President's Message

Mary Chesney Final Message "Thank You for Letting Me Serve"

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President Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN

Dear NAPNAP Members,

This is my last post as NAPNAP’s president. Beginning July 1, Cathy Haut will become NAPNAP’s 39th president. It’s been such a privilege to get to know Cathy and work with her this past year. She’s an outstanding leader with a clear vision and a strong sense of purpose and commitment. I know that our organization will be in very capable hands, and I wish her every success in the coming year.

I also want to express my sincerest gratitude to Mikki Meadows-Oliver, NAPNAP’s 37th president, who will be leaving the board June 30th. She will be greatly missed. Mikki served as a wonderful mentor and friend to me and exhibited strong leadership, class, grace and wisdom at every turn throughout her presidency and immediate past presidency.

As I reflect on this incredible year, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude. It has been such an honor and privilege to serve as your president and to represent NAPNAP at various meetings and conferences this past year. I continue to be so proud of our organization and our PNP profession. I am very grateful for a dedicated Executive Board of Directors who worked tirelessly on your behalf all year. It was an honor to serve with these incredible colleagues who are fantastic leaders and very dedicated to keeping our organization strong.

Under the superb leadership of our executive director, Cate Brennan, NAPNAP’s national staff continues to work very hard on our behalf to achieve our strategic plan goals. Because of their efforts, NAPNAP continues to grow and thrive in many ways. Our reputation as an organization of child health experts is on the rise, and we now have over 50 members representing NAPNAP on various national task forces, committees, commissions and IOM work groups. Our health policy advocacy program continues to expand. Reauthorization of funding for CHIP was a major accomplishment this year. We are also viewed as important child health consultants to staffers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee in their work on advancing the 21st Century Cures legislation this session. Many NAPNAP members are working tirelessly with their state NP or APRN coalitions to fight for full practice authority.

NAPNAP’s visibility has markedly increased with our new website, our expanded social media presence, and our branding as the Leader in Pediatric Education for Nurse Practitioners. We had our biggest, most successful annual conference EVER this past March in Las Vegas and will be launching two new, exciting regional symposia on pediatric pharmacology August 8th in Chicago and September 26th in Pittsburgh. 

The above are just some of the accomplishments achieved by your Executive Board and national office staff this past year. Thank you for putting your faith in us and providing us with this opportunity to serve. Thank you for allowing me the great privilege of serving as your president. It’s been one of the most satisfying professional endeavors of my life!

Yours in health,

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