A Call to Action|
Resources Target Healthy Work Environments
Emphasizing that the link between the workplace atmosphere and patient safety, nurse retention and recruitment, and cost efficiencies is indisputable, AACN has identified awareness of the importance of healthy work environments as a top priority. In response, the association recently released a set of resources, including the “Healthy Work Environment Initiative Backgrounder” and two position papers—on “Zero Tolerance for Abuse” and “Workplace Violence Prevention.”
AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Initiative is a multipronged, multiyear effort to engage nurses, employers and the nursing profession in recognizing the urgency and importance of working collaboratively to improve the environments in which nurses work. This initiative is focused, not on the physical environment, but on creating environments where the more difficult, less tangible barriers to employee and patient safety are addressed.
After conducting an extensive review of the current literature, AACN identified six essential elements to a healthy work environment: effective communication, effective collaboration, nurse participation in decision making, meaningful recognition of nurses’ contributions, effective leadership and appropriate staffing.
Included in the backgrounder are calls to action that suggest ways nurses, employers and legislators can effectively address these issues and promote healthy work environments. Nurses are encouraged to initiate the dialogue to collaboratively identify problems and possible solutions toward improvement. They are also asked to sign AACN’s commitment statement (www.aacn.org > Act Boldly) to help create a new future with a healthy work environment.
At the same time, employers are encouraged to create organizational cultures of professionalism and retention. A list of strategies that can be adopted immediately without financial requirements is provided. Among these are creating infrastructures and practices that foster nurses’ participation in decision making; encouraging and supporting open, honest communication and providing the education and tools to manage conflict; adopting characteristics of excellence to foster a workplace that empowers and is respectful of nursing and all staff; positively transforming nursing work through the use of information and ergonomic technologies; and implementing reliable systems based on scientific evidence that guide staffing and resource allocation.
Legislators are asked to support funding for nursing programs to increase the supply of nurses and nurse educators. They are also asked to support legislation requiring zero tolerance of abusive behavior and workplace violence; setting staffing levels based on nurse competency and skill mix relative to patient mix and acuity; expanding nurses’ representation and participation in health policy arenas; prohibiting mandatory overtime; and protecting whistleblowers.
The “Healthy Work Environments Initiative Backgrounder,” and the “Zero Tolerance for Abuse” and “Workplace Violence Prevention” position papers are available online.
Membership Drive Tops 700 in First Two Months
Barbara S. Frey, RN, ADN, AA, of Corpus Christi, Texas, must have been busy in June. The 21 new members she recruited during the month put her in the lead in AACN’s Critical Links membership campaign, with a total of 23 new members recruited.
Close behind, however, were Becki L. Fuzi, RN, CSN, MSN, CCRN, of Warrenton, Va., and Charlene J. Cink, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, of Richardson, Texas, both with a total of 18 new members recruited. Fuzi added four to her total during June, but Cink debuted with all 18 new members recruited.
Others whose June totals placed them among the leaders are Cheryl S. Duran, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Tijieras, N.M. (12 members), Kathryn V. Clark, RN, CCRN, of AuSable Forks, N.Y. (10 members), Laura E. Dolloff, RN, AND, CCRN, of Hollis, N.H. (9 members) and Pauline J. McNeece, RN, MS, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, of Pembroke Pines, Fla. (8 members).
Others who have recruited six or more members in the campaign are Nancy Seskes (12), Dinah L. Cooper and Sandra J. Cornish (both 10), Betty Nash Blevins, Fredda Kermes and Laura E. Dolloff (all 9), Jill E. Barrow, Robin E. Blauser, Elin Roberts Pam Zinnecker, Catherine L. Maurer, Dawn Kregel, Katherine A. Green and Amy L. Bandy (all 7), and Mary Beth F. Bobyarchick, Paula A. Lusardi, L. Jennifer McFarlane, Laura J. Tucco, Lorraine D. Boehm, Peggy Lynn Ennis and Romulo B. Co (all 6).
A total of 732 new members have been recruited by 307 individuals and chapters since the campaign began May 1. (See chapter results, page 13) The campaign ends March 31.
The Critical Links campaign offers valuable rewards to participants, including a $1,000 American Express gift check that will go to the top recruiter.
However, anyone who recruits just one new member receives an AACN clinical- or practice-related gift. For every five new members recruited, participants receive a $25 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN products or services. Recruit a total of 10 new members and receive a $50 gift certificate.
In addition, recruiters are eligible for a monthly drawing to receive a $100 American Express gift check in each month that they recruit a new member. Pamela R. Hulme, RN, ADN, CCRN, of Corpus Christi won the gift certificate for June.
At the end of the campaign, every recruiter who enrolls at least five new members will be entered into three drawings for grand prizes of $500 American Express gift certificates.
Note: To qualify for the prizes and drawings, new members must include the recruiter’s name and chapter, when applicable, on the ‘referred by’ line of the application.
For more information about the Critical Links membership campaign and a complete list of recruiters, visit the AACN Web site.
Do You Hear the 'ECCO'?
Kathleen King (photo at left) discusses the community of practice concept during a special session at the ECCO (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation) booth at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May. King was joined later by representatives of the Broward Community College/Hospital Consortium at a concurrent session on “Successfully Integrating E-Learning With Critical Care Nursing Education.” Pictured are (from left, seated) Mindy Smyth, Stephanie Poe and Barb Perra, all from the North Broward Hospital District, and Kathy Jackson from Broward Community College, and (from left, standing) Jean Candela and Barbara Pierson, both from Memorial Healthcare System; Wendy Berke, director of business development at AACN; Monica Simpson, from the North Broward Hospital District; Linda Cassidy, from Holy Cross Hospital; and Kathleen King, from Broward Community College.
AACN Appreciates the Contributions of Volunteers
Appointments have been announced for several volunteer groups that help carry out important AACN initiatives. Included are advisory teams and review panels.
The group members were selected from the pool of volunteers registering in AACN’s new just-in-time Volunteer Profile Database online. Following are the volunteers who have participated or will participate as members of these groups in the coming year:
Continuing Education Articles Review Panel
This panel critiques articles and develops questions for continuing education units. Members are:
Karla S. Ahrns, RN, BS, BSN
Michelle A. Anastasi, RN, MS, CCRN
Mary Jane Ante, RN, MS, BA, CCRN
Judith Bartz, RN, MN, ARNP-BC
Lynda Beth Beck
Karen S. Bird, RN, BS, AD, CCRN
Dawn Blake-Holmes, RN, CSN, MS, MSN, CCNS, CS
Nancy T. Blake, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, CNAA
Jeanne E. Braby, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Patricia N. Bradshaw, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
Marylee R. Bressie, RN, CSN, MN, MS, CCRN, CEN
Eileen Briening, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP
Lori Brown, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Angela J. Burd, RNC, MSN, CCNS, APN-C
James Benjamin Bryant Jr.
Carolyn Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Stephanie L. Calcasola, RN, MSN
Helen M. Camp, RN, CCRN
Christina McCarter Cantey, RN, MSN, CCNS
Patricia Cardin, RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Donna Charlebois, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP
Linda K. Cook, RN, BSN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, NP, APRN-BC
Louise R. Cook, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Mary E. Cordes, RN, CNS, MS
Damon B. Cottrell, RN, CSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CS, APRN, CEN
Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Maryanne Crowther, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, APN-C
Janet E. Davies, RN, MSN, CCNS
Louise M. Diehl-Oplinger, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CS, APRN, NP, APRN-BC
Diane M. Dorsch, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Susan F. Dukes, RN, MA, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Marcia Z. Elliott, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nancy L. Erman, RN, BN
Valerie S. Eschiti, RN, MSN, FAAN
Lisa A. Falcon, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Annette M. Fleck, RN, BSN, CCRN
Jean L. Forsha, RN, MSN
Michael Frakes, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Mary M. Franklin, RN, MS, MSN, CS, APRN, ACNP-C
Rita D. Free, RN, MS
Jennifer A. Frost, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Lisa M. Garcia, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Stacy Riley Garcia, BS, BSN
Henry B. Geiter Jr., RN, ADN, CCRN
Elizabeth L. George, RN, DSN, PhD, CCRN
Jane M. Grimberg, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, APRN
Todd M. Grivetti, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Helen Gonzales-Kranzel, RN, MN, MBA, CCRN, APRN, ARNP-BC
Madelyn L. Gries, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Sheila C. Grossman, RN, PhD, APRN
Brenda K. Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
John P. Harper, RN, MSN
Bonnie A. Harvey, RN, BSN, CCRN
Lee Ann Haygood, RN, MSN, CCRN, CAN, APRN, ACNP-C
Linda C. Hidalgo, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Linda Arline Holzhueter, RN, BS, BSN
Patricia A. Hoppman, RN, MS, CCRN
Melissa L. Hutchinson, RN, MN, BA, CCRN
Lori J. Jackson, RN, BS, DNSc, CCRN, NP
Cynthia A. Janacek, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Scott A. Jessie, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Nancy D. King, RN, MSN, CCRN, APN-C
Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN, DSN, PhD, CCRN, APRN, NP, FAAN
Andrea M. Kline, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP, NP-C, APRN-BC
Ina L. Koerner, RN, MSN, PhD
Lisa M. Kohr, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP
Susan M. Koos, RN, MS
Barbara J. Krumbach, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Christine Kruskamp, RN, MS
Jane Kurz, RN, MSN, PhD
Michele L. Lanza, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Kristine M. L’Ecuyer, RN, MSN, CCNS
Nantawadee Lee, RN, DNS, CCRN
Joanne M. Liptock, RN, CCRN, CEN
Mary K. Macklin, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP
Margaret J. Malone, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Lisa A. Manni, RN, MSN, CCRN
Michele L. Manning, RN, CNS, MN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, APRN
Karen S. March, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Diane L. Mayes, RN, MSN, CCRN
Cheryl Ann McKay, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCNS
Margaret M. McNeill, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CNA
Nicolette C. Mininni, RN, BSN, CCRN
Katerina Moklak , RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Beth Martin, RN, MN, MS, CCNS, CNRN
Sarah A. Martin, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN
Dorothy Murphy Mayer, RN, MSN, CS
Joni M. Meiter, RN, MSN, CCRN
Kathleen A. Miller, CNS, MSN, PhD, APRN, NP
Lou Ann Montgomery, RN, MA, PhD
Kathleen M. Myerowitz, RN, MS, MSN
Barbara L. Ogden, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Dee Oliveri, RN, MS, MSN
Marie Therese Q. Padriga, RN, BSN
Joann Panno, CNS, MSN, RN-C
Jose Mapalad M. Planillo, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Deborah J. Pool, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Theresa A. Lacy Posani, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Deborah M. Posey, RN, ADN, CCRN
Cindy Pu, RN, CNS, MS, MSN
Patricia M. Rabbett, RN, MSN, CCRN
Virginia E. Rickards, RN, MEd, CCRN
Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP
Joyce W. Roth, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Maureen G. Roussel, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Jill S. Sanko, RN, MS, MSN
Deborah A. Scheele-Minanov, RN, MSN
Amy L. Schueler, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP
Lori B. Schumacher, RN, MS, CCRN
Nancy L. Seymour, RN, BSN, CCRN
Deborah A. Shields, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Pamela L. Shumate, RN, MSN
Florence M. Simmons, RN, MN, CCRN
Susan K. Smith, RN, MS, MSN, CNA
Paulette B. Snoby, RN, BN, MBA, CCRN
Murray J. Speers, RN, BSN, CCRN
Angela R. Starkweather, RN, MSN, CNP, CNRN, CCRN
Tracey A. Stover-Wall, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CEN
Sandra Swoboda, RN, MS
Joyce M. Taylor, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Christine R. Vittum, RN, MS, MSN
Mark G. Vojtko, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Kittie Wagner, RN, BS, BSN
Mary E. Walker, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Laurie Friday Walsh, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP
Susan A. Walsh, RN, MN, CCRN
Robin L. Watson, RN, CNS, MN, MS, CCRN, APRN
H. Joanne Weiss, RN, ADN
Jane K. Weller, RN-C, PhD, CCRN, CNA, CEN
Cindy L. Wetzel, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, APRN-BC
Christine G. Westphal, RN, MSN, CCRN
Joan M. Wilson, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Education Advisory Team
This group will provide feedback on issues and strategies regarding AACN initiatives. Members are:
Debra J. Brinker, RN, CNS, MN, MS, CCRN, CCNS (board liaison)
Beth Ann Coyle, RN, CCRN
Lori D. Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN
Stephen D. Krau, PhD, MSN, BSN, MA, BA
Sara M. McMannus, RN, BSN, MBA
Patricia Rosier, RN, MS, MSN, CS
Heather E. Russell, RN, BSN
Mona P. Ternus, RN, CNS, MSN, PhD, CCRN, CS
NTI Evaluation Team
This group provided valuable feedback on the NTI. The members were:
Diane J. Appelman, RN, CCRN
Marcia E. Belcher, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN
Kim B. Bernhardt-Tindal, RN, CNS, MN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Pamela J. Bolton, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN, CS
Elizabeth J. Bridges, RN, MN, PhD, CCNS
Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc
Natalie Correll-Yoder, RN, CNS, MN, CCRN
Glenn G. Carlson, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Carol Cleek, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCNS, APRN
Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Karen A. Cuipylo, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Freda DeKeyser, RN, ND, PhD
Marcella Donkin, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN, CPNP, NP
Diane M. Dorsch, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Linda R. Duncan, RN, DNS, MS, CCRN
Shelba D. Durston, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Helen V. Freeman, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Cecilia D. Garrison, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Nancy M. Grant, RN, CSN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, APRN
Rebecca Greenwood, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN
Joyce C. Hall, RN, MS
Brenda K. Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Sandra D. Harris, RN, ADN
Debra S. Hawk, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Colleen A. Heafey, RN, MSN, CCRN
Melanie R. Keiffer, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN,, DSN, PhD, CCRN, APRN, NP, FAAN
Karen J. Knight-Frank, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Rosemary Lee, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Barbara L. Leeper, RN, CNS, MN, CCRN, FAHA
Sandra G. Liva, RN, BSN, MA
Rosalena Livers, RN, ADN
Michele L. Manning, RN, CSN, MN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, APRN
Beth Martin, RN, MN, MS, CCNS, CNRN
Karen A. McQuillan, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Lisa M. Milonovich, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP
Carolyn A. Reif, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN
Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, NP
Catherine P. Rodgers, RN, ADN, CCRN
Marcheta Lynn Rodgers, RN, MN, CCRN, APRN-BC
Maureen A. Seckel, RN, CSN, MSN, CCRN, CS, APRN, APRN-BC
Alisa T. Shackelford, RN, BS, CCRN
LuAnn Shoaf, RN, LPN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Dorothy Sili, RN, CCRN
Murray J. Speers, RN, BSN, CCRN
Sandra J. Stuart, RN, ADN, CCRN
Jennifer Sullivan, RN, MA, MN, CCRN, APRN, ACNP-C
Cathy J. Thompson, RN, CNS, MSN, PhD
Marlot A. Wigginton, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Mary M. Mason Wyckoff, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, APRN, NP
Polly Zahrt, RN, BS, BSN
For more information about volunteer opportunities visit the
Call for PCCN Review Course Proposals
The NTI Work Group is inviting speaker proposals for a two-day, progressive care certified nurse (PCCN) Review Course at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May in New Orleans, La. The submission deadline is Nov. 1.
AACN Certification Corporation’s new PCCN certification exam was launched at NTI 2004 in Orlando, Fla. Computer-based testing of the exam is scheduled to be available Aug. 16 at AMP testing centers nationwide.
Additional information and instructions for submitting review course proposals are available online.
Scene and Heard
AACN continues to seek visibility for our profession and the organization. Following is an update on recent outreach efforts.
Our Voice in the Media
NurseWeek (May 17, 2004)—The concerns of critical care nurses who must balance the ever-increasing demands of their changing specialty was the subject of a cover story titled “ICU’s Gatekeepers.” The article included quotes from Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN’s director of professional practice and programs; Debbie Barnes, RN, MSN, CCRN, clinical practice specialist; Ray Quintero, RN, MSN, CCRN, a member of the former AACN Progressive Care Task Force; Christine Westphal, RN, MSN, CCRN, past cochair of the AACN Ethics Work Group; and AACN member Cathy Schuster, RN, BSN, CCRN. In addition, Dea Ann Martin, RN, BSN, CCRN, a member of the Dallas County Chapter of AACN, was quoted and appeared on the cover of the South Central edition of NurseWeek.
NurseZone and RN.com (May 14, 2004)—The “Spotlight on Critical-Care Nurses” feature noted that AACN has made improving end-of-life care a priority for the organization. AACN recently awarded four grants to create hospice environments in critical care. “When you have patients with such high needs, no one discipline has all the answers. Teamwork can make a difference in patient outcomes,” said AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN. “It disturbs us greatly to hear that 50% of patients are dying in pain. We need to do something about this,” said immediate past President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN.
RN (May 2004)—An article titled “Senators Support the Nurse Reinvestment Act” noted that more than 40 U.S. senators had signed a letter urging the Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to increase funding for nurse education and development programs by $63 million in FY2005. Organized by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the document stresses that adequate funding is needed to fulfill the promise of the Nurse Reinvestment Act. AACN was among the healthcare organizations that endorsed the letter.
Nursing Spectrum (May 1, 2004)—An in-depth article titled “AACN Model Creates Synergy in Indianapolis” explored how Clarian Health Partners is implementing the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care at its three main campuses. “It makes no difference where the nurse is—whether working in a clinic or in a trauma unit—this model looks at the patient’s needs and matches them with the nurse who has the competencies to meet those needs,” said Ramón Lavandero, RN, MSN, MA, FAAN, AACN’s director of development and strategic alliances. Marilyn Cox, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer at Clarian’s Riley Hospital for Children, said, “Since we’ve implemented it, there has been more excitement among the staff nurses about what it is they do and a true gratitude that we have given them a vehicle that highlights their practice and the value that nursing brings to patient care overall.”
Healthcare Traveler (May 2004)—The cover article, titled “Delving Deeper: Subspecialties in Critical Care,” cited an AACN report that there had been a 45% increase in traveling nurses on adult critical care assignments and 50% more on neonatal and pediatric ICUs during 2001. The article also presented AACN charts indicating the average salaries of critical care nurses and a breakdown of the subspecialties where RNs work.
American Journal of Nursing (May 2004)—“The AHA ‘Goes Red’ for Women: Nurses Are the Lifeblood of the American Heart Association’s Fight Against Heart Disease” was the title of an article about the American Heart Association’s study and guidelines to raise awareness of the issues surrounding heart disease in women. McCauley was quoted as saying, “If nurses can improve the message on smoking, it would do an awful lot to help women, since young women are taking up smoking at a higher rate.”
Sacramento Bee (May 14, 2004)—An article titled “Med Center Wins Critical Care Award” announced that the surgical ICU II at the University of California-Davis Medical Center had received AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence for exhibiting highest quality standards in nurse recruitment and retention, staff training, patient outcomes, healthy work environments, leadership and evidence-based practice and research.
Marco Eagle (May 19, 2004)—An article titled “Marco Firefighters Seek Certification Upgrade From County EMS” noted that materials developed by AACN were used by Capt. Andrea Schultz of the EMS training department to teach firefighters the latest on “everything from how to read an echocardiogram screen, to correct dosages of various drugs used to treat patients on an emergency scene.”
NurseZone and RN.com (May 27, 2004)— “Four ICUs Receive First Beacon Awards” was the title of an article announcing the first recipients of AACN’s new award. Another article, titled “Conquering Challenges: Critical-Care Nurses Inspired,” highlighted the keynote address adventurer Peter Hillary delivered at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Fla.
Our Voice at the Table
Past AACN Certification Corporation board member Beth Glassford, RN, MSHA, CHE, chief nursing officer at Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania and a representative of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, testified before a Pennsylvania Senate subcommittee regarding Pennsylvania Senate Bill 722, which bans mandatory overtime. Glassford focused on the importance of ensuring safe, high-quality patient care and strategies for creating healthy work environments today and for the future without the use of mandatory overtime.
AACN board member Janie Heath, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, ACNP, was a keynote speaker for MediCorp Health System in Fredericksburg, Va. She discussed how nurses, in today’s fast-paced critical care environment, respond to the needs of patients and families who enter an often chaotic and frightening world of illness, trauma and pain. The situation can make sufficient time for professional growth challenging for nurses, she said. Her presentation provided insights on how to build a professional practice for excellence in critical care using the attributes of “values, vision, mastery, passion, action and balance” as a framework.
AACN Certification Corporation Chair Jan Foster, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN, was an invited speaker at the University of Rochester Evidence-based Conference in Buffalo, N.Y. Her topic was “The Evidence for Psychometric and Biophysiologic Instrumentation for Measurement of Pain, Sedation, Delirium, and Neuromuscular Blockade.” Foster also gave a poster presentation on “Translating Research Into Practice” at the American Nurses Association in Minneapolis, Minn.
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
In the Circle
Award Honors Outstanding Community Service
Editor’s note: Cosponsored by Marsh Affinity Group Services, a service of Seabury and Smith, this award recognizes significant service by acute and critical care nurses, as individuals or in groups, in making a contribution to their communities that also projects a positive image of critical care nursing. The award is part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence recognition program. Following is the exemplar submitted in connection with this award for 2004:
New York City Chapter
New York, N.Y.
The New York City Chapter of AACN made a commitment to expand and increase the visibility and positive image of critical care nurses in the community. A comprehensive workshop called “First Responders” was developed to educate the public about basic first aid measures, to recognize early signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and to access timely medical care. Goals were accomplished under the direction of the cochairs through participation in the following community service projects:
• American Heart Association program called “Operation Heartbeat: Family and Friends Saving Lives.” This program educated individuals about heart disease patients and what to know and what to do in a cardiac emergency.
• Public Access to the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs. This supports the NYC Board of Education’s mandate to have AEDs in all public schools.
• The National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke program “Know stroke: Know the signs, Act in time,” was presented to community agencies, hospitals and churches, and for RN education.
• Letters to Santa Drive of the NYC Post Office. Four needy families are adopted annually.
• “Heart Saver Day” geared toward community needs post 9/11 terrorist attack.
• Provide information about healthcare proxy, living will, resuscitation and organ donation.
• Stroke Awareness Day.
• 2002-2003, participated in health fair activities at numerous locations, including the James Welden Community Center; the Latin American, Harlem, East Harlemand 3rd Avenue fairs; Harmony Day in Central Park; the Teddy Clinic for children; New York NYPD and NYFD Health Screening Day; and National Fundraiser program to benefit children with HIV.
As a chapter, community service has opened many avenues to promote a positive image of the critical care nurse extending expertise, compassion and teaching skills. It has also provided a venue for recruiting new members as well as potential nurses to the profession.
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AACN Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, 3rd ed.
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Comprehensive Care of the Pediatric Patient
A comprehensive resource document with the goal of improving health services for infants, children, and adolescents. Developed with many other nursing organizations through the Pediatric Nursing Coalition.
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Adult CCRN Review Package A
Includes the AACN CCRN videotape review course (9 videotapes with syllabus, 16 hours of CE credit), the AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing, 5th ed, and the Practice CCRN Adult Exam Questions Booklet. Intended as study tools only, these resources do not ensure successful completion of the CCRN exam. If purchased separately, this bundle would cost $262.50 (members) or $341.95 (nonmembers).
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AHA/AACN ACLS Arrhythmias & Their Treatment e-Reference
for Palm OS!
This Palm OS version of the ACLS Arrhythmias & Their Treatment Pocket Reference Card provides algorithms for bradycardia, narrow-complex tachycardia, stable ventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and flutter, WPW syndrome, electrical cardioversion, and an anti-arrhythmic drugs table. A joint project of AACN and the American Heart Association, this product is an alternative way for healthcare providers to quickly access information for management of arrhythmias. Available now for only $12.50! This is the second AHA/AACN ACLS e-reference in a series of four. Also available for purchase is the AHA/AACN ACLS Cardiac Arrest e-reference.
Purchase the NTI 2004 MP3 Audio Library for Only $399!
You can now purchase all recorded sessions from NTI 2004! More than 250 sessions are available on audio CD, MP3 CD-ROM or audiocassette. For only $399, you will receive EVERY NTI 2004 recorded session on MP3 CD-ROM and all are approved for CE credit (for an additional fee).*
Share this fantastic clinical showcase with coworkers or listen to all the sessions you missed while attending NTI. You can also order individual sessions in any format you wish.
For more information and an order form, visit the
AACN Bookstore Specials Page. Or, call AACN Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Item #006069.
*Only the MP3 Entire Conference on CD-ROM offers optional CE credit.
What’s in the September Issue of the American Journal of Critical Care?
• Designing Formal Classification Systems to Better Articulate Knowledge, Skills, and Meanings in Nursing Practice
• Lived Experience of Critically Ill Patients’ Family Members During CPR
• Critical Illness Polyneuropathy After Adult Cardiac Surgery: A Case Study
• The Role of Diastole in Left Ventricular Function
• Effect of Kinetic Therapy on Pulmonary Complications
Subscriptions to Critical Care Nurse and the American Journal of Critical Care are included in AACN membership dues.
August 15 Deadline to apply for the 2004 ICU Design Citation, cosponsored by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of
Architects Committee on Architecture for Health. For more information, contact SCCM at (847) 827-7659.
August 17 One-day course for advanced practice nurses offered in conjunction with the ACCP Critical Care Board Review Course in Orlando, Fla. Registration will
be accepted onsite. or more information, call (800) 343-2227.
September 1 Deadline to submit the Research and Creative Solutions abstracts for NTI 2005 in New Orleans, La. The application, guidelines and
resources are available online.