APP Curriculum Goals, Achievements and Plans

Louise Callow, MSN, CPNP-PC
CS Mott Children's Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI

Lindsey B. Justice, DNP, CPNP-AC
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Louise Callow, MSN, CPNP-PC
Louise Callow, MSN, CPNP-PC
Lindsey B. Justice, DNP, CPNP-AC
Lindsey B. Justice, DNP, CPNP-AC

PCICS APP Curriculum has maintained its commitments to the following goals:

  • Elevate APP practice in pediatric CICU and cardiac acute care, provide for earlier detection and potential prevention of complications including cardiac arrest and to initiate early therapies to avoid progression of disease states through:
    • Standardized education and preparation for APPs in pediatric CICU/acute care
    • Inclusion of case scenarios throughout the curriculum to assess mastery of material and application of critical thinking skills
    • Provide opportunity to evaluate application of knowledge and critical thinking in real time through the use of simulation and unfolding scenarios
    • Provide a method for self-evaluation of decision making
  • Support ongoing professional development of the APP in pediatric CICU/acute care through:
    • Use of quality improvement initiatives for practice and outcome improvement
    • Development of team leadership skills in cardiac critical care using didactic learning, unfolding scenario application and simulation practice
    • Develop and assess critical thinking and decision making using simulation practice settings in pre- and post-operative care, heart failure, transplant and mechanical cardiac support in pediatric CICU/acute cardiac care

PCICS APP Curriculum Achievements:

  • The PCICS APP Curriculum Subcommittee has completed six curriculum review courses (didactic, simulation, or combination courses) in the United States since December 2017.
  • An International PCICS APP Curriculum Course was completed at IJN, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia in partnership with Children’s HeartLink in February, 2019. In addition to didactic presentations and detailed unfolding case scenarios, professional development activities included three CQI workshops followed by attendee development of project ideas and key driver diagrams, and development and presentation of PowerPoint lectures on various aspects of patient care in congenital heart disease.
  • All courses (inclusive of the international course), have achieved or exceeded maximum attendee capacity and participant feedback has been positive. Pre-and post-test scores on a 50-question scenario-based examination for the International APP Course demonstrated significant improvement in knowledge and critical thinking. The APP examination has completed pilot testing and subsequent revisions.

Stay tuned for the exciting 2019 PCICS APP Curriculum events:

  • A combination course (didactic + simulation) will be hosted at Children’s of Alabama on October 28-30, 2019. Registration is now open here.
  • A second APP Curriculum Combination course hosted by Texas Children’s Hospital is being organized for Winter, 2020. Details and registration will be available on once confirmed.
  • A combination course will be presented for the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta APP group in the Spring of 2020. Registration for this course will initially be limited to CHOA staff with unfilled registration becoming available to PCICS members. Details will be available in the PCICS Newsletter and on the website
  • All courses will have unfolding scenarios and simulations to support development of critical thinking and decision making in the care of the pediatric CICU/acute care patient.
  • The PCICS APP Curriculum exam, developed in collaboration with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, completed pilot testing and revision and the testing platform is currently being finalized.
  • A PCICS APP Curriculum course to precede the PCICS International Meeting in Miami, December 2020 is in the development stages. More information to follow in future newsletters.

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