Catherine Burns, B.S. ’66, M.N., Ph.D.

Burns is the lead author of the award-winning Pediatric Primary Care (Burns, Dunn, Brady, Starr, & Blosser, 2009), the principal pediatric primary care textbook used by pediatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner students and clinicians. The book is now in its fourth edition, with work on the next edition underway. Burns trained in a pilot pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) program in 1971 and then taught in the first UCLA PNP program, offered at the time through UCLA Extension. In 1974 she moved to Oregon, where there were only 12 nurse practitioners, and began that state’s first nurse practitioner program, then went on to direct the PNP program at Oregon Health & Science University for 30 years. Burns was recently awarded the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) highest award for service to children and was honored for her leadership at a reception at this year’s annual conference of the NAPNAP, of which she previously served as president.