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Special Interest Groups

nurse.jpg APSNA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) allow members to share common interests in an organized, formal manner. As resources for the APSNA Board of Directors and general membership, these groups provide expertise for projects such as the development of Position Statements or educational materials; offer advice on pending legislation; act as Task Force members; or serve as liaisons to other organizations.


These groups are led by chairpersons and operate under the direction of APSNA’s Director of Practice and Quality. There is a new policy for SIG project proposals to ensure all SIG projects receive equitable consideration for funding.

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APSNA's current roster of SIGs includes:


Co- Chair: Patricia Kern

Co- Chair: Monica Holder


The Pediatric Obesity Special Interest Group (formerly Bariatric Special Interest Group) has expanded our focus to address the needs of our pediatric patients who suffer from any degree of obesity. Obese children and adolescents enter the healthcare arena for many reasons; episodic care, outpatient surgery, trauma, and chronic care are but a few examples. As nurses, our focus is on the whole child, not just the "reason to be seen today”. With over 17% of U.S. children over the 85th percentile for weight/height (definition of obesity in children/adolescents), all healthcare professionals need to be cognizant of the scope of pediatric obesity, comorbidities (physical and psychosocial) associated with even "minor” obesity, and the standards of care for obese children being seen for health care for ANY reason and for ANY type of elective or emergent surgery. Whatever surgery an obese pediatric patient undergoes: appendectomy, cholecystectomy, fundoplication, trauma, orthopedic surgery, etc., the child will need special consideration throughout the perioperative experience. Please feel free to email Pediatric Obesity Chair: Nancy Thompson with any suggestions or requests.

Chair: Nancy Thompson



The aim of the Trauma SIG is to promote the discussion and development of approaches to pediatric trauma and related conditions. A secondary aim of the SIG would be to have members who share pediatric trauma expertise try to influence government policies affecting this patient population.

Co-Chair: Laurie Sands


Co-Chair: Suzanne Kujawa



The Perioperative SIG aims to enhance knowledge and skills in the area of perioperative nursing. Preoperative preparation and post-operative care is where significant gains can be made in improved quality patient outcomes when accompanied by sound intraoperative care. This SIG is committed to achieving and promoting professional, educational, and economic interests of nurses engaged in perioperative nursing.

Chair: Jennifer Francis



This SIG is based on one of the most important core functions of our professional association. The Legislative SIG stays current with healthcare trends and disseminates this information to the membership. Our goal is to organize grassroots nurses to work with legislators and candidates to address the issues that are important to nurses and the communities we serve.

Chair: Neil Ead



The WOCN SIG group will be the voice in promoting awareness about the prevention and management of WOC disorders. This will be done through education and research that promotes safe and effective prevention and management of WOC disorders. With your assistance, we will strengthen and grow. We welcome your insight and participation, and look forward to succeeding together!

Chairs: Linda Zekas and Margaret Birdsong




Global Health

Our mission is to connect clinicians working in pediatric surgical nursing worldwide with the goal of improving surgical outcomes for children. Whether you are an international member or a U.S. clinician with an interest in global health, this is the place for you!

Chairs: Jenny Kreiss and Nanita Lim-Sulit