1. Jenkins, Monique PhD, MA, FNP-BC

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As I look back on the many days and nights spent in the hospital with my son, I cannot help but to realize and appreciate how supportive my family was at that time. I know that I could not have gotten through that time without their care and support. There were many days that I questioned why and many nights of tears because I just could not keep it together any longer. Family got me through those days and nights. When I say "family," I am not only speaking about my biological family. I am including the surgeons who performed my son's operations and the nurse practitioners who educated me and my family on ostomy care. I am speaking of the numerous bedside nurses who took care of him 24 hours a day and took care of me when they instinctively knew I needed to be cared for. Everyone worked together with the common goal of ensuring the patient and family were well and taken care of.

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I see American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) as a family also. On May 17 and 18, 2021, we came together and held our 30th Annual Scientific Conference. This was our first ever virtual conference that included our first ever online raffle, and it was unknown territory for us, but we did it. We had over 100 participants attend the virtual conference and additional individuals signed up to view the informative educational sessions during our On Demand period to obtain contact hours.


Poster Winners:


First place: Nanita Lim Sulit, DNP, CPNP, for her poster "Empowering Bedside and Outpatient Clinical Nurses"


Second place: Erin Shann, RN, for her poster "Hirschsprung-Associated Enterocolitis"


Third place: Lauren Keffer, BSN, RN, for her poster "Implementation of a Standardized Gastrostomy Tube bundle for Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit"



Thank you to our 2020-2021 Director of Program Mary Ellen Connolly and Director of Development Hillary Lorenco for taking this on for the organization. A special thank you to those of you who had the opportunity to attend the conference this past May.


The Call for Abstracts for the 31st Annual Scientific Conference, taking place in May 2022, has opened. Please submit your abstracts for consideration and encourage your colleagues to do the same.


As we continue to focus on the growth of the organization, I want to highlight some of the irresistible APSNA member opportunities that I mentioned in the previous issue:


* Professionalism: APSNA is your association with the specific brand of pediatric surgery nursing and sends the message that you are serious about your profession. If you are not currently a member of the organization, consider becoming a member. Take a look at our member brochure found on our website We look forward to having you join this family of those taking care of pediatric surgical patients.


* Meaningful and unique volunteer experiences: Consider volunteering within the organization. There are opportunities for committee participation, Special Interest Group participation, committee or Special Interest Group leadership, authoring patient and family information sheets, webinars, position statements, conference participation, and journal manuscript writing. Nominations for the Board of Directors will open in September. Please check the APSNA website for more information.


* Recognition: APSNA offers awards and grants for research, education, wound, ostomy, continence care, innovation, spotlight on excellence, and the esteemed Founder's Award. You can find out much more about each of the awards and grants on the APSNA Awards and Grants page.



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