This issue of JPSN contains a variety of information for the pediatric surgical nurse.
Two articles discuss surgical emergencies in children. One describes an acute bowel necrosis, written by a group of physicians and nurses in Tunisia, and another is about blunt liver trauma by APSNA member Rebecca John and colleagues from Children's Hospital Orange County. Although from distant parts of the world, what these articles have in common is the work of an interdisciplinary team to save a child's life. As nurses continue to grow into the expectations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine's report on the Future of Nursing, we will see more examples of interdisciplinary respect and cooperation. The new strategic plan of APSNA, which can be viewed on the APSNA website by members, further delineates these points (https://www.apsna.org/page/StrategicPlanning).
Two other articles discuss a child's ingestion of poison. Rivers, a nurse seeing refugee populations, discusses an identified lead poisoning in California. Davis, a clinic nurse, reviews a case of mortality of a child who swallowed one pill found on a neighbor's floor. Included in the Davis article is a handout for the reader to give to families, especially grandparents and older caregivers, about keeping their medications locked away and safe from children.
We also offer information for this time of COVID. Joseph and Highton present a clinical review of the use of masks in health care. Cogley, in her President's column, assesses the ethics of advanced life support needs for children in underserved nations.
We welcome an article from Wilpers, Eichhorn, Vermeersch, and Gosnell, from the North American Fetal Therapy Network, and hope it will be the first of many such publications in our journal. These nurses from the United States and Canada explain how delays because of COVID have negatively impacted elective but critical fetal procedures.
Racism is addressed by Catlin in a short book review of All American Boys by Reynolds and Kiely (2015). This book for youth and young adults describes a Black teenager's experience of police brutality and the evolving response of his White schoolmates. This contemporary story can lead to discussions in school, the clinic, and around the dinner table. A second book review is of Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (2019), the true story of a woman who finds out that she is not who she thinks she is. Reading this “genetic detective story” will lead the pediatric surgical nurse to more closely ponder our involvement with genetic medicine.
We are showcasing for the first time a new column called Librarian's Perspective. The first article by Editorial Board Member Boothe and his colleague Macias describes an app called Read by QXMD that can be used to store articles of interest and allow online journal clubs to form.
Buffin and Selekman continue the Continuity of Care column with an article on postoperative orthopedic surgery and considerations for when the child returns to school.
We continue to solicit articles related to pediatric surgical nursing, ethics, parents, procedures, clinical cases, and narrative medicine. We continue to invite reviewers who can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their time. You can learn to review by going to https://journals.lww.com/journalofpediatricsurgicalnursing/Documents/Tutorial_for_reviewers.pdf.
This is your journal, and it is going to grow and expand in influence. Good news is we are now indexed in the CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) database, the world's largest nursing literature collection. In addition, on the Journal website, we have instituted a Collections section for APSNA members, so you can read all our ethics articles, recent research, book reviews, and other sections all in one place. See https://journals.lww.com/journalofpediatricsurgicalnursing/Pages/collections.aspx?Collection=Topical.
Please contact me with ideas and with mentoring needs. In addition, watch for the next issue's examination of gender issues for pediatric nurses from various perspectives, among other topics. If you are reading this and are not yet an APSNA member, check us out and see the benefits.
Wishing you well in these complex times.
Anita Catlin, PhD, FNP, CNL, FAAN, Editor