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Strategic Plan

2018 - 2021


VISION: All pediatric surgical patients will receive the highest quality nursing care that is patient and family centered.


MISSION: To promote excellence in pediatric surgical nursing practice through educational offerings, nursing research, professional collaboration, and peer support.


Value Statements:

  • All pediatric surgical patients have a right to the highest quality surgical nursing care delivered with compassion.
  • Family centered care is crucial to providing optimal care to the pediatric surgical patient.
  • Respect for diversity of patients and colleagues is inherent to pediatric surgical nursing practice.
  • The discipline of pediatric surgical nursing includes an evolving body of knowledge and research.
  • Continuing education, consultation and research are fundamental to the practice of pediatric surgical nursing.
  • Pediatric surgical nursing is a subspecialty that is both independent and collaborative.



  • To promote the subspecialty of pediatric surgical nursing.
  • To serve as a resource for and provider of pediatric surgical nursing education and research.
  • To provide a networking structure for the Members to identify and address professional pediatric surgical nursing issues.
  • To maintain communication systems so that all Members will have access to information relevant to the organization and its initiatives.
  • To serve as a pediatric surgical patient advocate through public education.
  • To work collaboratively with the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) and other health related organizations to improve the health care of pediatric surgical patients.


The APSNA Strategic Plan guides the Board of Directors (BOD) in governance of the association. It focuses their strategic decision-making and ongoing operational work. It is a working document, informed by feedback from committees, special interest groups, and the membership, that undergoes revision and renewal every three years to ensure its relevance.


Overview of the Strategic Planning Process: Our preliminary data collection and review helped us in proposing the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Future of Nursing – Key Messages to assist us in strategic planning.  The Four Key IOM Messages are:


  1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  2. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progress
  3. Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other health professionals in redesigning health care in the United States.
  4. Effective work force planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.


In the summer of 2017, the APSNA membership was polled regarding organizational activities and projected programs. Based on these tabulated results, the 2017-2018 BOD reviewed and updated this strategic plan to continue proactively set direction and priorities for APSNA. This plan refines and expands APSNA's previous strategic plan and defines APSNA’s future direction. It is the group’s consensus on what will constitute APSNA’s future success.


The APSNA Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021


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