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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-20

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The NAPNAP Collection consists primarily of administrative documents generated by the organization's executive director and staff and by its officers, committees, and task forces. These include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, bylaws, applications for grants and awards, and conference materials. A large part of the collection is comprised of reports on health-related legislative issues generated by Capitol Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. Smaller parts of the collection consist of: publications, including newsletters, conference programs, brochures, and position statements; photographs, mostly of conference activities; audiotapes of conference presentations; and videotapes of interviews with former officers and of educational and public service statements. The 1970s and 1980s are represented by scattered correspondence, reports, and publications. The full range of administrative documents begins in 1989.


  • 1972 - 1992

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners was founded in 1973 as a non-profit organization devoted to improving child health care and representing the interests of pediatric nurse practitioners/associates. In May of that year PNPs from around the country met in Columbus, Ohio to discuss affiliation with an existing nursing or medical professional group. They concluded that PNPs would best be served by their own specialty nursing organization, and scheduled a national meeting in October. At that meeting, with the unanimous vote of 400 PNPs, NAPNAP was born.

During the first few years NAPNAP focused on defining standards for PNP education and practice, on developing a certification process for PNPs, and on refining its organizational structure and goals. Early on, the organization also began to monitor health legislation and to actively marshal support among its constituents for specific legislative platforms. As NAPNAP matured, its activities expanded to include advising state boards of nursing, producing materials to educate consumers on childcare, and providing opportunities and funding for continuing education of PNPs. In 2002 NAPNAP serves over 6,500 members -- over 60% of PNPs nationally -- in 50 local chapters throughout the United States.


18 Linear Feet


The collection has been arranged into six series, reflecting the administrative structure and activities of the organization: Series 1: Administrative Office Documents; Series 2: Publications and manuals; Series 3: Chapters documents; Series 4: Photographs Series, 5: Audiotapes of conference programs; Series 6: Videotapes of interviews with former NAPNAP officers, public service and educational videos. (Note that videotapes have been separated from the main collection and are housed at the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (CNHI). The Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, established at the University of Virginia in 1991 to support historical scholarship in nursing, is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history in the United States. The goals of the Center include the collection of materials, the promotion of scholarship, and the dissemination of historical research findings. Since the NAPNAP collection is large, it was separated out from the rest of the CNHI collection (MS-8).

Physical Description

18 linear feet, 39 boxes (13 cm x 39.5 cm x 26.5 cm)


Processed by:
Susan Swasta, Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Records, 1972-1992
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Repository

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