Washington Area Chapter Conference Spotlights Critical Care Nursing
More than 150 critical care nurses from 6 states attended the 13th annual Spotlight on Critical Care Conference, which was offered by the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN in Reston, Va., in November.
Attendees heard approximately 20 state-of-the-art presentations by national and regional nurse experts. Delivering keynote addresses were AACN President Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN, former president of AACN.
McKinley engaged the audience in her lively presentation, titled “Visions, Value and Voice.” Chulay reminded the critical care nurses who attended why they chose nursing as a profession. Her speech was titled “Celebrating Clinical Excellence.”
Other presenters were AACN immediate Past President Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, and nationally recognized leaders Debra Byram, RN, MSN, and Nancy Munro, RN, MS, CCRN, both members of the AACN Board; Carol Rauen, RN, MS, CCRN; Katherine Littrell; RN, PhD, Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN; Lynelle Pierce, RN, MS, CCRN; Brenda Shelton, RN, MS, CCRN, OCN; Greg Susla, PharmD, FCCM; Susan McGann, RN, BSN, CEN; and Nancy Ames, RN, MS, CCRN, CS. Ames is president-elect of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, which serves Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.
The topics presented included hemodynamic monitoring, ICU sedation, the mechanically ventilated patient, abdominal trauma, traumatic brain injury, latex allergy, opportunistic infections, reperfusion therapy, ethical caring, downsizing, and anticoagulation therapy.
In addition, a 2-day CCRN� review session was offered.
The conference also included 22 posters, where the presenters were available to answer questions regarding clinical research issues and clinical problem solving. More than 25 exhibitors were also on hand to support critical care nursing at the conference. Speaker sponsors included Neurocare Group, Baxter, Roche Laboratories, Genentech, and Environmental Results Corporation.
Conference participants had an opportunity to gain both professional and personal insight during a roundtable at which a range of topics was discussed. Included in the discussion were ethics, clinical research, speaker opportunities at the National Teaching Institute,™ volunteering and the Group of 100, and politics for critical care nurses.
The conference was planned and implemented by a volunteer committee of 15 critical care nurses from the Greater Washington, D.C., area, who practiced true teamwork in making the conference a reality. Committee members were Chair Karen Kesten, RN, MSN, Chair-elect Becki Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN; Margaret Bevans, RN, MS; Sonia Astle, RN, MS, CCRN; Pat Baker, RN, BSN; Randi Cohen, RN; Linda Cook, RN, MS, CCRN; Rande Dent, RN, MA, CCRN; Jessica DiPalma, RN, MS, CCRN; Aida Imperio, RNC, BSN, CCRN; Peter Meccariello, RN, MHSA, CCRN; Jackie Menzies, RN, MSN, CCRN; Elissa Mulligan, RN, CCRN; Helen Roach, RN, MSN, CCRN; and John Whitcomb, RN, BSN, CCRN.
The 14th annual Spotlight on Critical Care Conference is planned for November 1999 in Maryland.
What’s on tap
Trauma Patient Management
The KOMA (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas) Chapter of AACN will sponsor its eighth annual trauma seminar, titled “When the Pieces of the Puzzle Don’t Fit: Critical Management of the Trauma Patient,” on March 18, 1999, in Joplin, Mo. Kathleen White is the speaker. Vendor booths are available. For more information, contact Cindy Parsons at (417) 625-2379 or (417) 624-2905; e-mail,
The Greater Kansas Chapter of AACN will present a CCRN� review class in February 1999. For more information, call Dana Larsen at (913) 596-4000.
CEU Breakfast Program
The Los Angeles Chapter of AACN will present a special CE breakfast tutorial on February 9, 1999, on advanced cardiac auscultation heart sounds and murmurs at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. John Michael Criley, MD, professor in Medicine and Radiological Services at the UCLA School of Medicine, is the presenter. For registration information, call (310) 335-5450.
Midwest Conference in March 1999
The 25th annual Midwest Conference for Critical Care will be March 9 through 11, 1999, in Arlington Heights, Ill. A preconference is scheduled March 8. The conference is sponsored by the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN. Featured speakers and topics include Nancy Brent on “Law and Ethics,” Kim Litwack on “Advanced Practice,” Joanne Krumberger on “Clinical Decision Making,” Nancy Townsend on “Neuro Issues,” Kathleen Vollman on “Cardiovascular,” Stephanie Woods on “Pulmonary,” and Fay Wright on “Women’s Health.” For more information, call (630) 766-1596.
Does your chapter have a program or special event coming up? Send the information to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2049; e-mail,
Fall Regional Meetings provided AACN members and chapters an opportunity to learn and network with their colleagues. Meetings, some of which were associated with educational programs, were conducted in all 19 AACN regions across the country. Following are photos from some of the meetings.