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Vol. 16, No. 11, NOVEMBER 1999


Advisory Teams Promote Ties With Students and Faculty

Nursing Students Welcomed

Senior nursing students from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., participated in the Northern New Jersey Chapter of AACN’s annual spring symposium. The students and their instructor, Linda Ulak (seated, second from right), are shown with AACN Board Member Fay Wright (standing, third from right). Ulak is an AACN
faculty liaison.

AACN is reaching out to nursing students and faculty through two new advisory teams, which were appointed this year to strengthen awareness about critical care nursing practice and the resources AACN can offer.

Members of the Faculty Advisory Team and the Student Nurse Advisory Team have volunteered to be ambassadors for AACN, and to
provide AACN with feedback about the issues and needs that are unique to their respective groups. In addition, they will help evaluate
the relevance of some existing AACN resources, products and educational programs and assist in developing new resources, where appropriate.

“AACN is extremely excited about the relationships that can be formed through these alliances,” said AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN. “We look forward to working with these groups to enhance nursing education and the future of the nursing profession.”

Information is being disseminated to and gathered from the faculty and student teams in a variety of ways. Both teams have received packets of materials that include general information about AACN, as well as copies of the “Scope of Practice,” “Leadership Framework,” the Member Benefits Directory, a list of AACN chapters around the country and membership applications.

A special online discussion board, which will not only enhance networking opportunities, but also provide a vehicle for identifying trends and issues affecting nursing students, faculty and education, has been established on the AACN Web site. This forum will facilitate communication within the respective groups and allow for rapid turnover of ideas, inquiries and resources.

Creativity Can Reduce the Costs of Attending the NTI

The economics of healthcare today have cut into the funding assistance that is available for nurses to attend educational programs, such as AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, which in 2000 is scheduled for May 20 through 25 in Orlando, Fla.

However, a little creativity and flexibility can go a long way toward making the NTI more affordable. Following are some ideas that may help you to secure funding from your employer, who is more likely to grant assistance if the investment return is clear.
• Identify scheduled NTI presentations that can help with a project, protocol, procedure, inservice or other educational event in your workplace.
• Find out what long-term projects are being implemented that could benefit from information presented at the NTI, and volunteer to work on that project.
• Identify clinical topics that could help you solve a problem in your department. Pledge to conduct inservices or prepare poster presentations or self-study modules on these topics after you return from the NTI.

• If your employer is considering new equipment, point out that you can talk with all the vendors of the specified product or products at the Critical Care Exposition, where more than 400 companies exhibit.
• Emphasize to your employer how the skills, information and competencies you can acquire at the NTI will be of benefit to patients.

In addition, offering to pay a portion of your costs to attend the NTI will demonstrate to your employer that you value the learning opportunity. Request assistance in paying the higher costs, such as hotel, airfare and registration. Also, companies often contribute toward conference costs for nurses who use their products, especially if they are introducing and presenting sessions on new products at the NTI.

Regardless of whether your participation in the NTI is subsidized, there are ways you can reduce the expenses of getting there and the expenses incurred while you are there. Following are a few that have worked well for NTI attendees in the past:
• Evaluate travel options. If you are traveling with others and the distance is reasonable, driving might be your least expensive choice. Check out trains and buses, as well as airlines.

• Start tracking air fares early. Work with a travel agent or online service. Some online services will send e-mail messages to you when fares drop below a specified price on routes you request. A Saturday night stay often reduces air fares, though you will want to weigh this saving against additional hotel costs and meals.
• Seek out someone else who is attending the NTI to share costs such as hotel accommodations and on-site
transportation.
• When possible, use public transportation within the conference city. However, remember that the best way to travel in any unfamiliar city is in groups. Of course, complimentary shuttle service is provided between conference hotels and the convention center.
• If you have room in your suitcase, pack some nonperishable food items. Or, pick up items at a grocery store after arriving. Many hotels are equipped with small refrigerators or will rent one to you for a minimal charge. Some even have microwave ovens or hot plates. Because food at most hotels and convention centers is usually more expensive, the ability to prepare your own breakfast, lunch and snacks will save money.

Note: Watch for the NTI2K program brochure after Jan. 1, 2000.

Vision Partners Program Links Student and Teacher

Educators can greatly inspire their students and influence the direction their careers will take. In some cases, the benefits of association go both ways.

For example, AACN’s 1999 Vision Partners program found one nursing professor and one of his students sharing their perspectives at the National Teaching Institute in New Orleans, La.

Michael Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, a member of the AACN Board of Directors and an assistant professor of nursing at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Douglas W. Kyle, GN, a nursing technician in the surgical ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., and a graduate student of Williams, were one of seven pairs of Vision Partners attending the NTI.

Williams’ goal was to expose Kyle to AACN and the many ways that membership in a professional organization can assist with career development. However, Williams also saw the partnership as an opportunity to learn from the perspective of a younger nurse.

Williams said he hoped the NTI experience would not only inspire Kyle to seek out critical care learning experiences, but would also assist him to develop his leadership skills.

Kyle considered the partnership an opportunity to strengthen his practice as he embarked on a career in critical care nursing. Meeting leaders in the field and improving his ability to acquire research-based practice information were attractions for Kyle.

The annual Vision Partners program grants educational scholarships to connect an AACN member with a prospective member in a learning and networking experience. Each pair of scholarship recipients agrees to continue to develop and strengthen the relationship following the NTI and to report on progress toward that goal.

The scholarships offset the expenses of attending the NTI. Partners who are not members of AACN also receive a one-year AACN membership and are eligible to register for the NTI at the discounted, member rate.

AACN Featured on ‘Champions of Industry’ Segment To Air on MSNBC

AACN was scheduled to be featured on Pat Summerall’s “Champions of Industry” on Nov. 4, 1999. The feature spotlights companies that are leaders in their respective industries.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best among professional associations, and pleased to have this opportunity to promote our vision and critical care nursing practice,” said Phyllis Reading, RN, MN, executive director of AACN.

In addition to the two-minute feature, AACN receives a five-minute, corporate video that can be used by the association for a variety of purposes. Summerall also narrates the corporate video. Members who missed the air date will be able to view the video via a link from the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Meet the Board

The elected members of the AACN Board of Directors make valuable contributions to the association and to critical care nursing practice. They represent diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Throughout this fiscal year, members will have a chance to get to know these national leaders better through this “Meet Your Board” feature. Each has responded to a set of questions about their practice and volunteer experiences.


Byram is a nurse consultant in the Nursing Department of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Q: What attracted you to the practice of critical care nursing?

A: My favorite course in college was physiology, because I loved trying to make sense of the puzzles of the human body. As a nursing student at the University of Michigan, I was fascinated by all the challenges that critical care nurses face on a daily basis. During my last semester in nursing school, I had the opportunity to work in three different ICU’s. Although I learned that critical care nursing is more than solving “physiological puzzles,” my initial fascination led me into critical care nursing.

Q :What is the most rewarding aspect of your practice?

A: Seeing individuals that you have helped to mentor become mentors themselves. In one of my leadership lectures, I talk about becoming a “ripple maker,” about creating a ripple effect by influencing others, one individual at a time. Ripples start small; however, if you put enough together, a tidal wave
can form!

Q: What motivated you to commit your time to volunteer service at the national level?

A It started in 1985, when I was a new clinical nurse specialist at the National Institutes of Health. Debbie Tribett, a fellow CNS, took me by the hand and said: “You need to join the local chapter and run for the board.” Because of Debbie’s influence and support, I joined the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN and eventually was elected to the board. The rewards of working closely with other talented critical care nurses always made my involvement seem like fun, not work. My chapter experience motivated me to volunteer for national level activities.

Q: What personal rewards do you receive because of your volunteer service?

A: As an AACN board member, I have had the opportunity to interact with individuals of diverse talent. It would be impossible not to grow and be enriched by this experience. I have also made some new and truly cherished friendships that I would not have made without my involvement with AACN.

 

Michael L. Williams
RN, MSN, CCRN
Director

Williams is an assistant professor of nursing at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Q: What attracted you to the practice of critical care nursing?

A: Although I started college as a chemistry major, I quickly learned that the field was not for me. I graduated with a degree in medical technology. However, I was exposed to nursing through my girlfriend (now my wife), who became a pediatric critical care nurse after graduation, as well as her mother and her sister. After returning to complete my nursing degree two years later, I was hired as a new graduate in a medical-respiratory ICU. Two years later, I moved to a cardiovascular-surgical ICU, which is my true love. I had always been impressed by the critical-thinking skills and precision required of critical care nurses. After a few months, I was even more impressed with these nurses, who confidently provided not only expert clinical care, but also compassionate care to patients and their families.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your practice?

A: Last year I began a full-time faculty job and, at this point, the most rewarding aspect of my practice is seeing the wonder in students’ eyes. There is nothing more exciting than watching them “get it” and seeing the light bulb going on. Teaching makes me realize how much I have grown since I was a nursing student, and that the information I take for granted is not intuitive. Even the most fundamental skills, such as handwashing, positioning and comfort measures must be taught. As an expert nurse, you “just do it,” but as a nursing student, you must learn to do it. You also must learn to be very patient.

I have been fortunate to have also maintained a staff position at the University of Michigan Hospitals. In addition to updating policies and procedures and advising the Heart Care Program as a clinical nurse consultant, I have the privilege of staffing on afternoon shifts in the cardiothoracic step-down unit. Observing first hand the expert nursing care that is provided, as well as receiving the gratitude from patients and their families, is truly motivating. There is nothing quite like providing hands-on care to patients.

Q: What motivated you to commit your time to volunteer service at the national level?

A: I have volunteered most of my life, and my volunteer experience with AACN has always been positive. Every contribution I have made has been warmly accepted. Having your contributions recognized makes a difference. When someone says “nice job” or “thanks for sharing your thoughts,” you realize that you make a difference. The feedback I received from AACN members and national office staff made me realize that my contributions were valued; thus I am motivated to continue to volunteer.

Q: What personal rewards do you receive because of your volunteer service?

A: Volunteering for AACN has had many personal benefits; however, the most valuable to me is the people I have met. AACN and critical care nursing have many bright, articulate, talented people, who are extremely passionate about what they do. I feel fortunate to know these people across the country—to know that I can say “I know this person” or “I bet ‘so-and-so’ has an idea; I’ll give him or her a call.” This experience has also made me realize that people excel in different arenas—that many AACN members contribute to AACN’s vision by providing expert care every day and that others volunteer countless hours directly to AACN. It takes all of us to make AACN’s vision happen—and every contribution is truly valued.

Fay M. Wright
RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP
Director

Wright is a staff nurse at Northern West-chester Hospital Center, Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Q: What attracted you to the practice of critical care nursing?

A: When I was a junior baccalaureate nursing student, I was accepted into an ICU summer extern program. We attended critical care classes in the morning and worked in the units in the afternoon. After six weeks, I was assigned to the surgical ICU, where I rotated to all three shifts with my preceptor. I was amazed by her knowledge, skills and compassion. She was everything I wanted to be as a nurse and more. She taught me to be a superb clinician, expert with the technology while understanding the person beneath all the tubes and drains. After graduation, I applied only to this unit. At the time, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. The impact my preceptor and the unit nurses had on helping patients recover and families cope with critical illness convinced me that I had found a place where nursing could be practiced in its truest sense by mixing knowledge and compassion. I knew I had found my niche.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your practice?

A: I love working with patients and their families and helping them maintain their relationships and supports during the patient’s critical illness. The complexity of providing critical care while supporting the person as part of a family is tremendously challenging and rewarding. I am also rewarded by watching the many nurses whom I have taught or with whom I have worked grow in the professional nursing role, exercising their advocacy skills as well as their technological skills. I am proud when a former student or coworker questions practice, explores options and works with families at the bedside while incorporating them into patient care.

Q: What motivated you to commit your time to volunteer service at the national level?

A: When I was a new graduate, my preceptor advised me that joining AACN would make me a better nurse, which it has. I have always been actively involved in my chapter, volunteering for many different roles from newsletter editor to president. The skills I learned, such as leading committees, planning educational programs and learning to deal with conflicts, helped me in my roles at work. Because AACN had given me so much, I wanted to give something back. I responded to the annual call for volunteers, and was appointed to the Volunteerism Think Tank, which was a wonderful opportunity to help support AACN’s mission. AACN is a tremendous resource and support for nurses. I believe that, through involvement in AACN, I am working to strengthen the organization and ensure that meaningful resources and support are available to members. I believe that by giving of yourself, you can make the world a better place. AACN gives me that opportunity to try to improve healthcare for nurses, patients and families.

Q: What personal rewards do you receive because of your volunteer service?

A: I am often asked this question and how I can meet my commitments while I have a job and a family that includes two children under 5 years of age. I volunteer because of the rewards I get in return. My friendships with other volunteers have truly touched my heart and will be a part of my life long after I complete my term on the board. The opportunity to travel all over the country, meet people and to see different perspectives and approaches has enriched my personal views and values. Working with people who have common goals and vision has supported me through times of personal transition and work place crisis. I truly believe in AACN’s vision, and my biggest reward is being able to work toward making this vision a reality.

1998-99 Fiscal Year in Review-A Report to the Membership

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses fills a vital role in ensuring that practice, research and continuing education needs are met for nurses who care for acute and critically ill patients. During the 1998-99 fiscal year, the AACN Board of Directors made pivotal policy and strategic decisions aimed at investing in activities to support the needs of the membership. AACN staff collaborated with members to create and fund resources and services that benefit not only AACN members, but also the practice of critical care nursing. These accomplishments can be achieved only through a dynamic partnership among the board, volunteers and staff. Following are some of the year’s highlights:

Practice
A foundational activity for AACN is providing clinical and educational resources that support and shape critical care nursing practice. The Practice Resource Network (PRN) provides members comprehensive clinical consultation services. During 1998-99, PRN staff addressed 3,147 requests for information, as well as more than 1,600 online InfoLink queries.

New clinical resources were developed and the practice section of the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org was expanded to increase member access to clinical information and resources. Seven new pocket cards—the Medication Administration Practice Protocol series, the Staffing Blueprint: Constructing Your Own Solutions and the Standards and Measurement Criteria for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice were developed. These and other efforts to provide more resources to members resulted in an expanded catalog of clinical and education resources.

AACN has continued to promote the role and contributions of the advanced practice nurse. An informational brochure, a comprehensive listing of resources, a fact sheet on the “ABCs of APN,” articles in AACN News and an “Advanced Practice” area on the AACN Web site have been created to address member needs and current clinical issues and trends.

The Best Practice Network now has 30 partners. The Society of Critical Care Medicine was the first physician association to sign on to this project. Traffic on the Best Practice Network Web site at www.best4health.org continues to grow, with more than 13,000 users visiting during the year. A new area of the Web site was established for building best practices online.

Education
The National Teaching Institute, held in New Orleans, attracted 6,200 participants. Targeted educational tracks within the program focused on specific practice settings and roles. The 1998-99 NTI Work Group created educational tracks that included Adult Critical Care, Advanced Practice, Trauma, Pediatric and Neonatal, Continuum of Care and Leadership. Many sessions were popular and filled to capacity. Through diligent quality improvement efforts, plans are in place for the NTI in Orlando, Fla., to accommodate up to 11,000 participants.

Educational resources continued to expand and provide members with access to education at home or at work through distance learning. Continuing education activities can be found in Critical Care Nurse and the American Journal of Critical Care; on the AACN Web site; and through audiotapes of previous AACN programs. More than 200 offerings are currently available. The Professional Development Think Tank evaluated AACN’s distance learning programming and made recommendations for future expansion.

AACN sponsored an international study tour to Australia in September 1998. More than 80 members participated in the tour, which was led by AACN Past-President Joanne Krumberger, RN, MSN, CCRN, FAAN.

An exciting project under development is the National Critical Care Curriculum (NCCC), which is designed to enhance the quality, efficiency, effectiveness and standardization of critical care nursing education. The prototype features a standardized, self-paced, multistaged, national curriculum for critical care nursing practice. It will be presented primarily in a series of approximately 20-minute lessons, and delivered in an integrated, interactive, electronic format—Internet with CD-ROM. Tom Ahrens, RN, DNS, CCRN, was selected to be the executive editor, and JoAnn Grif Alspach, RN, MSN, EdD, was selected to be the senior editor for the project.

Member Services
Membership continued to experience slow, but steady growth. The new member rate increased from 10.2% to 14%. Student members have increased by 188% over the previous year. Membership activities are focused on the active recruitment and retention of experienced and novice nurses in traditional critical care and progressive care settings, as well as attracting students and advanced practice nurses.

The membership team implemented several mechanisms this year to monitor member feedback and ensure ongoing relevance of products, services and initiatives to members and potential members. The creation of Faculty and Student advisory teams improved communication with the schools of nursing. AACN conducted a market research study to define the needs of its identified membership groups.

Chapters and Volunteers
Several chapter support activities aimed at improving communication between chapters and the national organization were created.

The chapter financial and management modules were updated. The “Chapter” area of the AACN Web site is active and provides vital communication avenues for chapter members.

Volunteers contribute a valuable service to the association through the generous donation of their time and expertise. Last year, more than 700 volunteers participated in nine committees, 13 advisory teams, three editorial boards and eight review panels.

Contributions to the Profession
To represent the interests of critical care nurses, patients and families, AACN participated in many public policy and liaison activities during the year. AACN supported specific activities that addressed legislation related to tobacco prevention programs, nursing research funding and other healthcare-related initiatives.
AACN established formal liaisons with the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, the American Heart Association Task Force to revise the Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, and the Health Care Financing Administration Organ Donation Panel to develop guidelines for organ donation. AACN also collaborated with the Emergency Nurses Association, American Nephrology Nurses Association and the American Heart Association on practice resources and various position statements.

In light of the recent nursing shortage, a priority identified by the Public Policy Work Group was to showcase the value of nursing to consumers and the healthcare community. The work group created a “Value of Nursing” poster designed to illustrate the different dimensions of nursing practice.

Research
AACN’s research program provided members with information and skills for using research to guide critical care nursing practice. The Research Work Group completed work on an inquiry algorithm, which is a step-by-step process for finding answers to clinical questions.

The “Research” area of the AACN Web site is active and contains information on all AACN grants, including applications and past recipients; the research priorities; and information and application materials for the research and creative solutions abstract submission process.

The Thunder Project II, a study examining procedural pain across the lifespan, completed data collection, with 161 sites, including 24 pediatric sites, submitting patient data for the project. More than 6,300 patients were enrolled in the study. Analysis of the data is under way. However, a brief presentation of preliminary findings was provided at the NTI.

Awards
AACN provides awards and scholarships to support the practice, research and educational activities of members. Members received a total of $150,000 in educational scholarships; $86,500 in research grants; and $52,000 in chapter and educational grants to attend the NTI this year.

As we look forward to the new millennium, it is important that we look back and celebrate our accomplishments of the past 30 years. It is through the talents and expertise of our members that AACN will continue to lead the critical care community and provide optimum healthcare to the critically ill patient.

Study Tour Set for South America

AACN will sponsor an international study tour to South America from September 20 to 30, 2000. Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are included on the itinerary.

Professional visits will include tours of healthcare facilities as well as ample opportunity to exchange clinical practice information with colleagues in both countries. The professional program is expected to provide up to 14 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Cost for the tour is $2,895 per person for a shared twin room. For single occupancy accommodations, $695 will be added.

For more information about the South America Study Tour, contact Interport, Ltd., 510 31st St. Suite G, Newport Beach, CA 92663; phone, (949) 673-3596; fax, (949) 673-1007.

State-Sponsored College Savings Plans Worth Study

As the cost of a college education steadily rises, parents are seeking ways to meet this obligation in any way they can. Although parents often hope that their child will receive grants or scholarships, most will have to rely on saving and borrowing to meet the expense. The Internal Revenue Service Code section 529 state-sponsored college savings plans offer new ways to meet this mounting challenge.

A recent Merrill Lynch college savings survey, conducted by International Communications Research, found that 60% of respondents are very concerned about being able to afford the cost of a college education when their children are ready to attend. Yet, in spite of these concerns, only 7% were “very familiar” with the benefits of the new 529 college savings plans.

How the Plan Works
In some ways, the 529 college savings plans are like individual retirement accounts. You can contribute up to the maximum set by the plan, and the assets have the opportunity to grow tax-deferred until withdrawn. When withdrawn for higher education expenses, the earnings are taxed at the child’s rate, which is usually 15%. In addition, some states make earnings exempt from taxation.

Each state sets a limit for lifetime contributions to an account. Many states have set generous limits of more than $100,000 per beneficiary. However, these limits may change annually to allow for the changing costs of higher education.

The assets in many college savings plans can be used at any accredited, public or private postsecondary school in the country, including community, graduate or vocational-education schools. This is a relief for parents who are reluctant to contribute to a plan that limits a child’s school choices, as prepaid tuition plans can.

In general, anyone can contribute to a college savings account, regardless of income level or the age of the beneficiary. However, some plans require that the beneficiary be a resident of the state, while others require that only the investor be a state resident. A few innovative programs have no residency requirements and are open to anyone in the United States. You can open an account not only for your children, but also for your grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Because these plans require investment management and administration, states often select financial firms to manage their programs. For example, the State of Maine recently introduced the NextGen College Investing Plan, which is managed and made available nationwide by Merrill Lynch. This 529 college savings program provides the flexibility of using the assets at any accredited postsecondary school in the United States. The contributions are invested in portfolios of Merrill Lynch-managed mutual funds and bank deposit products that are tailored to the age of the beneficiary.

For example, during the early childhood years, the primary investment focus might be on stock mutual funds as a way to offer growth potential when the child has the time to ride out market fluctuations. However, as college entrance prospects near, the investment emphasis might shift to a more conservative asset allocation in bond and money market funds to minimize price fluctuations and preserve capital.

What If ...?
There’s no way to know whether your beneficiary will attend college. State-sponsored college savings plans make allowances for this uncertainty in
several ways:
• If your beneficiary has not decided about college, you can leave the money in the account to grow tax-deferred. Generally, there are no age restrictions for the beneficiary, and he or she could decide to enroll in college at a later date.
• You can change the named beneficiary to another qualified member of the same family.
• You can make a nonqualified withdrawal from the account at any time and owe regular income taxes and a penalty on only the earnings portion, which usually is 10%. Penalty-free withdrawals are allowed if your beneficiary receives a scholarship, or in the event of death or disability.

More Flexibility than Custodial Accounts
State-sponsored college saving programs can also provide attractive estate planning advantages. When you open a college savings account for a beneficiary, the contributions are considered completed gifts, which means they are not counted in your estate for taxation purposes. You can contribute up to $50,000 per beneficiary in a single year ($100,000 for a married couple), as long as you do not make any further gifts to those beneficiaries over the next five years.

Even after you have contributed to an account, you retain control of the assets and can change beneficiaries or take back the money, if you choose, with usually a 10% to 15% penalty on earnings. This is a significant advantage over Uniform Gift to Minors Act or Uniform Transfer to Minors Act custodial accounts, because the contributions you make to these accounts are irrevocable and the child controls the assets at your state’s age of majority (usually 18 or 21).

Start Planning
If higher education may be in the future for your children or other loved ones, talk with your financial consultant about participating in a state-sponsored college savings plan. A college savings program that offers this level of tax benefits and investment flexibility is well worth studying.

For more information on the NextGen plan call (888) ML SAVES (657-2837), ext. AACN (2226), or visit the plan Web site at http://www.nextgenplan.com.

Video Spotlights Nursing Students

AACN is among the sponsors of a special video produced by the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). Titled “The Sky’s the Limit,” the video is intended for use by nurse recruiters, as well as to promote the benefits of membership in NSNA.

The video features testimonials by nursing students and nursing leaders. In addition, footage from the 1999 NSNA convention in Pittsburgh, Pa.; clinical footage of nursing students and practicing nurses; and students in classroom settings are included.

To order the video, contact NSNA at 555 W. 57th St., Suite 1327, New York, N.Y. 10019; phone, (212) 581-2211, ext. 210; fax, (212) 581-2368.

Currents

Scholarship Focuses on Pulmonary Care
Graduate students enrolled in a master’s program in nursing are eligible to apply for a $6,000 scholarship from the American Lung Association of California. The scholarship in advanced practice nursing, with a focus in pulmonary care, will be awarded July 1, 2000, to help fund the second year of a master’s program. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2000. For applications or more information, call (510) 638-5864.

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