2 Nurses Appointed to State Commissions
The New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA) is pleased to announce that it has appointed two nurses to serve as NHNA's appointees on Commissions established through legislation passed during the 2017-2018 legislative session.
House Bill 1506, AN ACT relative to the commission on primary care workforce issues, was signed into law on June 12 (Chaptered Law 0248). In addition to extending the life of this Commission until November 2020, this bill established the right of the New Hampshire Nurses Association to appoint a member to the Commission on Primary Care Workforce Issues. NHNA is pleased to announce it has requested the appointment of Pamela DiNapoli to this Commission. DiNapoli is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Nursing at the University of New Hampshire. She is also the Coordinator of Evidence Based Practice, Research and Quality for Catholic Medical Center. DiNapoli is currently the Chair of NHNA’s Commission on Government Affairs. She has extensive experience in serving on professional committees, including her most recent appointments to the NH Autism Council, Eastern Nursing Research Society and the St Anselm College Institutional Review Board.
House Bill 1100, AN ACT establishing a commission to review and evaluate workforce and job training in New Hampshire, was signed into law on July 2, 2018 (Chaptered Law 0344). The purpose of the commission established by this bill is to review and evaluate all government funded workforce and job training programs in New Hampshire to ensure that they are effective, not duplicative, and that they are contributing to the needs of the workforce and the labor market. NHNA was named as an appointing organization for one member of this 16 member Commission. NHNA is pleased to announce that is has requested the appointment of Mary Jean Byer to this Commission. Byer is the Nursing Department Head at NHTI-Concord’s Community College, part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Byer has been with NHTI for the past 32 year, initially as full-time and adjunct nursing faculty, then Curriculum Chair and presently as Department Head. She previously served on Senator Woodburn’s Commission to study the shortage of nurses and other skilled healthcare workers for home health care services and post-acute care services. Byer has also served as a member of the Nursing Advisory Board at Franklin Pierce University and Plymouth State University.
NHNA is thrilled to have members of this caliber to serve on these important Commissions.