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The Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing welcomes Carlos Javier Avendaño Vásquez, PhD, to the Editorial Board. Carlos will contribute to the Board as a representative from South America. He is a research professor with interest in problems associated with child development, social determinants of health, and armed conflict. He has a degree in nursing from the National University of Colombia, specializing in teaching and research and a Masters in research with emphasis in health sciences. He has a Ph.D. in medicine and health with a scholarship from the Organization of American States OAS. Carlos presently teaches nursing research at the Antonio Nariño University in Colombia.​​

Nursing Organizations Alliance’s [NOA] 21st Annual Fall Summit-In Brief

NOA is a collaborative community of elected and staff leaders of professional nursing organizations designed to connect, inspire, and provide a forum for information sharing of resources and best practices to address common interests to achieve goals. NOA holds two events each year, the conferences are the Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy [NALA], and the Fall Summit. As a member, APSNA participates in each meeting and I was fortunate to attend the 21st Fall Summit held in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on November 17-19, 2022.

The Fall Summit allowed me to network and participate in sessions to help advance our nursing profession and our organization as a whole. Over 50 national/international nursing organizations were represented at the Fall Summit.

Featured speakers and topics ranged from “What Great Leaders do to Advance Health Equity”, by Kenya Beard EdD AGACNP-BC CNE FAAN, “Let’s Talk About Conferences; Marketing, wellness, in-person vs. remote vs. hybrid & more”, by Molly C. Marsh CMP, “The Future of Membership is Now-Exploring Membership Structures, a.k.a. Having a non-member strategy”, by Nikki Golden, CAE, “Attendee & Member Engagement Across the Generations”, by Donte P. Shannon, FASAE, CAE, “What an Exhibitor Wants-Enhancing Your Exhibit/Sponsorship Program”, by a panel of professional marketers and sales including Elizabeth Buckley, Adam Fractenberg, Chris Henrichs, Traci King and Amber Smith, and “Trauma Informed Care in Health Care Settings”, by Holly Austin Gibbs, author of Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery.

Breakout sessions provided network opportunities and activities to discuss our personal leadership experience. This included speaking of our-selves and sharing our best qualities whether that is being a good listener, multitasking, how we can improve our mentoring skills, what we find valuable in membership from novice to expert, and gave me a platform to ask questions for other organizations related to conference success-in-person, virtual or hybrid, vendor recruitment during inflated economy, how to attract SIG involvement, and where the future is leading us as a nursing profession in whole.
As APSNA is an intimate organization that demonstrates respect, diversity and inclusion of specialized professionals in pediatric surgery, we have a strong workforce of volunteers and members that allows us to continue to strive to be the premier forum for growth and innovation as the clinicians, researchers, educators, mentors, advocates and administrators within this specialty. I was honored to attend to a great many elected and staff leaders of professional nursing organizations. Thank you, NOA.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Announcement

Please welcome Stephanie Vyrostek as our
New Colorectal SIG Co-Chair

Stephanie Vyrostek, MHA, BSN, RN
Program Manager
Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction​

Stephanie has worked closely with bowel management patients and providers for 8 years, and she has held a leadership position with the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This experience at a high-volume center has allowed her to become an expert in the colorectal nursing field. She also has worked closely with Monica Holder, Colorectal Co-Chair, for several years.  

They would like to discuss current practices, new innovations, and review existing protocols for patients participating with the goal of improving bowel management care throughout the country.

Please consider joining them at their next Colorectal SIG meeting on 2/14 3p EST

​Upcoming Issue on Sports Injuries

​​Can you write up a case study about a child with a sports injury?

Have you cared for someone with who fell off a horse, was cut with baseball cleats, broke a leg while skateboarding?

We invite stories, research, case studies, and literature reviews. 

Contact Editor in Chief - Anita Catlin with query letter

New Member Benefit for APSNA Members

APSNA is proud to add Member Deals to the amazing benefits you already receive as a member.
Member Deals benefits provide you with exclusive savings on Theme Parks, Hotels, Attractions and more!
Additional member benefits for members include:
A subscription to the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, APSNA’s quarterly electronic publication
Online membership directory
Discounted registration and accommodations for APSNA's Annual Scientific Meeting
APSNA member forum (APSNA Connect) where members share their knowledge with one another
Opportunities to publish in the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing
Access to patient and family resources including teaching handouts 
An active mentorship program
Participation in Special Interest Groups​ (SIGs)
For more benefits, and for a brief overview of how to use the website, click here​!

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) provides you with up to date clinical information and connects you with the people and programs that will help you achieve your practice and career objectives.
We welcome you to sign in to our website HERE​.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]
Monique Jenkins
APSNA President 2021-2023

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​​​​​2022-2023 APSNA Board of Directors
President - Monique Jenkins
President Elect - Lori Lynch
Treasurer - Teresa Gonzalez
Secretary - Jennifer Berkbigler
Director of Program - Michelle Felix
Director of Education - Julie McKee
Director of Development - Irene Austria-Ramos
Director of Practice and Quality - Robyn Huey Lao​

​Check Out These CE Offerings

APSNA is excited to launch material from the 2021 conference for purchase on the website! Conference evaluations were reviewed and the top presentations will be added to our library of educational content for purchase, and CE credit.

Please visit @ and choose from the drop-down menu titled Educational Web-Series under the Education Corner tab.

Julie McKee
Director of Education 2020-2023

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Editorial Board Members, New and Departing

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Joining the Editorial Board is Professor Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, RN. Originally from Canada, Deborah now teaches at Austin Peay State University, School of Nursing, Clarksville, Tennessee. Deborah brings a wide variety of talent to the JPSN Editorial Board. She was the managing editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education from 2011 to 2019. Her MSN is in Holistic Nursing and her PhD in Health Psychology focused upon psychoneuroimmunology. She was named the 2017 American Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nurses Association. We welcome her expertise in women’s health, breastfeeding and complementary therapies. 


The Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing warmly welcomes new Editorial Board member, Professor Megan Infanti Mraz, PhD, from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mraz has a commitment to public health, specifically school nursing. She embraces a multi-dimensional approach to the care of the child who may experience surgical procedures and looks forward to supporting advanced practitioners in their practice.

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We thank Koren McGuire, MSN, Operating Room Clinical Nurse Specialist, for her three years on the Editorial Board. Korey has been promoted to Director of Education and Informatics at Kaiser Santa Rosa in California and we wish her well!
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We thank Robin Huey Lao, DNP, PNP, for her three years on the Editorial Board. Robin has transitioned to the APSNA, Inc., Board of Directors  as Director of Practice and Quality. 
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We welcome Micaela McSpadden, MSN-Ed, RN, CNOR, to the Editorial Board. Micaela is from Ohio, with the Metro Health System, and serves as the Perioperative Director and Educator.  Michaela has over five years of perioperative nursing, five years of nursing research, and education in both the perioperative clinical and academic settings. She is presently in her second year of her PhD program at Liberty University.

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We welcome Janelle Sherman, MSN, RN, CPN, from the Geisinger Medical Center, in Pennsylvania. Janelle serves as the Nurse Coordinator for Pediatric Surgery. She coordinates scheduling appointments, preoperative and postoperative teaching for both parents and children, and postoperative phone calls, and coordinates multiple disciplines to deliver the best care to the children at Geisinger. Janelle has been an active member of APSNA, Inc.

If you are a member of APSNA, Inc., and interested in assisting on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, please contact Dr. Anita Catlin, Editor, at [email protected]

Coronavirus Well-Being Initiative from the American Nurses Association (ANA)

Dear APSNA Members,

I wanted to share with you some free tools and resources for the well-being and resilience of nurses. These resources have been provided to us by ANA.

Included are free tools and apps to help support your mental health as well as ANA’s COVID-19 self-care package of free courses. I hope you find this information useful as I certainly have.

In addition to receiving the material by clicking here, you can also find this and other useful information on our COVID-19 Resources Page.

APSNA President 2021-2023​

Member Referral Program​
APSNA is very excited to launch a member referral program. Do you have a friend or a colleague that works in the Pediatric Surgical field that would be interested in having the opportunity to have resources at their fingertips? As you know there are many benefits to being a member of APSNA such as Educational webinars, Annual conference, Patient and Family teaching sheets, and much more.

To kick off this new program, for the month of December, you can be included in a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Each new member that you refer will qualify you for a chance to win. When filing out the membership application, they just need to write your name in the referred by line.

We believe in our Mission and Vision!

Mission: We are the voice that shapes pediatric surgical nursing through advocacy, collaboration, mentorship, and leadership. Based on a foundation of research, education, and innovation, we will transform care delivery for pediatric surgical patients.

Vision: The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) will be the leading authority for the nursing care of pediatric surgical patient

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions at [email protected]


Kimberly Cogley

APSNA Immediate Past President 2021-2022



Contribute to APSNA and the collection of patient family information sheets library. Click here to see what is available for you to use as you educate your patients and consider becoming an author of a new sheet!

These can be printed by APSNA members and distributed to your patients.  These sheets have been authored by members just like you as we support each other in our excellent care of our pediatric surgical patients.

Topics identified that need an education sheet include duodenal atresia, dermoid cysts, thyroglossal duct cysts, and solid tumors.  If interested, please email the Director of Education, who can help get you started!

Please reach out to:
Director of Education

​​Have you considered nominating a colleague for the Spotlight Award?

The APSNA Spotlight Award is given quarterly. The purpose of the Spotlight Award is to recognize an APSNA member who demonstrates involvement in pediatric surgery above and beyond the usual job expectations. 
Please consider taking the time today to acknowledge a colleague who has made a difference in your institution on behalf of patients and families who deserve the very best from all of us!
Nominations are accepted throughout the year and the award is given quarterly. See the award pages​ for details.  We are currently accepting nominations for the 4th quarter now. 

​​Reviewers Needed

If you could review for the Journal, this would be greatly appreciated. Please go into our submission site to sign up and fill out your profile. 

Many of you are in the data base, but without your area of expertise listed. Please go in and revise old email addresses and update your profile. 

We are happy to train you if you are uncertain how to review a manuscript. You can receive CEUs for doing this. Please contact Anita Catlin, Editor at [email protected]

This is a gift to APSNA and much appreciated. 

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