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: Current Operational Goals
The IPN committee met in May 2018 to develop the new strategic plan. Operational goals for 2018-2019 are in progress and include:
Education Task Force
- Priority: Develop a resource describing alternative pediatric clinical sites to meet identified needs in pediatric education for subsequent distribution.
Health Issues Task Force
- Priority: Share key mental health data and resources on the IPN website/social media for all stakeholders.
IPN Committee Members
The IPN consists of volunteer leaders selected to represent one of the following areas.
Undergraduate Faculty Area
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.
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 18th year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Education Chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and Program Mentor. She has been recognized in her home state of New Jersey and nationally for her community-based initiative called “The Community Café: A Conversation That Matters.” Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Specialty Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty.
Cynthia Hiltz, MS, RN, PHN, NCSN, FNASN is the Health Service Coordinator for Anoka Hennepin Schools, the largest school district in Minnesota. She has practiced as a school nurse for the past 22 years. Cindy has been a member of the School Nurses of Minnesota professional board since 2000 and in addition has served on the National Association of School Nurses professional board for 4 years. She is nationally certified as a school nurse and in 2018 was awarded a fellow of NASN. Cindy received her BSN degree through Bethel College and her MS through the University of Minnesota. Her nursing career encompasses the past 42 years and includes practice in long term care and public health.
Primary Care Area
Tomika S. Harris, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with 24 years of pediatric nursing experience. Dr. Harris received her BSN and MSN from the University of Rochester and her DNP from The University of South Florida. Currently, she practices full time at UTHealth McGovern Medical School High Risk Children’s Clinic in Houston, Texas where she provides primary care to children with chronic and complex medical conditions. Over the course of her nursing career Dr. Harris has held a variety of leadership positions in clinical and academic settings as well as professional and community organizations. She is an active member the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and has held leadership positions at the local and national level within the organization. Dr. Harris is passionate about child health and believes that all children should have access to high-quality, comprehensive health care.
Health Policy Area
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 & Hospital Area
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.
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.
Sheri Sesay-Tuffour, PhD, CAE is the CEO of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, which established the IPN in 2009 to further support the pediatric nursing profession.