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Reflections During National NP Week

Chris Malagrida, FNP 
MCNP President


November 2018


Today during National NP Week, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support as a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. We cannot fulfill our mission to advance NP practice by means of leadership, education, advocacy, and the delivery of exceptional care, without you. Our vision is health equity, cost savings, and optimal wellness for residents of MA.The path to realizing our vision is certain: we must continue our fight for the removal of restrictive practice requirements for nurse practitioners in Massachusetts. Passing legislation for Full Practice Authority is our number one priority. And critical for our success: we must grow the MCNP membership and encourage ALL nurse practitioners in Massachusetts to support our efforts.

With this in mind, I am announcing our goal to increase membership by 15% by the time of our annual meeting in May 2019. Not only will this generate more revenue to advance our legislative agenda and lobbying efforts, it will support a crucial administrative infrastructure so that we can continue to grow as a sustainable professional organization. This Saturday, November 17th, I will be working alongside member volunteers to revitalize the MCNP Membership Committee, hear what specific member benefits are important to you, and share the results of a recent benefit comparison we completed of other state NP professional organizations. I am committed to regularly seek input from you and all members so that the MCNP can deliver benefits that meet your needs.

NP Week is a time designated to promote awareness of our profession and celebrate the positive impact that NPs make in the lives of patients. I encourage you to read about some of your colleagues in our Featured Member Campaign on our website. I know that you will find each of their stories inspiring as I have. One of the statements that resonated most with me is from Kristina Skarbinski, who said, "Every day you work in this profession is a privilege to be a part of something bigger and to change someone's life."

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week and warm wishes for the Holidays ahead!


Chris Malagrida, NP


Chris is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Chief Operating Officer at North Shore Community Health (NSCH) in Salem, MA.  She has over 10 years of healthcare leadership experience in the community health center setting.  Prior to becoming the COO, Chris was a Primary Care Provider and the Medical Director of NSCH's Gloucester site.  She is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and the UCLA Healthcare Executive Program.  Chris received her Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing, has been an active member of the MCNP Legislative Committee and lives on the North Shore with her family.


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