June 7, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNM, Albuquerque - Carolyn Montoya, MSN, CPNP, has been named president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Montoya is an instructor and the coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration as well as the newly established Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Concentration at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

During her three-year term as president, Montoya's main objectives will be to continue advocacy for children and families on issues related to children's health and to continue promotion of the association's mission, goals and strategic plan.

Montoya is also interested in highlighting existing Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) from underrepresented groups in order to recruit more minority nurses to become PNPs. She would also like to encourage PNPs from minority groups to take on more leadership positions.

Montoya has been a member of NAPNAP for 25 years. She was highly involved in the association's recent publication, Healthy Eating Activity Together (HEAT) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention of Childhood Overweight Initiative. These Guidelines were recently accepted for inclusion by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).

This is Montoya's second presidency for a major national nurse practitioners organization as she was the past president for the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

NAPNAP, founded in 1973, is the professional association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP). NAPNAP has 48 chapters nationwide and has about 7,000 members, 70 percent of the 10,000 PNPs in the U.S. The focus of NAPNAP is to provide funding, education and research opportunities for PNPs as well as influence legislations that affect maternal-child health. NAPNAP also produces and distributes educational materials for children and families.