, participate in research, and interpret and apply evidence to the care of children in all healthcare settings. Continuing education offerings, scholarships and research funding are some of the benefits of being a NAPNAP member, but all of these incentives require money.

In order to fulfill some of the educational needs of members, NAPNAP collaborates with industry in our Corporate Circle membership program, which offers healthcare-related businesses an opportunity to partner with NAPNAP in their mutual dedication to child health. Companies join NAPNAP’s Corporate Circle at specified dollar amount levels with the intention of supporting academic and continuing education, research, evidence-based resources and tools that advanced practice nurses need to provide the highest quality health care to children and their families. 

This year, our Corporate Circle members include:

  • McNeil Consumer Healthcare
  • MEDA Pharmaceuticals
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Abbott Nutrition
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
  • Mylan
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • CW Publishing Group
  • Halyard Health
  • Nurses Service Organization (NSO)
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Happy Family
  • Lice Clinics of America
  • Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Nestle Nutrition
  • Plus Optix

Each of these companies provides unique services or products for children or for the benefit of advanced practice pediatric providers. In partnering with NAPNAP, Corporate Circle members learn the roles of the pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurse thus creating another avenue to highlight our pediatric expertise. NAPNAP staff members work hard to recruit and keep industry partners.

The NAPNAP Corporate Circle program is only one way in which NAPNAP membership gives back to you.  Staying in touch with advocacy and policy specific to pediatric health care is also a NAPNAP membership highlight. I’d like to acknowledge the Health Policy Committee led by Raji Koppolu and incoming chair, Nancy Cavanaugh along with our lobbyist, Dave Mason. These folks are in touch with what is occurring on the national level on a daily basis, as many NAPNAP members across the country stay in tune with what occurs on the local scenes. Providing health care for children and their families includes designing legislation that best promotes health and protects children from harm, such as tobacco product regulation and other environmental hazards.

Finally, I would like to invite our new graduate nurse practitioners, DNPs and PhDs to share your expertise with NAPNAP conference attendees by submitting abstracts for expert lectures, clinical round-ups, intensive workshops and posters for the 2017 National Conference in Denver. Descriptions of the presentation types and deadline details can be found on our Call for Abstracts page. Submit your thesis, capstone, scholarly project or PhD research today!  

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