While all of the professional nursing organizations provide support in a chosen field, the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) is an organization specifically dedicated to the support of its members, whether individuals or groups, who provide care for children and their families.
The idea of having an organization for pediatric nurses was conceived in the mid 1980s by Dr. Cecily Betz and some of her like-minded colleagues. This idea was brought to fruition in 1990 (https://www.pedsnurses.org/). Today, there is a large group of passionate, pediatric nurses that are members of this organization nation-wide. The evolution of SPN brought about the current mission, vision, and goals.
“The Society of Pediatric Nurses champions the specialty of pediatric nursing by supporting its members in their practice” (https://www.pedsnurses.org/).
SPN’s vision is “[t]o be the premier resource for nurses caring for children and their families” (https://www.pedsnurses.org/).
The Society of Pediatric Nurses currently has three goals for the organization that include
increasing individual and corporate membership numbers while adding to the quality of the experience, increasing the visibility and brand of SPN while improving communications, and improving organization and operation to meet said goals (https://www.pedsnurses.org/).
SPN has a national organization as well as local chapters around the country. Nurses and other support personnel are able to access current articles on the SPN website that are unique and/or specific to pediatric care. Some of the SPN members take an active role in conducting pediatric research to advance evidence-based practices. Pediatric nurses are staunch advocates for their patients, such as suggesting smoking cessation to parents (Geller et al., 2011) and family members in practice as well as in the changes made in public policy. Annual conferences are held with dynamic speakers to offer education and encouragement to the...