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: 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 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.

Community Area

Robin Cogan

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

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. 

Committee Chair & Hospital Area

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.

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

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.