AARC Election 2010


Neonatal-Pediatrics Section Chair-Elect

Natalie Napolitano, BS, RRT-NPS, AE-C

Clinical Manager, Pediatrics
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, VA
AARC member since 1998

AARC Activities:
Pediatric Acute Care Protocol Project, Committee Chair 3/2003–4/2004; Protocol Implementation Task Force, 4/2004–present; Member, Neonatal/Pediatric Section; Specialty Practitioner of the Year 2004; Member, Transport Section Member, Management Section Member, Neuromuscular Roundtable Member, Research Roundtable.

Affiliate Activities:
Virginia Society for Respiratory Care Activities—Neonatal/Pediatric Subcommittee chair 1/2004–1/2007; liaison to American Lung Association of Virginia 3/2005–6/2007; President Elect 2007; President 2008; Immediate Past President 2009.

Related Organizations:
Certified Basic Life Support Instructor, American Heart Association 1998–present; Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor American Academy of Pediatrics 2002–present; American Lung Association of Virginia BOD member 2005–2007, Advocacy committee member 2005–present; asthma camp subcommittee member 2003–2008; Northern Virginia Asthma Coalition Member 2002–present, Camp ASTHMAtopia, founder, director 2003–2008; Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp Counsler/Medical Staff 1994–present.

RRT 2002, NPS 2002, AE–C 2003.

What is your vision of the AARC in 2015?
I see the AARC as a guiding force for the profession of respiratory care, a patient advocate for those living with pulmonary disease, a leader in pulmonary research and an active participant and sounding board on Capitol Hill for the development and reform of health care policy.

What have you done in the last 5 years to promote the profession in your community?
I have contributed to the education of the local community on asthma via the American Lung Association and the Northern Virginia Asthma Coalition. With the Northern Asthma Coalition, I developed the only asthma camp in the area. I have taken an active role in informing our elected officials at the state and national level about the profession of respiratory care and individual policy matters important to our profession and the patients we serve. I have been an active participant in the continuing education of respiratory therapists and nurses at local and national conferences.