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Vol. 19, No. 7, JUNE 2002


Your Voice Can Create Change

Make your voice-and the voice of critical care nursing-heard by participating in the Voice Project. Launched at the 2002 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Atlanta, the Voice Project is AACN's latest initiative to amplify the voice of nursing in public forums. This effort is also tied to the theme of AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, "Bold Voices-Fearless and Essential."

To participate, simply visit the AACN Web site. A variety of questions will be posed throughout the coming year, and the responses of members will be used in several ways, including as part of AACN's messaging to the media, legislators and other key healthcare influencers. Some responses will appear in promotional materials or AACN publications, including in a new monthly feature "Soundbites" in AACN News.

The following responses were contributed by participants at the 2002 NTI:

Q. What do you do to continually renew your passion for nursing?

I attend NTI every year, I maintain my CCRN certification, and I take a moment every day to recall a special patient or an event that only critical care nursing allowed me to experience.
�Angela Lukach, RN, BSN, CCRN
Jacksonville, Fla.

There is nothing more satisfying at the end of the day than to know that you have made a difference in people's lives.
�Anon.

Member-to-Member Links Are Critical: Recruitment Campaign Offers Numerous Rewards


AACN's Critical Links member-get-a-member campaign for 2002-03 is under way, with a total of 249 new members now eligible to enjoy the many benefits their professional association offers. This total includes 168 new members recruited by 106 individual members and 81 new members recruited by 38 chapters in the first month of the new campaign, which ends April 30.

The individual who recruits the most new members during the campaign receives a $500 American Express gift certificate, and the chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers or the largest percentage increase receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources.

Individual Rewards
All individual campaign participants receive an AACN pocket reference when they recruit their first new member. After that, individual recruiters receive $25 gift certificates toward the purchase of AACN resources when they recruit five new members and $50 AACN gift certificates when they recruit 10 new members. Each month, members who have recruited at least one new member during the month are also entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 American Express gift certificate.

All the recruiters need to do is make certain that their name and AACN member number are included on the new members' application forms.

In addition to the $500 American Express gift certificate, the top individual recruiter is 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-day, three-night hotel accommodations at a Marriott Hotel.

Chapter Rewards
In addition to the $250 gift certificate, chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers or the largest percentage increase will receive special recognition at NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. Each month, chapters that recruit new members will also be entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration for NTI 2003.

Who Recruited New Members During May?


 
Kathleen M. Richuso, RN, MSN 7
Pam Zinnecker, RN, CCRN 7
Cynthia A. Phelps, RN, BSN, CCRN 7
Paulita D. Narag, RN, ADN, CCRN 7
Lauretta M. Joseph, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP 6
Denise Buonocore, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, 6
ACNP, APRN
Pauline J. McNeece, RN, MSN, CCRN 5
Jacqueline J. Johnson, RN, MA 5
Joan F. Baker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN 5
Nancy D. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP 4
Delita Glori-Feri, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN 3
Yvonne Thelwell, RN 3
Lori A. Daughenbaugh, RN, BSN, CCRN 3
Carol M. Hinkle, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN 2
Deborah J. Duncan, RN, MSN 2
Pamela S. Bruhn, RN, MA, ANP 2
Zondra Hull, RN 2
Lindsey Shank, RN, BSN, CCRN 2
Marlene Merdes, RN 2
Daniel P. Stuart, RN, TNCC 2

One for One
The following individuals each recruited one new member during May:
Ellen M. Prewitt, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP, NP
Betty Nash Blevins, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Patricia M. Parsons, RN, CCRN
Deborah A. Fischer, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Kay E. Berner, RN, CCRN
JoAnne K. Phillips, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary A. Dias, RN, CCRN
Bobbie J. Branch, RN, MSN
Linda S. Sikora, RN, MSN, CCRN
Patricia M. Juarez, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Victoria A. Ramik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, APRN
Margaret R. Rollins, RN, MSN, CCRN
Susan K. Rossetti, RN, BSN, CCRN
Annette M. Nelson, RN, BS, CCRN
Eunice F. Lasala, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Kathleen Ross Henderson, RNC, MS, CCRN
Nancy T. Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA
Barbara B. Pope, RN, MSN, CCRN
Theresa Stevens, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Catherine E. Jacob, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN
Irma G. Williams, RN, CCRN
Carolyn Fascetti, RN, MSN
Lori E. Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN
Recruiter
Christine G. Westphal, RN, MSN, CCRN
Linda M. Cason, RN, MSN, CCRN
Jane L. Hartman, RN, MS, CCRN
Marla A. Meaux, RN, CCRN
Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN
Catherine M. Saniuk, RN, MS, CCRN
Karen R. Ross, RN, CCRN
B. Yvonne Fankhanel, RN, BSN
Sarah R. Solon, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Denise E. Walter, RN, BSN
Kathleen M. Hoff, RN, BSN, CCRN
Debra Cook Myers, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mona P. Ternus, RN, MSN, BA, PhD, CCRN
Michele L. Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Katherine L. McEwen, RN, BSN, RRT
Kannagi Gayapershad, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Carolyn A. Fernandez, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS,
ACNP, CEN
Lenora M. Maze, RN, BSN, CNRN
Ruth G. Melvin, RN, BSN, CCRN
Jacqueline Ann Morgan, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CS
Felecia S. Williams, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mary Kathryn Graham, RN, BSN
Anthony E. Farmer, RN, MSN
Kristine M. Chaisson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Ruthie L. Robinson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN
Carolyn Carter, RN, ADN, BA
Tari Kovacs
Julia M. Roman, RN, BSN, CCRN
Joan Marie LaCroix, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Madeleine M. Burke, RN, BSN, CCRN
Tara F. Beebout, RN, BSN, CCRN
Joyce A. McCasland, RN, MN, CCRN
Sue S. Lacy, RN
Katherine Colbert, RN, ADN, CCRN
Connie R. Barbour, RN
Sharon L. Cook, RN, BSN
Laurie A. Dean, RN, CCRN
Annette M. Mtangi, RN, ADN, CCRN
Maristela D. Limpangug, RN, BSN
Michele Quinlan, RN, BSN
Nancy Yocum
Deedra Harrington, RN
Deitra T. Brown, RN, BSN, CCRN
Leneita A. Jackson
Damon B. Cottrell, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Rikki D. Simpson, RN
Nancy L. Miller, RN, BSN
Mary Jo Goss, RN
Recruiter
Melodye E. Zahn, RN, ADN, CCRN
Carol A. Miller
Brenda J. Estes, RN, BSN
Debra Grimm
Sonya M. Robinson, RN
Melody Ann Lane, RN
Eva M. Crosby, RN
Aline C. Bordado, RN
Brent Smith, RN, BSN
Karen Gravley
Marianne Schillberg
Recruiter
Lisa M. McDonald, RN
Rebecca E. Reay, RN
Elizabeth A. Drankiewicz, RN, ADN
Philicia J. Bianco, RN

Reward Winners for May
Congratulations to Cynthia Phelps, RN, BSN, CCRN, the recipient of our reward drawing for May. Each month, one individual will receive a $100 American Express gift certificate. The recipients are randomly selected.


Chapters

Greater Miami Area Chapter 14
Montana Big Sky Chapter 7
Triangle Chapter 6
Brooklyn Chapter 6
Rochester Chapter 5
Atlanta Area Chapter 4
Central Pennsylvania Chapter 3
Central Indiana Chapter 2
Greater Birmingham Chapter 2
Northeast Indiana Chapter 2
Spokane Chapter 2
Redwood Empire Chapter 2
Broward County Chapter 1
Lake Erie Chapter 1
Central Savannah River Chapter 1
Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter 1
Dallas County Chapter 1
North Valley Chapter 1
San Fernando Valley Chapter 1
Greater Richmond Area Chapter 1
Greater Louisville Chapter 1
Gate City Chapter 1
Greater New Orleans Chapter 1
Southern Maine Chapter 1
San Diego Area Chapter 1
Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter 1
East River Mountain Chapter 1
Merrimack Valley Chapter 1
Greater Flint Area Chapter 1
Southern New Hampshire Chapter 1
Jersey Shoreline Chapter 1
South Central Connecticut Chapter 1
Smoky Mountain Chapter 1
Adirondack Regional Chapter 1
Mobile Bay Area Chapter 1
South Central Wisconsin Chapter 1
Coastal Chapter 1
Greater Akron Area Chapter 1

Reward Winners for May
Congratulations to the Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter, which was the winner of the monthly reward drawing for May. Each month, one chapter will receive one complimentary registration for NTI 2003. The recipients are randomly selected from among chapters that recruit at least one new member during the month.


Scene and Heard


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

Media Highlights
� AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May in Atlanta, Ga., as well as a news conference scheduled in conjunction with the NTI, attracted strong media interest and widespread coverage. Among the news outlets covering the event were "CNN Headline News," "CNN TalkBack Live," CNN.com, WAGA-TV (Fox) Atlanta, WSB-TV 2 Atlanta (ABC), WGCL-TV (CBS) Atlanta, WSAZ-TV (NBC) Charleston, WCSC-TV (CBS) Charleston, WFAA-TV (ABC) Dallas, Fox News Dallas, Texas Cable News, KWTV-TV (CBS) Oklahoma City, CLTV Cable (IND) Chicago, WGHP-TV (Fox) Greensboro, WCIA-TV (CBS) Springfield, WJAC-TV (NBC) Johnstown and KTBS-TV (ABC) Shreveport. In addition, articles appeared on the Associated Press wire service and in the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Florida Times-Union, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Legislative Network for Nurses.

� Advance for Nurses featured two articles related to AACN and to critical care certification in its May 13 issue. One article, titled "Eloquence on Excellence: It's time nurses pump up the volume about what they do," was written by 2001-02 AACN Certification Corporation Chair Elizabeth Nolan, RN, MS, CS. The other article, titled "Gaining Critical Care Certification," discussed the steps necessary to pursue CCRN or CCNS certification and renewal.

� The May issue of Nursing2002 published an interview with 2001-02 AACN President Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, on a variety of topics, including the nursing shortage, technology and progressive care. The interview was followed by a self-test for CCRNs to evaluate their skills in treating patients holistically.

� The May issue of RN magazine featured a condensed version of Williams' "President's Note" column from AACN News and information about the 2003 Circle of Excellence awards, NTI 2003 research and creative solutions abstracts and National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month.

� AACN was cited in essays written by winners of the greater Philadelphia, Pa., 2002 Best Nursing Team awards and published in the April 29 issue of Advance for Nurses. The winning essay, from the PICU/IMCU at Penn State Children's Hospital, Hershey, Pa., noted that the unit's nursing staff/leadership has been recognized in compassionate care and excellence in practice through the Nurse-to-Nurse awards that appear in Critical Care Nurse, which is published by AACN. The essay from the MICU at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, which tied for third place, said that "all staff members are encouraged to join the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses at the national and local level," and that "multiple staff have attained CCRN certification."

� On April 9, Pat Carroll, RN, a community outreach liaison for AACN, appeared on the morning news program of WCAU-TV, an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, Pa., to discuss nursing and its future, as well as AACN. In addition, Carroll was interviewed on May 6 for National Nurses Day on WTIC-AM radio, Hartford, Conn. She encouraged people to join the nursing profession and take advantage of its varied career opportunities.
� The April issue of Hospitals & Health Networks noted that AACN is working with Clarian Health Partners and Indiana University School of Nursing-Purdue University of Indianapolis to develop online classes for critical care nurses and nursing students across the country.

� In April, Nursing Spectrum published several articles that referred to AACN:
- In an article titled "Critical Caring," Michelle Anastasi, RN, MS, CCRN, president of the Greater Boston Chapter of AACN, who has worked in critical care for 17 years, said, "I listen to family members and learn about their beliefs. This helps me create an environment that is comfortable, caring and healing for the family." She also said, "AACN is dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution."
- An article titled "Legal Issues in Critical Care" featured an interview with outgoing AACN board member Jessica Palmer, RN, MSN, about the challenge of ensuring the appropriate nurse-to-patient ratio and the change in the level of experience that nurses now have when they enter critical care units.
- An article titled "Use ADPIE to Advance Your Practice" included a section written by Linda Bell, RN, MSN, AACN clinical practice specialist. She discussed the value of obtaining advanced degree credentials and recommended relevant programs of study.

Our Voice at the Table
� On May 17, AACN CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, and Director of Development & Strategic Alliances Ram�n Lavandero, RN, MSN, MA, met in Denver, Colo., with the CEOs of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses to formalize a partnership for the leadership development of nurse managers. The associations will collaborate on the development of educational programs and other resources for nurse managers, who play a pivotal role in the retention of nurses and in promoting healthy and professional work environments.

� On April 3, Williams attended the "Horizons" conference in Boston, Mass., where he gave the keynote on "Celebrating Nursing's Greatness" and also presented "Family Crisis and Dysfunction: Drawing the Line" as a breakout session.

� On April 26, Williams delivered the convocation address at Kirkhof School of Nursing at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Mich., where he received the first Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award.

� On May 11, Williams addressed the Lansing (Mich.) Community College commencement class and received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, commencement speaker, discussed AACN's concerns about the nursing shortage and workplace issues.

� On May 16, Williams spoke at the "Lessons from the Heart" conference at Geisinger Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. His topics were "Celebrating Nursing's Greatness Today and Every Day" and "Caregiver Sensitivity: Lessons From Our Patients."

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. E-mail your information to
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.

In September, AACN will be at the Emergency Nurses Association conference in New Orleans, La.

If you are attending this conference, stop by the AACN exhibit to visit with your National Office team.


National Volunteer Groups Are the Heart of AACN Work


Each year, hundreds of AACN members contribute their time and expertise in a variety of ways toward the important work of their professional association. These groups represent critical care nurses from different practice settings throughout the country. The annual volunteer application process is completed in March of each year, and appointment selections finalized in May. Volunteer terms are from July 1 through June 30. AACN board members are appointed to serve as liaisons to many of these groups, further strengthening the connection between these volunteer groups and the national leadership team. Following are the appointments to volunteer groups for 2002-03:

 
AACN Board Advisory Team
Marian Altman, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP
Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP
(Board Liaison)
Cindy Christen, RN, BSN
Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MSN, CCRN
Jean Felber, RN, MSN, CCRN
Michelle Fennessy, RN, MSN, CCRN
Lisa Gingerich, RN, BSN, BS
Octavio Goncalves, RN
M. Dave Hanson, RN, BSN, CCRN
(Board Liaison)
Diane Hawley, RNC, PhD
Cheryl Hettman, RN, PhD
Mary House-Fancher, RN, MSN, ARNP
Lori Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN
Teri Kiss, RN, BSN, CCRN
Julie Marcum, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Kimberly Martin, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Mason Wyckoff, RN, MSN, ARNP, NNP
Mary Frances Pate, RN, DSN
Jose Planillo, RN, BSN, CCRN
Theresa Posani, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CNA, CS
Michael Pringle, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN
Judi Reeves, RN, BSN
Cheryl Rockwell, RN, BSN
Heather Russell, RN
Sarah Samick, RN, BS, CCRN
Deborah Shields, RN, MS, CCRN
Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Joyce Taylor, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
John Whitcomb, RN, MSN, CCRN
Polly Zahrt, RN, BSN

Advanced Practice Advisory Team
Nancy Albert, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CNA
Claudia Barone, RN, EdD
Carol Bishop, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Pegi Black, RN, MSN, MS, NP
Pamela Bolton, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN
Patricia Bradshaw, RN, BSN, CCRN
Carol Braund, RN, MA, CCRN
Eileen Briening, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP
Sonja Brune, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Jesus Casida, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN
Linda Cook, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Marilin Crawford, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Dent, RN, MA, CCRN
Charles Downs, RN, BSN
Catherine Draus, RN, MSN, MSA, CCRN
Michelle Fennessy, RN, MSN, CCRN
Hatice Foell, RN, MS
Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Diane Hawley, RNC, PhD
Mary House-Fancher, RN, MSN, ARNP
Joan King, RN, MSN, PhD
Gregory Knutzen, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Linda Lapointe, RN, BS, MS
Kimberly Loveless, RN, CNS, MSN
Michele Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Kelly Marcoux, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, NP
Donna Markey, RN, MSN
Mary Mason Wyckoff, RN, MSN, ARNP, NNP
Kathy McNeese, RN, MN
Linda Oakes, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Marie Pilz, RN, MSN, CCNS
Patricia Rosier, RN, MS, MSN, CS
Shari Simone, RN, MS, CCRN, CRNP
Laurie Walsh, RN, MS, CCRN, NP
John Whitcomb, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Zellinger, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, NP

Advanced Practice Work Group
Patricia Morton, RN, PhD, NP, ACNP, FAAN (Chair)
Deborah Greenlaw, RN, MS, CCRN
Janie Heath, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, ANP
(Board Liaison)
Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CCRN, PNP
Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
Linda Martinez, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Angela Nelson, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP
Janice Powers, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Mary Tierney, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP

Board Learning Partners
Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, CCRN (Board Liaison)
Marla De Jong, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, MSN, CCRN
Melissa Hutchinson, RN, CCRN
Rebecca E. Long, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN
(Board Liaison)
Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN
(Board Liaison)
Monica Simpson, RN, MSN, CCRN
Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN EMT (Board Liaison)

Chapter & Membership Awards Review Panel
Michelle Anastasi, RN, MS, CCRN
Louise Cook, RN, MSN, CCRN
Lisa Gingerich, RN, BSN, BS
Sonya Hardin, RN, PhD, CCRN
Anne Hawkins, RN, MS
LouAnn Honek, RN
Linda Ireland, RN, MS
Patricia Kelly, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN
Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, RN, MSN, CCRN
Linda Tamburri, RN, MS, CCRN
Joyce Taylor, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Cynthia Webner, RN, CCRN
Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS

Chapter Advisory Team

Nancy Ames, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary-Liz Bilodeau, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Darlene Bradley, RN, CNS, MSN, PhD-C, CCRN, CEN
Carol Cleek, RN, MSN, CS
Elizabeth Covington, RN, MN, CCRN, CS
Mary Kathryn Graham, RN, BSN
M. Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, NP
Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Deborah B. Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN
(Board Liaison)
L. Dianne Long, RNC, MN
William Mausser, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN
(Board Liaison)
Barbara Monroe, RN, MS, CCRN
Susan Nelson, RN
Jackie Palmer, RN, CEN
Bonnie Rice, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, ARNP
Reynaldo Rivera, RN, MA, MEd, CCRN, CNAA, ANP
Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Larraine Yeager, RN, BSN
Polly Zahrt, RN, BSN
Jenny Zaker, RN, CNS, APN-C
Continuing Education Articles Review Panel
Karla Ahrns, RN, BSN, CCRN
Fern Alderfer, RN, BSN
Michelle Anastasi, RN, MS, CCRN
Eugene Anderson, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Mary Jane Ante, RNC, MS, BA, CCRN
Denise Ayers, RN, MSN, BS
Judith Bartz, RN, BSN
Linda Batts, RN, CCRN
Karen Bird, RN, ADN, BS, CCRN
Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA
Dawn Blake-Holmes, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Jeanne Braby, RN, MSN, CCRN
Marylee Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN
Eileen Briening, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP
Frances Brown, RN, MSN, CCRN
Denise Buonocore, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, ACNP, APRN
Angela Burd, RN, MSN, CCNS
Carolyn Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Stephanie Calcasola, RN, MSN
Helen Camp, RN, CCRN
Stephen Campbell, RN, MSN, AA, CCRN, CEN
Patricia Cardin, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Donna Charlebois, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP
Louise Cook, RN, MSN, CCRN
Linda Cook, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MSN, CCRN
Maryanne Crowther, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Janet Davies, RN, CNS, MSN
Louise Diehl-Oplinger, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Susan Dukes, RN, MA, CCRN
Paulla Eldridge, RN, BSN, CCRN
Marcia Elliott, RN, BSN, CCRN
Jean Forsha, RN, MSN
Michael Frakes, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, CFRN
Mary Franklin, RN, MS, CS, ACNP
Rita Free, RN, MS
Angela Fuhlman, RN, BSN, CCRN
Lisa Garcia, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Henry Geiter, RN, CCRN
Helen Gonzales-Kranzel, RN, MSN, MBA,
CCRN, CS, NP
Madelyn Gries, RN, MS, CCRN
Jane Grimberg, RN, MS, CCRN
Todd Grivetti, RN, BS, CCRN
Sheila Grossman, RN, PhD, APRN
Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
John Harper, RN, MSN
Leigh Hart, RN, PhD, CCRN
Lee Ann Haygood, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNA
Linda Hidalgo, RN, DNS, CCRN
Patricia Hoppman, RN, MS, CCRN
Melissa Hutchinson, RN, CCRN
Linda Ireland, RN, MS
Lori Jackson, RNC, CCRN, NP
Scott Jessie, RN
Nancy King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP
Ina Koerner, RN, MSN
Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CCRN, PNP
Barbara Krumbach, RN, MSN, CCRN
Christine Kruskamp, RN, MS, CCRN
Jane Kurz, RN, PhD
Kristine L'Ecuyer, RN, MSN
Nantawadee Lee, RN, MN, CCRN
Kelly Machuca, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, ACNP
Mary Macklin, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP
Joan Mallum, RN, BSN, CCRN
Margaret Malone, RN, MN, CCRN
Lisa Manni, RN, MSN, CCRN
Michele Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, CNRN
Sarah Martin, RN, MS, CCRN
Dorothy Mayer, RN, MSN, CS
Diane Mayes, RN, MSN, CCRN
Claire McGowan, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, NP
Patricia McGurl, RN, MSN, CCRN
Cheryl McKay, RN, MSN, CCNS
Margaret McNeill, RN, MS, CCRN
Joni Meiter, RN, MSN, CCRN
Kathleen Miller, RN, EdD, ACNP, CS
Nicolette Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN
Katerina Moklak, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Barbara Monroe, RN, MS, CCRN
Lou Ann Montgomery, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
Janet Mullan, RN, BSN, DDS, CCRN
Barbara Ogden, RN, MSN, CCRN
Dee Oliveri, RN
Mary Olson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Joann Panno, RN, MSN
Carol Pierce, RN, MSN, PhD
Jose Planillo, RN, BSN, CCRN
Deborah Pool, RN, MS, CCRN
Theresa Posani, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CNA, CS
Deborah Posey, RN, ADN, CCRN
Patricia Rabbett, RN, MSN, CCRN
George Reichert, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Diana Reid, RN, BSN, CCRN, APN-C
Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CCRN
Joyce Roth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Maureen Roussel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Jill Sanko, RN
Deborah Scheele-Minanov, RN, MSN
Rebecca Schlanger, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN
Amy Schueler, RN, MS, CCRN, CNP
Lori Schumacher, RN, MS, CCRN
Deborah Shields, RN, MS, CCRN
Pamela Shumate, RN, MSN
Florence Simmons, RN, MSN, CCRN
Paulette Snoby, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN
Rhonda Somnitz, RN, ADN, CCRN
Sandra Swoboda, RN, MS
Wendy Swope, RN, BSN
Joyce Taylor, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Stephanie Van Arsdale, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN
Kimberly Vander Heuvel, RN, MS, CCRN,
ACNP, ARNP
Christine Vittum, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN
Mark Vojtko, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kittie Wagner, RN, BSN
Mary Walker, RN, MSN, CCRN
Susan Walsh, RN, MN
Robin Watson, RNC, MN, CCRN
Jane Weller, RNC, PhD, CCRN, CNA, CEN
Christine Westphal, RN, MSN, CCRN
Cindy Wetzel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Patricia Worster, RN, MS
Education Work Group
Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, CNRN (Chair)
LeAnn Ash, RN, BSN, CCRN
Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN
(Board Liaison)
Michele Burke, RN, MSN, CCRN
Beverly George-Gay, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Terri Henry, RN, BSN, CCRN
Linda Morris, RN, PhD

Ethics Advisory Team

Kathryn Artnak, RN, PhD
Jammie Barker, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN, CNRN
Judith Bartz, RN, BSN
Pegi Black, RN, MSN, MS, NP
Patricia Cardin, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Margaret Crawford, RN, MS, CCRN, CEN
Carrie Farr, RN
Christopher Fuerst, RN, MSN, RRT
Mary Hartung, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Lynda Liles, RN, MBA, CCRN
Donna Mackenzie, RN, BSN, CCRN
Colleen Norton, RN, DNSc, CCRN
Elizabeth Rogan, RN, BSN, MA
Elaine Rose, RN, BN
Lu Ann Shoaf, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN
Sonia Springer
Helen Wellens, RN, MSN
Ethics Work Group
Natalie Correll-Yoder, RN, CNS, MN, CCRN (Chair)
Benny Bolin, RN, ADN, MS
Kimberly Brown, RN, MSN, FNP, CS, CEN
Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP
(Board Liaison)
Jacqueline Byers, RN, PhD
Mary Hardy, RN, BSN
Cynthia Janacek, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN
Elizabeth Rogan, RN, BSN, MA
Kate Sullivan Collopy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS

Faculty Advisory Board
Claudia Barone, RN, EdD
Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc
Elizabeth Carson, RN, MS
Stephanie Christian, RN, MS, CCRN
Louise Cook, RN, MSN, CCRN
Gina Duncan, RN, MSN, ACNP, CEN
Renie Feingold, RN, BSN
Jill Fernandes, RNC, MSN, NP
Kathleen Geib, RN, MSN
Jo Ann Jenkins, RN, MSN, CCRN
Peggy Jenkins, RN, MS, CCRN
Kay Luft, RN, MN, CCRN, TNCC
Gail Marchigiano, RN, MSN
Cynthia McCoy, RN, MSN, CCRN
Catherine McCoy-Hill, RN, MSN, CCRN
Colleen Norton, RN, DNSc, CCRN
Dee Oliveri, RN
Christine O'Shaugnessy, RN, PhD
Deanna Reising, RN, PhD, CS
Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCRN, FAAN
Jennifer Wackel, RN, MS, CCRN

Leadership Development Work Group
Lisa Pettrey, RN, MS (Chair)
Stephanie Calcasola, RN, MSN
John Dixon, RN, MSN
M. Dave Hanson, RN, BSN, CCRN
(Board Liaison)
Karen Marzlin, RN, CCRN
Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN
Barbara Ogden, RN, MSN, CCRN
Teresa Solberg, RN, MSN, CCRN
Denise Thornby, RN, MS

Membership Advisory Team
Carol Bishop, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Ronna Carlton, RN, BSN, CCRN
Gerard Hannibal, RN, BSN, CCRN
LouAnn Honek, RN
Kimberly Loveless, RN, CNS, MSN
Linda Martinez, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Sara McMannus, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Karen Nave, RN, BSN, CCRN
Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, RN, MSN, CCRN
Cynthia Webner, RN, CCRN

Neonatal Advisory Team
Wanda Bradshaw, RNC, MSN, CCRN
Angela Burd, RN, MSN, CCNS
JoAnna Cartwright, RN, MSN, NNP
Kathryn Krayk, RN, ADN, AA, TNCC
M. Verklan, RNC, PhD, CCNS

Novice Critical Care Nurses Advisory Team
Jennifer Ahrens, RN, BSN, CCRN
Doreen Armstrong-Ross
Melinda Bender, RN, MSN, CCRN
Marcia Bixby, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Frances Brown, RN, MSNc, CCRN
Patricia Cardin, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Gail Ciccarello, RN, BSN
Gail Davis, RN, BSN
Richard DeMeola, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN
Mary Dent, RN, MA, CCRN
Diana Eisnaugle, RN, CCRN
Tonya Ellis, RN, MSN
Carrie Farr, RN
P. Frawley, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
David Gagne
Frances Gedell, RN, MA, CCRN
Barbara Goldberg-Chamberlain, RN, MSN, BA,
CCRN, CS
Terri Henry, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mary Kaminski, RN, CCRN
Charlotte Kelley, RN
Kathleen King, RN, MSN, CCRN
Nancy King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP
Nicolette Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN
Joann Morris, RN, BS
Mary Murphy, RN, CCRN
Carole Nussel, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Jeanne Papa, RN, BSN, CCRN, RRT
Deborah Posey, RN, ADN, CCRN
John Pozar, RN, BS, BA, CCRN, CEN
Karen Reagan, RN, MS, CCRN
George Reichert, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Suzan Reynolds, RN, MBA, CCRN, CEN
Cheryl Rockwell, RN, BSN
Pamela Shumate, RN, MSN
Sonia Springer
Juliana Szebehely, RN, EMT-P
Clare Tack, RN, MSN, CCRN
Brian Viele, RN, BSN, CCRN
Jennifer Wackel, RN, MS, CCRN
Mary Watkins, RN
Paula Weaver, RN
NTI Abstracts Review Panel
Karla Ahrns, RN, BSN, CCRN
Eugene Anderson, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Marylee Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN
Stephanie Calcasola, RN, MSN
Colleen Counsell, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Fitzgerald Kenny, RN, MA, MBA, CNAA
Karen Gaertner, RN, MSN, CCRN
Beverly George-Gay, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Cheryl Hettman, RN, PhD
Linda Hidalgo, RN, DNS, CCRN
Andrea Kline, RN, MS, CCRN, NP
Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CCRN, PNP
Nantawadee Lee, RN, MN, CCRN
Mary Macklin, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP
Dorothy Mayer, RN, MSN, CS
Rhonda McLain, RN, MN
Janet Mullan, RN, BSN, DDS, CCRN
Colleen Norton, RN, DNSc, CCRN
Mary Frances Pate, RN, DSN
Carol Pierce, RN, MSN, PhD
Jodi Rogers, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Lauren Sorce, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPNP
Julie Stanik-Hutt, RN, PhD, CCRN, ACNP
Susan Walsh, RN, MN
Cindy Wetzel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Diane Wrobleski, RN, MS, CEN

NTI Work Group
Amy Schueler, RN, MS, CCRN, CNP (Chair)
Maggie Carriker, RN, MSN
Dennis Cheek, RN, MSN, PhD
Deborah Greenlaw, RN, MS, CCRN
Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA
Cynthia Klein, RN, MSN, NP
Judith Lang, RN, BS, CCRN
Carol Ann Puz, RN, BSN, CCRN (Board Liaison)
Robin Watson, RN,RNC, MN, CCRN

Nurse Manager Advisory Team

Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA
Pamela Bradshaw, RN, MA, CCRN
Carol Cleek, RN, MSN, CS
Diana Contino, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, CEN
Patricia Daansen, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN
Lianne Dickerson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nancy Grant, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Anne Hawkins, RN, MS
Charlotte Kelley, RN
Linda Lapointe, RN, BS, MS
Wanda Lewis, RN, MS
Betty McKenzie, RN, MSN
Joni Meiter, RN, MSN, CCRN
Marge Miller, RN, MSN, CCRN
Carole Nussel, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Barbara Ogden, RN, MSN, CCRN
Michael Pringle, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN
Julia Read, RN, MS
Brian Viele, RN, BSN, CCRN
Christine Vittum, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN
Nurse Manager Think Tank
Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA
Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, CCRN (Board Liaison)
Tonya Harter, RN, MSN
Sharon Hershman, RN
Susan Nelmark, RN, BA, CCRN
Jessica Palmer, RN, MSN
Lori Popkes, RN, BAN, CCRN
Nora Protokowicz, RN, MSN
Rosanne Raso, RN, MS, CNAA
Susan Schindler, RN, BSN, CCRN
Janis Watts, RN, BSN, CCRN

Pediatric Advisory Team
Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA
Ann Carlson, RN, MN, CCRN, NP
Joseph Dunn, RN, BS, CCRN
Jill Fernandes, RNC, MSN, NP
Eileen Fry-Bowers, RN, MS, CCNS, CPNP
Linda Ikuta, RN, MN, CCNS
Lisa Milonovich, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mary Nottingham, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kay Rhoades, RNC, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, NP, RNC
Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CCRN
Jodi Rogers, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Lauren Sorce, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPNP
Karen Zahn, RN, RNC, BSN, CCRN

Practice Advisory Team
Melinda Bender, RN, MSN, CCRN
Marcia Bixby, RN, MS, CCRN, CS
Patricia Bradshaw, RN, BSN, CCRN
Neftali Cabezudo, RN
Margaret Crawford, RN, MS, CCRN, CEN
Marilin Crawford, RN, MSN, CCRN
Patricia Daansen, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN
Micahel Frakes, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Gerard Hannibal, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kimberly Loveless, RN, CNS, MSN
Diane Mortimer, RN
Mary Nottingham, RN, BSN, CCRN
Sarah Samick, RN, BS, CCRN
Deborah Shields, RN, MS, CCRN

Progressive Care Advisory Team
Helen Camp, RN, CCRN
Gerard Hannibal, RN, BSN, CCRN
Susan Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Kaminski, RN, CCRN
Karen Marzlin, RN, CCRN
Sara McMannus, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Ann Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN
Clare Tack, RN, MSN, CCRN

Progressive Care Task Force
LeAnn Ash, RN, BSN, CCRN
Madeleine Burke, RN, BSN, CCRN
Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, CCRN (Board Liaison)
Randeen Cordier, RN, MSN, CS
Melissa Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN
Susan Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary Palazzo, RN, MS, CCRN
Juan Quintero, RN, MSN, CCRN
Diane Salipante, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN

Public Policy Work Group
Victoria Boyce, RN, MSN (Chair)
Margaret-Ann Carno, RN, MS, MBA, CCRN
Kevin Hook, RN, MA, BSN
Anne Kunos, RN, BSN
Debra Mark, RN, MSN, PhD
Diane Mayes, RN, MSN, CCRN
Sheila Melander, RN, DSN, ACNP, FCCM
Marge Miller, RN, MSN, CCRN
Alisa Shackelford, RN, CCRN
Sarah Solon, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Brenda Truman, RN, MSN, ACNP

Research & Creative Solutions Abstract Review Panel
Alyce Ashcraft, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS
Judith Bartz, RN, BSN
Jesus Casida, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN
Colleen Counsell, RN, MSN, CCRN
Shelly Fields-Ryan, RN, MS, CCRN, FNP
Betsy George, RN, PhD, CCRN
Leigh Hart, RN, PhD, CCRN
Mary Hartung, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Lori Jackson, RNC, CCRN, NP
Nantawadee Lee, RN, MN, CCRN
Gina Maiocco, RN, PhD, CCRN
Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, CNRN
Patricia Rosier, RN, MS, MSN, CS
Jill Sanko, RN
Sandra Swoboda, RN, MS
Wendy Swope, RN, BSN
Susan Walsh, RN, MN

Research Grants Review Panel
Judy Bezanson, RN, DSN
Sherill Cronin, RN, PhD
Susan Fowler, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, CNRN
Sonya Hardin, RN, PhD, CCRN
Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN
Brenda Jeffers, RN, PhD
Mary Lewis-Wood, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN
Julie McNulty, RN, BSN, CCRN
Patricia O'Malley, RN, PhD, CCRN
Charlene Winters, RN, DNSc, CS

Research Work Group
Elaine Steinke, RN, MN, PhD (Chair)
Susan Barnason, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS
Mary Jo Grap, RN, PhD, ACNP
Linda Henry, RN, MS
Deborah B. Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN
(Board Liaison)
Sandra Smith PhD, APRN
Susan Woods, RN, PhD
Shu-Fen Wung, RN, PhD

Scholarship Review Panel
Katherine Abriam-Yago, RN, EdD
Michelle Anastasi, RN, MS, CCRN
Elizabeth Carson, RN, MS
Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Marcia Elliott, RN, BSN, CCRN
Renie Feingold, RN, BSN
Jane Grimberg, RN, MS, CCRN
Sonya Hardin, RN, PhD, CCRN
Susan Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN
Kathy Hites
Linda Ireland, RN, MS
Connie Jaenicke, RN
Mary Lewis-Wood, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN
Elizabeth Rogan, BSN, MA
Joyce Roth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Michele Scott, RN, BSN
Nelson Tuazon, RN, MSN, CNAA
M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, PhD, CCRN
Diane Wrobleski, RN, MS, CEN

Student Nurses Advisory Team

Katherine Abriam-Yago, RN, EdD
Jennifer Ahrens, RN, BSN, CCRN
Melinda Bender, RN, MSN, CCRN
Frances Brown, RN, MSNc, CCRN
Stephen Campbell, RN, MSN, AA, CCRN, CEN
Richard DeMeola, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN
Diana Eisnaugle, RN, CCRN
Jo Ann Jenkins, RN, MSN, CCRN
Nancy King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP
Carol Manning, RN, MS, CCRN, NP
Kimberly Martin, RN, MSN, CCRN
Catherine McCoy-Hill, RN, MSN, CCRN
Joann Morris, RN, BS
Nate Parker, RN
Deborah Posey, RN, ADN, CCRN
John Pozar, RN, BS, BA, CCRN, CEN
Ruthie Robinson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN
Elliot Stetson, RNC, MSN, CCRN
Mary Watkins, RN
Paula Weaver, RN
Marilyn Yergler, RN, BS, BA, CCRN


Aug. 15 Is Deadline to Apply: ICU Design Citation to Recognize Exceptional Planning for Care Delivery


Aug. 15 is the deadline to submit applications for the 2002 ICU Design Citation, jointly sponsored by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Health.

This award honors an adult critical care unit that combines functional ICU design with the humanitarian delivery of critical care. In addition to a $500 cash award, the winner receives complimentary registration for one person to attend each of the organization's annual meetings and a plaque to display in the unit.

Materials submitted each year by winning and runner-up entries are compiled into an ICU design video and booklet, which is a valuable tool for ICU design teams as they seek ideas. Another publication, titled Critical Care Unit Design and Furnishing, is available to help team members make an optimal contribution from design conception to fruition.

For more information or to obtain an application, contact Colette Punda at SCCM, (847) 827-7659.


AACN-CCRN Ambassadors Network Spreads the �Word'


Critical care nurses across the country are poised to spread the word about AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. They are part of the AACN-CCRN ambassadors corps, which is seeking to establish a strong, grassroots network of liaisons in every institution and nursing school in the country.

The ambassador group is made up of CCRNs, CCNSs and members of AACN who want to strengthen their connection to AACN and certification at the national level and to help connect their local communities with the important work of the association. To assist in this effort, AACN has developed an array of resources for recruiting new members and promoting the value of certification.
AACN-CCRN ambassadors also serve as conduits for receiving and relaying up-to-date information to their coworkers, managers, administrators and units. They receive regular communication regarding AACN resources, services, positions and goals.

In addition, these volunteers are a valuable link in furthering AACN's mission and vision by connecting with other critical care nurses in their communities and promoting the value of nursing in a range of settings, including community and school health and career fairs.

If you are interested in becoming an AACN-CCRN ambassador, complete the form below and return it to: AACN, Attn: Ambassador Program, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 448-5518. You may also sign up online.


Public Policy Update


Staffing and Patient Outcomes
Background: A recent study of nurse staffing levels found that they directly impact patient outcomes. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the study analyzed data that confirmed a direct link between the number of RNs and the time they spend with patients and whether patients develop serious complications or die while in the hospital. The study is part of an ongoing collaboration within the Department of Health and Human Resources to improve nursing care in American hospitals.

Staffing Ratios
Status: As part of its accreditation process, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations plans to implement staffing standards that will base adequate staff levels on patient outcomes, instead of the nurse-to-patient ratios mandated in California and favored by some unions that represent nurses.

The new staffing standards require healthcare organizations to monitor a minimum of four indicators, which must include two human resource indicators, such as overtime use, and two clinical or service indicators, such as patient complaints or patient falls. The healthcare organization must then analyze the collected data with respect to staffing effectiveness and adjust staff levels accordingly. To maintain JCAHO accreditation, hospitals had to start tracking their chosen indicators by July 1. Other healthcare organizations must start by Jan. 1, 2003.

Previously, JCAHO's staffing standards relied on plans created by the healthcare organizations themselves. However, JCAHO now believes that a broader approach will improve patient care and nurses' job satisfaction.

AACN's Position: AACN believes that the work environment in critical care is constantly changing and that the needs of critically ill patients are too unpredictable for set staffing ratios to be a safe solution. AACN advocates that nurses must insist on staffing models, such as an acuity/classification system, which allow for flexibility in addressing the variables and outcomes in determining appropriate staffing levels to effectively meet the needs of individual patients. Staffing needs must be determined by the frontline caregivers.

Bioterrorism Grants
Status: Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has approved comprehensive state plans to build stronger public health systems and better prepare for bioterrorism.
States and local governments will use grant money to further develop bioterrorism preparedness plans, upgrade infectious disease surveillance and investigation, enhance the readiness of hospital systems to deal with large numbers of casualties, expand public health laboratory and communications capacities, and improve connectivity between hospitals and city, local and state health departments to enhance disease reporting.

The HHS preparedness funding is divided into two parts. HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing $918 million to support bioterrorism, infectious diseases and public health emergency preparedness activities statewide. HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration is providing $125 million for states to create regional hospital plans to respond in the event of a terrorist attack.

Medical Errors
Status: Legislation to enhance patient safety and reduce medical errors by providing incentives to encourage voluntary reporting of information and raising standards and expectations for continuous quality improvements has been introduced by U.S. Sens. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.), Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), John Breaux (D-La.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).

"The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act" builds on recommendations made in the landmark IOM study "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System." It provides legal protections for information submitted voluntarily to patient safety improvement systems that are designed solely for the purposes of quality improvement and patient safety. It also creates incentives for voluntary reporting systems that are nonpunitive and promote learning. The bill calls on the Agency for Health Care Quality to coordinate with patient safety organizations, provide research funding and disseminate information learned about improving patient safety.

Medication Errors
Background: The U.S. Pharmacopeia has released its MedMARx 2000 Report, the most comprehensive and current compilation of medication error data submitted by hospitals and health systems nationwide. Titled "Summary of Information Submitted to MedMARx in the Year 2000: Charting a Course for Change," this second annual report includes data for 41,296 errors reported by 184 healthcare facilities. The facilities include community, government and teaching institutions of varied size and characteristics. MedMARx is an Internet-accessible and anonymous medication-error-reporting program and quality improvement tool used to track and trend medication errors.

Of the errors reported in the MedMARx 2000 Report, 92% were categorized as errors that occurred and 8% as potential errors. Of the errors that occurred, 97% were errors that did not result in patient harm, 3% resulted in patient harm, 31% did not reach the patient and 69% reached the patient. Less than 1% percent-a total of three records-resulted in patient death.

AACN's Position: AACN recognizes the serious consequences that medical errors pose to patients and believes that efforts to reduce the incidences and solutions to the problems will require changes to the healthcare system and collaboration among all stakeholders. Efforts to improve quality, create a culture that avoids blame and develop strategies to foster greater accountability for quality are priorities for maintaining patient safety.

Workplace Violence
Background: New research indicates that violence in the healthcare workplace is actually a global phenomenon. Commissioned by the International Labor Office, the International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization and Public Services International, the study shows that more than half of the health sector personnel surveyed had experienced at least one incident of physical or psychological violence in the year previous to the study.

The study highlighted the negative consequences of such widespread violence on the delivery of healthcare services, which can include deterioration of the quality of care provided and the decision by health workers to leave the healthcare professions. This can result in a reduction in health services available to the general population and an increase in health costs. In most countries studied, there were no specific workplace policies in place to prevent or respond to workplace violence. This resulted in under-reporting of violent incidents, poor follow-up of reported incidents, no sanction of the perpetrators and dissatisfied victims.

The groups backing the joint study have drafted guidelines that take a preventive, remedial, participative and systematic approach. Strategies are presented for workplace violence recognition, risk assessment, intervention, monitoring and evaluation.

AACN's Position: Violence in the workplace is a serious issue that appears to be increasing and proactively addressing this issue is important to AACN and the well-being of all nurses. AACN supports the American Nurses Association's call for mandated protections against workplace violence and endorses the NIOSH/OSHA guidelines for preventing violence in the workplace.

For more information about these and other issues, visit the AACN Web site.
 

Visit the PDA Center Online: Technology Can Enhance Practice


Spurred by feedback from participants at AACN's 2002 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Atlanta, Ga., AACN has established a new Bookstore link intended to give critical care nurses easy access into the world of personal digital assistant convenience.

Currently available online, are specially bundled software kits that will put practice resources at your fingertips. For example, AACN Critical Care Nurse Kit 1 includes software versions of Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2002 medical reference, Davis's DrugGuide for Nurses and the ICU Recall series. Kit 2 includes the Kaplan Anatomy to Go test preparation "flash cards," MedCalc for rapid calculation of common internal medicine equations and the ER & ICU ToolBox drug and infusion guide. You can also find the PDA hardware and accessories, as well as other software applications, in this area.

To introduce this new resource, AACN is offering free shipping for any handheld device purchased from the PDA Center through July 31. To take advantage of this saving, you must enter coupon code AACNJune. In addition, savings on clinical nursing PDA software is being offered with grand opening specials, which also expire July 30.

In the meantime, AACN is developing additional PDA software applications, including electronic versions of pocket reference materials. The Practice CCRN Exam Questions are also scheduled to be converted for use on the PDA. In addition, plans are to place a link from the AACN PDA Center to various PowerPoint tutorials designed to educate critical care nurses about the technology and its relevance to nursing practice.


Coming in August in Critical Care Nurse

� Methemoglobinemia: A Case Study

� Using a Reservoir Nasal Cannula in Acute Care

� Even Though I Don't Speak English:
A Letter to Every Healthcare Provider

� Developing a Multidisciplinary Weaning Unit Through Collaboration

� Using Chest Radiography in the ICU

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


Looking Ahead


July 2002

July 15 Deadline to apply for the AACN Circle of Excellence Award program for 2002. To obtain an awards guide, call (800) 899-2226 (request Item #1011), or visit the AACN Web site

August 2002

Aug. 15 Deadline to submit nomination materials for 2003-04 positions.


Aug. 15 Deadline to apply for 2003 ICU Design Citation. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Colette Punda at SCCM, (847) 827-7659.


September 2002


Sept. 1 Deadline to submit research and creative solutions abstracts for NTI 2003, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas. To obtain abstract forms, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) and request Item #6007, or visit the AACN Web site

Sept. 27-Oct. 4 AACN Study Tour to Europe. To request a brochure, contact Interport, Ltd., 510 31st Street, Suite G, Newport Beach, CA 92663; phone, (949) 673-3596; fax, (949) 673-1007; e-mail,
interportltd@msn.com
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