About the IPN

Strengthening pediatric nursing for the profession and child health

About the IPN

The Institute of Pediatric Nursing (IPN) Committee exists to optimize the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families through the development of a sustainable, highly qualified pediatric nursing workforce.

The IPN is a standing committee of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). 


Strategic Plan

The IPN committee met in May 2018 to develop the new strategic plan. Details will be posted soon. 

IPN Committee Members

The IPN consists of volunteer leaders selected to represent one of the following areas.

Undergraduate Faculty

Susan Andrews

Susan P. Andrews, DNP, RN, CNE, CPN has been a pediatric nurse for 30 years. She is a full time faculty Instructor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Susan received her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSN in Nursing Education from The University of Tampa and her DNP from Samford University. She has taught many years in associate's, bachelors and accelerated nursing programs. Susan has held leadership positions at the local and national level, including as a board member of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and Treasurer of the Society of Pediatric Nurses. She is an advocate for pediatric nursing and this fuels her passion to teach and mentor future pediatric nurses.


Amanda Brown

Amanda B. Brown PhD, RN, CPN, CNL is a pediatric nurse with 14 years of experience. She is the medical-surgical and oncology director at Wolfson Children's Hospital. Amanda is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader and has a passion for quality and research in pediatric nursing. She was one of the first Clinical Nurse Leaders in the five hospital Baptist Health System. Amanda serves as the Chair for the Baptist Health System Clinical practice, leading changes in practice and overseeing the patient care policies. She received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2014; her research focused on assessment of pain in children with autism. Amanda has presented nationally on quality and research projects and is published. She currently serves as a founding board member and treasurer for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses. Amanda also serves as the Society of Pediatric Nurses expert panel member on the ASHP's Standardize for Safety Initiative.


Sandi Delack

Sandi Delack, M Ed, RN, BSN, NCSN, FNASN is a Past President of the National Association of School Nurses and participates in the IPN as its representative. Sandi has been a nurse for 38 years and has practiced as a school nurse for 26 years. She serves as the Health Services Coordinator for the Johnston, RI Public School District in addition to the school nurse for 750 students at Ferri Middle School. Sandi is excited about "seizing the opportunity" to make prevention and wellness a key component of healthcare reform and sees schools as a perfect venue to create the paradigm shift to improve the health of our nation's children. Her passion lies in advocating for safe and appropriate health care for all children.

Clinical Educator

John Manning

John Manning, MSN, CPNP-PC, PMHS recently retired from the U.S. Navy. A nurse for 27 years and a nurse practitioner for 14 years, his career has enabled him to work in a variety of clinical area including critical care, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and teaching. He currently serves as a primary care provider at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, NC. An experienced clinician with a specific interest in pediatric asthma care and management, John was a member of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's (BUMED) primary care advisory board for asthma. The advisory board is a multidisciplinary disease management team developed to address the gap in optimal disease management and to disseminate effective, efficient, and evidenced-based healthcare strategies to improve care. His participation on this team led to his selection on the Veterans Administration/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) asthma clinical practice guidelines revision group. A clinical leader, John has been instrumental in developing disease management policy, implementing the patient-family centered care model, and promoting/implementing evidence-based practice. Additionally, he is well versed in population health processes and in Joint Commission quality standards. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Health Policy

Mary Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FAANP is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing. Her teaching interests include pediatric nursing, nursing leadership, U.S. and child health policy, and quality improvement.  In 2016, she was inducted into the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  Mary has published numerous articles and provided national presentations related to APRN full practice authority, ACA implications for children’s health care, Medicaid Expansion, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

Mary’s national leadership experience includes serving as President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) (2014 to 2015), and leading NAPNAP’s Health Policy Committee (2010 to 2013).  She currently represents NAPNAP on the National Academy of Medicine’s Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative. 

Mary co-founded the MN APRN Coalition in 2010, served as President, and led the Coalition’s successful 2014 legislative campaign to grant full practice authority to Minnesota’s APRNs. In recognition of service, she has received numerous national awards including induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014 and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2016.

Mary received her undergraduate nursing degree at St. Catherine’s University, a Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota.  

Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, RN, CPNP is an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego (USD), Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP), licensed attorney, and former member of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Her extensive clinical experience spans multiple health care settings and she has held a variety of practice and leadership roles in these settings. She has worked on local, regional and national community-based public health initiatives and served on the board of directors for regional and national not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Fry-Bowers is the Co-Editor of the Health Policy Department for the Journal of Pediatric Health Care and is a member of the Research Committee for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She was a Faculty Policy Fellow for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and is serving her second term on AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council (HPAC).  

Her current research and policy interests include outcomes of care in vulnerable pediatric populations, with an emphasis on parent-provider interaction and health literacy; the impact of legislative and regulatory change on the delivery of health services, especially for children with special health care needs; and pediatric workforce education and practice issues.

Committee Chair

Karin Reuter-Rice

Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, CPNP-AC, FCCM, FAAN is an assistant professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. She is an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner with clinical expertise in pediatric critical care, a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, a fellow of the NIH-NINR Summer Genetics Institute, and co-editor of the textbook Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice. Her commitment to the care of critically ill and injured children and their families has led Dr. Reuter-Rice to focus her research in the area of trauma and head injury. Her research explores biologic markers associated with cerebral vasospasm and functional outcomes in pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). She was a co-investigator on the published study examining Vasospasm in Children with Traumatic Head Injury. With a collaborative research team approach, NIH-NINR support, and as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, Dr. Reuter-Rice is examining the relationship between cerebral vasospasm and genetic variations and neurocognitive outcomes in pediatric TBI. In addition to her research and practice in the critical care unit, she teaches and mentors students in the care of acutely ill and injured children.

PNCB Board Liaison

Carly Byrne, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CCNA, CPN, CCRN-K, a Professional Practice Leader at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon, is a catalyst for improvements—for patients, staff, and systems.She is a current PNCB board member and has extensive experience as a PNCB volunteer in support of continuing education and Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) exam program areas. 

Peg Harrison

Peg Harrison, MS, CPNP-PC, CAE is the CEO of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, which established the IPN in 2009 to further support the pediatric nursing profession, and she maintains executive oversight for the IPN. She has served PNCB in the roles of Executive Vice President for Pediatric Nursing Programs and Chief Operations Officer. Peg offers over 30 years of military and civilian pediatric nursing experience as a nurse practitioner and nurse manager. She is dedicated to creating opportunities for collaboration, strengthening care for children and their families delivered by the pediatric nursing workforce, and developing strategies that will move the specialty forward.