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Vol. 16, No. 4, APRIL 1999

AACN, AACN Certification Corporation Seek Leaders

AACN and the AACN Certification Corporation are seeking nominations of members to serve on their national boards and on the AACN Nominating Committee for FY2001. Terms begin July 1, 2000.

AACN is inviting nominations for the offices of president-elect and treasurer, and for three positions on the Board of Directors as well as for three Nominating Committee positions.

The AACN Certification Corporation Board is inviting nominations for the office of chair-elect, one position on the Board of Directors, and one consumer representative position on the Board of Directors.

Nominations must be received or postmarked by June 11, 1999.

These positions may require different time commitments and support services. Reimbursement for travel as well as other expenses are provided for all positions. Nominees for all AACN positions must be AACN national members.

Those who serve have an opportunity to share with their colleagues the talent and knowledge they have developed as leaders in their professions and communities.

In evaluating prospective candidates for the AACN and AACN Certification Corporation boards, the Nominating Committee seeks demonstrated leadership competencies that candidates must possess to step into leadership roles.

Following are brief descriptions of the positions:

AACN Board
One 1-Year Term
Nominees must have served at least two years on the AACN Board of Directors. During the term, the president-elect works to become familiar with the duties of the president and consults with the president to prepare for continuity and a smooth transition of leadership. The president-elect also assumes presidential accountability in the absence or inability of the president to act. From the nominations submitted by the membership, the Board of Directors selects the candidate who is placed on the ballot.

One 3-Year Term
As a member of the Board of Directors, the treasurer must demonstrate not only the qualifications of a director, but also an awareness of financial systems. The treasurer chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. In collaboration with the AACN national office team, the treasurer ensures that the committee and the Board of Directors review and monitor the use of AACN’s financial resources in accordance with AACN’s mission, values, and priorities.

Three 3-Year Terms
In addition to representing the needs of the members, board members establish priorities for AACN, based on its mission and vision. They help to ensure general and financial viability and growth, as well as promote high-intensity care continuum. The position also affords numerous opportunities to network with other professional colleagues, consumers, and healthcare policy makers.

AACN Nominating Committee
Three 1-Year Terms
Members review the applications and references of those nominated for the positions to assess competencies before submitting the slate of candidates to a vote by the membership.

AACN Certification Corporation Board
Nominees for the AACN Certification Corporation Board are not required to be AACN members. However, at least two board members must hold current certification by the AACN Certification Corporation and a majority of board members must hold an active RN license in the United States. The Nominating Committee considers these credentialing requirements in selecting candidates.

One 1-Year Term
The chair-elect works to become familiar with the duties of the chair and consults with the chair to prepare for continuity and a smooth transition of leadership. He or she performs all duties of that position in the chair’s absence.

One 2-Year Term
Directors actively participate in governance including the following: ensuring the corporation’s financial viability and growth, evaluating organizational outcomes based on established priorities and action plans, monitoring the impact of corporation initiatives on patient care and healthcare delivery systems, articulating positions and policies to key stakeholders, and ensuring a successful relationship between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation.

Consumer Representative
One 3-Year Term
Consumer representatives actively participate in governance including the following: ensuring the corporation’s financial viability and growth, evaluating organizational outcomes based on established priorities and action plans, monitoring the impact of corporation initiatives on patient care and healthcare delivery systems, articulating positions and policies to key stakeholders, and ensuring a successful relationship between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. In addition, this position champions the perspective of the consumer by exploring issues related to healthcare and their potential effect on consumers, along with the value and relationship of professional certification as a method of protecting the public.

The nomination form is available in the “Volunteers” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org and via Fax on Demand at (800) AACN-FAX (222-6329). Request Document #1540.

For more information about leadership opportunities and the Call for Nominations process, contact Maheaba Baloch, volunteer associate, at (800) 809-2273, ext. 228.

Nominating Committee ‘Privileged’ to Decide Slates

Participating in the 1998-99 AACN Nominating Committee process were (from left, seated) Virginia Gensch Oleen, Shannon Carter, Gladys Campbell, and Patricia A. McGaffigan, and (from left, standing) Elizabeth Nolan, Nancy Molter, Michael L. Williams, Gigi Sorenson, Janine Klem, Fay Wright, and Laura Savage. Nominating Committee member Michael Day is not pictured.

By Michael Day, RN, MSN, CCRN
Laura Savage, RN, MSN
and Gigi Sorenson, RN, MSN, CCRN

As members of the 1998-99 AACN Nominating Committee, we are privileged to help determine the ballot from which future leaders of AACN will be chosen.

Many members, including those who are considering applying for AACN elected positions, may be unfamiliar with the candidate selection process. This process is actually quite simple.

With the exception of the AACN Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee is the only AACN committee that includes members who are elected annually by the membership. For example, three Nominating Committee members will be elected for FY2000 from ballots returned by April 23, 1999. (See page 7.)

In addition to these three elected members, the Nominating Committee is composed each year of representatives of both the AACN Board of Directors (this year by Elizabeth Nolan, RN, MS, CS, Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Fay Wright, RN, MS, CCRN ACNP) and AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors (this year by Virginia Gensch Oleen, Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS, and Nancy Molter, RN, MN, CCRN). Immediate past AACN President Gladys M. Campbell, RN, MSN, is the current chair of the group. Shannon Carter is the staff liaison.

Committee members participated in one telephone conference call and two weekend meetings, in which the qualifications of the applicants were weighed against the needs of AACN. Between meetings, we reviewed applications and interviewed candidates by telephone. Because of this frequent interaction, we developed into a strong and efficient team.

How does the Nominating Committee ultimately select the candidates for the ballot? Multiple evaluation criteria are used.

The first criterion is the candidate’s demonstrated competency in both ambassador and intellectual skills. These skills, which are components of the new AACN Leadership Framework, are evaluated from both the candidates’ written applications and the telephone interviews.

The other factor considered is more dynamic, because it relates to the changing needs of AACN from year to year. The goal is to match individual leadership skills and competencies of applicants with AACN organizational needs.

These needs, both immediate and long term, are balanced against the composition and individual skill sets of the current board. For example, an applicant who offers a strong background in financial planning may not be chosen if this area of expertise is already represented on the current board. The Nominating Committee wants to develop a balanced complement of candidates to nominate to the membership for election each year. Of course, the relative strengths of each of the candidates must also be assessed.

When the Nominating Committee reaches consensus on which candidates to nominate, the ballot is submitted to the AACN National Office.

Ballots for FY2000 candidates for both AACN and the AACN Nominating Committee were mailed in March. Please carefully review this material, which includes background information on the candidates as well as their written statements. Vote for the candidates whom you feel can best guide AACN into the new millennium. Ballots must be postmarked by April 23, 1999.

In addition, a list of positions to be elected for FY2001 is included in the “Call for Nominations.”

Thank You!

With your help, we have exceeded our goal of 5000 new members during FY99. Since July 1, 1998, a total of 5091 new members have joined AACN, many as a result of the recently revised Member-Get-A-Member program.

The Member-Get-A-Member program allows participants to earn awards for recruiting new members. A menu of awards is available for every five members recruited. Members who recruit 50 or more new members receive complementary registration to AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute,™ which is scheduled for May 16 through 20, 1999, in New Orleans, La.

Member-Get-A-Member kits are available by calling (800) 899-AACN (2226). For more information, visit the “Benefits Directory” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org. Click on “Organizational Resources.”

‘From the Heart’ Is Critical Care Month Theme

Healthcare from the Heart” is the theme of National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month, which will be celebrated in May 1999.

The month is designed to recognize nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers who are involved in the care of critically ill patients as well as to emphasize the importance of patients and their families, hospitals, corporations, and communities.

An array of products, most imprinted with the Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month logo, are available to enhance the visibility of and demonstrate pride in critical care practice. Many of these products can also be imprinted with your hospital logo.

For more information about National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month, or to request a product guide, call the Foundation for Critical Care at (800) 906-3366.

Return FY2000 Ballots by April 23, 1999

Ballots for FY2000 AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee candidates were mailed to AACN members in March 1999. The ballots, which include information about the candidates, must be returned by April 23, 1999. If you did not receive a ballot, call Volunteer Associate Maheaba Baloch at (800) 809-2273, ext. 228.

Following are the FY2000 AACN candidates:

One-Year Term
(Vote for one)
Denise Thornby, RN, MS, Richmond, Va.

Three-Year Term
(Vote for four)
Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, Miami, Fla.
Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, Spokane, Wash.
Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Washington, D.C.
Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN, Brookings, S.D.
Deborah Laughon, RN, MS, CCRN, Lakeland, Fla.
Jessica Palmer, RN, MSN, Durham, N.C.
Mary Fran Tracy, RN, MS, CCRN, Eagan, Minn.

Nominating Committee
One-Year Term
(Vote for three)
Cathryn D. Boardman, RN, MSN, CCRN, Birmingham, Ala.
Phyllis A. Gordon, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, San Antonio, Tex.
Bonnie R. Sakallaris, RN, MSN, CCRN, Fairfax Station, Va.
Mary Lou Warren, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Sugarland, Tex.
Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, Dublin, Ohio

Consider an IRA Contribution

April 15, 1999, is the deadline to make IRA contributions for 1998. You may still have time to act toward securing a more comfortable future.

Today’s IRAs are powerful, tax-advantage tools, which should be considered not only for retirement but also if you are considering any of the following:
• Purchasing a first home
• Planning a career or job change
• Financing your children’s or grandchildren’s education
• Planning your estate

The new Roth IRA is a good choice for many people, and enhancements to the Traditional IRA make it more appealing than ever. Thanks to an agreement between AACN and Merrill Lynch, AACN members can now easily get assistance in deciding which IRA strategy is right for them.

For more information, call (888) ML-SAVES (657-2837), ext. AACN (2226), or visit the “Benefits Directory” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org, where there is a new online link to Merrill Lynch. This site, which was set up exclusively for AACN, is also designed to allow for your feedback.

Festival at NTI Features the Heritage of New Orleans

From jazz to Cajun cuisine, New Orleans, La., provides visitors a cultural experience that is unique. Participants at the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition will have a chance to sample the best of this heritage as the popular New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is re-created for the annual NTI Participant/Exhibitor Event.

The NTI, which features the Advanced Practice Institute™ and five educational tracks, is scheduled for May 16 through 20 in New Orleans. (See page 1.) The Participant/Exhibitor Event will be the evening of May 19 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

Event vouchers, which will be included with registration badges, must be exchanged for wristbands at the NTI. Additional or replacement wristbands will be available at $25 each. Buses will shuttle participants and exhibitors to and from the fairgrounds.

The festival event will feature a smorgasbord of the heart of New Orleans’ culture including Cajun, Creole and Soul food; Mardi Gras Indians; Zydeco Gospel and Blues; and a Brazilian Samba troupe.

There will be dancing to the sounds of Blues Queen Marva Wright and Zydeco musician Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. Mardi Gras Indians will parade throughout the fairgrounds. The Brazilian Samba troupe will feature salsa dancers, drummers, and stilt walkers as it entices participants to join a New Orleans-style parade.

In addition a craft village will display such attractions as a Roman candy cart, a VooDoo priestess selling “potions,” pralines cooked on site, festival figurines, and hand-blown glass objects.

To register for the NTI, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the NTI Web site.

Meet the Board Members in the Volunteer Resource Center

Participants at the 1999 National Teaching Institute,™ scheduled May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La., will have a chance to visit personally with members of the national AACN Board of Directors and of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.

The board members will be available on May 18 and 19 in the Volunteer Resource Center. Following is the schedule:

May 18
10-11 am
Treasurer Elizabeth Nolan, RN, MS, CS, Pam Rudisill, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, and Secretary Margaret Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, CS

2-4 pm
AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors

May 19
10:15-11:15 am
Tom Ahrens, RN, DNS, CCRN, Stephanie Woods, RN, PhD, CCRN, Michael Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mary Kracun, RN, PhD, CCRN, and Cathy Thompson, RN, PhD, CCRN

2-3 pm
Debra Byram, RN, MSN, Nancy Munro, RN, MN, CCRN, and Fay Wright, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP

If you are attending the NTI, plan to stop by the Volunteer Resource Center to chat with these board members or get your photo taken with them.

Corporate Sponsors Enhance NTI Presence

Sponsorships of some educational programs, special events, and conference mementos are still available for the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans, La. The NTI, which again features the Advanced Practice Institute,™ is scheduled for May 16 through 20.

Included in the remaining sponsorship opportunities are the Rest and Relaxation Pavilion, Mail Home Service, shuttle service to the mastery session at Tulane University, and audience response systems for both the “Heart Sounds” sessions and the AACN annual membership meeting.

In addition to recognition on items or at sponsored events, the sponsor’s name appears in the NTI Program and Proceedings, in the NTI News conference daily and its electronic version, NTI News OnLine, and on the NTI Web site.

Following are companies and organizations that have committed to sponsorship at the 1999 NTI as of early March:
Breakfast Sessions—APACHE Medical Systems, Atrium Medical, Baxter Healthcare, Bayer Corp., Centocor, Inc., COR Therapeutics/Key Pharmaceuticals, Datex Ohmeda, Genentech, KCI, Medtronic, Merrill Lynch, PULSION Medical Systems, Renaissance Technology, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals Inc., RN Magazine, Roche Diagnostics, Ross Products-Division of Abbott Labs, Safeskin, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Zeneca Pharmaceuticals

API Reception—Hill-Rom
Career Opportunities Section in Exhibit Hall—NurseWeek/HealthWeek
CCRN Diagnostic Lab—Sylvan Prometric
CCRN Memento Mugs—Atrium Medical
CE Computers and Certificates—KCI
Chapter Presidents Luncheon—Mallinckrodt, Inc.
Concurrent Sessions—Nursing Knowledge, 3M Healthcare, Luther Medical Products, Astra Pharmaceuticals, Cardionics, Inc.
ECG Computer Lab—Fain & Co. (software), Hewlett-Packard Company (hardware)
Exhibitors Lounge and Refreshments—nth Degree
First Timers Orientations—Maginnis & Associates
Grand Prize Drawing at Closing Session—Subaru of America
Independent Study Center—Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Interactive Learning Lab—Spacelabs Medical
Internet Communications Unit (ICU)—Hewlett-Packard Company
Mastery Sessions—Cook Inc/Ethicon Medical/Allegiance Healthcare/Mercury, Arrow International
Network Night and NTI Scholarships—GE Marquette Medical, TravCorps
NTI News OnLine—U.S. Army Nurse Corps
NTI Notepads—Siemens Medical Systems
NTI Pocket Guide—CMSI “The Travel Nurse Company”

NTI Pencils—Spacelabs Medical
Official Badge Holder—ALARIS Medical Systems
Official Tote Bag—Hewlett-Packard Company
Opening Session Keynote Speaker—Mallinckrodt, Inc.
Participant (ID) Expocards—KCI
Preconference Sessions—Baxter Healthcare Corp., Datascope Corp., KCI, Hewlett-Packard Company, Maginnis & Associates, TravCorps/CDS, and Society for Critical Care Medicine & AACN
Shuttle Buses—Hill-Rom (partial)
Special Session Speaker—Atrium Medical, GE Marquette Medical
Following are other opportunities that are still available for NTI ’99:
Preconference Sessions
Mastery Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
Preconference Luncheon
Poster Sessions and Reproductions
Publisher’s Row in Exhibit Hall
Association/Societies Row in Exhibit Hall
Internet Cafe (Internet/e-mail
message center)
Volunteer Resource Center
Speaker’s Headquarters and Ready Room
Information Desk
Bag & Coat Check/Lost and Found

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call Exhibits Director Randy Bauler at
(949) 362-2050, ext. 366.

Public Policy Update: Healthcare in Clinton Budget

A 2.1% increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health, which includes funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research, was included in the budget President Clinton submitted to Congress on February 1, 1999. However, this request falls short of the goal to double the NIH budget by the year 2003, a goal that AACN supports.

The budget also includes a 6.6% increase in total funding for the Department of Health and Human Services and a $42 million increase in the budget for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA has authority over numerous nursing programs.

Other budget highlights include the president’s proposal to address the long-term care needs of the elderly and the disabled, provide coverage for the uninsured, expand health coverage, and strengthen the Medicare program through payment reform, reducing fraud and abuse, and allowing people under the age of 65 to buy into the program.

Additional funds are proposed for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out antitobacco initiatives and improve the electronic surveillance program to provide better tracking of communicable disease and to address arising problems like drug-resistant bacteria.

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research will receive a $35 million increase to research how to measure and improve the quality and outcomes of medical services.

Following are some of the healthcare initiatives included in the budget request:
• A 55-cent-per-pack cigarette tax hike, with revenue used to offset federal tobacco-related healthcare costs
• Funds for a five-year outreach program to inform families about the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
• A $35 million increase in funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to enforce laws regarding dangerous work places and to increase public awareness and training in job safety and health
• A $135 million allocation to provide health education, prevention, and treatment services for minority populations
• A $16 million increase in funding for the Centers for Excellence and the Health Careers Opportunity programs to recruit and retain racial and ethnic minority students in health professions programs
• A $40 million allocation to provide temporary financial assistance for graduate medical education at free-standing children’s hospitals

• A $50 million allocation to address AIDS and HIV issues in minority communities
• A $170 million increase for the Indian Health Service to provide better medical care to Native Americans

For more information about these and other issues, contact Public Policy Specialist Janice Weber, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (800) 394-5995, ext. 508; e-mail, janice.weber@aacn.org.

Hospitals Embrace Music Therapy

By Joan Vitello-Cicciu, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, FAAN
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center,
Brighton, Mass.

A new sound is being heard in medical centers across the country as music therapists systematically use directed music for patients who are in pain, under great amounts of stress, undergoing cancer treatments, in labor, or involved in any number of medical treatments.

Although we only recently began using music therapy in the emergency department at my hospital, we have seen dramatic results. Patients are exhibiting reduced stress and pain, which makes treatment easier and more effective.

At Beth Abraham Hospital in New York, N.Y., noted neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, MD, points out that using music with patients is only part of music therapy.

“Embedding this phenomenon in a therapeutic relationship and personal relationship is extremely important,” he says.

Sacks encourages his medical colleagues to take advantage of music therapy.

“This is an extraordinary modality, which should be used because it can bring ability where there has been disability and freedom when people have been locked in,” he says.

At St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, oncologist and hematologist Walter Quan, MD, has found that collaborating with music therapists is a great tool to alleviate patient pain.

“In patients who use music therapy, we’ve seen a number of instances in which they are able to take a bit less pain medication, and find that they are more alert, more awake, have a better quality of life, have less constipation, and still maintain good pain control.”

The applications of music therapy in medical settings will be explored in a live satellite program on April 27, 1999. Participant questions and comments concerning this exciting modality will be an important part of the 2-hour program.

Video examples of music therapy at work with Sacks and other doctors and nurses will be shown. Continuing education credits, approved by AACN, are available through the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
For more information about the program, contact the AMTA National Office at (301) 562-8850; e-mail,
satellite@musictherapy.org; or visit the AMTA Web site at http://www.musictherapy.org.

AACN Annual Meeting

Please join the American Association
of Critical-Care Nurses National Leadership
for the Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 18, 1999
Noon-1 pm
Room 292
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, La.

• Learn about AACN’s strategic plan for the future.
• Hear reports by AACN committee chairs.
• Ask questions from the floor and share comments with AACN President Mary G. McKinley and members of the Board of Directors.

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