Lauren Sorce, APN, NP, CPNP, AC/PC, FCCM

Manager, Pediatric Critical Care, Neurocritical Care, Palliative Care and Almost Home Kids APNs

Lauren Sorce, RN, MSN, PhD(c), CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM  has a diverse role in the advanced practice nursing field. Lauren began her nursing experience 28 years ago as a staff nurse in the PICU, and after securing her graduate degree in 1997, she began her practice as an APN. In addition to her clinical practice in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), she serves as manager of Pediatric Critical Care, Neurocritical Care, Palliative Care and Almost Home Kids APNs. These areas encompass many needs of the critically ill child, and the advanced practice nurses working in these departments collaborate together to provide the best patient care. Lauren’s years of experience in critical care are an invaluable resource for overseeing this area of care for these children. In addition to her clinical role in critical care, Lauren also serves as the Co-director for Clinical Research in the PICU and the Associate Director of Nursing Research for the Department of Nursing.   Lauren has secured funding for and done multiple research studies as primary investigator, co-investigator and site investigator for national trials. She has a keen interest in advancing science and applying outcomes as appropriate to help advance the care of critically ill children across the world.

Lauren’s APN role in the critical care department is part of the multi-professional team responsible for moving the child and his/her family through critical illness to recovery. As part of this process, the APNs offer a holistic approach to children and their families. In addition to their patient care, intensive care APNs also offer formal and informal education to the multi-professional team to elevate their practice in the PICU. In this way, APNs can help integrate different aspects of patient care along the continuum of the child’s PICU stay.

Among her many accomplishments, Lauren was recently elected to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Council. In this role, she represents both the Nursing and Pediatric Sections of the Council to advance the mission of the Society to provide the highest quality care for critically ill and injured adults and children. She was also appointed as Co-Chair of the SCCM Congress held in 2015 and Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) World Congress to be held in Toronto in June 2016.

In her role, Lauren has been fortunate to practice all the roles of APN: clinician, researcher, mentor, educator and leader. She has integrated these roles and has been a key figure in helping to advance practice in her field. She also feels extremely fortunate to work with an amazing group of team members who work together to promote the best care for critically ill children.

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