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Vol. 22, No. 2, JANUARY 2005

NTI Keynote Speakers Bring Depth of Experience
Annual Conference in May in New Orleans

AACN’s 2005 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May will offer an impressive lineup of keynote speakers in addition to the hundreds of educational sessions and other learning opportunities. The NTI, which also features the Advanced Practice Institute, is scheduled May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La.


AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, will formally open the NTI on Monday, though many participants will already have attended two days of preconference sessions. She will reflect on her tenure and the significance of her yearlong theme of “Live Your Contribution.”

McCauley is the director of undergraduate studies for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and works as a cardiovascular clinical specialist for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Tuesday’s General Session, cosponsored by Nellcor/Tyco Healthcare, will feature actress Marlo Thomas. Best known for her starring role in the television series “That Girl,” she is now prominent in political and human-rights issues.

Thomas is a leading fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a charitable research and treatment institution founded by her father Danny Thomas.
Her presentation on “The Right Words” will provide insight into her varied experiences and convey what “Live Your Contribution” means to her.


On Wednesday, author Joseph Grenny, president of VitalSmarts, will address participants.

Co-author of bestsellers Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations, Grenny is considered one of the leading experts on how to communicate with colleagues when the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong. His presentation will offer strategies to help individuals become more vital by being able to raise and discuss even the most controversial topics in a way that gets results and builds relationships.

He will also share highlights of findings from a study cosponsored by AACN regarding the state of communication and collaboration in hospitals today and the critical role these skills play in creating a healthy work environment.


AACN President-elect Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, will assume leadership of the association at Thursday’s General Session, where she will also unveil her theme for the year.

Brinker is an instructor of pediatrics on the Child Health faculty at Washington State University’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing in Spokane, Wash. She is also a nurse consultant for Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane.

A Premier Education Event
The NTI is the premier educational conference for acute and critical care nurses, offering content appropriate for bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.

This year, content has been expanded to include additional subspecialty topics and special interest programs, from emergency departments to medical-surgical units.

The API is fully integrated within the NTI, with preconferences, clinical sessions, leadership/role development and mastery sessions specifically targeted to the needs of advanced practice nurses. Included are sessions with content that meets pharmacology requirements and provides pharmacology continuing education.

Leave Time for Fun
Although education is the cornerstone of the NTI, there will be plenty of time to relax and have fun, starting with the popular Network Night on Sunday. Cosponsored by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek, Network Night provides participants with the opportunity to mingle with friends and colleagues.

On Wednesday night, the annual Exhibitor-Participant Event will feature entertainment by the Passing Zone and Wayne Brady.

Owen Morse and Jon Wee who make up the Passing Zone will open the evening with their award-winning juggling act, which puts to rest all the stereotypes about jugglers. One of television’s most versatile comedic actors and host of his own Emmy-winning talk and variety show, Brady will round out the evening with his hilarious improvisational antics.

And, throughout the NTI, participants can bid on a wide range of items in the annual Silent Auction to benefit the AACN Scholarship Endowment.

For more information about the NTI or to register, visit the AACN Web site or call (800) 899-2226. The discounted, early-bird deadline to register is March 29.

Work Groups Address Important AACN Initiatives
Apply by Feb. 25 for 2005-06 Positions

Members interested in volunteering for one of AACN’s national-level work groups for 2005-06 are invited to register in the online Volunteer Profile Database. Specifically, members are needed for the Advanced Practice Work Group, Ethics Work Group, NTI Work Group, Research Work Group and the new Healthy Work Environment Standards Work Group.

These groups accomplish an ongoing body of work in designated subject areas that support the association’s strategic initiatives. In addition to face-to-face meetings, members participate in conference calls. Work group members need to be available for travel to Orange County, Calif., in late August 2005.

Following is brief information about the work these groups will be asked to pursue:

Advanced Practice Work Group
Members of the Advanced Practice Work Group will review and make recommendations regarding resources to support advanced nursing practice, including Web pages, journals and catalog products. Members will also help evaluate topics and speakers for the Advanced Practice Institute at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition and write advanced practice articles for AACN News. Members will develop the API based on a gap analysis and review the Call for Abstracts to provide advanced clinical topics with patient management and pharmacology focus.

Ethics Work Group
Members of the Ethics Work Group will identify or produce resources, including AACN Practice Alerts, related to the top ethical issues consistently identified by previous groups. These are:

• Informed consent, advanced directives and advocacy
• End-of-life care, and decision making and symptom management at the end of life
• Moral distress (caregiver stress versus environmental stressors)

The group will also develop mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness of these resources.

NTI Work Group
Members of the NTI Work Group will review and analyze evaluation and program data from NTI 2005, May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La., and review NTI abstract submissions to make recommendations for program topics and sessions for NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, members will be part of the on-site staff for NTI 2006.

Research Work Group
Members of the Research Work Group will identify, prioritize and produce evidence-based Practice Alerts, position statements, fact sheets and other materials regarding AACN’s platforms on:

• Excellence in critical care nursing practice is driven by the needs of patients and their families.
• Critical care work environments must be safe, healing, humane and respectful to promote the creation of cultures of inquiry, broad sharing and evidence-based practice.

The group will also develop mechanisms to evaluate the effectiveness of these resources.

Healthy Work Environment Standards Work Group
Members of this work group will develop a framework through which AACN can promote implementation of the recently published AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments and, ultimately, drive a cultural shift in healthcare organizations so that healthy work environments are the norm. The group will develop a plan for the creation of resources and tools to facilitate nurse leaders’ and clinicians’ roles as active participants in the creation of a healthy work environment. Depending on the progress and direction of the group’s work, group members may participate in the planning and development of specific resources.

Apply Online
AACN members can apply for national volunteer groups by completing profiles online in the AACN Volunteer Profile Database. This system is designed to provide the association with enhanced flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of critical care nurses. It also allows volunteers to match their time availability and expertise to a wide range of opportunities to influence their practice at the national level.

To register for one of the work groups now being called, members must complete their profiles by Feb. 25. If you have recently completed your profile, you do not need to resubmit the information. However, please make sure your demographic information and areas of interest are current.

Put Yourself in the Circle of Excellence

AACN is inviting nominations for its Circle of Excellence Awards for 2006 to recognize the exceptional work of individuals and chapters. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15.

Tribute will be paid to all recipients at AACN’s 2006 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

All recipients are presented a personalized plaque. Some also receive honorariums, monetary awards or complimentary registration to the NTI.

The following awards are available:

• 3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
• AACN Value of Certification Award
• Baxter Excellence in Patient Safety Award
• Dale Medical Products Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award
• Datascope Excellence in Collaboration Awards with awards in four categories: Nurse-Physician Collaboration, Nurse-Administration Collaboration, Nurse-Family Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration
• Eli Lilly & Company Excellent Preceptor Award
• Excellence in Caring Practices Award
• Excellence in Clinical Practice—Non-Traditional Setting
• Excellence in Education Award
• Excellence in Leadership Award
• Excellence in Research Award
• Excellent Nurse Manager Award
• Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award
• Excellent Nursing Student Award
• Marsh-AACN Community Service Award (cosponsored by Marsh Affinity Group Services, a service of Seabury and Smith)
• Media Award
• Mentoring Award
• Research Abstract Award

Additional information about these awards is available online at www.aacn.org.

ECCO to Expand With ECG Module
New Pricing Matrix Effective March 1

AACN will soon launch a new product in the ECCO (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation) suite. The ECG module is due out this spring.

Introduced in 2002, ECCO is now being used by thousands of nurses at hundreds of sites. A recent survey of administrators and managers who use ECCO provided positive feedback.

Since the program’s inception, AACN has continued to work to improve ECCO and add to its value. Most notably, ECCO has undergone a rigorous annual Q & A process aimed at keeping its content in step with the latest developments in healthcare.

Fortunately, AACN has managed to hold to ECCO’s introductory pricing while making product improvements the past three years. However, in conjunction with the launch of the ECG module, AACN is introducing a new ECCO pricing matrix to more appropriately reflect the current program’s value.

This new pricing matrix will take effect March 1. Specifics will be available online.

If you have questions about the new pricing matrix or need help in understanding how to incorporate ECCO ECG into your program, e-mail ecco@aacn.org.

Submit Abstracts Online for NTI 2006

June 1 is the 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.

Nearly 3,000 New Members Recruited in Annual Campaign

Barbara S. Frey, RN, ADN, AA, of Corpus Christi, Texas, added distance between herself and her closest competitors during December as she boosted the total number of new members she has recruited in AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member Campaign to 63. Her efforts helped bring the overall total in the campaign to 2,978 new members recruited since the drive began May 1.

Still in second place with 33 new members recruited was Stacey Bigenho, RN, ADN, of Paducah, Ky. However, Dawn Kregel, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of Denton, Texas, recruited 14 new members during December to move into third place overall with 32 new members recruited.

The most impressive totals for December were posted by Eric A. Moss, RN, RN, ASN, CCRN, CNRN, of Carmel, Ind., and Jennifer E. Baetz, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Webster Groves, Mo., who each recruited 28 new members to move onto the leader board. Moss now has recruited a total of 29 new members and Baetz a total of 28.

The campaign ends March 31.

The Rewards
The Critical Links campaign offers valuable rewards to participants, including a $1,000 American Express gift card 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 card toward the purchase of 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. P. Carol Banzon, RN, BN, BS, CCRN, of Richardson, Texas, won the gift check for December.

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.

Other Efforts
Others who have recruited five or more new members are:

Philip Abenojar, LaVern Allen, Caroline Axt, Mary Ann L. Bailey, Amy L. Bandy, Jill E. Barrow, Lydia C. Bautista, Sharon A. Bettinger, Zenaida D. Blanco, Robin E. Blauser, Betty Nash Blevins, Mary Beth F. Bobyarchick, Lorraine D. Boehm, Carolyn M. Bowen, Denise R. Bragg, Megan E. Brunson, Erica Burket, Yolanda W. Carilimdiliman, Nancy M. Case, Andrea K. Castilla, Kristina L. Cervantes, Charlene J. Cink, Kathryn V. Clark, Romulo B. Co, Mary M. Colanero, Bettie Lou Conerly, Dinah L. Cooper, Sandra J. Cornish, Sandra J. Cox, Melissa W. Craft, Sue Ann Crisp,

Kerin A. Da Cruz, Michele L. Deiterich, Laura E. Dolloff, Cheryl S. Duran, Peggy Lynn Ennis, Camilla Dawn Fisher, Nathalie M. Fleureau, Dorothy J. Flowers, Patricia H. Fountain, Deslin Francois, Jacquelyn Free, Becki L. Fuzi, Janice L. Gasaway, Katherine A. Green, Ariana G. Gross, Erica A. Grosseibl, Valerie Grossman, Cyndie J. Hampton, Catherine A. Harmer, Ma. Thelma C. Herrera, Pamela R. Hulme, Lauretta M. Joseph, Michelle A. Jurgensen, Cindy D. Kamara, Fredda Kermes, Vicky K. Knapp, Joanne M. Kuszaj, Shelia D. La Point, Maria A. Laxina, Dana F. Lehmann, Doris V. Levin, Rebecca S. Lindberg, Paula A. Lusardi,

Marcia K. Malone-Tedder, Krista M. Marz, Bernadette M. Matrisciano, Catherine L. Maurer, Linda S. May, Elaine D. Mayo, L. Jennifer McFarlane, Vicki McKimmey, Pauline J. McNeece, Sharon Millan, Magdalena Ella Monahan, Ngozi I. Moneke, Janet Lynn Moore, Alena Myers, Norlynn M. Nelson, Maria A. Nicasio, Ruth M. Norrell, Phillip Y. Parcon, Andrea E. Porter, Salvacion J. Ramos, Melissa J. Recar, Kathleen M. Richuso, Elin Roberts, Judith C. Roberts, Catherine P. Rodgers, Margaret R. Rollins,

Stephanie R. Sanderson, Eulogio Romualdo Santaromana, Alda Savite, Charlene Schwinne, Cathy H. Schuster, Laura B. Seay, Shirley Sebastian, Nancy Seskes, Lynn Smith Schnautz, Joel C. Stanfill, Doris J. Strother, Leslie A. Swadener-Culpepper, Amy M. Taylor, Yvonne L. Thelwell, Linda C. Thomas, Kenneth R. Thompson, Laura J. Tucco, Angela Turner Konrath, Ruth I. Vermace, Norma S Vesey, Virginia M. Weaver, Holly L. Weber-Johnson, Maria Amor Wild, Jackie S. Yon, Faith Y. Young-Gouda, Cynthia L. Zaletel, April Yi Yu Zhuang, Pam Zinnecker.

Additional information about the Critical Links campaign and a list of recruiter totals are available online at www.aacn.org.

Board Advisory Team Members Provide AACN Valuable Insight

Members to serve on the AACN Board Advisory Team for Spring 2005 have been appointed.

The feedback members of this group provide is vital to AACN in ensuring its resources, programs and services continue to be relevant in today’s critical care nursing environment.

AACN appreciates the time and effort these and all volunteers devote toward helping the association realize its mission, vision and ethic of care.

Following are the members who will serve in this capacity this spring:

Marian S. Altman, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, APRN, NP
Kathleen H. Baker, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, CNRN
Stacey Bigenho, RN, ADN
Cheryl L. Boehner, RN, BS
Sharon Bragg, BS, BSN
Suzanne E. Burns, RN, BSN, BA
Mary A. Bylone, RN, ADN, BS, CCRN, CNA
Glenn G. Carlson, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Ronna J. Carlton, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Maggie D. Carriker, RN, MS, MSN
Jessie M. Casida, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C
Kathryn V. Clark, RN, CCRN
Katherine Colbert, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Sandra J. Cornish, RN, BSN, CCRN
Laurie A. Dean, RN, BN, BS, CCRN
Alvin Duncan, RN, ADN, AA
Kathleen Ellstrom, RN, CNS, PhD
Jocelyn A. Farrar, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, ACNP-C
Lynnette Flynn, RN, BS
John A. Forrant, RN, BN, CCRN
Kristine Gaisford, RN, BS, BSN
Julia K. Garrison, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, PCCN
Barbara Goldberg-Chamberlain, RN-C, CNS, RN-BC, MSN, BA, CCRN, CS, APRN
Todd M. Grivetti, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Kristin M. Hittle, RN, BS, BSN
Kimberly S. Hodge, RN, ASN, CCRN
Delmar Imperial-Aubin, RN, BS, BSN
Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS
Lori E. Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN
Deborah G. Klein, RN, CNS, RN-BC, MN, MS, CCRN, APRN
Sharon K. Kumm, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Lori A. Lupe, RN-C, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Kathryn Mccloskey, RN, BS, BSN
Janet F. Mulroy, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS
Jeanne M. Papa, RN, RT, MA, MSN, CCRN
Kathleen Klein Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN
Pamala L. Pethtel, RN, MNEd, MS, CCRN
Ellen M. Prewitt, RN, RN-BC, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, ACNP-C
Suzan L. Reynolds, RN, ADN, MBA, CCRN
Lisa A. Riggs, RN, MSN, APRN, BC, CCRN
Patricia Rosier, RN, RN-BC, MS
Katherine P. Samon, RN, BSN, MN, MS, CCRN, APRN
Linda F. Samson, RN, DNSc, PhD, CNAA
Maureen A. Seckel, RN, RN-BC, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, ARNP-BC
Barbara R. Sims, RN, BA, CCRN
Tonya Ellis Skeen, RN, MSN
Heidi J. Skeppstrom, RN, MS, MSN, APRN, CNOR, NP
Alethea A. Sment, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Christine L. Sommers, RN, MN, CCRN, CCNS
Joy M. Speciale, RN, MBA, CCRN
Michelle A. Speicher, RN, BN, MBA, CCRN
Cynthia L. Steinbach, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Leslie A. Swadener-Culpepper, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Jan H. Teal, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Joni R. Vaughn, RN, BSN, BHS, CNRN
Susan Ward, RN, BN, BS, CCRN
Shelley K. Welch, RN, ADN
Larraine A. Yeager, RN, BS, BSN

PDA Center

To order the products described below, visit the AACN PDA Center.

Free Ultimate Drug Guide With Purchase of Tungsten E PDA Device
For a limited time, you will receive a free copy of the Davis Drug Guide with Integrated Calculators, also known as the Ultimate Drug Guide, when you purchase the 32mb Palm OS Tungsten E device. Just $199 through February 2005.

New AACN Tungsten E Bundle Save $100!
The latest AACN PDA bundle offers you the 32mb Palm Tungsten E device, loaded with the new Epocrates Nursing Essentials (an all-in-one mobile guide to drugs, diseases and diagnostics), a 64mb SD card (for extra application storage and MP3 files) and the AACN e-References, Critical Care Assessment and Laboratory. A $389 value, offered through March 2005 for only $289!

Pocket PC Versions of All AACN and AHA e-References Now Available!
You can now purchase all of the AACN and AHA e-References in Pocket PC format. Choose from the ACLS guidelines (Cardiac Arrest, Arrhythmias and PALS), plus AACN favorites like Cardiac Meds, Laboratory Values, Hemodynamic Monitoring and much more.

Power-Packed Tungsten T5 PDA Bundle
The newest PDA device from PalmOne, the Tungsten T5, is a major breakthrough in PDA technology. This lightweight device comes with 256mb of memory capacity, allowing you to store dozens of nursing software applications and much more! AACN is offering a special introductory bundle on this new device. For only $399, here is what you will get:

Tungsten T5 PDA device
ER/ICU Toolbox
Davis’ Drug Guide With Integrated Calculators (Ultimate Drug Guide)
Latest Evidence on InfoPoems

The device alone retails for $399, so all the software in this bundle is FREE! Act now. This introductory offer expires Feb. 28, 2005.

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

Journal of Nursing Administration (November 2004)—AACN board members Janie Heath, RN, PhD, APRN-BC, ANP, ACNP, and Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, were coauthors of an article titled “Healthy Work Environments: A Validation of the Literature.” “Nursing leaders are under intense pressure to ensure that safety and quality exist at every point of service,” they wrote. “Evidence indicates that healthy work environments are at the heart of the solutions to significantly affect patient outcomes and professional nursing practice.” The article noted that “three elements have emerged to help nursing leaders set the tone and standard of practice for healthy work environments: effective communication, collaborative relationships and promoting decision making among nurses.”

Hospitals & Health Networks (November 2004)—An article titled “All the Time You Need: Proponents say unrestricted visiting hours can promote healing and provide comfort for patients and loved ones” directed readers to AACN resources. The article said that “open visiting takes commitment, work and education. It takes rethinking the concept of patient-centered care in an ICU. And it takes a champion.”


Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune (Dec. 1, 2004)—An article titled “Nursing Department Receives Donations” noted that Casper College’s Nursing Department was one of 70 nursing programs selected to receive oxygen-monitoring equipment and resource materials from AACN, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Nellcor/Tyco Healthcare in the second phase of this program. “At a time when the entire healthcare continuum is strapped for resources, generosity like Nellcor’s is sorely needed,” the article quoted AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, as saying. “Incorporating sophisticated technology into the core education of new nurses will help ensure the safety and efficacy of nursing care.”


JAMA (Dec. 8, 2004)— “Restrictions on Family Presence in the ICU” was the title of a letter to the editor by AACN member Cathie Guzzetta, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN, nursing research consultant for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and a past president of the Dallas County Chapter of AACN. Her letter was in response to an article titled “Restricted Visiting Hours in ICUs” by Donald Berwick, which appeared in the August 2004 issue. Guzzetta wrote, “Over the last decade, research on resuscitation has suggested that many families desire to be present, have favorable experiences and believe their presence is vitally important to the patient and themselves. The Emergency Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Heart Association have recommended that clinicians offer family members the option of remaining with their loved one during resuscitation efforts.”

Nassau (Bahamas) Guardian (Nov. 15, 2004)—In an article titled “Local Nurse Earns Critical Care Acclaim,” Doctors Hospital announced that Nova L. Taylor, RN, earned her CCRN certification. “Doctors Hospital is so proud of Nova; by earning her CCRN certification, she has proved her excellence in critical care nursing. I congratulate her on her fine achievement and also on her dedication and commitment to the nursing profession,” said Dorcena Nixon, vice president of Patient Care Services.

Advance Online Editions for Nurses (Nov. 11, 2004)—An article titled “Change Is Critical” presented information about the Trends in Critical Care Nursing Conference, sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN. McCauley, who was honored at the conference, was quoted as saying, “Through having confident and knowledgeable members, we then affect patient care. We’re really about providing services to our members. The president has a theme for the year; that theme drives a lot of what we do. My theme is to live your contribution. It combines the notion of being really present for patients, working hard to make a difference, being very focused on providing the best care you can, being accountable for that and, also, celebrating.”

Nursing Spectrum (November 2004)—Two articles featured AACN Certification Corporation’s new subspecialty exams in cardiac surgery (CSC) and cardiac medicine (CMS). One article, titled “New Cardiac Subspecialty Exams to Begin in January,” was published in the Nov. 20 issue and the other, titled “Organization Opens Certification Testing for New Subspecialties,” was published in the Nov. 26 issue. The articles noted that testing would be computer based and directed readers to call (800) 899-2226 or visit the Web site at www.certcorp.org for more information. It also advised that the first 13 candidates to sit for each exam in four designated regions will receive $50 gift certificates to the AACN Bookstore and that all candidates who take one of the exams by Feb. 28 will be entered into a drawing for one of eight free registrations to AACN’s 2005 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La.

NurseWeek (Nov. 29, 2004)—“AACN Backs Extension of Family Presence for Patients in Critical Care” was the title of an article about an AACN Practice Alert stating that families should be allowed at the patient’s bedside during CPR or invasive procedures. A second article, titled “AACN Opens Certification Testing for New Subspecialties,” noted that AACN Certification Corporation would introduce the two cardiac nursing subspecialty certifications in January 2005.

Notes on Nursing at Lahey (November/December 2004)—The “From the CNO” column noted that the Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) would be implemented this winter for new critical care nurses. A second article, titled “Professional Nursing Certification,” discussed the benefits of certification. AACN was cited as saying, “Nursing certification contributes to improved patient safety and quality of care as well as to the professional satisfaction that nurses seek. Certification is an important indicator that a nurse is qualified and competent in her specialty and that this nurse has also met rigorous requirements to achieve and maintain her expert credential.” The article also noted that AACN is now recognizing nurses in the stepdown, progressive and telemetry areas with the PCCN credential.

Bringing Our Voice to the Table


Johanson, McCauley and AACN President-elect Debbie Brinker, RN, CNS, MN, MS, CCRN, represented AACN at the Nursing Organizations Alliance meeting in Kansas City, Mo. The Alliance provides a forum for discussion of common issues affecting the profession and exploration of collaborative ventures among the associations to address these issues. The Alliance members discussed and adopted nine core elements of a healthy work environment for nurses and agreed to promote them through the work of each organization.

Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN’s director of Professional Practice & Programs, attended a meeting of Health and Human Services Secretary Thompson’s Leadership Coordinating Council on Organ Donation in New Orleans, La. The meeting included presentations from the collaborative teams, and AACN conducted an interactive closing session with the Collaborative Faculty and the 50+ Collaborative Spread Leaders who were also present at a previous meeting in Chicago. In addition, AACN received the Collaborative Leadership Award for Life-Saving National Leadership & Action from Secretary Thompson and Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Elizabeth Duke.


AACN board member Denise Buonocore, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, copresented with Jean Zimkus, RN, BSN, CDE, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Education Program LINKS conference in Atlanta, Ga. The program, titled “Development of a Diabetes Mellitus Awareness and Treatment Program across the Bridgeport Hospital System and the Surrounding Community,” can serve as a model for other healthcare institutions.

Medina and Heath were guest speakers at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Education Conference at Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. More than 100 faculty members from across the country attended the presentation, titled “Data Driven Practice: Linking Education and Professional Association.” Medina and Heath provided an overview of how to close the gap in education, practice and research outcomes through AACN resources, including ECCO, AACN Practice Alerts and ethics resources. In addition, challenges and successes in teaching critical care nursing through evidence-based curricula were discussed.


AACN board member Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, EMT, visited FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C., and made rounds with Lyn Austin, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, nurse clinician, Sharon Saunders, RN, MSN, nurse clinician, and Linda Henderson, RN, BSN, MBA, MHA, CNAA, BC, CHE, director of Nursing Continuing Education at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center. They visited four ICUs, a stepdown unit, a telemetry floor, two pre/post cardiac catheter units and a catheter lab. Holtschneider discussed CCRN and PCCN certification, the new cardiac subspecialty exams and the benefits of AACN membership.

Brinker spoke at the Greater Portland Chapter Symposium, attended by more than 400 people. Other speakers included Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, a past AACN president, and Tom Ahrens, RN, DNS, CS, a past AACN board member. In addition to Brinker’s talk on “Creating a Positive Culture Through Mentoring,” the conference included presentations on hemodynamics, application of research to clinical practice, leadership and current clinical topics.

AACN board member Jodi Mullen, RNC, MS, CCRN, CCNS, attended the annual AACN Region 9 meeting at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She presented an update on AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, an immediate past AACN board member, presented the keynote titled “Living Your Contribution.” Kimberly Hodge, RN, ADN, CCRN, the Region 9 Chapter Advisory Team representative, coordinated the event.

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.

Apply for AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships by April 1

April 1 is the deadline to apply for AACN BSN Completion and Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships for the 2005-06 academic year.
For this year only, the eligibility requirements for the graduate scholarships have been amended to accommodate clinical nurse specialists who need clinical hours to be eligible to take the CCNS certification exam.

AACN awards Educational Advancement Scholarships to help advance the art and science of critical care nursing and promote nursing professionalism. AACN members who are registered nurses completing a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in nursing or who are enrolled in a faculty-supervised clinical practicum arranged through an accredited college or university to obtain necessary clinical hours for the CCNS exam are eligible to apply.

Each recipient receives $1,500 for the academic year.

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 or in the clinical practicum. 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 program accredited by the state board of nursing in the recipient’s state.

For more information or to obtain an application for BSN Completion or Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1017, or visit the AACN Web site.

Monthly Super Savers from AACN’s Catalog Products!

AACN’s Super Saver promotion features specific products offered at a significant discount. As part of Heart Health Month, the following products are related to the cardiovascular theme. These Super Saver prices are valid through March 31, 2005. To be eligible for the Super Saver price, orders must be postmarked by that date.

CE Anthology: Cardiac Angiography Series
This continuing education anthology consists of four articles previously published in the American Journal of Critical Care or Critical Care Nurse. The price includes 3.0 contact hours of Category A CE credit. Titles are “Reducing Time in Bed After Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty,” “Recovery After Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty: Assessment After Discharge” and “Coronary Rotational Atherectomy: A Nursing Perspective.”
Regular Price
Member: $10
Nonmember: $13
Super Saver Price
Member: $8
Nonmember $11

Care of the Cardiac Patient Protocol Series
This series is designed to present the latest knowledge on various aspects of cardiovascular patients. Set includes Care of the Cardiac Patient in Rehabilitation and Recovery, Care of the Patient With Acute Coronary Syndrome, Care of the Patient With an Arrhythmia, Care of the Patient With Heart Failure, Care of the Patient Undergoing Cardiovascular Surgery, Care of the Patient with an Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, and Care of the Patient With a Ventricular Assist Device.
Regular Price
Member: $95
Nonmember: $115
Super Saver Price
Member: $88
Nonmember: $107

New Advances in Hemodynamic Monitoring
(Cassette #NCE3602504A or CD #NCE3602504C)
Describes the three most important hemodynamic parameters and explores the issue of whether current noninvasive measures of cardiac output might replace the pulmonary artery catheter. In addition, a discussion on collaborative practice relative to hemodynamic monitoring is presented. Includes 2.0 contact hours of CE credit.

Because this product is shipped directly from National Nursing Network, please allow 7-10 business days for delivery. If you have questions, contact National Nursing Network at (800) 373-2952.

Regular Price
Member: $14
Nonmember: $14
Super Saver Price
Member: $11
Nonmember: $11


(800) 899-2226

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

• Time Out! Is Timepiece Variability a Factor in Critical Care?

• Outcomes of Care Managed by an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Attending Physician Team in a Subacute Medical Intensive Care Unit

• Methemoglobinemia in Critically Ill Burn Patients

• Use of Physical Restraints in Adult Critical Care: A Bicultural Study

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

Looking Ahead

February 2005

February 22 Deadline to apply to take paper-and-pencil versions of CCRN, PCCN and new CMC and CSC certification exams on April 6 during Trends
conference in Philadelphia. For more information or to register for the exams, call (800) 899-2226.

February 25 Deadline to complete volunteer profile online to be considered for appointment to a national-level AACN work group. Volunteer Profile Database
can be accessed at www.aacn.org.

March 2005

March 1 Deadline to submit applications for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant. Additional information is available online at www.aacn.org or by
e-mailing research@aacn.org.

March 1 Deadline to apply for Circle of Excellence President’s Award for chapters. For more information, visit the AACN Web site.

March 29 Deadline to apply to take paper-and-pencil versions of CCRN, CCNS, PCCN and new CMC and CSC certification exams on May 9 during NTI 2005
in New Orleans, La. To register, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Certification Corporation Web site.

March 31 AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member Campaign ends. Additional information is available online at www.aacn.org.

April 2005

April 1 Deadline to apply for AACN BSN Completion and Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships for the 2005-06 academic year.
For more information or to obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1017, or visit the AACN Web site.

April 1 q Deadline to apply for Circle of Excellence President’s Award for chapters. For more information, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org.
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