Program Committee Update November 2021

The program committee has had a busy few months preparing and executing the annual meeting. The virtual meeting was successful with over 500 registrants. We heard from a variety of speakers and were treated to a glimpse into the history of PCICS as well as the future direction of both the society and the field of…

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Nursing Editorial: Advanced Practice Provider Burnout in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Burnout is real, personal, and costly for all involved in the health care system. Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care (PCICU) Advanced Practice Providers (APP) consistently practice in a high-pace, high-stress environment putting them at high risk for the emotional, mental, and physical manifestations of burnout.  The World Health Organization defined nurse burnout as an occupational phenomenon…

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Guest Editorial: Am I Too Old for the CICU Night Shift?

At 62 years and post-call from a sleepless night shift, I would say “absolutely not.”  I stayed up with a neonate who was status post tracheoplasty a few weeks ago and yesterday underwent LPA sling repair, hilum-to-hilum pulmonary artery reconstruction, and truncus 1A repair.  Am I tired? Yes!  As Susan Nicolson, a cardiac anesthesiologist at…

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Guest Editorial: Go to Sleep, Grandpa

Back in the early 1980s when I was in training, night call was not a major event. We had no work-hour rules and regularly worked 120-hour weeks as residents and fellows. In August 1987, I remember my first week as an attending, I was in the ICU for about 100 hours. My wife said, “I…

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Executive Message November 2021

Happy fall, y’all!  Sharing a glimpse of my southern roots! It’s hard to believe we are 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet, we all remain committed to transforming care and improving outcomes for our patients. We do this despite personal hardships, workplace staffing shortages, and at times, waning morale. Thus, a fall newsletter…

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Associate Editor’s Message November 2021

Burned out on burnout? I’m not surprised. The discussion on burnout has reached a fever pitch over the last two years as professionals in all fields have struggled to adjust to the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Concern about burnout in pediatric cardiac intensive care, however, long predates the pandemic. Burnout was once…

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Early Career: A New Look at the Sunday Scaries

My typical “Sunday scaries” showed up one day early this weekend, after spending a day furniture shopping with my husband for our new home. When I got home on Saturday night, I realized that I was going to have to spend my entire Sunday doing homework. Yes, real homework! I just started a Master of…

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Finance Committee Update November 2021

PCICS has successfully completed our virtual annual meeting. Thank you to all our members and sponsors who supported us this year. The annual meeting has put us on a solid financial footing to continue to support our mission. The PCICS Finance Committee, under the leadership of Lindsey Justice, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC (PCICS Treasurer), and Michael…

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QI-S Committee Update November 2021

Our PCICS Quality Improvement and Safety (QI-S) Committee is excited about various upcoming initiatives and projects! Our Committee welcomed three new members this year, including Kevin Hummel, MD (Boston Children’s Hospital), Rambod Amirnovin, MD, and Catherine Baxter, MSN (Levine Children’s Hospital). We are excited by their enthusiasm and new contributions to the Committee! Melina Handley,…

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