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Vol. 22, No. 9, SEPTEMBER 2005

Engage and Transform—Catch the Spirit

You don’t have to wait to get into the spirit of AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. Resources are available now to help set the stage for the “Engage and Transform” theme for NTI 2006, May 20 through 25 in Anaheim, Calif. Simply visit the AACN Web site to access these resources, including a poster of the colorful theme art.

“Engage and Transform,” of course, is the yearlong theme set by AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN.

Scholarships Advance Educational Efforts Contributions Sustain Longtime AACN Commitment

A total of 66 AACN members are pursuing academic degrees with the assistance of AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships awarded for the 2005-06 academic year. The scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to nurses at 66 schools in 29 states.

For the first time, all Educational Advancement Scholarships are named scholarships representing contributions of $1,500 or more to the AACN Scholarship Endowment by an individual or corporate sponsor, or as memorial or tribute gifts in someone’s name.

Following are those for whom scholarships were named and the number of recipients:

In honor of Army nurses caring for our soldiers and their families,
made possible by Col. (Ret.) Nancy Curtis Molter, RN, PhD—1
In honor of Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS—2
AACN-Baxter Healthcare Corporation Scholar—7
In honor of Marianna B. Boles—1
In honor of Debra J. Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN—3
In honor of Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, CCRN, ACNP, FAAN,
In honor of Luther Christman, RN, PhD, FAAN—1
In honor of Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN—2
AACN-Freeman Scholar—7
Greater Kansas City Chapter-AACN Scholar—3
Greater Washington Area Chapter-AACN Scholar—5
In honor of Wanda Johanson, RN, MN—2
In honor of Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN—1
In memory of Ramón A. and Josephine B. Lavandero—1
In honor of Barbara A. Gill MacArthur, RN, MN, MS, FAAN—1
In honor of Kathleen M. McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA—8
Metropolitan Orlando Chapter-AACN Scholar—1
Northwest Chicago Area Chapter-AACN Scholar—2
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN Scholar—11
Three Rivers Chapter-AACN Scholar—1
West Michigan Chapter-AACN Scholar—3

The scholarship program continues AACN’s more than 20-year history of supporting registered nurse members enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in nursing. AACN also supports 10 entry-level nursing scholarships each year through the National Student Nurses Association.

Contributions Sustain Commitment to Education
Since the first educational advancement scholarships were awarded in 1984, AACN has been in the forefront of supporting critical care nurses in continuing their academic education. The Scholarship Endowment also supports continuing education scholarships for nurses to attend AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition.

Funds to support these scholarships are allocated in the association’s operating budget each year and offset in part by gifts from individual donors and industry. In 2001, the AACN Board of Directors established a separate scholarship reserve fund to ensure the program’s existence for the future. In time, it will become a self-sustaining fund that supports the association’s scholarships each year.

To date, individual gifts and fund-raising events, including the silent auction at the NTI, have contributed more than $550,000 toward the endowment’s $2 million goal.

For more information about tax deductible gifts and named scholarships to support the AACN Scholarship Endowment, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 333; e-mail, development@aacn.org, or write to the AACN Development Office, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Congratulations AACN Scholarship Recipients

BSN Scholars

AACN-Baxter Healthcare Corporation Scholar
Heidi Carter, RN, ADN, AA, University of Utah

AACN-Freeman Scholar
Jennifer Ballard, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN, California State University Long Beach
Michele Trinka, RN, AD, CCRN, PCCN, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Greater Washington Area Chapter-AACN Scholar
Suzanne McHugh, RN, CCRN, College of Notre Dame of Maryland

In honor of Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Jeremy Lee, RN, ADN, University of Alabama at Birmingham

In honor of Kathleen M. McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA
Jeanne Long, RN, CCRN, Alvernia College
In honor of Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN
Cara Hill, RN, ADN, Thomas University

In honor of Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, CCRN, ACNP, FAAN, FCCM
Carolyn Lohmann, RN, ADN, CCRN, CHE, Grand Canyon University

Northwest Chicago Area Chapter-AACN Scholar
Elizabeth Dittmar, RN, AA, CCRN, CRN, Lewis University

Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN Scholar
Linda Barton, RN, ADN, Curry College
Laura Dolloff, RN, ADN, CCRN, University of New Hampshire/Manchester
Jennifer Holly Landis, RN, ADN, Penn State University
Patricia Manocchi, RN, ADN, CCRN-CSC, Saint Joseph's College

Graduate Scholars

AACN-Baxter Healthcare Corporation Scholar
Sue Fuhrman, RN, BSN, MS, Marquette University
Alisa Hilinski, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Indiana University-Purdue University
Alexander Johnson, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Bryan LGH School of Nurse Anesthesia
Tracy Ostrom, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, Duke University
John Pozar, RN, RPH, BN, BA, CCRN, CEN, Rush University
Ashley Wood, RN, BN, BS, Rush University

AACN-Freeman Scholar
Kimberly Best, BS, Cal State University Long Beach
Mary Mannix-Cantillon, San Francisco State University
JaAnna Taylor, RN, BSN, CCRN, Texas Wesleyan University
Sabrina Valentine, RN, BSN, AA, CCRN, CEN, California State University

Greater Kansas City Chapter-AACN Scholar
Sandra Goblirsch, RN, BSN, CCRN, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Vicki McKimmey, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, South Dakota State University
Tanya Jenkins, RN, BS, BSN, Florida Atlantic University

Greater Washington Area Chapter-AACN Scholar
Jamie Besel, RN, Montana State Universtiy-Bozeman College of Nursing
Susan Cline, RN, BSN, University of Phoenix
Dana Lehmann, RN, BSN, Walden University
Tracye Proffitt, RN, BS, BSN, Virginia Commonwealth University

In honor of Army nurses caring for our soldiers and their families, made possible by Col. (Ret.) Nancy Curtis Molter, RN, PhD
Angelina McMurray, RN, BSN, CCRN, Virginia Commonwealth University

In honor of Barbara A. Gill MacArthur, RN, MN, MS, FAAN
Malinda Langley, RN, MSN, AD, ASN, AA, CCRN, Arizona State University

In honor of Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN
Wendy Conner, RN, BSN, University of Alabama School of Nursing

In honor of Debra J. Brinker, RN, CNS, MN, MS, CCRN
Karen McMahon, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, University of New Mexico
Jaime Rhodes, RN, Murray State University
Mary Ann Williams, Murray State University

In honor of Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN
Kiersten Henry, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, University of Maryland Baltimore
Lisa Lynn, RN, BSN, CCRN, Villanova University

In honor of Kathleen M. McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA
Lori Bauer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Karen Gutierrez, RN, MSN, University of Minnesota
DaNine Hester-Harris, RN, BSN, CCRN, East Carolina University
Robbi Johnson, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Mount Marty College
Dorothy Mayer, RN, MSN, CS, Oregon Health & Science University
Martha Powers, RN, BSN, University of Massachusetts Worcester
Eileen Weatherby, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, University of Alaska

In honor of Luther Christman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Jane Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, Vanderbilt University
Sherry Miller, RN, ADN, University of California

In honor of Marianna B. Boles
Mary Mason Wyckoff, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, APRN, CFNP, CNP, RN-BC, Barry University

In honor of Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, CCRN, ACNP, FAAN, FCCM
Valerian Hendrix, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN University of Tennessee
Wendy Swope, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, University of South Alabama

In honor of Wanda Johanson, RN, MN
Ann Harding-Isidore, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Regis University
Kyla Snyder, RN, BS, BSN, University of Washington

In memory of Col. Ramón A. and Josephine B. Lavandero
Shannon Kovalcik, RN, BN, BS, CCRN, Millersville University

Metropolitan Orlando Chapter-AACN Scholar
Natacha Jean-Noel, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, San Diego State University

Northwest Chicago Area Chapter-AACN Scholar
Alissa Geise, RN, BN, BS, Rush University

Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN Scholar
Aaron Bellow, RN, MSN, CCRN, Duquesne University
Bronwynne Carpico, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, University of Pittsburgh
Kathaleen Johnson, RN, BSN, CCRN, Rush University
Annette Gee-Monahan, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Kean University
Deborah Martin, RN, BSN, CCRN, Widener University
Ona O'Donohoe, RN, BN, University of Pittsburgh
Tara Race, RN, BN, BS, CCRN, University of Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Chapter-AACN Scholar
Olinda Spitzer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Duquesne University, School of Nursing

West Michigan Chapter-AACN Scholar
Carolyn Masengale, RN, AD, Indiana University School of Nursing
Debra Polster, RN, BSN, CCRN, Purdue University Calumet
Barbara White, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, Bethel College

Campaign Tops 1,000 Mark in New Members Recruited

Ann J. Brorsen, RN, MSN, AAS, CCRN, of Sun City, Calif., increased her lead in AACN’s Critical Links member-get-a-member campaign during July as she recruited 10 more new members to bring her total to 25 since the campaign began May 1.

As of the end of July, a total of 1,025 new members had been recruited by 381 individuals and chapters. The campaign ends March 31.

Laura Jean Bergman, RN, BSN, of Detroit Lakes, Mich., and Jill C. Markle, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of Montrose, S.D., made their debut in the campaign in July with 13 and 10 new members recruited, respectively. The totals placed them among the top four recruiters with Matthew Choate, BS, BSN, CEN, EMT, of Saint Johnsbury, Vt., whose total was 12.

Individual Rewards
All recruiters receive a $25 AACN gift certificate 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 even one new member. The gift check in the drawing for July went to Benilda Oliquino, RN, BSN, of Anaheim, Calif.

The top recruiter at the end of the campaign receives a $1,000 American Express gift check. But that’s not all. 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 Individuals Recruiting
Other individuals who had recruited five or more new members as of the end of July were:

Lydia C. Bautista, Angela J. Bentley, Betty Nash Blevins, Deborah H Brown, Kathryn V. Clark, Elizabeth S. Dunning, Deslin Francois, Carla J. Freeman, Barbara S. Frey, Ariana G. Gross, Lisa S. Guy, Cynthia M. LaFond, Maria A. Laxina, Paula A. Lusardi, Linda Ann Novak, Iveline J. Pennie, Coleen K. Rakers, Kathleen M. Richuso, Kimberly T. Rupp, Charlene Schwinne, Cheryl A. Stacy, Leslie A. Swadener-Culpepper, Linda S. Thomas, Maria Amor Wild, Faith Y. Young-Gouda and Pam Zinnecker.

Chapter Campaign
Continuing to lead the chapter arm of the campaign with a total of 12 new members recruited was the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter. However, the Sacramento Area Chapter and Greater Washington Area Chapter each added three to their recruitment totals of 11 and 10, respectively, to edge closer to SePA. The Northeast Georgia Chapter also made a strong showing in July, adding eight new members for a total of nine in the campaign to date.

Chapter Rewards
The 2005-06 campaign offers a revamped list of prizes that aligns chapters with individual rewards. This year, the chapter recruiting the most new members during the campaign will receive a $1,000 honorarium check toward its treasury.

In addition, any chapter recruiting a member in a month will be eligible for a monthly drawing to receive one complimentary registration for AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. The winner of the July drawing is the Greater Miami Area Chapter.

Plus, each chapter that recruits five or more new members during the campaign will be entered into three drawings for $500 honorarium checks.

Note: For the chapter to qualify for prizes and drawings, new members must include the chapter name on the “referred by” line of the application. Chapters must be in good standing to be considered for prizes.

Other Chapters Recruiting
Other chapters participating in the campaign are:
Adirondack Regional Chapter, Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Albuquerque Chapter, Ancient City Chapter, Atlanta Area Chapter, Blue Ridge Chapter, Bluegrass Chapter, Brooklyn Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Carolina Dogwood Chapter, Central Arkansas Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Iowa Chapter, Central Missouri Chapter, Central New Jersey Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Central San Joaquin Valley Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter, Charlestowne Chapter, Chattahoochee Valley Chapter, Chattanooga Scenic City Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Coastal Bend Chapter, Colorado West Chapter

Dallas County Chapter, Denver Chapter, East Carolina Chapter, East Central Illinois Chapter, East River Mountain Chapter, Eastern Iowa Chapter, Emerald Coast Chapter, European Chapter, Fairbanks North Star Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Foothills Chapter

Galveston Island Chapter, Gate City Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Berkshire County Chapter, Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater Flint Area Chapter, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter, Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Greater Kansas City Chapter, Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, Greater Louisville Chapter, Greater Memphis Area Chapter, Greater Mid Cities Chapter, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Greater North Texas Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter, Greater St. Louis Chapter, Greater Tampa Bay Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, Greater Tulsa Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter

Hawaiian Islands Chapter, Heart of Acadiana Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Hill City Chapter, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Jersey Shoreline Chapter, Lake Erie Chapter, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Merrimack Valley Chapter, Metropolitan Orlando Chapter, Miami Beach Chapter, Midland Empire Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Monticello Chapter, Mt. Rainier Chapter, Nassau County Chapter, New Jersey Capital Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Central Florida Chapter, North Central Pennsylvania Chapter, North Central West Virginia Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Northern Colorado Chapter, Northern Connecticut Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Northwest Chicago Area Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter

Ocean State Chapter, Oklahoma City Area Chapter, Old Salem Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Pioneer Valley Chapter, Puget Sound Chapter, Red River Valley Chapter, Riverbend Chapter, San Antonio Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, San Fernando Valley Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Santa Barbara County Chapter, Shellcoast Chapter, Siouxland Chapter, Smoky Mountain Chapter, South Bay Chapter, South Carolina Mid State Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southeast Nebraska Chapter, Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, Southern New Hampshire Chapter, Southern Shore Chapter, Southside Chicago Area Chapter, Southwest Georgia Chapter, Spokane Chapter, Suburban Cook County Chapter, Suffolk County Chapter, Suncoast Chapter, Suspension Bridge Chapter, Susquehanna Valley Chapter

Three Rivers Chapter, Tidewater Chapter, Treasure Coast Chapter, Treasure Valley Centennial Chapter, Triangle Chapter, Tri-County Chapter, Tri-State Area Chapter, Tri-Valley Chapter, Upstate Chapter, Ventura County Chapter, Vermont Green Mountain Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter, West Houston Chapter, West Michigan Chapter, West Texas Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter, Western Kentucky Chapter, Western New York Chapter and White River Chapter.

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

Team of Advisers Keeps AACN Board Up to Date Members Appointed for 2005-06 Meetings

Members have been appointed to the AACN Board Advisory Team for 2005-06. They were selected from among applicants maintained in AACN’s Volunteer Profile Database.

BAT members collect a variety of data to assist the AACN Board of Directors in ensuring that the association’s operational and strategic directions continue to meet the needs of critical care nurses in an often-changing healthcare environment. Prior to each board meeting, BAT members are asked to survey their constituents regarding key strategic questions and report their findings to board representatives on a series of conference calls.

The 2005-06 BAT members are:

Sharon Bragg, RN, BN, BS
Marylee R. Bressie, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN, TNCC
Mary A. Bylone, RN, BS, AD, CCRN, CNA, CRN
Ronna J. Carlton, RN, BSN, BHS, CCRN
Paula F. Coe, RN, MSN
Denise Cole-Ouzounian, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, APRN, APN
Patricia A. Daansen, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CNA-BC
Shelba D. Durston, RN, MS, MSNc, CCRN
John A. Forrant, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CRN
Barbara Goldberg-Chamberlain, RN, CNS, RN-BC, MS, MSN,
Sonya R. Hardin, RN, ND, PhD, CCR N,RN-BC
Kimberly S. Hodge, RN, ASN, CCRN-CMC
Melissa L. Hutchinson, RN, CNS, MN, BA, CCRN, CWCN
Delmar Imperial-Aubin, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Deborah G. Klein, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS
Rosemary Lee, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Beatrice B. Leyden, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Lynda C. Liles, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN
Rosita Y. Maley, RN, MN, CCRN
Mary M. Mason Wyckoff, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, APRN,
Mary McCormick, CNS, MNEd, MS
Cheryl Ann McKay, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCNS
Pauline J. McNeece, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Julie S. Miller, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, TNCC
Kathleen A. Miller, RN, CNS, RN-BC, MSN, PhD, APRN
Lorri Nielsen, MS, MSN, APRN, NP
Kathleen Klein Peavy, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Juan R. Quintero, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Diane L. Razo, RN, BSN, PCCN
Michelle A. Ryerson, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Monica C. Simpson, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, APRN,
Barbara R. Sims, RN, BA, CCRN
Alethea A. Sment, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CRN
Joy M. Speciale, RN, MBA, CCRN, CRN
Michelle A. Speicher, RN, BN, MBA, CCRN
Kathleen M. Stephens, RN, BSN, CCRN
Leslie A. Swadener-Culpepper, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN,
Linda M. Tamburri, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Susan A. Walsh, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Robin L. Watson, RN, CNS, BS, MN, CCRN, APRN, CRN
Holly L. Weber-Johnson, RN, BS, BSN
Marlot A. Wigginton, RN, MN, CCRN, CRN
Susan C. Yeager, MS, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, APRN, RN-BC
John F. Dixon, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, and Jodi E. Mullen, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS, are the AACN board liaisons.

Thomson Delmar Agreement to Expand ECCO Program Reach

AACN has signed an agreement with Thomson Delmar Learning to expand the outreach of AACN’s e-learning offerings, primarily the Web-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program that provides novice nurses the theoretical knowledge required to care for patients in the critical care arena.

Under the agreement, the nine-module ECCO program will be delivered comprehensively to existing and new clients via the Thomson Delmar NetLearning Learning Management System, which enables facilities to deploy, manage and track facilitywide e-learning offerings in topics ranging from JCAHO, HIPAA and OSHA to CE courses for nurses and physicians.

“We are gratified that Thomson Delmar is offering our critical care courseware,” said Wendy Berke, AACN new business development strategist. “This is an extremely experienced and successful company in providing online learning opportunities, and its client base will expose a significant audience to our training program.”

For additional information about the ECCO program, visit the AACN Web site.

Chulay Assumes Editorship of AACN Clinical Issues

Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN, a well-known consultant in critical care nursing and clinical research, has been named editor of AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care. She succeeds Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, who stepped down after being elected to the national AACN Board of Directors. Morton’s term began July 1.

Under Chulay, the journal’s editorial approach will shift to include articles on advanced clinical content that are not tied to invited, topic-based symposia. Manuscripts focused on topics of interest to experienced nurse clinicians, clinical educators and/or advanced practice nurses who care for critically or acutely ill patients are invited. Additional information is available online at www.aacn.org.

Chulay is a longtime member and past president of AACN. Her volunteer commitments to AACN also include a lengthy list of national work groups and committees. She is a member of the Triangle North Carolina Chapter of AACN and a past member and past president of the Greater Washington Area Chapter.

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


EXPO (June 2005)—In an article titled “10 Best Practices From Leading Medical Shows,” the Self-Study Pavilion at AACN’s National Teaching Institute was listed as the first example under the “Focusing on Education” heading “We started in 1997 with 12 computers. Now we have more than 120 computers in four sections—an Internet and Computer Unit, a PDA Learning Lab, an ECG Computer Lab and an Independent Study Center,” AACN Corporate Relations and Exhibits Director Randy Bauler, CEM, was quoted as saying. The article noted that, though the Self-Study Pavilion is usually full, the NTI concurrent sessions are also popular. “Over the last three years, our NTI education program has grown from 250 to 300 sessions,” Bauler explained.

EXPO (June 2005)—Bauler was quoted in an article titled “Medical Show Trends.” “The sponsorships at our show are valued at $1.2 million,” he said. “That’s what it would cost us to replace all of those sponsored activities and items.”


Inside-Duke University Newsletter (June 27, 2005)—An article titled “Certifiably Great” quoted AACN Board Secretary Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA. “The initial licensure exam for the RN ensures that a nurse has the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the workforce,” explained Holtschneider, who is a clinical nurse educator for the Duke University Health System. “But nowadays, many nurses are taking care of acutely and critically ill patients in specialized areas. Becoming certified is a way to learn new knowledge and skills, and to be recognized for attaining this knowledge.”

University of Chicago Magazine (June 2005)—Artwork at Comer Children’s Hospital that reflects the patient care needs identified in the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care was featured in an article titled “Child Support: Artwork Adds to Comer’s Clinical Care.” The work, by artist Bryan Haynes and displayed on sliding cabinets that hide clinical-looking, medical-gas equipment above patient’s beds, is designed to represent advocacy, caring practices, clinical inquiry or exploration, clinical judgment, collaboration, diversity, family, and learning.

Advance for Nurses (June 6, 2005)—An article titled “AACN-NTI convenes in New Orleans for Education, Networking and Fun” noted that attendees took to heart the “Live Your Contribution” theme in sessions focusing on improving communication, understanding legal issues and healthcare needs at the end of life, as well as on how to use the latest in critical care technology. The article quoted JoAnne Phillips, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN, as saying, “It’s really a phenomenal event. You can read journals at home, but you can’t find out what everyone else is doing unless you talk to them at something like this.”


Advance for Nurses (June 6, 2005)—In an article titled “Nurses Must Maintain a High Quality of Patient Care Regardless of the Population Served,” then AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, was quoted as saying, “We can increase our ability to really meet the needs of patients if we work together. Through joint effort, nurses can find answers to such questions as what are the things we should worry about, what should we anticipate and what can we do to prevent a problem.”

Nursing Spectrum (June 6, 2005)—AACN was announced as a grant recipient in an article titled “The Gannett Foundation/Nursing Spectrum Has Awarded Grants to Three Nursing Organizations for the Final Quarter of 2004.” AACN received a $5,000 grant that was used to fund five pairs of NTI Vision Partners continuing education scholarships.

Advance for Nurses (June 6, 2005)—In an article titled “Beacon of Excellence: Hartford Hospital’s B10I Receives the Prestigious AACN Beacon Award,” Ruth Zafian, RN, CNS, wrote, “Despite our unit’s pride in achieving Beacon status, the road to the award was itself worth the journey. The very process of articulating our expertise and compassion provided the team an opportunity to reflect on the importance of patient-centered care.” (See page 6.)

KPVI-TV-Southeast Idaho (June 8, 2005)—A report announced that the ICU at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center received the AACN Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. “It’s an award about nursing excellence, and we have great technology at Eastern Idaho Regional,” said ICU Executive Director Elizabeth Later. “You can have technology, but without compassion and care, it doesn’t really mean anything. And we have both, and that’s what this award means to us.”


HOI-TV ABC 19-Peoria, Ill. (June 2005)—The “May Heartwatch” segment noted that Cheryl Herrmann, a cardiac clinical nurse at Methodist Medical Center, was the recipient of a 2005 AACN Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award. “I’m pretty overwhelmed. It’s a big honor,” Herrmann said. “She’s worked very hard at her position and has come through always with flying colors. I’m very proud of her,” said coworker Prenda Gannon.

ABC Newspapers (June 9, 2005)—An article titled “National Award Prescribed for Mercy Hospital” announced that the hospital’s ICU received the AACN Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. ICU Manager Louise Jacobs was quoted as saying, “The Beacon Award is for nursing care, but it reflects the excellence of the entire staff. We have a very low staff turnover and 36% of our nurses are CCRNs.” (See page 6.)

Nursing Management (June 2005)—The “Ones to Watch” feature listed the names of the critical care units that received AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence for Spring 2005. (See page 6.)

Our Voice at the Table
McCauley represented AACN at the Alliance for Cardiac Care Excellence meeting in Bethesda, Md. AACN is the only nursing association member of the group, which brings together healthcare leaders, including representatives of JCAHO, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians, to define systematic strategies to improve care for patients with ischemic heart disease and heart failure.

AACN CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, McCauley and AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, attended the American Nurses Association House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C. They met with other leaders, and discussed important initiatives, including the impact organizations can have on implementing AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards. AACN is a voting organizational affiliate member of the ANA House of Delegates.

McCauley represented AACN at the American College of Chest Physicians Board of Regents meeting in Napa Valley, Calif.

Marge Samsel, RN, MSN, president of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of AACN, spoke to the members of the South Central Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders about the AACN Standards for Creating and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. An article in the group’s June 2005 newsletter noted that nursing’s agenda for the future includes the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s charge of patient safety, and retention of nurses in the workplace. “The development of the six standards by the AACN has challenged SCONL membership to develop a plan to educate and initiate actions that will help our nurse leaders to create healthy work environments in their organizations,” the article noted.


Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, a past AACN president, spoke at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Organizational Culture meeting in Princeton, N.J. The invitational meeting brought together experts in the field who have worked on improving the organizational culture in their work environments.


Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, CCRN, ACNP-CS, FAAN, immediate past AACN board member, gave two presentations, “Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning: An Update” and “Clinical Research: Part of What We Do,” at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 20th Annual National Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Burns was also inducted as a fellow (FAANP), one of only four ACNPs inducted to date.


Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CNRN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, spoke at the Society of Critical Care Medicine 23rd annual Scientific Symposium in Charlotte, N.C. She gave a panel presentation titled “Bringing Safety and Reliability to the ICU” and discussed AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards. She also presented “Year in Review-Nursing,” which included AACN Practice Alerts and recent important nursing research.


Kevin D. Reed, RN, MSN, CNA, BC, AACN Certification Corporation board member, attended the National Organ Donation Collaborative in Pittsburgh. This collaborative is focused on saving and improving lives through awareness of organ donation and increased organ donation rates.

Reed represented AACN and AACN Certification Corporation at the CNS Summit in Indianapolis, Ind., which included discussions on core CNS practice competencies and core certification competencies.

McCauley spoke at the Coast to Coast Florida chapters Waves of Wisdom Conference in Orlando, Fla.

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.

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In the Circle: Excellence in Leadership Award

Editor’s note: Part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program, the Excellence in Leadership Award honors nurses who demonstrate the leadership competencies of empowerment, effective communication and continuous learning, and the effective management of change. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2005.

Toni Fiore, RN, MA, CNAA
Pompton Lakes, N.J.
Hackensack University Medical Center
As executive vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer, I direct the nursing administrative team and lead nursing practice. I have been in my position since 1985. At that time, the nursing profession had been through several shortages, and the advent of managed healthcare began to wreak havoc on hospital budgets. Many hospitals drastically cut nursing positions. As a result, the quality of patient care plummeted and the hospitals’ financial pictures suffered. I knew what had to be done.

Our president and CEO John Ferguson and I formed a partnership built on world-class values that are respected by our board and staff. We ensured that our patients and those who provide direct care to them would never be adversely affected by a stormy managed care environment.

I challenged my directors to build their teams based on our professional nursing standards. We now know those standards are part of the Magnet program. We have achieved the Magnet Award three times. We eliminated the use of agency and travel nurses as well as sign-on bonuses and other incentives. Our dollars were effectively spent on measures that our staff told us were important, and we built a nursing department based on Magnet standards. As a result, we generated a climate of patient and staff satisfaction and caring.

The Nursing department has earned a national reputation as a consistent revenue producer with a low RN turnover rate, and the number of nursing positions has actually increased. I have always believed that the development of expert clinical practice is dependent upon a supportive environment, and I’ve been told the staff believes I have an ability to connect with them. As one nurse wrote, “When I tell Toni how things are in my unit, I am keenly aware that I am looking into the eyes of another nurse.” My style is to listen to best understand the issues at the “frontline” of patient care. I believe that this connection inspires me to do my very best each day.

Patricia S. Lewis, RN, MS, CNAA BC
Houston, Texas
Methodist Hospital
Patricia “Tricia” Lewis has been a nurse at Methodist Hospital, in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. She has served in many positions, including head nurse, cardiovascular nurse specialist, supervisor of the critical care residency program and director of multiple units, where she has cultivated and utilized her leadership skills.

Tricia believes strongly in the values of our hospital— integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence—and displays them in her daily work. Her words and actions are congruent. She leads by example and motivates others to professionally grow and develop. She consistently solicits information about what she can do to help us do our jobs better and more efficiently for patients and their families.

Tricia encourages and supports staff to implement change. For example, she was a proponent of implementing family presence during CPR in the CCU. Many staff were skeptical about implementing this procedure. They were concerned about the impact it would have on families and staff. Although it was considered a risky policy to implement, Tricia was willing to spend the time and be physically present for the implementation. This definitely challenged traditional rules.

Another example of her leadership and ability to pull the team together occurred during Tropical Storm Allison, in June 2001. She was there every day as we moved our unit and patients seven times. She was there running up 10 flights of stairs to deliver medications, suction equipment, water, fans, electrical power cords and box lunches and to secure portable air conditioners for the most critical patients. She also made herself available to comfort patients and their families during this “MASH like” experience.

Tricia is the type of leader who makes people want to follow and grow more leaders. She’s most proud of her team being honored as one of the first AACN Beacon Award recipients.

Aimee C. Lyons, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPNP, EMT
Boston, Mass.
Boston Children’s Hospital
Being the clinical coordinator of the Critical Care Transport Team has presented its share of challenges for Aimee Lyons. One of the biggest dilemmas was staffing the team. A relatively small group of people are required to provide 24/7 coverage. One resignation or maternity leave has enormous impact. Two or three in combination has the potential to shut down the program.

In addition to nurses and paramedics, the program includes the Emergency Communications Center that must be staffed with dispatchers 24/7. Aimee recognized that she needed to design a flexible staffing system that could provide coverage for each area without causing people to become overwhelmed with overtime. Aimee evaluated other transport systems nationwide and reached an important conclusion: No matter what the overall composition of any given team, the consistent element was the nurse. This formed the basis for her innovative solution to the program’s staffing needs. She theorized that nurses could be cross trained to support other roles within the program.

Aimee knew she had a talented staff that was completely capable of expanding their professional boundaries even further than they already had. Aimee realized that the nurses would be able to easily obtain state certification as EMTs with minimal training. EMT certifications went so well that Aimee next decided to apply the same strategy to staffing the communications center.

Aimee’s imaginative cross-training initiative has resulted in many positive effects on the program. It has pushed the nurses to develop professionally. It has created an atmosphere of teamwork among the three disciplines that did not exist before each became invested in the other’s staffing. Most important, it has motivated the nurses to become invested in the success of the transport program by empowering them to be invested in staffing.

Revitalized Series to Debut With Noninvasive Monitoring Protocol

The first in a revitalized series of AACN Protocols for Practice is due out in October.

These authoritative, evidence-based practice resources for clinicians, educators and researchers are being published under a contract with Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Each of the protocols makes recommendations for the application, practice and monitoring associated with a device, procedure, or practice.

Easy to understand and integrate into clinical practice, the protocols can be used to guide care in a variety of clinical situations in not only acute care and progressive care, but also in the home. Each protocol is introduced by a case study, which is followed by general information about the technology, occupational hazards, ethics considerations, competency issues and practice recommendations. Recommendations are rated according to the level of evidence that is available to support the statement. Annotated bibliographies, suggested readings and cross references provide guidance for learning more about the specific device or patient care system.

The first in the series is Noninvasive Monitoring, Second Edition, which delineates the evidence for using devices for noninvasive patient monitoring of blood pressure, heart rhythms, pulse oximetry, end-tidal carbon dioxide and respiratory waveforms. These protocols guide clinicians in the appropriate selection of patients for use of the device, application of the device, initial and ongoing monitoring, device removal and selected aspects of quality control.

To order this resource (Product #170680), visit the AACN Web site or call (800) 899-2226.

What’s Coming in Critical Care Nurse

Cardiovascular Monitoring and Managing

• Implantable Hemodynamic Monitoring System

• 12-Lead Continuous Electrocardiographic Monitoring

• Nursing Care of Intra-aortic Balloon Counterpulsation Patients

• Goodpasture Syndrome

• Challenging Designs of Neonatal ICUs

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

Looking Ahead

October 2005

Oct. 1 Deadline to apply for AACN Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant, AACN Clinical Practice Grant and AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant. For a grant application, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org > Research.

December 2005

Dec. 1 Deadline to apply for the 2007 AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer Award. The recipient will present the Distinguished Research Lecture at the NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga.

May 2006

May 20-25 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org > NTI.

Monthly Super Savers From AACN’s Catalog Products

These Super Saver prices are valid through Oct. 31, 2005. To qualify for the Super Saver price, orders must be received or postmarked by that date.

EKG Windows: MI Classroom Resource on CD-Rom
There’s no other teaching tool like this! Original teaching method helps you learn to systematically review 12-lead ECGs, looking for ischemia, injury and infarction. Includes video clip for precordial lead placement, more than 140 slides, 3-D pictures, animations, practice ECGs, completely scripted teacher’s notes and a high-quality participant outline master ready for copying. Content progresses from novice to expert. Navigate through common MI presentations. Learn to identify posterior, right ventricular and less obvious infarct patterns. Predict the culprit artery, anticipate conduction defects and learn how to select an appropriate lead to monitor. Visit the AACN Online Bookstore for a comprehensive audio visual demo of this program.
Regular Price
Member: $253
Nonmember: $270
Super Saver Price
Member: $225
Nonmember: $240

MI Windows
Color-coded template for screening 12-lead ECGs for STEMI and NSTEMI. Color-coding ties in lead groups, culprit artery, conduction defects, and lead to monitor! Bedside or classroom tool moves you from novice to expert. Generic design accommodates most ECG tracings, even those obtained in the ambulance. Cost effective, practical and easy to use!
Regular Price
Member: $18
Nonmember: $20
Super Saver Price
Member: $16
Nonmember: $18

Super Saver ECG Package
Includes both Practice ECGs by Diagnosis (#100143) and ECG Windows Complete Set of 12 Overlays (#100142). The ECGs Windows is a unique, original method for learning to screen 12-lead ECGs for commonly seen pathologies. This 12-window set includes Windows for axis, MI, identification of culprit artery, posterior MI, right ventricular MI, left bundle branch block, right bundle branch block, fascicular block, atrial enlargement, left ventricular hypertrophy, right ventricular, hypertrophy, VTACH vs SVT. Also includes 10 ECGs with interpretations and an answer sheet that you can duplicate to use with ECGs from your organization. The practice ECGs include 43 ECGs categorized by diagnosis. Complete with explanations so you can focus on one pathology at a time.
Regular Price (if purchased individually)
Member: $123
Nonmember: $130
Super Saver Package Price
Member: $109
Nonmember: $115


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PDA Center

Check Out This PDA Software for Palm OS and Pocket PC Devices

(ACCF Clinical Trials Database)
This clinical practice support tool from the American College of Cardiology Foundation is designed to synthesize current cardiovascular research findings for busy physicians and healthcare professionals. Study results were gathered by a prominent editorial team from a variety of peer-reviewed publications and professional meetings. Updated monthly, this PDA application was developed by the ACCF to bring these important trial results to you, when you need them, where you need them. Price: $69.95

Essentials of Diagnosis & Treatment in Surgery
Authored by Gerard M. Doherty, MD, and published by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc, this electronic pocket guide features bulleted, high-yield information on more than 400 common surgical diagnoses. With key equations and formulae, a clinical pearl per topic, plus references, this reference truly is essential in critical care.
This is the quickest review to surgical diagnosis:
• Short, bulleted points for 400 surgical diagnoses
• Key equations, calculations and formulae
• Includes orthopedic, reproductive, renal, cardiovascular, GI and respiratory problems; and other common conditions
Price: $39.95
Visit the AACN PDA Center at http://aacn.pdaorder.com/welcome.xml and choose the “What's New” link.

AACN’s Medicopeia for PDA: Save up to $258!
Medicopeia: This PDA Does It All!
The newest, most advanced PDA solution is now available! Designed exclusively for AACN and bedside nurse clinicians in many areas of practice, AACN Medicopeia, Critical Care Nurse Edition, makes installing, registering, unlocking and managing your PDA and applications a thing of the past! Say goodbye to serial numbers and manually unlocking codes with this exciting program!

With the all-inclusive AACN Medicopeia package, you’ll receive a Palm PDA (choose from the Tungsten T5, the new Tungsten E2 or the powerful, just-released LifeDrive Mobile Manager) 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 weekly AACN Critical Care Newsline, providing you up-to-the-minute press releases, alerts and information, simply by synchronizing your device.

If you already have a PDA device, you can still subscribe to AACN Medicopeia. Here is what you will receive for only $129 (annual renewal only $109). AACN’s Medicopeia package includes:

Davis’ Drug Guide with Integrated
ER ICU Toolbox
Pocket ICU Management
Cardiac Medications E-reference
Critical Care Assessment E-reference
Hemodynamic Management
Adobe Acrobat Reader for Palm OS
Special AACN Resources for Adobe
AACN Critical Care Newsline
Lifetime Technical Support

The Palm Tungsten T5 device, complete with the above software, is only $439, a savings of $248 (if individually purchased; annual renewal fee is $109).
Medicopeia with the Tungsten E2 is just $309, a savings of $228 (if individually purchased; annual renewal fee is $109) and Medicopeia with the LifeDrive Mobile Manager is just $528, a savings of $258 (if individually purchased; annual renewal fee is $109).

Find out more by visiting the AACN PDA Center at www.aacn.pdaorder.com and choosing “What’s New!” Note: Medicopeia package is not currently recommended for Mac computers.

Tungsten E2
The new, brighter color display of the E2 makes it easy to see your schedule, contacts and nursing software programs, indoors or out. And, with better color saturation, your photos and video clips come to life in rich, dazzling color. 32MB of memory is included, and the new “flash” memory helps protect the information on your handheld—even if you don’t have time to recharge. Also included are Bluetooth Wireless technology and Documents to Go, allowing you to create and edit Word and Excel documents on the fly.
Device alone is $249. Best value when purchased with AACN Medicopeia, Critical Care Nurse Edition.

LifeDrive Mobile Manager PDA
AACN is proud to introduce the LifeDrive Mobile Manager. Experience the future of handheld computing! Take five years worth of appointments, your entire contact database, your to-do list and hundreds of memos with you everywhere, thanks to a 4GB hard drive and built-in personal organization software. And, load all your clinical nursing software or Medicopeia too! The LifeDrive comes equipped with both Bluetooth and WiFi Wireless programs so you can check e-mail or surf the Web.
Device alone is $499. Best value when purchased with AACN Medicopeia, Critical Care Nurse Edition.

For more information, visit www.aacn.pdaorder.com > What’s New, or call (800) 462-0388.
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