October 2023 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!


This week marks the celebration of Pediatric Nurses Week. I hope you were able to order your Pediatric Nurses Week swag and use the different Pediatric Nurses Week resources, such as Zoom backgrounds, thank you cards, and sticker templates. Please share your Pediatric Nurses Week celebration photos on social media using the hashtags #ProudPediatricNurse and #PediatricNurses Week.

A webinar, Joy in Pediatric Nursing, is being offered on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm CT. Join Greg Durkin M. Ed., BSN, RN, NPDA-BC who will be sharing a humorous and interactive presentation to help us remember why we got into nursing and will help to reconnect us with the joy and deep meaning that comes with our gift of service in caring for children. Registration is free to all, and 1.0 NCPD hour will be provided.

Would you like to win a free registration to our 34th Annual Conference? SPN has launched a fun contest that you and your organization can participate in to share your pride in being a pediatric nurse. We are asking pediatric nurses to create a short video sharing why they are proud to be a pediatric nurse and to highlight how they plan to celebrate Pediatric Nurses Week. This link will provide instructions to help you easily record your video and where you can view videos recorded by other SPN members. Be sure to submit your video by Wednesday, October 4th though! SPN will be randomly selecting a winner from the video submissions during Pediatric Nurses Week. The winner will receive one free registration to the 34th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and a 25% registration discount for up to four colleagues.


Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:00 pm CT

On World Mental Health Day, SPN will air a special screening of the documentary “The Wait to Nowhere: When a Crisis Goes Untreated” directed by Lizzie Costello. The documentary explores the lack of infrastructure to meet the mental health care needs for children. The shortage of inpatient pediatric mental health beds and the providers to treat them has resulted in emergency rooms being flooded with children experiencing mental health crises with many children ending up boarding in the emergency room for days, weeks, or sometimes months awaiting the mental health care they need. The documentary shares true stories of the unspeakable realities of families living this nightmare and hospitals whose emergency departments are filling up with children in crisis. Learn more about what can and must happen to address this crisis. Registration is free for everyone.

Kathy Van Allen, MSN, RN, CPN

SPN President

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