Education & Training Committee
Dorothy M. Beke RN, MS, CPNP-PC/AC
Ronald A. Bronicki, MD, FCCM, FACC
We are currently working on creating pathways for physician certification in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine through the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The initial steps include creating a consensus-driven set of learning objectives and curriculum to be presented to the ABP. We are in the process of obtaining and collating existing program learning objectives. Working groups have been created, with the goal of establishing a consensus driven set of learning objectives. Similarly, we are obtaining and collating program curricula for cardiology and critical care medicine-trained instructors. Working groups have been established, with the goal of creating a consensus driven curriculum. In parallel with these initiatives is the creation and distribution of a survey to assess the needs and concerns of Congenital Heart Centers regarding the pursuit of pathways for physician certification through the ABP.
A Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Curriculum has been developed to standardize the education for pediatric CICU APPs. A book of didactic learning content, which includes education modules with recommended reading and case scenarios, will be available for purchase from PCICS by the end of 2017. Classroom learning sessions, based on the content from the CICU APP Curriculum book, will also be offered at different locations, including Washington, DC prior to the PCICS 13th Annual International Meeting. An exam is being developed for APPs to evaluate their knowledge of the content in the CICU APP Curriculum, and continuing education credit will be awarded to learners who receive a passing score. Simulation training sessions will also be offered at different locations each year for APPs to solidify the knowledge gained from the didactic curriculum, and will provide an opportunity for practical application of knowledge, invasive procedures, and various management skills.
Nursing guideline resources for practitioners providing bedside nursing care for neonates, children and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are currently available on the PCICS site under the nursing link. These care resources were created by a group of advanced practice and bedside nurses from around the country as a joint effort between the PCICS Education Committee and the Society of Pediatric Cardiac Nurses (SPCN). The goal is to provide a quick, comprehensive overview of bedside care for the nurse at the point of care. These guidelines include summaries of congenital heart defects with surgical interventions/repairs and potential/actual complications, as well as specific issues related to CHD encountered in infancy, childhood and adulthood. Currently we are in the process of expanding these guidelines with a group of international nurses to include issues specific to CHD in low and middle income countries (LMICs).