The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board is pleased to announce that nursing thought leader Susan P. Andrews, DNP, RN, CNE, CPN has been selected as Chair-Elect for the Institute of Pediatric Nursing (IPN), a board committee of the PNCB. Her term as Chair-Elect begins in 2025. She has served on the IPN Committee since 2017 and previously served on PNCB's Board of Directors.
Dr. Andrews is an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years and a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) since 1990. Dr. Andrews received her bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; her MSN in nursing education from the University of Tampa where she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award; and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Samford University. Her extensive clinical experience spans multiple health care settings, including acute care facilities, non-profit health organizations and community-based clinics. Throughout her career, Susan has held leadership positions at the local and national level. She has presented on various education topics at local, national, and international conferences and is a published author. She is a passionate advocate for pediatric nursing, and this fuels her passion to teach and mentor future pediatric nurses.
"As an expert pediatric nurse and dedicated educator, Dr. Andrews offers a visionary mindset and a true passion for our specialty," said PNCB Chair Michael Maymi, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, CCRN, CNE. "Her leadership will build upon the past good work of the IPN to carry out new strategic priorities and further strengthen the profession."
The IPN Committee exists to make the pediatric specialty stronger and optimize the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families through the development of a sustainable, highly qualified pediatric nursing workforce. Launched in 2009, the IPN provides a variety of resources to inform stakeholders including the public about pediatric nursing. Explore IPN resources in this infographic. From students to nursing professionals, families to educators, the IPN:
- Encourages students to choose pediatric nursing careers
- Helps fill pediatric curricula gaps in RN undergraduate education
- Shares workforce demographics
- Advocates for more diversity in the specialty
- Supports families and caregivers with access to information
"Dr. Andrews brings big-picture thinking and a collaborative spirit to every IPN meeting," said current IPN Chair Amanda B. Brown, PhD, RN, CPN, CNL. "I'm confident the IPN will continue to advance pediatric nursing through her leadership."
At PNCB, we believe our work makes kids healthier. The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board is the largest and most essential organization for the certification, continuing education, and competency development of nursing professionals who provide care for children, adolescents, and young adults. Setting the standard since 1975, PNCB is proud of the 50,000+ RNs and advanced practice nurses working each day to make our vision a reality. Children are our future. We’re in this together so that kids get the best possible care today, physically and emotionally, for a healthier world tomorrow. For more information about the PNCB and the IPN, please visit our websites at www.pncb.org and www.ipedsnursing.org.