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President's Message

NPCNA has been an integral part of my professional career since 2007.   It is a community of nurses specializing in pediatric cardiology that promotes professional development and education.  We offer a seasonal newsletter to our membership as well as an annual conference.   Our conference continues to highlight strong quality improvement work and provide evidence-based education in our continuously changing field of work.   I am so honored to serve as president of this association and look forward to seeing you at the conference this fall. 

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




The NPCNA Leadership Board

As a member-driven organization, we appreciate when our members volunteer their time, expertise and passion to help further the mission of NPCNA. Our current leadership board is entrusted with steering the organization and implementing our many programs, scholarships and educational opportunities. Please read below to meet them!

Justine Fortkiewicz MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-K, CPN
President
Children's National Hospital

Justine is a Professional Practice Specialist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). She works on staff development, continuing education, performance improvement projects, nursing research, and leadership initiatives.      

Katie Penny MSN, RN, WOCN, CPNP
Past President
Boston Children’s Hospital  
                                                                              
Katie is a nurse practitioner with the Cardiac Medical Service on the Cardiac Inpatient Cardiac Unit at Boston Children's Hospital. She is also board certified as a Wound and Ostomy Care Nurse. She recently spent the past four years as the NPCNA president.   

Nancy Francis, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPN
Secretary

Children's National Hospital

Nancy is a clinical nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) who has served as co-chair and chair of unit-based and systems-level Practice Councils. She's served in medical mission trips to Uganda participate as both nurse and educator for open heart surgery patients, their families, and the staff. 

Christina Ireland, MS, RN, CFNP
Treasurer
Boston Children's Hospital 
                                         

Christina works in the cardiology program, and has a special interest in the pulmonary vein stenosis population. She developed her current position, and has been recognized as a point-person of the team nationwide. She has been an active member of NPCNA since 2013.                                                                

Alexandra Mikulis BSN, RN, CCRN
Program Co-Chair
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC

Alex is the Clinician/Assistant Nurse Manager for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She became a member of NPCNA in 2011, and in 2014 was elected as one of the Program Committee Co-Chairs.

Terri McClusky, MSN-Ed, RN, FNP-BC, CPN
Program Co-Chair
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Terri is a  Clinical Nurse Expert on the Inpatient Cardiology/Neurology Unit at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NYP and functions as a clinical expert and resource for interdisciplinary staff.  Her focus/ interest include all levels of professional development, best practice initiatives, ventricular assist device education, simulation and integrative therapies. Terri also is a  peer reviewer for the Pediatric Nursing Journal.

Jennifer Rowe, BSN, RN, CCRN
Program Co-Chair
Children's National Hospital

Jennifer started as a new graduate in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and is now in school at Duke University to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 

Alex Birely, MSN, CCRN, ACCNS
Newsletter Editor
Dallas Children's Health

 Alex is a clinical nurse specialist in the Cardiac Step Down Unit. She looks forward to expanding the Northeast networking down south into Texas!

Christina Duelley, MSN, RN, CPN, CCRN
Website Editor
Children's National Hospital

Christina is a Professional Practice Specialist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). She works on staff development, continuing education, performance improvement projects, nursing research, and leadership initiatives.  


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