A Nurse’s Experience at PCICS 2018
Rachel Ransick, RN, MSN, CCRN
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Attending the PCICS 14th Annual Meeting in Miami was an amazing experience. I was eager to connect with colleagues from around the country and expand my cardiac knowledge. There were many sessions and networking events that I was looking forward to attending and they did not disappoint. My favorite plenary session was “Cardiac Arrest in Pediatric Patients.” I learned the latest data and information about cardiac arrest and cardiac arrest prevention. This session had great discussion on the importance of the bedside nurse, and when it comes to the prevention of cardiac arrest, no CPR is better than good CPR. I was able to attend the nursing breakout session on "Cardiac Arrest Prevention." This was helpful to learn more information about the CAP project and how other institutions have implemented the program in their unit. Bedside nurses spend the most time with the patient and are vital to carrying out CAP plans. The information I learned from this breakout session has returned with me to my institution and has been utilized every day. Another session I attended and enjoyed was the "Simulation and Cardiopulmonary Interactions." This session challenged us to think about the whole picture and how we could best care for the patient. The explanation and teaching involved was very informative and helped me learn a lot.
My favorite networking event was the "Bedside Nursing Special Interest Group Breakfast." This allowed me to connect with colleagues from various institutions who share a cardiac passion. I was intrigued to learn about the similarities and differences in practices around the country and how each institution directed care and outcomes. I was eager to discuss nursing retention with other bedside nurses, which is a strong passion of mine. It was great to bounce ideas off of other people and learn about their retention strategies. I had the privilege of presenting Cincinnati Children’s work on nursing retention at the rapid fire poster presentation. I truly enjoyed sharing my passion with others who were interested in the topic.Overall, I learned so much from attending the PCICS annual meeting. I felt recharged and revitalized by the many sessions I attended. It was great to see the amazing advancements in the field of pediatric cardiac intensive care. I am proud to be a part of this amazing society.