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President's Welcome & Message

Welcome to our webpage! My name is Debbie Busch DNP, CPNP, IBCLC, CNE, FAANP and I am the President of the Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of NAPNAP., serving Maryland and the greater area of bordering states including of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and the Washington DC metropolitan areas.  We are a regional Chapter for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), 'Experts in Pediatrics, Advocates for Children' (napnap.org). Our membership encompasses Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs),  Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs), and other clinicians whose professional interests include the healthcare field of pediatric nursing and medicine.

Our Chapter welcomes current members, new members, students and visitors alike.  We are a diverse, inclusive and involved group of NAPNAP Chapter members who share the passion and desire to provide the best pediatric care possible in a multitude of settings, professional and voluntary roles.  We value all our members and cherish the professional relationships that are formed when a vested group of individuals join together and work towards improving our ability to provide exemplary pediatric care through our shared goals of supporting and advocating for each other, providing continuing educational opportunities, conveying best practices' and resources in pediatrics, providing professional awareness and opportunities,  legislative activities and  issues, active community involvement, student support, and more.

We hope you enjoy the various amenities and resources that our website provides to assist in our efforts to advocate, support, improve and provide the best evidenced based practice pediatric healthcare care to all children!

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About Us

Advocating for the Health of Children And A Leader for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

OUR VISION - The Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of NAPNAP envisions pediatric nurse practitioners as leaders in providing health care for children and their families. 

OUR MISSION - The Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of NAPNAP is a professional organization dedicated to delivering quality care to children and families in the community. The Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of NAPNAP is committed to the advancement of the pediatric nurse practitioner role through professional development, lobbying and networking.

OUR CORE BELIEFS - We believe that the Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of NAPNAP:

  • provides leadership in advocating for child health issues and provision of that care
  • provides opportunities for pediatric nurse practitioners to enhance professional development
  • acts upon local and national issues related to child health and pediatric nurse practitioners

GOALS:

  • General:   To be a leading organization responsive to the health care needs of children and to the professional needs of the membership.
  • Clinical Practice:   To assist pediatric nurse practitioners in advancing their knowledge and skills within the rapidly changing health care environment.
  • Educational:   To provide diverse educational opportunities that meet the learning needs of pediatric nurse practitioners
  • Policy & Advocacy:   To promote optimal health for all children and to advance the pediatric nurse practitioner role in providing health care to children.

Executive Board

OFFICERS
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
MD: Chesapeake

There are four major areas that our chapter is actively working in to achieve our mission of providing optimal health care for children and their families:

Focus on Clinical Practice:   We offer clinical updates at two times during the year for all members, students and other interested professionals. Please send any topic that you would like to have presented at one of the CEU clinical updates to Peggy Dorr.

Focus on Legislation:  We keep current on federal, state and local legislation for its implications for PNP nursing practice and child health care. For updates on legislative issues for PNPs in Maryland contact Lindsay Ward.

Focus on Advocacy: Our chapter participates in different types of charitable contributions. At our conferences, attendees are asked to bring donations for community causes.  Examples include donations for Hurricane Katrina relief, canned goods for local food banks, baby supplies for children centers.  If you have a program that you believe deserves our attention, please feel free to contact our program committee chair, Peggy Dorr or Chapter Past President, Brigit VanGraafeilend. 

Focus on Research:    Our chapter is very fortunate to have the Louis I. Dobkin Research fund. This fund is available for pediatric nurse practitioners to support nursing research to improve clinical practice of nurse in advanced practice roles in the health care of children and families. All members are welcomed to apply for funds on an annual basis. Information is available under the Research tab on the main page.

 

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Lindsay J. Ward, CRNP, RN, IBCLC, MS, BSN

President
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Deborah Busch, DNP, CPNP, IBCLC, CNE, FAANP

Past President
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Samantha Hoffman, MS, CPNP-PC

Secretary
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Yvette Laboy, DNP, CPNP-AC, CCRN, CPN

Treasurer

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
MD: Chesapeake
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Peggy Dorr, DNP, MSN, CPNP-PC

Education Programs Chair
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JEssica Ditto

Education Programs Chair
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C. Kathryn Wendt MSN, CPNP

Membership Chair
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Linda Murray

Legislative Chair
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Taylor Jones-Swing DNP, CPNP- PC

Communications Chair
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Evgenia Ogorodova

Leg Chair

THE MD:Chesapeake TEAM WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Please reach out to the Executive Board