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A Letter from the President

Dear Beloved Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association (NPCNA) Members,

              Happy New Year and I hope this letter finds you well. I want to apologize for the long overdue update that this letter will include.  The COVID-19 pandemic had a catastrophic effect on many things, including our organization and its ability to serve our members in the same manner that we have done in the past.  Our resources were stretched thin as each of the Board members were dealing with the personal and professional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

              We attempted several virtual education offerings with one successful conference in October of 2021.  Some of the other events were not well-attended.  We planned to have an in-person conference in 2022 and possibly at the beginning of 2023, but the hospitals that were asked to host were also recovering from the pandemic and were unable to support hosting a conference within the timeframe that we wanted.   The 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS) is going to be this August 27th through September 1st in Washington, DC. We are going to be supporting WCPCCS and therefore will not be hosting a conference this year.  We are planning for an in-person conference in 2024.  Currently, we do not know when or where, but we are looking for suggestions and hosting opportunities. 

              I want to apologize for the lack of member benefits these past couple of years.  The organization does not have a management company and therefore we rely on volunteers, especially our Board of Directors.  We found that during the pandemic it was hard to balance all of the challenges to provide a cost-effective, timely conference. 

              Going forward, we are going to improve our e-mail response time from the account.  In addition, we welcome any member to nominate themselves or others for the Board of Directors.   We always appreciate assistance with planning events and suggestions for member benefits.   Thank you to those who paid your membership dues the past year and please reach out to if you experienced any financial hardship during the pandemic.  We are looking to rectify the lack of membership benefits by providing a financial incentive.  This will be discussed at our next Board of Directors meeting and another communication will follow. 

              Thank you again for your support of NPCNA and we look forward to restoring the organization to provide our members with a professional network that enhances pediatric cardiology nursing.  

In Gratitude,

Justine M Fortkiewicz

Justine Mize Fortkiewicz, MSN, RN-BC, CPN, CCRN-K


Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association

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About our organization

In 1983, Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association was founded by a group of dedicated and forward-thinking cardiology nurses. They realized that no organization existed to provide professional enrichment and support for professional nurses caring for children with congenital or acquired heart disease, and they envisioned the benefits that such an organization could provide to its members.

The wisdom and experience of our founders created a mission for our organization that is still in effect today:

In the field of nursing, and especially within the pediatric cardiology specialty, there are many challenges. From staying abreast of the latest medical developments, to continuing education and training, to simply providing a network of support, NPCNA exists to be a resource for its members.

Today, our membership reflects the diversity of pediatric cardiovascular nursing. Our members represent over 28 northeast regional cardiovascular programs, as well as programs from the mid-west and south. This diversity in practice and the broad spectrum of our membership provide opportunities to learn, explore, and be part of the advances in nursing care of patients with congenital or acquired heart disease.

Through our annual conference, scholarship fund, research grants, and online forums we bring nurses together to learn, share, grow and connect with other professionals in this unique field. Because together, we can help each other while advancing our profession, fulfilling our mission and caring for our patients.

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