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May 2010

Orlando, Florida

Nineteenth Annual Conference
May 13-16, 2010
Loews Portofino Hotel at Universal Studios

The 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association in Orlando, Florida completed another year of expansion for APSNA. Influence, visibility, collaboration and outreach all increased!

Under the guidance of Muggs Helin, president, and the Board of Directors, collaboration with APSA increased with plans under way for a joint educational half-day session at the 2011 conference. APSNA will also take a more active role in conference site planning and arrangements for conferences with APSA in the future.

Collaboration with AORN also continues with 44 members currently holding Triad memberships and an APSNA member speaking at the AORN Congress in Denver this year.

Muggs represented APSNA at the Nursing Alliance Fall Summit on Healthcare Reform. She also attended the first PNCB Invitational Forum for pediatric nursing leaders and is serving on a task force as a part of that initiative. Inclusion in such a prestigious group is wonderful affirmation of the mission and progress of APSNA as a leading nursing organization.

Further affirmation will come with recognition of Pediatric Surgical Nursing as a specialty practice group. Muggs Helin and Rosaline Darty are leading a group seeking recognition from the American Nurses Association. Standards of Practice have been completed as the first step, with recognition by 2011 as the goal!

Our commitment to education continues to grow with the third edition of our textbook, Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient, under development and CME's for Physician Assistants offered for the first time at the annual conference. (Kudos Nancy Thompson). Carolyn Ross and Beth Zimmerman are working with our publisher, Jones and Bartlett, to develop on line skills education for nurses.

Membership grew with 67 new members and 385 members total. Happily, this includes 24 international members, 9 of whom attended conference from Canada, United Kingdom, Norway and Israel. APSNA members were among teams providing aid to earthquake victims in Haiti and mission groups to other areas of the world.

The annual conference convened at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando on May 13th. Muggs Helin stressed the importance of leadership and its potential in all of us in her Presidential address to start the conference. Dr. Marcia Ryder gave the keynote address, "Targeting Zero Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infections". There was great interest in the evidence she presented on a topic of great importance to healthcare providers in 2010. Other conference highlights included the first presentation by and about the "Physician Assistant, The Other Midlevel Provider" and "Living with Hirschsprung's Disease in Norway" presented by two of our international members, Ragne Sletbakk and Astrid Ingeborg Austrheim. 18 speakers, oral abstracts and poster presentations rounded out the conference attended by 123 members.

The highlight of the annual Founder’s Banquet was the presentation of Founder’s Awards to two very deserving winners and past APSNA presidents, Linda Haga, retired from Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Beth Zimmerman, retired from University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. The APSNA Educational Grant was presented to Raquel Pasarón from Miami.

The Hegar was passed to Lynne Farber and her new Board of Directors at the end of the conference to begin the next chapter in APSNA history.

The 2010-2011 Board of Directors:

  • President – Lynne Farber
  • President Elect – Jenny Kreiss
  • Past President – Muggs Helin
  • Treasurer – Nancy Jacobs
  • Secretary – Raquel Pasarón
  • Development Chair – Steadman McPeters
  • Director at Large – Cyndi Bishop
  • Education Chair – Neil Ead
  • Information Systems Chair – Brenda Middlebrooks
  • Membership Chair – Laura Resch
  • Nominations Chair – Susan Ziegfeld
  • Program Chair – Jan Dudley
  • Publications Chair – Kris Roberts

May 2011

Palm Desert, California

Twentieth Annual Conference
May 19-22, 2011
Palm Desert Resort and Spa  

The 2011 Annual Scientific meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association marked the 20th anniversary of the organization. It capped a yearlong celebration of the progress the organization has made since the first conversations between Diane Jakobowski, Gail Garvin and 31 nurses twenty years ago.

APSNA membership increased to 514 members with the increasingly popular triad membership (APSNA/AORN/ANA). Recognition of pediatric surgical nursing as a specialty by the American Nurses Association became very close with development of scope and standards by Muggs Helin, past president, Rosaline Darty and a task force of committed members. All requirements should be complete for recognition by the end of 2011. President Lynne Farber and Muggs Helin also continued to represent APSNA at the invitation only, Institute for Pediatric Nursing, chairing the Patient Advocacy task force. Contact with CMS at the national level enabled this group to improve funding for home supplies for our ostomy patients. Four Special Interest groups are active within APSNA, each with their own listserv. They are Bariatrics, Legislative, Trauma and Peri-op.

The 20th Scientific meeting convened in May 2011 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs resort in Palm Desert, California, under the direction of Janice Dudley, program chair. Lynne Farber, president; Muggs Helin, past president; and Neil Ead, Education chair; were among the speakers at the first joint session with APSA on the third day of the conference. All the presentations for the joint session addressed aspects of the care of the child with Intestinal failure. The three-day conference also included 17 poster presentations and increased vendor support. The highlight of the conference was the annual Founder’s Banquet celebrating the 20th anniversary. Twelve former APSNA presidents were in attendance as were 12 former Founder’s Award winners. The winner of the first Foster grant for WOCN's was announced, Elizabeth Vaughn from Vanderbilt. The 2011 Research grant was awarded to Raquel Pasarón from Miami Children's Hospital and the Education grant was presented Monica Lasso Cuestas, from Bogota, Colombia. The 2011 Founder’s Award recipient was Chris McKenna from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Moritz Ziegler was the recipient of the first APSNA "Champion Award" in recognition of his assistance in the formation and recognition of APSNA. Incoming president, Jenny Kreiss, received the Hegar and announced plans to focus on international initiatives in her term.

The next twenty years are bright with promise for improvement in the care of children throughout the world!

The 2011-2012 Board of Directors:

  • President – Jenny Kreiss
  • President Elect – Ellen O’Donnell
  • Past President – Lynne Farber
  • Treasurer – Barbara Mariscal
  • Secretary – Raquel Pasarón
  • Development Chair – Rosalind Caldwell
  • Director at Large – Cyndi Bishop
  • Education Chair – Neil Ead
  • Information Systems Chair – Margie Birdsong
  • Membership Chair – Laura Resch
  • Nominations Chair – Susan Ziegfeld
  • Program Chair – Jan Dudley
  • Publications Chair – Kim Mciltrot

May 2012

San Antonio, Texas

Twenty-First Annual Conference
May 19-20, 2012
JW Marriott Resort

The 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association in San Antonio, Texas completed another year of growth for our organization. It convened in May 2012 at the J. W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, under the direction of Janice Dudley, program chair. The three-day conference included educational offerings under four section headings to include fetal surgery, surgical oncology, neonatal surgery and pediatric surgery clinical updates. There were 14 poster presentations and increased vendor support.

Under the guidance of Jenny Kreiss, president, and the Board of Directors, collaboration with APSA continues. A joint educational offering is planned with APSA for 2013 in Marco Island Florida.

Collaboration continues with AORN with 281 Triad memberships (APSNA, AORN, ANA). APSNA membership increased to 562 members.

There are now five special interest groups active in APSNA with their own listserves. They are Bariatric, Trauma, Legislative and Perioperative. Jenny Kreiss formed the fifth, a new International SIG.

The president attended NAPNAP and represented APSNA as a participant in the executive board general session and promoted partnership ideas, which were well received. Three members attended the Nursing Organizations Alliance fall summit in Miami, Florida.

The 3rd Edition of our textbook "Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient" was completed and offered at the conference. An author book signing reception was held and well attended by the membership.

We received notification from ANA that our Scope and Standards application needed revision, and possibly would be denied due to its "hybrid" or subspecialty perceived practice.

At the prestigious Founder’s Banquet Muggs Helin MS, RN, PNP-BC from American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin was presented with the Founder’s award. The Research grant was awarded to John Murray from Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, and Tamara Meeker from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Education grant was awarded to Stedman McPeters from Tennessee Valley Pediatric Surgeons in Huntsville, Alabama. There were no applications for the Foster WOCN grant.

The Hegar was passed to Ellen O’Donnell RN, MSN, CPNP, from Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts and the new Board of Directors at the end of the conference.

The next chapter will continue in Marco Island, Florida April 29-May 2, 2013.

The 2012-2013 Board of Directors:

  • President – Ellen O’Donnell
  • President Elect – Neil Ead
  • Past President – Jenny Kreiss
  • Treasurer – Barbara Mariscal
  • Secretary – Karen Rodriguez
  • Development Chair – Rosalind Caldwell
  • Director at Large – Nancy Thomson
  • Education Chair – Robin Deloach
  • Information Systems Chair – Margie Birdsong
  • Membership Chair – Melanie Hanlon
  • Nominations Chair – Liz Hood
  • Program Chair – Raquel Pasarón
  • Publications Chair – Kim Mciltrot

May 2013

Marco Island, Florida

Twenty-Second Annual Conference
April 29-May 2, 2013
Marco Island Marriott Beach Golf Club and Spa

The 2013 annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association sailed to new horizons in Marco Island, Florida. It convened April 29- May 2, 2013 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and, golf Club & Spa under the direction of Raquel Pasarón, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, the program chair. The three-day conference included nationally known speakers from two of our collaborating nursing organizations- Linda Groah, Executive Director/CEO of AORN and Mary Chesney, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of the DNP Program University of Minnesota and Health Policy Chair representing NAPNAP as part of our first APSNA/NAPNAP speaker collaboration. In addition, two plenary sessions were presented by two of our special interest groups (SIGs) on trauma and pediatric obesity. There were eighteen posters and record vendor support.

New this year was registration, coordinated by the Sherwood-Group. Participants also had the ability to access WI-FI during presentations to view speaker materials as well as completing evaluations through Express Evaluations in real time. Our first silent auction for research was held, coordinated by Liz Hood-Schmidt, MSN, CPNP, and was quite successful earning $1400 towards our fund. The annual research walk raised an additional $1245.

Other highlights:

Membership has increased with 632 active members, with 325 triad members (APSNA, AORN, ANA). The six special interest groups (SIGs) have been active with their own listserves. They are pediatric obesity, trauma, legislative, perioperative, international and a newly formed WOCN.

Our APSNA President, Ellen O’Donnell attended, via invitation, the NAPNAP annual meeting this year.

Sales of our textbook “Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient" have been brisk.

The name of our online journal "Sutureline" has been changed to "The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing (JPSN).”

At the prestigious Founder’s Award Banquet, held beachfront with the beautiful Florida West Coast sunset canvasing the celebration, Nancy Thompson MS, RN, CPNP from Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia was presented with the Founder’s Award.

APSNA had its first SIG project this year, a Haitian Nurse was chosen in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) to participate in a weeklong immersion experience at MCH. The Champion Award was presented to Dr. Henri Ford, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who facilitated this International Nursing program spearheaded by Jenny Kreiss, MSN, PNP-BC.

The best poster award was presented to Tish DeYoung, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, California for "Pediatric Traumatic Duodenal Injury: Review of Mechanism of Injury, Anatomic Review, Case Presentation and Clinical Management".

There were no grants awarded for the educational, research or WOCN.

The Hegar was passed on in a new wooden case from Ellen O’Donnell, RN, MSN, CPNP-P current outgoing president to Neil Ead, MSN, CPNP, incoming president from Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island. We also welcomed the new board of directors.

Our upcoming conference in 2014 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the JW Marriott Ridge Resort and Spa May 26-29, 2014.

The 2013-2014 Board of Directors:

  • President – Neil Ead
  • President Elect – Chris McKenna
  • Past President – Ellen O’Donnell
  • Treasurer – Barbara Bratton
  • Secretary – Karen Rodriguez
  • Development Chair – Natalie Walker
  • Director at Large – Nancy Thomson
  • Education Chair – Robin Deloach
  • Information Systems Chair – Margie Birdsong
  • Membership Chair – Melanie Hanlon
  • Leadership Chair – Liz Hood
  • Program Chair – Raquel Pasarón
  • Publications Chair – Kim Mciltrot

May 2014

Phoenix, Arizona

Twenty-Third Annual Conference
May 26 - 29, 2014
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa

The 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association "Kindling Synergy in Pediatric Surgical Care: Professional and Clinical Collaborative Practice" exceeded all expectations. The conference was off to an exciting start May 26th with a Pre- Conference workshop aimed at mentoring eager members of the organization on professional communication including writing for publication, poster development, and professional presentations. The three-day conference included podium presentations, poster presentations, challenging case studies, and roundtable discussions. APSNA was fortunate to have nationally known speakers Dr. Jo Manion as our Keynote Speaker and Susan Van Cleve representing NAPNAP speaking on Psychiatric Issues in Pediatrics. 2014 marked the first year for an APSNA/NAPNAP joint session that we plan to continue yearly moving forward.

At the prestigious Founder’s Award Banquet, Kim Mciltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN from Johns Hopkins Hospital and Barbara Mariscal, MSN, RN, PNP from San Antonio Pediatric Surgery Associates were presented the Founder’s Award. The Champion Award was posthumously presented to Charles A. Lankau, Jr., MD and was graciously accepted by his son at the Founder’s Banquet.

APSNA utilized our first Audience Response System during our conference during an inactive session featuring four case studies as well as during the Business Meeting to vote on topics. This was a huge success. This year’s conference boasted over 170 attendees.

Membership continues to increase with over 700 active members, including a large number of triad members (APSNA, AORN, ANA). APSNA continues to offer grants to members including the Educational Grant, Research Scholarship, and Foster WOCN Grant to support members in their professional development. No grants/scholarships were awarded this year.

The seven special interest groups (SIG’s) have been active this year. The SIGs are pediatric obesity, trauma, legislative, perioperative, international, WOCN, and the addition of bowel management this year. The trauma SIG has written a policy statement on Distracted Driving this year. APSNA and APSA members participated in a GlobalCastMD presentation entitled, “Advanced Practice Providers Pediatric Surgery Update.” GlobalCastMD exists to create a low-cost of participation, virtual platform where medical and nursing professionals can attend world-class educational symposia from the comfort of their own home or office and for a fraction of the cost of a live show. This is available to national and international participants. APSNA supported this endeavor; the International SIG received funding to exhibit APSNA in this endeavor.

The third edition of our textbook "Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient" has been voted 2nd place in the Child Health category for the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Award. Our journal, "The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing" (formerly "Sutureline") is now published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) under the direction of Kim McIltrot (our current Publication Chair and Editor in Chief) and the Publication Committee.

With the help of Sherwood, we have developed a new and innovative website that is top notch for members to use. The website is full of resources for members. The new "Members Networking Forum" on the website has replaced the previously used "Listserve" to help members more effectively communicate and provide a historical documentation of discussions for future reference.

This year also marked the first year we made some of our conference sessions available to members and non-members alike on-line. By partnering with NAPNAP, we used PNPSourCE NAPNAP's on-line software.  We made contact hour education available, for a nominal fee to members and non-members, expanding the pediatric surgical nursing expertise.

In 2014, APSNA was also represented and won the NIWI scholarship, making our Immediate Past President the 1st recipient of this grant and 3rd APSNA representative to attend this legislative educational opportunity.

APSNA was represented on the American College of Surgeons Patient Education Program.  This program provides the evidence-based knowledge, checklists and skills training to support patients with their preparation and optimal recovery. Each program explains, demonstrates and provides directed learning experiences and practice opportunities. Given in advance of surgery, it affords patients the opportunity of repetitive practice, and the confidence to actively participate in their pre- and postoperative care. Currently, an APSNA representative is on the central line kit patient education program.

Other highlights:

Contracted consultant for teambuilding workshop at the Fall Board Meeting.

Outsourcing of Website, online conference registration, expansion of member database, on site meeting planner vendor management with Management Company.

Restructuring of BOD to include redefining Board Role (Scope of Practice quality research), redistribution of work, and greater focus on governance in absence of staff support. Focus on member engagement strategies and leadership development. Integrate efforts of IOM report on Nursing into strategic plan. Review revision of strategic plan.

Optimizing impact on nursing practice in face of scarce resources.

Membership engagement/leadership development.

The Program Committee is working hard to provide an exciting and innovative conference next spring 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • President – Chris McKenna
  • President Elect – Raquel Pasarón
  • Past President – Neil Ead
  • Treasurer – Barbara Bratton
  • Secretary – Laurie Sands
  • Development Chair – Natalie Walker
  • Director at Large – Tish DeYoung
  • Education Chair – Robin Deloach
  • Information Systems Chair – Margie Birdsong
  • Membership Chair – Jenifer Reitsma
  • Leadership Chair– Kim Cogley
  • Program Chair – Kathy Leack
  • Publications Chair – Kim Mciltrot

April 2015

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference
April 27-30, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa

The 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA) “Pediatric Surgical Nursing: A Team Approach across the Continuum of Care” was just that! The conference highlighted our collaboration with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) including an APSNA/NAPNAP speaker exchange presented by Deborah Torowicz, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC on “Breastfeeding and the Surgical Infant.” For the second year in a row, we had the APSNA/NAPNAP Joint session on the topic: “Collaborative Care: Management of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease” presented by Maureen Kelly, MS, RN, CPNP and Laurie Sands MSN, RN, CPNP PC/AC. The four-day conference included speaker presentations, podium presentations, poster presentations, challenging case studies, and roundtable discussions.

The prestigious Founder’s Award Banquet was held indoors this year due to rainy weather, but the banquet remained a huge success. Neil Ead MSN, CPNP from Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island was presented the Founder’s Awards. The Champion Award was presented to Michael Hirsh, MD.

The special interest groups (SIGs) have been active this year. The Trauma SIG hosted a nationwide initiative titled “Distracted Driving Day” to promote better awareness to drivers and prevent distracted driving.  Neil Ead MSN, CPNP graciously took on the role of Legislative SIG chair as Muggs Helin retired from the position this year.  Margie Birdsong and Linda Zekas are now the co-chairs of the WOCN SIG.   At conference, the many SIGs that include pediatric obesity, trauma, legislative, perioperative, international, WOCN, and bowel management met to discuss the initiatives they have planned for the upcoming year.

Kim McIltrot has officially become the Editor in Chief of our Journal, “The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing” published by LWW.  JPSN is on line and a benefit to all members.

The Program Committee continues to review evaluations from this year’s conference to provide a conference the membership will be excited for next spring 2016 in San Diego, CA.

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors:

  • President – Raquel Pasarón
  • President Elect – Janice Dudley
  • Past President – Chris McKenna
  • Treasurer – Maryellen Sheridan
  • Secretary – Laurie Sands
  • Development Chair – Lori Lynch
  • Director at Large – Tish DeYoung
  • Education Chair – Robin Deloach
  • Information Systems Chair – Carmen Duque
  • Membership Chair – Jenifer Reitsma
  • Leadership Chair – Kim Cogley
  • Program Chair – Kathy Leack
  • Publications Chair – Tina Shapiro

May 2016

San Diego, California

Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference
May 12-15, 2016
Manchester Grand Hyatt

APSNA celebrated its 25th Anniversary in San Diego, CA for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting “Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future.” It was APSNAs first 3-day conference. Conference set off with an innovative, educational Pre Conference Workshop held by the Trauma Special Interest Group (SIG). The Pre Conference Workshop included skills stations, case presentations and a state of the art talk on teen driving safety: “Pediatric Surgical Nurses and Teenage Drivers-Opportunities in Prevention” by Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN. The conference highlighted our continued collaboration with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) including an APSNA/NAPNAP speaker exchange presented by Andrea M. Kline-Tilford, MS, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM on “My Patient Has Undergone Cardiac Surgery: Now What?” For the third year in a row, we had the APSNA/NAPNAP Joint session on the topic: “Pneumonia: Medical and Surgical Management” presented by Megan E. Trahan, MSN, CPNP- AC and Corrine Denworth, MS, RN, CPNP-AC. APSNA and APSA collaborated in 2016 for a joint educational session on Childhood Obesity. Lori Lynch, MSN, APRN, CPNP, CBN presented on the behalf of APSNA on “Care of the Patient with Obesity.”

APSNA kicked off the 25th Anniversary Celebration with a champagne toast! Raquel Pasarón, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was awarded the Founder’s Award and the Champion Award was presented to Steven Stylianos, MD.

We had two Trauma SIG Chairs named this year, Laurie Sands and Suzanne Kujawa from Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. Fran Gill-Appiott and Susan Ziegfeld will remain as mentors to Laurie and Suzanne.

After member request, we moved back to a group mailing list format for member communication from a network forum structure.  The membership was delighted with the return of the “listserve!” The new listserve is named APSNAConnect.

The name of our committee chairs were changed to directors, and the Director At Large position name was changed to Director of Practice and Quality.

The APSNA telephone number became a 1-800 number and not the Membership Chair’s phone number, and within months of this, a live person was answering the APSNA phone line.

APSNA's focus for the 2015-2016 year continued on the transition of administrative tasks away from board members so that the Board can focus on governance. Highlights included:

We completed incorporation status, re-application of tax-exempt status as an incorporated association and all related business transition related to the incorporated status.

We re-organized our bylaws and developed a plan for downsizing our board after a two-year review and planning phase, which was approved by our membership.

Entered a phase of organizational re-branding which included website and logo re-design.

After a two-year planning and research phase, we completed our Strategic Plan based on the IOM 4 Key Messages for Nursing.

We partnered with NAPNAP and SPN to complete the 2nd edition of the Pediatric Nursing Scope and Standards and adopted this document as APSNA framework of practice.

We contracted with an Association Management company, IntrinXec, after a yearlong search, to outsource web administration and member database management, in the hopes to increase outsourcing.

Contracted professional services (Daszkal Bolton) for accounting and finances.

Worked with NAPNAP to provide a subscription package to our membership.

Developed a collaborative relationship with The Hendren Project.

Invited to participate in the Choosing Wisely Program.

Completed contractual agreement with publishing company and Editor in Chief, for organization’s first peer reviewed journal.

Revamped awards and grants application process to provide better member services.

Started Social Media engagement.

Started developing more robust fundraising efforts (such as the Giving Tuesday program).

Developed a formal Nominations Committee to address board restructuring and leadership development.

Collaborated with the American College of Surgeons and completed the central line tool kit.

Developed a clinical mentorship program for our membership.

Sponsored our 2nd annual national awareness program - Distracted Driving Day in April 2016.

The Hegar, now 24K gold plated, was passed to Jan Dudley and her new Board of Directors at the end of the conference to begin the next chapter in APSNA history.

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

  • President – Janice Dudley
  • President Elect – Barbara Bratton
  • Past President – Raquel Pasarón
  • Treasurer – Maryellen Sheridan
  • Secretary – Monique Jenkins
  • Director of Development – Lori Lynch
  • Director of Practice and Quality – Betsy Gerrein
  • Director of Education – Elizabeth Paton
  • Information Systems Chair – Carmen Duque
  • Director of Program – Kathy Leack
  • Director of Publications – Tina Shapiro

May 2017

Hollywood, FL

Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference
May 1 -4, 2017
The Diplomat Beach Resort

The 2017 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) “Pediatric Surgical Nursing: Exceeding the Vision” did exactly what it set out to do! The conference highlighted our collaboration with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) including an APSNA/NAPNAP speaker exchange presented by Brenda Cassidy, DNP, MSN, CPNP-PC and Raquel Pasarón, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC on “Abdominal Pain in the Adolescent Female – Gynecologic Concerns.” For the third consecutive year, we had the APSNA/NAPNAP Joint session on the topic: “Parent and family Education Session: Tools and Techniques for Improving Parent Education in Pediatric Surgery” presented by Romeo C. Ignacio Jr. MD, Kathleen M. Leack, MS, RN, CNS, Gretchen Jackson Purcell, MD, PhD and Kurt F. Heiss, MD.

The four-day conference began with an exceptional preconference workshop entitled “Care and Management of the Pediatric Patient with a Wound, Ostomy or Gastrostomy Tube” that included skills stations for the attendees.  The Wound, Ostomy, Continence Special Interest Group hosted the preconference workshop. In addition, the conference included speaker presentations, podium presentations, poster presentations, interesting case studies and multiple roundtable discussions.

The prestigious Founder’s Award Ceremony and Reception was held indoors again this year due to inclement weather, and still the banquet was a huge success. The theme this year was “Flamenco Under the Stars;” a beautiful flamenco dancer delighted those in attendance with the exhilarating dance style, while Señor Juan the internationally recognized foremost flamenco guitarist serenaded us. Barbara Bratton, RN, MS, PNP from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco was presented the Founder’s Awards. The Champion Award was presented to Miami Associates in Pediatric Surgery, P.A.  The Innovation Award Recipient was Hajar R. Delshad, MS, PA from Boston Children’s Hospital. This was a new award offered this year. The purpose of the award is to recognize, encourage and disseminate novel ideas that can impact professional nursing practice. The Foster Grant was awarded to Xoana Zampieri, BSN, RN, WCC, CPN from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.  Tina Shapiro, PhD, MSN, ARNP, PCNS-BC from Nemours Children’s Hospital was the recipient of the Education Grant and the Research Grant was awarded to Mary Ellen Connolly, DNP, CPNP from University of Maryland Medical Center.

Poster Award winners were:

            1st Place – Syncopal Workup in Pediatric Trauma Patients

            2nd Place – Hirschsprung’s Disease: How to Prevent Enterocolitis with Rectal Irrigations

            3rd Place – Pediatric Strokes: The Who, What, When and Beyond…

APSNA's focus for the 2016-2017 year continued on the transition of administrative tasks away from board members so that the Board can focus on governance, as well as working on Strategic Plan initiatives.

 

Highlights included:

 

Strategic Plan Progress:

  • Developed competencies specific NP practice in pediatric surgery settings – providing insight to the membership and consumer regarding the practice of pediatric surgical nursing.
  • Prepared an APSNA position statement on competency-based transition-to-practice programs for pediatric surgical nursing and disseminate to key stakeholders.
  • Development of web-based education modules for implementation by Fall of 2017.
  • Development of Conference topics on subspecialties: Gynecological Surgery, Neurosurgery, Oncological Surgery, and Otolaryngology.
  • Conversations with Subspecialty Groups that need a home.
  • Planning of Regional Conference for Fall of 2018.
  • Revision of Patient Family Information Sheets commenced.

We contracted with IntrinXec, our web administration and member database management company to provide event-planning services.

 

Developed a collaborative relationship with CSurgeries an online surgical video journal dedicated to creating a centralized source of peer-reviewed surgical videos.

 

Invited the American Pediatric Surgical Association to participate in the Choosing Wisely Program, and submitted our “don’t statement” to the American Board of Internal Medicine, after yearlong collaborative approach that includes the APSNA Trauma SIG: Don’t routinely repeat labs in the hemodynamically normal pediatric patients with isolated blunt solid organ injury.

 

Became an American Nurses Association Organizational affiliate.

 

Developed and distributed our membership survey planning for the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

 

Developed and sent a membership recruitment packet to APSA surgeons.

 

Sponsored our 3rd annual national awareness program - Road Safety Day:  Week of 4/17/17 to 4/21/17

 

Increased our social media presence: our likes on Facebook tripled in one year, we have 89 followers on Twitter, and our Instagram page has 50 followers.

 

Applied for Trademark status.

 

The conference culminated with the passing of the Hegar, and “The” 24K gold plated Hegar was passed to Barbara Bratton and her new Board of Directors at the conclusion of the conference as a way to transition from the end of one chapter in APSNA history to the beginning of the next.

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

  • President – Barbara Bratton
  • Immediate Past President – Janice Dudley
  • Treasurer – Laura Saska
  • Secretary – Monique Jenkins
  • Director of Development – Gloria Collura
  • Director of Practice and Quality – Betsy Gerrein
  • Director of Education – Elizabeth Paton
  • Director of Program – Kathy Leack