Upcoming PCICS Fall Activities

Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC
PCICS President

Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC
Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC

It is my pleasure to write about our upcoming PCICS Fall activities which culminate with our Annual International Meeting in Miami.
During the Fall, the board will be evaluating the progress of our committees, working groups, and special interest groups towards our 2018 goals, setting strategic board priorities for 2019 and developing our annual budget. In addition, we will be developing an annual PCICS scorecard to distribute at our business meeting during the Miami conference. The business meeting is open to all PCICS members and we strongly encourage you to join us. The business meeting will continue to be in a town hall format. Your voice is important in helping to guide PCICS.
The business meeting is on Saturday, December 15 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.
Our annual conference will have a variety of clinical topics and present a number of important research studies to advance pediatric cardiac critical care. Clinical topics include pre-conferences on simulation and quality improvement, managing cardiac arrest, bedside rounds, ethics and social media, approaches to single ventricle neonate management, effective communication and counseling, CICU monitoring, long stays in CICU, VAD management, chronic illness, healthy work environments, pro and con debates and global perspectives on CICU education. In addition, we will be having QI shark tank presentations, rapid fire research presentations, research poster presentations, and importantly, presentation of four of the best research studies at the podium.
Additionally, we will be holding a membership drive during the month of November. We are offering a 50% discount to any person who signs up and has never been a PCICS member in the past. The discount applies to all nurses, advanced practice providers, allied health members, and physicians. We need your help in recruiting new PCICS members; please talk with your friends and colleagues about this special offer.
Moreover, we as a society would like to thank Dr. Paul Checchia, as he will be rolling off the Executive Board (currently our Immediate Past President). We asked Paul to share his thoughts with our PCICS community. It is our pleasure to share his message with you:
“My involvement in PCICS began in 1999, as at one of the first organizational meetings of the future society, I volunteered to spearhead membership through website development. I helped develop the very first PCICS website. I’ve served on the Board of Directors since 2000, the Vice President from 2003-2015, President from 2015 to 2017, and the Immediate Past President until this December. I’ve contributed to three consensus statements produced by the society as either the Editor or an author. I think my most enjoyable contribution to the society has been with meeting organization. I’ve served on the Program Committee of ‘The 6th International Conference’ in 2005, ‘The European Symposium of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society’ (PCICS Europe 2008) in Monte Carlo in 2008, ‘The 8th International Conference’ in 2010, ‘The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society European Conference’ in Cambridge in 2011, ‘The 3rd European Conference on Paediatric and Neonatal Cardiac Intensive Care’ and ‘PCICS Europe’ in Lucerne in 2013, and ‘The 10th International Conference’ in 2014. Additionally, I was the Program Co-Director along with Lara Shekerdemian for ‘PCICS 15 -- Houston We Have a Problem: Risk, Safety, and Science in Cardiac Critical Care’ in Houston in 2015. However, my proudest contribution has been as the Program Director for both the 7th and 9th International Conferences for PCICS in 2008 and 2012.”
The PCICS Board and community would like to express our deep appreciation for Paul’s considerable support and efforts. Thank you, Paul!

Our achievements and success as a society come from many dedicated and energetic interprofessional clinicians and researchers. It is the PCICS Board’s responsibility to leverage that wonderful potential, support ideas and innovations from our community of interprofessional clinicians, and to grow a platform on which people can contribute, develop careers, collaborate, feel engaged and belong, to learn and be enriched…all for the benefit of our patients and our field. Please join us at the Miami meeting and especially at our business meeting so we can continue to grow, evolve and mature as a society.

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