YSN Associate Professor Patricia Ryan-Krause, MS, RN, MSN, CPNP has been awarded the Connecticut National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) PNP of the Year award for 2011. This award, given by the Connecticut chapter of the NAPNAP, is offered to the member who best exemplifies the mission of NAPNAP: promoting optimal health for children through leadership, practice, advocacy, education or research. The award was presented by the organization’s current president, Tina Rickenback, at the third annual CT NAPNAP Conference held at Yale School of Nursing.
Ryan-Krause served as president of the CT NAPNAP Chapter in 2008 and 2009 and hosted the first annual CT NAPNAP Annual Conference at YSN in 2009. She has served Yale School of Nursing in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty since 1996. In addition, Ryan-Krause has served as Interim Director of the Center for International Nursing Scholarship and Education since 2008. She is in her twenty-second year of clinical practice at Children’s Medical Group and is the 2003 and 2008 recipient of the Annie Goodrich award for Excellence in Teaching.
With nearly 7,500 members and 48 chapters nationally, NAPNAP is the professional association for PNPs and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. Established in 1973, NAPNAP has been actively advocating for children's health by: providing funding, education, and research opportunities to PNPs; influencing legislation that affects maternal/child health care; and producing and distributing educational materials to parents and families. NAPNAP prides itself in the caliber of its members, which includes national child health care experts, respected authors, distinguished faculty, and practicing professionals. Pediatric nurse practitioners interested in joining NAPNAP should visit www.napnap.org.