1. Catlin, Anita PhD, FNP, CNL, FAAN

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Volume 10:03 of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing is on families and how pediatric surgical nurses can influence the care that family members provide for young patients. The issues are wide ranging and fascinating. Joseph and Goodrich introduce the formation and substantiation of "grandfamilies," which occur when the natural parents' physical and emotional absence persuades grandparents to assume responsibility for their grandchildren. Pediatric nurses can provide needed support for this group of caregivers and will learn about the social and legal requirements of decision making by grandparents who are responsible for their grandchildren. Colleagues Kavitha and Sikandar from India provide a thoughtful discussion of the new challenges of digital parenting. Digital parenting refers to the increasing need by parents to monitor and regulate the activities of their young ones in handling digital devices. The authors discuss the dangers of the extensive time children spend on digital devices, some alternative activities parents can offer, and the role of the pediatric nurse in emphasizing the importance of paying attention to how children are spending their time.

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Hoskins, Joseph and Akers write on a topic essential for every pediatric surgical nurse to read, that of prevention of unintentional pediatric shooting in the home and the need for gun storage safety. Readers will be convinced to take the time needed in clinic visits or during hospital discharges to assess for and teach gun safety in the home.


Family culture is addressed in the book review by Catlin of I Am Not Your Typical Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez, a moving coming-of-age story of a first-generation American, Julia, and her family's secrets. Another piece related to Hispanic families is the study by Montalvo-Liendo, Grogan-Kaylor, Nava, Chilton, Pepper, and Alvarado of Latinx teens who witness intimate partner violence in their homes. The responses of the teens and their recommendations to others provide a significant learning opportunity to pediatric nurse readers.


Pediatric surgical nurses working in hospitals will appreciate the articles related to inpatient care. Nurse authors Eckenrode, Zimmerman, Rice, and Wilson provide a study of nurses who specialize in caring for dying children and their families, enumerating the kinds of personal characteristics that contribute to nursing excellence in the field. Multidisciplinary team Tvedte, Henaghan, Nandivada, and Dickie describe how their pediatric surgical center developed a special Family Day event for children and adolescents who had experienced colorectal surgery. Bremmer's Letter to the Editor discusses "Trauma Coding for Pediatric Patients."


The issue ends with a poem by Haney in celebration of the pediatric surgical nurse. Here at the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, our Editorial Board celebrates you as well and recognizes the significant work you do with families every day.