Advanced Practice Nursing Education

Continuing Your Education

APNs are encouraged to return to formal educational programs including doctorate programs, (DNP,PhD) post-master's certifications, MBA and other programs. Support is provided in the form of tuition reimbursement and support, grants and scholarships. The tuition assistance program offers up to $5,000 annually for APNs. Certification courses required as a condition of employment are covered as well. Scholarship programs are available in some areas.

The Department of Clinical Education supports APNs with a continued series of CME offerings including the Pediatric Pearls educational sessions. These sessions offer flexibility and customization of the individual learner's interests. Additional sponsored events at Lurie Children's include the biennial APN conference "Advanced Practice Nursing Conference: Impacting the Future of Healthcare" most recently held in 2015 and slated for a return September 16, 2017. This conference allows APNs the opportunity to attend a multispecialty conference covering the practice of APN experts at Lurie Children's. APNs can also submit an abstract for committee review to be selected as a speaker for a concurrent session or keynote speaker engagement. A popular annual conference at Lurie Children's "Little People, Big Problems" is provided by the transport team and is geared toward providers in varied specialties, professional practice settings and also provides APNs the ability to submit an abstract to be chosen as a podium speaker.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Support

We support and encourage professional development as a part of our culture.

  • $2000 is allotted to every APN/PA per fiscal year for conference attendance, journal subscriptions, continuing education etc.
  • Additionally we provide 10 paid conference days per year for all full time APNs/PAs and pro rated days for part time employees

Professional Development

The Department of Clinical Education provides a variety of programs, lectures, workshops, seminars and demonstrations to keep nurses up-to-date with current nursing practices and procedures. And, as a teaching and research hospital, we provide an environment where inquiry is encouraged and learning is a universal goal. Internal grant funding is available for nurses to conduct research related to nursing pediatric concerns.

Prince Scholarship & Sabbatical Awards

The endowed Prince Scholar and Sabbatical Program provides grant support to nurses and APNs to attend continuing education via conferences, develop and implement a research proposal or implement education or a program to impact nursing practice at Lurie. Scholar funds are awarded up to $4,000 and Sabbatical funds are awarded up to $10,000.

APN/PA Grand Rounds

A Grand Rounds is a monthly educational series that provides continuing nursing and advanced practice nursing education. Presenters include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago APNs and other employees or affiliates with Lurie Children's. Content is required to be evidence based and current knowledge. Continuing medical education (CMEs) credits are offered to participants of the lecture series. CMEs are secured via the APN Education Committee in coordination with the department of Clinical and Organizational Development. Remote participation is offered to Lurie affiliated satellite (community) locations. Each speaker is provided a summary of participant feedback to facilitate developing additional skills as an educational presenter among peers.


Housewide Grand Rounds

Surgical Grand Rounds

Mondays from 8-9 includes M&M and case presentations from all surgical specialties. M&M Conferences are scheduled when a 5th Tuesday occurs during a month — from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Ethics Rounds (Schwartz Rounds)

Meets once a month Mondays at Noon to discuss ethical topics and issues.

Firm Rounds

Firm Rounds meets the 1st through the 4th Tuesday of each month from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. in the NAB Conference Center (formerly the NAB Lounge). Script of discussion during Firm Rounds is subsequently published in the The Child's Doctor a quarterly publication that goes out to all medical dental staff and community physicians. We have had APN publication in every issue.

Radiology Rounds

Every Tuesday members of the radiology team, researchers from the department of pediatric surgery, staff from the department of pediatric surgery, medical and surgical residents and APNs meet to discuss radiologic studies and interpretations to optimize surgical planning, patient management and developing best practice amongst multiple departments.

Brain Tumor Board

The Brain Tumor Board meets every Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m.

Tumor Board

The Tumor Board meets every Friday from 1:30–2:30 p.m. The event offers one hour of CME credit. This is a multidisciplinary meeting furthering discussion of complex care of patients with tumors.