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
Summer 2015
Maura Nitka

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. My childhood summer memories include lingering days filled with fun, friends and family. Summer lasted forever and the days were endless! While summer still is a time for fun with family and friends, the days seem to move much quicker. The lazy days of vacationing, beach going, playing and just plain spending time with friends are no longer spontaneous, they’re scheduled. I find myself looking at my winter schedule, planning events 6 months in advance. In my date book, yes my 12-month hard copy date book, summer has passed replaced by winter’s tasks! If you find yourself in a similar place, I encourage you to find time to relax and rejuvenate this summer. It’s not too late!

While the NCN Executive Board finds time for summer fun, we continue to spend time discussing chapter needs. This summer we will be holding elections, a new electoral timeline for our organization. Our goal is to call for nominations and complete the election process by end of summer. The new board will take office at the regional conference on October 23, 2015. Future elections would occur in springtime with the same plan for beginning of term.

I urge you to take some time this summer and consider nominating yourself or a colleague for NCN Executive Board Membership. Our board members are dedicated to supporting children and family needs through various service initiatives. I have found much personal satisfaction from direct involvement in the NCN Executive Board, I am certain you could, too! If a position on the Executive Board is not in your immediate plan, consider individual membership. Membership at any level can be fulfilling.

I hope you have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the next few weeks!

-Maura Nitka

Call for Nominations: The Call for Candidates is now open for elected positions on the 2016 NCN Board of Directors. Call for Candidates is a critical part of the Nominations and Election process, during which NCN members are able to self-nominate or nominate others for consideration for leadership positions. Now is your opportunity to influence the direction of your organization - Click here for more information.

Coming Events:

October 2015

What:NCN Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference
Pediatric Nurses: Providing Multicultural, Ethical
and Family-Centered Care

When: October 23, 2015

Where: The Chase Center, Wilmington, DE

Donation: We will collect gently loved & new books for Reach out and Read Click for Conference information and registration.

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