Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing

Editor-in-Chief: Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN
Online ISSN: 2332-0249
Frequency: Quarterly
Nominations NOW OPEN

​​​​Each year, APSNA searches for qualified candidates to serve as the new leaders of the association. If you are interested in applying for a leadership position and becoming a vital part in shaping the future of pediatric surgical nursing, download the candidate handbook for an overview of the nominating process, position descriptions, and candidate application.

The Nominations Committee is happy to announce that the 2016 Nominations are NOW OPEN. This year, the Nominating Committee is recruiting for the following positions:

Please take a moment to review our Nominations Page on, and nominate yourself or a colleague using the online nomination form. All interested candidates need to submit a completed application to by December 15, 2016.

2016 Election -- The 2016 ballot will open January 30, 2017, and close February 27, 2017.

Call for Abstracts

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APSNA 26th Annual Scientific Conference - 2017

Call for Abstracts is OPEN!

Don't miss your chance to participate!

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is October 3, 2016

The content of the 2017 Preconference Workshop is Care and Management of the Pediatric Patient with a Wound, Ostomy, or Gastrostomy Tube. Poster submissions related to this subject matter are requested.

25th Annual APSNA Scientific Conference Summary

APSNA’s 25th Annual conference was a great success!!!  Over 190 people attended the conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, in San Diego, California Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15, 2016. 

​Read the complete Conference Summary by APSNA Program Chair, Kathleen M. Leack, MS, RN



 Attention New & Experienced Authors

 JPSN is currently seeking manuscripts


Topics to consider:

  Research  Leadership/Management
 Case Studies  Quality Improvement
 International  Wound/Ostomies
 Trauma/Burn  Peri-Operative
 Neonatal  Obesity







For more information or to send a query about a potential topic, email Kimberly McIltrot, Editor-in-Chief, at

Please also review the Information for Authors and visit the JPSN Editorial Manager to submit your manuscript.   


*Reviewer Library*

JPSN is a peer-reviewed journal, and our panel of reviewers assists the editor and authors as manuscripts move through the review process. Read the articles below to learn more about this important role.

Reviewers—The Unsung Heroes of Publishing
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal

Peer Review: Why We Need Nurse Leaders to Serve as Reviewers for Nursing Publications 
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

Peer Review and the Nursing Literature 
Nursing Research

In Praise of Reviewers 
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice

How to Phrase Feedback in Peer Reviews for Nurse Authors? 
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal

Peer Review for Professional Publications 
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal

LEADERSHIP DIMENSION: The Peer Review Process 
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing

To learn more about the process, please review the Tutorial for Reviewers and Reviewer Guidelines. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact the managing editor at  

Current Issue Highlights



 Official Journal of The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc.

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26th Annual Scientific Conference

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May 1 – May 4, 2017
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
Hollywood, FL, USA


Call for Abstracts - opens July 2016

Registration - opens January 2017

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient, Third Edition

This is the first book to address all aspects of pediatric general surgery from a nursing perspective. Appropriate for nurses in pediatric surgery departments, student nurses interested in pediatric surgery, and nurse managers, this book packages all aspects of the pediatric surgical nurse's job into one comprehensive reference. It was also awarded second place in the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards.