Betsy M. McDowell, PhD, RN, CNE
SPN News Editor
I am excited to be the new editor for SPN News. I appreciate that
President Huth has entrusted me with this opportunity and I am grateful
to the past editor, Dr. Shirley Wiggins, for agreeing to take me under
her wing of experience. I look forward to working closely with Jenny
Kasza and the TEI staff in coming months and to continuing this
meaningful publication for pediatric nurses.
I’m writing this on Nurses’ Day 2012 and I’m feeling proud to be a
nurse, especially a pediatric nurse. This year’s theme for Nurses’ Week
is “Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.” I hope you were able to join
us in Houston last month for the SPN Convention where there were
numerous examples of pediatric nurses doing all of these, pediatric
nurses making a difference for children and their families each day. In
line with this year’s Nurses’ Week theme, SPN News in this and future
issues will share with you instances of pediatric nurses speaking out,
promoting, sponsoring, and campaigning on behalf of children and
families. There will be information from and about pediatric nurses who
mentor others, who conduct research, who manage this and other
professional organizations, who educate students, and who set our vision
for the future. And articles in SPN News will inform readers about how
pediatric nurses nurture, support, treat, and teach pediatric patients
and their families. (See the planned themes for coming issues of SPN
News.) Thank you for choosing to be a pediatric nurse; thank you for
being a pediatric nurse who advocates, leads, and cares.
P.S. Please submit items for inclusion in SPN News to me at the following e-mail address:
Themes for SPN News
Betsy M. McDowell, PhD, RN, CNE
SPN News Editor
Articles by and about the SPN membership are welcome in all issues
of SPN News. To encourage member submissions, coming
issues of SPN News will include articles addressing selected themes.
Themes will assist us in highlighting pediatric nursing
events and in focusing on member activities in a timely manner. We
continue to solicit articles from SPN members for any issue
but particularly articles that address the theme for that issue. Let
us know what you think about this approach to SPN News.
- Issue 21-4 (manuscripts due to Editor by Jul. 3; published in August) – “Spotlight on Convention-2012”
- Issue 21-5 (manuscripts due to Editor by Sept. 5; published in
October during Pediatric Nurses Week) – “Spotlight on Pediatric Nurses
at Work and Play”
- Issue 21-6 (manuscripts due to Editor by Nov. 2; published in
December) – “Spotlight on Delivery of Pediatric Nursing Care”
(highlighting our corporate sponsors)
- Issue 22-1 (manuscripts due to Editor by Jan. 4; published in
February) – “Spotlight on Pediatric Nursing Research – Process and
- Issue 22-2 (manuscripts due to Editor by Mar. 4; published in
April) – “Spotlight on Pediatric Nurses as Advocates and Volunteers”
SPN Members Honored at 2012 SPN Convention
At the SPN convention in Houston, TX on April 19-22, 2012,
several SPN members were honored for their achievements. Congratulations
to all of the winners!
Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
Elizabeth Voyles, RN, CPN
Palliative Care Team Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Excellence in Advanced Practice Award
Patricia Beierwaltes, MSN, RN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Coordinator at the Myelomenigocele Care Center at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Excellence in Education Award
Eileen O’Shea, DNP, RN, CHPPN
Assistant Professor at Fairfield University School of Nursing in Fairfield, CT
Educational Scholarship Award
Becky Thorne, BSN, RNC
Education Nurse Specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Educational Scholarship Award
Chrisann Karr, BSN, RN, CPN
Children’s Hospital of Colorado
Excellence in Clinical Scholarship Award
Pressure Ulcer Prevention Team
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Katie Lea, Angela Scott, and Brian Odom
Excellence in Nursing Research Award
Angela Green, PhD, APN
Director of Nursing Research and Clinical Assoc. Professor at
Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock, AR
Corrine Barnes Research Grant
Debbie Stayer, DNPc, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN
“Nursing Perspectives in Palliative Care/PICU”
Thomas Jefferson University, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
Corrine Barnes Research Grant
Michele Polfus, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
“Measuring Body Composition in Children with Spina Bifida”
Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
New Researcher Award of Excellence
Valerie Boebel Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University
Margaret Miles Award
Andrea B. Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP
Cook Children’s Medical Center
SPN Board Reaches Out to Chapter Leaders with Chapter Leader Pre-Conference at 2012 SPN Convention
Jennifer Stephen, MSN, RN, CPN, SPN Board Secretary, North
Central Texas Chapter; and Karen Pugh, MSN, RNC, SPN Board Treasurer,
and Greater Los Angeles Chapters
The Society of Pediatric Nurses Board of Directors recognizes
the value of local chapters to its membership. Local chapters offer
members the opportunity
to gain knowledge, develop relationships, and give back to the
local community. SPN currently has 47 local chapters. Leading a
chapter can be a challenging yet
rewarding experience. In an effort to connect with and support
chapter leaders, the Board offered a pre-conference workshop at this
year’s convention. Twenty-two
members representing 14 chapters and two members interested in
starting a local chapter attended. Attendees had the opportunity to
meet the national board
members, clarify financial information, and network with other
This chapter leader pre-conference at the 22nd annual SPN
conference in Houston began with Secretary Dana Etzel-Hardman
discussing the roles and
responsibilities of chapter board members. Dana reminded leaders of
their duty of loyalty and care as described by Ingram (2009). Such
duties include acting
in good faith and behaving in a manner that furthers chapter rather
than personal interests. In addition, Dana shared helpful information
on standard business
practices, including agenda construction, execution of Robert’s Rules of Order, and conducting effective meetings. To find additional information, visit
the Chapter Toolkit by clicking here.
Karen Pugh, SPN Treasurer, then discussed changes in the laws
that are relevant to all local chapters under the Pension Protection Act
of 2006. As of 2008,
all 501(c)(3)-exempt organizations, with gross receipts of $25,000
or less, must file an annual notice. The result of this is that all
income for a chapter must
be reported and unrelated business income must be made available
for public inspection if requested. Did the local SPN chapter receive a
990–N postcard and act
upon it? Or has the local chapter received an Automatic Revocation
notice saying that it is in jeopardy of losing its local chapter and
tax exempt status because
the 990 was not filed yearly since 2008? There is no need to
panic—help is available for the local chapter, but action must be taken
NOW!! If a chapter was not
in attendance at the pre-conference, a chapter officer should call
the national office of SPN today to have the chapter’s name and contact
available for further instructions and assistance.
The SPN Board of Directors understands this is an issue of
concern for local chapters and voted to support the fee of $100 to help
a chapter recover its tax
exempt status. This will cover the cost of the Transitional Relief
Fee under Internal Revenue Code § 6033 for small organizations if the
chapter is eligible for
it. The local chapter leadership probably will need to submit either
a completed 990 or 1023 form (depending on the chapter’s circumstance)
with the applicable fees.
These forms, more information, and the phone number to the IRS
(helpful staff) can be found on the IRS website at www.IRS.gov. To
view the pre-conference PowerPoint financial presentation, chapter officers can visit the Chapter Toolkit by clicking
The pre-conference closed with President Debbie Arnow and
President-Elect Myra Huth leading an interactive session on strategic
planning. President Dr. Arnow
and President- Elect Dr. Huth revealed SPN’s new vision, mission,
and values which recently were approved by the membership.
- Vision: To be the premier resource for nurses caring for children and families.
- Mission: The Society of Pediatric Nurses champions the specialty
of pediatric nursing by supporting its members in their practice.
- Values: Collaboration, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence, Scholarship
Chapter leaders brainstormed and proposed local chapter goals
that could align with and contribute to SPN’s newly released 2012-2013
- Increase the quantity of individual and corporate members and the quality of their experience.
- Increase the visibility of SPN among targeted stakeholders by strengthening the brand and communication strategies.
- Develop the organizational and operational ability to achieve the above stated goals.
The Board of Directors encourages chapter leaders who were unable
to attend the pre-conference to consider how their chapter activities
the 2012-2013 goals. For additional information or resources,
contact Karen Pugh, Treasurer and liaison to the Chapter Development
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Teresa Setnar, Chapter Development Committee Chair,
Connections: Linking Evidence to Your Practice
From the SPN Clinical Practice Committee–Fever Management
Vicky R. Bowden, DNSc, RN
The following articles provide information about fever
management. Nurses need to be aware of a major change that
occurred in summer of 2011 in
liquid acetaminophen products available for
retail sale. Manufacturers have changed the amount of
acetaminophen in these medicines to one standard amount. In
addition, nurses need to be aware
that they should not recommend alternating acetaminophen and
ibuprofen to parents. Though this may be common practice in a
monitored setting such as a
hospital, these practices at home may lead to unmonitored
overdosing of the child.
Click on each article title for more information.
and Pain Medicines: Major Change Parents Need to Know
Infant Acetaminophen Dosage Change May Cause Confusion
Alternating Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in Children: Unsafe?
Efficacy and Safety of Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen for Treating Children's Pain or Fever: a Meta-Analysis
Paracetamol Plus Ibuprofen for the Treatment of Fever in Children (PITCH): Randomised Controlled Trial
Alternating Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen in the Febrile Child: Examination of the Evidence Regarding Efficacy and Safety
Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children
Does Acetaminophen in Comparison to Ibuprofen Effectively Reduce Fevers in Children Younger than 18 Years of Age?
Pediatric Nursing Conference
Hosted by the MA Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Forefront—Center for Meetings & Conferences
404 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451
How You Celebrated National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2012
In the April SPN News, we asked how you celebrated this special
week. SPN member Christine Winter, RN, explained her week this way:
At Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California,
we celebrated Nurses Week with a day-long Nursing Research Symposium
poster presentations, lunch, gift bags, and a chocolate fountain; a
day (and night) of massages; a day with gifts of chocolates and
coffee; and on Friday an
ice cream social. Our Professional Registered Nurses Committee
organized it and made it a great week!
Christine Winter, RN
Santa Rosa, CA
Save the Date: the SPN 23rd Annual Conference on April 11-14, 2013 in
Elizabeth Voyles, RN, CPN
SPN Program Planning Chair
Great Lakes Chapter
The 2012 conference is behind us and the SPN Program Planning
Committee is kicking into high gear organizing and preparing for the
23rd Annual event. Please mark
your calendars and “Save the Date”for the 2013 conference to be held
in Nashville, Tennessee on April 11-14, 2013. The title of the
conference is IN HARMONY:
Pediatric Nurses Collaborating for Change. SPN members interested in presenting at the conference should watch for the call for abstracts that will be published
both on the SPN website (www.pedsnurses.org)
and in a forthcoming e-blast that will be sent out to the SPN
membership! The call
for abstracts will contain a list of sub-themes especially selected
for this conference. We encourage you to think about the many
educational, clinical practice,
evidence-based, and research projects that you are involved in and
consider submitting an abstract. This is a great opportunity for you to
share your best practice
with your fellow pediatric nurses. The Program Planning Committee
looks forward to reviewing and selecting the abstracts for presentation
at the 2013 convention and
providing our members with an outstanding conference.
Call for Abstracts Due Aug. 13, 2012: SPN 2013 Annual Convention
In Harmony: Pediatric Nurses Collaborating for Change
The SPN Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a
podium or poster presentation at the 2013 SPN Convention. The
convention will be held April 11 –
14, 2013, at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center,
Topics should be related to integrating care across the
continuum and should focus on communication, transition, collaboration,
and the changing healthcare environment.
We welcome abstracts from nurse leaders, the novice to advanced
pediatric nurse, that fit into one of the following categories:
Clinical, Research, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) or Education.
The committees will review abstracts for podium and poster presentations based on the following criteria:
Applicable to the theme of the convention
Originality of topic/presentation
Presenter’s professional background
Application to practice
Abstracts must be in narrative form and not exceed 300 words.
There should be NO identifying information in the body of the abstract.
Clinical and Education podium presentations are 60 minutes in length.
Research and Evidence-Based Practice podium presentations are 20 minutes in length.
If selected to present a podium presentation, you must be
available to present on Friday, April 12 OR Saturday, April 13, 2013.
SPN members submitting
an abstract will be notified of acceptance or denial of their
abstract on or before September 21, 2012.
Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59pm CDT Monday, August 13, 2012.
Click here for more details.
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) News
Learn More about Pediatric Updates (formerly SAEs)
Visit the link below for an in-depth PowerPoint about this
required CE component of CPN and CPNP Recertification. PNCB expanded
this presentation in April to
include more FAQs and scenarios: http://www.pncb.org/ptistore/control/certs/cpn-cpnp/saes
Understanding the 7-Year Recert Tracking Cycle
PNCB now offers a 7-year cycle worksheet with examples so you can
plan ahead and see how other CPNs or CPNPs fulfill their requirements,
both annually and across
the span of a 7-year cycle. Visit the Recert section of www.pncb.org for this new tool.
Your Recert Check-up!
Each CPN and CPNP should have received a letter in March about
the SAE name change to Pediatric Updates. Here are more tips to help as
you plan ahead for 2013
Recert enrollment (October 1 – December 31, 2012).
- What activity do you plan to document this fall? Do you need
to earn any contact hours this summer to fulfill a CE option for
- Do you need or want to complete the Pediatric Updates for RNs
module (formerly SAE) before enrolling in 2013 Recert this coming
- CPNs will complete 1 Pediatric Updates module during each
7-year Recert tracking cycle. You decide when to purchase and complete
the module during each cycle.
- You will not pay a fee to apply a previously purchased module to Recert enrollment.
- Ordering a Pediatric Updates module is not the same as annual
Recert enrollment. You will still need to participate in the annual
online application process to
recertify each year from October 1 to December 31. This process
updates your contact information, RN license, and other important
details pertinent to your certification.
Log in to your account at www.pncb.org to view your Recert history and personalized green Pediatric Updates Guide to help in your
planning. As a reminder, if you need or want to apply a
Pediatric Updates module (formerly SAE) to your 2013 Recert enrollment
(October 1 to December 31, 2012),
you will need to successfully complete this activity prior to enrolling. Ordering your module during the enrollment process with the commitment to complete it
after Recert is no longer available.
Convenient, year-round ordering is available through your personalized My ReCErt Tracker benefit at
www.pncb.org/ptistore/control/recerttracker. Questions about any aspect of Recertification? E-mail email@example.com so we can help!