SPN Measles Micro-Learning Video

The Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) recently created a micro-learning video about the risk of measles, how to prevent its spread, and the treatment of patients who have contracted the disease. SPN recognizes that this information is relevant across a variety of practice settings and pediatric nursing positions for providing guidance for measles prevention to those you serve. Utilize SPN’s measles video to refresh yourself and those you work with about how to mitigate the risk of contracting measles and how to handle cases of measles that you may encounter.

SPN encourages you to share this quick video with your peers as an opportunity to discuss the signs of a measles outbreak in your community.

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Promoting Equitable Care and Access for Children with Special Needs and Their Families


Instructor: Lizdelia Piñón, Ed.D. 
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 4:00 pm CT
NCPD Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Children with special needs may require consideration and adaptation of interventions in the home, school, and hospital setting to promote equitable care and access. Please join us to learn more about ways you can promote equitable access and care. Dr. Liz Piñon, educator, and mother of four children with special needs, will share a “day-in-the-life”. Liz will describe successes and challenges experienced in the home, hospital, and school setting and suggest ways to support and connect with parents. Learn how you can be an ally advocate and promote the health and wellbeing of children with special needs and their families.

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Pediatric Nurses Chat: Cultivating Psychological Safety to Improve the Delivery of High Quality and Safe Patient Care


Instructor: Lauren Pfeifer, PhD, RN, CCDS
Monday, October 16, 2023, 11:00 am CT
NCPD Contact Hour(s): 1.25

The pediatric nursing workforce has faced unprecedented challenges over the past several years. As the complexity of patient care and severity of illnesses increase, it is paramount that our profession remains committed to cultivating psychological safety and embedding the principles of high reliability. This 75-minute interactive session will review the barriers to patient and staff safety, discuss the influence that workplace culture has on staff perceptions and behaviors and discuss opportunities for improvement.

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SPN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Slate - Now Open

Elections are now open for our Board of Directors and Nominating Committee who will begin their term at the conclusion of the 2024 Annual Conference next April. Below is the slate for nominations this year, and you can submit your choices using the link below until October 30th.


In Observation of Antibullying Month

In Observation of Antibullying Month

Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NE-BC, NPD=BC

October marks the observance of antibullying month, and it is disappointing to see that bullying persists in the nursing profession. However, if we join forces, we can bring about a change and make bullying entirely unacceptable.

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Substance Use and HIV Risk Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness


Instructor: Diane Santa Maria DrPH, MSN, RN, ACRN, FSAHM, FAAN    
Wednesday September 13, 2023, 9:30 am CT
NCPD Contact Hour(s): 1.0

Approximately 1.1 million children in prekindergarten through 12th grade experienced unstable housing during the 2020-2021 school year, according to the National Center for Homeless Education. Children living in unstable housing are more likely to suffer from poor physical, mental, and sexual health outcomes, as well as commit suicide. Learn how unstable housing interrelates with substance use and HIV risk along with several promising interventions for addressing substance use and HIV risk during this webinar. 

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October 2023 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!


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Special Screening of "The Wait to Nowhere: When a Crisis Goes Untreated"


Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:00 pm CT 
Join SPN on World Mental Health Day for a special screening of the short-form documentary directed by Lizzie Costello “The Wait to Nowhere: When a Crisis Goes Untreated”. Without the infrastructure necessary to connect needed resources for mental health care, pediatric emergency departments across the country are filling up with kids in crisis. "The Wait to Nowhere: When a Crisis Goes Untreated" reveals an unspeakable reality: children living in the ER for days, weeks and even months at a time, awaiting dedicated care. This film explores the issue and touches on solutions. True stories are told by those living this nightmare, including hospitals that are caught up in a failed system, while lawmakers help lay out a plan to address the crisis before even more children's lives are lost. 
Registration Fee: Free for everyone

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Featured Product for the Month

Featured Product of the month: Pediatric Gastroenterology Nursing Assessment-Based Certificate Program

Check out September's featured product, the Pediatric Gastroenterology Nursing Assessment-Based Certificate Program. Follow the link below to log in to SPN's Online Education Center and learn more! 

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2024 Research & EBP Grants - Call for Intent

SPN: Research and Evidence-Based Practice Grant Program
Call for Letters of Intent by October 1, 2023

The purpose of this grant is to support research studies and evidence-based practice projects (EBP) related to children and their families. These grants are awarded to SPN members, and may include research studies or EBP projects ranging from pilot work to large, multisite studies. Student theses, dissertations, or EBP project proposals are accepted. The proposed study or EBP project will be completed within a one-year period upon receipt of the grant funds.

Overview of Process

Submit a letter of intent by October 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm CST including the title of proposed project, investigator name(s), institution name(s) and a brief overview of the project (click here for the form). The application and all supporting materials will be due in December, 2023. Send submissions electronically to: [email protected]. Complete applications will be assigned to a review panel of either research or EBP experts, depending on the type of application; a list of the criteria submissions will be review using can be found here. Applicants and awardees will be notified in March, 2024. Awards will be announced at the SPN Annual Conference in April.

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Cincinnati Children’s Seeking Expert Panelists: High-Flow Nasal Cannula for Bronchiolitis

Cincinnati Children’s is recruiting 1 – 2 individuals with relevant expertise in clinical medicine and/or research to serve on a national expert panel. This panel will work to develop evidence-driven consensus recommendations for appropriate high-flow nasal cannula use in hospitalized pediatric patients with bronchiolitis. This work is being conducted under the auspices of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

For further information and to complete your application, please view the survey below. The survey will close on Monday, September 18.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Updates


SPN recognizes the importance of creating and supporting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization, nursing, and the pediatrics specialty. In order to advance SPN's strategic DEI objectives, the Board of Directors convened a DEI Task Force in 2020.

The task force began by creating an organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. They then developed, administered, and analyzed a membership survey to understand the characteristics of the membership and perceptions of the organization with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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What I learned from attending a Mental Health First Aid Course

What I learned from attending a Mental Health First Aid Course

By: Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC, Director of Programs, Society of Pediatric Nurses

The number of patients with behavioral health needs has been on the rise, and this is well-documented. It is also evident that stress, burnout, and depression are impacting our healthcare professionals. In a study conducted by Melnyk et al. (2022), it was found that 79% of nurses reported their mental health worsening due to the pandemic. Additionally, an earlier study by Melnyk et al. (2018) established a correlation between mental health stresses and increased medical errors.

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Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee Updates


SPN continues to advocate for you and our patients, and it is our stance that every child deserves access to medical care and consultation. As we shared last year, the Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee set in motion SPN’s partnership with a coalition of 20+ other medical societies to advocate the necessity of medical access for all children, especially those children who are currently under threat of losing access such as those seeking gender affirming care.  Currently, legislation in the following states is being brought forward in a variety of different paths to block access to medical care. We’ve included a list of those states and a relevant news article regarding the legislation within that state. If this is a topic of interest for you, we encourage you to:

  • Continue to educate yourself on the individual bills and lawsuits within the state of interest by reviewing the actual bill, available legal proceedings, and a variety of news articles.
  • Then review SPN’s State Advocacy Resources for guidance on grassroot level advocacy.


Coffee Break: School Nursing Bridging the Healthcare Gap


Thursday, September 21, 20233:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

School nurses are crucial in bridging healthcare gaps and ensuring that students receive care. They have the ability to identify disparities and recognize when students may not be receiving optimal healthcare. SPN invites you to join our respected panelists in an interactive discussion on how to collaborate with school nurses effectively. Share your successes and learn valuable lessons from others in this vital conversation. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of students.


Beating Burnout: Empowering Nurses in 2023 and Beyond


Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 12:00 pm CT 
 Dr. Lorelle Wuerz, PhD, MSN, BS, RN, VA-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing Quality, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Description: Dr. Lorelle Wuerz, Director of Nursing Quality at New York Presbyterian Hospital will share best practices on nursing empowerment and preventing burnout through the effective utilization of new technology in the pediatric space.
Registration Fee: Free for everyone


August 2023 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!

The Latest Gun Violence Data

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August Self-Care Corner: Breathing Techniques


Tuesday, August 15, 2023

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CT

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SPN 34th Annual Conference Abstracts

In preparation for the SPN 34th Annual Conference, taking place April 17-19, 2024, SPN is now accepting abstract proposals for poster and podium presentations. This is your opportunity to showcase your latest research project, innovative solutions you've put into use within your hospital or to highlight evidence-based practice changes.

SPN is currently seeking submissions that tie to the following tracks: Clinical Practice, Education, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), Quality Improvement (QI), Research, Leadership and Management, or Information Technology.

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Pediatric Nursing Excellence Unit Recognition Task Force

SPN is seeking 5-6 volunteers to serve on a taskforce that will develop criteria for our new pediatric unit recognition program. We anticipate this project to start in August 2023 and go through January 2024. The ideal volunteer will be passionate about pediatric nursing, work in a clinical setting, and be available 3-4 hours a week to work on this project (both via email, individual work and taskforce calls). On this exciting project you will be using the framework of the Pediatric Nursing Excellence Model and determining how pediatric units can demonstrate these competencies. SPN believes all of our pediatric nurses deserve to be recognized for the amazing work they do every day and on this taskforce you will have a direct impact on that recognition. If you are our ideal volunteer, please fill out the response form so we can start this important initiative!

*All selected taskforce volunteers will receive a 50% discount for their unit to apply for the finalized recognition program.

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