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NAPNAP Welcomes New President Laura Searcy

NAPNAP Welcomes New President Laura Searcy
Former president Cathy Haut will step into immediate past president role.

Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC begins her one-year term as the president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She will replace Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, CCRN, who steps into the immediate past president role.

“As NAPNAP president, my focus will be on developing strong leaders, expanding mentorship opportunities and promoting effective collaboration to increase the impact of pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in advancing child health” said President Searcy.

Searcy is a pediatric nurse practitioner with more than 25 years experience in clinical practice, health policy and advocacy with a focus on pediatric primary care, child and adolescent injury prevention, substance abuse prevention and government affairs. She has served as a preceptor and clinical instructor for all levels of nursing students at several institutions. She currently delivers care to newborns and is on the medical staff at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center.

Prior to assuming her role as president of NAPNAP, Searcy served on the NAPNAP Executive Board as president-elect and Health Policy Committee chair. She is a past Georgia NAPNAP Chapter president and legislative chair. Searcy is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and was the recipient of the 2014 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence from Georgia. She is a member of United Advanced Practice Nurses of Georgia and a former district director with the Georgia Nurses Association. Searcy is a co-founder of the Georgia Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and currently serves as the coalition's health policy director.

Searcy has been widely recognized for her leadership skills and gained much of her governance experience while serving three terms, including chair and vice-chair, on the Cobb County Georgia Board of Education. Additionally, Searcy has more than 12 years of non-profit board experience, working with children’s advocacy centers and youth alcohol and drug abuse prevention organizations.

“Laura’s long-term track record and dedication to child health and advanced practice nursing issues makes her an ideal leader for our association,” said Haut. “I look forward to working with her and fellow board members to help shape the future of pediatric health care.”

Along with Searcy, other members begin their term on NAPNAP’s Executive Board, including: President-elect Tresa Zielinski, DNP, RN, APN-NP, CPNP-PC, Treasurer Carol Savrin, DNP, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, FAANP; and Members-at-large Colleen Ditro, DNP, RN, CPNP, Terea Gianetta, DNP, CPNP, FAANP and Regena Spratling, Ph.D, RN, CPNP.

Completing their terms on the executive board are: Immediate Past President Mary Chesney, Ph.D, APRN, CPNP, FAAN, Treasurer Margaret Hannan, Ph.D, RN, CPNP, Chapters Chair Ann Petersen-Smith, Ph.D, RN, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC and Professional Issues Chair Kristin Hittle-Gigli, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN.

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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s only professional association for pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing more than 8,500 healthcare practitioners with 17 special interest groups and 49 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first APRN society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused APRNs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. www.NAPNAP.org