Pediatric surgery what does it mean to you? Pediatric surgery has a different meaning to many people. The definition can depend on how each person interacts with the team. When I was a new bedside nurse, taking care of the pediatric surgery patient was in my daily routine. During my early career, the attending surgeons made a huge impact on me; they wanted the bedside nurses to participate in rounds and encouraged questions. These attending surgeons had a passion to teach about their patients, the diagnosis and the treatment that was needed during that particular admission. As I matured as a nurse, I took on the role of a supervisor for the outpatient pediatric surgery department. This decision was an easy one as working with the surgical team was enjoyable and I always learned something new each and every day. The surgical team worked closely together with each member to ensure that the each patient received the best care possible. To further build the team, we would have outings as well as we gathered during holidays and special events that occurred within the team. For the last six years I had the opportunity to partner with a dedicated colorectal surgeon to build the colorectal center. This specialized aspect of Pediatric surgery has been the most rewarding part of my career because it provided the utmost opportunity to collaborate, to learn and to impact people’s lives. At the center of my career was the patient and what the team brought to their lives and their family’s life.
During my career with Pediatric Surgery, I have had the opportunity to be involved in many different aspects of the patient’s care. The same can be said about many of you, the APSNA members. The knowledge that each of you have, is important to this organization and to what you bring to the patients and families we serve.
I encourage each of you to share the knowledge that you use everyday as you care for the Pediatric surgery patients. As APSNA’s mission states: 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. There are many opportunities that are available. You can submit an abstract for conference, involvement in a SIG, join a committee, be part of the Listserve or even run for a board position.
Kimberly Cogley MSN RN MBA
APSNA President 2019-2021