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Student Essay Contest 2022

PRIZE: Full conference registration to NAPNAP 43nd National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, Tuesday, March 22-> Friday, March 25, 2022, in Dallas, Texas (in-person) or the virtual conference on Tuesday, April 26–> Friday, April 29, 2022, with continued on-demand access to more than 80 CE presentations through July 31, 2022.

*Please note: Airfare and lodging are NOT included*

Winner to be announced on Tuesday, February 15, 6:30-8:30p at the Mass NAPNAP PNP Student Night.  This will be held via Zoom.  Though attendance is encouraged, you do not need to be present to win.  


Submission Details: Include a cover sheet with your name/contact information, but do not place your name in the body of the essay to ensure anonymity.  All submissions must be sent to the Scholarship, Research, Mentorship Committee Chair at rolans@mghihp.edu by Tuesday February 1, 2022.


Writing Prompt

Background: Since the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic there has been a notable uptick in the numbers of suicides, suicide attempts, and violence amongst students, most notably in the adolescent population.1  Public health officials are calling this the ‘other health crisis’.  School officials and teachers are struggling to help students reintegrate into full classroom learning on campus. Parents are at a loss trying to find resources for their adolescents who are in distress as behavioral health systems are overwhelmed and cannot accommodate new referrals.

Prompt: Please write a maximum two-page essay (double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font) that addresses the following questions:

What primary and secondary resources could a pediatric nurse practitioner bring to their community to address the current crisis of teen suicides and violence? How would the nurse practitioner target, then integrate these interventions in practice, the schools, and the community?  How would the nurse practitioner know that their interventions were effective?