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Tamara M. Meeker, MSN, CRNP, NNP-BC
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Tamara MeekerPosition desired

Information Systems Chair, 2015-2017

Place of current employment

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Surgical Nurse Practitioner

Major areas of responsibility

Care of surgical neonates/infants in a 92-bed level IV referral NICU.  Wound, ostomy and gtube care resource NP.  Researcher.  

Education

BS in Biology and Nursing from Syracuse University, MS in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Pursuing WOCN (Rutgers).  NRP provider and instructor certifications. CPR provider certified. Transport certified (facility). CITI Human Subjects Research certified.  

Professional licensure and credentials

Licensed in PA as an RN and Nurse Practitioner.  Board certified by NCC as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.  

Past or present experiences and responsibilities that contribute to your qualifications for the office sought

I have been caring for surgical neonates throughout the duration of my ongoing 17-year nursing career.  In addition to my nursing experience with surgical infants, my leadership experience comes from local nursing organizations, precepting new NPs, serving as a unit resource for surgical care, and as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  To that end, I am proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite as well as familiar with several web-based platforms including eCollege, Canvas, and Blackboard.  I am familiar with these platforms on both the front and back end as both a student-user and instructor.  

Summary of your goals for the position

I am honored and excited at the prospect of serving the membership of APSNA on the Board as well as upholding the mission and vision of the organization.  As Information Systems Chair I will ensure our website is the most up to date, user-friendly, and comprehensive resource for nurses caring for pediatric surgical patients and serves as their number one, go to resource. Working closely with the Publications Chair, I will be sure we are attracting evidence-base, up-to-date articles for our members.  With the Program chair I will ensure our Conference is well advertised and promoted on the website to be sure it is well attended.  Working with the Membership Chair, I will ensure our website always attracts new members to grow and strengthen our membership.  I would also like to establish two new sections on the homepage including a “product spotlight of the month” section and a section for concerns, issues and current trends as they relate to clinical practice, competency, legislation, and advocacy to name a few.  I would also like to explore further APSNA and social media including Faceboo