Thank you for being our longest renewing (non-retiree) member, as we celebrate NAPNAP’s 45th birthday, what have been the most significant changes within the organization since you joined? What are the biggest changes you’ve seen within the pediatric health care world?
Significant changes within the organization (since the Chicago meeting in the 70s) include:
1. Establishing the Washington office, allowing for the setting of the health policy agenda for NAPNAP.
2. Obtaining approval for NP’s as Medicaid providers with reimbursement for care provided.
3. Making changes at the state level and providing prescriptive authority were a major legislative accomplishment for NPs in the provision of primary care.
4. Developing NAPNAP and publishing Standards of Care and Scope of Practice documents available to the public and interested individuals.
5. Opening NAPNAP membership to FNPs and other NPs providing health care to children and youth.
The largest changes I have seen in the pediatric healthcare world include vaccines for preventable diseases and the development in technology. Technology is the driving force in pediatric health care today. Electronic medical records have replaced paper charts, allowing us to look more carefully at improving health care outcomes, reducing costs and making health care more efficient and accessible. In addition, HIPPA legislation is a driving force in protecting medical records and health insurance coverage.
In your opinion, which new trends are the most impactful in today’s pediatric health care world?
New trends impacting pediatric health care include changing demographics, diversity, disparity in health care and education. There is lack of access to primary prevention and health promotion with our vulnerable children and youth.
How can NAPNAP members not only prepare for these trends but also serve as health care leaders in light of them?
NAPNAP members may prepare for these trends by serving as leaders at the local and state level to promote legislation regarding the issues. We need to encourage members to run for local and state offices. NAPNAP represents over 9,000 health care providers in 50 states. We represent to the public, leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. We can do it!
When you’re not being a rockstar pediatric-focused APRN, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy traveling, volunteering and working part time in a low-income clinic.