Pediatric Nurses: Trusted Voices, Partners in Excellence


Conference Overview

This is the 16th Annual NCN Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference. This year’s theme is:

Pediatric Nurses: Trusted Voices, Partners in Excellence

Conference planning occurs through collaboration among registered nurses representing the premier children's institutions in the Mid-Atlantic states. The target audience is staff nurses and advanced practice nurses from all settings including hospitals, home care, ambulatory care, and schools. This conference provides attendees with state-of- the- art information on a variety of clinical topics and professional issues. Ample opportunity is provided for networking and becoming involved in Nursing of Children Network and the Society of Pediatric Nurses.

Conference Objectives

Conference participants will be able to:

  • Identify current health care issues that impact the health of children.
  • Enhance their knowledge and skill related to a variety of clinical, psychosocial and professional topics.
  • Network with pediatric nursing colleagues from around the region.

Nursing Accreditation

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Planning Committee

Tracy Patrick-Panchelli, MSN, RN, CPN

Nursing of Children Network Conference Chair
Coordinator of Continuing Nursing Education

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Claire Alminde, MSN,RN,CPN

Nursing Director

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Michele T. Cimino MSN, RN

Clinical Education Coordinator

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia

Virginia Conte, MSN, RN, CPN, NC-V

Nurse Clinician V

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Ramany John, MSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children

Caroline Manuel BSN, RN, CPN

Staff Nurse

Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children

AnneMarie Monachino, MSN, RN, CPN, CHSE

Education Nurse Specialist/Simulation Educator

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Kimberly A. Morris-Flores, RN, BSN

Director of Pediatric QA

Bayada Home Health Care

Karen Nestor, MSN, RN, CPN

School Nurse

Red Clay School District

Maura Nitka, MSN, RN, CPN

Assistant Clinical Professor

Drexel University

Mary Jo Pedicino, MSN, RN

Trauma Education Coordinator

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Judith J. Stellar, MSN, CRNP, CWOCN

Wound, Ostomy Nurse Practitioner

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Lisa Tabibian, MSN, RN, ACCNS, CPN

Staff Nurse

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Marybeth Vidunas, MSN, RN-BC

Pediatric Nurse Educator

Johns Hopkins Children's Center


Nursing Faculty

Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus

Helen Cooney

Staff RN

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Community Service Project

Please consider participating in our “Gear Up for Winter” Drive by bringing a donation of gently used or new kids’ winter coats, boots, hats, mittens, gloves or new pajamas to the conference. All items will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting with communities in need.

Childhood poverty is a serious nationwide issue. The average U.S. family in poverty, with two adults and two children, lives on less than $24,000 a year. The kids Cradles to Crayons helps don’t have shoes that fit. Or a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds. Or a backpack to carry their schoolbooks and supplies. Without these basics, they suffer. They don’t want to go to school. They have a hard time learning in school. They don’t go outside to play. They don’t feel valued. Please consider donating so kids in the Philadelphia area can have what they need to thrive.

Conference Partners

Check back soon to see who will be Co-Sponsoring this year’s Conference!

BAYADA Home Health Care

Drexel University – School of Nursing

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia