Connections Committee Update – Winter 2022

Happy new year to all! I am happy to write my first committee update as the new co-chair of the PCICS Connections Committee. Many thanks to David Werho for his hard work and dedication to PCICS over the past few years, as he hands over this role to me. I am eagerly looking forward to…

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PCICS Special Interest Groups

The Society extends its appreciation to Louise Callow, MSN, CPNP and Sandra Staveski, PhD, CPNP-AC for developing the PCICS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Their dedication to this initiative has resulted in growth of the 4 initial SIGs: Interdisciplinary Leadership, Advance Practice Provider, CNS/Educator, and Bedside Nurse. The SIGs provide opportunities for members to participate in…

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Guest Editorial: You Made Me Feel Human

“You made me feel human;” a mother once wrote in a letter to me after her daughter’s death.  I had been a clinical nurse specialist in the CICU during her daughter’s hospitalization. Her daughter was born prematurely with a complete heart block and was being temporarily paced until she grew big enough to receive a…

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Guest Editorial: Growing up in the CCU: Supporting Families Through the Long Haul

 “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital” – Mark Hyman In October of 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) jointly declared a national emergency in children’s mental health. This crisis has been…

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Small Steps to Improving the Quality of Life in the CICU

Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity. ~ Hippocrates Eight months ago, I walked into the hospital for a routine induction of labor. Ten days later, I walked out with a new c-section scar, a bag full of anti-hypertensives, and without my son, who remained in the NICU after…

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Executive Message February 2022

Happy holidays and new year to all – I hope that everyone had a nice holiday season and was able to spend time with family and friends.  The recent COVID surge has certainly added additional stress to an already challenging healthcare environment and ensuring time away from work to decompress and rejuvenate is so important.…

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Quality Improvement and Safety (QI-S) Committee Update

Our PCICS Quality Improvement and Safety (QI-S) Committee continues to look forward to upcoming initiatives and projects as we enter the new year! Melina Handley, DNP, is set to complete her term as Co-Chair this month. We are excited to announce Melissa Winder, CPNP-AC, will be assuming the new role of Co-Chair, effective January 2022.…

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