President's Message

Healthcare Heroes

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President Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC

Dear NAPNAP Members,

As I have been following what I now call the “healthcare shuffle,” I have gained some new heroes. The two senators who persisted in fighting for the greater good were outshined by a perfectly timed ‘no’ vote, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine consistently asked that the healthcare bill provide more for children and our other most vulnerable citizens. The Affordable Care Act does need fixing, but we need to be careful not to allow politics to interfere with the repair process. These senators recognized that the proposed Senate bill, in its current form, put many of our vulnerable populations at risk. 

Thank you to everyone who answered our calls to action. Whether you emailed, called or met with your senators or their staff, thank you. If you have any questions as to what NAPNAP’s health policy agenda includes, you can find answers at This is where we outline our advocacy efforts and detail what we want to achieve. I understand that some of you might not agree 100 percent with our advocacy choices, but I encourage you to remain involved and fight for what you think is in the best interest of the children in your care. Just be involved.  

Even within our own association, member engagement and voter turnout for NAPNAP elections are lower than we would like. Please help us change that. Feel free to email me at with any ideas, strategies or thoughts you have. We are entering our Executive Board nominations period, and it is a great time to think about throwing your hat in the ring, so to speak. Consider serving your association by joining me in my last year on the board. I promise you will not be disappointed.

If you need a smaller step, join me in Washington, D.C. Nov. 5-6. Go to to find out all the details. You may think that your voice won’t make a difference, but it can. I want to leave you with statements from Senators Murkowski and Collins to share why they wanted more. 

“I voted no on the healthcare proposal last night because both sides must do better on process and substance. The Affordable Care Act remains a flawed law that I am committed to reforming with the structure that works better for all Americans. But to do that, the Senate must fully devote itself to an effort to improve the healthcare system in this country, reduce costs, increase access, and deliver the quality of care that our families want and deserve,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in a press release

“The ACA is flawed and in portions of the country is near collapse. Rather than engaging in partisan exercises, Republican and Democrats should work together to address these very serious problems. In their letter to the Senate leaders, the bipartisan group of Governors correctly notes that, ‘True, lasting reforms can only be achieved in an open, bipartisan fashion’,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in a press release.

Humble and Hungry,

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