On August 17, the state of Maryland mourned the passing of a pediatric icon. Lenny Robinson, a 51-year-old man who dressed as Batman, drove a Batmobile, and brought joy and excitement to pediatric patients, families and staff at the hospital where I practice, died in a tragic accident. Even though Batman’s real identify was mostly unknown, his “undercover” work did not go unnoticed. In the same vein, you, our NAPNAP members may not be nationally or locally renowned, but we are grateful for the, often unnoticed, work that you do for children every day!
August is National Breastfeeding Month and National Immunization Awareness Month. Breastfeeding our infant children and immunizing them as they develop and grow are critical to our country’s overall health and well-being. Read more about important breastfeeding and immunization initiatives and find out how you can get involved!
Always up for an adventure, when invited to participate in “Germ University” in New York City, I quickly accepted the challenge – but then was a bit confused to find out that I would be “speed dating” with “bloggers.” I thought they knew that I was happily married! Well, adventure offers learning, so I decided to forge ahead and find out what this was all about.
I am honored, excited and (honestly) a bit nervous to move into the role of NAPNAP president for 2015-2016. I follow a long list of highly qualified and talented individuals, including our immediate past president, Mary Chesney. So, what are the previews for this coming year?
This is my last post as NAPNAP’s president. Beginning July 1, Cathy Haut will become NAPNAP’s 39th president. As I reflect on this incredible year, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude. It has been such an honor and privilege to serve as your president and to represent NAPNAP at various meetings and conferences this past year.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner movement. In 1965, our nation experienced sweeping social and healthcare reforms including the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law, the launch of Medicare and Medicaid, and the first nurse practitioner training program established by pediatrician Henry K. Silver and public health nurse Loretta Ford at the University of Colorado.
A number of medical professional groups including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have gone on record to state that physicians should lead all PCMHs. As patient advocates, I believe we must challenge their claim. In today’s blog, I provide rationale for this challenge and encourage you to let your voice be heard on this issue by submitting a comment to my post.
It’s national Nurses Week! From May 6 – May 12, we honor nurses across all specialties and all areas of practice. The week culminates on the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and in her spirit, we celebrate the dedication of all nurses and advanced practice nurses to providing the highest quality care to their patients. You now have the opportunity to celebrate your mentor through NAPNAP's Mentors Matter program.
SIG membership is a valuable extension of your NAPNAP membership. Special interest groups serve as a forum to share interests and ideas with like-minded APRNs and give you an environment to discuss challenges and goals in your common specialty.
One sure sign that spring is upon us is NAPNAP’s annual Day on the Hill event. This year, 20 NAPNAP members including six chosen NAPNAP Advocacy Scholars, met in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening and Tuesday, March 30th and 31st, to advocate for child health issues and removal of barriers from APRN practice. It was an exciting event and many valuable visits were made to Congressional offices and House and Senate Committee offices on behalf of children and their families.
It’s time to get out the vote and raise your voice! NAPNAP’s national election kicks off March 2. By now you should have all received an email from Immediate Past President Mikki Meadows-Oliver introducing election season and providing details on your voting credentials.
This is an election year of exciting changes and forward progress for our organization for two key reasons.
For many states, this time of year brings the start of a new state legislative session. I just returned from presenting at the Tennessee Action Coalition’s APRN Legislative Boot Camp. It was an exciting day and the APRNs of Tennessee are gearing up to bring full practice authority legislation to their state. I know that many of you and your advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) colleagues are also engaged in efforts to either introduce or continue work on bills before your state legislatures to reduce or eliminate barriers to APRN practice.
NAPNAP is proud to have over 1300 student members in our organization, and we want to make certain that those of you who are students know what your benefits are and maximize your membership. The Affordable Care Act and other changes in today’s health care have created an increased demand for all of us as pediatric care providers. Student members are a valuable asset to our association because you are the future PNPs who will carry NAPNAP forward into our next decade. You will fill the need for quality pediatric care for our nation’s children.