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Vol. 21, No. 1, JANUARY 2004


Make Plans to Attend NTI 2004 in Orlando, Fla.

Make plans now to attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 15 through 20 in Orlando, Fla. Again also featuring the Advanced Practice Institute, this year’s conference is expected to attract more than 5,000 critical care nurses from not only across the United States, but also international sites.

In addition to the opportunity to earn substantial CE credits, the NTI is a chance for the community of nurses who provide care for acutely and critically ill patients to come together to celebrate the value of their practice in an environment of mutual respect and support. Although the learning is extensive and intense, there is plenty of time for participants to relax and enjoy their time in Orlando.

The official NTI brochure is being mailed this month to current members and other CCRN- and CCNS-certified nurses, as well as anyone who has attended the NTI in the last three years. www.aacn.org > NTI.

The NTI Housing Bureau is already open. Reservations can be made on the NTI site online, where descriptions of the conference hotels are also available.

Educational sessions include a wide range of topics related to critical care and advanced practice areas of expertise, including pharmacology content. This year, the NTI will concentrate on specific areas of professional development interest. In addition to adult critical care, advanced practice, CCRN preparation and review, chapter sessions and learning connections, curriculum pathways will target progressive care, emergency department, pediatrics and leadership development. Half- and full-day preconference sessions are also available.

In addition, participants will be able to learn about the latest in medical technology, educational resources and career opportunities during the three-day Critical Care Exposition. Many exhibiting companies also offer special Exhibit CE sessions.

Traditional classroom settings are also augmented by roundtable discussions, a computer self-study lab, interactive learning labs and poster presentations.

Support the Silent Auction
An increasingly popular NTI event returns in Orlando with the annual Silent Auction to support AACN’s Scholarship Fund. You can support this worthy cause with a gift of a product, service or special item. Or, if you prefer, you can make a financial contribution and AACN will purchase a gift on your behalf. Your gift will be recognized on the Silent Auction Web site and in the auction catalog that is distributed to every NTI participant. For information, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 8994, or e-mail silentauction@aacn.org.

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Apply for NTI Continuing Education Scholarships by Feb. 1
New Nurse Competence in Aging Award Available


A new continuing education scholarship has been added for AACN’s 2004 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May in Orlando, thanks to a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

The Nurse Competence in Aging Continuing Education Scholarship will cover the cost of registration for an AACN member with an active RN license. Applicants are asked to describe how attending the conference will assist them in furthering AACN’s goal to improve competency in caring for older adults in acute or critical care.

The recipient will be asked to write a short article for publication, describing how the NTI experience and the knowledge acquired has improved their commitment or their practice in caring for acutely or critically ill older adults.

The five-year Nurse Competence in Aging initiative funded by an Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., award to the American Nurses Association through the American Nurses Foundation, represents a strategic alliance between ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Division of Nursing.

Feb. 1 is the deadline to apply for this and other NTI continuing education scholarships. To obtain an application (Item #1099), call (800) 899-2226; online.

Following is information about the other scholarships that are available.

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

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

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

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

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Florida Community College Matches AACN’s ECCO to Continuing Education Needs

Students at Broward County Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., celebrate
after successfully completing AACN’s Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program.



Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles discussing the use of AACN’s ECCO program by Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In 2001, Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., set out to develop Internet-based courses that would capitalize on grant opportunities for offering continuing education to nurses in the community.
The college worked in collaboration with representatives from several area hospitals to determine what content was most in demand and best suited to delivery via the Internet. The group, which was initially headed by Kathy Jackson, RN, BSN, MA, EdD, the college’s dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, included representatives from Broward General Medical Center, part of the North Broward Hospital District, and Holy Cross Hospital, both in Ft. Lauderdale, and Memorial Regional Healthcare System in Hollywood, Fla.

According to Jackson, the group’s ideal was to find a course offering from a professional organization that was similar in nature to courses the hospitals were currently offering. Before developing anything on their own, the group researched programs that were already available and found the Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program from AACN. Mindy Smyth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA, who is with Broward General Medical Center, added that the discovery of the ECCO program was exciting because of its potential to replace the printed version of the basic orientation program being used by the group participants.

Robert Seeley, RN, BSN, CCRN, who is with Holy Cross Hospital, shared that the group realized that the critical care education offered could be standardized while reducing the workload on each educator by pooling the teaching resources of educators at the participating facilities.

"In the past, we had coordinated up to 18 clinicians per course to present material," explained Robin Petit, RNC, MSN, ARNP, who is with the North Broward Hospital District.

She indicated that a shift in focus to increase the clinician’s time at the bedside meant minimizing it in the classroom.

"This has been significant in keeping clinicians at the bedside, precepting nurses," she said.

Smyth said indicated it has also allowed the participating hospitals to offer training more frequently than in the past.

Kathleen King, RN, ARNP, MSN, CCRN, who is with the college, said resource sharing has been especially helpful because the nursing shortage has put a strain on the teaching resources available for training nurses for such specialties as progressive care, critical care and emergency departments.

Although the ECCO program is used primarily to provide a core foundation for nurses entering such specialty practices, Smyth pointed out the benefits gained by mixing learners who have various levels of skill from novice to graduate nurse new to critical care. Barbara Pierson, RN, MSN, CCRN, who is with Memorial Regional Healthcare System, added that telemetry nurses benefit from this program as well due to the changing level of skill required to provide this type of care.

A combination of H-1B federal grant funding and matching commitments from participating hospitals has enabled Broward Community College to provide more than 120 scholarships to hospital employees for continuing education in one of these specialty areas. Each hospital identifies the nurses to be trained, then enrolls them in the next available course offered by the collaborative.

Part II: The structure of the didactic and clinical teaching components of the course will be presented in the February 2004 issue of AACN News.

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AACN Earns Gold Award Recognition From Professional Communications League


AACN recently won two 2003 Spotlight Awards for Excellence from the League of American Communications Professionals.

AACN was recognized in two categories of the league’s publicity materials competition. The 2003 President’s Speech by past President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, received a Gold Award in the speech category, and AACN’s 2003 "Ultimate Advertising Campaign" received a Gold Award in the advertising campaign category.

Barden’s speech, presented at the 2003 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, in May, encouraged the more than 6,500 in attendance to use their "Bold Voice" to affect a positive change in their working environments. The "Ultimate Advertising Campaign" used a variety of advertising formats to spread the message and mission of AACN.

The League of American Communications Professionals, an organization dedicated to recognizing excellence in the practice of professional communications, received more than 800 entries for this year’s competition.

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Monthly Super Savers from AACN’s Catalog Resources

AACN is excited to offer a new, monthly Super Saver promotion, featuring specific catalog resources offered at significant discounts. For the month of January, these products focus on individual professional practice. Super Saver prices are valid until the end of January. All orders must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31, 2004, to be eligible for the Super Saver price. Check this column monthly to discover additional values for your nursing practice.

It's All About You: A Blueprint for Influencing Practice
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Acute and critical care nurses can use this blueprint as a development tool to communicate, to educate, and to identify strategies that affect nurses’ professional growth, enhance their collaborative skills, deal with difficult situations, and affect change.
Regular Price: Member $10, Nonmember $12
Super Saver Price: Member $8, Nonmember $9.50

Best Practices: A Guide to Excellence in Nursing Care
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This unique text provides nurses comprehensive clinical practices supported by research findings. Each entry features a synopsis of the practice and reviews drawn from multiple research studies, and respected medical and nursing organizations. Includes documentation and guidelines for specialty groups, such as pediatric, geriatric and maternal-neonatal patients. Charts and tables help to illustrate research studies, and graphic logos call out controversial issues, clinical impact and treatments in the news. An appendix lists resources.
Regular Price: Member $42.70, Nonmember $44.95
Super Saver Price: Member $35, Nonmember $37

Mentoring ... The Art of Giving and Receiving
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This resource uses a case-study approach to discuss the art of mentoring and provides a model of mentoring for the future. Components and benefits of a mentoring relationship are described, and basic strategies for initiating and supporting a mentoring relationship are provided. 30-minute video, study guide and optional CD test/application for 1.0 contact hours (Cat 0).
Regular Price: Member $15, Nonmember $10
Super Saver Price: Member $7, Nonmember $9

To order, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Bookstore.
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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
Nursing Spectrum (Nov. 17, 2003)— "AACN Launches Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence" was the title of an article that announced the launch of AACN’s new program to give national recognition to critical care units that attain high standards for quality, exceptional care of patients and healthy, humane and healing work environments. "Critical care units now have a recognition program to call their own," the article noted.

WESH-TV, NewsChannel 2 (Daytona Beach, Fla.)—Jane Kwilecki, RN, MSN, ARNP, CCRN, president of the Volusia-Flagler Chapter, was interviewed about the chapter’s activities, which included a mock ICU simulating patient care. The three-day Lifestyles Festival included interactive activities, demonstrations, health screenings and a blood drive. Kwilecki explained that she wanted the public to understand what critical care nurses do, be aware of the nursing shortage and consider a career in nursing. She noted that critical care nurses are highly trained and possess an extensive knowledge base. The announcer concluded that "the men and women in critical care do a great job, and we appreciate it."

Patient Education Management (November 2003)—An article titled "Collaborative, family-centered approach results in better care" noted that AACN has published guidelines on family visitation and partnership in the critical care unit as part of its Protocols for Practice series. Titled "Creating a Healing Environment," the guidelines recommend that families be prepared for the experience of critical care and on how to support their loved one, and that the attitudes and beliefs of nurses on the unit must be changed so that they will know how to work with families.

Nursing Spectrum (Nov. 17, 2003)—"Is There an ECCO in Here?" was the title of an article quoting Clydia Frazier, RN, MSN, nurse recruiter for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, Fla., about her institution’s use of AACN’s Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program. "The wonderful thing about this program is the flexibility it allows you," she was quoted as saying. "We’ve had a unanimous, positive reception for how the content is developed and presented. ECCO was introduced for nurses new to critical care. However, that isn’t the only way to utilize it. Once our more senior ICU staff reviewed it, they envisioned using it as a refresher course for nurses in the system a long time—to update, upgrade and validate their training."

ABC Television Affiliate WJET Station 24 (Erie, Pa.)—As part of an effort to rejuvenate and increase its presence in the community, the Presque Isle Chapter of AACN sponsored two informational sessions for critical care professionals. At one of these, Chapter President, Tracy Couse, RN, ADN, BA, was interviewed about the importance of nurses coming together to strengthen their voice, to celebrate nursing, to support each other and to encourage recruitment.

RN (November 2003)—Excerpts from the President’s Note column that appears in AACN News were published, with AACN President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, urging critical care nurses to rise above, ask new questions and seek new possibilities.

Our Voice at the Table
Beth Glassford, RN, MSHA, CHE, past secretary-treasurer of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors, hosted a presentation at the recent Nursing Management Congress in San Diego, Calif., on AACN’s landmark study, "Safeguarding the Patient and the Profession: The Value of Critical Care Nurse Certification." In addition, Wendy Berke, RN, BSN, MHA, AACN’s director of professional practice, presented a session titled "Executive Toolkit for the Procurement of e-Learning Programs." Attendees were encouraged to secure
e-learning solutions by setting a vision for their usage and building a business plan for purchase. The decision-making steps were reviewed and tools were provided for developing a sound business plan.

AACN President-Elect Kathy McCauley RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, spoke at the Excellence in Nursing Awards ceremony at New York Presbyterian Cornell Weill Hospital in New York City.

AACN Board Member Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, CCRN, ACNP-CS, FAAN, and AACN Director of Development and Strategic Alliances Ramón Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, joined other AACN members at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual conference in San Diego, Calif. Past President Joanne M. Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN, co-chaired the program planning committee for the event, which included the induction of six AACN members as Academy fellows. (See related story, page 7.)

Fontaine and McCauley attended the Trends in Critical Care Nursing conference in Philadelphia, Pa., which was co-sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN and the Department of Continuing Nursing Education at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Fontaine spoke on "Rising Above: Creating possibilities for critical care nursing" and "Nonpharmacologic management of anxiety in the critically ill patient." McCauley presented a "Wide Complex Tachycardia" workshop. They also hosted a town hall meeting with Debbie Fisher, RN, MSN, president of the SePA Chapter, and appeared briefly in "Too Live Nurse," a comedy/musical sketch about nursing.

AACN Board Member Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, shared information about AACN, including current national initiatives and membership benefits, at the recent Critical Care Nurses Conference, in Southern Pines, N.C.

Immediate past AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, gave a presentation titled "Bold Voices: Our Future, Let’s Talk" at the Nurse Advocacy Breakfast, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Florida Nurses Association in Daytona Beach, Fla.

AACN Public Policy Specialist Janice Weber, RN, MSN, gave a presentation titled "Shaping Health Policy" to second-year nursing students at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif. Her objectives were to introduce the students to ways nurses can shape health policy, present a rationale for nursing’s involvement in the health policy process and discuss the policy issues impacting nursing today, as well as to present AACN’s actions in the policy arena.

AACN Region 17 Chapter Advisor Deborah Pool, RN, MS, CCRN, and AACN Board Treasurer Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, EMT-P, represented AACN at the National Sepsis Alliance Inaugural Steering Committee meeting in Chicago. Ill. The goal of the alliance 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 patient outcomes. Pool suggested that AACN attend this meeting to become involved in the alliance’s work.


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.

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Scholarships Support Nurses Enrolled in Academic Programs


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

Recipients of these BSN Completion and Graduate Completion educational advancement scholarships are awarded $1,500 per academic year. The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2004-05 academic year is April 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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Numbers Continue to Build in Membership Campaign
2,675 New Members Added Since Drive Began May 1


Delmar Imperial-Aubin, RN, BSN, of Houston, Texas, added 10 more new members to her recruitment total in November to almost overtake the lead in AACN’s Critical Links membership campaign. Since the campaign began May 1, Imperial-Aubin has recruited 38 new members, within one of the 39 new member total for leader Caroline Axt, RN, MS, of Oakland, Calif.

Jumping into the campaign with an impressive 17 new members recruited during November was Inocencia G. Mendoza, RN, BSN, of Marietta, Ga. And, Becky L. Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN, of Warrenton, Va., added 14 new members to bring her total to 21. Others whose recruitment efforts during November helped them move into the leader ranks were Paulita D. Narag, RN, CCRN, of Abilene, Texas, who added nine members for a total of 20; and Beverly Carlson, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, of El Cajon, Calif., who added seven new members for a total of 13.

Their efforts contributed to the total of 2,675 new members recruited by individuals and chapters as of the end of November.

Rewards Await Recruiters
The top 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 members.

Each 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 November was Teresa Harseil, RN, ADN, of Morton, Ill.

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.

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 name.

Making Critical Links
Following are other individuals who have recruited five or more new members in this year’s campaign:
Judith A. Ascenzi, Caroline Axt, Stephanie A. Baker, Rachel Banks, Lydia C. Bautista, Cathy L. Blonski, Jeanne Ann Bolton, Cynthia L. Bond, Marylee R. Bressie, T. Lynn Brown, Megan E. Brunson, Barbara M. Bundage, Denise Buonocore, Beverly Ann Carlson, Diane M. Casperson, Lydia G. Casteel, Evelyn C. Coen, Deborah J Conaway, Lori Ann Cox
Victor A. Duarte, Anne C. Dunn, Barbara M. Eachus, Jean A. Endryck, Kathleen L. Finn, Deslin Francois, Kirsten F. Fritz, Becki L. Fuzi, Katherine A. Green, Carol A. Grube, Sharon V. Grupp, Ma. Thelma C. Herrera, Delmar Imperial-Aubin

Kathleen M. Johnson, Rachelle M. King, Janis D. King, Betty C. King, Dawn Kregel, Rhonda Lanclos, Maria A. Laxina, Melanie Jane Leepers, Dawn LeQuatte, Julie F. Locquiao, Linda J. Lopazanski, Christina McCarter Cantey, Pauline J. McNeece, Inocencia G. Mendoza, Ann L. Mercer, Julie S. Miller

Ngozi I. Moneke, Paulita D. Narag, Joseph R. Newsome, Lynn M. Purcel, Irma N. Richardson, Kathleen M. Richuso, Catherine P. Rodgers, Margaret R. Rollins, Marisue Rowe, Donna B. Sabash, Mary Karen Sands, Laura B. Seay, Teresa J. Seright, Eunice K. Simmons, Lynn Smith Schnautz, Doris J. Strother, Patricia M. Tanzi, Yvonne L. Thelwell, Deborah L. Truitt, Stephanie C. Westbrook, Maureen Wood, Jackie S. Yon, Cynthia L. Zaletel.

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PDA Center

Save on the New Ultimate Drug Guide and ER Toolbox Bundle!

AACN has packaged Medical Wizards Corporation’s new Ultimate Drug Guide for both Palm OS and Pocket PC with another great resource, the ER and ICU Toolbox.

Based on the Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, the UDG offers substantial functionality that is not available in other drug guides. And, unlike similar products, the UDG contains the entire content of the Davis’s Drug Guide, not just the drug information sections. Tools, such as unit conversion calculators, are also incorporated.

By merging drug reference with calculation tools, the UDG allows nurses to seamlessly access drug information and calculate drug dosages for any patient. Twelve months of free upgrades come with purchase.

The ER and ICU Toolbox is a premium medical calculator and rapid reference for emergency and critical care health professionals. More than 13 modules are available, including ACLS protocols, adult drips, emergency meds and fluid wizard.

Through Jan. 31, you can purchase this ER Toolbox/Ultimate Drug Guide Bundle for only $82.99. (Regularly listed at $94.98 when purchased separately). For more information, visit the ACN PDA Center.

PDA Online Demonstrations
Check out the new PDA online demonstrations, which show you how to use a PDA device and guide you through an exploration of the abundant software programs available for your practice. Go to www.aacn.org> Bookstore > AACN PDA Center and click on "PDA Tutorials."

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What’s in the February Issue of Critical Care Nurse


• Care of Patients After Esophagectomy

• Unplanned Extubation in Adult Critical Care

• Postanesthetic Care in the CCU

• Protecting Your Patient During Clinical Research

• CCRN Drive: A Successful Approach

• Online Learning: Enhance Professional Development

•Tension Pneumothorax

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

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Looking Ahead

February 2004

February 1 Deadline to submit applications for continuing education scholarships to attend the 2004 NTI and Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Fla. To obtain an application (Item #1099), call (800) 899-2226; online.

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


February 1 Deadline to submit applications for AACN Critical Care Grant. To find out more about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit the AACN Website
or e-mail research@aacn.org.


February 1 Deadline to submit applications for AACN Mentorship Grant. To find out more about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit the AACN Website
or e-mail
research@aacn.org.

February 15 Deadline to submit applications for AACN Hospice in Critical Care Grant. To find out more about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit the AACN Website or e-mail research@aacn.org.


May 2004

May 15-20 q National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit the NTI Website.

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