Eastern Massachusetts Association of Nurse Associates and Practitioners

President’s Message


Welcome Massachusetts chapter members,


It is my honor to serve as President of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. It has been my privilege to serve this dynamic chapter for the past two years. We are one of the largest chapters of NAPNAP so it is exciting to meet each of you at our chapter meetings and learn about your roles as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in the New England area.  I am struck by the variety of roles and responsibilities you hold in your nursing practice and how it impacts the continued health of the children in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire.


For those of you who could not attend our first of the year chapter meeting in Norwood our speaker, Malinda Teague MS, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, provided great differentials and plans of care regarding the acute abdomen.


Christine LaGrasta, MS, RN, CPNP-PC/AC also provided us with a new practice resource: Open Pediatrics, openpediatrics.org. Please check out this web-based interactive learning platform designed to use technology to promote worldwide sharing and exchange of knowledge about the care of children. It is an academically rigorous and peer-reviewed, open-source, and not-for-profit collection of educational resources for clinicians working in around the world. Chris has contributed to many cardiac learning modules.


So fall is definitely underway. The weather is changing and I hope the climate for APRN practice in Massachusetts will change too.  This Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 10am is the hearing date for the important Massachusetts House bill 1996/Senate bill 1207, before the Joint Committee for Public Health at the Gardner Auditorium in the State House . H. 1996/S. 1207 “An Act to remove the restrictions on the licenses of nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission”. This is an important piece of legislation to your APRN practice in Massachusetts. Again we are only 1 of 3 states that has dual promulgation where the Board of Medicine oversees our licensure. We are simply asking for removal of this archaic language to keep pace with the changing landscape of health care.  


This is the second time MNAPNAP has supported this update in language for our practice.  This hearing is another step in the long legislative process of so please do not disregard calls for you help.  I urge you to attend all or part of the day on Beacon Hill.  Testimony for and against this bill will happen all day. There is strong opposition. Our legislative chair Julianne Nemes Walsh will be testifying. If you cannot attend, please email you legislator to show support. Our first attempt at language change made it to the final stages before defeat. I am hopeful it will pass this time with your support. Please encourage family and friends to support this bill too.


Sincerely yours,

Mary Ellen K Stolecki

President Massachusetts chapter NAPNAP



General membership meetings take place approximately every other month.  See the Calendar for details. 

For a schedule, refer to our Calendar

General meetings are comprised of a short business meeting followed by an expert speaker in health care delivery, providing continuing education credits. There is also a full-day conferences in the Spring. In addition, members receive an informational newsletter four times a year.

 We are part of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners.

 About Mass NAPNAP

We are centrally located int in the Boston metro area. Our association consists of general members and an executive board. The executive board consists of the president, the past-president, a treasurer, a secretary, and committee chairs. Committees include program, membership, legislative and public relations (website and newsletter). All are open to all members. The executive board meets periodically throughout the year to  plan member meetings and activities; we invite and welcome input from all members.

DNP Programs

Northeastern University has launched their DNP Program.

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Member Spotlight

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Opportunity to Partner with Nutrition Researchers

An opportunity for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to partner with Nutrition Researchers at Children's Hospital, Boston
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We currently represent over 300 pediatric nurse practitioners who are proactive in urban and suburban settings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We work to serve communities through community-based activities and through representation on legislative issues.

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