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The purpose of the APSNA Innovation Award is to recognize, encourage and disseminate novel ideas that can impact professional nursing practice. These may include new techniques, therapies, devices or processes that demonstrate potential to significantly improve the treatment of pediatric surgical patients.


Eligibility:

  1. 1. Must be an APSNA member in good standing for 1 year or more.
  2. Application must demonstrate that the innovation: a. Is a catalyst for change within the institution, division, disciplines, or department,
    b. Involves teams when possible (e.g., across programs, divisions, disciplines)
    c. Demonstrates potential for advancement of professional pediatric surgical nursing.
    d. Has the potential for replication and dissemination.
  3. Is consistent with APSNA’s mission and vision.
  4. See APSNA Awards Policy for additional criteria.

Responsibilities of the Recipient:

  1. Sign a letter of agreement before funds are dispersed, which further delineates grantee responsibilities.
  2. Maintain APSNA membership for one year after completion of project/fund allocation.
  3. Develop and submit a formal abstract for the APSNA Annual Conference the following year via a short oral presentation.

How to Apply: 

Send the following information electronically to awards@apsna.org:

  1. Read and sign the conflict of interest disclosure (included in the online application form).
  2. The submission will be titled and a summary provided that demonstrates that the innovation:
    a. Is a catalyst for change within the institution, division, disciplines, or department,
    b. Involves teams when possible (e.g., across programs, divisions, disciplines)
    c. Demonstrates potential for advancement of professional pediatric surgical nursing.
    d. Has the potential for replication and dissemination.
    e. Is consistent with APSNA’s mission and vision.
  3. Additional summary requirements:
    a. Verify that the project/activity is current (within 24 months).
    b. Assure that the project/activity does not endorse a specific commercial product or company.
    c. Document a summary of the innovative process, with outcomes achieved.

    Application Dates: 

    November 1 to February 28

    Awardee will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.

    Contact us for more information at awards@apsna.org

     

    Past Recipients:

    2017: Hajar Delshad


    "After multiple years of practice in pediatric surgery, the chronicity, quality of life impacts, and lack of reliable treatment options for pilonidal disease became a source of frustration in our practice. Surgical techniques routinely yielded wound dehiscence or recurrence of disease, both of which hindered teenagers during a delicate time in their social development.

    Finding an unmet need at our institution, I partnered with one of our attending surgeons to start the Pilonidal Care Clinic. After learning from one of the leading wound care experts, partaking in intensive wound management courses, and reading the current literature -- we launched our program in March of 2014. Our focus on treatment was to avoid surgery unless we could improve outcomes; we began treating all patients conservatively with aggressive shaving and hair removal, hygiene in the form of soaking in water daily, and advanced wound care techniques as needed. Patients did well and were eager to avoid surgery, but had trouble maintaining hair control in the area. A more permanent option was necessary." - H.D, 2017

    For more information on this innovation: "Utilizing laser technology for long-term management of pilonidal disease: An advanced practice provider driven initiative," click here.


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