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Vol. 20, No. 1, JANUARY 2003


Critical Care Survey Launched

Urge Your Hospital to Participate

What percentage of hospitals in the U.S. offers tuition reimbursement? How many have a shared governance structure in place? How many provide financial support for continuing education, certification and membership in professional organizations? Do these hospitals have lower turnover and vacancy rates?

Now, AACN will be able to answer these and other important questions about the environment in which critical care nurses practice.

The chief nursing officer of every hospital in America is receiving an invitation this month to participate in a landmark survey being conducted by AACN. No group has ever conducted such comprehensive research on what the nation’s critical care settings look like. Yet, having and utilizing this data is essential for all of us in critical care if we are to participate in effecting the change needed to make our environments healing and humane for both patients and nurses.

Each participating hospital will receive a free copy of the key findings, which will provide important national benchmarks to which single units or facilities can compare themselves. Such benchmarks will help facilities and units identify areas where they significantly differ from the norm. This differentiation may strongly indicate an area for improvement or one in which the unit excels.

The survey, which will be repeated every six months, will feed a growing, permanent database with more than 100 measurement variables. This database will not only inform AACN of the unmet needs present in critical care units, but also provide AACN with the data necessary to have a bold voice to influence change in the workplace, in clinical practice, and in the regulations that impact critical care nurses and their patients.

If you are serious about the need for positive change in the factors that impact your workplace environment and the care of your patients, be bold and work with your chief nursing officer to ensure that your institution participates in this unprecedented project. To be included in the first round of research, your hospital must complete the survey by the established deadline listed in the invitation letter. Thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to creating the future that we all envision.

Make Plans to Attend NTI 2003

Get ready for an exciting new venue and AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas. The registration brochure is on its way.

As the premiere educational conference for critical care nurses, the NTI offers a range of rewarding experiences to nurses from across the country and international locations who gather to hone their critical-thinking and clinical skills, earn CE units and network with their colleagues. Whether you are at the bedside or in another setting, whether you are a novice nurse or an experienced or advanced practice nurse, the NTI has something for you.

Be sure to check out the NTI brochure and start making plans to join thousands of your colleagues at the NTI in San Antonio. For more information, call (800) 899-2226.

ECCO Delivers Education for Nurses When Hospitals Need It

Why are hospitals choosing AACN’s newest educational program, the Internet-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation, to incorporate into their critical care nursing educational process? At Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Mont., the “just-in-time” delivery method was a major draw.

Kris Lattin-Jackson, RN, MSN, CCRN, the cardiac clinical nurse specialist at Benefis, pointed to the need to be able to provide a critical care education foundation to newly hired nurses without having to wait for a class to be available.

“We need nurses to be able to start working right away, not wait to schedule their start date for some point in the future just because we’re teaching a class that month,” Lattin-Jackson said.

Because of the strong synergy the classroom environment creates among learners, Lattin-Jackson admitted she was initially reluctant to embrace
e-learning. However, she said she recognized the benefits in overcoming the challenge of scheduling classes.

“It’s important to have enough students together for a class so the educator is as productive as possible, but it’s difficult to give a significant number of nurses the same time off to participate in a classroom course,” said Lattin-Jackson. “Using this Internet-based program gives individual learners autonomy to learn at their own pace when they have the time available.

“As we strive to keep up with changing educational needs, we see this program as a powerful adjunct to the classroom and preceptor piece in providing the theoretical, didactic information for a strong, critical care education foundation.”

Lattin-Jackson said she is excited about theprogram because it matches her goals for providing educational opportunities that give nurses a broader educational base.

“A strong educational foundation causes better application at the bedside, so the ultimate outcome is better patient advocacy and improved collaboration with physicians, which leads to improved nurse/physician satisfaction.” Lattin-Jackson commented.

Mixing practical application with theory provides stronger learning opportunities, Lattin-Jackson said. ECCO allows the students to start with the theory, work with the preceptors on practical application and then come back to review the theory.

“Ultimately, this will help us grow our novice nurses up to the intermediate practitioner level, where they readily understand theory and can easily apply it at the bedside,” Lattin-Jackson said.

With ECCO’s flexibility, Lattin-Jackson can provide educational opportunities to a large number of people simultaneously.

“New nurses can start their critical care educational foundation with the program. Nurses with a year of experience or less will benefit from the foundational information. And, more experienced nurses may find the program useful for foundational review,” Lattin-Jackson said.

As an added benefit, she said she is interested in using the program as an incentive for nurses who currently hold or seek CCRN certification.

“We will give these certified nurses access to this program, which will provide them nearly one-third of the credits they will need toward their CCRN renewal,” she said.

One of the outcomes Benefis expects to realize is greater satisfaction and possibly increased retention for nurses because they can take advantage of this learning opportunity.

“Most nurses coming into our institution are computer savvy and seem to enjoy learning that way,” said Lattin-Jackson.

Who’s Using ECCO?

The following hospitals have made the decision to implement the ECCO program:

California
• Naval Medical Center San Diego
• Regional Health Occupations Resource Center-Butte College
• Stanford University Hospital

Florida
• Broward Community College
• Lee Memorial Health System
• VA Hospital, Miami
• VA Hospital, West Palm Beach

Illinois
• Sherman Hospital

Minnesota
• Allina Hospitals and Clinics

Montana
• Benefis Healthcare

New Jersey
• Atlantic City Medical Center

Pennsylvania
• DuBois Regional Medical Center

Texas
• Denton Regional Medical Center
• Harris Methodist Ft. Worth
• Presbyterian Hospital

Virginia
• Northern Virginia Community College

Washington
• Northwest MedStar
• Providence St. Peter Hospital

Japan
• U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan

Familiarize yourself with ECCO by viewing online demonstrations.  Each demonstration runs about 12 minutes, with one highlighting the program’s navigational features and the other detailing the program’s management capabilities. For additional information about ECCO, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 8870;
e-mail, ecco@aacn.org.

For the Record

The credentials for Paul St. Laurent, RN, BSN, CCRN, the critical care educator at Denton Regional Medical Center, Denton, Texas, were incorrectly listed in the December 2002 issue of AACN News. Laurent was interviewed for an article about why he chose AACN’s Web-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program.

Nursing Scholarships Offered for 2003-04 Academic Year

AACN offers scholarships to support AACN members who are completing baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in nursing.

Recipients of these BSN Completion and Graduate Completion educational advancement scholarships are awarded $1,500 per academic year. The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2003-04 academic year is April 1.

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

Applicants for the BSN Completion Scholarship must have junior or upper division status for the fall semester. Applicants for the Graduate Completion Scholarship must be currently enrolled in a planned course of graduate study that leads to a master’s or doctoral degree. At least 20% of the scholarships are allocated to qualified, ethnic minority applicants.

Scholarship funds may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies, as long as the recipient is continuously enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate program accredited by the state board of nursing in the recipient’s state.

For more information or to obtain an application for a BSN Completion or Graduate Completion educational advancement scholarships, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1017, or visit the AACN Web site.

AACN Funds Scholarships for Nursing Students

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

Scholarship Appreciation

Each year, AACN awards approximately $150,000 in academic and continuing education scholarships. The recipients represent diverse needs and backgrounds. Following are excerpts from just some of the many communications AACN received from recipients of 2001-02 scholarships.

Nursing is a profession that is dear to me. I appreciate the recognition of my hard work, and I look forward to furthering my nursing education and making a contribution to the field that I love.
Kristin Taylor, RN, BSN
Salem, Mass.

I feel very privileged to have received this award. It is my hope in pursuing my advanced nursing practice that I can continue to further the image of nursing to the public as well as to the physicians, other nurses and hospital administration.
Karen Harrison, RN, BSN, CCRN
Sherman, Texas


Make a Difference! Volunteer for National AACN Positions

Are you interested in becoming a national volunteer for AACN? Would you like to have a hand in shaping the way in which your colleagues and the general public understand our healthcare system and the critical care nursing profession? Would you like to contribute to ensuring excellence in education, research and practice for critical care nurses?

By contributing your time and expertise to a volunteer group, you assist the association to remain one of the boldest voices in the healthcare arena, further realizing our vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

AACN members volunteer their time and services in a number of ways, with opportunities catering to the most diverse interests and time availabilities.

To longtime members, the volunteer opportunities may look different than in previous years as AACN implements some key enhancements to the program. For example, to optimize the volunteer experience and ensure that volunteer work is in line with AACN’s strategic plan and mission, we will now offer volunteer opportunities at different times throughout the year. This new model will allow AACN to expand the number of both short- and long-term volunteer opportunities available to its members. In addition, the program will be able to address the specific needs of the association in a more

timely manner to ensure the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities and create volunteer experiences that are more manageable in the busy lives of our members.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for AACN, simply apply online. The application form is also available via Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1521. Please include a cover letter addressing the contributions you believe would enhance the work of the volunteer group to which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one group, include a cover letter for each group or address each group in the same cover letter. In addition, you will need to include a copy of either your curriculum vitae or resume.

The deadline to apply for volunteer opportunities is March 1. The volunteer terms associated with the positions listed here are effective July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.


NTI Scholarships Help Pave the Way

Support of the new scholarships was confirmed
during the President’s Reception at NTI 2002
by Ralph Egues (left), representing RN.com.
Egues was joined by Ramon Lavandero, AACN
director of development and strategic alliances,
and 2001-02 AACN President Michael Williams.


Apply by Feb. 1

RN.com Provides New Funding

RN.com will support a new series of continuing education scholarships for nurses to attend AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute or Advanced Practice Institute, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

These scholarships are earmarked for groups that are underrepresented in nursing, including ethnic minorities, and for nurses who have developed successful programs involving underrepresented groups. Applicants must describe how attending the NTI or API will help further their professional goals and demonstrate that they would not be able to attend the conference without the assistance.

RN.com is supporting these scholarships in collaboration with its sponsors, American Mobile Healthcare, Medical Express, Preferred Healthcare Staffing, Healthcare Resource Management Corporation and O’Grady-Peyton International.

The RN.com scholarships add to the opportunities already being provided by two other programs—the AACN Vision Partners program and the Dale Medical Products Scholarships program. Applications for all three programs are due by Feb. 1.

Following is additional information about the Visions Partners and Dale Medical Products Scholarships programs:

Vision Partners
The AACN Vision Partners program grants $1,000 each to 10 pairs of NTI participants, one an AACN member and the other a nonmember who has not previously attended the NTI. The nonmember also receives a one-year AACN membership.

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

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

Dale Medical Products Scholarships
Dale Medical Products, Inc., continues to support education scholarships for AACN members who are striving to balance their professional lives with family obligations. Applicants must demonstrate that without the scholarship assistance they would be unable to attend the conference. Applicants describe how attending the NTI or API will assist them in reaching their professional goals.

To obtain an application (Item #1099), call (800) 899-2226; Fax on Demand, (800) 222-6329.

Submit a Speaker Proposal for NTI 2004

Learning Connections Also Available

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.

Sample the Core Curriculum Instructor’s Resource Online

The Instructor’s Resource Manual for the AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care, 5th edition, is now available through AACN.

Written by JoAnn Grif Alspach, RN, MSN, EdD, FAAN, this valuable teaching tool offers a comprehensive overview of critical care nursing. It can be used in a variety of ways,
including for orientation, ongoing training, specialized courses and CCRN exam review. The comprehensive package includes the teaching manual, handouts, LectureView CD-ROM and slides or transparencies.

To view sample contents of this program, visit the online AACN Bookstore at www.aacn.org >Bookstore> AACN Product Catalog and search for Product #128805 (slides) or #128815 (transparencies). The price for either package is $805 ($850 for nonmembers).


Scene and Heard

Our Voice in the Media
• Nicole Bailey, RN, BSN, president of the Greater Jackson (Mississippi) Chapter of AACN, was interviewed in November on the local NBC affiliate, WLBT-TV. After the interview, the chapter received more than 35 calls asking for more information about AACN and the nursing profession.

• The November 2002 issue of RN magazine featured excerpts from the October 2002 AACN News “President’s Note” column by AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN. In the column, Barden discussed the role of AACN’s voice and platforms to support nurses and their patients.

• AACN Certification Corporation board member Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, was coauthor with Richard Barry, CHT, of a continuing education article that was published in the November 2002 issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The article, titled “Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies,”
discussed the need to use a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to manage patients receiving CRRT.

• An article by AACN member and volunteer Pat Carroll, RNC, ADN, MS, CEN, appeared in the October 2002 issue of RN magazine. Titled “Capnography’s heightened role: now you can monitor patients’ respiratory status more closely and accurately,” the article was based on Carroll’s presentation at NTI 2002 in Atlanta, Ga.

Our Voice at the Table
• In November, AACN Education Resource Specialists Marianne Martineau and Tina Wiseman presented a concurrent session titled “Technology and Learning” at the CHEST 2002 Symposium, sponsored by the American College of Chest Physicians. The session addressed the characteristics of electronic learning programs and how to select the best program. Also covered was the increasing use of PDAs in healthcare, the availability of programs for reference and managing patient care, and how to select the most suitable device.

• Barden was joined by AACN President-elect Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, at the inaugural meeting of the Nursing Organizations Alliance in November in Indianapolis, Ind. The alliance is composed of 56 nursing organizations representing more than 400,000 nurses in practice, education, research, administration and business. The major focus of the new organization is to function as a network or forum where the multiple specialties within the nursing profession can communicate and collaborate on common interests.

• Virginia Schoenfeld, AACN director of member and constituent affairs, represented AACN Certification Corporation at the annual National Organization for Competency Assurance conference in November. In addition to marking 25 years of certification excellence, the annual business meeting in Tucson, Ariz., also celebrated NOCA’s silver anniversary and the organization’s contribution to the certification industry. Gary Smith, CEO of Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc., AACN Certification Corporation’s testing service, was named the new NOCA president, and Larry Fabrey, AMP’s primary psychometrician, was appointed cochair of the NOCA Commissioner Board.

• Barden spoke in October in New York City at “Challenges 2002,” an annual seminar with more than 100 attendees. Her topic was “Nursing in La Vida Loca.” She also attended the New York City Chapter’s 30th anniversary celebration, where the chapter’s past presidents were honored. Past AACN President Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, and past board member Fay Wright, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP, also attended.

• Barden spoke later in October on “Nursing in La Vida Loca” and “Acute Coronary Syndrome” at the Trends Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. In the evening, Barbara Pope, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN, and Barden updated attendees on AACN at a “fireside chat.”

• In November, Cindi Noe, RN, BSN, president of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of AACN, testified on the nursing shortage before Georgia Sens. Thomas, who chairs the Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, and Harbison, who chairs the Georgia State Appropriations Committee.

• During the National League for Nursing Annual Summit in September in Anaheim, Calif., Ramón Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN director of development and strategic alliances, and Diane Billings, RN, EdD, FAAN, and Pam Jeffries, RN, DNS, both faculty at Indiana University School of Nursing, participated in a panel presentation about the comprehensive, Web-based critical care course being developed by AACN, the nursing school and Clarian Health Partners. The project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.

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 Agenda

Following is a report by AACN Board Treasurer M. Dave Hanson, RN, BSN, CCRN, EMT-P, on discussions and actions that took place during the AACN Board of Directors meeting in November in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Agenda Item: Bold Voices
Before identifying and prioritizing issues where AACN will concentrate its voice, the board discussed the development of a framework for promoting organizational positions and solidifying AACN’s position as the undisputed voice for critical care nursing. The board is using information from a variety of sources, including its environmental scan, to identify and address these global issues. The issues that the board identified as priorities are healthy work environments, the nursing shortage and staffing, and palliative/end-of-life care.

Agenda Item: Call for Volunteers
The board approved the various national volunteer groups (see page 11) and their charges, as well as a plan to better align the work of these groups with specific, strategic objectives. Under the new model, additional volunteer opportunities will now be offered at various times throughout the year to accommodate both specific association needs and the time availability of members. AACN’s success is attributable directly to its volunteers, from the board level to the individual who shares their expertise on a more limited, specific basis.

Agenda Item: Strategic and Operating Plans
As part of an ongoing process, the board reviewed the association’s strategic and operating plans to determine if any changes are needed to ensure that they remain relevant in advancing AACN’s mission. The plans are measured against the environmental scan of data that had been collected and analyzed, and the current health and progress of the association, as well as other survey and feedback sources. Monitoring and updating the association’s strategic plan to ensure that it addresses changes in the healthcare environment and anticipates future changes is an important role for the board in ensuring that the needs of members are met. The board’s evaluation serves as a basis for developing the operating plan and budget for the next fiscal year.

Agenda Item: Operations Reports
The board was updated on the status of work being carried out at the AACN National Office, including the launch of the Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program (see page 7) and products now available for PALM handheld devises through the AACN PDA Center (see page 4). The reports are crucial to the board’s ongoing accountability to ensure that AACN’s programs, resources and services are in line with its strategic plan and the needs of constituents.

Agenda Item: Audit Report
The board accepted the annual financial audit report, following a presentation by independent auditors Deloitte & Touche. The auditors found that the association’s financial statements accurately reflect its financial position and that the association follows generally accepted accounting principles. The board monitors the financials on a regular basis to ensure that the association can adequately fund current and long-term activities and needs.

Critical Links Membership Drive Tops 2,000 New Members

Individual and chapter recruiters continued to embrace new members as AACN’s Critical Links membership recruitment campaign topped the 2,000 mark at 2,328 new members since the campaign began May 1.

Adding to the totals during November were the 168 individual recruiters who signed up a total of 317 new members and the 36 chapters that brought in 205 new members

The individual recruiting the most new members by the time the campaign ends April 30 will receive a $500 American Express gift certificate.

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 November was Marylee Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN.

In addition to the $500 American Express gift certificate, 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 the recruiters need to do is make certain that their name and AACN member number are included on the new members’ application forms.

Following are the individual recruitment results as of Nov. 30.

Who Recruited New Members During November?

 
Gail Aaronson, RN, BSN
Janet M. Adams, RN, MSN, CCRN
Nancy J. Ames, RN, MSN, CCRN
Kathleen Arnold, RN, MS, CNA
Samantha T. Arrington, RN, ADN, MBA, CCRN
Caroline Axt, RN, MS
Stephanie A. Baker, RN
Maria L. Balatbat, RN, BS, BSN
Rachel Banks, RN
Lydia C. Bautista, RN, BSN, CCRN
Juli Berrios
Sarah Blankenship, RN, MS, MSN, APRN
Terri D. Bollinger, RN, ADN, AA
Elaine B. Boseman, RN, CCRN, CLNC
Marylee R. Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN
Elizabeth O. Busse, RN, ADN, BA, CPAN
Daniel M. Cabrera, RN, BS, BSN
Karen Ann Campbell, RN, MSN
Allison L. Carman, RN, BSN
Christine M. Carter, RN, BSN, BS
Nancy M. Case, RN
Diane M. Casperson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Michael Chalot, RN, ADN, CCRN
Susan D. Cline, RN, BSN
Sharon S. Cohen, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN
Michelle L. Collins, RN, BSN
Joan E. Cook, RN
Kathleen Wentzel Cox, RN
Sherrie A. Crago, RN
Iracema M. Crawford, RN, BSN
Martha Allison Culpepper, RN, MSN, CCRN
Bonnie L. Curtis, RN, ADN, CCRN
Sandra Daugherty, RN, BSN
Laurie A. Dean, RN, CCRN
Jennifer Dee, RN
Connie Deloach, RN, ADN
Carolyn Maria Delsignore, RN, BS, BSN
Janet S. Denmark, RN, MSN
Marcia Ann DePolo, RN, AA, CCRN
Adina Difederico-Yates, RN, BS, BSN
Barbara Economou-Morris, RN, MA
Kathy K. Erickson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Victoria Esclares, RN
B. Yvonne Fankhanel, RN, BSN
Tennie Jonelle Ferguson, RN, BS, BSN
Diane F. Ferrarotti, RN, ADN
Mark Edward Fessler, RN, BS, BSN
Louis F. Fetscher, MBA
Nathalie M. Fleureau, RN
Stephen R. Frum, RN, BSN
Becki L. Fuzi, RN, MSN
Debra Ann Geier, RN, ADN
Denise Gerig, RN, CCRN
Abbie L. Goodban, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Mary Kathryn Graham, RN, BSN
Jerry A. Gronberg, RN, CCRN
Cynthia R. Grooms, RN, BSN
Margie A. Guthrie, RN, BSN, CCRN
Heidi A. Hall, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN
Maria Molar Haque, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Deedra Harrington, RN
Rachel Leah Hartley, RN
Timothy H. Hehr, RN, BSN, MA
Karen L. Hendricks, RN, BSN
Bernadette Hoffman, RN
Mary E. Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA
Mari L. Hoover-McGarry, RN, CEN
L. Michelle Janosik, RN, MN, CCRN
Donna M. Jensen, RN, MPH, CCRN
LeAnn Johnson, RN, MN, MS
Louisa K. Kamatuka, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
John Patrick Keenan, RN, BS, BSN
Nancy D. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP
Jody L. King, RN, BSN
Michael Allen Kitts, RN, ADN
Danny S Kuehn, RN, ADN, BS
Eunice F. Lasala, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Nanda Lerchbaum-Nwokocha, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN, CEN
Linda M. Lever, RN, CCRN
Crystal Lewis, RN, ADN
Daniel J. Licatese, RN, BSN, CCRN
Lynda C. Liles, RN, MBA, CCRN
Janet M. Linton, RN, ADN, CCRN
Kathleen E. Liston-Scott, RN, ADN, CCRN
Alva J. Livengood, RN, CCRN
Michael S. Loga, RN, BSN, CCRN
Pat W. Lowzinski
Paula A. Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
Midge A. Marcy-Brennan, RN, BSN, CCRN
Lily May V. Marifosque, RN, BSN, CCRN
Keith Markillie, RN, ADN
Ellen S. Marsh, RN, BSN, CCRN
Lenora M. Maze, RN, BSN, CNRN
Julie A. McCorkle, RN, BSN, MS, ACNP
Elizabeth L. McGarr, RN, ADN, BA, CCRN
Joyce E. McKinney, RN, BSN, BA
Joyce McKinney, RN
Pauline J. McNeece, RN, MSN, CCRN
Petra McWhorter-Green, RN
Evelyn M. Melchiorre, RN, BS
Heide Ann Menke, RN, BSN
Lisa Messer, RN, ADN, AA
Kathleen E. Moon, RN, MSN, AA, CCRN
Bonita L. Moore, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Pamela W. Morgan, RN, MSN, CS, NPC
Cindy Morgen, RN, ADN, BS
Alice B. Moulton, RN
Deborah L. Murphy, RN, BSN, CCRN
Suzanne M. Nahan, RN, MSN
Paulita D. Narag, RN, ADN, CCRN
Kathleen Klein Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN
Gregory L. Peistrup, RN, BS, BSN
Bonnie Pennebaker, RN, BA
Jose Mapalad M. Planillo, RN, BSN, CCRN
Maria Puscas, RN, MN, JD, MBA
Carol M. Pyers, RN, ADN, CCRN
Dee Ann M. Radcliffe, RN, BS, CCRN
Johnalene Sue Radek, RN, ADN
Debra L. Raupers, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kerri R. Reid, RN, BS, BSN
Bonnie Anne Rice, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, ARNP
Marni D. Robbins, RN, BSN
Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CCRN
Louise M. Ronco, RN, CCRN
Dawn Rubin, RN
Nancy J. Russ, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN
Jeffrey R Safley, RN, ADN, BS
Dawn M. Scherer, RN, ADN
Paula M. Schmidt, RN, BSN, CCRN
Amy Lynn Schofield, RN, ADN, AA
Dorothy Marie Schofield, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN
Orlando Scott, RN, ADN, CCRN
Lynn A. Scott, RN, BS, CCRN
Mary Beth Sears, RN, BS, BSN
Karen M. Seidel, RN, CCRN
Robin K. Selbach, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Donna L. Sellars, RN, BSN, CCRN
Liza Severance-Lossin, RN, MN, BA, NP
Lindsey Shank, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kelli Lisa Simms, RN, BSN, MS
Ruth E. Sommers, RN, BS, BSN
Jan Southall, RN
Janet L. Sperber, BS, BSN
Susan M. Stahl, RN, BSN
Cynthia L. Steinbach, RN, BSN, CCRN
Elaine T. Stevens, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Gregory M. Swant, RN, ADN
Donna M. Swinyar, RN
Theresa A. Tefoe, RN, ADN
Yvonne Thelwell, RN
Wendell Thomas
C. Paige Thompson, BS, BSN
Ann P. Trollinger, RN, BS, BSN
Maureen Mullaney Valentor, RN, BS, BSN
Linda J. Vivian, RN, BS, BSN
Pam Wagers, RN, BSN, CCRN
Natalie E Wallace, RN, BS, BSN
Sheila R. Wasson, RN, ADN, CCRN
Danielle Nicole Whytal, RN, BS, BSN
Michele Wilgis, RN, BSN
Karen R. Willard, RN, BSN
Kimberly M. Wilson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Sherri S. Winegardner, RN, MSN, CCRN
Donna Spooner Wright, RN, ADN, AA
Janene Marie Wuest, RN, ADN, AA
Jackie S. Yon, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, NP
Mary Jane Zellinger, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, NP
Susan Zimmermann


Who Is Leading the Campaign?

 
20 or More New Members
Cynthia A. Noe, RN, BSN 50
Caroline Axt, RN, MS 34
Julie N. Liberio, RN, MSN, CCRN 25
Lydia C. Bautista, RN, BSN, CCRN 20
Kathleen M. Richuso, RN, MSN 20

15 to 20 New Members
Paulita D. Narag, RN, ADN, CCRN 18
Yvonne Thelwell, RN 17
Diane M. Casperson, RN, BSN, CCRN 16
Jackie Grigg, RN, ADN, CCRN 16
Lauretta M. Joseph, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP 15
Beverly C. Maloney, RN, CNS, MSN, AA, CCRN 15

10 to 15 New Members
Elaine B. Boseman, RN, CCRN, CLNC 14
Terri A. Madden, RN, BSN, CCRN 14
Sharon McSorley, RN, BSN 14
Victoria L. Robinson, RN, BSN, CCRN 14
Michael F. Beshel, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN 13
Cynthia A. Phelps, RN, BSN, CCRN 13
Kathryn A. Steinke, RNC, MS 13
Doris J. Strother, RN, MSN, CRNP 13
Peggy Lynn Ennis, RN 12
Nancy D. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP 12
Kathleen Klein Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN 12
Mary A. Bryant, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN 11
Ngozi I. Moneke, RNC, BSN, CCRN 11
Donna B. Sabash, RN, BSN, CCRN 11
Pam Zinnecker, RN, CCRN 11
Maria Molar Haque, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN 10
Anne M. Klahre, RN, BS, BSN 10
Sylvia B. Naldoza, RN, BSN, CCRN 10
Teresa T. Solberg, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN 10
Elaine T. Stevens, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS 10

5 to 10 New Members
Susan M. Roberti, RN 9
Dawn M. Scherer, RN, ADN 9
Theresa Stevens, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS 9
Jackie S. Yon, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, NP 9
Rachel Banks, RN 8
Annarhiza S. Bautista 8
Marylee R. Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN 8
Nancy M. Case, RN 8
Connie Deloach, RN, ADN 8
Carol M. Hinkle, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN 8
Pauline J. McNeece, RN, MSN, CCRN 8
Lindsey Shank, RN, BSN, CCRN 8
Jan Southall, RN 8
Stephanie A. Baker, RN 7
Karen Ann Campbell, RN, MSN 7
Michelle L. Collins, RN, BSN 7
Joni S. Herman, RN 7
Erin Irene Hutchison, RN 7
Allison L. Kaiser, RN 7
Marcia Ann Kummer, RN, AA, CCRN 7
Kathleen M. Burton, RN, BSN 6
Patricia E. Casey, RN, MSN, MS 6
Therisa B. Davis, RN 6
Laurie A. Dean, RN, CCRN 6
Becki L. Fuzi, RN, MSN 6
Jerry A. Gronberg, RN, CCRN 6
Denise Guaglianone-Buonocore, RN, MSN, 6
CCRN, CS, ACNP, APRN
Julie A. McCorkle, RN, BSN, MS, ACNP 6
Dorothea S. Murphy, RN, CCRN, CNRN 6
Jennifer L. Randolph 6
Susan K. Rossetti, RN, BSN, CCRN 6
Kristin Ruud, RN 6
Elizabeth C. Schaefer, RN, BSN 6
Holly L. Weber-Johnson, RN, BSN 6
Joan F. Baker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN 5
Philicia J. Bianco, RN 5
Anthony E. Farmer, RN, MSN 5
Dorothy J. Flowers, RN, BSN 5
Jana W. Hough, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Jacqueline J. Johnson, RN, MA 5
Lori E. Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Eunice F. Lasala, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN 5
Crystal Lewis, RN, ADN 5
Geneva D. Llewellyn, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN 5
Michael S. Loga, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Lenora M. Maze, RN, BSN, CNRN 5
Ellen S. Marsh, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Sandra Mejia, RN 5
Inocencia G. Mendoza, RN, BSN 5
Wendi Nopper, RN 5
Jose Mapalad M. Planillo, RN, BSN, CCRN 5
Dee Ann M. Radcliffe, RN, BS, CCRN 5
Elin Roberts, RN, MSN, CCRN 5
Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS 5
Orlando Scott, RN, ADN, CCRN 5
Marcia J. Stahovich, RN, ADN, CCRN 5
Sheila R. Wasson, RN, ADN, CCRN 5
Pamela G. Willingham, RN, MS, CCRN 5


CCN Gets a New Look

Although the content focus remains the same, you will notice some subtle differences when you receive the February 2003 issue of Critical Care Nurse. That’s because the journal’s design has been updated to keep it fresh and current.

In addition to a new logo, CCN will use more color throughout. The various clinical articles, columns and departments will be more easily identifiable. Yet, the quality and integrity of the journal will continue to dominate.

This redesign is the first for CCN in 10 years. So, watch for your February 2003 issue and let us know what you think.

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


Check It Out! 2003 AACN Catalog Is Full of Resources

Don’t miss the latest AACN resources included in the 2003 Resource Catalog, due out later this month.

Among the new products you will find are AACN’s new Internet-based, Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program. Launched last fall, this interactive, self-paced learning tool is attracting rapidly growing interest from institutions throughout the country.

Other new products include a poster-sized drug interaction chart of medications commonly administered via IV and the audiotape and videotape of the CCNS Review Course presented as a preconference at NTI 2002.


Looking Ahead

February 2003

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for the AACN Distinguished Research Lecture Award for 2004. For more information, contact Clinical Practice Associate Dolores
Curry at (800) 394-5995, ext. 377; e-mail, dolores.curry@aacn.org.

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for NTI continuing education scholarships. To receive an application, call (800) 899-2226 or AACN Fax on Demand at (800)
222-6329. Request Item #1099. The application is also available online.

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

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for the Datex-Ohmeda-AACN Research Grant. To obtain a grants handbook, visit the AACN Web site or call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1013.

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for the AACN Critical Care Grant. To obtain a grants handbook, visit the AACN Web site or call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1013.

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for the AACN Mentorship Grant. To obtain a grants handbook, visit the AACN Web site or call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1013.

Feb. 1 Deadline to apply for the AACN Certification Corporation Research Grant. To obtain a grants handbook, visit the AACN Web site or call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1013.

Feb. 28 Deadline for chapters to nominate a chapter leader to participate in the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop at NTI 2003 in
San Antonio, Texas.

March 2003

March 1 Deadline to apply for AACN national volunteer group positions. Apply online or obtain the application form via Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1521.

March 1 Deadline for chapters to apply for the President’s Award for Chapters, part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence recognition program. The application form
is available online.