Mentors Matter

Each of us can probably name at least one person who had a profound impact on our education and/or career. NAPNAP is pleased to acknowledge our members' mentors in our Mentors Matter program. Through this program, we provide an opportunity for members to express appreciation for the special men and women who have offered time, wisdom and support throughout their professional journeys.


Featured Mentor

Linda Thomson






Mentor: Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH

Nominated by: Natalie Asselin, MSN, CPNP-PC

Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH is an exemplary pediatric nurse practitioner and compassionate person. She is an excellent communicator with a calm, respectful demeanor. Her professionalism and comprehensive listening skills gain rapport with each patient, family, and co-worker. She teaches her mentees to be mindful of how to communicate and effectively ask questions. Her careful approach proves “it is not what we ask, but how we ask” and achieves great outcomes.

In addition, Linda is an approved consultant in clinical hypnosis, the first nurse to ever have been awarded diplomat status on the American Board of Medical Hypnosis. She specializes in hypnotherapy for children with various conditions such as anxiety, phobias, and incontinence. She lectures worldwide sharing her knowledge of pediatric hypnotherapy and training others interested in this unique field. During her hypnotherapy basic training workshop she quoted Stuart Wilde "Remember you are a teacher helping people, making them feel safer, taking them from fear to love, from ignorance to knowledge". Linda exudes these skills in practice every day and inspires other health care professionals to do the same.

Linda was nominated for Mentors Matter by Natalie Asselin, MSN, CPNP-PC. Linda encouraged Natalie to pursue further education by offering advice on how and where to pursue a PNP degree while Natalie worked alongside her as a registered nurse. In the time between graduation and starting a new PNP position, Linda allowed her mentee, Natalie Asselin, to shadow her weekly to maintain and teach her new skills. She also encouraged Natalie to attend pediatric grand rounds at a local hospital to stay current in research and clinical knowledge. In addition, Natalie had the honor of watching the sheer brilliance of Linda’s pediatric hypnotherapy sessions. Children and adolescents from all walks of life obtained innovative mindfulness, confidence, and above all self-help brainwork skills to apply to everyday stressful situations and behaviors from Linda Thomson. Natalie says she has “even applied these brainwork skills to cope with many of my own personal stressors as well.”

Linda Thomson – mentor, colleague, and friend, Natalie Asselin “Thanks you for all have done for me. It is more than you will ever know.” And from NAPNAP and the NAPNAP community, thank you for being a positive force and leader in the pediatric health care field.