PCICS CNS/Educator SIG Update


The PCICS CNS/Educator SIG continues to provide an opportunity for networking and a forum for sharing the work, ideas, and impact of Clinical Nurse Specialists and educators within the PCICS community. The CNS/Educator SIG is co-chaired by Lisa McCabe and Trish Lincoln. Membership of the CNS/Educator SIG includes nurses from institutions throughout the country.  New members are always welcome.  The current 2022 SIG goals include:

  • Share approaches and opportunities to promote excellence in bedside nursing professional development, quality improvement and evidence-based practice.
  • Provide strategies for the recruitment and retention of cardiac ICU/acute care nursing staff.
  • Support the professional development of our members.

The activities to achieve these goals include:

  • Share a current evidence-based pathway, quality improvement project, or professional development activity and facilitate further discussion among the members present.
  • Facilitate a collective brainstorming activity monthly on a current topic of interest (e.g., infection prevention, clinical management) or common issues within our units (staffing, retention, morale, etc.).
  • Promote professional development opportunities (publishing, presentation, volunteer activities, etc.) for SIG members.
  • Complete RN Procedure/ Guidelines Manual.
  • Contribute to the PCICS efforts to create a comprehensive training curriculum for bedside nurses through the
    • development of a pre/post curriculum assessment
    • creation of simulation scenarios

Meetings occur each month via virtual platform, rotating between Monday and Thursday to accommodate different schedules. Each meeting includes a center presentation of a QI, evidence-based, or educational project, brainstorming session, professional development opportunities, and project updates.

For further information, to join the next meeting, or to join the CNS/Educator SIG, please contact Lisa McCabe (lisa.mccabe@ynhh.org).


Lisa McCabe

Clinical Nurse Specialist, PCICU
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital