NCN Essay Contest

NCN Essay Contest

NCN Essay Contest

ABOUT US The Nursing of Children Network, or NCN, was established in 1990 as a networking organization for pediatric nurses in the Delaware Valley region. In 1994 NCN joined the national organization SPN-Society of Pediatric Nurses as the local chapter. In addition to networking opportunities, NCN offers educational programs, pediatric health care projects, and an informative newsletter.


Nursing of Children Network is guest hosting dinner at the Ronald McDonald House on Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA on 11/12/2014. NCN member Dona Holcombe from Maxim Healthcare has volunteered to organize this event! Please contact us if you are interested in participating. There is a maximum amount of chefs  allowed, so please contact us soon!

The purpose of the Nursing of Children Network shall be to provide a forum for all pediatric nurses to share ideas related to the nursing care of children and their families. The support and networking opportunities of the group are integral to the group and its members.

The Nursing of Children Network believes that the specialty of pediatric nursing should set forth the highest standards of nursing practice of optimum care to children and their families The mission of the Nursing of Children Network, in congruence with the national organization, is to promote excellence in nursing care of children and their families through support of its members  clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy.

The objectives of this organization shall be:

A. To enhance personal and professional growth through networking and education programs on a regional level.

B. To disseminate information regarding advances in pediatric nursing.

C. To promote an awareness of, and support for the health care rights of consumers.

D. To promote communications within the organization, and with other professional organizations with a focus on the health and welfare of children.

E. To encourage individual members to participate in the continued growth and development of the organization.


President's Letter
Winter 2014
Maura Nitka

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful year. What a tremendous organization we have in PA, NJ, DE & MD! The Nursing of Children Network (NCN) has grown so much this year particularly in member outreach, educational offerings and philanthropy. I am looking forward to an even more productive 2015!

The events this year have been terrific. The conference committee, member volunteers, and executive board have done great work serving our members educational needs. The 11th Annual Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference held in October was a huge success with over 300 nurses in attendance. Members, local clinicians, and community partners gathered together to learn about cutting edge research and evidence based practice impacting pediatric patients and improving outcomes. New this year, the NCN executive board in collaboration with local colleges of nursing and Student Nurse Associations offered a membership and a scholarship to an area student. Casey Johnson from Temple University in Philadelphia wrote the winning essay and was awarded a student membership in the Society of Pediatric Nurses & Nursing of Children Network. Casey also enjoyed participating in the October NCN Regional conference. A very warm thank you to Temple University for recognizing the power of professional organization membership, Casey was excused from coursework the day of the conference, solidifying the importance of professional growth through networking, educational programs and organizational involvement!

Our philanthropic endeavors have provided much needed food for area individuals and organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cups of Compassion, and local families in need of a holiday meal. Along with the board and member volunteers, we look forward to expanding our community outreach throughout the entire regional area. Program expansion and community outreach require volunteer hours from all members, we look forward to working with you in 2015!

I greatly value the forum that NCN provides to all pediatric nurses. It is truly awe-inspiring to participate in the promotion of excellence in nursing care of children and their families. I too, am blessed to have such an active governing board that gives time and expertise beyond expectation! I am thankful for your enthusiasm and look forward to a very active 2015!

Coming Events:

March What: CEU Event - "Resilience in Nursing"
Speaker: Warren D Frankenberger PhD, RN, CCNS
When: March 19th 6pm - 8pm
Where: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Abramson Building room 123-C

Bring something to donate: We will collect gently loved & new books at March meeting for Reach out and Read

June ​ What: CEU Event - "My patient's mom is stressed out: New insights on parental stress for pediatric nursing."
Speaker: Amy Jo Lisanti, PhD, RN, CCRN, CCNS: Maternal Stress and Anxiety in the Cardiac ICU & beyond.
When: June 18th 6pm - 8pm
Where: Widener University Room TBD
Bring something to donate: TBD

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