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Call for Elected Leadership Candidates Open

The SPN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee are looking for the next leaders in SPN. Showcase your leadership competency skills through your commitment to serve.

The Call for Candidates is a critical part of the Nominations and Election process, during which SPN members are encouraged to consider if they have the time and resources to effectively serve in a nominated position. The term of office will begin at the close of the SPN 35th Annual Conference in April 2025.

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Take the 2024 Educational Needs Assessment

The Society of Pediatric Nurses is conducting an educational needs assessment to better understand the knowledge and skills you are seeking. The compiled survey results will provide SPN leadership with beneficial information to directly align our educational offerings and activities based on what you need. This survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to fill out. Submit your feedback by clicking the button below by Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

We recognize that your time is incredibly important, and we truly appreciate your assistance in shaping SPN's future education. 

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Social Determinants of Health Awareness Campaign Results

Social Determinants of Health Awareness Campaign Results

Submitted by Heidi McNeely, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC, (HPAC Member)

SPN’s Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee (HPAC) recently hosted a social media campaign in March that was on LinkedIn and X (formerly known as Twitter). The campaign was focused on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). The campaign ran for 5 weeks with a survey question each week and links to additional resources. The HPAC’s goals included solicitation of information specific to pediatric nurses’ awareness of social determinants of health to help identify gaps and to also increase awareness through dialogue and access to existing resources. The committee will be using this data as we consider additional advocacy education around the role of pediatric nurses within SDOH. We appreciate all who participated.

Here is what we heard from respondents.  


Impact of Fentanyl on Pediatrics

Impact of Fentanyl on Pediatrics

Peggy Zysk, RN, BSN, CPN, member of SPN Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee

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New SPN Mentorship Exchange Program

Introducing SPN's New Mentorship Exchange Program

Where pediatric nurses nurture and empower each other 

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2024 SPN Awards Nominations Applications Now Open

Nominations are now open for the Barbara A. Larson Humanitarian and Innovation Awards! If you know someone who continually goes above and beyond to serve our pediatric population, show them you recognize the work they are doing by nominating them for one of SPN's awards this year.

Barbara a. larson humanitarian award

 The Barbara A. Larson Humanitarian Award is named in memory of a long-time SPN member, officer and pediatric nurse who made a significant impact on the health and well-being of children around the world. This award is given to an individual (preferably a pediatric nurse) who exemplifies the ideals, values, and commitment held by Barbara A. Larson to serve children by working to improve their health, well-being, and/or living conditions (awarded in even years). 

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Take a Moment to Complete the New DEI Task Force Survey!

Please Share Your Feedback in the DEI Task Force Follow-Up Survey 

As you may recall in 2021, SPN's DEI Task Force requested information to gain a baseline understanding of SPN membership. That information assisted the task force in working to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion were taken into consideration for SPN processes and practices, in addition to influencing the creation of new services and resources that would benefit membership.

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Announcing SPN's Newest Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members

As a result of the recent membership election, please join us in congratulating our new SPN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members!

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Access to Care During Childhood: A Social Determinant of Health

Access to Care During Childhood: A Social Determinant of Health

Author:Michaela Lewis, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-AC/PC, CPN, CPEN, CNE, CNE-cl, PMHS, CCRN, VA-BC

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SPN Leadership Skills Development Program - APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

Applications are being accepted through November 30th for SPN's new, 12-month Leadership Skills Development Program, launching in January 2024. This program is aimed at providing leadership skills to aspiring, emerging, and current frontline pediatric nurse leaders, and the program will have a monthly activity, including webinars, led by SPN subject matter experts, with support from SPN's Director of Programs, Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC. Join a cohort of up to 13 pediatric nurses that will dive into topics such as self-leadership, change management, financial acumen, communication and more. Plus, earn 7 + NCPD contact hours.


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SPN Measles Micro-Learning Video

The Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) recently created a micro-learning video about the risk of measles, how to prevent its spread, and the treatment of patients who have contracted the disease. SPN recognizes that this information is relevant across a variety of practice settings and pediatric nursing positions for providing guidance for measles prevention to those you serve. Utilize SPN’s measles video to refresh yourself and those you work with about how to mitigate the risk of contracting measles and how to handle cases of measles that you may encounter.

SPN encourages you to share this quick video with your peers as an opportunity to discuss the signs of a measles outbreak in your community.

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SPN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Slate - Now Open

Elections are now open for our Board of Directors and Nominating Committee who will begin their term at the conclusion of the 2024 Annual Conference next April. Below is the slate for nominations this year, and you can submit your choices using the link below until October 30th.


In Observation of Antibullying Month

In Observation of Antibullying Month

Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NE-BC, NPD=BC

October marks the observance of antibullying month, and it is disappointing to see that bullying persists in the nursing profession. However, if we join forces, we can bring about a change and make bullying entirely unacceptable.

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Featured Product for the Month

Featured Product of the month: Pediatric Gastroenterology Nursing Assessment-Based Certificate Program

Check out September's featured product, the Pediatric Gastroenterology Nursing Assessment-Based Certificate Program. Follow the link below to log in to SPN's Online Education Center and learn more! 

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2024 Research & EBP Grants - Call for Intent

SPN: Research and Evidence-Based Practice Grant Program
Call for Letters of Intent by October 1, 2023

The purpose of this grant is to support research studies and evidence-based practice projects (EBP) related to children and their families. These grants are awarded to SPN members, and may include research studies or EBP projects ranging from pilot work to large, multisite studies. Student theses, dissertations, or EBP project proposals are accepted. The proposed study or EBP project will be completed within a one-year period upon receipt of the grant funds.

Overview of Process

Submit a letter of intent by October 1, 2023 at 5:00 pm CST including the title of proposed project, investigator name(s), institution name(s) and a brief overview of the project (click here for the form). The application and all supporting materials will be due in December, 2023. Send submissions electronically to: [email protected]. Complete applications will be assigned to a review panel of either research or EBP experts, depending on the type of application; a list of the criteria submissions will be review using can be found here. Applicants and awardees will be notified in March, 2024. Awards will be announced at the SPN Annual Conference in April.

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Cincinnati Children’s Seeking Expert Panelists: High-Flow Nasal Cannula for Bronchiolitis

Cincinnati Children’s is recruiting 1 – 2 individuals with relevant expertise in clinical medicine and/or research to serve on a national expert panel. This panel will work to develop evidence-driven consensus recommendations for appropriate high-flow nasal cannula use in hospitalized pediatric patients with bronchiolitis. This work is being conducted under the auspices of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

For further information and to complete your application, please view the survey below. The survey will close on Monday, September 18.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Updates


SPN recognizes the importance of creating and supporting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization, nursing, and the pediatrics specialty. In order to advance SPN's strategic DEI objectives, the Board of Directors convened a DEI Task Force in 2020.

The task force began by creating an organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. They then developed, administered, and analyzed a membership survey to understand the characteristics of the membership and perceptions of the organization with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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What I learned from attending a Mental Health First Aid Course

What I learned from attending a Mental Health First Aid Course

By: Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NE-BC, Director of Programs, Society of Pediatric Nurses

The number of patients with behavioral health needs has been on the rise, and this is well-documented. It is also evident that stress, burnout, and depression are impacting our healthcare professionals. In a study conducted by Melnyk et al. (2022), it was found that 79% of nurses reported their mental health worsening due to the pandemic. Additionally, an earlier study by Melnyk et al. (2018) established a correlation between mental health stresses and increased medical errors.

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Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee Updates


SPN continues to advocate for you and our patients, and it is our stance that every child deserves access to medical care and consultation. As we shared last year, the Healthcare Policy and Advocacy Committee set in motion SPN’s partnership with a coalition of 20+ other medical societies to advocate the necessity of medical access for all children, especially those children who are currently under threat of losing access such as those seeking gender affirming care.  Currently, legislation in the following states is being brought forward in a variety of different paths to block access to medical care. We’ve included a list of those states and a relevant news article regarding the legislation within that state. If this is a topic of interest for you, we encourage you to:

  • Continue to educate yourself on the individual bills and lawsuits within the state of interest by reviewing the actual bill, available legal proceedings, and a variety of news articles.
  • Then review SPN’s State Advocacy Resources for guidance on grassroot level advocacy.


August 2023 President's Letter

Greetings SPN Members!

The Latest Gun Violence Data

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