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About the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. - An Introduction

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) was founded in 1992. 

OUR Mission

We are the voice that shapes pediatric surgical nursing through advocacy, collaboration, mentorship and leadership. Based on a foundation of research, education and innovation, we will transform care delivery for pediatric surgical patients.


OUR Vision

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) will be the leading authority for the nursing care of pediatric surgical patients.


OUR Core Values

Diversity and Inclusion - Act according to a strong code of ethics demonstrating acceptance, cooperation, flexibility, compromise and mutual respect.

Excellence - Establish and sustain professional competencies that promote pediatric surgical nursing to key stakeholders.

Integrity - Model and uphold transparency, accountability and honesty through actions, communication, and caring behaviors.

Innovation - Encourage inquiry and creativity to promote proactive, interactive, professional deliberations.

Scientific Inquiry - Commit to lifelong learning by actively contributing to an evolving body of scientific surgical nursing knowledge through research, publication, and dissemination.

Volunteerism - Provide members the ability to freely interact, discuss trends, and share knowledge.


Pediatric Surgery Nursing Defined

The pediatric surgical nurse uses the patient and family centered care approach to provide for patients requiring surgical intervention in a variety of settings. Utilizing evidence- based practice guidelines pediatric surgical nurses focus on the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities for children from newborn through young adulthood with an array of surgical issues. They serve as clinicians, researchers, educators, mentors, advocates, and administrators. Pediatric surgical nursing strives for the prevention of illness and injury, the restoration of health and the maximization of comfort in health conditions and at the end of life, through diagnosis, treatment and management of the child’s condition that requires surgical intervention.