History of APGNN

Meetings & Milestones

In 1984, NASPGHAN sent out a newsletter article to solicit interest from pediatric GI and Nutrition nurses in forming a professional support network in which 45 responses were received. Then in 1988, NASPGHAN endorsed the idea of a sister organization for pediatric GI and nutrition nurses and 6 nurses attended the NASPGHAN meeting in Chicago. IL. Then in July of 1989, a NASPGHAN subcommittee was formed to pursue the organization of a pediatric GI/Nutrition organization. Lead by Jay Perman (President NASPGHAN) and Claire Stackhouse, MSN. Initial officers were: Claire Stackhouse (chair), Marianne Buzby (co-chair), and Susan Peck (secretary/treasurer). The Organization was named the Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses (APGNN). The Mission was outlined: Promote nursing research and education in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Establish standards of nursing practice. Create nursing network to enhance professionalism in the discipline. Support role development of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition nurses. The first APGNN Annual Meeting was held in October of 1989 with 25 nurses in attendance.  

Other notable milestones include the first edition of the Clinical Handbook of Pediatric Gastroenterology being published in 2007 (with the second edition in 2012 and the third edition in 2019) as well as the Pediatric Gastroenterology Nursing Assessment-Based Certificate Program launching in December 2021.