The APGNN Membership Committee coordinates a variety of activities. These include approval of all membership applications received through the NASPGHAN office, providing access to the APGNN website, retention and recruitment of members, as well as publicizing and awarding conference scholarships, mentoring and excellence in practice awards.
We work closely with the NASPGHAN office where applications are processed and an annual directory is formatted and distributed to all members.
The current focus of the membership committee includes outreach to new and renewing members through personal contact and two incentive programs. Nurses who identify as pediatric GI focused as members of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) but are not currently members of APGNN are contacted and invited to join APGNN under a joint membership agreement between APGNN and NAPNAP. This agreement offers a 20% dues discount to colleagues who join both organizations.
New in 2016 is a buy 3, get one membership free institutional group payment option for both new and renewing members. This incentive is for nurses from the same institution who submit applications and invoices together with a single payment.
This committee also publicizes APGNN during the NASPGHAN annual meetings at a membership booth in the exhibit hall.
Also new in 2016 is the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award. This is an opportunity for an APGNN member in good standing to nominate a colleague that excels in the care of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition patients. This $250 award will be presented at the at the APGNN annual meeting.
If you are interested in working with this committee please contact the Chairperson.
Bernadette Diez, FNP, MSN
Pediatric Specialists of Virginia
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Research and Quality Improvement Committee
The Research and Publication Committee fosters enthusiasm for research among APGNN members. The committee members are available to assist membership with research ideas and projects. An annual call for abstracts is sent to the membership soliciting poster presentations for the annual APGNN educational meeting. Submitted abstracts for the annual conference are evaluated by both the Research Committee and the Clinical Practice Committee.
In partnership with the NASPGHAN Foundation, APGNN is able to offer to membership the opportunity to apply for the Susan Moyer Nursing Research Award. This award funds nursing research, up to $5,000, in areas of importance to Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Hepatology Nursing.
If you would like to volunteer to serve on the Research and Publication Committee, please contact the Chairperson.
Clinical Practice Committee
The Clinical Practice Committee has ongoing projects which are aimed at improving the clinical practice of APGNN members. One of our current projects is developing e-learning modules for nurses and nurse practitioners on specific GI diseases. Currently we are working on a basic liver disease learning module. Previously completed learning modules are available in the members section for CE and include 2 inflammatory bowel disease modules, a reflux and a constipation module. The committee welcomes all members to get involved to expand our clinical expertise and accomplish the tasks in a timely manner.
Over the years, several phone triages for nurses to use with patients/families have been created. We try to add 1-2 additional triages each year, as appropriate. Should you have suggestions for future phone triages, please share them.
Another ongoing project for the committee is encouraging members to submit clinical vignettes. Clinical vignettes are the reporting of interesting cases that have a lesson to be learned. It could be an unusual presentation of a common disease or a case that suggests a different diagnostic strategy or demonstrates a more cost effective approach to management. These clinical vignettes are presented in two arenas, the annual APGNN meeting and the newsletter. Along with NASPGHAN, committee members evaluate and select clinical vignette abstracts to be presented in poster form at the APGNN annual meeting. Starting in 2015, all abstracts were submitted through the NAPSGHAN website. Please return in the spring for detail of the next conference submission deadline. APGNN publishes a quarterly newsletter; the committee actively encourages members to write a column for the newsletter with practice related items.
If you would like to volunteer to serve on the Clinical Practice Committee, or are interested in getting more information, please contact the committee chairperson:
Donna Garner, RN, MS, CPNPPediatric Nurse Practitioner
Texas Children's Liver Center
Patient/Family Education Committee
The APGNN Patient/Family Education Committee works on writing, evaluating, and reviewing patient education written materials that are accessible by both their members as well as through the organization website. We work closely with the NASPGHAN Public Education Committee and currently the chairperson is a member of the NASPGHAN Education board.
Current focus is on the review of previously completed brochures/pamphlets with a review cycle being created on a rotating three-year term.
New pamphlets/brochure topics will be added based on membership request and patient population need.
New to the focus is the creation of a more user friendly webpage with identifiable logo that will assist patients and families to access educational information. The website/link is gastrokids.org and we will post the link on the APGNN website once it is available.
If you would be interested in working with this committee or have topics that would be helpful to have written educational materials for please contact the Chairperson.
Elizabeth Burch, RN, CPNP
The Media committee publishes the APGNN Newsletter every quarter (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter). The reports from various committees are compiled, information on conferences, scholarships, and awards are shared with members. Recipients of different awards and their achievements are highlighted. One APGNN member is spotlighted every quarter in the newsletter.
If you are interested in working on this committee and sharing your creative ideas on how to best reach all our members and keeping them well informed, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org