Education & Training Committee

Mary McBride, MD, MEd
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

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

Lindsey B. Justice, DNP, CPNP-AC
Lindsey B. Justice, DNP, CPNP-AC
Mary McBride, MD, MEd
Mary McBride, MD, MEd 

The PCICS Education Committee is currently co-chaired by Lindsey Justice, DNP, CPNP-AC and Mary McBride, MD, MEd. It includes ten additional nursing members (Dot Beke, Louise Callow, Melissa Jones, Christine Riley, Cecilia St. George-Hyslop, Casey Naughton, Amy Donnellan, Justine Fortkiewicz, Lisa McCabe, and Christin Huff) and five additional physician members (Ronald Bronicki, Chris Mastropietro, Uri Pollak, Catherine Allan, Lillian Su). The work of the education committee this year has centered around the development of educational curricula for nurses, advanced practice providers (APPs), and for neonatal cardiac care.

Nursing Curriculum
Melissa Jones, Mary Rummell and Dot Beke are leading the development of a PCICS Nurse Curriculum. This publication will incorporate both new sections along with updated existing nursing guidelines currently available on the PCICS website under the ‘nursing’ link. Over 75 nurses from North America are contributing to the body of work. Chapters will include sections related to cardiac defects, acquired heart disease, neonatal, pediatric and adult-specific issues related to congenital heart disease, professional practice, case studies, and more. The expected date of publication is spring of 2019.

Neonatal Cardiac Curriculum
A working group has been formed and is beginning to develop a neonatal cardiac care curriculum. Anyone interested in participating should let Mary McBride know at

APP Curriculum
The PCICS APP Curriculum subcommittee (see below Acknowledgement of Subcommittee Contributions) has worked tirelessly this year to advance and standardize the education of cardiac intensive/acute care APPs. The four components of the APP Curriculum include a book containing 20 peer-reviewed education modules, didactic review courses, simulation learning sessions, and an exam, which is currently under development in collaboration with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) to allow APPs to test their knowledge of the APP curriculum content.

The PCICS APP Curriculum book was published in December 2017 and has sold 287 copies to date. Didactic and simulation courses have also been developed. The pilot didactic review course was held at Children’s National in December 2017. It sold out quickly and was attended by 35 APPs. The second course was a three-day combination course consisting of didactic lectures and simulation scenarios. It was hosted by Texas Children’s Hospital in June 2018 and also sold out with 37 APPs in attendance. The third course was a didactic review course hosted by the UCSF School of Nursing and sold out with 41 APP attendees. In course evaluations, APP attendees have commented that the courses provide valuable information that improves preparedness/confidence to practice. APPs have also enjoyed the benefit of professional networking during the courses. Courses include a simulation course held on October 13-14, 2018 at the Stanford Center for Immersive and future courses on Simulation-based Learning, a didactic review course on December 12-13, 2018 prior to the PCICS meeting in Miami, and a three-day combined didactic/simulation course at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in April 2019. In addition, the APP curriculum has been recognized as a valuable resource for developing advanced practice nurses internationally, and it will be taught at Institut Jantung Negara in Malaysia in February 2019 in partnership with Children’s Heartlink. If you are interested in attending a course or hosting a course at your institution please email Lindsey Justice and Louise Callow.

The PCICS APP Curriculum Subcommittee

Lindsey Justice, DNP, CPNP-ACCommittee Co-chair
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Louise Callow, MSN, CPNP Committee Co-chair
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Didactic Review Course

Christin Huff, DNP, CPNP-ACDidactic Co-lead
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Ashley Moellinger, MSN, CPNP-AC – Didactic Co-lead
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Children’s of Alabama


Jenna Heichel, MSN, CPNP-AC
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Misty Ellis, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC
University of Louisville, Norton Children’s Hospital
Amy Ryan, MSN, CPNP-AC
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Christine Riley, MSN, CPNP-AC
Children’s National Health System
Catherine Baxter, MSN, CPNP-AC
Carolina’s Healthcare System, Levine Children’s Hospital             


Loren Sacks, MD
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University
Josh Cisco, MD
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Simulation Learning Sessions

Amy Ryan, MSN, CPNP-AC – Lead/Developer
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


Misty Ellis, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC
University of Louisville, Norton Children’s Hospital
Erin Dugan, MSN, CPNP-PC
Carolina’s Healthcare System, Levine Children’s Hospital
Michele Toussaint, PA-C
Stanford University


Mary McBride, MD, Anne and Robert H.Lurie Children’s Hospital
Lillian Su, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University
Aaron Calhoun, MD, University of Louisville, Norton Children’s Hospital
Loren Sacks, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University

APP Exam

Lindsey Justice                                 
Louise Callow
Christine Riley
Christin Huff
Amy Ryan     
Catherine Baxter
Misty Ellis                           
Ashley Moellinger
Kristen Brown, DNP, CPNP-AC, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, John’s Hopkins School of Nursing
Kim Woodall, MSN, CPNP-AC, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta

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