AACN News—December 2001—Association News

AACN News Logo

Back to AACN News Home

Vol. 18, No. 12, DECEMBER 2001

Set Your Sights on Atlanta and NTI 2002

Unlike Scarlett O’Hara, you won’t want to “think about it tomorrow” when it comes to AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, May 4 through 9, 2002. In fact, though the NTI brochure won’t be distributed until after the first of the year, it’s not too early to begin planning to attend this premier educational conference, which again features the Advanced Practice Institute.™

The setting is Atlanta, Ga., a city that has developed into a hot spot for culture and entertainment. In fact, Atlanta has more restaurants, professional sports teams, entertainment venues and cultural attractions than any other city in southeast part of the country.

With more than 18 million visitors each year, Atlanta’s year-round warm climate and wealth of attractions and activities makes it an increasingly popular destination for business and pleasure travelers alike.

And, a force of greeters in the form of a 70-plus hospitality and security group located in the downtown, convention center area stands ready to assist visitors with a variety of needs.
What are some of Atlanta’s best-known attractions?

The 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park is a legacy from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum portrays the life and administration of President Jimmy Carter through films, videos and displays. And, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site are located Dr. King’s grave, the King birth home and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached.
“Journey of Rediscovery: Looking In and Reaching Out,” the theme chosen by AACN President Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, for his presidential year, sets the tone for NTI 2002.
An estimated 6,000 critical care nurses from across the nation and around the world are expected to attend.

Among new offerings planned are sessions that will be presented in conjunction with the American Red Cross on disaster preparedness. Three preconference sessions will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to assist the American Red Cross in disaster relief. In addition, a mastery session titled “Weapons of Mass Destruction—Chemical, Biological & Nuclear Disasters” will be presented in conjunction with the American Red Cross at the NTI.

For more information about NTI 2002, visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org

Continuing Education Scholarships to Attend NTI 2002 Now Available

Feb. 1, 2002, is the deadline to apply for continuing education scholarships that are available to offset expenses of attending AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ or Advanced Practice Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition May 4 through 9, 2002, in Atlanta, Ga.

Two types of scholarships are currently available.

Vision Partners
The AACN Vision Partners program grants $1,000 each to 10 pairs of NTI or API participants. One partner must be an AACN member, who will share the NTI experience and benefits of AACN membership with the other partner, a nonmember who has not previously attended the NTI. The nonmember also receives a one-year membership to AACN.

The nonmember partner should be able to share a different perspective with his or her partner, such as a different cultural or ethnic viewpoint or another discipline or clinical practice somewhere else along the continuum.

The Vision Partners scholarship application asks the partners to describe how they expect to benefit from the learning experience and networking at NTI. They will also commit to continuing to develop the partnership after they return to their workplaces.

Dale Medical Products Scholarships

In addition, Dale Medical Products, Inc., supports three $1,500 continuing education scholarships for AACN members who are pursuing graduate education to further their careers in critical care nursing.

The Dale scholarship is directed specifically at assisting nurses who are striving to balance their professional life with family obligations. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that they need the scholarship assistance to attend the conference. Applicants are asked to describe how attending the NTI or API will assist them in reaching their professional goals.

To receive an NTI/API continuing education scholarship application, call (800) 899-2226. Request Product #1099. Or, call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 and request Document #1099.

Submit a Speaker Proposal for NTI 2003
Deadline March 14, 2002

March 14, 2002, is the deadline to submit speaker proposal abstracts for AACN’s National Teaching Institute in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to clinical and other educational topics, proposals that address the skills critical care nurses need to influence their practice and the care of critically ill patients are encouraged.
NTI 2003 is scheduled for May 17 through 22, 2003.

Learning Connections Mentor Sessions
Nurses interested in presenting at NTI 2003 can get some help through Learning Connection speaker mentor opportunities that pair novice and experienced speakers.

Five special Learning Connection NTI sessions are scheduled each year. The novice and mentor must be identified in the submitted speaker proposal abstracts.

Speaker proposal packets, including Learning Connection forms, can be obtained by calling AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 (Request Document #6019); or by visiting the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Members, Chapters Respond to Call in Membership Campaign

A total of 500 new members were recruited during October in AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign, which ends April 1, 2002.

The campaign offers participants the chance to earn rewards. In fact, recruiting just one new member entitles participants to an AACN pocket reference. However, the rewards continue to build.

Following is additional information about the rewards that await member recruiters, as well as the list of members who recruited new members during the October 2001 reporting period or who have accumulated five or more new members since the campaign began.

Individual Rewards
The reward for the top individual recruiter overall is $500 or an American Express gift certificate. The top recruiter is also eligible for the first-, second- and third-place prize drawings:

1st Prize—Round-trip tickets for two to anywhere in the continental U.S., including a five-day, four-night hotel stay.
2nd Prize—Round-trip tickets for two to anywhere in the continental U.S.
3rd Prize—Four-days, three-nights hotel accommodations at a Marriott Hotel.

In addition to the pocket reference members receive for recruiting their first new member, recruiting five new members earns them a $25 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources. They receive a $50 AACN gift certificate for recruiting 10 new members.

Each month, members who have recruited at least one new member in the month are also entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 American Express gift certificate.

Chapter Rewards
In addition to a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources, chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers or the largest percentage increase will receive special recognition at NTI 2002 in Atlanta, Ga. Each month, chapters that recruit new members are also entered into a drawing for one complimentary registration for NTI 2002.

Below are the cumulative totals for members recruiting new members during October, as well as those who have accumulated five or more new members, and cumulative totals for chapters since the campaign began in May 2001.

To obtain Critical Links recruitment forms, call (800) 899-2226. Request Item #1316. Or, visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Who Recruited New Members?

Recruiter #Recruited Recruiter #Recruited Recruiter # Recruited
Ismael J. Abregonde, RN, BSN 4
Rose M. Allen, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN 1
Betty L. Anderson, RN 1
Judith Ascenzi, RN, MSN 6
Peter Babcock, RN, ADN, CCRN 1
Perrilynn A. Baldelli, RN, MSN, CCRN 3
Kathryn A. Beauchamp, RN, MSN, CCRN, PNP, CPNP 1
Angela J. Bentley, RN, MS, BA, CCRN 1
Lorna F. Benton, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Michael Beshel, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN 9
Michael C. Blanchard, RN 6
Lisa M. Boldrighini 5
Theresa J. Bowman, RN 1
Anne M. Branley, RN, ADN, CCRN, CPAN 1
Marylee R. Bressie, RN, MSN, CCRN 1
Anne F. Brock, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN 1
Joyce Brown, RN 1
Madeleine M. Burke, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Kathleen M. Burton, RN, BSN 2
Karen Ann Campbell, RN, MSN 3
Anita A. Campbell, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Pamela J. Carlson, RN, MS, CCRN 1
Ann Marie Carpenter, RN, BSN, CCRN 10
Beth Carrico, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN 1
Susan Chamness, RN 2
Pamela J. Chapman, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Sasipa Charnchaichujit, RN 8
Lynne M. Chevoya, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS 1
Susan D. Cline, RN, BSN 1
Katherine Colbert, RN, ADN, CCRN 6
Michelle L. Collins, RN, BSN 1
Claire A. Collins, RN, BSN, BS 3
Rhonda L. Conley, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Kathleen Corban, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Cynthia G. Cox, RN, BSN 7
Cynthia A. Craven, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Claire H. Curran, RN, BSN, CCRN, EMT 1
Michelle L. Cushman, RN, ADN, CCRN 1
Sandra Daugherty, RN, BSN 1
Mary E. Davis, RN 1
Jeannine Davis, RN 3
Carol Ann Deeney, RN, BSN 1
Tracy J. Deno-Buechlein, RN, MSN, CCRN 2
Rosemary B. Dixon, RN, MSN, CCRN 1
Susan Lynn Donston, RN, BSN 1
Melissa L. Drain, RN, DNSc, CCRN 24
Mary P. Edwards, RN, MS, CCRN 1
Marie A. Eidam, RN, MS 3
Peggy Lynn Ennis, RN 26
Anthony Farmer, RN, ADN, BA 1
Jeanne Faughnan, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Myrna Fontillas-Boehm, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN 6
Carla J. Freeman, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Susan K. Goebel, RN, ADN, CNOR 1
Lita T. Gorman, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN 6
Maria B. Greaney, RN, MSN 1
Heather J. Greenwell, RN 4
Lisa C. Gregory, RN, BSN 3
Jonathan O. Gross, RN, MS, BA, CCRN 1
Carol Guyette, RN, BSN, CCRN 13
Charlene A. Haley-Moyer, RN, MS, CCRN 5
Jodi Hamel, RN, ADN, AA 1
Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, NP 2
Lucinda S. Harmon, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Kerry Helbert, RN, CCRN 1
Rebecca Hellard, RN, BSN, MICN 1
Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN 5
Theresa Hudak, RN 1
Zondra Hull, RN 6
Natacha Jean-Noel, RN 1
John H. Jeffries, RN, BSN, CCRN 3
Patricia Jennings, RN, ADN, CCRN 5
Debbie Karen Jessell, RN, CCRN 2
Marcia L. Johnson, RN, ADN, CCRN 1
Patricia M. Juarez, RN, MS, CCRN 1
Beryl E. Keegan, RN, BSN, CCRN 9
Eileen M. Kelly, RN, MSN, CCRN 1
Pamela J. Kelly, RN, BSN 1
Lori E. Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN 7
Nancy D. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP 16
Carol A. Kridler, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Philip W. Larson, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Julie C. Lau, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Darlene M. Legge, RN, BSN, CCRN 26
Jean M. Lindenberger, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Sheila D. Lyon, RN, ADN 1
Michele L. Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS 5
Barbara P. Marshall, RN, MSN, CCRN 1
Ruth M. Martinez, RN, BSN 1
Martie C. Mattson 7
Elaine D. Mayo 1
Belle McCool 1
Mark A. McKeown, RN, BA, CCRN 1
James Mears, RN 6
Michael G. Merrick, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Arlene Messina, RN, ADN 5
Anneita Kay Minor, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN 1
Bonita L. Moore, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN 2
Eufemia O. Mora, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Maria M. Morgan 1
Dorothea L. Murphy, RN, CCRN, CNRN 1
Amanda L. Newman 5
Christine A. Offerman 4
Caroline Pfaff, RN 1
Dorothy Rose Phelps, RN, BS, CCRN 9
Ma. Cristy G. Pinuela, RN, BSN, BA 1
Grace H. Pitts, RN, ADN, AA 1
Pamela K. Popplewell, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Carol A. Puz, RN, BSN, CCRN 4
Michele Quinlan, RN, BSN 16
Victoria A. Ramik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, APRN 1
Jeff Reece, RN, BSN 7
Alexis Victoria Reeves, RN 2
Mary Beth Reid, RN, MS, CCRN 1
Carol Reitz-Barlow, RN, CCRN 5
Margaret Riley, RN, BSN, CCRN 18
Linda Risso, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN 1
Susan K. Rossetti, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Liz Ruso, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN 1
Barbara Schnakenberg, RN 5
Lynn Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN 9
Orlando Scott, RN 1
Robin K. Selbach, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN 1
Donna L. Sellars, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Mary Beth Simon, RN, MSN, CCRN 1
Delbert J. Slowik, RN, BSN 1
Alethea A. Sment, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Pat D. Stanton, RN, MS, CCRN 1
Cynthia Steinbach, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Janice Stevens, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN 5
Mary C. Stewart, RN, BSN, MBA 12
Jan Teal, RN, BSN, CCRN 2
Yvonne Thelwell, RN 8
Linda S. Thomas, RN, MSN, CCRN 6
Kimberly Thomas, RN, BSN 1
Glenna L. Traiger, RN, MSN, CCRN 1
Wendell D. Verhage, RN 1
Belinda Wallbank, RN, BSN 1
Holly L. Weber-Johnson, RN, BSN 11
Linda L. Weston Kramer, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Barbara Wiles, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Sue A. Williams, RN, BSN, CCRN 1
Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN 2
Marlette S. Williams, RN, BSN 1
Jana Woller Hough, RN, BSN 6
Leidagrace D. Zarza 4

Atlanta Area Chapter 50
Big Bend Chapter 1
Carolina Dogwood Chapter 7
Central Minnesota Area Chapter 3
Coastal Plain Chapter 4
Gate City Chapter 1
Greater Austin Area Chapter 12
Greater Birmingham Chapter 5
Greater East Texas Chapter 13
Greater Evansville Chapter 21
Greater Kansas City Chapter 1
Greater Miami Area Chapter 11
Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter 22
Greater New Orleans Chapter 1
Greater Phoenix Area Chapter 5
Greater Richmond Area Chapter 2
Greater Tulsa Area Chapter 16
Head of the Lakes Chapter 5
Heart of Acadiana Chapter 8
Heart of the Piedmont Chapter 28
Minot Roughrider Chapter 11
Mobile Bay Area Chapter 3
North Central Florida Chapter 23
Northeast Indiana Chapter 7
North/West Georgia Chapter 7
Pacific Crest Regional Chapter 35
Pennisula Chapter 12
Piedmont Carolinas Chapter 1
Siouxland Chapter 5
Smoky Hill Chapter 5
Smoky Mountain Chapter 1
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 15
Southside Chicago Area Chapter 2
Vermont Green Mountain 13

October Rewards
Congratulations to the reward recipients in our monthly membership campaign drawings for October. Each month, one chapter will receive a complimentary registration to NTI 2002 and one individual will receive a $100 American Express gift certificate. The recipients are randomly selected from those who recruited at least one new member during the month.
The recipients in October were:

• Chapter—Mobile Bay Area Chapter
• Individual—Mary Stewart, RN, BSN, MBA

Scene and Heard

Media Highlights
In the last month, a total of 27 articles were published that specifically mentioned critical care nurses or nursing. Six of these specifically mentioned AACN.

• U.S. News & World Report—AACN Practice Director Justine Medina, RN, MS, was quoted in an article on allowing families to be present in the emergency department.

• FDCH Political Transcripts—The transcript of the news conference held by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to discuss the nursing shortage was featured.

• Hospitals & Health Networks—Medina was quoted about the expense of hiring private-duty nurses.

• Modern Healthcare—AACN was cited in an article on mandatory overtime.

• Sun Sentinel

• US Newswire

Television coverage included a mention of Wendy Burke, RN, BSN, MHA, AACN’s director of professional practice, on “Good Day Orlando,” a program on the Fox affiliate WOFL-TV.

Our Voice at the Table
Many of AACN’s board members and national office staff have been busy making the rounds of Fall Regional Meetings and chapter symposiums. AACN President Michael Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, President-elect Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, attended a joint leadership meeting at the American College of Chest Physician’s CHEST 2001. They also attended the fourth annual meeting of the American Nurses Association/Nursing Organization Liaison Forum and the National Federation for Specialty Nursing Organizations in Salt Lake City.

On Nov. 7, Williams participated on the panel during a news conference in Philadelphia to address the workforce shortage in critical care medicine. The member associations of the Critical Care Workforce Partnership—AACN, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Surgeons and the Society for Critical Care Medicine—continue to work together to reach out to legislators, regulators, payors, medical schools, hospitals, other healthcare organizations and communities to address the need for additional critical care professionals nationwide. Solutions will involve a variety of programs on the federal, state and local levels, as well as within the critical care profession.

If you or your chapter is planning to reach out to the media or other groups to promote critical care nursing, we’d like to know so that we can highlight your efforts in future columns. Send information to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2049; e-mail, aacnnews@aacn.org.

On the Road

AACN frequently takes its show on the road, as representatives of the AACN National Office exhibit at conferences throughout the country. Following is the schedule of upcoming exhibits:

Jan. 26-30, 2002—Society of Critical Care Medicine, San Diego, Calif.
April 3-7, 2002—National Student Nurses Association 50th Anniversary Convention, Philadelphia, Pa.
April 7-10, 2002—Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter Trends Conference, Philadelphia, Pa.-- 2000-2001 Financial Report to the Membership


One of the most valuable contributions that you can make to the profession of critical care nursing is volunteering to serve on a national volunteer group with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Your perspective, experience, knowledge and contributions to our volunteer groups are invaluable in maintaining high standards of nursing excellence. Each year, AACN members volunteer their time and services to our association and, in turn, play a major role in influencing, shaping and defining the practice of critical care nursing and the healthcare profession. AACN is committed to providing comprehensive resources for the development of nurses as leaders in both their volunteer and clinical settings to optimize their contributions to patient well-being in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. The work of these volunteer groups makes the difference in the association’s ability to advance evidence-based practice, attract new people to the profession and promote collaboration.

Be Connected—Make a Difference

Hundreds of volunteer opportunities accommodating diverse interests and time availabilities are open at the national level of the AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. A variety of benefits can be gained from volunteering for AACN. Depending on the individual, these benefits range from personal enrichment and career enhancement, to peer and colleague networking, leadership development, mentoring and the integration of formal education with experiential learning. The volunteer experience may also enhance and strengthen leadership skills, including global thinking, critical analysis and the ability to synthesize and convey materials to various audiences.

Volunteers are invited to provide diverse expertise and perspectives to the volunteer groups and combine the wisdom of their unique, reality-based experiences with trends and issues in acute and critical care nursing. Volunteers are encouraged to participate actively in discussions, activities or projects, to respond in a timely manner to requests for action, to take responsibility for learning and to seek clarification as appropriate. In addition, volunteers are asked to uphold a commitment to the mission, vision, ethic of care and values of AACN and provide skill and commitment in achieving volunteer group outcomes.

Volunteers should be knowledgeable in the area of specialty addressed by a particular volunteer group; demonstrate currency in acute and critical care nursing practice, as well as a keen awareness for emerging trends; demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, particularly in group process skills; demonstrate skill in critical thinking and analysis; and be objective in evaluating information and others’ ideas.

Volunteer terms are effective from July 1 to June 30 each year.

To apply for a volunteer position, simply complete the application online at http://www.aacn.org. Include a cover letter addressing the contributions you believe would enhance the work of the volunteer group to which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one volunteer position, include a cover letter for each volunteer group. In addition, submit a copy of your curriculum vitae and/or resume.

Return the application and all required documents to:

Attn: Volunteer Services
101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109
Fax, (949) 448-5541
E-mail, stephanie.demiris@aacn.org or volunteers@aacn.org

Work Groups (7-12 members per group)

Work groups accomplish an ongoing body of work on designated subject areas such as developing the National Teaching Institute™ program. The work directly supports strategic initiatives of the association. Serving on work groups requires travel for one to two face-to-face meetings, as well as participation in two to three conference calls that can be taken from home or work. Members should be available to analyze and respond to materials between meetings.

Advanced Practice Work Group
Advanced Practice Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) describing the similarities and differences in core competencies of advanced practice roles, specifically ACNP and CCNS, (2) continuing to develop the Advanced Practice Institute, based on a gap analysis to provide advanced clinical topics that have a patient management and a pharmacology focus, (3) writing articles for the “Advanced Practice Corner” of AACN News, and (4) reviewing the resources for advanced practice, particularly the AACN Resource Catalog, Web sites and journals, and for making recommendations accordingly.

Education Work Group
Education Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) evaluating AACN’s continuing education activities as prescribed in the newly developed Quality Improvement Plan and (2) reviewing and revising the AACN Program Planning Guide.

Ethics Work Group
Ethics Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) writing monthly ethics-related articles for AACN News, (2) participating in ongoing discussions via the volunteer discussion database regarding ethical topics and offering expertise to ethics-related questions, (3) reviewing and updating current AACN ethics products, and (4) helping to create new ethics products related to AACN’s priorities, such as end-of-life care.

Leadership Development Work Group
Leadership Development Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) completing the “blueprint" document for influencing skills around navigating change, self-awareness, conflict management, and dialogue, and (2) developing recommendations for continued integration to the "blueprint" in support of AACN’s mission and vision.

National Teaching Institute (NTI) Work Group
National Teaching Institute (NTI) Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) reviewing and analyzing evaluation and program data from NTI 2002, (2) reviewing NTI abstract submissions and making recommendations for NTI 2003, and (3) attending NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the on-site NTI staff.

Public Policy Work Group
Public Policy Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) projects, including updating and enhancing public policy resources, (2) working with staff to provide members with information related to public policy and legislative issues, (3) developing a topic agenda for a public-policy series for AACN News in addition to contributing articles for publication, (4) planning NTI public policy sessions and activities, and (5) participating in environmental scanning specific to public policy issues.

Research Work Group
Research Work Group participants will be accountable for (1) analyzing and assessing the research environment trends and how they impact the submission of abstracts and dissemination of research findings for both the association and for the nursing community and (2) enhancing and recommending research resources to promote evidence-based practice in print, online and in multimedia environments.

Chapter Advisory Team (19 members with staggered terms)

Chapter Advisory Team members act as ambassadors in supporting and advocating AACN’s mission, vision and values, foster the development of new chapter leaders; work with chapters to assist them in making their optimal contribution,;and respond to requests from the association for input on chapter operations and regional issues. Chapter Advisory Team members typically serve between one- to three-year terms, meet face to face one to two times per year, participate in conference calls that can be taken from home or work, communicate regularly with chapter leaders and weekly with the National Office, travel within assigned region, and take part in electronic media and online communication tools and databases. Chapter Advisory Team positions are open to past chapter presidents only and do require travel. Advisers are needed in Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), Region 2 (New York), Region 3 (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania), Region 7 (Florida), Region 8 (Michi
gan, Wisconsin), Region 9 (Indiana, Ohio), Region 13 (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska), Region 14 (Kansas, Missouri), Region 16 (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming) and Region 18 (Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington).

Advisory Teams (average between 10-20 members per group)

Advisory Teams provide feedback on specific issues and related strategies regarding AACN initiatives. These groups are very issue driven and are based on specific professional expertise depending on group content. These groups take part in an online discussion database, or communicate via e-mail, where participants explore significant issues from the convenience of their home or work place. While these groups may be expected to participate in conference calls or may be called upon to respond to written manuals and materials, the bulk of their work will take place via the Internet through our volunteer database or via e-mail.

Advisory Team opportunities:
AACN Board (BAT)* Novice Critical Care Nurses*
Advanced Practice* Nurse Manager*
Ethics* Online*
Faculty* Pediatric*
Membership Practice*
Neonatal* Progressive Care*
Student Nurses*

*These volunteer groups require work on our online discussion database. Volunteer participants will need continued Internet and e-mail access to successfully be a part of these groups.

Review Panels (average 20-plus members per group)

Review Panels review, evaluate and take part in the selection process of AACN awards, grants, and scholarship recipients; critique articles; and develop questions for the Continuing Education units. They also review appeals to certification and re-certification regulatory processes. These groups are based on professional interests and may require specific expertise depending on group content. These groups will be asked to respond to written materials and participate in conference calls; however, their work will take place from the convenience of their home or work place.

Review Panel opportunities:
Chapter & Membership Awards Research & Creative Solutions Abstracts
Continuing Education Articles Research Grants
National Teaching Institute (NTI) Abstracts Scholarship

Board Learning Partners (average 4 members)

Board Learning Partners will be considered based on their participation and recognition as local nursing leaders. They will be accountable for, (1) promoting and advancing critical care nursing and the Association within their local community, (2) demonstrating knowledge of and commitment to the mission, vision and values of AACN, (3) disseminating information from Board meetings to their local constituencies and assisting these constituents in translating the information into action agendas. Members interested in becoming a Board Learning Partner should have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, maintain a high level of integrity, and exhibit interest in learning more about the National governance of the Association. Travel is required.

AACN Certification Corporation Appeals Panels (average between 6-8 members per group)

AACN Certification Corporation offers volunteer opportunities for CCRN and CCNS Appeals Panel for adult, neonatal, and pediatric certification examinations. Appeals Panel members will review and deliberate appeals, work primarily through written and electronic correspondence and participate in several conference calls that can be taken from home or work.

Timeshare: A Place for Volunteers

Editor’s note: Members of the AACN Board Advisory Team volunteer their time and expertise toward helping the association maintain relevance and stay connected to its members. Through conference calls with individual board members, they offer feedback from their own networks of critical care nurses, providing a depth of perspectives to the discussions. In the following article, a BAT member shares her experience and the enthusiasm of her colleagues for the opportunity to share their viewpoints.

By Cindy Stewart, RNC, BSN, MBA, MHA

The word is out! Members of the Heart of the Piedmont Chapter have literally gone “batty.” Little did the unsuspecting chapter members know the impact my recent appointment to the Board Advisory Team would have.

Now, BATs are viewed in a different light. The chapter members truly understand that their voices counts, that their opinions matter and that AACN leaders are listening.

Fun surprises were in store for nurses in the chapter during the first months of FY02. Donning my BAT pin, I transformed myself into a BAT—seeking input from every chapter member who walked through the door during the September membership drive. These nurses knew that the national AACN leadership cared. Contrary to popular opinion, they learned that BATs are actually likable.

To grab their attention, a BAT display was created. With Halloween just around the corner, BAT products were plentiful. I even found a BAT cauldron, which I filled with special goodies at all the chapter events. Needless to say, BAT lights, BAT rings, BAT candy, BAT cards and BAT paper products are commonplace at our chapter meetings.

Through written material and word-of-mouth, local members became familiar with the “role” of a BAT. BAT rings were given to every member in attendance at the September meeting. Members returning BAT questionnaires were rewarded with BAT-shaped mint patties.

Then, at the Region 5 Leadership Conference in November, participants gained a new understanding of the valuable role of the Chapter Advisory Team (CAT). Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, explained her role as the CAT representative for Region 5. A special display table featuring CAT and BAT items helped reinforce the concept of the CAT & BAT as a team. The display opened discussion on how these “roles” affect AACN.

Local members now know the importance of the role of the BAT. They are anxious to hear updates from the national level at our chapter meetings. Experiencing national involvement by one chapter member has brought a new definition of what AACN means to our chapter. With each opportunity to get involved, the return on our AACN membership grows.

If you have volunteered on committees, think tanks or any AACN volunteer group and would like to share your experience with other members, send your stories and comments to AACN, Attn: Volunteer Services, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109; fax, (949) 448-5541; e-mail, stephanie.demiris@aacn.org.

Educational Advancement Scholarships Available

Applications for the BSN Completion and Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships for 2001-02 must be postmarked by April 1, 2002.

These scholarships support AACN members who are registered nurses completing a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in nursing. Recipients are given $1,500 per academic year. At least 20% of the awards are allocated to qualified ethnic minority applicants.
The funds may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies, as long as the recipient is continuously enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate program accredited by the state board of nursing in your state.

Applicants for these scholarships must be RNs, be members of AACN and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. They must be currently working in critical care or have worked in critical care for at least one year in the last three years.

Applicants for the BSN Completion Scholarship must have junior or upper division status for the fall semester. Applicants for the Graduate Scholarship must be currently enrolled in a planned course of graduate study that leads to a master’s or doctoral degree.

The Eli Lilly Company has contributed $5,000 to fund and administer three of these Educational Advancement Scholarships for critical care nurses to obtain bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Lilly is a member of AACN’s Partners with Industry corporate giving circle.

For more information or to obtain an application for Educational Advancement Scholarships, call (800) 899-2226 and request Product #1017, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Non-RN Scholarships
AACN also supports scholarship opportunities through the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). These scholarships are available to nursing students who do not hold a RN license. Applications must be received by NSNA no later than Feb. 1, 2002, to be considered.

To receive one of these scholarship applications, contact the National Student Nurses Association, 555 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, or call (212) 581-2211.

Board Report

Following is a report by AACN Treasurer Jessica P. Palmer, RN, MSN, on discussions and actions that took place during the Oct. 24, 2001, AACN Board of Directors conference call.

Agenda Item: Market Research
The board received results of the 2001 Strategic Research Study, which surveyed current AACN members, former members and nonmembers. The interviews were conducted from April to June 2001 and included 1,200 AACN members, 1,200 nonmembers and 300 lapsed members.

This survey is just one of the ongoing tools that the association uses to assess the relevance and appropriateness of AACN resources and services, as well as the needs and perceptions of critical care nurses as a whole. This type of market research is important to the board’s and staff’s efforts to monitor and strengthen association activities.

The board was not surprised by the results of the survey, which validated many of the premises on which the association’s strategic and operational plans are based. (A summary of the results will be published in the December issue of AACN News.)

Agenda Item: Circle of Excellence Awards
The board received nominations for and selected recipients of the Circle of Excellence Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career, the Honorary Member Award and the Lifetime Member Award for 2002. Cosponsored by the Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, the Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made far-reaching contributions in influencing the direction of acute and critical care nursing. The Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career recognizes individuals at the time of their retirement for a distinguished career and its significant impact on fulfilling AACN’s mission and vision. The Honorary Member Award honors those who have achieved national recognition for contributions in clinical practice, administration, education, research or legislation, and who have fostered and promoted a positive image for nursing. The Lifetime Member Award recognizes AACN members who have rendered distinguished
service to the association and demonstrated potential for continuing contributions to acute and critical care nursing through AACN.

Although most Circle of Excellence award recipients are selected by the Chapter and Membership Awards Review Panel, nominations for these awards are submitted directly to the AACN Board of Directors. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the recipients chosen meet the criteria of promoting AACN’s vision, mission and values.

Recipients of Circle of Excellence awards for 2002 will be announced in the May 2002 issue of AACN News, along with the Call for Nominations for awards for 2003. The recipients will be introduced and honored at NTI 2002 in Atlanta, Ga.

Agenda Item: The InnoVision Group
During the meeting, the board formally met as sole shareholders of the InnoVision Group, a for-profit subsidiary of AACN, to receive operational and financial reports related to the publishing and printing business.

The InnoVision Group, which was formed to accommodate the potential for unrelated business income while protecting the association’s nonprofit tax status, reported its first profitable year, following the sale of the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine journal founded by AACN and a restructuring of the InnoVision Board of Directors.

Sitting as the AACN board in a separate action, board members approved the Memorandum of Understanding and Services Agreement that governs the relationship between AACN and the InnoVision Group.

Leadership Lessons Learned: Articulate the Vision

Editor’s note: Following is another in a series of articles by members of the AACN Board of Directors on leadership lessons they have learned from their experiences.

By Jessica P. Palmer, RN, MSN
Treasurer, AACN Board of Directors

I recently attended the Fall AACN Board of Directors meeting, where I was once again in awe of the collection of leaders that makes up the AACN board, the AACN Certification Corporation board and the national office staff. These diverse and accomplished individuals have been brought together, in part because of their ability to construct and articulate a vision. To me, this is the most important quality a leader possesses.

Leaders articulate a vision to establish images of hope for the future. The visual picture must resonate with the team and be attractive and desirable to everyone. Leaders who can visualize both the challenges of today and the aspirations and hopes of a better future are those we most revere. For example, in our recent tragic history, leaders like New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani have provided authentic communication about the challenges of the present and the hope for the future. His articulated vision for a renewed New York City has been communicated in a way that everyone can mentally grasp the picture of the future. He is also factually communicating the challenges that are and will be faced while consistently emphasizing the possible and the believable.

Although providing vision is always a crucial leadership quality, it is even more important during times of stress and crisis. During times of great difficulty or turmoil, people need positive leaders who provide meaning and hope. When individuals, organizations or professions are in a state of stress, confusion or despair, they are most receptive to an optimistic illustration of a purpose.

When communicated clearly and genuinely, a vision helps people to overcome their perceived self-limitations and to discover a purpose larger than themselves. Vision inspires membership and identity within a group. Peter Block defines vision as: “Our deepest expression of what we want. It is the preferred future, a desirable state, an ideal state, an expression of optimism. It expresses the spiritual and idealistic side of human nature. It is a dream created in our waking hours of how we would like our lives to be.”
How can leaders provide the visionary message? According to Greg Thomas of weLEAD, Inc., “It is only possible to those who take the time and effort to discover the most fervent desires and deepest values of their supporter.” At AACN, we know that there is more than a single desire and value of our members to be discovered.

At the board table in November, we closely reviewed our Mission, Vision and Values. The board examined our preferred future and the strategies we have developed to achieve that future. We used input from our environmental scan, feedback from our members, nonmembers and lapsed members. The board and AACN staff gathered information from Board Advisory Team volunteers, media scans, chapter and regional meetings and personal experiences. We examined our preferred future for the organization, our desired state and our unrestricted vision.

Despite the current national events and the professional challenges nursing faces, the authentic voice of AACN continues to resonate. Our vision of a future “dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families where critical care nurses make their optimum contributions” continues to be communicated with an authentic and hopeful voice. AACN continues to have personal connections with members. This was illustrated by the many calls received by AACN from members following the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.

AACN will continue to express our vision of the preferred future as often and in as many forums as possible. We will continue to be a factual voice for our members. We won’t wildly claim to know the future. Instead, we will seek to discover the path of hope for a better tomorrow—for our patients, our families and our members. AACN’s goal is to provide the motivation, the resources and the leadership to get there.

Public Policy Update

Nursing Shortage
Issue: The nursing shortage is impacting the quality of healthcare available to Americans.

Status: Legislation to address the nursing shortage is moving through a key U.S. Senate committee, which is preparing to act on nursing shortage relief legislation in Washington, D.C. The bills that are moving through committee in the Senate will help schools graduate more registered nurses. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions recently approved an amended Nurse Employment and Education Development Act, which now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

The bills moving through the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee are the Nurse Employment and Education Development Act (S.721), sponsored by Sens. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), and the Nurse Reinvestment Act, sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.).

The legislation would authorize between $465 million and $800 million over six years to establish a nursing corps loan repayment program and scholarships to train nurses to serve in critical shortage areas, as well as incentives for nurses to achieve graduate degrees, stay in nursing and advance through career ladder programs. It includes $85 million for a nursing corps loan repayment program, $60 million for hospitals to develop and evaluate models and best practices for retaining nurses and $85 million for a student loan fund to fast-track nursing faculty development.

Funding for multimedia nurse recruitment campaigns and community outreach programs to recruit and retain nurses is also included. The General Accounting Office would review and report on the effectiveness of the enacted programs after three years.
AACN position: AACN supports the amended S. 721, which combines elements of the original language by Hutchinson and Mikulski with nursing bills introduced Oct. 30 by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.).

Patient Safety
Issue: An estimated 44,000 to 98,000 patient deaths are related to medical errors each year.

Status: Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced the release of $50 million to fund 94 new research grants, contracts and other projects to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. Funded by the Agency for Health Research Quality (AHRQ), these projects will address key unanswered questions about how errors occur and provide science-based information on what patients, clinicians, hospital leaders, policymakers and others can do to make the healthcare system safer. The research results will identify improvement strategies that work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes and other healthcare settings across the nation.

Staffing Standards
Issue: Under the new staffing standard (HR.2.1, CAMH ’02), facilities are required to compare data on two clinical or service screening indicators with data on two human resource indicators to assess whether staffing levels affect patient outcomes.
Status: Surveyors from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will begin scoring the new standard on July 1, 2002. At least one of the indicators in each category must be selected from JCAHO’s HR indicator list, which includes overtime, staff vacancy rate, staff satisfaction, staff turnover rate, nursing care hours per patient day, understaffing as compared with the organization’s staffing plan, staff injuries on the job, on-call or per-diem use and sick time.

The JCAHO-selected clinical indicators are family complaints, patient complaints, patient falls, adverse drug event, patient injuries, skin breakdown, pneumonia, postoperative infections, UTI’s, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, shock/cardiac arrest and length of stay. Once the JCAHO indicator requirement has been satisfied, institutions may select their own indicators, based on your specialties and services.

Patients’ Rights
Issue: Although Capitol Hill is still focused mainly on issues of national security, the Patients’ Bill of Rights legislation is still a topic of discussion.

Status: The PBOR legislation that passed the House and Senate in different forms during the summer has been put on hold, though there is still a possibility that the House and Senate staff and the Administration will resolve the differences in the external review and enforcement provisions of the legislation.

There is some discussion that compromise on the differences may be addressed behind closed doors to avoid contentious debate. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), a key influencer in PBOR negotiations, remains hopeful that a compromise can be achieved. If informal discussions lead to agreement, the bill could see final action before Congress adjourns by the end of the year.

Magnet Hospitals
Issue: Are magnet hospitals the appropriate model to address workplace issues?

Status: Congressional testimony about magnet hospitals and consultation with American Nurses Association staff prompted senators to introduce bills aimed at providing incentives for hospitals to put in place magnet hospital standards. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced the Nurse Retention and Quality Care Act of 2001, which would provide grants to hospitals to improve nurse retention and implement successful nursing care models. Sens. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced the Hospital-Based Nursing Initiative Act, which would provide financial incentives for hospitals to foster retention and recruit nurses back to the inpatient setting.

Assisted Suicide
Issue: Should doctors be allowed to dispense drugs to help terminally ill patients die?

Status: Reversing the policy of his predecessor who supported Oregon’s first-in-the-nation, assisted-suicide law, Attorney General John Ashcroft said recently that doctors may not dispense drugs to help terminally ill patients die. Overturning the policy adopted by Attorney General Janet Reno in 1998, Ashcroft sided with the Drug Enforcement Administration, which had long argued that doctors who prescribe drugs under Oregon’s assisted-suicide law could lose their licenses to write prescriptions. Reno had rejected the DEA position, but Ashcroft said the DEA had been correct.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber denounced the decision as an “unprecedented federal intrusion on Oregon’s ability to regulate the practice of medicine.” Oregon's attorney general challenged Ashcroft’s decision in federal court by filing motions to block federal agents from taking action against doctors who help patients die under the state law. The actions would overturn the Ashcroft opinion. A temporary restraining order was subsequently granted by U.S. District Judge Robert Jones that would allow Oregon doctors to continue to act under the state law.

Although physicians are licensed by the states to practice medicine, the DEA registers doctors to prescribe drugs and is responsible for enforcing the federal, controlled substances law. Ashcroft based his decision on a Supreme Court ruling on May 14 that there was no exception in the federal drug law for the medical use of marijuana and that federal law may not be overridden by the legislative decisions of individual states.

Ashcroft said there was no change in DEA policy in states other than Oregon. The Oregon law specifies that physicians may use medications, but not lethal injections, to help a terminally ill patient commit suicide. Two doctors must agree that the patient has no more than six months to live and is mentally competent.

AACN position: AACN endorses the American Nurses Association’s position on assisted suicide. AACN believes that the nurse should not participate in assisted suicide. Such an act is in violation of the Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (Code for Nurses) and the ethical traditions of the profession. Nurses, individually and collectively, have an obligation to provide comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care, which includes the promotion of comfort and the relief of pain and, at times, foregoing life-sustaining treatments.

Issue: Media reports prompting people to seek anthrax testing at their local hospitals threaten to burden already busy emergency department personnel.

Status: The American Hospital Association has issued a Readiness Bulletin to hospitals titled “What to Tell Your Community About Anthrax.” The bulletin includes a document from the Department of Health and Human Services answering common questions about anthrax prevention and treatment. AHA advised hospitals to work closely with their local health departments to coordinate the community’s healthcare response to public concerns.

Disaster Readiness
Issue: The nation’s hospitals would need approximately $11.3 billion to respond at the highest level possible to mass casualties from nuclear, biological or chemical attacks.

Status: Speaking at a recent news briefing, American Hospital Association President Dick Davidson said funding should specifically address eight key areas on which hospitals need to focus to improve their readiness.

On Capitol Hill, Sens. Kennedy and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) are expected to introduce legislation to help fund hospital bioterrorism readiness. On the House side, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman W.J. “Billy” Tauzin (D-La.) announced that he is calling on public health officials to move quickly to evaluate the potential of technology to assist healthcare workers in the fight against bioterrorism.

The AHA assessment is based on what hospitals would need for a 24- to 48-hour period, assuming that urban hospitals would treat 1,000 victims and rural hospitals about 200. The funding in the form of grants to individual hospitals would make hospitals self-sufficient during that time, at least until federal or state authorities could provide assistance.

According to the assessment, key areas of need would be communication and notification ($285 million), disease surveillance and reporting, and laboratory i.d. ($2.95 billion), personal protective equipment ($1.766 billion), facility ($285 million), dedicated decontamination facility ($1.9 billion), pharmaceutical and medical/surgical supplies ($2.28 billion), training and drills ($1.9 billion) and mental health services ($84 million).

AHA said there is also a need to address changes in certain regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s medical privacy requirements, and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Both have rules that may hurt efforts to prepare for disaster readiness, AHA said.

For more information about these and other issues, visit the “Practice” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.


Executive Nurse Fellows
Feb. 1, 2002, is the deadline to apply for Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership program for nurses in senior executive roles in health services, public health and nursing education. The three-year fellowships are designed for fellows to remain in their current positions and offer participating nurses the experiences, insights and skills necessary to advance in executive leadership positions in a healthcare system undergoing unprecedented change. Each fellow is awarded a $15,000 leadership account to support self-selected learning activities, independent study and access to an electronic communications network. In addition, the program provides matching funds up to $15,000 each year for the first two years of the program to support a required comprehensive leadership project in the fellow’s home institution. Applications are available online at http://www.rwjf.org >Applying for a Grant > Calls for Proposals.

Palliative Care Presentations
The Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care has posted presentations from its Management Seminar Training Series, “Planning a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program” on its Web site (http://www.capcmssm.org). The presentations include “Palliative Care in Hospitals: Making the Case,” “Creating a Compelling Business Case for Palliative Care” and “Program Development: Needs Assessment.”

Looking Ahead

January 2002

Jan. 15 Deadline to submit proposals for AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant. To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1013, or visit the “Clinical Practice” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

February 2002

Feb. 1 Deadline to submit applications for NTI Vision Partners Scholarship. To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1099, or call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 and request Document #1099.

Feb. 1 Deadline to submit proposals for AACN Datex-Ohmeda Grant. To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1013, or visit the “Clinical Practice” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Feb. 1 Deadline to submit proposals for AACN Certification Corporation Research Grant. To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1013, or visit the “Clinical Practice” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Feb. 1 Deadline to submit proposals for AACN Critical Care Grant. To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1013, or visit the “Clinical Practice” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Feb. 1 Deadline to submit proposals for AACN Mentorship Grant. To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1013, or visit the “Clinical Practice” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for National Student Nurses Association scholarships. To receive an application, contact the National Student Nurses Association, 555 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, or call (212) 581-2211.

Coming in the January Issue of the American Journal of Critical Care

• Early Socialization of New Critical Care Nurses

• Urinary Bladder Temperature Monitoring in the ICU

• Critical Care Nurses’ Assessment of Patient Anxiety

• Nurses’ Accuracy in Estimating Backrest Elevation

Subscriptions to Critical Care Nurse and the American Journal of Critical Care are included in AACN membership dues.

Your Feedback