Speakers Selected for NTI 2004 in Florida
Diversity Guides Topic Review
Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Chair
Mary Frances Pate, RN, CNS, DSN
comes to critical care nursing, leadership
and advanced practice education, AACN's
National Teaching Institute is considered by
many to be the best of the best. And,
according to participant responses, NTI 2003
in San Antonio, Texas, was the best yet.
you ever wondered how such quality
programming is planned? The planning process
is actually a journey that begins as soon as
the NTI ends each year.
Work Group meets over the summer to review
the abstracts submitted for oral
presentation. Represented on the volunteer
group are various practice roles, including
educators, nurse practitioners, clinical
nurse specialists, managers and staff
nurses. Group members bring diverse clinical
expertise, as well as adult and
pediatric-focused experience to the table.
abstracts are submitted each year, they
undergo a "blind" review that uses a
criteria-based scoring system. The reviewers
are looking for concise and comprehensive
content descriptions, and clearly stated
session purposes, key concepts and expected
outcomes. The individual criterion scores
are then calculated for an overall abstract
Scoring the Abstracts
recommendations for abstract selection are
forwarded to the NTI Work Group, which also
conducts a blind review of the abstracts.
All the information is collated to provide a
list of abstracts sorted by scores, from
highest to lowest. For NTI 2004, 749
abstracts were submitted for review, with
150 chosen for oral presentation.
final selection process starts with a
framework of topics, including adult and
pediatric clinical, leadership, education,
ethical/legal, research and advanced
practice. A set number of topics are chosen
in each area, with clinical topics receiving
the most slots. In addition to the
concurrent sessions, preconference, mastery,
and professional enrichment topics must be
chosen. The abstracts receiving the highest
scores are then placed within the framework.
are a variety of reasons an abstract may not
be chosen for presentation at the NTI. For
example, the abstract may be poorly written.
Although the review panelists and NTI Work
Group members may think a topic is
excellent, the information provided might
not describe sufficiently what will be
presented in the session. Clearly stating
the purpose, key ideas and expected outcomes
consideration is whether the topic is
appropriate for the NTI. To meet the
expectations of the diverse audience, the
content must include clinical topics, such
as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal,
endocrine and trauma; leadership
development; computer-related topics;
personal growth; and pediatric and adult
program must be balanced. Therefore, the
number of abstracts that can be chosen
within each topic area is limited. If seven
abstracts are submitted on traumatic brain
injury, not all can be chosen for
NTI participants come from a variety of
hospitals, geographical locations, practice
areas and experience levels, abstracts that
have a more general, broad appeal are chosen
to meet the needs of the larger audience.
For example, though interesting, highly
specialized abstracts, such as complications
in the liver transplant patient, do not have
a broad audience base.
NTI 2004 will be a number of concentrated
"pathways" that recognize specific areas of
professional development interest. In
addition to adult critical care, advanced
practice, CCRN preparation and review,
chapter sessions and learning connections,
these pathways will target in progressive
care, emergency department, pediatrics and
of the 2004 NTI Work Group are Diane Byrum,
RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS (chair), Marian Altman,
RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, Lee Ann Haygood, RN, MSN,
CCRN, CNA, NP, Marla De Jong, RN, MS, CCRN,
CCNS, CEN, Mary Frances Pate, RN, CNS, DSN,
and Katie Schatz, RN, MSN, NPC. Susan
Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, is the AACN board
liaison. Marcia Chorba, RN, MSN, was a
member until her death. National office
liaisons are Program Development Specialist
Bonnie Baker, RN, MHA, and Clinical Practice
Specialist Linda Bell, RN, MS, MSN.
those interested in submitting an abstract,
the 2004 NTI Work Group will present a
session in Orlando on "How to Be an AACN
Chair Diane Byrum (standing, left) and AACN
Program Development Specialist Bonnie Baker
(standing, right) facilitate the discussion
members of the NTI Work Group select speaker
abstracts for NTI 2004 in Orlando, Fla.
Members of the 2004 NTI Work Group were
by national office staff when they met in
in August. Pictured are (from left, seated)
Diane Byrum and Paula Lusardi and (from
Edie Carpenter, Mary Frances Pate, Bonnie
the late Marcia Chorba, Marla De Jong, Lee
Marian Altman, Wendy Berke, Katie Schatz and
L. Chorba, a critical care nurse from
Pittsburgh, Pa., and a member of the 2004
NTI Work Group, died Oct. 28, following a
brief illness. She was a member of the Three
Rivers Chapter of AACN.
family has requested memorial contributions
to the chapter, which has set up a
scholarship fund in her honor. Donations may
be sent to the Three Rivers Chapter AACN,
Marcia Chorba Scholarship, PO Box 12000,
Pittsburgh, PA 15240.
2004 NTI Art Takes ‘Rising Above' to New
Capturing the "Rising Above" theme for NTI
2004 is the work of Canadian artist Tracy
Walker. The original artwork was
commissioned by AACN to set the stage for
its annual conference May 15 through 20 in
Interpreting the Art
President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN,
chose the "Rising Above" theme to reflect
the opportunities that are presented when
different perspectives are considered. The
art represents the relationship and the
connection between disparate elements.
rising above, one can see more than the
movement of lines and shapes represented by
the initial chaotic impression of this
illustration-or the stressful workplace
nurses find themselves in today. To rise
above is to see the harmony in the art (and
in the hospital setting).
above to seek out the connections that
reveal solutions is symbolized by the bird
in flight (the nurse), surveying the
landscape while being an integral part of
ability to move within and around the
environment is powerful. Like the bird, the
nurse can see the smallest details from the
greatest vantage point, the bedside.
above is subtle, like the color palette of
the illustration. The action takes place in
the fray, where nurses are called upon to
use their voice. The solutions occur when
rising above. The illustration is a useful
metaphor in that there is a prismatic
quality to the boundaries, creating both
depth and transparency. Although these
images seem to be solid and separate, like
many of the issues the nursing profession
faces today, the reality is, they are not.
above is to become part of the whole. In
rising above the chaos, individuals can
objectively understand the situation and
craft solutions. By rising above, nurses are
not afraid to move confidently within their
environments, positively influencing and
affecting the surroundings-the patients,
their families and themselves.
About the Artist
was born in England, but grew up in Canada.
She studied both fine art and illustration,
and worked as a graphic designer before
settling into a career as a freelance
illustrator. Her work appears regularly in
magazines and publications throughout Canada
and the U.S.
2004 NTI Housing Bureau Now Open
now reserve your hotel for NTI 2004 in
Orlando, Fla. In response to participant
requests, the NTI Housing Bureau opened
early this year. The list of available
hotels, as well as rates and descriptions of
the properties, are available on the NTI Web
2004 is scheduled for May 15 through 20 in
Online Neonatal and
Pediatric Critical Care Courses Available
Internet-based courses to prepare for
neonatal and pediatric critical care nursing
roles will be offered beginning in January
2004 by Indiana University School of
Up to 6 Academic Credits
three-credit didactic component consists of
10 online modules that may be taken from any
location. The optional three-credit clinical
practicum requires an on-site preceptor at
an approved facility accessible to the
learner. The courses include access to the
virtual center of best practices, a resource
area with links to practice standards, nurse
researchers and learning resources.
Electives Ideal for Undergraduates
these innovative courses, any nursing school
can now offer electives in these
hard-to-find specialty areas," said Diane
Billings, RN, EdD, FAAN, project codirector
and IUSON associate dean for teaching,
learning and information resources. "They
also enrich RN-BSN programs for students
seeking new skills and knowledge in these
areas," Billings noted. Although individual
students can enroll through IUSON and
transfer credit to their home school, any
school can offer the courses through an
institutional pricing option.
courses are ideal for last semester
"capstone" courses where students choose an
interest area where they may seek future
employment. "The course pilot showed us that
students who took the courses were better
prepared for their capstone experience, so
our health system now requires that they
take them to work in our PICU" noted Dawn
Daniels, RN, MSN, CCRN, clinical nurse
specialist at Clarian Health Partners who is
pediatric course codeveloper and
Partners to Develop Courses
project is funded in part by a grant of
nearly $1 million from the "Learning Anytime
Anywhere Partnership," a project of FIPSE,
the U.S. Department of Education Fund for
the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
AACN, Clarian Health Partners and IUSON have
provided additional support for the $2.1
million project. Courses were developed by
national content experts directed by IUSON.
Commit to Healthy Work Environments
committed to healthy work environments? Join
the growing number of critical care nurses
who have pledged to help achieve just that
by signing the "Act Boldly" commitment card
In the Circle: AACN Award Recognizes
Excellent Nurse Managers
Editor's note: Part of the AACN Circle of
Excellence recognition programs, the
Excellent Nurse Manager Award recognizes
nurse managers who demonstrate excellence in
coordination of available resources to
efficiently and effectively care for acutely
or critically ill patients and families.
Following are exemplars submitted in
connection with this award for 2003.
Richard M. Carpenter, RN, BSN
University of Virginia
the first steps in the process of rebuilding
the medical ICU when I became manager was to
help the remaining clinical leadership
realize that they were a part of the
solution to addressing the nurses'
dissatisfaction with long hours and
frustrating lack of career options.
staff and I decided that one solution was to
build in fewer "off-shifts" for the more
senior staff by using critical care pool
staff for these shifts. We also made sure
that we maintained a minimum of unit-based
staff on the shifts for consistency and
safety. In addition, we reinstituted the
practice of using a "floating" charge nurse.
By helping the staff realize we could change
the way assignments were made, the unit was
able to free up one staff member per shift
to act as floating charge.
Together we determined that our orientation
program needed a total overhaul. I presented
the idea to a core group of current and
potential clinical leaders and gave them the
groundwork and support to develop the
program. I insisted that the staff in the
MICU be involved in both interviews and
learned that, if you teach your staff how to
do the job and then find a way to support
them, you might find a way to survive the
nursing shortage that plagues our efforts to
provide quality care for our patients and
Joyce E. Fullwood, RN, BSN, CCRN
University Health System
nurse manager of operations for our cardiac
ICU, my responsibilities include fiscal and
personnel management, clinical quality, and
staff development and growth. I have been a
change agent, patient and staff advocate,
encourage staff members to assume
responsibility for their practice and set
standards and expectations to meet their
goals, whether in the staff or charge nurse
role. They participate on unit and
hospital-based committees and have initiated
and implemented hospitalwide policies and
ensure that patient-care standards are
consistent and that nurses are held
accountable to those standards in a
nonpunitive, nonthreatening manner.
Previously, if a staff nurse committed a
medication error, we would discuss the
incident, and then I began the disciplinary
process. Because of the negative impact, I
attempted another approach. When an error
was committed, I discussed the incident with
the nurse, who then developed a personal
action plan to prevent future errors. This
nursing responsibility changed the process
from punitive to a learning opportunity. I
also assisted in developing a Heart Center
Medication Error Action Plan for the
Clinical Service Unit.
involved in performance improvement and have
been an active participant in determining
the root cause analysis for sentinel events.
I maintain an open-door policy and encourage
staff to approach me with any issues. Being
visible and available to my staff is
important to me. I believe in promoting not
only staff satisfaction but patient and
family satisfaction as well.
Cheryl Lynn Wolverton, RN, MSN, CCRN
Clarian Health, Indiana
a manager, seeing your critical care unit
staff becoming increasingly frustrated and
tense. Their sense of powerlessness was
immense. I witnessed patients and their
families being anxious because our nurses
did not appear to have time to care for
them. As I evaluated the situation I asked
myself, "Who was responsible for this?" The
answer was me. The unit looked out of
control; I felt out of control. I have been
a critical care nurse for 22 years as a
staff nurse, educator, clinical nurse
specialist, and now in my most challenging
role as clinical manager.
friend once said to me, "A crisis can be
good." Not exactly what you want to hear in
a crisis, but it was very true. I needed to
look at this "crisis" as an opportunity.
"Process, process, process," I recalled one
of my graduate school mentors saying.
Therefore, I needed to collect data, review
the literature, and seek mentorship and
most important action I took was to
carefully listen to the staff. Our staff
needed to give significant input regarding
solutions to our "crisis," while I carefully
considered their personal needs. I felt
strongly that nursing needed to focus on the
science of nursing. Our healthcare
organization had faced what virtually every
hospital across the United States had
encountered: restructuring and reallocation
of resources. In addition, we experienced
the consolidation of three hospitals. The
nursing shortage amplified these painful
realities. Staff was feeling a lack of
trust, loss of identity, and overall
Fortunately, our organization's senior
leadership supported key recommendations
that would start the positive transition. As
a leadership group, we developed a plan to
quickly stabilize our work environment.
forward to four years later. I can say I am
proud to be the manager. We have zero
percent vacancy. We implemented a unit-based
educator role and developed a
multidisciplinary collaborative care team.
Seventy-two percent of the staff degrees are
BSN or higher. Fourteen percent are CCRNs.
Eleven percent are pursuing educational
advancement. Staff and patient satisfaction
is high, with the staff essentially on
"auto-pilot." We seized the opportunity to
become an excellent team of nursing
ECCO Strengthened Orientation Process
New York Hospital Designed Course to Address
Health is a comprehensive healthcare system
providing services from more than 20
locations in New York's capitol region. It
is anchored by St. Mary's Hospital, a
200-bed community hospital in Troy.
hospital decided to redesign its entire
critical care orientation course, initially
as a result of high vacancy rates and
inability to retain staff. In addition, the
hospital realized that, because new
graduates would be participating in this
redesigned course, basic skills would need
to be provided prior to entering the
critical care environment.
nurse recruiter requested suggestions from
staff and formed a committee to develop a
new course. Jean Endryck, RN, MS, FNP,
project director for the critical care
program, explained that adopting the ECCO
program fit nicely with the new course
design and enabled the hospital to create a
stronger orientation process.
"Novices need to go from simple to more
complex concepts," Endryck said. "ECCO
starts at the novice nurse's level. It
covers basic anatomy and physiology and
builds from there to give the new nurse
success with the overwhelming nature of
critical care nursing."
indicated that nurses are able to speak
knowledgeably to patients and their families
about types of care and services that may be
not provided directly in a unit.
don't do interventional cardiology in our
unit, but patients are still sent out for
it. The benefit is that nurses can talk to
the patient and family and let them know
what to expect since the information is
covered in the program," she said.
reported that the nurses like using the ECCO
program and particularly appreciate learning
at their own pace and reviewing the content
when necessary. According to Endryck, this
builds confidence for new nurses because
they know if they didn't assimilate the
concepts the first time through the program,
they can review a second or third time as
versatility of the ECCO program has helped
Endryck capitalize on "teachable moments."
something particularly good is happening in
the unit, I can pull the nurses into the
unit to be a part of it rather than having
them hidden away in a classroom," she said.
Conversely, if there is unexpected downtime
in the critical care area, the nurse can
spend an hour or two on the computer. This
extra, unscheduled learning would not be
possible if students were waiting for a
students appreciate the testing results that
provide instant feedback, whether a nurse
passed or failed.
nurse gets to see exactly what they got
wrong at the moment the test is submitted,
rather than a week later. This also enables
me to correct their thinking right away.
It's a very sound educational principal,"
randomization of test questions for each
objective is a feature Endryck likes as
well. It can be used as a pre- and post-test
for more experienced nurses. Endryck does
not currently use this method with new
nurses, because she wants them to experience
success right away with the content, rather
than frustration with taking an initial
pre-test that they won't pass.
hospital believed strongly that
incorporating national standards into the
curriculum was important. Because the ECCO
program was an AACN product, they knew the
program would be of high quality and the
materials and development process would be
excellent. They also used the program as a
recruitment tool for new nurses.
the program we could say we have a state of
the art orientation program from AACN that
is setting national standards. The contact
hours for it will be recognized throughout
the country," Endryck said.
Right for Progressive Care
Seton Hall/St. Mary's Hospital chose to use
the ECCO program, the educators decided it
would also be an integral part of the
education process in progressive care.
progressive care unit treats more
cardiovascular patients than the critical
care unit, so it makes sense to give them
the most current information," Endryck said.
"The cardiovascular module is such a big
piece of the program and its components are
key to the PCU staff."
may also be a retention tool for progressive
care unit staff, Endryck continued.
"Sometimes we'll have PCU staff float to
critical care to take care of stable
critical care patients. Moving these
experienced nurses into higher level content
will definitely be a benefit to them."
Recruitment Campaign Tops 1,800 New Members
Caroline Axt, RN, MS, of Oakland, Calif.,
recruited 18 new members during September to
take the lead in AACN's Critical Links
members Axt has recruited since the campaign
began May 1 puts her 11 members ahead the
previous month's leader, Delmar Imperial-Aubin,
RN, BSN, of Houston, Texas, whose
recruitment total of 28 new members kept her
in second place.
behind as the campaign nears the half-way
point are Ngozi I. Moneke, RN-BC, BSN, CCRN,
who has recruited 25 members; Stephanie C.
Westbrook, RN, who has recruited 24; and
Kathleen M. Richuso, RN, MS, MSN, and
Catherine P. Rodgers, RN, ADN, CCRN, who
have both recruited 20 each.
new members recruited by individuals and
chapters during September bring the campaign
total to 1,814 new members. (See page 11 for
Rewards Await Recruiters
individual recruiter when the campaign ends
March 31 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
month, members who have recruited at least
one new member during the month are also
entered into a drawing for a $100 American
Express gift certificate. Receiving the
American Express gift certificate in the
drawing for September was Carolyn Axt.
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-nights 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.
Note: To participate, recruiters must
include their membership numbers on the
referral line of the membership application.
Individuals who also want their chapters to
receive credit must include the chapter
who have recruited more than five members in
the campaign to date are:
Ann Cox, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, NP, Mary Karen
Sands, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP, Carol A. Grube,
RN, Victor A. Duarte, RN, Rachelle M. King,
RN, BSN, Irma N. Richardson, RN, BS, CCRN,
Marisue Rowe, RN, ADN, Linda J. Lopazanski,
RN, CCRN, Christina McCarter Cantey, RN,
BSN, Paulita D. Narag, RN, CCRN, Joseph R.
Newsome, RN, CNS, MN, CCNS, Stephanie A.
Baker, RN, Diane M. Casperson, RN, BSN, CCRN,
Jean A. Endryck, RN, BS, BSN, MN, MS, FNP,
NP, Kathleen L. Finn, RN, MS, EdD, Kirsten
F. Fritz, RN, Rhonda Lanclos, RN, ADN,
Maureen Wood, RN, BSN, Lydia C. Bautista,
RN, BSN, CCRN, Barbara M. Eachus, RN, BS,
BSN, CCRN, Melanie Jane Leepers, RN, ADN,
BS, CCRN, TNCC, Julie S. Miller, RN, BSN,
CCRN, Cynthia L. Zaletel, RN, BSN, CCRN,
Megan E. Brunson, RN, BSN, Sharon V. Grupp,
RN, BSN, Judith A. Ascenzi, RN, MN, MSN,
Jeanne Ann Bolton, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Becki
L. Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN, Dawn Kregel, RN, BS,
BSN, Maria A. Laxina, RN, MA, MS, CCRN, Dawn
LeQuatte, RN, BSN, Teresa J. Seright, RN,
ADN, CCRN, Cathy L. Blonski, RN, Cynthia L.
Bond, RN, T. Lynn Brown, RN, Beverly Ann
Carlson, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, Janis D. King,
RN, ADN, CCRN, Betty C. King, RN, MSN, AA
Rachel Banks, RN, Marylee R. Bressie, RN,
CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN, CEN, Barbara M. Bundage,
RN, MSN, Evelyn C. Coen, RN, BSN, CCRN,
Kathleen M. Johnson, RN, Pauline J. McNeece,
RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, Ann L. Mercer, RN, CCRN,
Lynn M. Purcel, RN, BSN, Donna B. Sabash,
RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN,
MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Doris J. Strother, RN, MN,
MS, NP, Deborah L. Erickson, RN, MA, MS,
CCRN, Kathleen B. Wright, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN.
Scene and Heard
continues to seek visibility for our
profession and the organization. Following
is an update on recent outreach efforts.
Voice in the Media
Street Journal (Sept. 26, 2003)-A letter to
the editor written by AACN President-elect
Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, was
published in response to the first in a
series of articles titled "The Big Secret in
Health Care: Rationing Is Here: Workers Who
Are on the Front Lines Decide Who Gets What
Treatment." The letter was headlined
"Caregivers Need Better Resources to Make
Better Decisions." An online version
appeared under the collective heading "The
‘Moral Authority' to Ration Health Care."
McCauley's responses stressed the crucial
role nurses play in ensuring safe,
compassionate care of patients and their
families. "Called on every day to deal with
the difficult issues raised in the article,
nurses have unique, firsthand knowledge of
systems that can work," McCauley wrote.
"Yet, they can't do it alone; collaborative
leadership is imperative."
Today Show (Sept. 5, 2003)-AACN President
Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, was
interviewed for a segment on NBC's Today
show on the nursing shortage. Fontaine, who
is associate dean for academic programs in
the School of Nursing at the University of
California at San Francisco, where footage
for the segment was filmed in the neonatal
ICU at the University of California
Magazine (September 2003)-Excerpts from the
AACN News "President's Note" column that
Fontaine writes were featured. In the
column, Fontaine encouraged nurses to obtain
their CCRN certification and referred them
to "Safeguarding the Patient and the
Profession: The Value of Critical Care Nurse
Certification," AACN's white paper on the
benefits of certification. The white paper
can be accessed online at www.aacn.org >
Certification > Benefits of Certification.
NurseWeek (Sept. 23, 2003)-An article titled
"Do the Write Thing" highlighted the career
of Judy Lee Graham-Garcia, RN, MN, FNP, ACNP,
CRNA, who has written articles for the
American Journal of Critical Care, as well
as other journals. The article noted that
Graham-Garcia often consults AACN board
member Janie Heath, RN, PhD, ANP, ACNP, as a
mentor and occasional coauthor.
Management (September 2003)-An article
titled "Provide Safe Passage for Patients:
Learn to prevent problems during the
intrahospital transport of critical care
patients" referred to the "Guidelines for
the Transfer of Critically Ill Patients"
booklet that AACN developed in collaboration
with the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
The article concluded that using the AACN/SCCM
guidelines can optimize patient outcomes and
decrease staff stress when transporting
patients within the hospital, a period of
Critical Care Clinics of North America
(September 2003)-Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD,
CCRN, CCNS, a member of the AACN Board of
Directors, was one of two guest editors.
Tracy cowrote the preface and an article
titled "Nursing's Role in Contemporary and
Alternative Therapy Use in Critical Care."
Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD, chair of the AACN
Certification Corporation Board of
Directors, is consulting editor of this
NurseWeek (Sept. 8, 2003)-AACN board member
Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, was quoted in an
article titled "Tag Team: Hospital team
nurses and pharmacists in collaborative med
administration programs that improve
delivery and reduce errors." Blake, the PCS
Critical Care Services director at Childrens
Hospital Los Angeles, said the complexity of
drugs that nurses now dispense has made the
hospital's decade-old integration model of
establishing satellite pharmacies for the
ICU and OR units to place pharmacists in
real-time consultation roles even more
critical in recent years.
Spectrum, New England Edition (July 14,
2003)-Barbara Phelan, RN, DNSc, CCRN, APRN-BC,
was author of an article titled "Critical
Care Education: Where You Want It, When You
Want It" about AACN's Web-based Essentials
of Critical Care Orientation program.
Phelan, who is the clinical nurse educator
at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven,
Conn., is immediate past president and
current chair of the nominating committee
for the South Central Connecticut Chapter of
AACN. Yale-New Haven was one of the first
hospitals in New England to offer the
Lafayette, La. (September 2003)-Fontaine was
interviewed in conjunction with the Currents
symposium, an educational program
cosponsored by the AACN Region 12 chapters.
More than 100 critical care nurses from
Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi attended
the symposium to learn new critical care
information to optimize patient outcomes.
Fontaine also gave a speech about the
Voice at the Table
McCauley attended the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention-National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health's
healthcare stakeholder meeting on its
Workplace Violence Research and Prevention
Initiative. The meeting, an opportunity for
stakeholders to identify research gaps and
suggest potential collaborative efforts,
focused on workplace violence issues
affecting healthcare workers. The institute
is interested in partnering with healthcare
facilities and services to collect data.
and Public Policy Specialist Janice Weber,
RN, MSN, attended a reception in Washington,
D.C., hosted by the Americans for Nursing
Shortage Relief Alliance. AACN, which is a
member of the alliance, cosponsored the
event with other member organizations,
including the Emergency Nurses Association
and the American Organization of Nurse
Executives. CNN senior correspondent Judy
Woodruff was master of ceremonies for the
event, which honored nurses in the Army,
Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service,
Department of Veterans Affairs and American
Red Cross for their service in the aftermath
of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN director
of Development and Strategic Alliances,
attended the fall meeting of the advisory
board of the Indiana University School of
Nursing, Indianapolis. During the meeting,
IUSON dean-designate Marion Broome,
currently associate dean for research at the
University of Alabama at Birmingham, was
welcomed. The board is an external group
that advises the dean on fulfilling the
school's mission and ensures ongoing
strategic planning and program evaluation.
Exhibits and Sponsorships Director Randy
Bauler, CEM, attended the International
Association for Exhibition Management Board
of Directors meeting and strategic planning
session in New York City. In addition to
approving the 2004 budget, the board met
with the IAEM Services Board and Future
Strategies Committee to help map the
association's strategic direction. Bauler
was elected to a three-year term on the
board, beginning in January 2004, and was
selected to receive the IAEM Merit Award for
2003. One of IAEM's highest honors, the
award is presented for outstanding
achievement, dedication and contribution to
the association and the exhibition industry.
Board Treasurer M. Dave Hanson, RN, MSN,
CCRN, EMT-P, represented AACN at the Sepsis
Survivors Coalition inaugural steering
committee meeting in Chicago. The goal of
the coalition is to formalize a broad-based
group of key constituents and community
leaders, who will work together to increase
consumer and healthcare provider awareness
about sepsis; improve quality of care and
access to treatment options; and enhance
Annual Audit Shows Solid Financial Position
annual Financial Report to the Membership
for 2002-03 is presented below. This annual
report, audited by Deloitte & Touche,
reflects that the association remains on
sound financial footing.
result, AACN was able to continue to pursue
its goals, which include:
Validate and develop the highest quality
education and practice resources, programs
and services to fulfill the professional and
affiliation needs of members and other key
Implement strategies to boldly promote vital
strategic platforms and issues to influence
critical care nursing, the environments in
which it is practiced and the care of
patients and families.
Create comprehensive knowledge bases of
critical care nursing practice using current
data and generating new information to
establish AACN as the knowledge source for
critical care nurses.
Ensure that organizational operating systems
and infrastructure effectively support the
changing business needs, mission, vision and
strategic plans of the association.
Develop and effectively manage financial
resources to ensure health and progress of
Following are highlights of the 2002-03
fiscal year that ended June 30:
made significant progress in taking
advantage of electronic and online tools to
provide just-in-time clinical resources:
AACN Web-site features a growing number of
clinical practice resources and CE articles,
which have attracted more users. Compared to
the previous fiscal year, hits to the AACN
Web-site increased by 37%, and unique
visitors by 33% this year.
PDA Center sold more than 2,000 products and
developed 11 PDA programs since its
inception in May 2002.
Essentials of Critical Care Orientation,
launched in August 2002, has been embraced
by a growing number of institutions,
including international sites. The mix of
organizations using the program is diverse,
including both individual sites and health
systems with multiple sites, and midsize
hospitals, small rural hospitals, consortia,
community colleges, military and VA sites.
Using Our Voice
initiated strategies to bring the
association's voice to the forefront on
issues of staffing, the nursing shortage and
patient safety. As a result, AACN achieved
an increased presence at decision-making
tables and in the media.
Decision-making tables: AACN was asked to
represent critical care nurses with key
organizations, such as the Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
and the Institute of Medicine. In January
2003, AACN submitted written testimony to
the Institute of Medicine's Committee on
Work Environment for Nurses and Patient
Safety. Testimony highlighted existing AACN
and AACN Certification Corporation
initiatives that support the committee's
charge of bringing forward potential
improvements in healthcare working
Media: With the nursing shortage attracting
significant media attention, AACN has seized
the opportunity to promote the strength and
importance of the profession and nurses'
critical contribution to positive patient
outcomes. As of April 1, AACN had achieved
458 mentions in the media during the fiscal
year, a 197% increase over the prior year.
Volunteer Group Accomplishments
Advanced Practice Work Group-Wrote monthly
articles for AACN News; reviewed and
recommended updates to Web, print and
catalog resources; reviewed abstracts and
provided recommendations for Advanced
Practice Institute sessions.
Education Work Group-Continued the work
outlined by the AACN Education Process
Improvement Plan; developed and implemented
a long-term plan to evaluate continuing
education programs and their application to
practice; and developed and implemented a
tool for NTI session evaluation.
Work Group-Identified, analyzed and
disseminated information regarding the top
ethical issues, using a variety of
mechanisms that included journal articles,
reviews of books with ethics content and
presentation of ethics posters.
Leadership Development Work Group-Published
It's All About You: A Blueprint for
Influencing Practice and developed
recommendations related to AACN's continued
work on leadership competencies.
Work Group-Reviewed abstracts selected by
the Abstract Review Panel and made program
topic and session decisions for NTI 2003;
responded to the "Ask the NTI Work Group"
question and answer forum; and served as
part of the NTI on-site team.
Policy Work Group-Developed presentations
for members' use, developed recommendations
for a future Health Policy Conference and
Capitol Hill Day and developed a proposal
for a Grassroots Advisory Team.
Research Work Group-Wrote articles for the
Myth vs. Reality series in AACN News and
prioritized nursing interventions referenced
in the Protocols for Practice Series for
further nursing research.
NTI Audio Tapes and CDs Offer CE Credit
has released more than 50 cutting-edge
topics from NTI 2003 as CE-approved audio
tapes and audio CDs. Choose from an
assortment of cardiovascular, pulmonary,
ethics, leadership, neurology, pediatrics
and multisystem selections. By purchasing a
"bundle" of the selections, you can save
obtain the list of topics and an order form,
call AACN FAX on Demand at (800) 222-6329
and request Document #6052. The form is also
Special Bundles on New Palm Devices
a limited time, order the new Palm Tungsten
E or Palm Tungsten T2 and receive free
Palm Tungsten E Bundle-includes the Tungsten
E device, featuring 32 MB of RAM, high
resolution color display and multimedia
capability. You also receive the AACN
Critical Care Assessment and Cardiovascular
Assessment e-references, Med Rules and Med
Calc-all for $199. Offer expires Dec. 15,
Palm Tungsten T2 Bundle-includes the
Tungsten T2 device (reduced in price by
$70), plus Epocrates RxPro Drug Guide,
AACN's Critical Care Assessment e-reference,
Med Rules and Med Calc-all for $329. Offer
expires Nov. 30, 2003.
Multimedia Presentations Now Available
the AACN PDA tutorials Web site
to explore three multimedia PDA tutorials,
featuring actual devices and nursing
software. Watch, listen and learn about the
abundant drug guides, clinical references,
calculators and patient management programs,
and enjoy a case study application using
various nursing software programs. All
presentations are approved for continuing
Experience the AACN Fleet of CE Online
Invest in the new CE Passport Program!
looking for an efficient and inexpensive way
to earn your continuing education contact
hours? Then look no further than AACN's new
Continuing Education Passport, your ticket
to CE credit.
how busy you are, and we also understand how
important your continuing education is to
you. AACN is there to provide you with a
convenient, economical and flexible
solution, offering abundant online CE
activities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Experience the cutting-edge AACN fleet of CE
activities, and allow us to be your vessel
for ongoing education in acute and critical
500 contact hours available
clinical specialties represented
AACN CE Passport program offers you:
Convenience: You earn CE credits whenever
savings: Because you prepay, you save over
individual CE credit costs.
Flexibility: You choose the content most
appealing to you.
Variety: More than 125 critical care topics
from AACN publications are available.
savings: Your CE certificates are delivered
immediately, via e-mail.
limited time, you can purchase your CE
credits online in advance at a specially
discounted price. You can choose either of
two CE Passport options:
Passport 25: 25 contact hours for $129 (just
$5.16 per hour), item #CEPass25
Passport 50: 50 contact hours for $250 (just
$5 per hour), item#CEPass50
pick up your passport and come aboard the
AACN Online CE Center. And, if you are one
of the first 100 to purchase the CE
Passport, you'll receive an AACN CE Passport
tote-bag, valued at $20.
preview CE content, visit AACN Website.
To order, visit the AACN Website.
Or, call (800) 899-2226 to place your order
by phone. Welcome aboard!
a limited-time offer and expires Jan. 31,
2004. Special terms apply; this is a
single-user program (passport codes are
non-transferable). This offer applies to
AACN Online CE Center programs only; no
mail-in applications will be accepted. You
must have an e-mail address to receive your
CE certificates. Within 48 hours of receipt
of your order, you will receive an e-mail
with your personal CE Passport prepaid code.
Your CE passport is valid for two years from
date of purchase.
Do You Receive AACN's New Electronic
effort to provide the most up-to-date
information in the timeliest manner, AACN
now offers an electronic newsletter. Called
Critical Care Newsline, this communication
vehicle will be delivered weekly to the
inboxes of members and others interested in
the issues and concerns that affect nurses
and the nursing profession.
have not received Critical Care Newsline,
it's probably because we don't have your
current e-mail address. You can update your
profile yourself by visiting the AACN
If you are a member or have conducted
business with AACN in the past, you already
have the ID number and the password you
need. Here's how it works:
Please use your existing number. Logging on
with a different number will result in
duplicate records. If you don't have your
number, call (800) 899-2226 between 7:30
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (PST) or e-mail
including your name and address for
password will be the first 15 characters of
your last name.
more information, e-mail
Save 5% on AACN Catalog Products During
Purchase any AACN Resource Catalog product
by Nov. 30 and receive a 5% discount. You
can purchase items online.
AACN PDA Center purchases are excluded from
Promote Your Company to Critical Care Nurses
NTI 2004 Exhibit Information Now Available
2004 Exhibit Prospectus is now available to
companies and healthcare systems interested
in exhibiting at the Critical Care
Exposition in Orlando, Fla., May 18 through
20. Exhibit space is available in the Career
Opportunities nurse recruitment section, as
well as in the Technical products and
Educational Resources sections of the show.
than 400 exhibitors are expected to
participate in NTI 2004, displaying their
products and services in more than 100,000
square feet of exhibit space. Many
exhibitors plan to offer Exhibits/CE
sessions in connection with their displays.
More than 5,000 critical care nurses are
expected to attend NTI 2004, which runs May
15 through 20.
reserve exhibit space, contact the AACN
exhibits team at (800) 394-5995, ext. 366,
373 or 509; e-mail, email@example.com. The
NTI 2004 Exhibit Prospectus and Corporate
Support Catalog are also available online.
What's Coming Up in the December Issue of
Critical Care Nurse?
Management Strategies for Critical Care
Nutrition Support in the ICU
Anaphylactoid Syndrome of Pregnancy
Subscriptions to Critical Care Nurse and the
American Journal of Critical Care are
included in AACN
December 1 Deadline to submit nominations
for the 2005 AACN Distinguished Research
Lecturer Award. For
more information, contact Research Associate
Dolores Curry at (800) 394-5995, ext. 377;
15 Deadline to submit nominations for the
AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant. For more
information, visit the
AACN Web site.
The grants handbook is also available from
AACN Fax on Demand
at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1013.
15 Deadline to submit nominations for the
AACN End-of-Life Palliative Care Small
Projects Grant. For
more information, visit the AACN Web site.
The grants handbook is also available
from AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329.
Request Document #1013.
15-20 National Teaching Institute and
Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Fla.
For more information, visit the NTI Web site