At the 39th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, you’ll be speaking about leadership preparedness in a healthcare crisis. What is your number one tip on effective communication?
Listening well is more important than talking.
What would you suggest to upcoming PNPs for finding strategies to deliver strong, credible messages?
Credibility comes with being knowledgeable, experienced and consistently trust-worthy. We communicate with kids and families as a core part of our job. When asked to communicate to a larger audience or to the media, the same skills can be employed of listening well, communicating clearly without jargon and using science, story-telling and empathy.
In your opinion, which new trends are the most impactful in today’s pediatric health care world?
I think young parents are realizing the importance of good nutrition every day and raising healthier kids because of it.
How can NAPNAP members not only prepare for these trends but also serve as health care leaders in light of them?
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners can prepare for these trends by continuing to be parent educators and life coaches for kids. Set the example by being fully vaccinated and eating healthy. We can serve as leaders for kids by speaking up at the state legislature, writing about the issues, being prepared to listen and answer parent's questions and serving as a content expert in the media.
When you’re not being a rockstar pediatric-focused NP, what do you enjoy doing?
Well, while I have been a practicing PNP since 1987, I wouldn't say I am a rock star --and I know my kids wouldn't either! I enjoy time with my family and friends, volunteering, hosting dinner parties, traveling, gardening and long walks with our Cockapoo.