NAPNAP's New President


Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP became the 38th president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) on July 1. Before being elected president, Dr. Chesney served as NAPNAP’s incoming president from 2013 to 2014 and health policy chair from 2010 to 2013. She will focus her presidential term on federal and state health policy and improving patient access to pediatric nurse practitioners.

I am deeply committed to increasing NAPNAP’s leadership capacity, visibility and influence so that legislators, policy makers, health care leaders and consumers view NAPNAP and our members as the ‘go-to’ advanced practice nursing voice for children’s health,” said Chesney.

Chesney’s professional career has spanned a variety of roles including pediatric primary care provider in numerous settings, clinical director of a pediatric multi-specialty clinic and nurse practitioner educator. Her clinical, teaching and scholarship expertise includes federal and state health policy, utilization of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) within new models of health care and care of children with special health care needs. Chesney co-founded the Minnesota APRN Coalition in 2009 and served as president when the state gained full practice authority for APRNs. She played a leading role in the state-wide campaign that helped pass the legislation.

Chesney has served in a variety of governmental appointments made by the Minnesota Legislature and Minnesota Department of Health, including Minnesota Legislative Health Care Access Commission’s Health Workforce Shortage Work Group, Minnesota Department of Health’s Workforce Shortage Study Group and co-chair of the Minnesota Health Care Homes Performance Measurement Work Group. She represents NAPNAP on the national Nurse Practitioner Roundtable, a health policy work group.

Dr. Chesney currently serves as a clinical associate professor and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing. She received her undergraduate nursing degree at St. Catherine’s University, her Master of Science degree in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and her Ph.D. degree in nursing at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.