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Vol. 15, No. 12, DECEMBER 1998

Hospital Visits on President’s Schedule

AACN President Mary McKinley (right) was welcomed by Richard Marsmaker and Melba Kelly during a recent visit to the ICU and telemetry units at Sevier Medical Center, Sevierville, Tenn. McKinley has been scheduling hospital visits as part of her travels on behalf of AACN.

Share Your Photos of Critical Care Nurses in Action

AACN is seeking photos of critical care nurses in action for use in multimedia presentations. Send us your favorite photo of critical care nurses doing what they do best—caring for patients, families, and each other. Send photos to AACN Certification Corporation, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Are You Prepared or Simply Worried?

Worrying is where we all start when we first imagine needing long-term care. We will get old or sick, or be badly injured.

Family and friends may not be able to help as much as they (or we) would like. We think about nursing homes, home health aides, or respite care as well as help with bathing, eating, and toileting.
Then our thoughts turn to dollars. How much money will be required? Will we have to use that college nest egg? Will we have to spend our life savings on long-term care?

A recent survey conducted by John Hancock and the National Council on Aging showed that more than two thirds of Americans worry about financing long-term care for themselves as well as for their loved ones. Most people are confused about whether long-term care is covered under traditional health benefit plans, Medicare or Medicaid.

Long-term care is a system of health and custodial services designed to support and care for people who have chronic nonremedial physical or mental conditions that are not likely to improve dramatically.

To learn the answers, myths, and facts associated with long-term care, test yourself with the following Long-Term Care Quiz developed by John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company and the National Council on Aging.

Long-Term Care Quiz
1. Most long-term care is provided in a nursing home. o True o False
2. Nearly 40% of the long-term care population
is 65 years of age or younger.
o True o False
3. Medicare is the primary funding source for the long-term
care costs of most older people.
o True o False
4. Most long-term care is provided by family and friends. o True o False
5. Changes in the tax code now allow taxpayers to deduct
some of the costs of long-term care insurance.
o True o False
6. The average length of stay in a nursing home
is more than 4 years.
o True o False
7. Health plans typically cover most long-term care services. o True o False
8. On average, a 1-year stay in a nursing home costs
about $40,000.
o True o False
9. People have to spend all or almost all of their assets
to get Medicaid benefits.
o True o False
10. Disability insurance will cover most long-term care costs. o True o False
Answers: True: 2, 4, 5, 8, and 9
False: 1, 3, 6, 7, and 10

For more information about the AACN Long-Term Care Insurance Plan for members or to request an enrollment package, call the John Hancock Customer Service Center at (800) 708-0706 or visit the John Hancock Long-Term Care Web site at http;//www.jhancock.com/gltc.com.

Agreement Adds Retirement Planning as Member Benefit

A new AACN member benefit option is designed to help enhance your personal and retirement
savings plan.

AACN has entered into an agreement with Merrill Lynch to provide members this planning assistance, including a Web site (first quarter 1999), toll-free number, and educational seminars, so that they can more easily decide which strategy is best for them. Merrill Lynch will waive the first year’s IRA account fee for AACN members. This no-fee option can be continued in subsequent years through Merrill Lynch’s Retirement Asset Builder Service.

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 enhanced the benefits of IRAs. New rules make IRAs a powerful planning tool for retirement. Other important goals include buying a first home, educating the children, and planning your estate. For example, although contributions to the new Roth IRA are not deductible, the fact that accumulated earnings can be withdrawn free of federal income tax means that a Roth IRA could potentially provide more after-tax assets than the traditional IRA. In addition, you can use assets without tax or penalty for a first-time home purchase ($10,000 lifetime limit) after your Roth IRA has been funded for 5 years, and use Roth IRA assets penalty free for qualified college costs.

All contributions can be withdrawn at any time without tax or penalty.

For more information about the accounts and services associated with this new member benefit, call (888) MLSAVES (657-2837) and ask for ext. AACN (2226).

Scholarships Advance Nursing Education

AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships for the 1998-99 academic year have been awarded to nurses pursuing either a bachelor’s or a graduate degree related to nursing practice. Each recipient received $1500.

The postmark deadline for the next round of scholarships is May 15, 1999. To obtain application materials, call (800) 899-AACN (2226).

Congratulations to the following recipients of AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships:

BSN Recipients
Mary Jean Anderson
Waukon, Iowa

Roxann E. Barber
Wheaton, Ill.

Kimberly L. Bunker
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Lisa L. Capps
Otsego, Mich.

Janet L. Dalesandro
Dunedin, Fla.

Irene DeFazio
Utica, N.Y.

Flordelis Dela Cruz
Oceanside, Calif.

Theresa E. DeVeaux
Pasadena, Md.

Nancy Marie Follett
N. Attleboro, Mass.

Jennifer Ladwig
Manitowoc, Wis.
Jacqueline Dianne Laldee
Hyattsville, Md.

Michael Joseph Latiolais
Lafayette, LA

Carole L. Libby
Land O’Lakes, Fla.

Kathryn Jaye Martin
North, Va.

Cindy J. Pirrung
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sharon M. Popp
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Laurene “Alice” Rhodes
Burlington, Iowa

Mary Grace Sayler
Burnsville, Minn.

Suzanne M. Shepard
Escondido, Calif.

Christina Lilia Shoukry
Vista, Calif.
Patricia R. Spina
Cranberry Twp., Pa.

Sandy F. Stahl
Bowling Green, Ky.

Margaret Rocafort Stanley
Chugiak, Alaska

Tracy Weigel
Nine Mile Falls, Wash.

Charles John Woods, Jr.
Rutland, Vt
Graduate Recipients
Ray Addington
Greeley, Colo.

Jill B. Ahern
Penubscot, Me.

Kristin Kyle Arch
Denver, Colo.

Phyllis McAnelly Barron
Austin, Tex.

Kent D. Blad
Riverton, Utah

Catherine Bond
Champaign, Ill.

Susan Borglund
Jupiter, Fla.

Neal Brunkhorst
St. Louis, Mo.

Wendi R. Cabano
Euless, Tex.

Jacqueline Mary Campbell
Lyman, Me.

Kristine Chaisson
Penacook, N.H.

Elizabeth R. Chelette
Colonial Heights, Va.

Sarah Christian
St. Louis, Mo.

Margherita Procaccini Clark
St. Johns, Mich.

Mark C. Coles
Virginia Beach, Va.

Stephanie Cook
Chateaugay, N.Y.

Karen Courrier
Golden, Colo.

Theresa A. Cowgill
New Philadelphia, Ohio

Carolyn A. Dickens
Baltimore, Md.

Tracy Lee Drish
Black Canyon City, Ariz.

Theresa Dunford
Absecon, N.J.

Becky Marshall Elder
Spokane, Wash.

Denise Fecht
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Nancy E. Florey
Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Suzanne E. Frazier
Palmyra, Pa.

Yoshimi Fukuoka
San Francisco, Calif.

Kathy L. Gorman
Glastonbury, Conn.

Thomas F. Gutchewsky
Homewood, Ill.

Janet Gysi
Burlington, Iowa

Lisa R. Halvorsen
Salem, Ore.

Daniel C. Hanson
Bloomington, Minn.

Jane L. Hartman
Grand Forks, N.D.

Laura J. Herrmann
Bloomington, Minn.

Brenda Lee Hill
Binghamton, N.Y.

Carol Frances Holt
Fullerton, Calif.

Karen S. Howard
Utica, Ky.
Lian En Huang
Daly City, Calif.

Julia A. Hudrusko
Clarskburg, N.J.

Susan Jackson
Lincoln, Neb.

Charlotte R. Kearney
Jackson, Wy.

Peggy Lee Kirkwood
Laguna Hills, Calif.

Linda A. Kowalski
San Diego, Calif.

Miranda Justine Kramer
San Francisco, Calif.

Mary Margaret Lang
Bethlehem, Pa.

Michaelanne Lewis
Farmington Hills, Mich.

Minnette M. Markus
Newtown Square, Pa.

Dee Stephanie McGuffey
Bakersfield, Calif.

Shelley Lynn Neff
Columbia, Md.
Kathleen D. Newbold
Bothell, Wash.

Jamie Elizabeth Norton
Chicago, Ill.

Amanda C. O’Sullivan
Kendall Park, N.J.

Denise C. Pacholski
Garfield Heights, Ohio

Jill A. Patton
New Haven, Conn.

Thuy Phan
Iowa City, Iowa

Eileen Reichert
Seattle, Wash.

Monica Wynette Rose
Greensboro, N.C.

Jennifer G. Rosenmeyer
Grand Island, Neb.

Beth P. Salvaggio
East Haven, Conn.

Karen S. Schlotter
Knoxville, Tenn.

Jill Marie Scholz
Crystal, Minn.
Elizabeth A. Shea
Scitvate, Mass.

Sherrill A. Shepler
Belle Vernon, Pa.

Zahra Tashakkori
Fayetteville, N.C.

Patricia J. Tracey
Cardiff, Calif.

Margaret Ann Tucker
Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Jill Michele Urmy
Atascadero, Calif.

Suzette M. Viola
Columbus, Ohio

Jo A. Voss
Sturgis, S.D.

Valerie K. Wakai
Cypress, Calif.

Susan Warner
Portsmouth, Ohio

Denise M. Weiss
New Baltimore, Mich.

Catherine Wai-Man Wong
Los Angeles, Calif.

Krista Marie Wyatt
Vevay, Ind.

Alice M. Zapp
Stockton, Calif.

Deborah Lynn Zwinger
Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Deadline February 1, 1999, for Generic BSN Scholarships

February 1, 1999, is the postmark deadline to apply for Generic BSN Educational Advancement Scholarships, which are awarded through the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).

The scholarships of $1500 each are available to students who do not hold an RN license, though licensed vocational and licensed practical nurses are eligible. In addition, nursing students with degrees in other fields are eligible. At least 20% of these awards will be allocated to ethnic minorities.

Scholarships awards are based on academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to nursing through involvement in student organizations or school and community activities related to healthcare. Applicants must be a member of either AACN or NSNA, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, be currently enrolled in a bachelor of science in nursing program accredited by the National League of Nursing, and have junior or senior status for the academic year in which the scholarship will be used.

Application materials and instructions are available from NSNA, 555 W. 57th St. New York, NY 10019; phone, (212) 581-2211.

Deadline Extended to January for ICU 2010 Submissions

The deadline to submit papers, projects, and case studies for “ICU 2010: A Critical Care Design Symposium” has been extended to January 15, 1999. The symposium is set for April 1999 in the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex.

Sponsored by the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M University, the interdisciplinary conference is jointly presented by AACN, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.
For more information, contact Gail Dym, American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Health PIA, 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006-5292; phone, (202) 626-7429.


AASCIN Call for Papers and Posters
The American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (AASCIN) is accepting paper and poster abstracts for its 16th annual educational conference, scheduled for September 7
through 9, 1999, in Las Vegas, Nev. January 15, 1999, is the submission deadline. “Advancing SCI Nursing: Exploring Solutions Through Collaborative Practice” is the theme of the
conference. For additional information or to obtain the abstract application materials, contact AASCIN, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1177; phone (718) 803-3782;
fax, (718) 803-0414.

Information printed in “Currents” is provided as a service to interested readers and does not imply endorsement by AACN or the AACN Certification Corporation.

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