I am a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner currently residing in Oregon after 21 years in Southeast Alaska. Most of my career has been providing school based health services and I am currently working as a PNP in a school based center in Medford, Oregon. I graduated from U.VA's PNP certificate program in 1979. I have a BSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. In addition to being a nurse practitioner I am a certified high school teacher and have five years of experience in the classroom as a high school science and vocational ed teacher. I worked for 5 years as a Public Health nurse in Alaska and it was there I became passionate about immunizations and epidemiology and population health.
I have been a member of NAPNAP since 1979 and am grateful for the early emphasis on national certification and continuing education. My membership has helped to keep me current not only on professional practice issues and continuing education, but also on the social and political changes in health care.
The eChapter was formed to provide a vehicle for NAPNAP members who had no local or state chapter find a voice and community and I was fortunate to be with the eChapter from it's onset appointed as the first President. I am currently serving as the Health Policy Chair of NAPNAP and continuing my passion for Health Policy at the local, state and national level. These are exciting times to be a member of NAPNAP and a voice for children's health care access, immunizations and immigration.