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The purpose of the APSNA Research Grant is to support the development of a research project related to a clinical aspect of the pediatric surgical patient.


  1. Must be an APSNA member in good standing for at least one year.
  2. Must be a registered nurse or an advanced practice nurse with a minimum of one-year experience in pediatric surgical nursing who is actively involved in pediatric surgery care, education, or research.
  3. The topic may be any aspect of pediatric surgical nursing.
  4. See APSNA Grant Policy for additional information.

Responsibilities of the Recipient:

  1. Sign a letter of agreement before funds are dispersed, which further delineates grantee responsibilities.
  2. Complete a W-9 for APSNA’s financial records.
  3. Maintain APSNA membership for one year after completion of project/fund allocation.
  4. Submit a formal abstract application for presentation at the APSNA Annual Conference the following year.

How to Apply: 

Send the following information electronically to

  1. Submit an Online Application (Below).
  2. Submit current curriculum vitae and/or biographical sketch form (if applying for Research Grant).
  3. Submit a budget that specifies the use of grant funds.
  4. Letter of support from a professional colleague which addresses the following points.
    1. The relationship between the colleagues.
    2. The applicant's position and responsibilities.
    3. The applicant's interest in and commitment to care of children and families with surgical issues.
  5. A cover letter from the applicant to the APSNA Awards Chair which includes the following:
    1. Credentials
    2. Experience in pediatric surgical nursing.
    3. Initiatives and involvement in APSNA, if any.
    4. A description of the applicant’s professional pediatric surgical nursing and educational goals and how the scholarship being applied for will help the applicant attain them.
  6. A conflict of interest disclosure form within the online application will be completed.
  7. IRB proposal and approval for research project.
  8. In the case of a multi-center trial, one person will be named the Principal Investigator (PI). The PI will be responsible for coordination of the separate IRBs, but will submit one application and one budget.

    Application Dates: 

    November 1 to February 28

    Awardee will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.

    Contact us for more information at


    Past Recipients:

    2020: Mayra Garcia

    2018: Mamatha Shivananda Pai

    2017: Mary Ellen Connolly

    2012: John Murray & Tamara Meeker

    2011: Raquel Pasarón

    2009: Pam Pieper & Tina Shapiro

    2006: Cynthia Bishop, Patti Smith & Lani Wolfe

    2005: Renee Manworren

    Mayra Garcia

    Mayra Garcia, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Children’s Health of Dallas Texas and the 2020 APSNA Research Grant winner for her project titled: To determine the effectiveness of the use of probiotics in patients with a diagnosis of complicated appendicitis on antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD).

    Dr. Garcia writes “I am a doctorally prepared clinical nurse specialist and currently work for the surgery department at Children’s Health. I am an early stage investigator conducting a randomized control trial (IRB Approved) on the use of probiotics and their application in the pediatric post-surgical populations to reduce the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhea. My expertise needed to carry out my proposed study began while I pursued my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of South Alabama. During this time, I conducted a replication quality improvement study that evaluated the Pasero Opioid-Induced Sedation Scale on post-operative pediatric patients. This work resulted in a co-authored published manuscript.

    As a pediatric clinical nurse specialist on the general surgery unit, I have been able to gain expertise in this patient population to understand the care, treatment, and recovery necessary to care for these patients. In addition, I have presented nationally on these subjects. I am well versed in evidence-based practice and application of research in the clinical setting. Obtaining this research grant will help fund statistician support that is necessary to provide statistical analysis and interpretation.” - MG

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    The amount of the monies awarded to recipients of the Scholarship Grants (Education and Research Grants) will be based on the balance of the funds at the time of the award selection. The award amount will be approximately 4% of the balance of the fund, an amount recommended by APSNA’s Certified Financial Planner. This is a conservative and standard amount typically withdrawn from investment funds, which does not place the fund at financial risk. The amount awarded from year to year will likely vary based on the performance of the Scholarship fund.

    Currently the amount awarded for the Research Grant is: $1,100.00.


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