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picture of presidentChange, Motion and Balance

Greetings and welcome from your 2011-2012 APSNA President! What an exciting time to be a nurse!


At no time in my career has there been such rapid change and opportunity for nurses. The pace of change in our nursing efforts to impact and transform health care for children is dizzying.


This past year, the Institute of Medicine released their landmark statement, the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The call is for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training, practice to the full extent of their education and training and participate as full partners with physicians and health professionals in redesigning health care in the United States.


For APSNA, the implementation of these recommendations is already well underway. Our pediatric surgeon colleagues have embraced us as partners in the surgical care of children. APSNA nurses and physician assistants are now running inpatient rounds, holding independent clinics, assisting in the OR and performing all manor of surgical procedures on children. We held our first joint educational half-day session with APSA (American Pediatric Surgical Association) on the topic of short bowel this spring in Palm Desert, with plans forming for the next joint session in 2013. This year APSNA, through the efforts of past president Muggs Helin and her committee have written our own Scope and Standards of Practice for application as a recognized nursing specialty organization through the ANCC. Our third edition textbook, Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient, led by Nancy Browne and her team of co-authors, will debut in 2012. Our membership has continued to grow as we have welcomed the addition of our pediatric operating room nurse colleagues through our triad association with AORN and ANA. This year, we plan to initiate an international outreach project in pediatric surgical nursing.


Amidst all this change and forward motion, our core purpose remains the same. We aim to promote excellence in pediatric surgical nursing practice through educational offerings, nursing research, professional collaboration and peer support. We offer a superb meeting each spring in pediatric surgical nursing topics, now fully accredited for physician assistants as well. Join us in San Antonio May 17-20, 2012. Plan to present a poster, share ideas and meet your colleagues.


Take time to explore our website, Use the printable education materials, apply for our education and research grants, access our career job postings and more. Post questions and responses on our listserv, included with membership.


Lastly but most importantly, care for yourself. As a caretaker to many, we must mind ourselves first, with sleep, healthy food, fresh air and loving relationships. To be our best for our patients, we can seek a healthy balance in our own lives. Look to your family, friends and colleagues for love and support, and offer the best of your heart, mind and skills each day. The present is our gift, and the future belongs to the children’s lives we touch. There is no greater honor.


APSNA is YOUR organization and I welcome your ideas and comments. Please contact me anytime, for any reason, at


Jenny Kreiss RN, MN, CPNP

President, American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association