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With more than 9,000 members, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and all pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Established in 1973, we are the only national organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children and adolescents, and to advancing the APRN’s role in providing that care. We pride ourselves in the caliber of our members, who include national child health care experts, respected authors, distinguished faculty and practicing professionals representing many facets of pediatric health care delivery.

Mission Statement

NAPNAP’s mission is to empower pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses and key partners to optimize child and family health.


Our members include national child care experts, respected authors, distinguished faculty and practicing professionals, and represent many facets of pediatric health care delivery, including primary and acute care PNPs, family nurse practitioners (FNPs), school nurse practitioners, neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), pediatric nurse consultants, pediatric nurses, PNP faculty and PNP students.​ In addition, any person interested in fostering the mission of the association is invited to become an associate member. Learn more about joining NAPNAP.

Chapters and Special Interest Groups

NAPNAP has 50 chapters located throughout the United States and one e-chapter for those members who are not conveniently located near a local chapter. Our chapters serve members’ needs, including networking, advocacy and education on a local level. Members are invited to join any of our 18 special interest groups (SIGs) that allow them to share and learn about common interests focused on children’s healthcare topics or practice settings.

Journal of Pediatric Health Care

The Journal of Pediatric Health Care (JPHC), the official journal of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, provides scholarly clinical information and research regarding primary, acute and specialty health care for children of newborn age through young adulthood within a family-centered context. The Journal disseminates multidisciplinary perspectives on evidence-based practice and emerging policy, advocacy and educational issues that are of importance to all healthcare professionals caring for children and their families.


Although NAPNAP was established in 1973, PNPs and pediatric-focused APRNs have existed for more than 50 years. At the University of Colorado in 1965, Loretta Ford, a nurse, and Henry Silver, a pediatrician, had the vision to extend the role of the pediatric nurse in providing child health care services. They began to educate registered nurses to become PNPs by teaching them to do physical examinations, diagnose and treat patients and assist in family counseling.

In May 1973, PNPs from six areas of the country met in Columbus, Ohio to explore alternatives for affiliating with nursing and medical professional organizations. The group decided that a specialty organization could best serve the needs of PNPs. In September 1973, the first issue of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, the association’s newsletter, was published highlighting the outcome of this meeting and announcing the agenda for the first national meeting of PNPs. In October 1973, 400 PNPs met at this national meeting and unanimously voted to support the development of NAPNAP.

Ever since, we have been actively working to improve the quality of care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. This is accomplished by advising state boards of nursing; producing and distributing materials to educate consumers on child care; and providing opportunities and funding for continuing education of pediatric-focused APRNs. 

Today, we have grown to serve more than 9,000 members working in a variety of practice settings throughout the United States. PNPs and pediatric-focused APRNs interested in joining NAPNAP can visit the membership page to learn more.

View our most current map of pediatric populations, advanced practice registered nurses and pediatric nurse practitioners across the country.