Celebrating National NP Week
Chris Malagrida, FNP
On behalf of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, I want to wish each of you a Happy Nurse Practitioner Week and thank you for all that you do for our patients and our profession.
As part of our NP Week Celebration, the MCNP is pleased to be sponsoring regional networking events across the state, offering membership renewal discounts and announcing a daily free membership winner on our Facebook page. (Be sure to follow us!). We are also posting Featured Member Profiles on our website where you can read about and gain insight and inspiration from your fellow NP colleagues.
As your state NP organization, the MCNP is working hard to represent the professional interests of the more than 10,500 NPs currently licensed in Massachusetts. A large part of this effort is advancing legislation for Full Practice Authority for NPs in MA through our NP SAVE Bill that we filed in January 2019. If passed, this bill will remove the requirement for physician supervision of prescriptive practice as well as joint regulatory oversight by the Board of Registration in Medicine. Our bill is currently before the Joint Committee on Public Health, and we will be asking for your help in the months ahead to advance the bill and hopefully get it passed this session.
In addition to legislative advocacy, we are working to enhance other MCNP member benefits. We are in the process of updating our website with more member features and resources, we are supporting ongoing networking opportunities throughout the state and are planning what we are confident will be another successful New England Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference next April. (Save the Date 4/29-5/01/2020!)
In the months ahead, we will also be focusing on organizational infrastructure and staffing to better support the mission and long-term sustainability of the organization so that the MCNP can continue to grow and remain a powerful voice for NPs in Massachusetts.
It is my honor to lead this work and I am grateful to the other MCNP Board members and countless individuals who volunteer their time on our MCNP committees.
And most importantly, thank you to our valued members who support our efforts with your membership dues. With your help we can fulfill our mission to advance NP practice by means of leadership, education, advocacy, and the delivery of exceptional care and ultimately our vision for health equity, cost savings, and optimal wellness for residents of Massachusetts.
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week and warm wishes for the Holiday season 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.