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APSNA's 27th Annual Scientific Conference in Palm Desert, California

Bratton, Barbara, MSN, PNP-BC

Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing: July/September 2018 - Volume 7 - Issue 3 - p 71
doi: 10.1097/JPS.0000000000000176
Message From the President

Barbara Bratton, MSN, PNP-BC University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Barbara Bratton, MSN, PNP-BC, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. E-mail:

APSNA's 2018 Conference, held last April 30 to May 3, has concluded, and there are many highlights to share and award winners to acknowledge and celebrate. This year, we returned to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, a beautiful and spacious facility in Palm Desert, California, a setting that was warm and welcoming.

We would like to acknowledge the many conference “firsts” this year:

  • We hosted 200 registrants, an all-time high for our organization of 600 members.
  • We continued the theme of going green with no printed folders/handouts. Instead, a concise and streamlined Program Booklet was made available to assist attendees in navigating conference events and locations.
  • During our welcome reception, over 50 new members were recognized.
  • A New Member Orientation was offered with the goal of introducing new members to organizational features including the APSNA listserve, SIG membership, and an overview and navigation of the Web site.
  • The annual fundraiser this year was Bingo. This was an exciting change from our usual raffle and was well attended with nearly $2000.00 raised for the APSNA scholarship fund.
  • Approved bylaw changes this year included accepting undergraduate students as a new member type.

It probably does not need to be said, but in review of this meeting, it strikes me that APSNA's conference is a very good value!

  • There was a generous offering of total contact hours and CME credits available to attendees of 20 and 32, respectively, for nurses and physician assistants.
  • Thought-provoking keynote and invited speakers shared their perspectives and experiences that challenged our thinking and exposed us to new ways of looking at established norms.
  • The preconference workshop, round tables, and posters were well received and featured clinical reviews and innovative practices throughout the United States.
  • The business lunch provided a comprehensive review of APSNA's work over the past year with bylaw revisions, updates from SIG chairs, and Board of Director members.

We wish to acknowledge many impressive members and their significant accomplishments:

  • Elizabeth Foster, RN, MS, WOCN, was this year's Founder's award winner. She received overwhelming support from her colleagues, and as a lifetime member of APSNA, she has shared her knowledge of wound management tirelessly over the years.
  • Mayra Garcia, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, was the recipient of the Education Grant.
  • Rebekah Barrette, MS, RN, PCNS-BC, WCC, received the Foster WOCN grant.
  • Dr. Mamatha Shivananda Pai was awarded the Research Grant.
  • APSNA's education day focused on pediatric trauma and featured a presentation by APSNA's Catherine Goodhue, MN, RN, CPNP.
  • The 2018 Champion Award Recipient was Dr. Dennis Lund, a beloved surgeon who has been an ardent support of APSNA for many years.

Many thanks to our talented Director of Program Raquel Pasarón for planning an amazing meeting as well as Director of Development Gloria Collura for welcoming and supporting our 2018 exhibitors.

Please remember to save the date for the upcoming 28th Annual Conference, which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 16 (Thursday) through May 19 (Sunday) of 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!

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