The On Demand for the 30th Annual APSNA Scientific Conference will close 6/30/2021 at 4:00 PM CDT

Conference Objectives
This conference program has been developed through a call for abstracts and peer review process informed by past conference evaluations, forum discussions, strategic initiatives and learning outcomes as outlined below. Upon completion of the conference, the learner will be better able to:

  • Explore opportunities for pediatric surgical nurses to infuse theoretical and clinical knowledge into administration, education, practice, research and policy.
  • Provide opportunities to promote the advancement of pediatric surgical nursing.
  • Create avenues for networking and mentoring among pediatric surgical nursing colleagues.
  • Optimize patient care through exposure to innovative research and leading evidence-based practice.
  • Acknowledge the importance of collaborative and inclusive pediatric surgical subspecialty practice.

Welcome from the APSNA President

On behalf of our Board of Directors it is my great privilege to welcome you to APSNA’s 30th Annual Scientific (and first virtual) meeting. This year I would like to take the opportunity to highlight the conference booklet. Now in the third year of publication you will find essential conference details provided in a concise, easy to follow online booklet.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s virtual conference offerings. We are excited to bring you a wide variety of presentations ranging from topics such as Diagnostic Tools for Necrotizing Enterocolitis to Narrative Medicine. We have an exceptional panel of poster and podium presenters who will discuss the latest developments in pediatric surgical patient care to enhance and inspire your practice. In addition to the main conference agenda, for the first time we will be offering concurrent sessions focusing on APN Practice and Perioperative Care. You will have the opportunity to meet with Corporate Sponsors in the industry whose up to date products will help you stay current in your practice. With all of these activities we strive to fulfill our VISION that we will be the leading authority for the nursing care of pediatric surgical patients and MISSION that we are the voice that shapes pediatric surgical nursing through advocacy, collaboration, mentorship and leadership. Based on a foundation of research, education and innovation, we will transform care delivery for pediatric surgical patients.

Please join us virtually to network, learn from the experts, share your stories, and meet new friends.

Kimberly Cogley

APSNA President

Who Should Attend
The 30th Annual Scientific Conference is designed for health care leaders and professionals working in pediatric surgical settings, including:
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Bedside nurses, clinic nurses, operating room nurses, neonatal nurses, nurse managers, and nurse educators
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pediatric Surgical Subspecialty professionals
  • Behavioral health professionals
  • Home care professionals
The content of this conference is designed to meet your specific needs, from the novice to more experienced veterans in the field.
Typically this conference draws health leaders and professionals from the following types of practice settings, working in the following roles:
  • Clinical Nurses
  • Administration Professionals
  • Academia
  • Research Professionals

Why you should attend
94.6% of the most recent conference attendees stated that the APSNA conference will influence their practice. In addition,
  • 92.7% would recommend this conference to their colleagues
  • 32.8% of attendees joined APSNA during the conference period
  • 94% said that their professional needs were met

As the leading meeting of the pediatric surgical nursing community, this meeting provides several exceptional and engaging educational opportunities for you to:
  • interact with the best and brightest in pediatric surgical nursing care,
  • translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice,
  • network with colleagues across settings and disciplines,
  • learn about policy issues that directly affect you,
  • raise questions, debate the implications, plan follow-up studies, and discuss results,
  • discuss your own research and clinical observations,
  • virtually meet with poster presenters to learn about their thinking and future research directions and visit a number of exhibit booths featuring products and services specifically designed for professionals who work with the pediatric surgical patient.

Virtual Conference
Internet service will be required to access the virtual conference. Registrants will be able to access and view the handout materials before the annual conference, beginning late April 2021. Please note that materials are posted to the APSNA virtual conference site after they are received from the presenters. Not all sessions may have handouts. After the conference, the presentations will remain online for the duration of the on-demand period.

Conference Evaluation
APSNA offers its conference evaluation in an online format. The online evaluation can be completed during the conference or at any point during the on-demand period. The on-demand period is a period of time after the live conference where one is able to purchase portions of the conference material for contact hours. There will be no opportunity to chat with the exhibitors. Participants will receive their CE certification immediately when they submit their evaluations online.

We encourage all attendees to complete this evaluation regardless of whether or not they are seeking CE credits.

Conference evaluations will be available for completion online until June 30, 2021. There will be an additional fee for those who request to have their certificates provided after the evaluations have closed.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is not yet approved for contact hours. Conference organizers plan to request 16 NAPNAP CE contact hours (for Annual Conference) per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Continuing Education Guidelines. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to request 16 AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the American Academy of Physician Assistants - Physician Assistant Review Panel. Total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

Pharmacology and Trauma credits yet to be determined.

2021 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits
For those registrants needing Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, a CME processing fee of $50 is charged in addition to the annual meeting registration fee. To enroll for CME credits, check the appropriate box on the annual meeting registration form and include the CME processing fee.

CME registration must be completed before the annual meeting.

For most nursing professionals (including advanced practice nurses), the CE contact hours awarded by NAPNAP are sufficient for licensure and certification. These contact hours are included with your conference registration. However, if your state's nurse practice act requires continuing medical education (CME), you may elect to receive these during the registration process for an additional fee.

Continuing medical education (CME) refers to a specific form of continuing education that helps those in the medical field (most commonly physicians and physician assistants) maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. If you are unsure, read your state's nurse practice act to figure out what type of programs will count toward your license renewal prior to paying the additional fee.

Exhibit and Poster Schedule
Exhibit Booths are opened for the duration of the two-day conference with opportunities to chat with the representatives.

During the on-demand period (period of time after the live conference where one is able to purchase portions of the conference material for contact hours), there will be no opportunity to chat with the exhibitors.


The APSNA 30th Annual Scientific Conference will feature exhibitor booths that display products and services specifically designed for leaders in the field of pediatric surgical nursing. By visiting the Exhibit Hall, you will experience the technology, products, and services that can help you manage your professional goals, strategic objectives, and keep you and your organization at the forefront of pediatric surgical care delivery.

For a current list of exhibitors and sponsors, please visit the APSNA Exhibitor Page.

The 30th APSNA Annual Scientific Conference will feature posters displaying innovation and research in the study and treatment of pediatric surgical patients as well as informative case studies. Presenters will be on hand to discuss their posters and answer questions during the Poster Author Sessions. Conference attendees will be able to vote for three posters they deem most influential to their practice. Cash prizes will be awarded. Winning posters will be included in a future edition of the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, the official journal of APSNA.

Schedule At A Glance
*Subject to Change

Monday May 17, 2021

Time Meeting Notes
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Exhibits open
Poster Exhibit Open
8:50 AM – 8:55 AM Welcome & Announcements
8:55 AM – 9:45 AM Presidential Address
09:45 AM - 10:15 AM Educational Session
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM SIG Roundtable Breakouts
(Participants to choose one)
Chest Wall
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Break
Exhibits Open
Poster Exhibit Open
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Parent Panel Discussion
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Educational Session
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Exhibits Open
Poster Exhibit Open
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM APSNA Trivia
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM APSNA Committee Meetings

Tuesday May 18, 2021

Time Meeting Notes
8:00 AM - 8:25 AM Exhibits Open
Poster Exhibit Open
8:25 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome & Announcements
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Educational sessions
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
Exhibits Open
Poster Exhibit Open
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Educational Session
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
(Participants to choose one)
APN Practice
Perioperative Care
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Educational Session
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Break
Exhibits Open
Poster Exhibit Open
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Raffle Session
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM APSNA Business Meeting with Annual Awards
Passing of the Golden Hegar
Final Announcements and Adjournment


Acknowledgements do not imply endorsement of products or services by APSNA. A sponsorship does not imply any exclusive arrangement with APSNA as this is not aligned with APSNA’s Interaction with Industry Policy. All health care providers must ensure that the process by which they make clinical decisions is transparent, ethical, free of undue economic influence, and reflects the highest professional standards. Patients deserve and expect well-informed, objective health care decision-making based on their best interests.