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Vol. 19, No. 1, JANUARY 2002

Scholarships Available to Nurses

Scholarships are available to support AACN members who are completing a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in nursing.

Recipients of these BSN Completion and Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships are awarded $1,500 per academic year. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2002.
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 the recipient’s 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 Item #1017, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org > Membership > Awards, Grants, Scholarships.

AACN Supports Scholarships for Students

AACN supports scholarship opportunities through the National Student Nurses Association for nursing students who do not hold an RN license. Applications for these scholarships must be received by NSNA no later than Feb. 1, 2002. To receive a scholarship application, contact the National Student Nurses Association, 555 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, or call (212) 581-2211.

Make a Difference! Volunteer Opportunities Abound

March 1, 2002, is the deadline to apply for volunteer opportunities with AACN and AACN Certification Corporation, for terms effective from July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003.

To apply, simply complete and return the application online at http://www.aacn.org > Membership > Volunteer Opportunities. 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: AACN, Attn: Volunteer Services, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109; fax, (949) 448-5541; e-mail, stephanie.demiris@aacn.org or volunteers@aacn.org.

Tips for Writing an Educational Abstract for the NTI

By Bonnie Baker, RN, MHA
Program Development Specialist
and Kathleen Schrader, RN, DNSc, CEN
Clinical Practice Specialist

Would you like to present an educational session at AACN’s National Teaching Institute,™ but feel intimidated by the prospect of having to write an abstract that will be good enough to be selected? Are you ready to tackle the process, but not sure where to begin? Here are some helpful guidelines to get you started on the right track and take you successfully through to completion and submission.

Topic: Educational session abstracts should be based on a curriculum that includes clinical practice, role development or professional issues. They can cover a wide range of topics related to critical care practice, professional development, technology and trends in healthcare.

Style: Educational session abstracts must be written in a brief, well-organized and focused manner. They should allow the reader to immediately identify the contents of the educational session. In one paragraph write an abstract narrative that:

• States the purpose and/or goal of your presentation.
• Identifies the key topics that will be addressed.
• Describes special learning activities, such as case study analysis, audience participation or interactive discussion.
• Describes the audience to which the session is targeted.
• Indicates prerequisite skills, experience or knowledge that are needed.

Educational abstracts will be reviewed using the following general criteria with respect to content:

• Relates to AACN’s mission, vision and values (go to www.aacn.org > About AACN)
• Supports AACN’s major agenda topics, including research, leadership, advanced practice, ethics and public policy
• Links research and practice
• Presents “cutting-edge” information
• Is precise and comprehensive. All components being present, neat and in the correct format

In addition to the abstract narrative, American Nurses Credentialing Center guidelines require that its abstract design format be used for all educational sessions. Following are instructions to help you compile your abstract narrative and abstract design format

Components of an Educational Session Abstract
(Forms and samples are available at www.aacn.org > Education > Speaker Materials)
1. Abstract narrative. Content must be a concise, comprehensive, 250-word narrative that includes the following key components:
2. Abstract title. Use key words that describe the specific topic and content of the abstract. If catch phrases are used, they must include a reference to the topic. For example, “Playing Your Aces Right” may get attention but does not suggest what the abstract is about. By adding a specific reference to the abstract subject matter, “Playing Your Aces Right: Ace Inhibitors in HTN,” the abstract title becomes clearer. Use 40 characters or less in the title.
3. Purpose Statement. This statement should provide the most important primary information you want to convey in the abstract and should be the first one or two sentences. Do not repeat the title, but indicate the topic and where you are going with it.
4. The Scope. This is a description of the session subject clearly stating the key components, target audience, prerequisite knowledge and outcomes for patients or nursing practice or enhancements through application of what will be learned in the proposed session.

Abstract Design Format
The abstract design format includes the session title, target audience, prerequisite knowledge for session, purpose and goals of the session, and category. In this format table, provide:
• At least three educational objectives, such as comparing or contrasting subject matter characteristics, specific attributes of the subject and specific skills to be acquired.
• Content and topics to be covered, including an outline and indication of which objective(s) the content is related to.
• Time frame for each content or topic area being presented.
• |The presenter for each topic, omitting credentials.
• The teaching strategy used by each presenter in each content area, such as lecture, slides, interactive Q & A or panel discussion.

Strategies for Developing an Effective Abstract
During abstract development, several points are important to consider, including strategies for writing the abstract, evaluating the technical details of the presentation, common-sense do’s and don’ts, and proofing the abstract.

1. Writing the abstract
When writing an abstract, consider the following:
• Review successful abstracts or program descriptions published in the organizational proceedings of the previous year. An abstract that contains similar methods can be used as a template to guide the writing of your abstract.
• Organize and outline the content before writing the first draft.
• Submit your abstract to successful colleagues, researchers and content experts for feedback and critique.
• Set aside your abstract to re-establish a degree of critical objectivity, and then re-read it and make final revisions.
• Establish and maintain a sense of neutral writing throughout the abstract. Neutral writing is used to facilitate unambiguous communication and demonstrate thoughtful construction and correct grammar.
• Avoid jargon.
• Be clear in the use of numbers and abbreviations. If abbreviations are used, make sure that they are defined or can be understood by all readers of the abstract. Keep in mind that an excessive use of abbreviations can decrease the clarity of an abstract.

2. Technical details of the presentation
An important aspect of a successful abstract is its visual appearance or format. The abstract should be professional and technically correct according to the specifications of AACN and the NTI. If specifications are not followed, the abstract may be disqualified and not sent for review.

Following are some strategies for increasing the visual appeal, accuracy and acceptability of an abstract:
• Carefully read and follow all directions provided by AACN. Note specifics about which software application to use, space and word limitations, font size, deadline dates and the mode of submission. AACN only accepts abstracts on diskette or via e-mail.
• Check the order of the presentation of ideas in the abstract, so that they are logical and flow in an organized manner.
• Proofread the abstract carefully before submitting it. Have a colleague review and critique it.
• Submit the abstract and accompanying forms as specified by AACN’s instructions. Keep at least one copy for your hardcopy file and an electronic version.
• Submit abstracts on the original form, without errors, and in 10-point Arial or Times New Roman font. Do not use symbols or signs in your abstract. Symbols and signs do not always convert correctly during electronic transmission, which results in processing delays.

Do’s and Don’ts
Some common-sense do’s and don’ts that apply to the writing of abstracts are listed here. These rules are general but apply in most cases.

• Carefully follow the directions for abstract development and submission.
• Include the subject matter in the title.
• Include statistics and significance, as appropriate.
• Use good grammar.
• Review for logical fit in the purpose, findings and conclusions.
• Re-read for typographical errors and clarity.
• Ask a colleague to read the finished abstract for an honest critique.

• Use promotional terminology, flashy fonts or graphics.
• Overuse abbreviations.
• Use jargon such as “lytes,” “vents” and “tubed.”
• Use brand names.

The required length of abstracts makes writing them a challenge. Not surprisingly, the shorter the required word count of an abstract, the harder it is to write. The ability to summarize a presentation in the form of a short abstract, however, is a skill that can be developed. Although following these guidelines will not guarantee the acceptance of your abstract, you will improve the quality of your abstract and increase the likelihood of success.

Submit a Speaker Proposal for NTI 2003

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 Connections 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 > Education > Speaker Materials/Information > 2003 NTI Call for Abstracts.

Study Validates Strategic Planning

Promoting public policy issues and emphasizing the benefits of membership are primary areas on which AACN should focus, according to a comprehensive, strategic research study that included current members, past members and nonmembers.

The study, which is planned every two years to help the association monitor trends and identify what critical care nurses value and need in their practice, was last conducted in 1998 by Research Dimensions, the same market research firm that carried out the latest study. Telephone interviews were conducted with a randomly selected sample of 1,200 AACN members, 1,200 nonmembers and 300 past members.

Because the data collected validated many of the assumptions on which AACN based its current strategic and operating plans, no major changes in direction are planned. Instead, AACN will continue efforts to strengthen its voice on issues affecting healthcare, particularly critical care, and to promote the value-added benefits of membership.

In addition, working with a nationally known public relations firm, AACN is concentrating on promoting the value of nursing and of professional associations to critical care nurses.

The survey found that, for the most part, issues and concerns important to AACN members were also important to their colleagues who are not members of AACN.

Current members cited the availability of resources and demonstrating a commitment to nursing as the main reasons they belong to AACN. They indicated that AACN is focusing its resources in appropriate areas and providing high-quality products, such as journals, online resources, continuing education, clinical products, networking opportunities and peer support. In addition, they viewed policy issues as an area of growing importance where AACN should play a prime role.

Although 46% of the nonmembers contacted indicated that they are not currently practicing in critical care, they were included in the survey because they are working in areas, such as progressive care and telemetry, that AACN considers to be critical care. They agreed with members that policy issues are of increasing importance. Their reasons for not belonging to AACN included that they considered membership to be too expensive. However, most admitted that they did not know the cost or that they thought the cost was higher than the current $78 annual membership.

Scholarships Can Help Defray NTI Expenses

Don’t overlook your chance to receive some financial help to attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, May 4 through 9, 2002, in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 1, 2002, is the deadline to apply for continuing education scholarships available to offset these expenses.

Two types of scholarships, which can help toward NTI expenses, are currently available. The NTI again this year also features the Advanced Practice Institute.

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 Item #1099. Or, call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 and request Document #1099.

Watch for the 2002 Resource Catalog

Don’t miss the latest AACN resources included in the 2002 Resource Catalog, which you should receive later this month. Among the new resources that are available are a series of CE anthologies, consisting of articles previously published in the American Journal of Critical Care or Critical Care Nurse. These anthologies cover topics such as respiratory ventilation, toxicology, cardiac angiography and surgery, end of life, progressive care and pulmonary and gastrointestinal issues.

Another new item is the 24-page AACN publication titled For Those Who Wait: A Guide to Critical Care for Patients, Families and Friends. This booklet provides information about procedures, equipment and personnel to families and visitors in ICU waiting rooms.

Several new titles from a variety of sources are also available in the new catalog.

The Janus View

Conversations with critical care leaders

Janus (Jay . nus): The Roman god with two faces, one looking ahead, one looking back

Editor’s note: All that we do is rooted in our past, and we have much to learn from the leaders who have gone before us, paved the way and laid the foundation. To strengthen this connection, current members of the AACN Board of Directors are interviewing some of our past leaders. This is the first in a series of articles highlighting these interviews. In this feature, board member Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, interviews past President Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN. Disch is now director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. In November 2001, she was honored at the Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention with the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Founders Award in recognition of her efforts to promote professional nursing standards.

Tracy: Describe your past activities and leadership positions within AACN.

Disch: I initially became active in AACN in 1976 and was involved in many different committees over the years, including the Awards and Scholarship Committee, the Standards Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. I served on the AACN Board of Directors, beginning in 1979, and became president in 1982.

Tracy: What did you learn from your experience as a member and then as president of the AACN Board of Directors?

Disch: I learned that, if you bring together a good group of people—good board members, good national staff—you can accomplish anything. When the past presidents occasionally get together, I am always impressed by the leadership and wisdom they reflect.

Tracy: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments as president of AACN?

Disch: My personal goals as president were to create a united Board of Directors and to focus on improving the relationship between AACN and the American Nurses Association. ANA and AACN had a strained relationship at the time, and I was committed to improving it. Our executive director, Ed Shaw, and I invited Eunice Cole and Judy Ryan, ANA’s president and executive director, respectively, to dinner and from then on we got together whenever we were at common meetings. As a result, we increased the sharing of information and programming, and agreed to work together on specific projects. Collaboration improved significantly through these efforts.

Tracy: What were the most challenging, exciting and rewarding aspects of serving in this role?

Disch: The most overwhelming was feeling that the entire weight of the association was on my shoulders. The worst feeling was thinking that I would never be able to deliver the president’s opening speech at the NTI! However, at some point, I realized there is nothing that one person can do to doom an organization and that I had a good team around me.

The most exciting part was the travel and meeting people. I was proud to be representing a quality organization and doing quality work.

The most rewarding was the exposure and involvement in the association. It provides unbelievable access to opportunities and a whole range of connections, both at the local and national level.

Tracy: What are you doing now in your career and in life?

Disch: I am currently the director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership at the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota. The mission of the Densford Center is to improve health and healthcare worldwide through the education, collaboration and promotion of nurses as strong leaders and good partners.

I am privileged to work with nurses in all types of roles, helping to equip them with the knowledge, skills, connections and context they need to be influential. This may involve educating senior nursing students about how to effectively manage their nursing practice; working with faculty to develop skills in conflict management and creative thinking; or distributing “Magnet Nursing Tool Kits” to nurse execs in the state, so that they can educate their CEOs as to why applying for “magnet” status is a good idea.

We just finished a project of which I am particularly proud, the publication of eight articles in the August 2001 issue of AACN Clinical Issues on how to improve the work environment within critical care.

I also hold the Katharine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Lillehei was an internationally known cardiovascular surgeon, so it’s especially meaningful to me because I started my nursing career in a cardiovascular ICU in Madison, Wisc., where we used some of the techniques he invented.

Tracy: How do you balance volunteering and leadership activities with the rest of your life and work?

Disch: While I was working on my PhD and serving as president of AACN, I was also a housemother for a sorority of 65 young women. I learned then that, though information is power, relationships are really the key. These relationships helped me to maintain the housemother role because people were willing to work together and with me to make it all happen.

Although it may be obvious that one needs to make time for family members when actively volunteering, it’s not quite as obvious that the same attention is required for friendships. I have learned that, to avoid sacrificing friendships, you must consciously make time for your friends.

I also got good advice during a recent experience with cancer—that it’s not enough to “work hard” and “play hard,” but it’s also imperative to “rest hard.” That’s a life lesson I now live by. I feel great and believe I have a much more balanced life.

Tracy: In these unsettled times in healthcare, why do you think belonging to a professional association, such as AACN, is important for nurses?

Disch: I believe AACN provides a vehicle to effect change at a broader level and at a personal level. It’s an opportunity to exert collective influence. It also provides opportunity for personal growth.

Tracy: One of AACN’s priorities is to be seen as the undisputed leader and voice for critical care nursing. How can AACN and individual critical care nurses accomplish this?

Disch: The most effective voice is the one that has a compelling story to tell, and critical care nurses have thousands of compelling stories. It’s our job to tell them.

AACN can take the initiative to package these stories and develop networks at the national and local levels. AACN can give members ideas on stories to pitch and templates for letters to newspaper editors, and can help members be ambassadors. AACN can also help remove institutional barriers to nurses getting their stories told; for example, encouraging public relations departments to consider using nurses for commentaries instead of always using physicians.

Tracy: What advice or wisdom would you pass on to critical care nurses during these times?

Disch: I would encourage critical care nurses to be proud of what they do. What we do—the opportunities we have to make a difference in people’s lives—is phenomenal.

I would also encourage nurses to challenge themselves to be inquisitive and embrace change. Being entrenched and unwilling to improve is not helpful in patient care. In today’s world, what is considered expert information can quickly become old news. Critical care nurses can be excellent role models for creating new ways to keep the focus on the patient and deliver the very best care possible, given resource constraints.

ICU Award Goes to Seattle Hospital

The pediatric and infant care units at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash., are the recipients of the 2001 ICU Design Award. The citation, which recognizes designs that enhance the critical care environment for patients, families, and clinicians, was established by a joint committee of AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Health.

The recipients receive $500 from each of the sponsoring organizations, for a total of $1,500, as well as registration for one person to attend each of the organization's annual meetings or conferences. In addition, a plaque is presented to display in the unit.

Submitting the award application were Phyllis Brown, RNC, and Jerry Zimmerman, MD, both from Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, and Sandra Miller, an associate with Pacific Architects, Seattle.

Association Executives Recognize Quality of NTI

The 2001 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., was awarded top honors in the Meetings and Expositions Marketing category of the American Society of Association Executives’ Gold Circle Award program.

AACN’s entry, which was a collection of all the elements that went into the success of the NTI, was judged on achievement of objectives, comprehensiveness of content, effectiveness of writing, and format and graphic design, including the use of photography and/or illustration. Prominent was the “Make Waves” theme of immediate past President Denise Thornby, RN, MS, and the artwork and graphics associated with it.

“Our entry emphasized all the innovations that we introduced last year and, fortunately, the judges agreed that we achieved something special,” commented AACN Marketing Director Dana Woods. “This is a well-deserved tribute to our first-class team of volunteers and staff and the incredible commitment to excellence that we all share.”

The atmosphere that AACN was able to achieve for the NTI is also being recognized by the Anaheim Convention Center, which is using photos from the NTI in its promotional materials.

Self-Awareness a Key Skill in Influencing and Leading Others

Members of the AACN Leadership Development Work Group for 2000-01 are (from left,
seated) Lisa Pettrey (cochair), Suzette Cardin and Bonnie Sakallaris (co-chair) and
(from left, standing) Education Director Barbara Mayer (staff liaison), Dorrie Fontaine
(board liaison), Susan Yeager (board liaison), Connie Barden (board liaison), Anne
LaVoice Hawkins and Mary McKinley.

By Anne Hawkins, RN, MS
Leadership Development Work Group

Although being competent and credible in our workplace is critical, we cannot make our optimal contribution without the skills to influence and lead others.

The Leadership Development Work Group has identified four skills as necessary for influencing our practice and our work environment. The first three—dialogue, navigating change and conflict management—have been presented in previous issues of AACN News. The fourth skill is self-awareness.

Self-awareness is not about dissecting yourself, but instead about understanding yourself as a complete person. We are all born with tendencies and personalities that, combined with life experiences, determine who we are. Self-awareness is about accepting this, the good and the flawed, and understanding what makes us unique and special. Ultimately, self-awareness is about our ability to take responsibility for successes and responsibility for failures.

How can you increase self-awareness? Begin by reflecting and listing your strengths and weaknesses. Share your list and your perspective with someone you admire and trust and ask for his or her insight. Spend time with those you know will be truthful with you.

Obtaining feedback from others is probably the most common way of finding out about ourselves. Use the “360-feedback” tool to obtain feedback from various sources. Remember that hearing what others say about you is not always easy. Take time to digest the information. As we become more self-aware of and more secure with ourselves, we will find it easier to allow others to influence who we are and where we are going.

There are a number of tools that can help you learn about your style or personality tendencies, such as the Myers-Briggs, AACN DISC tool and Left Brain-Right Brain assessment. Although no test is all-inclusive, these tools can give you information and a good opportunity to dialogue with others about what you learn.

Self-assessment and truly seeing ourselves are life-long endeavors. We are complicated beings. Some parts of us are so well hidden that our exploration is never completed. Nevertheless, some of us are far more self-aware than others. Changing from moderately unaware to very aware is a continuum of learning, which takes place from a novice level to a proficient level. Self-awareness should be considered a journey, not a destination.

Board Report

Following is a report by AACN Secretary Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN, on discussions and actions that took place during the November 2001 AACN Board of Directors meeting in Williamsburg, Va.

Agenda Item: Strategic and Operating Plans
The board evaluated the association’s strategic and operating plans, weighing them against environmental data that had been collected and analyzed. Monitoring and updating the association’s strategic plan to ensure that it addresses changes in the healthcare environment and anticipates future changes is an important role for the board in ensuring that the needs of members are met.

Prior to the discussions related to the strategic and operating plans, the board received the 2001 environmental scan, one of the many sources providing data on which decisions are based. Other sources include AACN focus groups, Board Advisory Team conference calls, surveys and direct feedback from members. These are tools the board uses to validate the direction the association is taking, especially when the same information is coming from a variety of sources.

Considerable time at the board meeting was spent furthering discussions from the Strategic Planning Committee, which met in October. The committee had requested that the board and leadership team expand on two topics:

• How AACN can be even more effective in meeting the needs of nurses, patients and families by using its “voice” powerfully and in influential places
• The relationship of AACN’s chapters, regions and national leadership and how to optimize this relationship and its activities to better meet the needs of members.

Time spent on these discussions was enlightening and will be helpful in planning direction for the future.

Agenda Item: Operations Reports
The board received and approved operational reports related to AACN initiatives, including membership, professional practice, development and strategic alliances, certification and constituent service. These reports allow the board to determine AACN’s progress toward achieving outcomes that meet the needs of critical care nurses. For example, the board was updated on the status of the Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program and was pleased with the progress being made, because the demand for this product is evident.

Agenda Item: Call for Volunteers
The board approved the Call for Volunteers to serve on national-level committees for 2002-03. The number and types of groups needed each year is driven by the strategic plan, with input from both the board and staff, which look at where we need to go and the types of information we need. Appointees for some groups, like the NTI Work Group, are needed every year. Others, like members of the Progressive Care Task Force and the Nurse Manager Think Tank, may be carried over to continue their work.

Agenda Item: Lifetime Member Award
The board received approved a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Lifetime Member Award, which 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 this award are submitted directly to the AACN Board of Directors, which is responsible for ensuring that the recipients chosen meet the criteria of promoting AACN’s vision, mission and values. Recipients of this and other Circle of Excellence awards for 2002 will be announced in the May 2002 issue of AACN News. The recipients will be introduced and honored at NTI 2002 in Atlanta, Ga.

Agenda Item: Audit and Finance Report
The board reviewed and approved the annual audit report presented by the accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche. The firm found that the association’s financial statements accurately reflect the financial position of the association and that the association follows generally accepted accounting principles. As part of its accountabilities, the board monitors the budget on a regular basis to ensure that the association can adequately finance current and long-term needs.

AACN Members Enjoy Rental Car Discounts

Are you planning to rent a car while attending AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Atlanta, Ga., later this year? Remember: Alamo Rent A Car offers AACN members discounts of up to 15% off retail rates and unlimited mileage. And, you can add another driver at no additional fee.

For reservations, call (800) 354-2322. Request ID number 371978 and Rate Code BY or (A1 for weekend rentals). Additional savings coupons are available through AACN and can be ordered by calling (800) 899-2226. Request Item #1510.

In addition, AACN members can avoid rental counter lines by using the Alamo QuickRent online. Alamo Rent A Car benefits are available year round to AACN members. However, availability may be limited and blackout dates may apply.

Numbers Continue to Build in Membership Campaign

AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign is headed down the stretch as the ranks of new members continue to build.

The campaign, which was launched in May 2001 at AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., ends April 1, 2002. The top recruiters, both individuals and chapters, will be recognized at NTI 2002 in Atlanta, Ga.

And, member recruiters can earn valuable rewards for their participation. All they need to do to is make certain that their names and AACN member numbers are included on the new members’ application forms.

In fact, recruiting just one new member entitles participants to an AACN pocket reference.

Following is additional information about the rewards that await member recruiters.

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, fournight 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 November, as well as those who have accumulated five or more new members, and cumulative totals for chapters since the campaign began in May 2001.

Recruiter       # Recruited
Ismael J. Abregonde, RN, BSN  5
Betty L. Anderson, RN  1
Judith Ascenzi, RN, MSN  6
Sonia M. Astle, RN, MS, CCRN  1
Perrilynn A. Baldelli, RN, MSN, CCRN  1
Robin M. Ballew, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Michael Beshel, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN 14
Patricia A. Bishop, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP  1
Michael C. Blanchard, RN  6
Lisa M. Boldrighini  5
Carrie A. Boom, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Anna Marie Bucior, RN  1
Kathleen M. Burton, RN, BSN  1
Rose C. Cardin, RN  1
Ann Marie Carpenter, RN, BSN, CCRN 10
Carolyn  Carter, RN, ADN, BA  1
Michael  Chalot, RN, ADN, CCRN  1
Sasipa Charnchaichujit, RN  8
Michelle L. Collins, RN, BSN  2
Kathleen Corban, RN, BSN, CCRN  5
Bonnie J. Corcoran, RN, MS, CCRN  1
Cynthia G. Cox, RN, BSN  7
Lori Ann Cox, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, NP  1
Annette R. Dematio, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Jennifer Yun-Doung Do, RN  1
Judith C. Dobke  1
Melissa L. Drain, RN, DNSc, CCRN 29
Michele  Dudley, RN, ADN, CCRN  1
Peggy Lynn Ennis, RN 26
Myrna Fontillas-Boehm  6
Wendy J. Franklin, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Carla J. Freeman, RN, BSN, CCRN 10
Diane E. Fritsch, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS  1
Karen A. Gaertner, RN, MSN, CCRN  1
Julia K. Garrison, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Lita T. Gorman, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN  6
Maria B. Greaney, RN, MSN  1
Sonja E. Guilda  1
Carol Guyette, RN, BSN, CCRN 13
Charlene A. Haley-Moyer, RN, MS, CCRN  5
Michelle L. Henrickson, RN, BSN  4
Kimberly D. Herold, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Mary E. Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA  1
B.J. Hopkins  1
Zondra Hull, RN  6
Patricia Jennings, RN, ADN, CCRN  5
Lauretta M. Joseph, RN, CCRN  6
Lori E. Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN  7
Nancy D. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP 18
Joanne M. Kuszaj, RN, MSN, CCRN  1
Julie J. Lee, RN, BS, CCRN  1
Darlene Legge, RN, BSN, CCRN 26
Gayle A. Lucas, RN, BS, CCRN  1
Lauren Maleski, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Michele L. Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS  6
Loretta Anne Marcantonio, RN, ADN, BA  1
Polly Ann Marinelli, RN, ADN  4
Martie C. Mattson  7
Julia A. McAvoy, RN, MSN, CCRN                                1  
James Mears, RN  6
Arlene Messina, RN, ADN  5
Katherine H. Miller, RN, ADN 10
Anneita Kay Minor, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN                       1
Rachel E. Monday, RN  1
Sharon H. Murff, RN, MSN, CCRN  1
Amanda L. Newman  5
Robin Ondrusek, RN  1
Renee N. Perkins, RN  2
Dorothy Rose Phelps, RN, BS, CCRN  9
Colleen O. Planchon, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN  4
Michele Quinlan, RN, BSN 20
Victoria A. Ramik MS, CCRN, CS, APRN                     1
Michealene Redemske, RN, BS, CCRN  1
Jeff Reece, RN, BSN  7
Carol Reitz-Barlow  5
Margaret Riley, RN, BSN, CCRN 19
Mary J. Roe, RN, BSN, CCRN  1
Barbara Schnakenberg, RN  5
Lynn Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN 16
Orlando Scott, RN  2
Cynthia Steinbach, RN, BSN, CCRN  5
Janice Stevens, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN  5
Theresa Stevens, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS  1
Mary C. Stewart, RN, BSN, MBA 12
Marjorie A. Stock, RN, ADN, CCRN  5
Yvonne Thelwell, RN  8
Linda S. Thomas, RN, MSN, CCRN  6
Sandra A. Thomas, RN, ADN  1
Betty Thornell, RN, MS, CCRN  1
Tabby W. Tsuei, RNC, BSN, CCRN  1
Deborah J. Tuggle, RN, MN, CCNS  1
Mary Vanderbeek  1
Holly L. Weber-Johnson, RN, BSN 11
Susan E. White, RN, MSN  1
Colbert W. White, RN, CCRN  1
Barbara Wiles, RN, BSN, CCRN  5    
Jana Woller Hough, RN, BSN  6
Pam Zinnecker, RN, CCRN  5

Anchorage Chapter  5
Atlanta Area Chapter 58
Brooklyn Chapter  6
Broward County Chapter  5
Carolina Dogwood Chapter  7
Greater Akron Area Chapter                          1
Greater Birmingham Chapter  5
Greater Austin Area Chapter 12
Greater East Texas Chapter 13
Greater Evansville Chapter 28
Greater Miami Area Chapter 11
Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter 22
Greater Phoenix Area Chapter  5
Greater Raleigh Area Chapter  5
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  4
Montana Big Sky Chapter  7
North Central Florida Chapter 24
North Central Wisconsin Chapter  5
North/West Georgia Chapter  7
Northeast Indiana Chapter  7
Pacific Crest Regional Chapter 35
Pennisula Chapter 12
Piedmont Carolinas Chapter  2
Siouxland Chapter  5
Smoky Hill Chapter  5
South Carolina Mid State Chapter 10
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 15
Southern Maine Chapter  1
Vermont Green Mountain 13

November Rewards
Congratulations to the reward recipients in our monthly membership campaign drawings for November. 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 November were:
• Chapter—Broward County Chapter
• Individual—Anne Marie Bucior, RN

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

Public Policy Update

Critical Care Shortage
Issue: Current medical and nursing training programs are not producing a sufficient number of qualified critical care physicians and nurses to meet the projected medical needs of the U.S. population.

Background: The Critical Care Workforce Partnership, a coalition consisting of AACN and three other professional societies, says that, if the trend continues, a severe shortage of critical care specialists will occur by 2007 and worsen until at least 2030. The shortages, first found in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2000 and highlighted by the partnership at a news conference in connection with the 67th annual International Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, includes critical care physicians, nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists.

In addition to AACN, the societies making up the Critical Care Workforce Partnership are the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine, Collectively, they represent more than 100,000 healthcare professionals. The partnership recognizes that there are currently insufficient numbers of qualified doctors and nurses to provide specialized care in ICUs for critically ill patients and their families. The crisis will intensify as the United States population ages and requires more critical care services. If the United States is faced with a major disaster or terrorist attack, the shortage of trained specialists could also hinder the availability of appropriate medical care.

All four professional societies agree that this shortage is very real and could have a tremendous impact on how critical care is delivered in the future. Research indicates that there is a direct correlation between patient outcomes and care provided or supervised by trained specialists. Because of the time needed to educate and train critical care specialists, the societies urge immediate action.

AACN Position: The partnership is calling for a national effort involving legislators, regulators, payors, medical schools, hospitals, other healthcare organizations and communities to engage in discussions about the need for additional critical care professionals. Solutions will involve a wide variety of programs on the federal, state and local levels as well as within the critical care profession itself. The Critical Care Workforce Partnership Position Statement: The Aging of the U.S. population and Increased Need for Critical Care Services can be read at www.aacn.org > Clinical Practice > Public Policy > Position Statements.

Nursing Shortage
Issue: Shortage of critical care nurses.

Background: Clarian Health Partners, Indiana's largest healthcare network, and the Indiana University School of Nursing, the state’s largest nursing school, are teaming up with AACN to develop a series of unique online classes to prepare nurses and nursing students across the U.S. in critical care. The objective is to use technology to increase the number of nurses caring for the growing population of acutely ill patients. The classes will offer students a variety of ways to learn, including taped lectures, interactive CD-ROM demonstrations, online interactions with experts nationwide, a reference area for the latest research and professional standards, real-life nurse mentors from Clarian to provide support, and real-world clinical experience working with an experienced mentor. The group hopes to eventually offer the courses at hospitals across the U.S. and in other countries.

The project is funded by a grant of almost $1 million from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, part of the U.S. Department of Education. Clarian, IUSON and AACN will provide the remainder of the funding for the $2.1 million project.

CDC Guidelines
Issue: CDC smallpox response plan.

Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a working draft of a plan that outlines the CDC’s strategies for responding to a smallpox emergency. The plan has been sent to all state bioterrorism coordinators, state health officers, state epidemiologists, and state immunization program managers for review and comment. It identifies many of the federal, state and local public health activities that would need to be undertaken in a smallpox emergency, including response plan implementation, notification procedures for suspected cases, CDC and state and local responsibilities and activities, and CDC vaccine and personnel mobilization. It also provides state and local public health officials with a framework that can be used to guide their smallpox planning and readiness efforts, as well as guidelines for many of the general public health activities that would be undertaken during a smallpox emergency.

AACN Position: AACN supports the efforts of the CDC and encourages all nurses to familiarize themselves with the activities that would need to be undertaken in a smallpox emergency.

Issue: Draft hand-washing guidelines for healthcare workers.

Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced draft guidelines for hand-washing in healthcare settings, which have been published in the Federal Register. The draft guidelines are intended to replace the current version, issued in 1985. The draft contains specific recommendations to promote improved hand hygiene practices and reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms to patients and personnel in healthcare settings.

AACN Position: AACN supports the CDC recommendations.

Anesthesia Rule
Issue: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, released its final regulatory rule mandating that physicians supervise patients’ anesthesia care in all Medicare- and Medicaid-approved hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.

Status: Two days before leaving office in January 2001, President Clinton put through a change to the Medicare anesthesia supervision rule that would have allowed nurse anesthetists to give anesthetics to patients without a doctor being involved in that care before, during and after surgery. The rule change was first proposed in December 1997.

The newly rewritten Conditions of Participation, which every Medicare- and Medicaid-approved healthcare facility must follow, will continue to require physician supervision of nurse anesthetists in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. State governors, however, could opt to have one or more facilities in the state excluded from this requirement, after meeting certain loosely defined criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services. A governor would have to:
• Consult with the state boards of medicine and nursing;
• Demonstrate that the change is consistent with state law; and
• Attest that the requested change is in the best interest of the citizens of that state.

Should some states decide to drop physician supervision for its Medicare and Medicaid populations, HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality would conduct a prospective patient safety study to assess patient outcomes relating to the work of unsupervised nurse anesthetists in those states versus states where they continue to be supervised by a physician.

In response to the new Medicare final rule on supervision of anesthesia services, the American Hospital Association has published a Regulatory Advisory on the supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. The advisory explains the background of this new rule and lists steps that should be taken by hospitals and health systems to maintain compliance.

AACN Position: AACN supported the Clinton Administration’s final rule, which would have allowed nurse anesthetists to give anesthetics to patients without a doctor being involved in that care before, during and after surgery. Although the new rule clearly requires supervision, AACN acknowledges the new rule and supports nurse anesthetists working within the rule to continue ensuring the safest, highest quality anesthetics for patients, particularly those in rural and medically underserved areas. AACN supports continued study of the role of these advanced practice nurses and their ability to practice safely and independently while producing excellent patient outcomes.

Mandatory Overtime
Issue: Mandatory overtime legislation introduced in congress.

Status: Identical bills, H.R. 3238 and S. 1686, have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to limit the hours nurses could be required to work. The House bill, titled the “Safe Nursing and Patient Care Act of 2001,” has 28 cosponsors. It would prohibit hospitals from requiring nurses to work more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period or more than 80 hours in a consecutive 14-day period. Exceptions could be made in the case of a national or state emergency. The bill would also establish fines up to $10,000 per incident for hospitals that require nurses to work beyond prescribed limits. It would permit nurses to continue to volunteer for overtime if they feel that they can continue to provide safe, quality care. These restrictions would become part of Medicare provider agreements. The bill provides specific exemptions from the hospital overtime bans for nursing homes.

AACN Position: AACN believes that mandatory overtime is not an acceptable means of staffing a hospital, because it may place nurses and their patients at increased risk of being involved in medical errors. Instead, nurses should be able to decide whether working overtime will affect their ability to care safely and effectively for patients. They should have the option of refusing overtime assignments and not be forced into working beyond their capacity to provide optimal care. AACN supports this legislation and will continue to work to educate the public on the negative impact that mandatory overtime can have on patient safety.

Patient Safety and Staffing
Issue: New study says fewer nurses lead to increased risk and cost.

Background: According to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Critical Care, using fewer nurses in the ICU at night can result in increased risk for postoperative complications and increased costs. A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers sought to determine if one nurse caring for one or two patients versus one nurse caring for three or more patients in the ICU at night is associated with differences in clinical and economic outcomes after hepatectomy. Of the 569 adults in the study, 240 had fewer nurses at 25 hospitals, while 316 patients in eight hospitals had more nurses. No significant association between night shift nurse-to-patient ratios and in-hospital mortality was detected. The researchers found that patients with fewer nurses had increased risks for pulmonary failure and reintubation, as well as a 14% increase in total hospital costs.

Issue: As of Jan. 1, 2002, hospitals nationwide are being monitored on how well prepared they are for bioterrorism and mass destruction emergencies.

Background: Prompted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations sent a special report to nearly 5,000 hospitals and other healthcare facilities emphasizing the need for improved preparedness. Hospitals found not in compliance of standards will risk losing accreditation, which is considered a gold seal of approval in the industry. The commission’s report offers tips on planning and formulating strategies. It also outlines standard requirements. The JCAHO requirements to hospitals for bioterrorism preparedness include:
• Identifying possible hazardous threats to the area, such as nuclear power plants.
• Implementing decontamination plans for victims of biological warfare;
• Identifying alternate treatment sites if the hospital is overwhelmed with patients.
• Building relationships with local and national health and emergency agencies, the FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitals not in compliance will be cited for deficiencies. Should a hospital fail to comply within six months of the survey, it could lose accreditation. In addition to accreditation, hospitals would lose benefits such as managed care reimbursements, federal funding, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and the ability to offer medical residency programs.

Hospital administrators have pointed to a sluggish economy and nationwide shortage of nurses and other medical staff as reasons why they aren’t fully prepared for a major biological attack. However, hospitals will not be held responsible for complying with certain requirements if they have legitimate financial or staffing constraints, according to Russell Massaro, executive vice president of accreditation operations for the commission. Hospitals will be held responsible for showing evidence of planning, conducting drills, establishing relationships with community agencies and implementing other strategies.

Bioterrorism Legislation
Background: On June 14, 2000, Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) presented to the Senate the Public Health Threats and Emergencies Act of 2000 (S. 2731). This legislation, the culmination of a series of subcommittee hearings that began in 1997, introduced new tools to deal with the nation’s startling vulnerability to emerging public health threats. Congress passed the bill in November 2000, and President Clinton signed it into law (P.L.106-505).

It was this legislation that gave HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson the authority to act decisively to protect the public during a health emergency. Thompson used this new authority to send medical supplies and personnel to New York following the attacks on Sept. 11.

Status: Several pieces of legislation have been introduced in the House and Senate or were being written since October. The Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2001, which is the Democratic proposal to protect communities against future bioterrorist threats or attacks, was introduced by Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a member of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security. The act seeks to eliminate biological threats, secure the nation’s borders on land and at sea, protect the food and water supplies, equip local communities with the resources to prevent and respond to bioterrorism, and strengthen the nation’s intelligence capabilities through full coordination, using the most advanced technology to fight bioterrorism.

Kennedy and Frist are planning to introduce a new bill as a follow-up to S.2731. The new bill would incorporate several other bioterrorism bills recently introduced in the Senate and boost current funding. One bill that could be folded into this legislation is S.1520, the State Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2001 introduced by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and a Senate coalition of former governors. The bill is intended to provide states with the resources needed to effectively prepare for and prevent biological and chemical attacks by terrorists. Other Senate bills that could be folded into a comprehensive act include S.1539, an initiative to protect children by training healthcare workers on how to treat children against biological and chemical agents, and S.1546 and S. 1436, which seek to provide greater funding to improve and protect fertilizer, crop and livestock from bioterrorism. Source: ENA Washington Update, November 2001.

NIWI Internship
Issue: 2002 Nurse in Washington Internship Sponsored by the National Federation for Specialty Nursing Organizations (NFSNO)

Background: The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence healthcare through the legislative process. Participants learn from healthcare policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress.

The objectives of the program are to describe how nurses can be involved and influence policy at the local and national level, discuss how to work effectively with legislative staff to advance policy agendas, network with other nurses with similar clinical/political interests, describe key steps to effect change in the legislative process, identify techniques to advance legislative issues at the grassroots level, identify legislative, political, and economic forces driving healthcare policy and delivery changes today and discuss the impact of fiscal and budgetary changes on health policy formation and implementation.

The program offers CE credit of approximately 27.7 contact hours and will take place March 10-13, 2002, at the Madison Hotel, Fifteenth & M Streets Northwest, Washington, DC ($185 single/double). Early registration fees are $645 for members of NFSNO member organizations and $695 for members of ANA or CMA. There are special fees for entry-level RN students and scholarships offered for RN members of NFSNO member organizations. Fees increase on Feb. 1, 2002. For information, call the NFSNO national office at (856) 256-2333 or e-mail nfsno@ajj.com.

AACN Position: As a member of NFSNO, AACN endorses the NIWI Internship Program and encourages all interested members to apply.

AACN Joins Needlestick Safety Organization

AACN recently joined the National Alliance for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries (NAPPSI), which strives to protect healthcare workers and patients from accidental sharps injuries during medical procedures. Membership in NAPPSI is aligned with AACN’s goal of establishing more healing, humane work and care environments in the medical community.

NAPPSI promotes a strategy known as primary prevention, which refers to the creation and use of technologies and practices that reduce or eliminate the use of sharp implements in healthcare settings, replacing them with safer technologies and practices.

Although NAPPSI acknowledges that secondary prevention approaches, such as retractable blades, also improve needlestick protection, it emphasizes the greater benefits of primary prevention. For example, catheter securement devices, which replace tape and suture for anchoring catheters, illustrate the benefits of the primary prevention approach. These products reduce the incidence of unscheduled catheter restarts, minimizing nurses’ exposure to needlesticks that can occur during such restarts.

For further information about NAPPSI, call (858) 350-8623; e-mail, info@NAPPSI.org; Web site, http://www.NAPPSI.org.

Scene and Heard

AACN continues to seek visibility for our profession and the organization. Following is an update on recent outreach efforts:

Media Highlights
• The Oct. 22 issue of NurseWeek published an article that addressed the advantages of membership in a professional organization. AACN CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, and Marketing Communications
Specialist Kris Pleimann were quoted widely in the story.
• AACN and its National Teaching Institute™ have been mentioned several times in Tradeshow Week, as a result of the involvement by Randy Bauler, AACN exhibits and sponsorship director, in the
International Association for Exhibition Management. Bauler was also recently featured on the IAEM Web site discussing the value of certification in his profession as an event manager.
• Following a Nov. 1 tribute dinner hosted by the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN and the Washington Area Society of Critical Care Medicine to honor the nurses and doctors who treated victims of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the front page of the Metropolitan section of the Washington Times featured a story about a Virginia state trooper who was injured while rescuing victims.

Our Voice at the Table
• AACN recently accepted an invitation to join the National Alliance for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries (NAPPSI) as a corporate partner. (See related article, above.) AACN Public Policy Specialist
Janice Weber will serve as the liaison. News of the addition of AACN as a member of NAPPSI was published in Medical Industry Today.
• Williams was joined by President-elect Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, and CEO Wanda Johanson at the fourth annual meeting of the Nursing Organization Liaison Forum (NOLF) and the
National Federation for Specialty Nursing Organizations (NFSNO). At the meeting, a proposal for the formation of a new nursing alliance was accepted. The mission of the new Nursing Organizations
Alliance (NOA) is to increase nursing’s visibility and impact on healthcare through communication, collaboration and advocacy. NOA will work to support and strengthen the work of the nursing profession
and individual organizations.
• In December, Johanson, Williams and Barden also met with the leadership of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in Chicago. The purpose of the meeting was to continue dialogue around
common goals and philosophies for ongoing collaboration between the two organizations.

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. Please write us at aacnnews@aacn.org.

Coming in the February Issue of Critical Care Nurse

• Managing Patients With Acute Thyrotoxicosis

• Using Clinical Pathways in Cardiac Valve Surgery Patients

• CABG Surgery Without Cardiopulmonary Bypass

• Myocardial Injury: Contrasting Infarction and Contusion


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Looking Ahead

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

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

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.

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 Click on “Research.”

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.

March 2002

March 1 Deadline to submit applications for the Circle of Excellence President’s Award for Chapters. To obtain an award application, call (800) 899-2226. Request Item #1011. Or, visit the AACN Web site

March 14 Deadline to submit speaker proposal abstracts for NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. To obtain a speaker proposal packet, call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 (Request Document #6019), or visit the AACN Web site

April 2002

April 1 The Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign ends. To obtain recruitment campaign forms, call (800) 899-2226. Request Item #1316.

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