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Vol. 22, No. 4, APRIL 2005


AACN Invites Nominations for Leadership Posts


Do you want to help lead AACN in achieving its mission and vision or do you know someone you think would provide strong and effective leadership?

Consider the national leadership positions that are available on the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee, and on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors. Terms begin July 1, 2006.

Simply complete the nomination form that appears in the center of this issue of AACN News or that is available online. The AACN Leadership Framework is also available online.

Following are the positions for which nominations are being sought. Reimbursement for travel as well as other expenses are provided for all of these national volunteer positions.

Nominations close June 3, 2005.

AACN Board of Directors
(4 positions open, 3-year terms)
Accountabilities:
• Establish the vision, mission and values statements for the association
• Ensure effective organizational planning
• Effectively manage the association’s resources
• Determine, monitor and strengthen the association’s programs and services.
• Uphold legal requirements and ethical integrity
• Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance
• Ensure effective communication between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation and other subsidiaries of the association

Qualifications:
• Active membership in AACN
• Active commitment to and understanding of AACN and its mission, vision and values
• Demonstrated leadership skills as defined in the AACN Leadership Framework

AACN Nominating Committee
(3 positions open, 1-year terms)
Accountabilities:
• Ensure the election process is in accordance with established procedures, policies and bylaws
• Conduct comprehensive interviews of nominees
• Review, synthesize and analyze nominee applications, references and interview transcripts
• Through group process, select candidates
• Communicate the committee’s decisions and feedback to the nomineesRegister Now; NTI Set for May 7-12

Jazz and the French Quarter are the cornerstones of New Orleans, site of AACN’s 2005 NTI in May. Shown above
is the famous Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. At right, jazz combos provide familiar sights and sounds.

Register Now; NTI Set for May 7-12


From in-depth practice information to sessions catering to specialized interests, AACN’s 2005 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition once again promises to be the premier educational conference for critical care nurses.

Scheduled for May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La., the NTI features an array of learning and networking opportunities catering to common and unique interests of participants. The Advanced Practice Institute will again be offered in conjunction with the NTI.

In addition to concurrent sessions, the NTI and API offer mastery sessions, self-study, research sessions and certification-related topics in a variety of settings. Half-, full- and two-day preconference sessions are also offered, as are sunrise and sunset sessions. The three-day Critical Care Exposition is also a source of continuing education credit, with numerous Exhibit CE sessions expected to be available during exhibit hours.

At the NTI, you can get updates on the West Nile Virus, earn pharmacology credit, find out about new technology, get the latest organ transplant information and hear about flight transport. Among the unique sessions this year is one titled “Miracle on Motor Street,” which will trace the preparation, medical expertise and teamwork that resulted in the successful separation of conjoined twins at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

If you are a progressive care nurse interested in becoming certified, you can take the PCCN Review Course at the NTI. You can even learn how to become an NTI speaker. And, if you are new to the NTI, you will want to attend one of the First-Timers Orientations.
AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, will formally open the NTI on Monday with her keynote speech titled “Live Your Contribution,” her yearlong presidential theme and the theme of the NTI. Other keynote speakers are actress Marlo Thomas, author Joseph Grenny and AACN President-elect Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN.

There’s also plenty of time to relax and network with colleagues at the NTI. Always popular is the Participant-Exhibitor Event on Wednesday evening. This year’s event features Emmy Award-winning comedic actor Wayne Brady and the award-winning juggling act Passing Zone.

For more information, visit the AACN Web site or call (800) 899-2226.

Visionary Leaders Will Receive Recognition Awards at NTI


Each year, AACN’s Circle of Excellence awards honor individuals who have made a difference in critical care nursing. Among these are the AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career and the Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, presented to individuals considered to be Visionary Leaders.

This year’s recipient of the AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career is Dorothy J. del Bueno, EdD. Receiving Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Awards are Linda H. Aiken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FRCN; Marlene Kramer, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Claudia Schmalenberg, RN, MS; and Susan J. Quaal, PhD, APRN. The awards will be presented at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La.

AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career
The AACN-Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career recognizes individuals who are completing or have completed an extraordinary and distinguished professional career. The recipients show consistent and exceptional contributions throughout a career that has enhanced the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families by furthering the mission and vision of AACN.

The award is named in honor of its first recipient, Marguerite R. Kinney.

This year’s recipient, Dorothy J. del Bueno, has spent more than 20 years as a principal partner and senior consultant for Performance Management Services, Inc., a company she co-founded to offer the PBDS competence assessment system. Her career is particularly notable for its influence in three critical areas of nursing: administration, graduate education and staff education.

Her publications and common-sense teaching about financial health and management, marketing and organizational politics introduced these business topics as essential for effective nursing administration. The collaborative nurse executive program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and School of Nursing continues to this day.

As a professor in the graduate program at Columbia University’s Teachers College, she influenced an entire generation of staff development instructors with her trademark, real-world approach that skillfully blended theory, application and evaluation research. In addition, de Bueno was a pioneer in competency-based orientation for clinical practice, the focus of her company. Among her many accomplishments are the first orientation units organized to ensure success of new RNs; the first case study book for nurses; the first self-learning modules for educators, clinical nurses and patients; the first collaborative objective evaluation process for clinical ladders in nursing; the first financial guide for nurses with nationwide workshops to develop marketing and sales skills; the first competency-based program to develop nurse practitioners; the first project to develop a formula and assess cost effectiveness of nursing staff development and continuing education; the first book and nationwide workshops on organizational politics for nurses; and development of the only competence assessment system for licensed and unlicensed staff working in hospitals, clinics and home healthcare.

Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award
The Ross Products-AACN Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence acute and critical care nursing. Successful applicants describe a far-reaching contribution that exemplifies a pioneering spirit and influences the direction of acute and critical care nursing. The contribution must be clearly defined and have a regional or national effect. It must be timely and address or resolve a significant issue facing acute and critical care nursing, and must related to the mission, vision and values of AACN.

Linda H. Aiken
Linda H. Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She also is a senior fellow at the university’s Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and research associate in the Population Studies Center. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, she was vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.
A major contributor to health workforce and outcomes research for the past two decades, Aiken has focused her recent work on accounting for variation in hospital outcomes in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany, and building the evidence base of superior outcomes in magnet hospitals. Her research focuses on the substantive and methodological advances in health outcomes research across a variety of areas, including healthcare systems, hospital quality of care, AIDS care and prevention, innovative models of primary care, and mental health services.
She recently was appointed director of a new nursing quality initiative in Russia and Armenia to assess the applicability of magnet hospital standards under developing world conditions.

Marlene Kramer and Claudia Schmalenberg
Marlene Kramer and Claudia Schmalenberg have worked as a team since 1974, when Kramer's book Reality Shock: Why Nurses Leave Nursing was published. The book sought to help new graduates bridge the chasm between ideal and real nursing and quickly became required reading in academic and clinical circles. A standardized curriculum for a postbaccalaureate nurse residency program based on the original reality shock work is currently being tested in 21 American medical centers.

Beginning in 1984, Kramer and Schmalenberg turned their research efforts to developing tools to measure the structural characteristics of magnet hospitals and cultures of excellence. These tools were then used to measure magnetic work environments and the relationship between these environments, as well as staff nurse perception of the quality of care given on their units and job satisfaction. A grant from AACN to the American Nurses Foundation helped support the initial surveys of magnet hospitals that led to this seminal work.

From 1989 to 1993, their research efforts were to evaluate the extent to which hospitals met the “Gold Standard of Magnetism.” From 1994 to 2001, the goal of their qualitative research was to identify and define the core dimensions of magnetism from the staff nurse’s perspective. Quite naturally, this flowed into their current work to develop, test and utilize an Essentials of Magnetism tool to help hospitals in their quest to become magnetic work environments.

Kramer and Schmalenberg have dedicated their careers to providing an evidence-based body of work that supports these concepts, along with tools to address them.

Susan J. Quaal
Susan J. Quaal is considered an expert on the nursing care of patients treated with intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. When this technology became possible, she immersed herself in the science, drafting and testing care protocols.
She has published widely on intra-aortic balloon pumping, hemodynamic monitoring and arrhythmia interpretation. Her book Comprehensive Intra-Aortic Balloon Counterpulsation is the international definitive work on the subject for all clinical disciplines involved in the therapy.

Quaal is equally active as an educator and, for many years, she was the only nurse who could speak authoritatively on the care of patients receiving this new therapy. She has lectured throughout the United States and Canada, England, Europe, South Africa, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

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
Norwalk Hospital Community News (Jan. 31, 2005)—An article titled “Norwalk Hospital ICU and CCU Staffs Receive Prestigious National Award” announced that the unit had received the AACN Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. Geoffrey Cole, the hospital’s president and CEO, was quoted as saying, “We are very proud that our critical care nursing team has been selected to receive the prestigious Beacon Award. They are outstanding individuals who are committed to providing exceptional care for patients and their families. This national award recognizes our critical care team for achieving the highest quality outcomes and for being a beacon of light, an inspiration to other critical care units throughout the country.”

Kansas City Nursing News (Jan. 11, 2005)—“Internship Program Helps Providence Nurses Succeed” was the headline of an article about the implementation of AACN’s ECCO (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation) program at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. “The ECCO program provides the interns with the most current knowledge available and is a wonderful complement to the other teaching tools we utilize in the (nursing internship) program,” said Caroline Dettbarn, RN, MS, CCRN, the medical center’s clinical nurse specialist for critical care. The article noted that ECCO is considered a “gold standard” for critical care nursing.

EXPO (January 2005)—An article titled “Best Bets for Growth in 2005” included an interview with Randy Bauler, AACN’s corporate relations and exhibits director. The article revealed the five hottest trends for tradeshow growth, including “creating compelling content.” Bauler said, “Whether in a booth, demo area or stage, education is a plus. Participants are looking for ROI to justify going to the event, and education on the show floor will both entertain and keep them.”

Promoting Excellence in Nursing (December 2004)—Tampa General Hospital’s newsletter featured a two-page article about the process the hospital used to apply for AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. The applicants started with a 14-member Beacon Award committee, developed a plan, surveyed staff members, ensured they were up to date on the latest trends and also organized a drive to increase the number of CCRNs and CCNSs on staff. The article, titled “Beacon Award: A Journey Toward Excellence,” concluded, “The process of being ‘Beacon Bound’ has been a tremendous learning experience. Although the decision to apply for the award was initially prompted by a desire to celebrate the greatness of our unit, the process has meant much more.” (See the April 2005 issue of Critical Care Nurse for more information about Tampa General Hospital’s application experience.)

St. Petersburg Times (Feb. 7, 2005)—A business section article noted that Tampa General Hospital received AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. The criteria for winning the award were also listed.

Indianapolis Star (Feb. 7, 2005)—An article in the business-technology section announced that Jan Powers and Tracy Davis, both with Clarian Health Partners, had received AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards for exemplary work in critical care nursing.

Our Voice at the Table

AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, attended a meeting of American Thoracic Society physicians and American Lung Association administrators and spoke about the “AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments” and the Silence Kills research conducted by VitalSmarts.

AACN board member Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, presented a speech titled “Live Your Contribution” at the CCRN luncheon sponsored by the Atlanta Area Chapter.
Michael Day, RN, MSN, CCRN, an AACN Certification Corporation board member, attended the Columbia Basin Chapter Conference in Richland, Wash. He gave a PowerPoint presentation on “Living Your Contribution Through Certification” and offered a continuing education segment on “Fibrinolytics and the MI Patient.”

McCauley presented the keynote speech, “Live Your Contribution,” at a brunch for the Southern Shore Chapter in New Jersey.

Leadership Award

On behalf of AACN, Justine Medina (left),
director of Professional Practice & Programs,
accepts the Collaborative Leadership Award
for Life-Saving National Leadership & Action
from U.S. Health Resources and Services
Administration Administrator Elizabeth Duke.
The presentation was made during a recent
meeting of the HHS Leadership Coordinating
Council on Organ Donation.

Following is a report by AACN board member Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, on discussions and actions that took place during the board’s February conference call.

Agenda Item: Strategic and Operating Plans
The board reviewed drafts of the AACN Strategic Plan and AACN Operating Plan, both of which are scheduled for approval at the April board meeting.

The Strategic Plan is a multiyear guide that provides the overarching framework for evaluating the important work of the association. This source document of broad organizational goals and objectives forms the basis to review nursing and healthcare issues and implications for the association.

Before final approval, the board, using a variety of resources including environmental trend reports, decides whether these goals and objectives will take AACN in the direction it needs to go to best meet the needs of its constituents.
The Operating Plan lays out more specifically the tactical work the association plans to accomplish over an 18-month period. The board uses this plan throughout the year to assess whether the work continues to be relevant and to address gaps if necessary.

Agenda Item: AACN Certification Corporation Board Appointments
The board approved the following slate of candidates to serve on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors beginning July 1: chair-elect, Rebecca Long, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN (one-year term), and directors Deborah L. Greenlaw, RN, MS, CCRN, NP-C, Susan V. Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Carol Melman (three-year terms). Melman is the consumer representative.

The nominees for the AACN Certification Corporation Board are part of AACN’s annual Call for Nominations. However, the selection process differs from that of the AACN Board of Directors and the AACN Nominating Committee (see page 9), because ACCN members at large do not vote on candidates for the corporation board. Because AACN is the sole member of AACN Certification Corporation, the AACN board is required to approve corporation candidates.

Community Liaisons Gain Insight Into AACN Activities
Volunteers Attend National Board Meetings, Share Experiences

By Debby Greenlaw, RN, MS, CCRN, NP-C, and Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MSN, CCRN

We were elated when we were invited to be AACN community liaisons and attend the national AACN board meeting in November in Anaheim, Calif. The opportunity to participate in this program was an honor!

Community liaisons (formerly board learning partners) attend board meetings to gain insight into the governance and key initiatives of AACN. They then take that information and experience back to their local and regional communities.

Several weeks in advance of the meeting, we received a binder filled with information about the current state of AACN, the agenda items to be discussed, and updates from various committees and departments. Each of us was assigned a board member as a mentor. Our mentors guided us in preparing for the meeting, highlighting important information on which we would want to focus. They welcomed us on arrival in California, made sure we were comfortable with the process and answered questions throughout our experience.

The three-day board meeting was jam-packed with information and lively dis-
cussion on each of the agenda items. In addition to the AACN board members, the chair of AACN Certification Corporation, candidates for the 2005-06 president-elect position and key national staff, including the CEO, were in attendance.

In observing the AACN leadership at work firsthand, we were impressed by the depth of the dialogue, which was open and deliberate in trying to surface issues and different perspectives. The board members handled disagreements with respect and genuinely listened to each other’s points of view. Credence was given to each person’s contributions. Although we were guests, we were encouraged to participate in discussions and brainstorming.

Of course, there was also time to relax and have fun. We shared an evening at Disneyland, courtesy of the local convention and business community. On other evenings, we had the opportunity to personally become acquainted with many wonderful critical care colleagues from across the country.

Are you interested in becoming a community liaison? AACN is seeking local AACN leaders who:
• Promote and advance critical care nursing and the association within their local community.
• Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethic of car.
• Have the capacity to disseminate the information presented at the board meeting to their local constituencies and the ability to assist these constituents in translating the information into action agendas.
• Have strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Are interested in learning more about the national governance of the association.

Four community liaisons are selected each year, two each to attend the fall and spring board meetings.

This was a valuable learning experience. It increased our awareness of the scope of association activities, and how much thought and discussion is contributed prior to and during these activities.

We appreciate the assistance of the AACN board members, the AACN national office staff and particularly our board member mentors, Carol Puz and Janie Heath. Everyone made us feel welcome, provided us a wonderful experience and shared insight into the “workings” of our great organization. We look forward to other volunteer opportunities with AACN!

About the Authors
Debby Greenlaw is an acute care nurse practitioner at Providence Hospital Group, Columbia, S.C., and Jo Ellen Craghead is director of educational services at Audrain Medical Center, Mexico, Mo.

Spring Appointments
Julene B. Kruithof, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, of Kentwood, Mich., and Joy M. Speciale, RN, MBA, CCRN, of Rosemont, Ill., are the community liaisons selected to attend the April board meeting.

If you are interested in being a community liaison or in any participating in any of the myriad national volunteer opportunities that are available, be sure to register in the Volunteer Profile Database.

Community liaisons are joined by their
AACN board mentors during the November
board meeting. Pictured (from left) are
Debby Greenlaw, Janie Heath, Carol Puz
and Jo Ellen Craghead.

Nominating Committee Follows Thoughtful Process


By Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN-BC, CEN
AACN Nominating Committee

In April 2004, the call for nominations for the AACN Board of Directors, AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee for 2005-06 went out. After much work, a humbling review of a myriad of materials for each nominee and lots of fun, the journey of the current AACN Nominating Committee is complete. Then, it was your turn to be a part of the process by voting for members of the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee for 2005-06 and truly make a difference.

Now, we hope you will continue to live your contribution by nominating yourself or a colleague who shares in the vision of AACN for national leadership positions that begin July 1, 2006.

The Process
Selection of candidates began when an impressive group of talented individuals who were nominated completed comprehensive written materials that included personal references. These documents were used to allow the individuals a mechanism to spotlight their ambassador and intellectual skills, commitment to the organization and willingness to serve in a national leadership position.

Next, the committee progressed to formal telephone interviews and solicitation of leadership references for each nominee. The interview process used a series of tried-and-true questions to further elicit ambassador and intellectual skills and knowledge of the organization, and to seek clarification of any information contained within the written materials. The Nominating Committee members were provided each candidate’s written materials, interview transcript and references for careful review.

In January, the committee met as a group to develop the slate for the AACN Board and AACN Nominating Committee and to recommend appointments to the AACN Certification Board.

Each nominee brought many gifts of talent and commitment to AACN and ultimately to patients and patients’ families. Recommendations of the slates were based on each candidate’s materials, interviews and references. However, other dynamic factors, such as the leadership needs of the organization, strengths that were identified as needs and the strength of other candidates, also played a role in the decisions.

Damon Cottrell is a clinical nurse specialist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Campaign Ended March 31


Barbara S. Frey, RN, ADN, AA, of Corpus Christi, Texas, continued to lead AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign as the drive entered its final month at the end of February. Frey’s total of 67 new members recruited was almost double her closest challenger, Karen T. Haigh, RN, CCRN, of Voorhees, N.H., who had recruited 35 new members.

Overall, individual and chapter recruiters had brought in a total of 3,897 new members in the campaign, which ended March 31. (See page 10 for chapter results.) Contributing significantly to the total in February were Laura M. Desmond, RN, BS, CCRN, of Huntington Station, N.Y., who debuted in the campaign by recruiting 20 new members, and Paula A. Lusardi, RN, DNS, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, of Longmeadow, Mass., who doubled her total by adding 10 new members.

Others who had recruited 20 or more new members are Stacey Bigenho, RN, AD, of Paducah, Ky.; Becki L. Fuzi, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, of Warrenton, Va.; Dawn Kregel, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of Denton, Texas; Eric A. Moss, RN, ADN, CCRN, CNRN, of Carmel, Ind.; Jennifer E. Baetz, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Webster Groves, Mo.; Sandra J. Cornish, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Concord, Calif.; Kathleen M. Richuso, RN, MS, MSN, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Faith Y. Young-Gouda, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Deslin Francois, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, CEN, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Doris J. Strother, RN-BC, MS, MSN, APRN, of Birmingham, Ala.; Cathy H. Schuster, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of Novato, Calif.; and Ariana G. Gross, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN, of Palm Coast, Fla.

For complete individual and chapter results to date, visit the AACN Web site.

The Rewards
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. Desmond won the gift check for February.
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.

National Volunteer Recognition Week Is Set for April 17-23


To all our volunteers and ambassadors, past and present, AACN and AACN Certification Corporation extends a warm thank you for your hard work and dedication during the past year. We applaud the strides you’ve taken and the courage you’ve exhibited while living your contribution to influence our practice through volunteering with AACN.

Not only have you had a hand in shaping the way in which your colleagues and the general public conceptualize and understand our healthcare system and the critical care nursing profession, but you also have been an inspiration to nurses and healthcare professionals. Thank you for the passion you’ve exhibited, for making a difference and for setting an example for future nurse leaders.

Nobody cares how much you know unless they know how much you care.
Author unknown

New ECCO Module Covers Basic ECG Interpretation
Prepare for Launch in Late Spring


Basic ECG Interpretation will become part of AACN’s Essentials for Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) curriculum in late spring. This comprehensive, 12-hour module, available on the same Web-based training platform as ECCO, will provide step-by-step, interactive sessions. Included are seven complete lessons, with outlines and worksheets. Each lesson is devoted to a specific topic:
• Lesson 1: Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology provides an extensive review of the heart’s physiology.
• Lesson 2: ECG Interpretation Basics includes basic rhythm interpretation and hemodynamic monitoring, as well as ECG lead placement, ECG waveform components and the basic steps for rhythm analysis.
• Lesson 3: Sinus Rhythm Category specifically presents the rhythms that arise from the sinus and the sinus node.
• Lesson 4: Atrial Rhythm Category presents the rhythms that arise from the atrium.
• Lesson 5: Junctional Rhythm Category presents the rhythms that arise from the AV node or junction.
• Lesson 6: Ventricular Rhythm Category presents dysrhythmias that arise from the ventricle.
• Lesson 7: Heart Block Rhythm Category presents the rhythms that are associated with delays or complete disruption of electrical impulse conduction through the AV node.

Lessons 1 through 3 can be used as a foundation for the remaining lessons on dysrhythmia analysis and interpretation.

For the latest information about the ECG product and launch, visit ECCO on the Web..

AACN Annual Meeting


You are invited to join the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Leadership Team at the Annual Meeting and Forum

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Noon to 1:15 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, La.

At this informative meeting, you will learn about AACN’s strategic plan for the future, which includes important initiatives and efforts to meet the needs of our members. AACN committee chairs will also report the accomplishments of their volunteer groups. As a valued member, we hope you will take this opportunity to ask questions, present ideas and share comments directly with AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN.

By attending the Annual Meeting, your name will be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including free registration for NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif., practice resources, free membership and AACN recognition products.

Celebrate Critical Care
May is National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month


May is National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month. Cosponsored by AACN, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Association for Respiratory Care, the celebration honors the contributions of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists and other members of the healthcare team to the care of critically ill patients and their families.

As we applaud these individuals and their dedication to the patients and families in their care, we invite you to take part by recognizing the critical care professionals in your communities.

And, don’t forget to wear blue on Friday, May 13, to show support of National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month. Help spread the word!

For more information and ideas to celebrate National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month, visit the AACN Web site.

What’s Coming in the May Issue of the American Journal of Critical Care


• AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: A Journey to Excellence

• Optimism, Satisfaction With Needs Met, Interpersonal Perceptions of the Healthcare Team, and Emotional Distress in Patients’ Family Members During Critical Care Hospitalization

• Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice: Results of a
5-Year Longitudinal Study

• Nutritional Adequacy in Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation Who Are Fed Enterally

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

Looking Ahead


April 2005

April 17-23 National Volunteer Recognition Week


May 2005

May 7-12 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, New Orleans, La. Register online at www.aacn.org or call (800) 899-2226.

May 10 AACN Annual Meeting, noon to 1:15 p.m., Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La.

June 2005

June 1 Deadline to submit speaker proposals, including chapter-related proposals, for NTI 2006, May 20 through 25 in Anaheim, Calif. Abstracts can be submitted online at www.aacn.org.

June 3 Deadline to nominate individuals to serve on the AACN Board of Directors, AACN Nominating Committee and AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors for terms beginning July 1, 2006. Simply complete the nomination form that appears in the center of this issue of AACN News or that is available online at www.aacn.org.

July 2005

July 1 Deadline to apply for AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant, End-of-Life/Palliative Care Small Projects Grant and Medtronic Physio-Control AACN Small Projects Grant. For more information, visit the AACN Web site; e-mail, research@aacn.org.

AACN Medicopeia: a PDA That Does It All!


The latest, most advanced PDA solution will be available for nurses in May 2005!

Designed exclusively for AACN and bedside nurse clinicians in many areas of practice, the AACN Medicopeia makes installing, registering, unlocking and managing your PDA and applications a thing of the past! Say goodbye to unlock codes and serial numbers with this exciting program!

With the all-inclusive AACN Medicopeia package you’ll receive a Palm PDA pre-loaded with drug monographs on thousands of medications (including integrated, weight-based dosing calculators), clinical references, tools and calculators, all updated and unlocked automatically every time you synchronize your device! And, as an exclusive for AACN Medicopeia users, you’ll have access to the AACN Network, providing you up-to-the minute news and information, simply by synchronizing your device.

To find out more about AACN Medicopeia, visit the AACN PDA Center.

Monthly Super Savers from AACN’s Catalog Products


April is National Donate Life Month, designated to help raise public awareness of the critical need for organ, tissue, marrow and blood donation. This month, we are pleased to highlight 3 products that will help you with both the ethical and clinical aspects of organ donation. These Super Saver prices are valid through May 31, 2005. To qualify for the Super Saver price, orders must be received or postmarked by that date.

Immunobiology of Transplantation
(#NCE3122504A-cassette or #NCE9022504C-audio CD)
Discusses the therapeutic and toxic effects of immunosuppressant medications and patient collaboration with other healthcare providers to maintain the delicate immunobiologic balance prerequisite to transplant survival. Key topics include normal immune physiology and immune responses to transplanted organs, as well as practical information regarding immunosuppressant medications. Includes 2.0 contact hours of CE credit.*
Regular Price: $14
Super Saver Price: $11

Demystifying the Mysterious Death: Brain Death
(#NCE2282504A-cassette or #NCE2282504C-audio CD)
Explores the clarification of the confusing points of brain death, elaborates on some of the myths and misconceptions, explains the process of declaring brain death, and provides the tools (Adult Brain Death Checklist with Apnea Test Guidelines, Organ Donation Protocol and Understanding Brain Death pamphlet) that any healthcare provider can use to rise above potential conflicts. Includes 2.0 contact hours of CE credit.*
Regular Price: $14
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Ethics Audio Series 2004
#NCE9032504A-cassette
#NCE9032504C-audio CD
Six audio programs: Creating a Healthy Work Environment: The Important Role Nurses Play in Retention; Family-Centered Critical Care: A Practical Approach; Bereavement Care: The Forgotten Skill; End-of-Life Care: Not Just Pulling the Plug; Cultural Competency in the Acute and Critical Care Environment; and Demystifying the Mysterious Death: Brain Death. Includes study guide and 12.0 contact hours of CE credit.*
Regular Price: $62
Super Saver Price: $57

*This product is shipped directly from National Nursing Network, so allow 7-10 business days for delivery. For more information, call National Nursing Network at (800) 373-2952.

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