Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL

Member Since: 
2004
State: 
California

In your opinion, which new trends are the most impactful in today’s pediatric health care world? How can NAPNAP members not only prepare for these trends but also serve as health care leaders in light of them?

Technology is driving new modes of healthcare delivery, patients and families are more empowered by data transparency, and we continue to learn how to care for children with complex, chronic disease.  In addition, how we respond to national policies which impact reimbursement for quality outcomes or how children are exposed to adverse events impacting future health are paramount. NAPNAP members are well aware of these trends, witnessing them in everyday practice. NAPNAP members can serve as health care leaders by knowing that constant change and flexibility is the new normal. I encourage members to ask questions, be reflective in their practice, and challenge current practices by being creative and innovative. Take advantage of the numerous resources this professional organization provides members to be informed and share best practices. Continue to be flexible and positive through these changes and stay committed to our universal goal of improving the health and well-being of children.

What motivated you to serve as a leader on NAPNAP’s executive board?

One of the greatest benefits of serving as a leader on NAPNAP's executive board is the feeling of being part of something bigger than myself. In today's healthcare climate, being part of an organization who can provide a unique and critical voice to supporting pediatric health is extremely motivating. To join with like-minded colleagues to learn current evidence and have active dialogue provides a wonderful opportunity to be a better provider, advocate, and leader.

How do you manage your professional association volunteerism while maintaining a busy clinical schedule?  

It's always a balance to juggle our professional and work responsibilities. NAPNAP has such an engaged board and talented and hardworking national office staff, that we all work together to divide responsibilities and support the many goals of the organization. Being active in the organization directly supports my clinical work and my clinical work helps drive my understanding of what to bring back to the board. These responsibilities work together in synergy, so it's doable and fun.

When you’re not being a rockstar pediatric-focused APRN, what do you enjoy doing?

I love music and sing with a band comprised of close colleagues and friends. It's a great way to relax and to share music with our community.

Home Town: 
Englewood Cliffs, NJ