Editor-In-Chief’s Message February 2021

After the unprecedented year that 2020 was, most of us approached the new year with hope that 2021 will see a transition back to some normalcy by the end of the year. Looking back on 2020, the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) made several adjustments to accommodate for the coronavirus pandemic. The society ended…

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Goodbye 2020 and New Year’s Resolutions

The year 2020 was defined by the pandemic, injustice, and politics. For me the year included denial about the pandemic, fear when the pandemic hit, pain when George Floyd died, and hope following the election and release of the COVID-19 vaccine. At the end of the year the PCICS 2020 meeting brought our community together…

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PCICS 2020: An Early Career Perspective

As I reviewed the PCICS 2020 schedule in the days leading up to the conference, I reflected on what this annual gathering means to others and to me. For some, I imagine this meeting represents a chance to meet up with old colleagues and friends. For others, perhaps PCICS represents an important opportunity to showcase…

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PCICS President’s Message February 2021

This time of year is always a time of reflection. As I look back on the events of 2020 and how PCICS has responded, I am filled with gratitude to be a part of this community. We began the year transitioning to our new management company, IMI, expecting that the transition would be our primary…

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Connections Committee February 2021 Update

This has been a busy and exciting year for the Connections Committee! The need to shift all communication and education to virtual platforms has provided opportunity for our committee to step up and help facilitate virtual networking opportunities. Early in the pandemic, members from our committee worked with the Board of Directors to establish a…

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Nursing Special Interest Groups (SIG) February 2021 Update

The individual SIG groups met unique challenges during the last year, moving forward to continue to plan for membership growth and opportunities in 2021. The four SIGs continue with monthly or bimonthly conference calls. They are organizing SIG goals to align with the new PCICS Strategic Plan as outlined during the PCICS International meeting in…

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Nursing Editorial February 2021

While there is much time spent focusing on the growth and development of new and established leaders, it is less common to discuss how we are growing the next leaders in the field of nursing. We had the privilege of moderating a session to focus on this very topic. This session generated a multitude of…

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Education Committee February 2021 Update

The Education Committee is excited to welcome our new members who will be notified soon. We want to take this opportunity to thank Ron Bronicki, MD for his extensive service to the committee including his service as co-chair. He has concluded his term on the committee and we celebrate his numerous contributions to PCICS through…

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Quality Improvement and Safety (QI-S) Committee February 2021 Update

A big thank-you to Dr. Michael-Alice Moga, our outgoing Quality Improvement and Safety (QI-S) committee co-chair, for all of her hard work and efforts in rebuilding the QI-S committee. We look forward to Dr. Moga’s continued involvement and mentorship. Also, thank you to Melina Handley, our current QI-S committee co-chair, for her continued work and…

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee February 2021 Update

Happy New Year everyone! The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is a newly created committee by PCICS to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within PCICS as an organization and for our patients and their families. The co-chairs are Megan Tracey from Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Ndidi Musa, MD from Seattle Children’s Hospital,…

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Program Committee February 2021 Update

The 16th Annual International Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society Meeting took place virtually on December 9-11, 2020. Although the meeting was unable to take place in our usual location at the Loew’s hotel in Miami Beach, we are thrilled that we were able to pivot and offer the same high quality educational content using a…

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