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In keeping with the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Key Messages, APSNA identified web-based education as an important way to address Key Message 2 by committing to "Nurses being able to achieve a higher level of specialized education and training through an innovative education process that promotes pediatric surgical nursing." As the leader in pediatric surgical nursing education APSNA offers expert developed, evidenced-based continuing education on a wide range of topics. Our online webinar series are affordable and accessible all day, every day.

Our Current Catalog:

I. "Common Pediatric Surgical Conditions: Diagnosis and Management," was released in March, 2018 and features 6 select surgical diagnoses including thyroid nodules, appendicitis, chest wall deformities, inguinal hernia, intussusception, and pyloric stenosis. Content addresses evaluation, management and follow up for these specific conditions. To take this course visit this link.

II. Neonatal I This web-based program features the following neonatal surgical conditions:

  • Esophageal atresia with and without tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Intestinal atresias
  • Anorectal malformations

III. Neonatal II This web-based program features the following neonatal surgical conditions:

  • Malrotation with midgut volvulus
  • Hirschsprung Disease
  • Abdominal wall defects: gastroschisis and ruptured omphalocele

IV. “Enteral Feeding Devices,” proves to be everything you’ve wanted and even more. This course was developed for nurses who have an interest in advancing their knowledge of the care of pediatric patients with enteral feeding devices. The learner will become familiar with various forms of enteral nutrition, including considerations to be mindful of when discussing tube feeding. Various types of tubes are discussed, and common post-operative complications and treatments are discussed. Replacement of nasogastric and low profile balloon gastrostomy tubes is reviewed.

V. “Management Principles of Pediatric Patients with Ostomies,” is one of our latest courses and was developed for those that have an interest in advancing their knowledge of the care of pediatric patients with ostomies. The learner will be able to identify diagnoses that can lead to creation of an ostomy, identify the most common types of ostomies, understand differences in surgically created ostomies, understand basic pouching techniques, identify complications related to an ostomy, troubleshoot problematic pouching, and appreciate long term effects of ostomies.

VI. Bladder & Cloacal Exstrophy: A 30 Year Journey of Innovation, a presentation that focuses on presenting the advanced care of pediatric patients with cloacal and bladder exstrophy, and

VII. Increasing Joy in Work to Reduce Clinician Burnout and Pectus Excavatum Care After Implementation of Intraoperative CryolCE® Therapy - This course was developed for nurses who have an interest in: learning about the detrimental effects of burnout as well as the business case for increasing joy in work, and increasing clinician engagement as a means to improving staff retention, and increasing staff satisfaction, and patient and family experience; and providing evidence based best new practice to pediatric surgical teams who are offering pectus excavatum Nuss repairs to their patients.

VIII. Pediatric Disaster Preparedness - This course was developed for nurses who have an interest in learning the importance of disaster preparedness for families with children with special health care needs. These children and families are more vulnerable and require additional preparations. Health care professionals must also ensure personal preparedness for their families. The content is applicable for both the bedside and advanced practice nurse.

IX. Cutting Edge: The Science of Fertility Preservation - This course was developed for nurses who have an interest in learning the importance of surgical fertility preservation available to pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients. Indications for procedures and the role of the nurse and advance practitioner provide will be discussed. The content is applicable for both the bedside and advanced practice nurse.

Added May 13, 2020:

NEW: X. Trauma 1 - Pediatric Trauma Webinar 1 provides an overview of Head and Neck Trauma and Thoracic and Vascular Trauma. This webinar includes epidemiology, etiology, and highlights the significance of anatomical and physiological differences between children and adult patients. Discussion includes primary and secondary trauma surveys, necessary diagnostic workup for the specified injuries, treatment and management of such injuries, and outpatient care with recommended follow up.

NEW: XI. Trauma 2 - Pediatric Trauma Webinar 2 provides an overview of Abdominal Trauma, Genitourinary Trauma and Musculoskeletal Trauma. This webinar includes epidemiology, etiology, and highlights the significance of anatomical and physiological differences between children and adult patients. Discussion includes primary and secondary trauma surveys, necessary diagnostic workup for the specified injuries, treatment and management of such injuries, and outpatient care with recommended follow up.


Other upcoming presentations for the web-based education series include:

  • Bowel Management Principles in Pediatric Patients – Coming SOON
  • Wound Care Management in the Pediatric Patient – Coming SOON

For more information on APSNA's Strategic Plan click here.

If you have questions, please contact the Educational Content Advisory Group

Kevin Fischer, Director of Education
Kimberly Reblock, Director of Practice and Quality
Mary Ellen Connolly, Director of Program
Alissa Bergstresser, Secretary