Mid-Year Update on the Society

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

Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC

The primary focus of my work as president has been to position the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) to increase the impact of the research, education, connections, program, quality improvement, international committees, and nursing special interest groups, and to enhance the society’s value to its members. 

As our society grows and matures, it is important to continue to refine our working structures.  With this in mind, the Board and Executive Committee have delineated the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Team moving forward. These include:

  1. President – global oversight of all PCICS activities and direction of the society (Sandy Staveski, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC).
  2. Vice President (Medicine or Nursing) – oversight of committee level work and societal collaborations (John Costello, MD, MPH).
  3. Secretary – oversight of individual membership recruitment, retention and engagement opportunities (Darren Klugman, MD).
  4. Treasurer – oversight of financial aspects of the organization (David Cooper, MD, MPH).

Beginning with the fall newsletter, each Executive Committee member will address the society and update you on important initiatives they are leading. 

I would like to take the opportunity to provide a mid-year update on the three Board-approved strategic priorities.

  • To support and improve the financial health of PCICS. The financial strength of our organization supports its ability to promote excellence in care delivery, clinician education, research and quality improvement. We have worked to create revenue generating opportunities such as the Advanced Practice Provider Curriculum Course. Lindsey Justice and Louise Callow and their team of extraordinary APRNs have presented this course work in Washington, DC (sold out), at Texas Children’s Hospital, and will present the review course at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing (sold out) in August. Also being presented is an APP Bootcamp Simulation Course at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in October and a review course in December during the Miami Annual International Meeting. These courses will enhance care delivery to critically ill pediatric patients with cardiac disease as well as improve PCICS revenue. We are pleased to say that we have had an increase in PCICS publication sales over the past year. And importantly, we have experienced growth in our institutional membership. The Board and committees have worked hard to ensure our society’s financial health.
  • To increase international presence and participation of PCICS. Our society has supported workshops at the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care (WFPICCS) in Singapore, the Asian-Pacific Society in Bali and our 2019 Annual International Conference to be held in London, England.  Our International Committee published a supplement on caring for critically ill children with cardiac disease across the globe. This supplement is open access and can be retrieved here. We have increased our international members and now have members from 34 countries.
  • To increase nursing presence and participation of PCICS. We have nursing participation and leadership on PCICS committees. Due to a limited number of positions on each committee, we developed Nursing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for bedside nurses, advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialist/educators and administration. We plan to have a breakfast meeting for interested nurses to join the SIGs at the PCICS 2018 Miami conference. The nursing SIGs have the potential to further enhance care delivery to critically ill pediatric patients with cardiac disease.

PCICS is very fortunate to be leveraging the remarkable talent in our field to achieve our strategic priorities. These advances will foster excellence in clinical care, education, research and quality improvement.  It is an honor and privilege to provide our membership with a mid-year update on part of our many achievements.

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