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February 2024 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!

PRIORITIZE YOUR BIG ROCKS!!

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Impact of Fentanyl on Pediatrics

Impact of Fentanyl on Pediatrics

Peggy Zysk, RN, BSN, CPN, member of SPN Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee

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New SPN Mentorship Exchange Program

Introducing SPN's New Mentorship Exchange Program

Where pediatric nurses nurture and empower each other 

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2024 SPN Awards Nominations Applications Now Open

Nominations are now open for the Barbara A. Larson Humanitarian and Innovation Awards! If you know someone who continually goes above and beyond to serve our pediatric population, show them you recognize the work they are doing by nominating them for one of SPN's awards this year.

Barbara a. larson humanitarian award

 The Barbara A. Larson Humanitarian Award is named in memory of a long-time SPN member, officer and pediatric nurse who made a significant impact on the health and well-being of children around the world. This award is given to an individual (preferably a pediatric nurse) who exemplifies the ideals, values, and commitment held by Barbara A. Larson to serve children by working to improve their health, well-being, and/or living conditions (awarded in even years). 

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January 2024 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

As I review the accomplishments of SPN over the past year, I am in awe of the knowledge and expertise our members bring to their service on the Board of Directors, committees, task forces, as well as our educational programs. I can already sense that 2024 will be another successful year working towards our mission of providing you with excellent resources and education in pediatric nursing!

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Take a Moment to Complete the New DEI Task Force Survey!

Please Share Your Feedback in the DEI Task Force Follow-Up Survey 

As you may recall in 2021, SPN's DEI Task Force requested information to gain a baseline understanding of SPN membership. That information assisted the task force in working to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion were taken into consideration for SPN processes and practices, in addition to influencing the creation of new services and resources that would benefit membership.

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Did You Miss Any of the SPN Webinars in 2023?

Now's Your Chance to Catch Up on the Webinars You Missed!

SPN had a jam-packed 2023 filled with educational and inspiring webinars. Now is a great time to catch up on any webinars you may have missed. And with SPN’s new Leaning Center, it’s even easier to view the previous webinars and earn Nursing Continuing Professional Development Credit.

Be on the lookout for more webinars in 2024!

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Announcing SPN's Newest Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members

As a result of the recent membership election, please join us in congratulating our new SPN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members!

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Access to Care During Childhood: A Social Determinant of Health

Access to Care During Childhood: A Social Determinant of Health

Author:Michaela Lewis, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-AC/PC, CPN, CPEN, CNE, CNE-cl, PMHS, CCRN, VA-BC

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December 2023 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!

ENGAGING WITH FUTURE PEDIATRIC NURSES

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SPN Leadership Skills Development Program - APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

Applications are being accepted through November 30th for SPN's new, 12-month Leadership Skills Development Program, launching in January 2024. This program is aimed at providing leadership skills to aspiring, emerging, and current frontline pediatric nurse leaders, and the program will have a monthly activity, including webinars, led by SPN subject matter experts, with support from SPN's Director of Programs, Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC. Join a cohort of up to 13 pediatric nurses that will dive into topics such as self-leadership, change management, financial acumen, communication and more. Plus, earn 7 + NCPD contact hours.

Objectives:

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December Coffee Break: Professional Transition into Practice

DECEMBER COFFEE BREAK: PROFESSIONAL TRANSITION INTO PRACTICE

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

Nurse residency programs aim to improve nursing job satisfaction and patient outcomes and can reduce turnover, errors, and stress among nurses. Let's talk about residencies as they share their lessons learned and success at the SPN Coffee Break. Join us if you have a residency, are thinking about starting one, or just want to hear how others are managing their residencies. You don't want to miss the discussion at this SPN Coffee Break.

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December Self-Care Corner: A Gift to yourself - Aromatherapy

December Self-Care Corner: A Gift to yourself -Aromatherapy

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT

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November 2023 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!

PEDIATRIC NURSES WEEK

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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

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

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.

VIEW SLATE HERE

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

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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