A photo of Kristi Westphaln after receiving the LA NAPNAP award

UCLA School of Nursing Assistant Professor Kristi Westphaln, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, has been named the 2023 Outstanding NP of Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (LA NAPNAP).

LA NAPNAP’s mission is to promote optimal health for children and support nurse practitioners caring for children through leadership, practice, advocacy, education, and research in the greater Los Angeles area. Each year, the organization selects outstanding nurse clinicians, researchers, educators, and students for a variety of prestigious awards. 

The NAPNAP Los Angeles Chapter “Outstanding NP of the Year” Award is given to recognize a chapter member for outstanding contributions to the nurse practitioner role. Such contribution is through professional activity in the workplace, advocacy in the community, unique projects reflective of the NP role, mentoring members, precepting students, contributions to current literature, legislative activity, chapter offices, and/or other award-worthy activities.

Dr. Westphaln currently teaches in a variety of programs at UCLA Nursing, maintains regular clinical hours as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and conducts high impact research designed to improve outcomes and wellbeing for pediatric patients. She was nominated for this honor by Dr. Nancy Pike, her colleague and professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. 

Nancy Pike (left) and Kristi Westphaln (right) posing for a photograph
Nancy Pike (left) and Kristi Westphaln (right)