Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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Dr. Raquel Pasarón leads committee for the affirmation of focused nursing practice competencies

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association Inc. (APSNA) recently published the first ever affirmation of Pediatric Surgical Nurse Practitioner (NP)  competencies. This publication was approved by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors. The affirmation provides a formal review process for identifying the specific knowledge, skills, abilities, accountability, and judgment deemed important for professional practice success, interprofessional collaborative practice and team success, and achievement of defined outcomes.

The component is designed to address the needs of an emerging specialty or focus of practice that has begun developing characteristics of practice, has no or few formalized competencies, and has few members, which is the reason that APSNA and its pediatric surgical NPs were eager to form a workgroup to develop these. A national committee, led by Dr. Raquel Pasarón as Chair, produced the competencies which would apply to any Pediatric Surgery NP, whether at entry level to the NP role; the specialty; or as a resource for NP metrics for outcomes assessment. This is the first time that a document such as this has been made available for NPs working in pediatric surgery.

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Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy: Tad's Story
Over the last two years, Theodore “Tad” Hartrick has spent months at a time at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Like Tad, there are many children in the state and in the nation who rely on access to pediatric care and Medicaid funding. Here is a message from the Hartrick family in support of this year’s Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Week campaign.
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The Heart Program now offers the recently FDA-approved Amplatzer Piccolo™ Occluder to close PDAs in very premature babies in the Cath Lab. This self-expanding, wire mesh device is designed specifically to fit within the PDA of very low weight preemies with little risk of interference with adjacent structures.