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NONPF has created this "Announcements" page for our members to post special announcements, such as new opportunities from the college/university, getting messages to alumni, announcing milestone celebrations, or calling for award nominations.  

If you are a member of NONPF and have an announcement that you wish to have published, please email  us at with your name, contact information, and the details of your announcement. 


Congratulations to the 2017 FAANP Inductees

The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) announced their 2017 Fellows.  NONPF would like to congratulate the following members on their induction as FAANP Fellow:

Robin Arends

Natalie Baker Christine Colella
Tonu DiChiacchio Mary DiGiulio Lynne Dunphy
Jaibun Earp Kathryn Ellis Rhonda Goodman
Valerie Griffin Josh Hamilton Cathy Haut
Janie Heath Aimee Holland Marianne Hutti
Sheri Innerarity Rita John Laima Karosas
Linda Keilman Ursula Kelly Beth Kelsey
Kenneth Lowrance Laura Markwick Geraldine Marrocco
Karen Moore Whitney Nash Geralyn Ochs
Judith O'Haver Louise O'Keefe Jose Pares-Avila
Stacey Pfenning Susanne Phillips Cheryl Rising
Anthony Roberson Heather Ross Kathleen Schachman
Vicky Stone-Gale Angela Thompson Susan Tiso
Kimberly Udlis Roseann Velez Deborah Walker
Brian Widmar Dianne Willer-Sly  


June 2016

Melnyk Earns Accolades from the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute has selected Bernadette Melnyk’s evidence-based COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN Program for high school adolescents for inclusion in its Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) database as an obesity control intervention. RTIPs is a searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. The online directory provides a review of programs available for use in a community or clinical setting.

Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, also has been selected as a Featured Partner on NCI’s Research to Reality website, an interactive community of practice for cancer control researchers and practitioners.

Additionally, a book written by Melnyk has been recognized as a Book of the Year for 2015 by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).

The third edition of her published work, “Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice,” placed first in the nursing research category. Co-written with colleague Ellen Fineout-Overholt, the book was selected by AJN’s panel of judges for its strong foundation of EBP principles, helpful resources, conversational style and an accomplished list of contributors.

Melnyk serves as associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, and is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

January 2016

NAPNAP Announces Cathy Haut as New President

Cathy Haut, DNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-PC, CCRN, a long-time member of NONPF, has assumed the office of President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) for the 2015-16 term.

July 2015

AFPNP Names New President

Dr. Cheri Barber, DNP, RN, CRNP, has been named president of the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (AFPNP). Dr. Barber is an Assistant Clinical Professor and PNP Program Coordinator for the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

July 2015

Congratulations to the American Academy of Nursing 2015 Class of Fellows

The American Academy of Nursing has announced the induction of 163 nurse leaders from around the world as the 2015 Class of Academy fellows. NONPF would like to congratulate the following members on their induction as Academy fellows.

 Susie Adams  Judith Lothian
 Beth Bolick  Victoria Niederhauser
 Julia Ann Nunemaker Eggert  Susan Bonner Patton
 Katherine Kenny  Barbara Todd
 Ruth Palan Lopez  


July 2015

Barksdale Selected for Veterans Choice Blue Ribbon Panel

Dr. Debra J. Barksdale, immediate Past President of NONPF and Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been selected for membership on the  Veterans Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel.   In light of recent media attention identifying problems with medical access in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, Congress passed legislation to address and improve services for our Nations veterans. This Act, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, was signed into law in August 2014. To assist in providing the highest value for VA under this effort, the blue ribbon panel includes experts with substantial experience in the healthcare industry, healthcare delivery, insurance and payment/claims, fraud and abuse, and other relevant experts from a broad‐based alliance of partners in the industry. 

The Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel will conduct an independent review of the MITRE Corporation’s reports of the Choice Act assessments to ensure that the recommendations [to be reported to  Congress] serve our U.S. veterans and to transform the VA into an effective 21st Century model of service. The panel will assist in providing the highest value for the Veterans Health Administration under this effort. The panel members will bring a thorough understanding of the healthcare industry best practices.


June 2015


Jackson Allen Receives the Jane Norbeck Distinguished Alumni Award

Patricia Jackson Allen received the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, Jane Norbeck Distinguished Alumni Award in May.  Ms. Jackson Allen was a pioneer in establishing the Advanced Practice pediatric nursing role while she was a faculty member at UCSF from 1969 to 2003, and then continued the development of the role nationally and internationally. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1995 for her service to the profession, dedication to developing the Advanced Practice Nursing role, and improving the health care of children. Her consultations in England, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines have helped lead to the development of an expanded role for pediatric nurses in hospitals and outpatient settings in these countries. In addition, she has led student and faculty groups to Guatemala and Nicaragua to provide care to indigent children and their families. 

Ms. Jackson Allen has provided leadership to national professional organizations in the US (the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, and the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners among others), helped establish new standards of practice for PNPs and guidelines for primary care of children with chronic health conditions.

Perhaps most dear to generations of graduates and fellow faculty is her dedication to mentoring. This mentoring relationship with students goes well beyond their graduation as PNPs, and she has consistently recruited and mentored new faculty in teaching in the classroom and in the clinical environment.

Her own clinical practice, which provided a base for her teaching, writing, and leadership, began at UCSF in 1969, and continued there until her retirement in 2003. She continued in her academic role as a professor and specialty coordinator of the PNP program at Yale University, School of Nursing until her retirement in July 2014. Although retired, there is no doubt that she will continue to contribute to our profession and the international community of pediatric advanced practice nurses. We look forward to recognizing her history and future!

The UCSF School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1984 to honor graduates who have made significant contributions to the nursing profession, and have demonstrated service and/or leadership that contributed to the growth and development of the UCSF School of Nursing and/or the profession. The Award is named for Jane Norbeck,an alumna from the Master's Class of 1971 and PhD Class of 1975, and Dean from 1989 through 2000.

June 2015

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