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NAPNAP Addresses New AAP Affiliate Membership for Nurse Practitioners

Members of the American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) recently voted to approve a bylaw change noting “…recruitment of NPs will proceed through AAP physician members and their practices. A FAAP will be required to sponsor the NP and attest that he or she is working on a pediatric care team that includes a pediatrician. AAP Fellows also will have the right to petition for removal of an NP as a member if it is discovered and verified that he or she no longer works on a recognized pediatric team.” (AAP News 2014;35;1) The affiliate members cannot vote.

Although AAP has not announced how it might market the affiliate membership to NPs, NAPNAP’s leaders have been in contact with colleagues at AAP regarding the change in AAP’s membership rules related to nurse practitioners. Both organizations are committed to providing their members the highest level of benefits and services. We are investigating possible membership offerings that will benefit members of both associations. NAPNAP and AAP are committed to maintaining a collaborative relationship, support for continuing education, advocacy and other efforts.

You should know that NAPNAP is fully committed to the goals of our strategic plan:

  • Goal 1:  NAPNAP will advocate for comprehensive, high-quality, evidence-based, equitable and family centered healthcare for children provided by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
  • Goal 2:  NAPNAP members will be recognized for their pediatric health care expertise and contributions to the health and well-being of children by policy makers, health care leaders, consumers and other stakeholders.
  • Goal 3:  PNPs and their healthcare partners will have the information, resources and professional acumen needed to ensure quality health care to children and their families.

We support our chapter leaders as they and their members advocate for full practice authority within their states. We are actively advocating for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization (H.R. 5364 and S. 2461), home health legislation (H.R. 2504 and S. 1332) and numerous other national bills and regulatory matters that matter to our advanced practice nurses who care for children.

We are proud that NAPNAP is nationally recognized as the professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. As such, we have been invited to participate in more than 70 national advisory panels, workgroups and task forces on children’s health and advanced practice nursing issues. The knowledge and experience that our members bring to these affiliations serves to improve children’s health care across the country. We are invested in developing our members’ leadership skills and advancing their leadership opportunities on private and public boards, in public health commissions/agencies and other key groups effecting children’s health.

As the leader in pediatric education for nurse practitioners, we are dedicated to providing high-quality continuing education online and at our annual conference. We invite our members and all healthcare providers caring for children to attend our 36th Annual Conference in Las Vegas March 11-14, 2015, which features more than 100 sessions and events.

We will continue to advise our members as more information becomes available. We encourage you to contact our membership department at 877-662-7627 if you have specific questions.