President's Message

NAPNAP's Goals + Your Goals = Our Success

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President Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP

Greetings!  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful autumn season.  Time is flying and I can hardly believe that it’s already time for another President’s Message blog post.

I hope this biweekly blog site is helpful in providing you another way in which to engage with NAPNAP leadership and stay informed about the strategic direction in which NAPNAP is heading.  The great thing about a blog is that it allows for two-way conversation via the comment option for readers.  I welcome your ideas and your feedback about these bi-weekly posts. 

When I ran for the office of President-elect in spring 2013, I developed four goals that I believe are important to achieving NAPNAP’s mission “to empower pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their healthcare partners to enhance child and family health through practice, leadership, advocacy, education and research” (NAPNAP, 2014).  These goals are driving a lot of our association’s work in the coming year, so I thought it would be helpful to share them with you.  My goals are to:

  1. Elevate NAPNAP's national visibility and influence as the leading, “go-to” national APRN pediatric health professional organization for public policy makers, regulators, health care systems and consumers.
  2. Increase NAPNAP's overall membership and membership engagement by providing a broad, welcoming, diverse and inclusive tent that mentors and develops its members.
  3. Promote increased levels of guidance and support for state chapter leaders as they tackle key Medicaid, CHIP, insurance exchange and scope of practice issues at the state level.
  4. Ensure creation of a solid, trusted organizational infrastructure as NAPNAP transitions to new headquarters in NYC and the D.C. satellite office.

The NAPNAP board and staff are dedicated to achieving these goals for you, our members. To that end, we have engaged our healthcare colleagues and legislators in Washington, D.C. and nationwide in dialogue about key health insurance and scope of practice issues. We have increased our visibility through public statements asking for aid to children coming to the U.S. to escape poverty and violence, and the extension of CHIP in 2015 for children here at home. Our new website is another step to increase our national visibility. We have also amplified our marketing and outreach efforts to raise public awareness of the critical role that PNPs play in the healthcare community.

The achievement of a goal is a series of steps, each step building on the one before it. I have shared my goals for NAPNAP with you as well as some of the steps we are taking to achieve them. Now, I would love to hear from you.

What are your goals for yourself as a healthcare professional and what steps are you taking to achieve them? How can NAPNAP better help you achieve your goals? I look forward to reading your comments.

Yours in health,

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