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Vol. 22, No. 12, DECEMBER 2005

NTI Comes to Southern California in 2006

Next spring, the warm Southern California sun will once again shine on AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. This premier event is set for May 20 through 25, 2006, at the Anaheim Convention Center, the cornerstone of the new 1,100-acre Anaheim Resort that includes Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and the innovative entertainment, dining and shopping district, Downtown Disney.

This exciting event is the world’s largest critical care conference and exposition, offering educational content and exhibits specifically for acute and critical care nurses, including advanced practice nurses, pediatric nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and nurse managers, as well as progressive care and emergency department nurses who treat critically ill patients.

The “Engage and Transform” NTI theme was set by AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, in her president-elect speech that closed the 2005 NTI in New Orleans, La. Brinker called upon nurses to use their commitment, tenacity and determination to engage in the ongoing positive transformation of their workplace environments as well as to transform themselves as individuals and professionals. The theme art by Tracy Walker is a visual interpretation of how the transformation of an individual, represented by the image of a butterfly, touches lives and environments. You can download and print a poster-sized version of this colorful theme art from the AACN Web site (www.aacn.org > Engage and Transform).

Now, it’s time to make plans to attend NTI 2006. Resources are available now to help you get started. To see a list of available hotels with rates and descriptions and to book your room online, visit the NTI Web site. Check back in January for updated information about programs and speakers. See you in Anaheim!

AACN Teams With Joint Commission Resources to Present Year-Long Series of Audio Conferences

AACN is partnering with Joint Commission Resources on a series of 12 audio conferences relevant to acute and critical care. The topics will include the six essential skills put forth in the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments and patient safety and quality of care issues.

The 90-minute sessions, each featuring two expert presenters, are scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET) the second Thursday of each month throughout 2006.

On Jan. 12, the topic will be skilled communications. The session, which is appropriate for all healthcare professionals, will feature Roberta Fruth, RN, MN, PhD, CNA, CNAA, and David Maxfield. Fruth is a past member of the AACN Board of Directors. Maxfield is director of research for VitalSmarts, a consulting firm that conducted the Silence Kills study released in conjunction with the AACN Healthy Work Environments Standards.

A moderated question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Participants can sign up to participate in the audio conference as individuals or for multiple attendees using one telephone line in a conference room.

In announcing the audio conference arrangement, AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, said, “We are excited to collaborate with Joint Commission Resources to deliver this vital, timely information to our nurses and others who make a difference in the quality of care patients receive. And, we are pleased that our Healthy Work Environments Standards are helping organizations achieve this goal.”

JCR is an expert resource for healthcare organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of the Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from the Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner.

For more information about this audio conference, call (877) 223-6866 or visit the JCR Web site at

New Orleans Nurses Face Lingering Effects of Katrina
Impact Goes Beyond the Physical to Encompass Lost Contacts

The toll that Hurricane Katrina continues to exact on residents of the devastated Gulf Coast area was painfully evident as AACN leaders talked recently by telephone to members whose lives have been touched by this catastrophic event.

Although everyone had seen the horrific scenes during round-the-clock coverage of the disaster, what AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, President-elect Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, heard from this group was the emotional, financial and professional devastation that will linger long after the cleanup and restoration of services. Yet, the sense of hope they conveyed in the midst of despair further solidified the qualities that have always made critical care nurses special.

Participating in the call were Michelle Rihner, RN, BSN, CCRN, Denise Bonura-Henry, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Elizabeth Stevens, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Nancy Townsend, APRN, CCRN, CCNS. Katie Schatz, RN, MS, MSN, APRN, CNP, who was in the area as part of a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team, also participated.

They talked about the uncertainties, with many hospital employees displaced and a large part of New Orleans still uninhabitable at the time of the call in late October. Rihner noted that none of the area’s hospital’s were completely up and running, with at least two that will never reopen, and noted that most housing was only temporary.

“We can’t even make decisions,” she said. “And, there are no support systems because we are all in the same boat.”
Difficulties in keeping track of people were heightened by communication problems, with many cellular telephone towers down and connections often misrouted.

Townsend noted that the healthcare system is in a state of crisis, broken.

“Many look to nurses to fix it,” she said. “We need solutions.

“We have sick people but a lack of critical care beds and no trauma facility.

“You can’t get people back if there’s no healthcare,” she continued. “The whole system is overwhelmed.”

“It’s just 360 degrees of sadness,” said Rihner. “You fix one thing, then another. It’s like a war zone. Everything lacks color.

“You can’t even make decisions.”

Bonura-Henry added that everything in life, even the small tasks, has to be planned. Stores close early, so shopping has to be done in prescribed hours.

AACN has already granted a one-year membership extension for members in the impacted areas who were due to renew from August 2005 through August 2006. AACN Certification Corporation is working on an individual basis to provide waivers for affected certificants and prospective certificants.

Online Center Responds
to Katrina Victims’ Needs

AACN has launched a special online Katrina Disaster Connection Center, which combines existing resources with a new one developed in response to communications with members from the impacted areas as well as from across the country. The latter is a message board where nurses wanting to provide assistance can post what they have to offer and nurses needing assistance can respond directly to them.

AACN has received numerous inquiries from its chapters and individual members about how they can help their Gulf Coast colleagues. And, during a recent conference call with a group of members from the New Orleans area, AACN leadership heard about the need for a way to connect with displaced colleagues and others.

The message board will be a place to post offers of assistance, such as available jobs, temporary housing, furniture and personal items. Also in this online center are the existing resources that were posted immediately following the hurricane and the “Share Your Stories” area, where members are posting accounts of their personal experiences.

Technology for Nursing Schools
AACN and Krames Donate Education System to UCSF Program

In the latest partnership coming out of the AACN Technology for Nursing Schools initiative, Krames has agreed to donate access to its Krames On-Demand electronic print-on-demand patient education system to the nursing school at the University of California, San Francisco.

The Technology for Nursing Schools initiative offers corporations the opportunity to partner with AACN in making unique and forward-reaching contributions that ensure patient care by helping student nurses work with current patient care technology before they begin their clinical experience.

Krames is a market leader in the development of patient education, wellness and safety content. Its material is used by more than 80% of American hospitals, more than 1,000 health plans and employer groups, more than 300,000 physicians and nurses in hospitals and private practice, and many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

The Krames On-Demand system provides Internet-based informative HealthSheets that can be customized for patients and printed as needed. Within the system are 2,200 topics, in both English and Spanish. All were created in conjunction with practicing specialists to provide accurate, up-to-date information on everything from conditions and procedures to self-care and preventive care.

“So many of our members entered the nursing profession to take care of people,” said AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, “and patient education is such an important part of the caring equation. But the reality is—with the demands of learning anatomy, medicine, and critical care—exposure to patient education during training tends to be limited. We are thrilled that Krames is able to use our Technology for Nursing Schools initiative to make this system available to students.”

“Everyday my team talks with nurses who love the Krames approach to patient education,” explained Jean Neiner, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Krames. “These same nurses wish they had more exposure to these tools during their training. Now, thanks to the AACN Technology for Nursing Schools initiative, we have a means of exposing nursing students to the principles of effective patient education. We believe providing nursing students at UCSF with the Krames state-of-the-art, electronic patient education system will strengthen their ability to care for patients once they enter the workforce.”

“We are honored that Krames has chosen UCSF School of Nursing to receive the Krames On-Demand donation as part of the AACN Technology for Nursing Schools initiative.” said Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, associate dean for academic programs at UCSF and a past president of AACN. “We are so impressed with the program and the content that we actually plan on incorporating the use of Krames On-Demand into our master's curriculum for clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.”

With the Krames systems in place, students at UCSF will gain valuable experience creating care plans and using patient education tools.

For more information or to inquire about AACN’s Technology in Nursing Schools initiative, contact

Submit Abstracts Online for NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga.

June 1, 2006, is the deadline to submit educational program speaker proposals, including chapter-related proposals, for NTI 2007, May 20 through 25 in Atlanta, Ga. Abstracts can be submitted online.

In the Circle: Mentoring Award

Editor’s note: Part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program, the Mentoring award honors individuals or groups who develop and enhance another’s intellectual and technical skills, acculturating them to the professional community, and modeling a way of life and professional achievement. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2005.

Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Mission Hospital

It started as a typical day in the ICU when Mary Kay Bader, our neuro-trauma unit’s clinical nurse specialist, stopped by my room while making rounds. As I gave Mary Kay report on my patient, she listened patiently, providing her usual high caliber of clinical expertise and insight.

There was something more Mary Kay was eager to discuss, as she urgently presented a paper to me titled, “Caring for the Critically Ill Neuro Patient: From Gismos and Gadgets to Focus on the Family.” “That’s wonderful,” I said promptly realizing this was a presentation for which she was preparing. “Actually,” she responded excitedly, “I was hoping you would co-present the topic with me.”

Honored but sick with fear, I questioned the request. After all, who was I to address a national conference of critical care nurses, sharing the podium with such an accomplished speaker? Preventing me from listing the inadequacies streaming through my mind, Mary Kay interrupted me in her usual forthright manner. “You’ll be great, and I’ll be at your side every step of the way.” With Mary Kay’s support, direction and congenial inability to hear the words “I can’t,” I learned how to gather reliable data, comprise a course outline, create PowerPoint slides and deliver a presentation I was proud of.

The day I took the podium at NTI was one of the most empowering moments of my nursing career. Mary Kay once again stood by my side, my mentor at once becoming my peer. She had seen in me something I hadn’t and guided me through an experience I would never have imagined myself capable of. I am only one of the many nurses touched by Mary Kay’s bountiful energy and inspiring vision. I am honored to share this noble profession with her, and to have the privilege of nominating Mary Kay for this award.

Shauna Helene Lobre, RN, BSN, CCRN
Daly City, Calif.
UCSF Hospital

For 17 years, I have dedicated myself to caring for critically ill children and their families. One of my most memorable patients was a 12-year-old girl whose heart valves had been attacked by a virus. During transport to our PICU, she repeatedly went into ventricular tachycardia. Upon arrival at our unit, she told the staff, “It’s happening again; you are going to have to shock me!”

Soon, her heart succumbed to the viral myocarditis and went asystolic. Intubated and fighting for her life, she endured one hour and 48 minutes of CPR by the staff. She was cannulated for bypass and later for an ECMO circuit. One of her complications was acute renal failure. She had been placed on a type of dialysis known as continuous veno venous hemofiltration, which was my clinical specialty. On my next shift, I was assigned to her.

As I did my assessment, the family member at the bedside told me she was M.’s mother and had a hard time staying in the room. I held her hand and reassured her that her daughter was in a safe place, and we were dedicated to doing everything to make her and her daughter comfortable. She looked up and we connected.
Care plan after revised care plan, I spent the next three months as M.’s primary nurse. I utilized my time training the staff on CVVH and called in on my days off to check her progress. I blended my critical-thinking skills with the art of caring to provide family-centered care. I smile when I think of the girl who taught me a life lesson that I carry with me as I care for other critically ill children. Take nothing for granted, for your life can change “in a heartbeat.”

Indianapolis, Ind.
Methodist Hospital
Clarian Health Partners
Many individuals have helped nurture me as a nurse, yet none as profoundly as Jan Powers. There’s just something special about Jan. It’s amazing to watch a quiet-natured, fully approachable person be such an influential visionary. She has earned respect from everyone she works with. She values everyone’s contribution and sees the positive in everyone toward reaching our ultimate goal: excellent care for our patients and their families. Jan has the ability to recognize a person’s hidden talents and strengths.

When Jan mentioned I should apply for a new position with an emphasis on nursing research, I was not enthusiastic. Wasn’t research a bunch of mindless paperwork, confining regulations and distance from patient care? Jan explained the position and its blend with strong clinical skills. Even then, she was germinating the seeds of an undisclosed ability within me. I was hesitant and frightened. She explained everything about the role and calmed my fears with gentle encouragement.

With her words of wisdom wafting through my mind, I interviewed and was offered a way of nursing that is challenging and rewarding. This role has given me the greatest opportunity to grow and learn from Jan’s gift of mentorship. She provides me with gentle support, the comfort of her presence and superb role modeling. Through her guidance I’ve begun to develop the necessary confidence for my position. Jan reminds me that the work we do through research not only has the potential of impacting our patients, but also countless others.

If there’s a DNA code for nursing, it’s in Jan. Nursing is who she is. I’m grateful for her vision and for encouraging me to step outside my comfort zone. It’s an exciting journey.

Dolores Maggie Varona, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
San Antonio, Texas
University Hospital
In my 28-year career, I have been involved in mentoring students, caregivers, managers and educators. I have participated in the development of internship, preceptorship, shared governance, employee recognition awards and a director mentor program.

I believe that mentoring is a two-way street. I have never met anyone from whom I could not learn something. This belief sets the stage for an open relationship of mutual respect between the mentor and the mentee. I believe that everyone wants to do a good job. Therefore, it is important to recognize what he or she is good at and help him or her grow in that direction. This is essential for job satisfaction and upward career mobility.

I have been a student, a caregiver, a manager and a teacher, but most of all, I treasure my contribution to the training and career development of so many future healthcare leaders. Every nurse is a mentor, for mentoring is an ongoing process that occurs at all levels. At my hospital, the nurses mentor students, physicians and other healthcare providers on a daily basis. To them, I dedicate this award.

Pam Zinnecker, RN, BAN, CCRN
Billings, Mont.
Deaconess Billings Clinic

Pam Zinnecker became my mentor the day I stepped into the ICU. She has served as a mentor to many nurses new in the ICU. Starting a nursing career is tough. Starting as a new grad in an ICU is even tougher.

Pam was always there to help me through. She listened to my fears and helped me confront them. She assisted me with my clinical skills. No matter how many questions I asked her, she never tired of answering them. She often said, “The only dumb question is the one never asked.” With the completion of each complicated assignment, I received constructive feedback. As my knowledge and skill grew, so did my confidence and self-esteem.

Early in my career, Pam encouraged me to become active in professional organizations. I joined the local and national AACN chapters, and Pam guided me during my first NTI experience. Pam was also responsible for my initial application for our hospitalwide clinical ladder program. She sat down and went through the process with me. Thanks to Pam, I was successful in my application. Pam stressed the importance of certification and what it means professionally and personally, and she was the first person I called when I passed the CCRN exam. When I returned to work, there were congratulations banners all over the ICU, courtesy of Pam.

I try to emulate her professionalism, her wisdom, her grace under pressure, her hand of friendship, her ability to laugh at the small stuff. Pam taught me not only how to be a nurse, but also what it means to be a nurse. As my mentor, she has had a huge impact on my nursing career and practice. I would not be where I am, or who I am, without her positive influence, education, encouragement, guidance and support. She is truly by definition, a mentor.

Be a Vision Partner; Share the NTI Experience

Are you planning to attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May in Anaheim, Calif.? Why not consider applying for a Vision Partners Scholarship? The application deadline is Jan. 16, 2006.

This program grants $1,000 each to 10 pairs of NTI participants. One is a member, and the other is a nonmember who has not previously attended an 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 area. The Vision Partners Scholarship application asks the partners to describe how they expect to benefit from the learning experience and networking at NTI. The partners will also commit to continuing the development of the partnership after they return to their workplaces and to submitting a six-month, follow-up report to AACN regarding their experience.

For more information, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 204, or apply online

What Recipients Say ...

The benefits of the Vision Partners Scholarship program are intended to last beyond the actual experience of attending the NTI. Here are excerpts from responses by a couple of the recipients.
Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, APRN-BC, partnered with Kimberly Thomas, a coworker at Riverside Methodist Hospital who was not a member of AACN. Yeager wrote:

Being surrounded by individual nurses who are passionate about the care they provide energized both of us. Seeing the NTI through her eyes made me even more proud to be a nurse.
The scholarships Yeager and Thomas received were funded by a grant from the Gannett Foundation/Nursing Spectrum, Midwestern Edition.
Nonmember Judy Smith, RN, BSN, partnered with member Lisa Guy, RN, BSN, CCRN, a coworker at Randolph Hospital, Incorporated. Smith wrote:

It was an awesome experience. Many of the ideas that I learned have helped me tremendously in the ICU where I work.
I feel better equipped to take care of my patients with the knowledge gained in the classroom and with the vendor teaching seminars.
The scholarships Smith and Guy received were funded by a grant from the Gannett Foundation/Nursing Spectrum, Southeastern Edition.

Scholarships Advance Education

To advance the art and science of critical care nursing and promote nursing professionalism, AACN offers scholarships to members who are completing baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in nursing.

Recipients of these BSN Completion and Graduate Completion scholarships are awarded $1,500 per academic year. At least 20% of the awards are allocated to qualified ethnic minority applicants. The funds are made available in August through the financial aid office of the student’s college or university. The funds may be used for 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 within the student’s state. Funds unused due to graduation or withdrawal from the program are returned to AACN by the college or university.

Applicants for these scholarships must be RNs, be members of AACN and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. They must currently be 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.

The application process will open Jan. 1, 2006, for the next round of scholarships.

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

Acuity Care Technology (October/November 2005)—AACN board member, Denise Buonocore, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN-BC, wrote a special feature titled, “Do the Right Thing: Once reserved for diabetes patients, tight glycemic control proves critically important for all critical care patients.”

Nursing Management (October 2005)—”Healthier Hospitals” is the title of the cover feature written by past AACN President Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, and Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD. The writers concluded that, because of the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments, “nurse managers now have a useful guideline for improving communication and collaboration. Through the use of dialogue, they can re-engage nurses in meaningful conversations, and together, nurses can become a force for changing the culture of healthcare.”

Nursing Spectrum 2005 Critical Care Specialty Guide (October 2005)—”Ethical Dilemmas Can Lead to Moral Distress in the ICU: Research shows critical care RNs may be susceptible to internal conflicts in delicate patient care situations” was the title of an article stating that “identifying and managing moral distress in the ICU has become a priority for AACN’s strategic initiatives to promote healthy work environments.” AACN also released a position statement that “identifies support systems, such as protocols for end-of-life care, ethics committees, employee assistance programs, critical stress debriefing, interdisciplinary forums, and education, that can be used to manage and reduce moral distress in the work environment,” the article noted.

NurseWeek (Oct. 24, 2005)—The NurseLink section announced that nurses from Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, Calif., the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital and UCSF Medical Center as well as the Sacramento (Calif.) Area Chapter of AACN received 2005 AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards.

Advance for Nurses (Oct. 17, 2005)—“Eisenhower Medical Center (EMC) Safety Protocols Are Rooted in the Fundamentals” was the title of an article about a recently created prevention protocol for ventilator-associated pneumonia in the ICU at EMC. “Although no uniform written standards were in place to address VAP, the committee was undaunted by the challenge and unafraid to ask themselves the tough questions, some of which came from AACN’s practice alert on VAP in 2004,” the article noted. “Since it began as an internally driven initiative, the VAP task force already has seen the success of its efforts. Based on the AACN statistics, EMC’s accomplishments transfer into an incredible number of lives saved.”
Nursing Spectrum (Oct. 1, 2005)—“Evidence-based Practice—a Natural Fit for ICUs” was the title of an article about a Critical Care Fellowship that is part of the orientation at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y. The article stated that the fellowship, which provides a nurturing educational environment for new graduates or nurses new to critical care, follows AACN’s Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO).

Chest (September 2005)—An article titled “A Natural Synergy in Creating a Patient-Focused Care Environment: The Critical Care Family Assistance Program and Critical Care Nursing” was written by Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN director of Professional Practice and Programs, for a supplement to the issue. Medina noted that the AACN Vision Statement, dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution, “describes the driving dedication to the development of resources and our partnership with the Chest Foundation in creating the Critical Care Family Assistance Program (CCFAP).” Another supplement article, “Project Coordinator’s Perspective: the Critical Care Family Assistance Program,” indicated that “the project coordinator, in representing the hospital at regional and national conventions, looks for opportunities to make presentations about the CCFAP and encourages other staff members to take advantage of similar opportunities.” In addition to presentations at the annual meetings of the American College of Chest Physicians, workshops were conducted at AACN’s 2005 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition and at the 2005 Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Annual Conference, the article reported. Additional information about the Critical Care Family Assistance Program is available at www.chestfoundation.org > Critical Care.

Kansas City Nursing News (Sept. 26, 2005)—In an article titled “Unhealthy Work Environments Can Lead to Medical Errors,” AACN Board Member Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, reviewed AACN’s healthy work environments initiative. She highlighted the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments as well as AACN’s partnership with VitalSmarts, which conducted the Silence Kills study. “As an AACN board member, I know how important these standards are in providing an environment where nurses can make their optimal contribution to assuring safe and excellent patient care,” Goodyear-Bruch wrote. She said that the Healthy Work Environment Standards may be downloaded at www.aacn.org > Healthy Work Environments.

Nursing Spectrum (May 9, 2005)—An article titled “Teaming Up for Nursing Specialties” reported that educators at Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., “based the critical care curriculum on AACN’s online Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program. They broke it into two-hour learning modules and supplemented it with case studies and key-concept outlines.”

Our Voice at the Table

Dana Woods, AACN director of Marketing and Strategy Integration, contributed a chapter on healthcare marketing for Leadership and Nursing Care Management, Third Edition. Her text includes an overview of the role of marketing in healthcare, including a review of current issues and trends, and leadership and management behaviors that contribute to effective marketing, with case studies and study questions.

Patricia Uy, AACN certification manager, and Karen Harvey, RN, MSN, certification specialist, represented AACN by exhibiting at the 2005 American College of Nurse Practitioners National Clinical Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Buonocore also presented a concurrent session on the “Top Ten Treatment Considerations in Heart Failure.”

Janie Heath, RN, PhD, CCRN, ANP, ACNP, immediate past AACN board member, represented AACN at the National Nursing Stakeholders’ Meeting for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses at the American Nurses Association headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview to the nursing community about the outcomes of the APRN Consensus Workgroup, which was convened by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, last December. Representatives were in attendance from more than 60 nursing organizations, including state nurses associations, state boards of nursing, specialty nursing organizations, credentialing organizations, certification boards and government agencies.

Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, AACN board member, spoke at Professor Beth Black’s Junior BSN class at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She discussed professional development with the 134 students in attendance. She also talked about the value of joining professional nursing organizations, such as AACN, to stay informed and up to date on nursing issues, in addition to the importance of pursuing certification after graduation.

Holtschneider joined Debby Greenlaw, RN, MS, CCRN, NP-C, and Susan Helms, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, both AACN Certification Corporation board members, to present a national AACN update at the Region 5 meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jan Teal, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN, Region 5 Chapter Advisory Team member, gave a regional update and discussed how nurses can get involved with their chapters and the region. All four representatives staffed an AACN information table during breaks and answered questions about certification and AACN initiatives.

AACN President-elect Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, presented “Engage and Transform: The Power of Collaboration” at Cardiovascular Care 2005: Professionalism, Practice, and Patient Care, sponsored by the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.

Kevin D. Reed, RN-BC, MSN, CNA, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented “Donation After Cardiac Death” at the Critical Care Update and at the Cardiovascular Update conferences, both in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tracy also presented “Engage and Transform: The Power of Collaboration” at a Southern Connecticut Chapter dinner meeting in Yale-New Haven, Conn., and at Critical Care 2005 in Lynchburg, Va., which was sponsored by the Hill City Chapter.

If you or your chapter has reached out to the media or other groups to promote AACN and critical care nursing, we’d like to know. E-mail your information to Judy.Wilkin@aacn.org

Critical Links
2,426 New Members Recruited in Campaign

Ann Brorsen, RN, MSN, AAS, CCRN, of Sun City, Calif., built on her lead in the AACN Critical Links membership campaign by recruiting 15 new members in October, to bring her total to 45.

Sonia Astle, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CS, of Burke, Va., edged past Martha Beth Reid, RN, CNS, PhD, CCRN, CEN, APRN-BC, of Little Elk, Texas, to claim second place with a total of 32 new members recruited by the end of October. Reid’s total was 26.

Lydia Bautista, RN, BN, BS, CCRN, ACNP-C, of Jacksonville, Fla., recruited nine members in October to bring her total to 22, matching the total of Marianne Kraemer, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN, of Marlton, N.J. And, the totals for Matthew Choate, BS, BSN, CEN, EMT, of Lebanon, N.H., and Caroline Axt, RN, MS, of Oakland, Calif., were at 21 and 20 respectively.

Their totals contributed to the overall total of 2,426 new members recruited by individuals and chapters since the campaign began May 1.

The Rewards
Participation offers recruiters the opportunity to receive valuable rewards, including a $100 American Express gift check awarded in a monthly drawing to members who have recruited five or more members during that month. Deborah L. Erickson, RN, MA, CCRN, of Augusta, Ga., won the gift certificate in the October drawing.

All individual recruiters receive a $25 AACN gift check when they reach the five-new-member level and a $50 AACN gift certificate when they reach the 10-new-member level. They are also eligible for a monthly drawing to receive a $100 American Express gift check in any month they recruit at least one new member.

The top recruiter at the end of the campaign receives a $1,000 American Express gift check. He or she is also eligible for the Grand Prize drawing for a $500 American Express gift check. A total of three grand prizes will be drawn, with anyone recruiting five or more new members during the campaign entered into all three drawings.

Note: For the recruiter to qualify for prizes and drawings, new members must include the recruiter’s name on the “referred by” line of the application.

Other Recruiters

Following are the other members who have recruited five or more new members:

Laura Bergman (19); Kimberly Rupp (18); Deborah Erickson and Linda Thomas (16); Alice Moulton and Maria Wild (15); Dorothy Flowers and Julie Miller (13); Deslin Francois, Kathleen Richuso and Joyce Schmaltz (12); Maria Laxina (11); Philip Abenojar, Marylee Bressie, Barbara Frey, Debbie Hansen, Christina MacLean and Jill Markle (10); Phillip Parcon, Emma Pounders, Coleen Rakers, Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, Jackie Yon and Cynthia Zaletel (9); Lisa Guy, Susan Huber, Camia Las Dulce, Vivian Norman, Cheryl Stacy, Bonnie Wiggins and Faith Young-Gouda (8); Betty Blevins, Elizabeth Dunning, Paula Lusardi, L. Jennifer McFarlane, Ngozi Moneke

Paulita Narag, Linda Novak, Cathy Schuster, Charlene Schwinne and Linda Smiley (7); Jeannine Brennan, Phyllis Coley, Melinda Foster, Ariana Gross, Karen Haigh, Karen Jeffries, Cristine Kramer, Cynthia LaFond, Laura Madden and Maria Nicasio (6); Angela Bentley, Cheryl Bond, Deborah Brown, Kathryn Clark, Bettielou Conerly, Carmen Davis, Carla Freeman, Amy Jones, Alex Koutsos, Kathleen McCarthy, Vicki McKimmey, Nancy Neal, Benilda Oliquino, Iveline Pennie, Susan Roberti, Elin Roberts, Cheryl Rockwell, Donna Sabash, Jamie Sicard, Christine Stinson and Pam Zinnecker (5).

Following are the other recruiters to date:
Kathy Adams, Nicolas Alexander, Alma Alina, Sharon Alley, Susan Allison, Ariel Gabriel Almacen, Shirley Ambutas, Betty Anderson, Kathleen Arnold, Donna Attar, Susanne Averbeck, Lynn Ayers, Claudia Bachmann, Katherine Baker, Oshean Baker, Linnea Baldonado, Linda Ball, Amy Bandy, Corazon Barbon, Kimberly Barnhardt, Elizabeth Bayley, Jaime Bearden, Caroline Beckwith, Vicki Bergquist, Arlene Bernardino, Debra Berry, Tina Biberdorf, Martha Binkard, Catherine Bish, Zenaida Blanco, Cheri Blevins, Ronald Bolen, Pamela Bolton, Janis Boterf, Donna Bowers, Mary Jane Bowles, Donna Boyd, Tanja Boyd, Brenda Bracey, Kim Brady, Denise Bragg, Cynthia Broida, Denise Broomhall, Linda Brown, Marion Brown, Megan Brunson, Christina Burgess, Stephanie Bush

Robert Angelo Carambas, Rose Cardin, JoAnn Carr, Kelly Carter, Belinda Casey, Julie Castro, Lois Catts, Cristina Chan, Karen Chirumbolo, Stephanie Christian, Sara Clark, Linda Clark, Robbie Cluck, Romulo Co, Virginia Coakley, Mary Colanero, Annette Cole, Shelly Cole, Sherry Cole, Portia Collins, Odette Comeau, Phillip Cook, Bonnie Corcoran, Lisa Cossaboon, Lori Cox, Britney Cox, Nichole Crawford, Drew Creger, Sue Crisp, Susan Cuddy, Lori Daughenbaugh, Denise D'Avella, Melody Davidson, Mary Grace De Guzman, Rosanna De Las Alas, Mary Degges, Michele Deiterich, Luzviminda Del Rosario, Mary Delestrez, Frances Dennis, Julia DiReinzo, Fae-Marie Donathan, William Donnelly, Karen Doran, Ann Dougherty, Michele Dudley, Edna Dukes, Anne Dunn, Margaret Ecklund, Barbara Economou-Morris, Jason Edwards, Lisa Edwards, Linda Egan, Arturo Eijansantos, Rosie Elgueta, Ethan Eller, Amy Ellingwood, Emelita Espina, Sharon Etter

Deena Fahrnkopf, Allison Faiman, Anthony Farmer, Kathleen Fava, Darlene Ferguson, Vicki Fersch, Nathalie Fleureau, Kawaniee Flowe, Frances Flynn, Denise Fochesto, Julie Fomenko, John Forrant, Pat Forsyth, Terry Foster, Evie Furgeson, Thelma Garcia, Susan Garner, Debbie Garren-Lemons, Heather Garrettson, Nancy Gattuso, Peggy Gawenda, Carmelit Gefen, Maria Aurora Geraldez, Mary Gerchman Smith, Patrick Givens, Tammy Glynn, Emily Goerke, Patricia Goetz, Bernadette Gorman, Diane Gorman, Lita Gorman, Kim Green, Rebecca Greenwood, Danah Grice, Rhonda Grose, Beverly Guinen

Heidi Hall, Jennifer Hall, Cyndie Hampton, Marie Hamrick, Patricia Hansen, Cheryl Hanson, Vivian Hardy, Mary Harper, Kristi Harrison, Sheryl Hasper, David Haymore, Jeanne Heatlie, Jan Heaton, Cheryl Herrmann, Marianne Hess, Georgina Hewlett, Cecile Hines, Carol Hinkle, Barbara Hissong, Kelli Hoffman, Donna Horrocks, Zondra Hull, Laura Inghilterra, Mary Ingram, Deborah Iulianelli, Angela Jackson, Kelly James, Michael Jennings, Debbie Jessell, Pamela Johnson, Gale Johnson, Deanna Jones, Margie Jordan, Lauretta Joseph, Michelle Jurgensen, Accamma Kallel, Elizabeth Karikottu, Inne Kaumpungan, Danny Keeney, Robert Kelly, Jon Kerr, Jennifer Kesey, Kathleen King, Sue King, Steven Klahn, Deborah Klein, Vicky Knapp, Jacqueline Kobal, Tarcela Koban, Christine Kutcher

Tracy Land, Tonda Lee, Brenda Lewis, Lorrie Lewis, Kathleen Lewis, Jan Little, Rosalena Livers, Deborah Louis, Gayle Lucas, Maryjean Luke, Corrine Lunt, Dale Mackintosh, Beverly Maloney, Lily May Marifosque, Hung Chieh Marson, Teresa Martin, Kimberly Martin, Robin Martin, Migdalia Mason, Heather Maude, Linda May, Shawn Mc Adams, Debra McDaniel, Carole McFadden, Carolyn McGee, Diane McLean, Pauline McNeece, Ann McNeil, Elizabeth McNeill, Carla Menge, Arlene Messina, Linda Meyer, Abigail Millikan, Becky Miramontes-Wright, Donna Mirenda, Carolyn Moncrief, Inger Money, Paul Montpas, Bonita Moore, Carol Moore, Janeanne Morgan, Debra Moroney, Michelle Mott, Dawn Mueller, Kelly Murphy, Kathryn Nelson, Cynthia Neubauer, Christine Nielsen, Theresa Nino, Mario Nolasco, Florabel Ocampo, Barbara Odin, Sally Oldham, Joanna Olson, Colette Ondera, Donna O'Neill, Margaret O'Neill, Editha Ong, Lynn Orser, Kimberly Overman, Mary Frances Pate, Cathleen Paton, Ellen Peller, Valeria Pelly, Patrick Perry, Karen Petersen, Mary Phares, Susan Pickel, Ginger Pierson, Darlene Pileski, Marie Pilz, Wendy Piper, Elizabeth Pono, Joan Powers, Donna Proulx, Sofia Puerto

Cheryl Rader, Christine Ragusa, Eileen Ravert, Todd Ray, Lenore Rees, Virginia Ring, Daniel Rioux, Marni Robbins, Kathryn Roberts, Cindy Robertson, Kathy Robinson, Donna Robinson, Carol Robles, Catherine Rodgers, Theresa Rodino, Marlyn Rodriguez, Barbara Rogers, Brenda Rollins, Anne Rorapaugh, Rosemarie Rosales, Linda Ross, Julie Rossie, Heather Russell, Andrea Russo, Joan Sacerio, Ian Saludares, Julie Sandstrom, Eulogio Santaromana, Laura Schlund, Lisa Schmedlin, Ann Schmidt, Lynn Schnautz, Catherine Schneider, Lee Ann Schulz, Theresa Schuurman, Dina Sheriff, Christina Siler, Eunice Simmons, Mary Simonsen, Anita Siscoe-Hapshie, Amy Sitler, Celeste Smith, April Smith, Bryan Smith, Sharon Smith, Karen Smith, Simone Sparks, Paula Spinelli, Sherry Spinner, Mary Steding, Elaine Steinke, Carlette Stewart, Mary Stewart, Ellen Stokinger, Petronella Stoltz, Doris Strother, Debbie Stupak, Judith Sumner, Merle Swoope

Arlene Tabunda, Doris Tavares, Anna Taylor, Jan Teal, Shannon Teamann-Walker, Nuria Tench, Mary Thelen, Yvonne Thelwell, Cathy Thompson, Sandra Thornhill-Alvarez, Jacqueline Thoryk, Mary Tierney, Judith Tipton, Jacqueline Tonsor, Charlene Trimeloni, Marcie Truesdale, Susan Turner, Angela Turner Konrath, Robert Valdez, Isabel Valdez-Carantes, Alenka Vale, Jared Vandenbroek, Wendy Vaughn, Regina Villalobos, Maura Wagner, Kristin Wallach, Sharon Watson, June Watson, Eileen Weatherby, Sylvia Weaver, Sharman Weaver, Deanne Webster, Dianne West, Stephanie Westbrook, Susan Wheatley, Michael Wheeler, Marlot Wigginton, Karen Willard, Irma Williams, Felecia Williams, Suzanne Williams, Steven Williams, Melanie Williamson, Sonia Wisdom, Barbara Wolfe, Debra Woodley, Wendy Wright, Adoracion Yap, Diane Zuelke.

To see the complete list of campaign recruiters, visit the AACN Web site.

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Looking Ahead

January 2006

Jan. 1 Application process opens for AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships—BSN Completion and Graduate Completion.

Jan. 1 Deadline to apply for the AACN-Philips Medical Systems Grants. Areas of inquiry, selection criteria and submission instructions are
available online.

Jan. 1 Deadline to apply for the AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant, End-of-Life/Palliative Care Grant, Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant and AACN
Mentorship Grant. For more information, visit the AACN Web.

Jan. 6 Deadline to apply for Chapter Advisory Team positions. To apply, register online in AACN’s Volunteer Profile Database.

Jan. 15 Deadline to apply for NTI Vision Partners Scholarships. For more information, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 204;
www.aacn.org > Awards, Grants and Scholarships.

March 2006

March 16 Deadline to apply to take the paper-and-pencil version of the CCRN, PCCN, CMC and CSC certification exams on April 27 at Trends in
Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa. The special Trends Exam Handbook and Application as well as study resources
are now available online.

March 31 Critical Links member recruitment campaign ends. To see the complete list of campaign recruiters and totals, visit the AACN Web site.

April 2006

April 4 Deadline to apply to take the paper-and-pencil version of the CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, CMC and CSC certification exams on May 22, 2006,
during AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

May 2006

May 20-25 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit the AACN Web site

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