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Vol. 20, No. 7, JUNE 2003


Are You Committed?

In her presidential address at the opening session of NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, immediate past President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, urged participants to publicly promise to make a difference in sustaining healthy work environments by signing a card citing the following commitments:

� I will identify the most pressing challenge in my immediate work environment.
� I will initiate the dialogue with my colleagues to find solutions to this challenge.
� I will remain actively involved in the solutions until they are working.

AACN is continuing this effort by allowing members to make their pledges online. And, while supplies last, anyone participating in this commitment effort will receive the "Act Boldly" lapel pin distributed to signers at the NTI.

In addition, you can order copies of the presidential address, both in print and video formats. A number of "Bold Voices" commemorative products are also available for purchase while supplies last.


After 30 Years, NTI Participant Just Keeps on Going

Annual Pilgrimage Has Made a Difference in This Nurse's Care

The unique opportunities for professional development afforded by AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition have kept one nurse coming back for 30 consecutive years.

Patty Hawk, RN, ADN, MS, CCRN, began her career as a critical care nurse in 1972, and attended the first NTI in 1974. She says she returns each year because the NTI is a chance to grow and stay current with the changes occurring within the profession.

"NTI has grown. Critical care nursing has grown. Technology has changed," she said. "I can't imagine growing as a nurse without [the NTI]."

She noted much of the standard equipment used today was absent in 1974. For example, few drips and no IV pumps had been developed.

"When you talk to some of these nurses and tell them you used to take blood pressures with a cuff and stethoscope, they look at you like, �Oh, my,'" she said.

Aside from advances in blood pressure monitoring, nursing 30 years ago as compared with today relied on what Hawk called "touchy-feely" for the clinical assessment.

"I was in a smaller community hospital. We didn't have a-lines. We didn't have Swan-Ganz catheters. We didn't have the fancy vents or ICP monitoring," she said. "You get more data now than you did then, and I think patients are surviving at a higher level because of these changes."

Time Out
Hawk said it is important for nurses to take time out for themselves and not rely on hospitals to provide continuing education.

"It's too easy in today's society to blame things on someone else. We hear of dysfunctional families, or that the system doesn't work. You have to be responsible for yourself," she said.

Hawk's commitment to herself and her patients is evidenced by the personal expense she has incurred over the years, paying for tuition, travel and other education-related expenses.

"I've looked at that investment, and I've probably spent $30,000 or more over the past 30 years. One year doesn't seem all that significant. But, when you look at it over time, it really is," she said.

Although it does require great personal commitment, Hawk said she still loves being a nurse and making a difference in her patients' lives.

"It's a choice. You want to be there. And I think nursing does make a difference," she said.

"[Patients] listen to what is wrong with them from doctors, but they take instruction on what they need to do and how they need to make changes from nurses. We are teachers, in a sense," she said.

"I think [the NTI] has made me a better nurse and therefore a better person. Maybe that's not the biggest thing to broadcast, but that is significant for me. It's personal growth and personal satisfaction, which others can see," she said.

Hawk plans to be in Orlando, Fla., next year for NTI 2004, and hopes to bring her niece, who is a sophomore nursing student at Ohio State University.

"She'll be three-quarters of her way through nursing school and looking to determine what she wants to do after graduation. If I can recruit one student nurse into this type of work [critical care nursing], then I have accomplished something more," she said.

Duquesne's New Acute Care MSN Based on Synergy Model

Duquesne University's online Acute Care Master of Science in Nursing program is based on the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. Clinical experiences can be individually tailored for practice across the range of acute care, from ICU to step-down to high-intensity medical-surgical areas. As it prepares to accept part-time students this fall, the school's newest graduate program is also recruiting advanced practice nurses from across the country to be clinical preceptors.

"The Synergy Model focuses the educational enterprise on what a graduate of the program should be," said Eileen Zungolo, RN, EdD, FAAN, dean and professor of nursing at Duquesne. "The model's nurse competencies are outcomes that every nurse should possess. It evolves from nurse-patient to nurse-nurse to nurse-system, just as our curriculum does. There couldn't be a better fit."

An Academic Laboratory
As the university reviewed practice-based models for this much-needed MSN program, AACN was seeking an academic partner to adapt the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care.

"Our collaboration with Duquesne University provides the model with an academic laboratory that parallels our hospital laboratory at Clarian Health Partners in Indianapolis," said Ram�n Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN director of Development and Strategic Alliances. "Clarian is using the model as the framework for professional development and patient care delivery in a multi-site tertiary care health system. Duquesne is testing the academic application to extend the model's influence to a nurse's preparation."

The program has been under development for the past year, with Patricia A. Moloney-Harmon, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, past chair of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors as clinical consultant.

Online Only
Consistent with all its graduate degree programs in nursing, Duquesne's acute care program is offered only online, accommodating the needs of adult learners to advance their education around hectic work and life schedules.

Classes do not convene at a set time. Instead, students log on to do course work and assignments anytime, anyplace, an appealing feature for nurses with continually changing schedules.

"There are set deadlines by which students have to complete certain dimensions of a course and faculty members are online for consultation at scheduled times," Zungolo said. "When students need an immediate answer to something, they know when the faculty member is available."

Duquesne's courses use Blackboard as the course management system, an environment that offers a variety of modalities to present and analyze course content. For example, video streaming, PowerPoint augmented by narratives and case studies are integral parts of courses. Students can listen to a lecture online or view a diagnostic procedure through video streaming.

Education Goals
Duquesne is the first school known to use the Synergy Model as the framework for a degree program, according to Lavandero. The model is based on the essential premise that the needs of patients and their families are what drive a nurse's competencies.

The school has started by applying the model in a graduate program, but faculty and administrators hope to create an evolutionary environment for students.

"Based on this experience, we could eventually make the Synergy Model the conceptual framework for our other graduate programs and maybe even our BSN program," said Zungolo, who is the current president of the National League for Nursing.

Fall Admission

Students will be eligible for admission to this part-time program this fall. They will start by completing courses required of all MSN students and an introduction to the Synergy Model. Clinical courses, which students can take anywhere guided by a qualified preceptor, begin in fall 2004.

For more information about Duquesne's MSN in Acute Care, check the online brochure at http://www.nursing.duq.edu/MSNacute.html.

AACN National Board: Passionate and Proactive

Marla De Jong (left) and Caryl Goodyear-Bruch
participated in the national AACN Board of
Directors meeting in April as learning partners.


Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Marla De Jong, RN, MS, CCNS,
CCRN, CEN

The national AACN Board of Directors is made up of diverse nurse leaders whose goal is to promote safe critical care nursing and healthy practice environments. We were invited to attend the board's April 2003 meeting in Denver, Colo. As board learning partners, we were fortunate to actively participate in the board meeting and observe the board members and national office staff at work.

We saw firsthand that board members are proactive and passionate about their roles as AACN leaders. Although we already knew many AACN board members, we also connected with new friends and colleagues. Each AACN board member and national office staff member welcomed us with open arms.

To better understand what is needed to do the work of AACN, we submerged ourselves in meetings and social events for three days. The social connection among the board members positively influences the governance process. Knowing each other as well as they do provides board members with the opportunity not only to respect each other, but also to hear each voice, achieve consensus and foster AACN's mission, vision, and values.

The board consists of 13 nurses, each of whom possesses a unique blend of nursing and leadership expertise, as well as a zeal for AACN. Having a board with an exceptional and stimulating mix of leaders is one of AACN's strongest assets.

The discussions that took place were active and thought-provoking. The board members valued our contributions and took into consideration our input as they made tough decisions. Many items were on the agenda as a result of strategic planning stemming from such sources as market surveys, regional meetings, work groups and environmental scans. Therefore, these items not only represented the most current issues in critical care nursing practice, but also future issues. We were impressed by how the deliberate nature of each discussion and decision enabled board members to constantly focus on AACN's Strategic Plan and the needs of AACN members, industry partners, other professional organizations and the healthcare system in general. The proactive approach of the board's leadership, which is vital in our ever-changing environment, was prominent throughout all the activities.

We were impressed by the passion each board and AACN staff member showed. When combined with action, this passion is a feeling that cannot be duplicated. Having a board and staff who are enthusiastic about their AACN role and the contribution made to critical care nursing practice is awesome! The future of critical care nursing lies in this passion and the guidance provided by AACN's leadership.

The opportunity to serve as a board learning partner was a "one of a kind" event that has enriched our commitment to AACN and its leadership in critical care nursing.

Note: The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of the Air Force or the Department of Defense.

Scene and Heard

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

In the Media
� An article titled "National Nurses Week Highlights High Touch Aspect" was published in the May 4, 2003, issue of the Washington Post. Outgoing AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, was quoted: "Nursing is as much art as it is science. To provide excellent and compassionate care to patients and their families, we must rely on our art-our ability to advocate for patients at the most vulnerable times in their lives." The article was also picked up over the wire by the Los Angeles Times and NJ.com, which includes New Jersey's Star-Ledger and Trenton Times.

� A May 13, 2003, news release by AACN was reported by several media, including CBS MarketWatch, PR Newswire, Dallas News, Finance Canada, Lycos, Yahoo, MedicalDevices.org, AP Alert Medical, NBC6.com, National Hispanic Corporate Council, Knoxville News, Times Record News, Scripps Howard News Service, Ventura County (Calif.) Star, the Orange County (Calif.) Register and News Alert. The release, headed "Nurses' Study Finds Hospitals Still Limiting Access for Patient Families During Emergency Procedures," cited a study published in the May 2003 issue of the American Journal of Critical Care and in the June issue of the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

� An interview with Barden was featured in the May 2003 issue of Nursing2003. In the article, headlined "A Nursing Leader Speaks Out on Working Together to Solve Problems," Barden cites medical information, budget issues and aging of the population as the top societal, economic and demographic trends affecting healthcare. "Pressure from increasing patient acuity and decreasing staff and resources has led to shortsighted and simplistic solutions, such as mandatory overtime and fixed staffing ratios that don't take into consideration patients' unique needs." Barden was quoted as saying. "We must work with industry to devise equipment and technologies that reduce the physical burdens of caring for patients while increasing safety at every turn."

� The May 19, 2003, edition of NurseZone.com included several AACN-related articles. "AACN Conference: Celebrating the Work of Critical Care Nurses" included a link to an article titled "Safeguarding the Patient and the Profession," the AACN white paper on the benefits of certification. The article stated, "NurseZone honors critical care nurses-the largest healthcare specialty in the world-who on a daily basis care for critically ill patients with complex health issues. Since the month of May marks National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month, NurseZone applauds your contributions and dedication to the patients and families you care for."

� "Powerful Partnerships Achieve Nursing's Greatest Outcomes" was the title of a guest editorial by AACN President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, in the May 2003 issue of Nursing Management. She wrote that "together AACN and Nursing Management can achieve the mutual goal of excellence in nursing leadership �. The education, support, and development of nurse leaders, begins with the front-line nurse managers."

� A letter to the editor by AACN board member Janie Heath, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, ACNP, and Karen Kesten, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN, was printed in the May 6, 2003, issue of the Washington Post. They were responding to a description in an April 29, 2003, article titled "Good Night, Florence" regarding recent British reaction to Florence Nightingale as a role model for modern nursing. They wrote: "AACN values our strong historical roots and appreciates the significant contributions from our early nursing leaders �. Creating a culture that is healthy and humane for both patients and nurses is imperative. In this Florence was a leader who was ahead of her time. Her great accomplishments lit the way for those of us � who are working together to alleviate the challenges in today's healthcare system."

In the May 15, 2003, issue of Nursing Spectrum, the "Dear Donna" Career Management column advised a reader to visit the AACN Web site (www.aacn.org) and check out the Web-based, interactive Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program. The column also cited chapters as a source for additional resources.

Our Voice at the Table
� Heath spoke at the annual national conference of the Respiratory Nurses Society in Nashville, Tenn. Her topic was "Caught in the Middle: Experiences of Tobacco-Dependent Critical Care Nurses." Heath also spoke at the Innovations in Critical Care annual conference, sponsored by the Suffolk County Chapter, Long Island, N.Y. Her topics were "Policy, Politics, and Critical Care Nursing Practice" and "Vasopressin: The VF/Pulseless VT Underdog."

� Barden spoke on "Nursing in La Vida Loca" and "Acute Coronary Syndrome" at Geisinger Health Systems in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

� Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD, CNAA, chair of the AACN Certification Corporation, gave a presentation on "Women and Cardiac Disease" for a school nurses' conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and delivered the keynote address, titled "Professional Organizations: Leadership in the Promotion of Evidence-Based Practice" at the National Evidence-Based Practice Conference sponsored by the University of Iowa.

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.


ECCO Program Was a Good Fit in Nurse Orientation Process

Gathering at Mercy Hospital, Miami, is the first
group of students to use ECCO, AACN's
Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program.


Mercy Hospital, a 512-bed institution and member of Catholic Healthcare East, has been serving the Miami-Dade community in Florida for more than 50 years.

Sonia Wisdom, RN, BSN, CCRN, nurse clinician for critical care, shared why her hospital recently chose ECCO, AACN's Internet-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program, as its basic teaching tool for critical care nurses and how the hospital implemented the program.

According to Wisdom, the hospital's clinical educators thoroughly reviewed the course on AACN's Web site (www.aacn.org). After using the online demonstration tool and reviewing the module objectives and content outlines, Wisdom said they were convinced that the content provided closely matched their existing, classroom-based and instructor-led orientation. The educators then determined that using ECCO had the potential to reduce overall costs by shortening the orientation time needed by two weeks. After a formal proposal to purchase ECCO was presented to senior management, funding was obtained through a combined grant from Mercy Hospital Foundation and J&J Cordis Company.

Prior to implementation, educators at Mercy Hospital talked with several other sites actively using the program to discover the structure of their orientation, how they were scheduling the progression of the content modules, how computer time was allotted, what adjunct learning materials might be employed and how the testing component was being used along with the results achieved by students on the module exams. As a result of these discussions, Wisdom said they were better prepared to define an implementation plan that met their orientation needs.

Assessing the Needs
"We compared our critical care course schedule and lectures to see what we would need to have in addition to ECCO," Wisdom explained. "We identified several areas of supplemental instruction specific to our hospital that we wanted to provide. For instance, we have an advance directive program that we need to be sure our nurses understand. We also decided to augment the hemodynamic instruction, to present case studies and to offer specific skills labs."

For its first group of students, Mercy Hospital has divided the schedule between computer work and lectures, case studies or skills labs. The students were scheduled for three days of classroom and computer time and two days of clinical experience every week. The lecture component is being used as a common thread to ensure that students are continuously exposed to important concepts.

"Before using ECCO, we had separate lectures on patient care issues, such as families in critical care, pain management and sedation," said Wisdom. "Now, we are using the case studies to tie these issues together so the student has repeated exposure to the concepts."

Accessible Anytime
Although computers are set up in a lab that the students use at the hospital, the students can use the program anywhere anytime, including at home. To become familiar with the process, Wisdom set up her home computer to access the program, including downloading the required plug-ins.

"The support from AACN was really good," she said. "It was immediate and responsive, and helped me get going on the program in a short amount of time. I am glad I went through this process so I could see that it's not very difficult, and now I can help my students when they want to access it from home."

Before launching the program with the first group of students, Wisdom reviewed the content again in-depth. In addition to finding it extremely interactive, she said she liked the organization of the learning material. Wisdom said the content is not only clear, consistent, systematic and easy to understand, but also at an appropriate level for a new critical care nurse.

Who Else Is Using ECCO?
California-Naval Medical Center San Diego, Regional Health Occupations Resource Center-Butte College, Stanford University Hospital, Sutter Coast Hospital, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
Colorado-Memorial Hospital Colorado Springs
Connecticut-Yale New Haven Hospital, Waterbury Hospital
Florida-Broward Community College, Lee Memorial Health System, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Miami, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-West Palm Beach, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-NFSG, Mercy Hospital-Miami
Illinois-Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Sherman Hospital, Scott Air Force Base (375th Medical Group)
Indiana-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Indianapolis
Kentucky-University of Kentucky
Maine-Maine General Medical Center
Maryland-Suburban Hospital
Massachusetts-Good Samaritan Medical Center, Emerson Hospital
Minnesota-Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Missouri-CoxHealth System, Freeman Health System
Montana-Benefis Healthcare, Frances Mahon Deaconness Hospitals
Nebraska-Good Samaritan Health System
New Hampshire-Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital
New Jersey-Atlantic City Medical Center
New York-Champlain Valley Physician Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital (Seton Health)
Ohio-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Cincinnati
Oregon-Oregon Health and Science University
Pennsylvania-Dubois Regional Medical Center, Polyclinic Hospital (Pinnacle Health)
Texas-Denton Regional Medical Center, Harris Methodist Fort Worth, Presbyterian Hospital, University Hospital-San Antonio, Hendrick Medical Center, Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio, Ltd., Shriner's Hospital for Children, University of Texas Health Center, Tyler
Utah-HCA-St. Mark's Hospital
Virginia-Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Northern Virginia Community College
Washington-Capital Medical Center, Kadlec Medical Center, Northwest MedStar, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Sunnyside Community Hospital, Northwest Workforce Development Council, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
West Virginia-Princeton Community Hospital
Wyoming-Campbell County Memorial Hospital
Canada-Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Grand Prairie, Alberta
Japan-U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan

InteliStaf Supports Visionaries Level of ECCO

InteliStaf Healthcare has become the first Visionaries level corporate sponsor of ECCO.

"InteliStaf is very excited to be a Visionaries sponsor of AACN's Essentials of Critical Care Orientation. This affiliation with AACN will enhance InteliStaf's commitment to the professional development and quality of our nursing staff," said Chris Carrington, vice president of clinical services at InteliStaf, one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the United States.

She said that ECCO will support InteliStaf's Clinical Residency Program, which promotes knowledge and skill enhancement of nurses, assisting them to transition into new clinical specialties, to re-enter the acute care setting or to assist them in transitioning back into the nursing workforce. The relationship with AACN will also provide InteliStaf nurses with continuing education, AACN membership, professional networking and CCRN certification opportunities.

"InteliStaf's Visionaries level sponsorship of a key solution for expediting nursing training is evidence of its commitment to excellence in clinical education. AACN is excited to be collaborating with a thought leader in the healthcare staffing industry," said Wendy Berke, AACN director of Professional Practice.

AACN appreciates the support of Intelistaf, as well as that of GE Medical Information Technologies, Medtronic Physio-Control and Spacelabs Medical, a division of Instrumentarium, the current Believers level corporate sponsors of the ECCO program.

Aug. 15 Is Deadline to Apply for ICU Design Citation

Aug. 15 is the deadline to submit applications for the 2003 ICU Design Citation, part of AACN's Circle of Excellence recognition program.
Cosponsored by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Health, this award recognizes ICU designs that enhance the critical care environment for patients, families and clinicians.

In addition to a $1,500 cash award-$500 from each of the sponsoring organizations-the recipient is provided complimentary registration for one person to attend the organization's annual meeting and a plaque to display in the unit.

For more information, contact the Society of Critical Care Medicine at (847) 827-7659.

Member Recruitment Drive Off to Strong Start

Many AACN member recruiters have simply picked up where they left off in AACN's Critical Links member-get-a-member campaign. In fact, one of the top recruiters in the first month of the new campaign is Caroline Axt, RN, MS, of Oakland, Calif., who won the 2002-03 campaign.

However, at the end of May, Ngozi I. Moneke, RN, BC, BSN, CCRN, of Freeport, N.Y., was leading with 13 new members recruited since the new campaign began May 1-more than half the 23-member total she recruited in the last campaign.

Some new names were also near the top of the drive for May. Barbara M. Eachus, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Linda J. Lopazanski, RN, CCRN, of Fords, N.J., had each recruited nine new members, just one less than Axt's total of 10.

Axt, who began her career in critical care nursing in 1975, now fills teaching and precepting roles for new critical care RNs. For the past three years, she has coordinated the Critical Care Training Program for Kaiser Hospitals in Northern California.

"It is always my pleasure to introduce nurses to this practice," she said.

Axt explained that, though she has always recommended to her participants that they join AACN, she made a more concerted effort the past year. She said she spent time early in each of her programs discussing the benefits of membership, showing participants samples of the AACN journals and encouraging them to visit the Web site.

"I would recommend that any teacher or coordinator of critical care training programs encourage membership early in their critical care career," she said.

On the chapter side, the First Coast Chapter in Florida and the Minot Roughrider Chapter in North Dakota were in a tie for May, each having recruited eight new members. The Central Arkansas Chapter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Triangle Chapter (North Carolina), Greater Miami Area Chapter, Los Angeles Chapter, Peninsula Chapter (Virginia), Western Connecticut Chapter, Greater Washington Area Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter and Siouxland Chapter (South Dakota) had each recruited five or more new members. The Greater Miami Chapter won the previous campaign.

In the first month of the new campaign, a total of 315 new members had been recruited-224 by 119 individual recruiters and 91 by 24 chapters. The start was one of the strongest since the campaign was launched three years ago. To participate, recruiters must have their membership number included in the referral line of the membership application.

The top individual recruiter will receive a $500 American Express gift certificate. The chapters recruiting the most new members and reporting the largest percentage increase will each receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources.

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.

Receiving the American Express gift certificate in the drawing for May is Teresa K. Cuthair, RN, of Farmington, N.M.

Participating chapters are also entered into a prize drawing each month for one complimentary NTI registration. The winner for May was the First Coast Chapter.

In addition, all recruiters are eligible for prize drawings that offer round-trip tickets for two to anywhere in the continental United States, including a five-day, four-night hotel stay; round-trip tickets for two to anywhere in the continental United States; and four-day-three-night hotel accommodations in the continental U.S.

More Than Learning 'Drives' NTI Experience

Some participants at this year's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, came away with more than a rich learning and networking experience. In fact, one came away with a new car.

Marcia Richards, RN, of Medtronic Inc., was the winner of a 2003 Hyundai Sonata, given away in a drawing at the closing session of the NTI. A total of $21,240 worth of tickets were sold in the raffle, which benefited the AACN Scholarship Endowment.
Richards, who has attended more than 10 NTIs as a practicing nurse, is now attending as an industry professional with Medtronic. Because she has benefited from scholarships during her education, she said she is always eager to support AACN's endowment. She said she encouraged others, including her boss, to also buy tickets.
This was the third NTI that Hyundai Motor Company sponsored the vehicle giveaway to benefit the Scholarship Endowment.

Artistic Touch
But Richards wasn't the only winner. Several other fun but worthwhile events resulted in rewards ranging from the Mail Home Service box decorating contest to drawings for prizes for members attending the AACN Annual Meeting and Forum.
Carol Swift, RN, of Scotts Valley, Calif., took the first-place honors in the box decorating contest sponsored by Arlen Med. Ed./PocketReferences.com. She received complimentary registration for NTI 2004, scheduled May 15 through 20 in Orlando, Fla. The second-place prize, a $50 gift certificate good toward purchases from the AACN Bookstore or Resource Catalog, plus 40 pocket reference cards from Arlen Med. Ed./PocketReferences.com, went to Janet Krebbs, RN, of Bloomington, Ind. Julia Garrison, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Mason, Ohio, received complimentary shipping of one Mail Home Service box, plus 20 pocket reference cards from Arlen Med. Ed./PocketReferences.com, for her third-place effort. Honorable mention went to Phillip Parcon, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPAN, of Beaumont, Texas.

Lucky Draw
Members who attended the AACN Annual Meeting and Forum were entered into a drawing to win valuable prizes. The winners were:
AACN Membership-Marge Miller, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Palm Bay, Fla.; AACN Gift Package-Maureen McLaughlin, RN, BSN, CPAN, of Acton, Mass.; Certification Self-Assessment Exam-Sonia Astle, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, of Burke, Va., and Jodi Mullen, RNC, MS, CCNS, CCRN, of Dayton, Ohio; AACN Procedure Manual-Brenda Charles, RN, BSN, of Katy, Texas; and NTI 2004 Registration-Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, of Long Meadow, Mass.

Mentor-Fellow Program Participants Celebrate Completion of Manuscripts

Members of the AACN Mentor-Fellow Program class of 2003 display the
certificates they received during the program convocation at NTI 2003
in San Antonio, Texas.


Nine pairs of mentors and fellows celebrated their accomplishments during a special convocation at NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas.

Together, these members of the AACN Mentor-Fellow Program class of 2003 developed manuscripts that are being published in the American Journal of Nursing. The program, carried out in collaboration with the journal, provided these acute and critical care nurses the opportunity to develop professional leadership skills with a clinical focus.
Following are the mentors and fellows, respectively, and their article topics:

� Christine Hedges, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CS, Westwood, N.J., and Julia J. Freeman, RN, BSN, CCRN, Glenwood, N.J., both of Valley Hospital-Postresuscitation Management: Creating a Nonhostile Brain Environment

� Kathleen A. Puntillo, RN, DNSc, FAAN, San Aselmo, Calif., of the University of California, San Francisco, and Kathleen A. Kunis, RN, AS, BA, CCRN, Petaluma, Calif., of California Pacific Medical Center-Nursing Interventions to Prevent Nosocomial Pneumonia

� Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCRN, FAAN, Winter Park, Fla., of the University of Central Florida, and Tracey L. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cape Coral, Fla., of NCH Healthcare System-Prevention of Renal Complications for At-Risk Individuals Undergoing Cardiac Interventional Procedures

� Mary Jo Grap, RN, PhD, ACNP, Midlothian, Va., of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Susan L. Bateman, RN, MSN, ACNP, Midlothian, of the Medical College of Virginia-Assessment and Management of Sedation: Implications for Practice

� Suzette Cardin, RN, DNSc, CNAA, FAAN, Redondo Beach, Calif., of the UCLA School of Nursing, and Cynthia Damboise, RN, BSN, CCRN, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center-Implementation of a Family-Centered Approach in a Critical Care Unit

� Marla J. De Jong, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN, Lexington, Ky., of Keesler Medical Center, and Janet F. Mulroy, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, Memphis, Tenn., of the University of Memphis-Syndromes of Hypercoagulability

� Paula A. Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, of Longmeadow, Mass., and Virginia A. Brown, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Westfield, Mass., both of Baystate Medical Center-Floan: A New Approach to the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension in the Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Patients ... Implications for Nursing Practice

� Margo Anne Halm, RN, MA, CCRN, CS, St. Paul, Minn., of United's John Nasseff Heart Hospital, and Elizabeth I. Clark, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Rogers, Minn., of North Memorial Medical Center-Acute Confusion in the Post-Procedure Elderly Population

� Mary G. McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, Wheeling, W. Va., of Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Debra I. Striner, RN, BSN, South Connellsville, Pa., of West Virginia University Hospital-The Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery: On Pump vs. Off Pump


NTI Scholarships Target Specialized Audiences

Some participants at NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, were the beneficiaries of continuing education scholarships. In addition to scholarships provided by the AACN Vision Partners program, contributions by corporate partners provided for other NTI scholarships.

RN.com Scholarships
Earmarked for groups that are underrepresented in nursing, including ethnic minorities, and for nurses who have developed successful programs involving underrepresented groups, RN.com supported these new scholarships in collaboration with its sponsors, American Mobile Healthcare, Medical Express, Preferred Healthcare Staffing, Healthcare Resource Management Corporation and O'Grady-Peyton International.

The recipients were Diedre McEachin-Adams, RN, BSN, Queens Village, N.Y.; Leigh Nicole Edwards, RN, BSN, Tuba City, Ariz.; Deborah Gengerke, RN, MS, CCRN, Groton, S.D.; Bette Idemoto, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Cleveland, Ohio; Princie Naomi Johnson Mikel, RN, Gainesville, Fla.; Rose Chapman-Rodriguez, RN, New York City, N.Y.; Sheila Seda, RN, New Delhi, India; Olga-May Smith, RN, MSN, BSc, CCRN, Wethersfield, Conn.; Edith Garcia-Trujillo, RN, BSN, Yuma, Ariz.; and Rodgers Gift Benkele, RN, Chipata, Zambia.

Dale Medical Products Scholarships
These scholarships were awarded to AACN members who are striving to balance their professional lives with graduate study and family obligations.

The recipients were Kay Luft, RN, MN, CCRN, TNCC, Olathe, Kan.; Jan Teal, RN, BSN, CCRN, High Point, N.C.; and Ann Wilson-Purefoy, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jefferson City, Mo.

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

The member and nonmember partners, respectively, were:
� Ami Lynn Brannon, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Orlando, Fla., and Laura Davis, RN, BSN, Winter Park Fla.
� Cesme Caballero, RN, Garden Grove, Calif., and Maria Bembi, RN, Los Angeles, Calif.
� Teresa Crite, RN, BSN, McLeansville, N.C., and Amy Call, RN, BSN, Greensboro, N.C.
� Nancy Malinosky, RN, BSN, CCRN, Waynesboro, Pa., and Julie Higman, BS, RRT, Hagerstown, Md.
� Shirlien Metersky, RN, MSN, CCRN, Worthington, Ohio, and Corey Perry, RN, MSN, CCRN, Delaware, Ohio
� Kim Osborne, RN, BSN, CCRN, Sanford, N.C., and Barbara Benedict, RN, Durham, N.C.
� John Pozar, RN, BA, BS, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, Winslow, Ariz., and Joel Swedberg, CCEMT-P, Holbrook, Ariz.
� Anita Siscoe-Hapshie, RN, CCRN, Dunnellon, Fla., and Myrna Premalion, RN, BSN, Ocala, Fla.
� Rebecca Tully, RN, BSN, CCRN, Juneau, Alaska, and Bryon Young, EMT III, Auke Bay, Alaska

Volunteers Make a Difference in Critical Care Nursing

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

Following are the appointments to volunteer groups for 2003-04:

AACN Board Advisory Team
Claudia Barone, RN, EdD, Lorena Beeman, RNC, BSN, MS, Marylee Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN, Maggie Carriker, RN, MSN, Michelle Cox-Henley, RN, MSN, CCRN, Rebecca Dahlen, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN, CS, Mary David, RN, MSN, CCRN, Diana Eisnaugle, RN, CCRN, Lisa Gingerich, RN, BS, BSN, Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, EMT-P, (board liaison), Aline Holmes, RN, MSN, ANP, CNAA, CS, LouAnn Honek, RN, Lori Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN, Beth Kramer-Hoopes, RN, BSN, BA, Stephen Krau, PhD, MSN, BSN, MA, BA, Judith Lang, RN, BS, CCRN, Wanda Lewis, RN, MS, CCRN, Joanne Liptock, RN, CCRN, CEN, EMT
Loretta Marcantonio, RN, ADN, BA, Karen March, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Sandra O'Sullivan, RN, MS, CCRN, Jose Planillo, RN, BSN, CCRN, Kevin Reed, RN-BC, MSN, CNA, Cheryl Rockwell, RN, BSN, Heather Russell, RN, BSN, Katherine Samon, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, Michelle Speicher, RN, BSN, CCRN, Doris Strother, RN, MSN, CRNP, Linda Tamburri, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, Mona Ternus, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN, Denise Thornby, RN, MS, Sueann Wittkopp, RN, BSN, CCRN, Mary Mason Wyckoff, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, ARNP, NNP, Polly Zahrt, RN, BS, BSN

Advanced Practice Work Group
Carol Rauen, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS (chair), John Dixon, RN, MSN, (board liaison), Rizalina Mauricio, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, Nancy Munro, RN, MN, CCRN, ACNP, Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Mary Sole, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, Kelly Thompson-Brazill, RN, MSN

Awards Review Panel
Katherine Abriam-Yago, RN, MSN, Jayne Brundage, RN, BSN, PHN, Iris Byers, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNP, CEN, Ellen Clifton, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Louise Cook, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mary Cordes, RN, CNS, MS, Karen Gaertner, RN, MSN, CCRN, Lisa Gingerich, RN, BS, BSN, Gerard Hannibal, RN, BSN, CCRN, Anne Hawkins, RN, MS, Jill Fernandes Hecker, RN, MSN, NP, Joanne Kuszaj, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, Rosemarie Mazanec-Freeman, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP, Julie McCorkle, RN, MN, MS, NP, Sara McMannus, RN, BSN, Joann Panno, RNC, CNS, MSN, Michele Scott, RN, BSN, Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Denise Thornby, RN, MS, Nelson Tuazon, RN, MSN, CNAA, Anne Vigil, RN, MSN

Board Learning Partners
Victoria Boyce, RN, MS, MSN, Maggie Carriker, RN, MSN, Deborah Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN (board liaison), Carol Puz, RN, MS, CCRN (board liaison), Teresa Solberg, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, Brenda Truman, RN, MSN, NP, Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN (board liaison)

Chapter Advisory Team
Mary-Liz Bilodeau, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CS, Carol Cleek, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, Elizabeth Covington, RN, MN, CCRN, CS, Becki L. Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN, M. Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, NP, Rosemarie Hirsch, RN, MN, CCRN, Deborah Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN (board liaison), L. Dianne Long, RNC, MN, William Mausser, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, Susan Nelson, RN, BSN, Jackie Palmer, RN, CEN, Kathleen Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN, Deborah Pool, RN, MS, CCRN, Carol Puz, RN, MS, CCRN (board liaison), Bonnie Rice, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, ARNP, Reynaldo Rivera, RN, MA, MEd, CCRN, CNAA, ANP, Joy Speciale, RN, MBA, CCRN, Mary Stewart, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, CCRN, Holly Weber-Johnson, RN, BSN, Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, APN, Larraine Yeager, RN, BS, BSN

Continuing Education Articles Review Panel
Karla Ahrns, RN, BSN, Fern Alderfer, RN, BSN, Michelle Anastasi, RN, MS, CCRN, Mary Jane Ante, RN, MS, BA, CCRN, Judith Bartz, RN, BSN, Linda Batts, RN, CCRN, Lynda Beck, Karen Bird, RN, ADN, BS, CCRN, Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA, Dawn Blake-Holmes, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Jeanne Braby, RN, MSN, CCRN, Patricia Bradshaw, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, Marylee Bressie, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CEN, Eileen Briening, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP, Lori Brown, RN, MSN, CCRN, James Bryant, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, Angela Burd, RNC, MSN, CCNS, APN-C, Carolyn Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS

Stephanie Calcasola, RN, MSN, Helen Camp, RN, CCRN, Patricia Cardin, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Donna Charlebois, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, Linda Cook, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, ACNP, Louise Cook, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mary Cordes, RN, CNS, MS, Eric Cotton, RN, BSN, Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CS, APRN, CEN, Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MSN, CCRN, Maryanne Crowther, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, APN-C, Janet Davies, RN, CNS, MSN, CCNS, Louise Diehl-Oplinger, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Diane Dorsch, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, Susan Dukes, RN, MA, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Joseph Dunn, RN, BS, CCRN, Paulla Eldridge, RN, BSN, CCRN, Marcia Elliott, RN, BSN, CCRN, Nancy Erman, RN, Valerie Eschiti, RN

Lisa Falcon, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN, Annette Fleck, RN, BSN, CCRN, Rita Free, RN, MS, Jennifer Frost, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jean Forsha, RN, MSN, Michael Frakes, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, CFRN, Mary Franklin, RN, MSN, NP, Lisa Garcia, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, Henry Geiter, RN, ADN, CCRN, Elizabeth George, RN, PhD, CCRN, Helen Gonzales-Kranzel, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, CS, NP, Suzette Grier-Bosveld, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CEN, Madelyn Gries, RN, MS, CCRN, Jane Grimberg, RN, MS, CCRN, Todd Grivetti, RN, BS, CCRN, Sheila Grossman, RN, PhD, APRN, Denise Guaglianone-Buonocore, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CS, ACNP

Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, John Harper, RN, MSN, Leigh Hart, RN, PhD, CCRN, Bonnie Harvey, RN, BSN, CCRN, Lee Ann Haygood, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA, NP, Linda Hidalgo, RN, DNS, CCRN, Linda Holzhueter, RN, BS, BSN, Patricia Hoppman, RN, MS, CCRN, Melissa Hutchinson, RN, BS, CCRN, Lori Jackson, RN, ND, CCRN, Cynthia Janacek, RN, BSN, CCRN, Scott Jessie, RN, ADN, CCRN, Nancy King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, NP, APN-C, Ruth Kleinpell-Nowell, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS, FAAN, Andrea Kline, RN, MS, CCRN, NP, Ina Koerner, RN, MSN, PhD, Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CCRN, PNP, Susan Koos, RN, MS, Barbara Krumbach, RN, MSN, CCRN, Christine Kruskamp, RN, MS, Jane Kurz, RN, PhD, Kristine L'Ecuyer, RN, MSN, Michele Lanza, RN, BSN, CCRN, Nantanwa Lee, RN, MN, CCRN

Margaret Lewis, RN, BSN, Joanne Liptock, RN, CCRN, CEN, EMT, Mary Macklin, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP, Joan Mallum, RN, BSN, CCRN, Margaret Malone, RN, MN, CCRN, Lisa Manni, RN, MSN, CCRN, Michele Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Karen March, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, CNRN, Sarah Martin, RN, MS, CCRN, NP, Dorothy Mayer, RN, MSN, CS, Diane Mayes, RN, MSN, CCRN, Christina McCarter, RN, BSN, Cheryl McKay, RN, MSN, CCNS, Margaret McNeill, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Joni Meiter, RN, MSN, CCRN, Kathleen Miller, RN, EdD, ACNP, CS, Nicolette Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN, Katerina Moklak, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Lou Ann Montgomery, RN, MA, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, Kathleen Myerowitz, RN, MS

Barbara Ogden, RN, MSN, CCRN, Dee Oliveri, RN, Mary Olson, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Tina O'Neal, RN, ADN, CCRN, Marie Therese Padriga, RN, BSN, Joann Panno, RNC, CNS, MSN, Scott Pasternak, RN, BSN, CCRN, Carol Pierce, RN, MSN, PhD, Jose Planillo, RN, BSN, CCRN, Deborah Pool, RN, MS, CCRN, Theresa Posani, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CNA, CS, Deborah Posey, RN, ADN, CCRN, Cindy Pu, RN, MSN, BA, Patricia Rabbett, RN, MSN, CCRN, Timothy Rausch, RN, BS, CCRN, George Reichert, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN, Virginia Rickards, RN, MEd, CCRN, Stacy Riley, RN, BS, BSN, Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cathy Robertson, RN, Joyce Roth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA, Maureen Roussel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS

Jill Sanko, RN, BSN, BA, Deborah Scheele-Minanov, RN, MSN, Amy Schueler, RN, MS, CNP, Lori Schumacher, RN, MS, CCRN, Steve Senecal, RN, ADN, MS, CCRN, Nancy Seymour, RN, BSN, CCRN, Deborah Shields, RN, MS, CCRN, Pamela Shumate, RN, MS, MSN, Florence Simmons, RN, MSN, CCRN, Susan Smith, RN, BS, BA, CNA, Paulette Snoby, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN, Murray Speers, RN, BSN, CCRN, Angela Starkweather, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, NP, Tracey Stover-Wall, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, EMT, Marcia Strow, RN, MS, AA, CCRN, Sandra Swoboda, RN, MS, Wendy Swope, RN, ADN, CCRN, Joyce Taylor, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN

Stephanie Van Arsdale, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN, Kimberly Vander Heuvel, RN, MS, CCRN, ARNP, NP, Christine Vittum, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, Mark Vojtko, RN, BSN, CCRN, Kittie Wagner, RN, BSN, Mary Walker, RN, MSN, CCRN, Laurie Walsh, RN, MS, CCRN, NP, Susan Walsh, RN, MN, CCRN, Robin Watson, RNC, MN, CCRN, H. Joanne Weiss, RN, ADN, Jane Weller, RN-C, PhD, CCRN, CNA, CEN, Christine Westphal, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cindy Wetzel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Joan Wilson, RN, BSN, CCRN, Patricia Worster, RN, MS


Distinguished Research Lecturer Review Panel
Kirsten Featherstone, RN, MS, Susan Fowler, RN, MS, CS, CNRN, Mary Jo Grap, RN, PhD, ACNP, Sonya Hardin, RN, PhD, CCRN, Elaine Steinke, RN, MN, PhD

Education Advisory Team
Beth Coyle-Frush, RN, CCRN, Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN, Stephen Krau, PhD, MSN, BSN, MA, BA, Sara McMannus, RN, BSN, Patricia Rosier, RN, MS, APRN, Heather Russell, RN, BSN, Mona Ternus, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN

Ethics Work Group
Cynda Rushton, RN, DNSc, FAAN (cochair), Christine Westphal, RN, MSN, CCRN (cochair), Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, Sarah Delgado, RN, MSN, NP, Janie Heath, RN, MS, CS, CCRN, ACNP, ANP (board liaison), Brenda Jeffers, RN, PhD, Linda Tamburri, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN

NTI Abstracts Review Panel
Karla Ahrns, RN, BSN, Pamela Bradshaw, RN, BSN, PhD, CCRN, CNA, Stephanie Calcasola, RN, MSN, Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MSN, CCRN, Marilin Crawford, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN, Diane Dorsch, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, Jennifer Dwyer, RN-C, MSN, CCRN, CS, Nancy Erman, RN, Valerie Eschiti, RN, Hatice Foell, RN, MSN, ARNP, Beverly Gay, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN, Henry Geiter, RN, ADN, CCRN, Lisa Groop, RN, ADN, CCRN, Cheryl Hettman, RN, PhD, Melanie Keiffer, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mary Fitzgerald Kenny, RN, MA, MBA, CNAA, Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CCRN, PNP, Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS

Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, CNRN, Christina McCarter, RN, BSN, Rhonda McLain, RN, MN, MS, Shirlien Metersky, RN, MSN, CCRN, Nicolette Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN, Winfred Moore, RN, BSN, CCRN, Janet Mullan, RN, BSN, DDS, CCRN, Jodi Mullen, RN-C, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Cindy Munro, RN, PhD, ANP, Sandra O'Sullivan, RN, MS, CCRN, Carla Shock, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, CAE, NP, Connie Sobon Sensor, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mary Tierney, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP, Susan Walsh, RN, MN, CCRN, Cindy Wetzel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, APN, Diane Wrobleski, RN, MS, CEN

NTI Work Group
Carolyn Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS (chair), Marian Altman, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, Marcia Chorba, RN, MSN, Lee Ann Haygood, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA, NP, Marla De Jong, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, CEN, Mary Frances Pate, RN, CNS, DSN, Katie Schatz, RN, MSN, NPC, Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN (board liaison)

Public Policy Work Group
Diane Mayes, RN, MSN, CCRN (chair), Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA (board liaison), James Bryant, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, Christine Keenan, RN, BS, Debra Mark, RN, MSN, PhD, Cynthia Noe, RN, BSN, Alisa Shackelford, RN, BSS, CCRN

Research and Creative Solutions Abstracts Review Panel
Jessie Casida, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C, Lisa Falcon, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN, Hatice Foell, RN, MSN, ARNP, Shelly Fields-Ryan, RN, MS, CCRN, FNP, Melanie Keiffer, RN, MSN, CCRN, Lori Jackson, RN, ND, CCRN, Gina Maiocco, RN, PhD, CCRN, Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS, CNRN, Shirlien Metersky, RN, MSN, CCRN, Lucy Paskus, RN, BSN, Antoinette Robinson, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN, Donna Rosborough, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, Patricia Rosier, RN, MS, APRN, Michael Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, Susan Woods, RN, PhD

Research Grants Review Panel
Renea Beckstrand, RN, PhD, CCRN, Judy Bezanson, RN, DSN, Sherill Cronin, RN, PhD, Susan Fowler, RN, MS, CS, CNRN, Mary Beth Happ, RN, PhD, Patricia O'Malley, RN, PhD, CCRN, Sandra Smith, PhD, APRN, Charlene Winters, RN, DNSc, CS, Jill White Winters, RN, PhD

Research Work Group
Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN (chair), Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, MSN, CCRN, (board liaison), Mary Jo Grap, RN, PhD, ACNP, Linda Henry, RN, MS, CCRN, Cheryl McKay, RN, MSN, CCNS, Jessica Palmer, RN, MS, MSN, Maurita Soukup, RN, DNSc, BS, Murray Speers, RN, BSN, CCRN

Scholarship Review Panel
Katherine Abriam-Yago, RN, MSN, Elizabeth Carson, RN, EdD, Eleanor Fallon, RN, MSN, CCRN, CFRN, Renie Feingold, RN, MSN, NP, Rita Free, RN, MS, Gerard Hannibal, RN, BSN, CCRN, Leigh Hart, RN, PhD, CCRN, Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN, Connie Jaenicke, RN, Patricia Kelly, RN, BSN, CCRN, Joanne Kuszaj, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, Michele Lanza, RN, BSN, CCRN, Julie McCorkle, RN, MN, MS, NP, Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Nelson Tuazon, RN, MSN, CNAA, Anne Vigil, RN, MSN, M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, PhD, CCRN, Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, APN, Diane Wrobleski, RN, MS, CEN


PDA Software Bundled for Critical Care Nurses

Save more than $55 on new software bundles designed specifically for critical care nurses. To order online, visit www.aacn.org > Bookstore > AACN PDA Center > Specials. All the specials described below are valid through July 31, 2003.

Critical Care Software Bundle for Palm OS
In this bundle, you will receive the Lexi-Nursing Drug Guide, ER/ICU Toolbox, the new Pocket ICU Management Guide (this title is pre-release and will be delivered separately), and two of AACN's popular e-references, Cardiovascular Assessment and Laboratory Values.

A value of more than $150 for just $99!

Critical Care Software Bundle for Pocket PC
In this bundle, you will receive the Lexi-Nursing Drug Guide, ER/ICU Toolbox, the new Pocket ICU Management Guide (this title is a pre-release and will be delivered separately), and the Handheld Medicine EKG Pocket Survival Guide.

A value of more than $150 for just $99!

New PDA Audio-Visual Tutorials Coming soon!
Soon you will be able explore PDA-emulated devices featuring a variety of nursing software applications via audio and visual tutorials adapted from the 2003 NTI PDA Learning Lab. From your own computer, you'll observe case study scenarios that depict the use of PDA software during the management of bedside patients. These narrated, interactive tutorials will be available from the AACN PDA Center. Additional information will be provided in the August 2003 issue of AACN News.


Order Audio Cassettes and CDs From NTI 2003
You can now order audiocassettes and audio CDs of hundreds of NTI 2003 sessions. To obtain a list of topics and prices, use AACN's Fax on Demand service at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #006069.


Looking Ahead

July 2003

July 15 Deadline to submit nomination materials for AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards. To obtain an awards application, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site. The application is also available on Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1011.

August 2003

Aug. 15 Deadline to apply for ICU Design Citation. For more information, contact the Society of Critical Care Medicine at (847) 827-7659.

September 2003

Sept. 1 Deadline to submit research and creative solutions abstracts for AACN's 2004 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition May 15 through 20 in Orlando, Fla. To obtain abstract forms, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #6007 or visit the AACN Web site.
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