NAPNAP Revises Position Statement on Access to Care

Cherry Hill, NJ, December 01, 2011 --( The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Executive Board approved a revised NAPNAP Position Statement on Access to Care.

The Institute of Medicine defines Access to Care as having a usual source of care (i.e. a primary health care provider of choice) without barriers to services resulting from financial or insurance restrictions, lack of available providers, or the inability of health information to be shared seamlessly among hospitals and providers across the continuum of care.

As the roles of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners continue to expand and the demand for healthcare services increases, it is imperative that federal and state actions update and standardize their regulations. NAPNAP believes that all children should have access to comprehensive health care services through the provision of insurance to the uninsured and choice in the selection of health care providers to provide quality care.

"NAPNAP is in full support of the recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine that prevents all barriers to primary healthcare for children. We hope to see an expansion of healthcare coverage for all children as well as a collaborative, collegial environment that supports nurse practitioners in practices across the country," said Cheri Barber, DNP, RN, CRNP, NAPNAP President. To view the statement online visit

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Professional Issues Committee and the following members for their contribution to this statement: Andrea Kline Tilford, MS, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM (Professional Issues Chair), Roberta Bavin, RN, MN, CPNP, Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP (Health Policy Chair), Kristin Hittle, MSN, RN, CPNP, CCRN, Heather Keesing, MSN, RN, APRN (NAPNAP Staff), Kristy Martyn, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC, Elizabeth Preze, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, Tresa E. Zielinski, RN, MS, CPNP-PC (Communications Chair).


NAPNAP is committed to improving the health care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. An association of nearly 7,500 health care providers throughout the United States, NAPNAP has 48 Chapters nationwide. For more information, call 856/857-9700 or visit NAPNAP's Website at

Contact: Felicia K. Taylor, Director of Membership, Chapters & Communication
Phone: 856/857-9700
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National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
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