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Pediatric NPs Set Record at NAPNAP Conference

Published April 16, 2010 9:31 AM by Michelle Perron

I'm here at the annual conference of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), where pediatric NPs have set a new record for conference attendance. About 1,500 pediatric NPs are here in Chicago to network, earn CE credits and discuss current issues. The conference officially kicked off yesterday with a moving opening ceremony featuring the Children's Choir of Chicago, a teen advocate for minority health issues (and apparently a future nurse!), and a trailblazer for children and families, Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, PhD, RN. NAPNAP president Michelle Beauchesne, NP, welcomed attendees and commented that the trio of presentations was an ideal and uplifting way to celebrate children and open the meeting. I agree!

The issues raised by the speakers, particularly the need for continuity of care for families and good health role models for families, are at the core of the healthcare medical home model. This model is a common thread throughout the sessions here. The healthcare medical home model, whose roots are with the American Academy of Pediatrics, is an important component of healthcare reform legislation. To ensure that NPs are recognized as leaders of the healthcare medical home, you will have to take action. The federal bill does not specify NPs in the language, and medical interests already are hard at work to make sure physicians are the only recognized leaders for this model. Yet NPs have been leading these "homes" successfully for years. NAPNAP will be providing tools to help state NP groups take action on this issue; it appears that implementation details for the model will be up to the states at this point. Visit our Web site often for more coverage ...

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