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Vol. 20, No. 4, APRIL 2003

Nominations Invited for National Posts

Do you want to help lead AACN in achieving its mission and vision or do you know someone you think would provide strong and effective leadership?
Consider the national leadership positions that are available on the AACN Board of Directors, AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors and the AACN Nominating Committee. Terms begin July 1, 2004.

Simply complete the nomination form that is available online at http://www.aacn.org. The AACN Leadership Framework is also available online or via Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 (#1073).

Following are the positions for which nominations are being sought. Reimbursement for travel as well as other expenses are provided for all of these national volunteer positions.

Nominations close June 13, 2003.

AACN Board of Directors
(3 positions open, 3-year terms)
• Establish the vision, mission and values statements for the association.
• Ensure effective organizational planning.
• Effectively manage the association's resources.
• Determine, monitor and strengthen the association's programs and services.
• Uphold legal requirements and ethical integrity.
• Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance.
• Ensure effective communication between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation and other subsidiaries of the association.
• Active membership in AACN
• Active commitment to and understanding of AACN and its mission, vision and values
• Demonstrated leadership skills as defined in the AACN Leadership Framework

AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors
(2 positions open, 3-year terms)
• Define and support the corporation's vision, mission and values.
• Ensure effective planning that is based on the corporation's mission, vision and values.
• Ensure effective strategic planning.
• Effectively manage the corporation's resources.
• Determine, monitor, evaluate and strengthen the corporation's programs and services.
• Act with integrity and uphold all legal requirements of the corporation.
• Assess board performance and ensure board succession.
• Ensure effective communication between AACN and the corporation.
• Nurses certified by the corporation, other nurses and consumer representatives
• Demonstrated leadership skills as defined in the AACN Leadership Framework
• Commitment to and understanding of AACN Certification Corporation and its mission, vision and values
• AACN membership not required

Nominating Committee
(3 positions open, 1-year terms)
• Ensure the election process is in accordance with established procedures, policies and bylaws.
• Conduct comprehensive interviews of nominees.
• Review, synthesize and analyze nominee applications, references and interview transcripts.
• Through group process, select candidates.
• Communicate the committee's decisions and feedback to the nominees.

Nomination Process Helps Develop Leadership Skills Awards Honor Visionary Leaders

By Linda M. Tamburri, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN
AACN Nominating Committee

Have you ever considered applying for a leadership position with AACN? Have you hesitated to begin the process because you were unsure of the role qualifications? Did you know that AACN can help you strengthen your professional leadership skills?

AACN is committed to providing and inspiring leadership to establish work and care environments that are respectful, healing and humane, and recognizes its responsibility to develop leadership skills among its members.

The annual AACN nominations process now under way is primarily to select candidates for national positions on the AACN Board of Directors, AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee. However, an important component of this process is the opportunity it offers for nominees to strengthen their leadership skills as they complete the application and participate in the interview.

Nomination and Application
Members may be nominated by a colleague or nominate themselves. All nominees receive a copy of the Nominee's Handbook and Application, which describes in detail the accountabilities, qualifications and time commitments of each leadership role. Nominees then submit an application that includes biographical information, personal references, answers to a questionnaire and written statements describing their views on a key issue affecting critical care nursing. The Nominating Committee then reviews the applications to ensure that the nominees' written materials provide sufficient evidence of the required leadership competencies and knowledge of the organization.

Interviews and References
The Nominating Committee conducts telephone interviews with each nominee who demonstrates the competneices listed above. These interviews are recorded and then transcribed so that every committee member can review each nominee's interview. References are then obtained from individuals within the organization with whom the nominee may have worked in other volunteer activities.

The Nominating Committee evaluates each applicant's qualifications by comparing the AACN Leadership Framework with the leadership skills evident in the nominee's written application, interview and references. The Leadership Framework outlines leadership competencies in the areas of ambassador skills and intellectual skills. Ambassador skills are those that enable leaders to connect with and inspire others to achieve common goals. Examples of ambassador skills include collaboration, respectful communication, conflict resolution and mentoring. Intellectual skills consist of systems thinking, innovation, risk taking and synthesizing complex information for others. Successful leaders are those who integrate these two skill sets into behaviors, such as:
• Collaborating with diverse groups and individuals.
• Bringing clarity to group discussions.
• Acting with integrity in accordance with values and principles.
• Providing constructive feedback to individuals or groups.
• Integration of continual improvement into all processes.
• Engaging in ongoing self-assessment by identifying personal strengths and weaknesses.

Decision Making
The evaluation of nominees and the selection of candidates take place at a three-day meeting in January. The decisions are the result of a number of dynamic factors, including the quality of the nominees' leadership skills, their diversity of experiences, and the strengths and needs of the association at the time. This process ensures that the candidates who are selected possess the skills and experience necessary to lead the association toward achieving its mission and vision.

All applicants are given the opportunity to receive feedback after the selection process is complete. The Nominating Committee devotes a substantial amount of time and thoughtful consideration to developing feedback for each nominee. Many nominees acknowledged that going through the application process was a valuable experience that helped them learn more about themselves and the association. They also indicated that the feedback provided them insight into ways to strengthen their leadership skills.

Cast Your Vote in AACN Election

Candidates for the FY04 AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee have been announced and ballots mailed to AACN members, along with additional information about the candidates. If you have not received a ballot, call Tracey Kane at (800) 394-5995, ext. 415.

Members can return the paper ballot or vote online at http://www.aacn.org > Election. However, to use the online voting process, you will need your AACN membership number and your election validation number, both of which are printed on the paper ballot you receive. Returned ballots must be received and online voting completed by midnight (EDT) on April 20. Only regular AACN members are eligible to vote. All terms begin July 1, 2003.

The president-elect will serve a one-year term before assuming the presidency July 1, 2004. The three-year terms of the directors run through June 30, 2006. The Nominating Committee members serve one year, through June 30, 2004.

Following are the 2003-04 candidates for the AACN Board of Directors and the AACN Nominating Committee:

AACN Board of Directors

1-Year Term
Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN
Philadelphia, Pa.

3-Year Term (4 Positions Open)

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, MSN, CCRN
Independence, Mo.

John Dixon, RN, MSN
Dallas, Texas

Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA
Valencia, Calif.

Karen Stutzer-Treimel, RN, MS, CCRN
Pequannock, N.J.

Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA
Durham, N.C.

Victoria Boyce, RN, MSN
Grosse Point, Mich.

When the newly elected members of the AACN Board of Directors take office July 1, 2003, they will join incoming President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, and returning directors Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, FAAN, FCCM, Dave Hanson, RN, BSN, CCRN, EMT-P, Janie Heath, RN, MS, CS, CCRN, ANP, ACNP, Deborah B. Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN, Carol Ann Puz, RN, BSN, CCRN, Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, and Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP.

Completing their terms on the AACN Board of Directors are President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, and Directors Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, CCRN, and Rebecca E. Long, RN, MS, CCRN, CNS.

AACN Nominating Committee
1-Year Term (3 Positions Open)

Stephanie Calcasola, RN, MSN
Somers, Conn.

Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN
Whitehouse, Texas

Carolyn Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN
Denver, N.C.

Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, APH
Hackensack, N.J.

John Whitcomb, RN, MSN, CCRN
Chula Vista, Calif.

Awards Honor Visionary Leaders
Special Recognition Set at NTI

Each year, AACN's Circle of Excellence awards honor individuals and groups who have made a difference in critical care nursing. Some awards applaud exceptional practice in the most intimate of settings. Others recognize extraordinary and sustained accomplishments that are in step with AACN's vision.

This year's awards recipients will be honored during AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas. Recipients of leadership, practice and research awards are listed beginning on page 8. Chapter award recipients appear on page 11.

July 15 is the deadline to submit application materials for the 2004 awards.

The following Visionary Leader awards represent AACN's highest and most prestigious recognition of far-reaching contributions.

AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career
This award recognizes individuals who are completing or have completed an extraordinary and distinguished professional career.

The award was first presented in 1997 to its namesake, Marguerite R. Kinney, a past AACN president and past chair of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.

In addition to lifetime AACN membership and a crystal replica of the AACN presidential Vision icon, recipients choose a charity to which AACN contributes $1,000 in their honor.

Receiving this award for 2003 is:

Clara L. Adams-Ender, Brigadier General, US Army, Retired, RN, BS, MS, FAAN, PhD (hon.)
Willow Springs, N.C.

The capstone of Adams-Ender's 34-year military career was her appointment as commanding officer of Fort Belvoir in Virginia, the first nurse to serve in this capacity at a major military installation. During her career, she filled diverse assignments and held high-level leadership positions as a nurse and officer in the United States Army, directly influencing the recruitment, training, and career path development of thousands of nurses.

From the beginning, critical care was part of her career. Adams-Ender is known for initiating critical care nursing units, actively recruiting nurses and effecting policy changes that resulted in enhanced compensation for critical care nurses. She was a clinical nurse in surgical ICUs at Army hospitals in New Jersey and Korea and later chief nurse in Germany, where she staffed four ICUs and established the country's first neonatal ICU. As chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Adams-Ender proposed that ICU nurses should receive bonus pay because of their specialty practice.

Her medals and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oakleaf Cluster, the Cross of Honor in Gold from the German Army, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oakleaf Clusters and the coveted Surgeon General's "A" professional designator for excellence in nursing administration.

Since retiring in 1993, Adams-Ender heads her own management consulting firm called CAPE Associates-Cares About People with Enthusiasm.

Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award
This award recognizes significant contributions that influence acute and critical care nursing. Recipients have made far-reaching contributions that exemplify a pioneering spirit and influence the direction of acute and critical care nursing.

In addition to travel, lodging and conference registration, each recipient receives a plaque and $500 honorarium.

Receiving the award for 2003 are:

Peter Buerhaus, RN, PhD, FAAN
Nashville, Tenn.

Buerhaus' experience as a critical care staff nurse and manager in both small hospitals and university medical centers helped prepare him to become the individual who is most credited with bringing the nursing shortage to the attention of the American public.

As an economist and researcher, he is skilled at producing and reporting scholarly work of high quality. He has become an eloquent spokesperson and advocate of nursing as he ensures that the public, legislators and policymakers all recognize the nursing shortage as a public health crisis of major proportions. He is currently the Valere Potter professor of nursing and senior associate dean of research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

As founding director of an institute for nursing research within the Harvard School of Public Health, he brought nursings' voice to an academic institution where healthcare is traditionally equated with physicians.

Buerhaus' research interests have focused on the nursing workforce, with studies that have included employment and earnings, the effects of managed care, the relationship between quality of patient care and changes in nurse staffing and the slow growth in the number of minorities in the nursing profession.

Although best known and recognized for his pioneering work regarding the nursing shortage, Buerhaus has made other important contributions to nursing and healthcare.
At the University of Michigan he guided a national coalition of major teaching hospitals to promote federal legislation and regulations governing how Medicare pays for hospitals' capital-related costs. The coalition saved its members several hundred million dollars in Federal payment shortfalls. He also served on a Blue Cross/Blue Shield team to design a health delivery system for General Motors' Saturn assembly plant. He often advises and testifies before major policymaking groups, including the Institute of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Tennessee Health Commission on Nursing. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and currently serves on the board of directors of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson's nationwide Campaign for Nursing's Future pioneered a bold new standard for partnerships between industry and healthcare professions. The campaign embodies the company's credo, which starts with the belief that our first responsibility is to the doctors, nurses and patients, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services.

Driven by the personal values and energy of company president James Lenehan, whose mother was a nurse, the campaign raises this commitment to a new level. In addition to committing financial resources to help bring more people into nursing, develop more nurse educators to teach them and retain the nurses already in the profession, Johnson & Johnson has tapped the public respect and experience of its nearly 200-company family to leverage nursing to enhanced prominence in major metropolitan areas across the United States.

To date, the initiatives of Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future include television advertising to celebrate nurses and their contributions; recruitment brochures, posters and videos; www.discovernursing.com, a Web site with information about nursing careers and scholarships; and scholarships for nurse educators and nursing students. The newest initiative provides planning expertise and underwrites regional fund-raising events.

Diana Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN
New York, N.Y.

Although Diana Mason is best known as editor in chief of the American Journal of Nursing, her professional contributions reflect much broader advocacy on behalf of nurses and the health of communities.

Mason started her clinical career in a U.S. Army medical-coronary ICU. Later, as a graduate student in community health nursing at St. Louis University, she studied at the University of Oslo, where she gained first-hand knowledge of Norway's public health services and medical care.

This combination of critical care and community health set the stage for Mason's active involvement in the policy and politics of nursing and healthcare for more than 25 years. She is senior editor of Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care, an award-winning book that is a practical guide for nurses to health policy and the subtleties of political action. She is also a frequent speaker who helps nurses learn the importance of the media as a tool for advocacy.

Since 1985, she has been a producer and moderator of Healthstyles, an award-winning weekly radio program on health and health policy on WBAI-FM in New York City. For five years, Mason served as director of Youth Pulse, a program funded by the Benton Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of a national initiative called Sound Partners for Community Health. The program trained New York City youth in radio production on health and social issues.

She has been a long-standing member and leader of numerous professional and community associations since the start of her career. These include organizations as diverse as the American Public Health Association, National Women's Political Caucus, New York State Nurses Association, National Organization for Women, Alliance for Education in Public Policy, New York State Nurses for Political Action, Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and Y'All of New York.

Congratulations! 2003 Award Recipients Join the AACN Circle of Excellence

Congratulations to the recipients of AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards for 2003. These awards honor individuals and groups who have made a difference in healthcare and the lives of patients and their families.

The recipients will be recognized at AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

All recipients will be presented a personalized plaque. Some also received honorariums, monetary awards or complimentary registration, airfare and accommodations to the NTI.

Following are the recipients for 2003:

Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award
Cosponsored by the Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, this award recognizes timely and far-reaching contributions that exemplify a pioneering spirit and influence the direction of acute and critical care nursing regionally or nationally.

Peter Buerhaus, RN, PhD, FAAN
Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Johnson & Johnson

Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN
New York, N.Y.
American Journal of Nursing

AACN Lifetime Member Award
This award recognizes AACN members who have rendered distinguished service to the association and demonstrated potential for continued contributions to acute and critical care nursing through AACN.

Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN
Miami, Fla.
Mercy Hospital Miami

Margaret M. Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, APRN-BC
Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester General Hospital

AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career
Named in honor of AACN Past President Marguerite R. Kinney, RN, DNSc, FAAN, this award recognizes individuals who are completing or have completed an extraordinary and distinguished professional career that has enhanced the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families by furthering the mission and vision of AACN.

Clara L. Adams-Ender, Brigadier
General, U.S. Army, Retired, RN, BS, MS, FAAN, PhD (hon)
Willow Springs, N.C., CAPE Associates

Excellence in Caring Practices Award
Presented in honor of John Wilson Rodgers, this award recognizes nurses whose caring practices embody AACN's vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Recipients demonstrate how they have encompassed AACN's values and ethic of care in their practice.

Diane M. Fortune, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Chandler, Ariz.
Chandler Regional Hospital

Sandra J. Lynch, RN, BSN
Blaine, Minn.
Fairview University Medical Center

Robin Kretschman, RN, CCRN, CHPN
Tallahassee, Fla.
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Debbie Chandler, RN, BSN
Saint Louis, Mo.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital-St. Louis, Mo.

Donna Cadwallader, RN
Carmel, Ind.
Clarian Health, Methodist Hospital

3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
Sponsored by 3M Health Care, this award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who embody, exemplify and excel at the clinical skills and principles that are required in their practice.

Elizabeth (Buffy) Schenkel, RN, BSN, CCRN
Wheeling, W.Va.
Ohio Valley Medical Center

Heidi A. Wagner, RN, BSN, CCRN
Saint Paul, Minn.
Fairview University Medical Center

Scott A. Woodby, RN, BSN, CCRN
Galveston, Texas
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Excellence in Clinical Practice-Non-Traditional Setting
This award is recognizes excellence in the care of critically ill patients in environments outside of the traditional ICU/CCU setting. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to nurses working in home healthcare, progressive care, telemetry, catheterization labs and emergency departments.

Jean A. Martin, RN, MSN, CCRN
Tucson, Ariz.
University Medical Center

Mary Beth Earley, CCRN, MSN, NP-C
Rochester, N.Y.
University of Rochester Medical Center

Karen Balonis Brewer, BA, RN, BSN
San Antonio, Texas

Oridion Capnography Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award
Sponsored by Oridion Capnography, this award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who function as clinical nurse specialists. The recipients, who must be CCNS certified, demonstrate the key components of advanced practice nursing and how they have been a catalyst for successful change.

Nancy M. Richards, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Baldwin City, Kan.
Saint Luke's Hospital, Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Mo.

Indianapolis, Ind.
Clarian Health, Methodist Hospital

Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award
This award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who function as nurse practitioners. Applicants, who must be ACNP certified, demonstrate the key components of advanced practice nursing and how they have served as a catalyst for successful change.

Kathy G. Supple, MSN, ACNP, CCRN
Tinley Park, Ill.
Loyola University

Excellent Nursing Student Award
This award recognizes nursing students who have promoted the value of nursing and who reflect the AACN vision of creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families, where critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution.

Danielle Avery Curtis, BSN
Ward, Ala.
Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama

Sarah Nalle, RN, BSN
Knoxville, Tenn.
University of Tennessee College of Nursing

Excellent Nurse Manager Award
This award recognizes nurse managers who demonstrate excellence in coordination of available resources to efficiently and effectively care for acute or critically ill patients and families.

Cheryl Lynn Wolverton, MSN, RN, CCRN
Indianapolis, Ind.
Clarian Health, Indiana University Hospital

Joyce E. Fullwood, RN, BSN, CCRN
Durham, N.C.
Duke University Health System

Richard M. Carpenter, RN, BSN
Charlottesville, Va.
University of Virgina

Eli Lilly & Company Excellent Preceptor Award
Sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company, this award recognizes preceptors who demonstrate the key components of the preceptor role, including teacher, clinical role model, consultant and friend/advocate.

Eileen E. Pysznik, RN, BS, CCRN
Monson, Mass.
Baystate Medical Center

Corinne (Cory) M. Miller, RN, BSN
Raleigh, N.C.
Duke University Medical Center

AACN Excellence in Education Award
This award recognizes nurse educators who facilitate the acquisition and advancement of the knowledge and skills required for competent practice and positive patient outcomes in the care of acute and critically ill patients and their families.

Stephen D. Krau, PhD, RN
Nashville, Tenn.
Middle Tennessee State University

Brenda Lynn Morgan, RN, BScN, CCNCC
London, Ontario, Canada
London Health Sciences Centre

Mary Lynn Brown, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD
Knoxville, Tenn.
University of Tennessee College of Nursing

Excellence in Leadership Award
This award recognizes nurses who demonstrate the leadership competencies of empowerment, effective communication and continuous learning, and the effective management of change.

Lisa Pettrey, RN, MS
Columbus, Ohio
Grant Medical Center

Juan (Ray) Quintero, RN, MSN, CCRN
Yorktown, Va.
Virginia Commonweath University Health System

Donna Cheek, RN, MSN, MHA, CCRN
Nags Head, N.C.
The Outer Banks Hospital

Mentoring Award
This award recognizes individuals or groups who develop and enhance another's intellectual and technical skills, acculturating them to the professional community, and modeling a way of life and professional achievement.

Bette Jean Johnson, RN, CCRN
Madison, S.D.
Bethel Lutheran Home

Kathleen J. King, ARNP, MSN, CCRN
Deerfield Beach, Fla.
North Broward Hospital District, Broward Community College

Shirlien Metersky, RN, MSN, CCRN
Worthington, Ohio
Grant Medical Center

Traci A. Hoiting, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP, BC
Portland, Ore.
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

Marsh-AACN Community Service Award
Cosponsored by Marsh Affinity Group Services, a service of Seabury and Smith, this award recognizes significant service by acute and critical care nurses, as individuals or in groups, in making a contribution to their communities that also projects a positive image of critical care nursing.

Sharon R. Bragg, RN, ADN
Charlottesville, Va.
University of Virginia Health System

Sue Ann L. Stoner, RN, BSN
Heuvelton, N.Y.
Debra Piercey, RN
Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

Laure Trickel, RN
Ashland, Ore.
CCU Rogue Valley Medical Center

Media Award
This award recognizes broadcast and Web-based media excellence in the portrayal of healthcare providers, especially acute and critical care nurses, contributing to a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Successful entries present relevant nursing and healthcare topics to large audiences of consumers, including the general public, patients and families.

Surgical-Trauma ICU at Mission Hospital and Pediatric ICU at Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Mission Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County at Mission

ICU Design Citation
Cosponsored by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health, this award recognizes a critical care unit that is designed for both functional and humanitarian issues.

Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Fort Worth, Texas

McGill University Health Center, Montreal General Hospital
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

AACN Multidisciplinary Team Award
This award recognizes a multidisciplinary team that clearly practices key principles of collaboration and multidisciplinary practice. Up to three awards are given to multidisciplinary teams, with $2,500 earmarked to fund projects. In addition, individual recipients are given public recognition and a personalized plaque.

Shawnee Mission Regional Cardiac and Vascular Center, Surgical Cardiovascular Quality Improvement Team
Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center

General Thoracic Surgery Team
Rochester, Minn.
Mayo Clinic

General Thoracic Surgery Pain Team
Rochester, Minn.
Mayo Clinic

The Code Blue Team at Deaconess Hospital
Evansville, Ind.
Deaconess Hospital Evansville

AACN Innovision Award
This award recognizes initiatives and programs that innovatively and collaboratively meet the needs of families of the acute and critically ill. Funds are granted to projects involving partnerships that include an AACN member, a healthcare provider organization and a community group. In addition, individual recipients are given public recognition and a personalized plaque.

Sentara Norfolk General Neurosciences ICU Team
Norfolk, Va.
Sentara Healthcare

Applications for 2004 Awards Are Due by July 15

Nominations and application materials for most of the 2004 Circle of Excellence Awards, including two new awards, are due July 15.

Following are the awards that are offered for 2004:
• AACN Lifetime Member Award
• Honorary Member Award
• AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career
• Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award
• Distinguished Research Lectureship Award (Deadline Dec. 1. Award funded by a grant by Philips Medical Systems.)
• Excellence in Caring Practices Award
• 3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
• Excellence in Clinical Practice-
Non-Traditional Setting
• Oridion Capnography Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award
• Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award
• Excellent Nursing Student Award
• Excellence in Research Award
• Research Abstract Award
• Excellent Nurse Manager Award
• Eli Lilly & Company Excellent Preceptor Award
• Mentoring Award
• Excellence in Leadership Award
• Excellence in Education Award
• Marsh-AACN Community Service Award
• Media Award

Brief descriptions of these awards accompany the announcement of the award recipients for 2003.

The two new awards are:
AACN Certification Corporation-Value of Certification Award
Sponsored by AACN Certification Corporation, this award recognizes contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care. Recipients are also presented a $500 honorarium.

Excellence in Collaboration Awards
These awards honor innovative contributions to collaborative practice by nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Applications can be submitted in four categories:
• Nurse-Physician Collaboration
• Nurse-Administration Collaboration
• Nurse-Family Collaboration
• Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration.
At least one of the collaborators must be an active AACN member. Each recipient will also be presented a $1,500 honorarium.
Award recipients will be announced in AACN publications and at AACN's 2004 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 15 through 20 in Orlando, Fla.
All recipients are presented a personalized plaque. Some also receive honorariums, monetary awards or complimentary registration, airfare and accommodations to the NTI.

To obtain a Circle of Excellence awards application, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org > Membership > Awards, Grants, Scholarships. The application is also available on Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1011.

We've Got Your Number; So Do You

If you are an AACN member or if you have ever contacted AACN to request information or purchase a product, you have a permanent AACN account number. It will never change.

Please be certain to use this number when conducting business with AACN online. This will help to ensure that AACN can continue to provide the best possible service and avoid creating a duplicate account in your name. Your log-in is this number, and your temporary password is up to the first 15 letters of your last name.

If you do not know your customer number, simply call (800) 899-2226 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (PST) or e-mail info@aacn.org, including your name and address for verification purposes.

You already have a customer account number if:
• You are either a current or past member of AACN.
• You have ever contacted AACN to request free information, such as a CCRN exam application, membership application or NTI brochure.
• You have conducted any paid transaction with AACN, such as purchasing resources, registering for the NTI or completing a CE test.


Make your voice-and the voice of critical care nursing-heard by participating in the Voice Project, an effort by AACN to amplify the voice of nursing in public forums. This initiative is tied to the theme of AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, "Bold Voices-Fearless and Essential."

To participate in the Voice Project, visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org > Voice Project.

Scene and Heard

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

Our Voice in the Media
- The February issue of RN magazine featured excerpts from the "President's Note" column titled "Listening Improves a Bold Voice" by AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN. The monthly "AACN Update" also included information on AACN's educational advancement scholarships and upcoming programs.
- On Feb. 18, NurseZone.com responded to a reader's question about how to become a certified ICU nurse, in part, as follows: "The gold standard of ICU certification is the critical care nurse (CCRN) certification award by AACN."
- The Feb. 16 issue of the Charlotte Observer noted that 19 area nurses had received their first specialty certifications from AACN Certification Corporation. The article continued that according to AACN, "certification shows employers and patients that a nurse has the knowledge, skills and experience to effectively and safely deliver care."
- A Feb. 11 article titled "Alliance for Nursing Accreditation Statement on Distance Education Policies" appeared on NurseZone.com. AACN is among associations endorsing the statement. Citing the increase in distance nursing education courses and programs and the need to assure the public that nursing education programs maintain a high standard of quality, the article noted that the alliance supports standards and accreditation criteria ensuring that "student outcomes are consistent with the stated mission, goals and objectives of the program," and that the "institution assumes the responsibility for establishing a means to assess student outcomes."
- "Times Are A-Changin'," an article about nurse researchers that appeared in the Feb. 10 issue of NurseWeek, referred to the "Protocols for Practice" series published by AACN. The protocols summarize the latest research and best practices in critical care nursing. The article quoted Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN, a past AACN president, who explained that the protocols are "in a format that is easy for a clinician to see the critical recommendations and incorporate the research."
- An article titled "Uniting to Improve End-of-Life Care," which appeared in the January issue of Nursing Management, covered the national nursing conference on end-of-life care. It noted that AACN is "committed to presenting clinical ethics content in its publications" and has "identified goals in education, professionalism and clinical/patient care." The AACN Resource Catalog, National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, public policy development and AACN's research collaborations were also mentioned.
- The January issue of the American Organization of Nurse Executives' Voice of Nursing Leadership newsletter included an article about AACN releasing the White Paper on the value of Nursing Certification. The paper describes the benefits that specialty certification for nurses brings to not only the public and employers, but also to nurses. In addition, the "RN Issue Briefs" section in the January issue of Kansas Nurse featured the white paper, noting that AACN "calls on hospitals to improve their commitment to helping their nurses become certified."
- An article titled "Critical-Care Nursing Group Offers Scholarships for Expo" was featured in the Jan. 26 edition of the Dallas Morning News. The article noted that AACN was offering nine $1,500 scholarships for nurses to attend the upcoming NTI in San Antonio, Texas. The scholarships were awarded to minority nurses and to nurses who have developed programs to either serve minority patients and their families or increase the number of minority nurses in the profession.

Our Voice at the Table
AACN President Barden was joined by CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, and President-Elect Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, in representing AACN at the annual conference of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to attending sessions, the AACN leaders met with the leaders of SCCM, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society. At the meeting, Barden was part of a panel with the presidents of SCCM, ACCP and ATS to discuss the report titled "Framing Options for Critical Care in the U.S.: A Report From the Critical Care Professional Societies," a collaborative document created by the four organizations to address issues related to the workforce shortage in critical care. In addition, Fontaine participated in a panel discussion on nonpharmacological approaches to sedation in the critically ill patient.
- Johanson attended a meeting of executive directors and chief executive officers of national nursing organizations in Naples, Fla. The group meets semiannually to discuss and collaborate on professional issues of mutual concern as well as to benchmark operational best practices of nursing associations. At this meeting, strategies were discussed to promote a cohesive approach to addressing patient safety issues and funding for the federal Nurse Reinvestment Act and Title VII. In addition, various models for volunteer involvement in associations and electronic member services were explored.
- Barden attended an all-day seminar hosted by the Greater Memphis Area Chapter, where her topics were "Bold Voices" and "Infective Endocarditis." She also attended an anniversary dinner celebration to commemorate the chapter's 30-year history. Past AACN board member Carol Thompson, RN, PHD, CCNS, CCRN, ACNP, FNP, FCCM, also attended and delivered an address titled "Celebrate!"
Ramon Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN'S director of development and strategic alliances, attended the biannual meeting of the Medical Society Fund Raising Network in Boca Raton, Fla. AACN is the only nursing organization represented at this meeting of medical association development directors.

If you or your chapter has reached out to the media or other groups to promote critical care nursing, we'd like to know. E-mail your information to Judy.Wilkin@aacn.org.

May 15 Is Deadline to Submit Speaker Abstracts for NTI 2004 in Orlando

May 15 is the deadline to submit speaker proposal abstracts for AACN's 2004 National Teaching Institute in Orlando, Fla. In addition to clinical, advanced practice 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.

Learning Connections Mentor Sessions
Nurses interested in presenting at NTI 2004 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 can be obtained by calling AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329 (Request Document #6019) or by visiting the AACN Web site.

Here Are Some Tips for Submitting an Educational Abstract

By Lillian Ananian, RN, MSN and Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc
2002 NTI Work Group

Presenting at AACN's National Teaching Institute is an exciting professional opportunity. But, do you consider it too overwhelming? It does not have to be. Following are some helpful hints and suggestions for preparing an abstract for presentation at the NTI in Orlando in 2004.

First, understanding how the conference is organized is helpful. The NTI is targeted to nurses caring for acutely and critically ill patients in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings. The Advanced Practice Institute, which is fully integrated within the NTI, is targeted to the needs of advanced practice nurses.

The formats of NTI educational sessions are varied and include half-day, full-day and two-day preconference sessions;150-minute mastery sessions; 90-minute sunrise and sunset sessions; 75-minute concurrent sessions; and 75-minute professional enrichment sessions. You can determine which format is best suited to your abstract by visiting the NTI Web site at www.aacn.org, where more detailed descriptions are presented.

All the educational sessions selected for the NTI support AACN's vision of creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution and mission of establishing work and care environments that are respectful, healing and humane. The sessions also have several other common characteristics. For example they are designed to offer a high "take-home and use" value, address the continuum of care, promote critical thinking and decision-making skills, incorporate research and other best evidence, and reflect a multidisciplinary approach. Keep these characteristics in mind when developing your abstract.

Following are some practical tips to help you get started:
• When possible, select a topic that you know a lot about, that you like to talk about, that you feel strongly about and that is cutting edge! Then decide the scope of your topic. For example, if your topic is broad, you may want to consider a full-day preconference format. If it is more concise, a concurrent session may work.
• Identify your audience. For example, is your topic aimed at pediatric critical care nurses, progressive care nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse managers or nurses working in non-traditional settings?
• Decide if the information you plan to present is geared to the beginner, intermediate or advanced practice nurse.

Once you have addressed these questions, you are ready to write your abstract! At this point, you will need the forms for submitting your abstract. These can be easily downloaded from AACN's Web site at www.aacn.org >Education > Speaker Material/Information. The guidelines provide detailed information on the structure of the abstract,
including a sample. Asking a friend or colleague to read your abstract and provide feedback is often helpful. Remember that the first draft is never the final draft!
When your abstract is finalized, you will need to develop a title. Your title should be creative, yet descriptive. Participants will be attracted to your presentation initially by reading the title. If it is obscure, they may pass you by.

Volunteer members of the AACN Abstract Review Panel and the NTI Work Group review all abstracts. Specific criteria are used to rate the abstracts and determine whether the content is relevant to AACN's values, mission and vision; supports AACN's major agenda topics; links research and practice; and is "cutting edge," precise and comprehensive. Finally, reviewers make certain that all components of the abstract application are present, neat and in the correct format.

On the Agenda

Following is a report by AACN board member Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP, EMT, on discussions and actions that took place during a February 2003 board conference call.

Agenda Item: Healthy Work Environments
The board reviewed preliminary work done after its strategic planning in November to identify critical issues on which the association needs to continue to focus its resources and efforts. Healthy work environments, the nursing shortage and staffing and palliative/end-of-life care were identified as top priorities requiring the association's bold voice to influence change. As a beginning, the board agreed, based on feedback from members and others on the front line of critical care nursing, that good work relationships are key to healthy work environments, retention of nurses and positive patient outcomes. Key messages, calls to action, and goals were reviewed and discussed. Action plans to support members in addressing unhealthy working relationships are in progress.

Agenda Item: Strategic Plan and Operating Plan
The board made a preliminary review of the association's Strategic Plan and Operating Plan for 2003-04 in preparation for finalizing these important documents at the April 2003 board meeting.

The Strategic Plan, which is driven by AACN's mission, provides the overall vision and direction for the association. It is the board's guide to discussing and approving association initiatives and ensuring that appropriate systems and resources are in place to meet the needs of members. Refinements to the plan since the board originally discussed it in November include increased emphasis on workplace issues.

Agenda Item: AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors
The board approved the following slate of candidates to serve on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors: chair-elect (one-year term)-Jan Foster, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN, and directors (two-year terms)-Michael Day, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mindy Hecker and Thomas Hickey. Hecker and Hickey, who represent the consumer perspective, are currently serving on the board. The new terms begin July 1, 2003.

The selection of candidates for the AACN Certification Corporation board is part of AACN's annual Call for Nominations. However, the nominating process differs from that for the AACN Board of Directors and the AACN Nominating Committee, because AACN members at large do not vote on candidates for the AACN Certification Board of Directors. Because AACN is the sole member of AACN Certification Corporation, the AACN board is required to formally approve corporation candidates.

Agenda Item: Financial Report
The board received the quarterly financial report as part of its ongoing accountability to monitor financial resources. Included was an update on AACN's Essentials of Critical Care Orientation, a Web-based program being used by an increasing number of hospitals, and a status report on participant and exhibitor enthusiasm to attend AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition.

ECCO Helped to Consolidate Hospital's Educational Efforts

Move Ensured That Information Was Consistent

Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, is the largest not-for-profit hospital in the Twin Cities area. Licensed for more than 900 beds and with three active ICUs, its educational needs are substantial.

According to Megan Brede, RN, ADN, CCRN, Abbott Northwestern Hospital's nurse education coordinator for cardiovascular critical care, the hospital's educators identified the need to consolidate the educational efforts for the ICUs to ensure that all orientees received consistent information.

"We thought about pooling resources to find a way to integrate the course offerings to bring continuity to all courses," she explained. "We have a lot of nurses who float between ICUs and work with very different types of patients, so a broad base of skills is important. Once we got to know ECCO, we realized this program offered the foundational information each orientee needed while addressing the more difficult pieces to teach (such as the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve) with graphics and animation that made these concepts clear. Visualization and action really help in the learning process (you won't find the Doll's Eyes animated in a textbook like in the ECCO program)."

Brede realized a full year of access for each user would help in solidifying his or her learning.

"If orientees don't see a particular type of patient until six months after orientation, they can quickly get back into the program and review the information prior to working with that patient. Zipping onto the Internet is a lot easier and more practical than lugging a big resource book around for review."
Brede envisioned the ECCO program as allowing flexibility in providing orientation.

"Incorporating instructor-led pieces reduces some of the flexibility, because you must take staffing for this into consideration but, with this program, we are able to offer orientation more frequently," she said. And, the flexibility of being able to provide students access to the program three weeks ahead of class so they can begin to prepare is wonderful, and the students like the flexibility of being able to use the program at home.

"We are doing our best not to overload them with new information," Brede continued. "We recognize they are getting to know a new work environment, new equipment, new colleagues and six weeks of intense critical care education. This can be very overwhelming.

"The ECCO program allows us to give them access early, so that they take on the complex concepts of critical care at their own pace."
Because of the specific patient population, Brede realized that her orientees would require additional supplemental information. Although their e-learning and classroom-blended learning structure is still in flux, they have started with a six-week orientation period that incorporates classroom and preceptor time each week.

"For the first time, using the program, we scheduled a four-hour, hands-on, instructor-led class each week where we gave the orientees a chance to look at and practice with specific pieces of equipment, and to talk through what to do in specific situations. These sessions were the glue between the concepts and the clinical time, and gave the orientees a safe place to think about details without harming patients."

The focus of the classroom component is the core concepts of the module or modules being addressed in a given week. Students are expected to come to class prepared by completing the content and taking the test. Brede plans to conduct a secondary survey with preceptors to determine if, as a result of the new blended learning orientation program, students were at least as prepared, if not more so, for the clinical hands-on time.

"We learned a lot with this first ECCO class," she said. "We'll take what the students told us and be creative with our own ideas to find a system that works with our orientees."

"Because the core concepts are already covered in the program, the students come with background knowledge to build on, freeing the educators to devise creative ways to bring ideas to a more permanent place in their minds," added Brede. "I've talked to a few hospitals to ask how they've integrated the program, and this networking has been tremendously helpful. Each organization has its own needs and will set up its blended learning program differently, based on its own needs, but it's nice to share ideas with each other to achieve the strongest implementation possible."

For more information about ECCO, visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org; call (800) 394-5995, ext. 8870 or e-mail ecco@aacn.org.

Recruitment Campaign Nears 3,500 New Members

As AACN's Critical Links member-get-a-member campaign entered its final months, Carolyn Axt, RN, MS, of Oakland Calif., recruited another nine new members to edge into the lead among individual recruiters. Axt's total of 51 new members since the campaign began May 1 was just one ahead of the 50 recruited by Cynthia A. Noe, RN, BSN, of Albany, Ga.

Their efforts contributed toward the 378 new members recruited by 204 individuals and chapters during February, bringing the cumulative total to 3,437.
The campaign ends April 30, with winners announced at AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas.
Also making a substantial move in the standings as of the end of February were Becki L. Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Warrenton, Va., who added 28 new members for a total of 35, and Yvonne Thelwell, RN, of Miami, Fla., who added seven new members for a total of 25.

Other individuals who have recruited 20 or more new members in the campaign are Julie N. Liberio, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Naperville, Ill., (37); Kathleen M. Richuso, RN, MSN, of Chapel Hill, N.C., (31); Lydia Bautista, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Jacksonville, Fla., (29); Diane Casperson, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Beresford, S.D., (24); and Elaine B. Boseman, RN, CCRN, CLNC, of Williamsburg, Va., (22).

The individual recruiting the most new members in the campaign will receive a $500 American Express gift certificate. In addition, the top individual recruiter is eligible for the first-, second- and third-place prize drawings for (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.; and (3rd prize) four-day, three-night hotel accommodations at a Marriott Hotel.

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.

The individual winner in the monthly drawing for February was Valerie Vogeler, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Webster Groves, Mo.
Following are individuals who recruited new members during February:

Rawh Ahmed Abu Abdo, RN, BS, BSN, Lynn Acree, RN, CEN, Christine E. Adams, RN, Elisa F. Agpaoa, RN, BSN, CCRN, Angelee Allen,, RN, BS, BSN, Kathleen Arnold, RN, MS, CNA, Kristina R. Arrington-Cherry, RN, DSN, CCRN, NP, Adel V. Austin, RN, ADN, Gwen E. Avila, RN, BSN, CCRN, Caroline Axt, RN, MS, Kim M. Badeau, RN, BSN, Beatrice C. Badger, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jeanette H. Bailey, RN, BS, BSN, Jill E. Barrow, RN, CNS, CCRN, Lydia C. Bautista, RN, BSN, CCRN, Christine Beauvais, RN, BS, BSN, Liza Lee Behrens, RN, ADN, BS, Karen Lesley Bennett, RN, Catherine Ann Blair, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jeanne E. Braby, RN, MSN, CCRN, Sue Brack, RN, BA, Laura Bratcher, RN, Marylee R. Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN, Tracye Browne, RN, ADN, CCRN, Edward F. Burke, RN, BS, BSN, Tracey L. Burke, RN, BSN, CCRN, Helen M. Camp, RN, CCRN, Yolanda W. Carilimdiliman, RN, BSN, BS, Beverly Ann Carlson, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, Nancy Lynn Carolan, RN, ADN, AA, Christine M. Carter, RN, BSN, BS, Nancy M. Case, RN, Jill Kathleen Cavanaugh, RN, BSN, Kristine F. Cepon, RN, ADN, AA, Donna Marguerite Chamberlin, RN, BS, BSN, Brad Christensen , Sook J. Chung, RN, BSN, Patricia E. Cluthe , K. Gail Coordsen, RN, Gyl G. Corona, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Rosalyn K. Cranston, RN, Tina M. Daniels, RN, ADN, CCRN, Tianne E. DeEulis, RN, BS, Janet S. Denmark, RN, MSN, Marie W. Devlin, RN, ADN, BA, Stephanie Dewan, RN, BS, BSN, Toby Antoine Dingle, RN, BS, BSN, Laura E. Dominguez, RN, ADN, BS, Denisa Diaz Dominguez, RN, BS, BSN, Llewellyn S. Drummond, RN, BS, BSN, Diane C. Dubinski, RN, ADN, AA, CNOR, Wayne A. Dwarica, RN, Dianne Kay Eager, RN, Maureen A. Edwards, RN, MSN, Marie A. Eidam, RN, MS, Sharon E. Etter, RN, CCRN, Laura Kay Evenson, RN, MN, MS, MSN, CS, Don Everly, RNC, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CS, CEN, Carolyn Fascetti, RN, MSN, Patricia Ann Ferrier, RN, ADN, AA, Dorothy J. Flowers, RN, BSN, Amy Friest, RN, BS, BSN, Becki L. Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN, Tracie Lorraine Gadler, RN, BS, BSN, Beverly E. Gay, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN, Christopher Michael Geary, RN, ADN, BS, Devon A. Geidner, Marnie Ann Geiger, RN, BS, BSN, Linda Ann Gillespie, RN, BS, BSN, Christine D. Glantz, RN, BSN, CCRN, Ruben Gonzalez, RN, ADN, AA, Denise M. Goodberlet, RN, BS, BSN, Tracy Gregoire, RN, BSN, Debra Grimm, Shirley H. Hairston, RN, BS, BSN, Lois Hamill, RN, BSN, Lucinda S. Harmon, RN, BSN, CCRN, Joan H. Heath, RN, CCRN, Jamie L Hendricks, RN, BS, BSN, Lori D. Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN, Gretchen Hesse, RN, BS, BSN, Brian K Hillard, RN, ADN, AA, Betsy K. Hollifield, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jeremy Horton, RN, ADN, Jeong H. Hwang, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN, CPAN, Rupal Jani, RN, BS, BSN, Anna B Joyce, RN, BSN, Patricia M. Juarez, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Darcy Kalles, RN, MSN, CNA, Donna M. Kamps, RN, ADN, CCRN, Fatima Ariana Kassim, RN, BSN, AA, Thomas Carl Kellogg, RN, ADN, BS, Lori E. Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN, Donna S. Kerner, RN, MS, CCRN, Laura C. Kesler, RN, ADN, Robin Ketchum, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN, Tracey Lynn Kincannon, RN, BS, BSN, Wendy Wheat Kinnard, RN, BSN, BS, Susan M Knoepffler, RN, BSN, MBA, Joy B. Kreder, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jenneine A. Lambert, RN, MN, Virgilio B. Lao, RN, BSN, CCRN, Eunice F. Lasala, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, Kristine L'Ecuyer, RN, MSN, Merredith Grayce Lee, Thomas Brad Lee, RN, BS, BSN, Kerry Lenahan, Nancy Lewis, RN, Julie N. Liberio, RN, MSN, CCRN, Jennifer Hope Lukas, RN, BS, BSN, Laura L. Madden, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jennifer Malke, Cora Lee Mathis, RN, ADN, CEN, Julie A. McCorkle, RN, MN, MS, NP, Paula Sue McKee, RN, BS, BSN, CNA, Pauline J. McNeece, RN, MSN, CCRN, Karen A. McQuillan, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, Marlene Merdes, RN, Bridget Batac Miclat, RN, BS, BSN, Dawn E. Mitchell, RN, Pamela W. Morgan, RN, MSN, CS, NP, C, Jennifer L. Moser, RN, BSN, Barbara Jean Murphy, RN, ADN, AA, CEN, Paula Murray, RN, BSN, BS, Peter A. Musso, RNC, BSN, AA, Emma E. Nabo, RN, BS, BSN, Angel Renee Noland, RN, ADN, Donna M. O'Neill, RN, ADN, CCRN, Donna Paynter, RN, BS, BSN, Nanette B. Pech, RN, BS, Dorothy Rose Phelps, RN, BS, CCRN, Richard C. Piccuito RT, ADN, Diana M. Pryer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Scott I. Raymond, RN, Maria Veronica Polo Reburiano, RN, BS, BSN, Dallas Regan, RN, MS, MSN, NP, Irma N. Richardson, RN, BS, CCRN, Virginia Kathryn Riggall, RN, BS, BSN, Stacy Dawn Riley, RN, BS, BSN, Margaret Riley, RN, BSN, CCRN, Carol Elizabeth Rue, RN, ADN, Stephanie A. Ruen, RN, MSN, CCRN, Olga Sabisch, RN, ADN, BS, Kay A. Sams, RN, ADN, CCRN, Paula M. Schmidt, RN, BSN, CCRN, Elaina M. Schnoebelen, RN, BSN, CCRN, Mary Colleen Sembar, RN, BSN, CCRN, Kimberly J.W. Shipley, RN, BSN, Kathy E. Shourd, RN, BSN, CCRN, Margaret M. Skiftenes, RN, ADN, CCRN, Laura B. Smith, RN, MSN, CCRN, Kathryn A. Steinke, RN,C, MS, Sopheany Kon Stevens, RN, BS, BSN, Janice L. Stevens, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN, Doris J. Strother, RN, MSN, CRNP, Yvonne Thelwell, RN, Karen A. Thomas, RN, Glenna L. Traiger, RN, MSN, CCRN, Angela Moore Tucker, RN, BS, BSN, Cheri Tummelson, RN, MS, MSN, John M. Venoski, RN, Kevin T. Vick, RN, BSN, CCRN, Imelda Villanueva , Juana M. Vincent, RN, Nancy Ann Vish, RN, MSN, CCRN, Joan M. Vitello-Cicciu, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, Valerie S. Vogeler, RN, BSN, CCRN, Holly L. Weber-Johnson, RN, BSN, Jacqueline Webster, RN, BS, BSN, Susan Weeks-Calander , Megan Elizabeth Whalen, RN, ADN, AA, Robin Melina Whitten, RN, BS, BSN, Irma G. Williams, RN, BS, CCRN, and Maria Welmina Yago, RN, BSN, BA.

PDA Learning Lab Debuts at NTI

AACN will debut an innovative, new PDA Learning Lab at its 2003 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

The lab, part of the Self-Study Pavilion, is sponsored by GE Medical Systems Information Technologies. Attendees will use PC computers, PDA Palm OS Emulators and Power Point presentations to explore nursing-focused PDA software. Programs sponsored by AACN, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Lexi-Comp Inc, Franklin Medical Products, Skyscape, Epocrates, Pepid and the American Heart Association will allow nurses to fully navigate numerous clinical references, drug guides, medical calculators, e-references and ACLS algorithms. Continuing education credits will also be awarded. The PDA Learning Lab will be open Sunday through Thursday during the NTI. Don't miss this opportunity to learn hands-on what a PDA can do for your nursing practice.

Special Offer
While supplies last, visit the AACN PDA Center at www.aacn.org > Bookstore > PDA Center > Specials and What's New and order the new Palm Tungsten T handheld device for the special price of $379. With your purchase, you will receive either the Lexi-Drugs Platinum Drug Guide, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy or Pocket Medicine-Internal Medicine at no charge. Save up to $100 with this limited time offer.

Check Out the Silent Auction Items Online

Before you leave for San Antonio, sneak a peek at some of the items that will be up for bids in the popular Silent Auction at the 2003 NTI. You can see them online. And, even if you aren't able to attend the NTI this year but see something you want, send your bid along with a colleague who is attending.

The Silent Auction is in its third year to raise funds for the AACN Scholarship Endowment. Participants write their bids on bid sheets at the auction display, most returning often to see if they need to counter someone else's bid. The donated auction items include art, personal electronics, books, entertainment items, retail gift certificates, restaurant gift certificates, travel and jewelry.

Included are donations by companies exhibiting at the Critical Care Expositions. If you see something your hospital needs, you might want to consult with your hospital purchasing agent and bring a purchase order with you.

The following equipment items had been donated by mid-March: Stryker Medical-Symmetry upholstered Recliner, Respironics-Hand-held oximeter, Ultrascope-contemporary design stethescopes, Passy Muir, Inc.-Tracheostomy T.O.M., 3M Healthcare-Littmann Cardiology S.T.C. stethescope and Littmann Electronic stethescope, Tyco Healthcare Kendall-Filac Fastemp thermometers and Tyco Healthcare-Nellcor hand-held pulse oximeter.

In addition, the following educational resources had been donated as of mid-March: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins-AACN Clinical Simulations-Hemodynamic Monitoring, Blanchard & Loeb Publishers-2002 Drug Handbook and Carlson Consulting Group-AACN Critical Care Procedures Performance Evaluation Checklist and Orientation to the Care of the Acute and Critically Ill Patient

For more information about or to donate to the Silent Auction, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 8994; e-mail, silentauction@aacn.org.

Looking Ahead

May 2003

May 15 Deadline to submit speaker proposal abstracts for NTI 2004 Orlando, Fla. To obtain a speaker proposal packets, call AACN Fax on Demand
at (800) 222-6329 (Request Document #6019) or visit the AACN Web site.

May 17-22 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. For more information, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the NTI Web site.

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