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The Updated Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner Competencies for Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies is NOW open for public comment period.

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) is pleased to offer the Draft Updated Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner Competencies for Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies for public comment!

The Draft Updated Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner Competencies for Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies was developed by a panel of APSNA member, nurse practitioners. The current members of the APSNA Task Force/Strategic Plan Theme 1
Committee for the Draft Updated Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner Competencies for Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies are:

Monique Jenkins, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Hillary Lorenco, MSN, CPNP, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI
Kim McHard, MSN, PNP-BC, Children’s Medical Center, Plano, TX
Ellen O’Donnell, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Raquel Pasarón, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

The public comment period will open October 10, 2019 and will close on November 18, 2019.

We are hoping to collect public comments from the broad nursing community on this draft. Public comments are to be sent to Ms. Kim McHard.

About the work of this committee:


The APSNA Strategic Plan is aligned to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing – Key Messages. The first key message is: 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.

The goal for this committee was to:

  1. Identify the Pediatric Nursing Scope and Standards as the overarching framework for our practice. Completed in 2017.
  2. Apply the current document (Pediatric Surgery NP Competencies) to practice and make recommendations that this is integrated into education, preceptorship, membership orientation to the organization and specialty. The committee met this goal in April 2017.

This work was submitted to the American Nurses Association (ANA) for review; ANA asked that APSNA consider this work and submit it to a newly established program their board was approving called Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies. In order to do so the committee was tasked to address the criteria (p. 18-19) for Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies and worked tirelessly to address the criteria and re-submit the document for endorsement by ANA.

Tips for completing this public comment

  • All documents related to the Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner Competencies for Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies are posted here on the APSNA web site. Please note, there are two documents:
    • The first document, PEDIATRIC SURGICAL NURSE PRACTITIONER: AFFIRMATION OF FOCUSED PRACTICE COMPETENCIES, contains line numbers which will help you with your comments.
    • The second document, Pediatric Surgery Competency Framework, is an Excel file, please use the column and row labels to provide comments.
  • To make sure your comments align with the sections of the draft, please use the instructions above.
  • Most people find it efficient to review the paper or electronic copy and write notes, before submitting the comments.
  • APSNA recognizes that there may be grammatical or other editorial errors in this draft. We are not asking for your feedback on this.

Documents related to this public comment are provided below: