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THIS IS A TEST PAGE: Only viewable by admins and APSNA BOD:::>>>>>>>The Founders Award recognizes nursing excellence among the membership of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association. The award recipient is selected based upon his or her significant contribution to the care of pediatric surgical patients.


In 1991, 31 pediatric surgical nurses met in Orlando, Florida during the annual national conference hosted by the American Pediatric Surgical Association. They shared their professional experiences and explored the possibility of developing a specialty organization devoted to the nursing care of pediatric surgical patients.

In Colorado Springs, Colorado the following year, in May of 1992, the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA) was founded. The organization was developed to create a forum to support and advance the practice of pediatric surgical nursing through education, mentorship, and networking. APSNA's inception was strongly supported by the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the two remain organizations professionally linked today.

The Founders Award was created in 1999 to honor the vision and accomplishments of APSNA's founding nurses.


Nominees for the APSNA Founders Award must be APSNA members in good standing with the organization.


An APSNA member may be nominated by a professional peer for a range of outstanding activities and contributions to the health and well being of pediatric surgical patients. The activities for which an individual may be nominated may include but are not limited to clinical expertise, research, authorship, mentorship, teaching, program development or professional leadership.

The nomination process involves submission by the nominator of the Founders Award Nomination Form together with at least one letter of support and the nominee's current curriculum vitae. The nominator is encouraged to gather and submit additional support letters from other colleagues such as a nurse manager who is familiar with the nominee's activities and accomplishments. The more information the selection committee has the better they are able to distinguish a winner from among a group of highly qualified nominees.

The deadline for submission to the APSNA Nominations Committee Chair of nominations and all supporting documentation is March 15th.


The Founders Award selection committee shall base the award determination on the evidence provided of the individual's significant contribution to the advancement of the care of pediatric surgical patients. The Award is presented each year at the annual APSNA conference.