Welcome to the First PCICS Digital Newsletter Issue!
Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC
It is an honor and a privilege for me to address the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) membership in our first newsletter. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of our Board of Directors and our dedicated interprofessional committee members from around the globe. These individuals volunteer their time and talents to advance our society and the care of critically ill infants, children, adolescents, and adults with heart disease. Thank you for your efforts.
PCICS has six committees: Program, Education, Quality Improvement, Research, Connections, and International. The committees are the engine that moves our society forward. The impressive work associated with these committees will be highlighted in the various sections of this newsletter.
Our society values nurses and allied health providers as full partners with physicians in the growth of PCICS and our subspecialty in general. Interprofessional collaboration among clinicians is a critical component for improving the accessibility, quality, safety, and value of care for children with heart disease and their families. PCICS is very fortunate to have a dynamic team of nurses, advanced practice nurses, and physicians on our Board and driving the work on our committees. As we move forward, increasing diversity on our Board and committees to include respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and perfusionists, as well as other disciplines, will be critical to optimizing pediatric cardiac critical care delivery and to further advance our society. We encourage each of you to start conversations with your colleagues about joining PCICS and participating in our society.
Our Board of Directors is committed to expanding our focus on meeting the needs of pediatric cardiac critical care clinicians worldwide including those practicing in low and middle income countries (LMICs). We have changed our fee structure, are expanding our focus on educational content salient to LMICs, and are supporting educational sessions at world congresses in 2017 and 2018. In addition, we are committed to advancing pediatric cardiac critical care research in both high resource countries and LMICs.As an organization, we are leveraging the remarkable talent in our field and fostering advances in clinical care, education, research, and quality improvement. We welcome your ideas and participation in moving our subspecialty forward.