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May 9, 2012

SickKids is a leader in paediatric nursing at national conference

Sarah Meadows and Angela Domingues at the SIckKids booth at the PedNIG conference.
Sarah Meadows and Angela Domingues at the SIckKids booth at the PedNIG conference.

By Lucas Bailey

This year, Nursing Week at SickKids was preceded by the first-ever national paediatric nursing conference, Canadian Nurses Partnering for Children’s Health. Hosted by the Pediatric Nurses Interest Group (PedNIG) and presented by SickKids, the conference ran May 4-5 at the Hyatt Hotel. More than 175 nurses and health-care professionals attended.

The goals of the conference included highlighting primary and preventive health care and promotion, supporting paedatric nursing research, and profiling innovation and technology in paediatric health care. The wide range of topics included rural nursing, pain management and access to specialized services for vulnerable children.

“The conference was a success,” said Ashley Harrison, SickKids RN and conference co-chair. “Our closing panel featured two parents discussing family-centred care, which left many nurses inspired and remembering why they had chosen the profession.”

Harrison also noted that there was considerable buzz about the revamping of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Nurses, a national nursing group. Inactive since 2005, CAPN held a national meeting at the conference to continue its revitalization efforts.

Here’s how some other members of the SickKids family were involved in the conference:

  • Pam Hubley, Interim Chief Professional Practice and Nursing, addressed the conference at lunch on May 5.
  • Pam Hubley and Karen Breen-Reid, Advanced Nursing Practice Educator, led the discussion about rejuvenating CAPN which led to a decision to create a national network of paediatric nurses.
  • One of the three pre-conference workshops was developed and presented by Lori Ives-Baine, Palliative Care and Bereavement Coordinator, and Gurjit Sangha, Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Six of the 16 posters and exhibits featuring innovations, research and new initiatives in nursing were created by SickKids staff.
  • Six of the 18 learning sessions were developed and presented by SickKids staff.
  • Margaret Keatings, former Chief of Interprofessional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive, moderated the panel on “Canadian Nurses Partnering for our Children’s Health - A National Perspective.”
  • Kate Langrish, Karen Fleming, Lori Ives-Baine, Kathleen Andres and Kierstin Kinlin were members of the conference planning committee.