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Thursday, September 14, 2017

ANA Membership Assembly Meeting
June 9-10, 2017 in Washington, DC.


APSNA became an ANA Organizational Affiliate (OA) in 2016 and Immediate Past President Raquel Pasarón, attended the first ANA OA meeting in Omaha, Nebraska in November 2016.

There are 2 ANA meetings held each year and APSNA will send representatives to both. The OA meeting in November aligns with the annual Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) meeting, of which ASPNA is a member, and the Membership Assembly held in June each year. APSNA's delegates are also ANA members.

This year the Membership Assembly took place in Washington, DC with over 400 attending including State Nurses Associations (SNAs), Individual Member Division and Organizational Affiliates. The Membership Assembly, ANA's governing and policy-making body, replaced the previous governing body, the House of Delegates, which ANA members voted to dissolve in 2012.

The meeting was opened by ANA's president Pamela Cipriano PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who discussed the uncertainties that lay ahead for healthcare and shared ANA's ongoing efforts to lobby for health care in Washington. ANA established the ANA's Principles for Health System Transformation, and submitted this in a letter to Donald Trump in December of 2016. Just as ANA is involved and speaking out for patient rights in Washington, she encouraged nurses to get involved and speak up to oppose the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) of 2017. She went on to highlight nursing successes such as the Veteran's Health Administration decision to grant full practice authority to advance practice nurses and encouraged ANA members to joining the ANA's Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Grand Challenge.

The theme of the meeting was healthcare advocacy and member engagement. The Assembly collectively recommended that ANA promote use of policy and advocacy resources, that these efforts are central to all nurses and to develop mechanisms to encourage member involvement in these efforts. The meeting featured a variety of breakout discussion that were presented during lunch meetings, small group discussions on the floor, and ANA voting (OA's abstain from voting on bylaws). Voting highlights included the approval of a motion to increase the number of voting seats at the Membership Assembly, allowing SNAs to have non-RN membership such as LPNs and Respiratory Therapists, affirming ANA's opposition to American Healthcare Act of 2017 and support for the Principles of Health System Transformation. In addition, four members were elected to the 9-member BOD. Interesting that ANA is a big organization with a small board.

BarbMy take home message is that as an ANA OA affiliate we are now part of the big picture of nursing in a whole new way, that nurses collectively can have a powerful voice and although many of us are accustomed to advocating individually we can use collaborative efforts to speak up on healthcare issues that support both patients and safe working conditions. I would encourage APSNA members to join ANA and visit APSNA's Legislative Special Interest Group Home Page and reach out to Neil Ead, SIG chair, to find out how you can represent APSNA in legislative efforts.

Looking for a New APSNA Investment Committee Member

The APSNA Investment Committee is expanding it's membership to include a second Member at Large (MAL). This new position is open to an APSNA member who is interested in contributing to APSNA in the area of financial investment and has not held a board position in the past. The term is 2 years and the MAL will be accountable to the Chair of the Investment Committee, Muggs Helin.

Please review the complete Investment Policy Guidelines.

Below is a listing of the committee membership. All positions are currently filled with the exception of the second MAL.

"Investment Committee members shall be appointment by the BOD. These are voluntary positions with a 2-year term that begins and ends on odd years. The BOD may re-appoint Committee members. The Committee shall include:

  1. The current APSNA Treasurer.
  2. The Immediate Past Treasurer.
  3. An APSNA Member at Large (a member at least 2 years).
  4. A second APSNA Member at Large with no prior BOD experience.
  5. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with experience related to 501(c) 3
  6. A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in the
    role of Financial Advisor.
  7. A community volunteer with investment experience and an expressed interest in
  8. A Committee Chair is appointed from the above members by the BOD".

If you are interested please email us by August 31, 2017.

JPSN Business Meeting

Dr. Kimberly McIltrot is the Editor-in-Chief of our Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. She is a former Army nurse and has been a nurse for 30 years. Kim has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Surgery and as a WOCN for the past 18 years. She currently is enjoying working with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing DNP students in Saudi Arabia and establishing a practice at All Children's Hospital with Pediatric Surgery. She is happiest at work when she is educating families, mentoring students and nurses, and helping her colleagues publish!

View Dr. Mclltrot's presentation here.

APSNA Strategic Plan – Looking for Pediatric Surgery RN Competencies

Looking for Pediatric Surgery Registered Nurse Competencies that you would be willing to share with us!

Your expertise is needed for Strategic Plan – Theme 1

THEME 1: Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.

What does this mean for APSNA?
Nurses working in pediatric surgical settings must be able to practice to the full extent of their education regardless of whether they are working as a registered nurse (RN) or an advanced practice nurse (APN) and regardless of the setting.

Our Committee Members are:

  • Britney Anderson, DNP, CPNP, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA
  • Monique Jenkins, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Laura Saksa, MSN, CPNP, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Neil Ead, MSN, CPNP, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Raquel Pasarón, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BD, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL.

2018 Champion Award Application Now Open

The purpose of the Champion Award is for the APSNA Board of Directors to honor an individual(s) who support(s) and promote(s) APSNA members in their pursuit of the organizational strategic vision.


Please take a moment to review the Champion Award criteria, and nominate someone now.

This year’s Champion Award Winner was Miami Associates in Pediatric Surgery, P.A. for more on them and their nomination, look here.

For more information, please contact

How to Access the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing (JPSN)

View our quick guide on how to access JPSN

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APSNA Member Survey


Member Survey


Please take time to complete our new Member Survey if you have been a member for at least one year. Your feedback is essential for the development of our strategic plan, which is up for revision in 2018. This survey is very brief, easy to complete, and should not take more that a few minutes of your time. Thank you for your feedback.

Please click on this link, which will route you to our survey.

APSNA Clinical Mentorship Program is Looking for You!

The APSNA Clinical Mentorship Program connects motivated, less-experienced APSNA members with more-experienced APSNA members who are leaders and experts in pediatric surgery and trauma. These mentors are willing to share their expertise to promote the clinical practice and professional development of others.

More information can be found here.

APSNA / NAPNAP Subscription Package - Take Advantage Now

NAPNAPAPSNA and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) have partnered to bring members a unique opportunity to enjoy NAPNAP privileges in a special subscription package. For only $99 a year, APSNA members can take advantage of NAPNAP resources including ...
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PLEASE NOTE: You must apply through the NAPNAP WEBSITE

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