About the Society of Pediatric Nurses 


Our Mission

The mission of the Society of Pediatric Nurses is to advance the specialty of pediatric nursing through excellence in education, research and practice.

Our Future

SPN is the pediatric nursing organization for pediatric nurses. We continuously strive to meet the needs of our members, promote career advancement of pediatric nurses, and are paving the way to ensure global pediatric standards of care and clinical practice guidelines are integrated into healthcare to improve facility outcomes. 94% of current members agreed that SPN educational programs have increased their knowledge and 62% indicated improved outcomes from using SPN educational productsView our 2016 - 2018 Strategic Plan

Our History

The idea of establishing a pediatric specialty organization began to take hold in the mid 1980s, under the leadership of Dr. Cecily Betz and in cooperation with many pediatric nursing leaders. Following the Key Aspects of Comfort: Pain, Fatigue, and Nausea conference, a large number of pediatric staff nurses, educators, and researchers met and discussed the need to improve the care of infants and children in pain. A strong collegiality emerged from the conference and spilled into an unplanned dinner of many of the pediatric participants. Following the 1990 Contemporary Forums annual conference on Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Child in Anaheim, CA, SPN's founding SPN members established the framework for the society. SPN has grown to over 3,300 members since its beginnings in 1990 and continues to grow.

Our Members

SPN is the premier pediatric society representing over 3300 pediatric nurses and 28 specializations. SPN strives to support nurses in their practice by providing educational resources, news in pediatric trends, and opportunities to network with nurses around the country. Join SPN and become of a part of pediatric nurse dialogue nationwide. 

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Become a Pediatric Nurse

Pediatric nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) who care for children of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings. They graduate from a nursing school within a college or a university and then take a credentialing examination known as NCLEX. All nursing students learn to care for children through formal classes and guided clinical experiences. Undergraduate nursing programs do not offer a specific program for pediatric nurses. Learn More.

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