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Vol. 23, No. 8, AUGUST 2006


NTI Offers Learning Experience to Students


Seen among the throngs at NTI 2006 in Anaheim was a group of enthusiastic students, furthering their interest in nursing and healthcare. The young visitors attended the conference as part of the Schoolkids Visit program, which welcomes students to NTI each year thanks to the support of AACN chapters and individual members.

The 60 student-attendees were not typical high school students. They were members of the Health and Medical Occupations Academy (HMO) at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif. Many of them are interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

They had already received vast exposure to the medical field through listening to guest speakers from the healthcare industry; job shadowing; and participating in hospital internships. Students also received practical hands-on training “from cutting carrots in the hospital cafeteria all the way to observing surgeries,” said the academy’s program director Tammie Wingen.

The mission statement on the program’s Web site is: To promote the art and science of medicine and betterment of public health. One of the core goals of the academy is to allow students opportunities and experiences in the health and medical field that would not be available otherwise. The academy offers job placement services, summer job offerings and practical internships. Some students work part-time, after-school jobs as ophthalmology technicians or lab assistants, according to Wingen. She added that other students were selected to sample a new $2 million robotic surgery machine at a local hospital, while others have had the opportunity to observe complex surgeries or walk the floor with nurses caring for heart attack patients.

When the HMO program at the academy started in 1997, 43 students expressed an interest in attending the academy. Today, the number of interested students exceeds 250, and “we're really bursting at the seams,” Wingen said.

She spoke with pride of her students’ accomplishments. Some of the graduates have gone on to serve in the medical field immediately following high school, while others attended colleges and universities to pursue further medical training. As part of their training, students attended NTI to further their exposure to the medical field. Wingen said it is important for these students to understand early how important continuing medical education is to the practice of medicine. In addition, early exposure to the conference may help them know what to expect when they return as AACN members.

The Dallas County Chapter of AACN continues to underwrite the expenses for the NTI Schoolkids Visit program.

More Than 1,000 Members Recruited in First 2 Months of Drive


Diane Lane, RN, MSN, of Hermitage, Tenn., held onto her lead in AACN’s 2006-07 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign, with a total of 32 new members recruited as of the end of June.

In the first two months of the campaign, a total of 1,070 new members have been recruited by 423 individuals and chapters. (See page 13 for chapter results.) The campaign ends Aug. 31, 2007. The recruitment period was extended for this year’s campaign to move the program to a 12-month cycle in the future.

Other top recruiters as of the end of June and their totals are June Watson, RN, CCRN, of Philadelphia, Pa. (14); Kathleen Richuso, RN, MSN, of Chapel Hill, N.C. (13); Karen Jeffries, RN, MS, of Austin, Texas (11); and Sherry Elmore, RN, ADN, CCRN, of Columbus, Miss. (10).

Individual Rewards
Participation in the Member-Get-A-Member drive offers the opportunity for recruiters to receive valuable rewards, including a $1,000 American Express gift check that will be awarded to the top individual recruiter. The top recruiter is also eligible for three Grand Prize drawings for $500 gift certificates. Every recruiter who enrolls five new members during the program will be entered into the drawing.

In addition, as individuals recruit new members, they are entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift check each month they recruit. Winning the gift certificate in June was Bonnie S. Forshner, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of Ledgewood, N.J.

After recruiting their first five new members, participants will receive a $25 gift certificate toward AACN products and services, and $50 after recruiting a total of 10 new members.

Other Recruiters
Other participants who have recruited five or more members are:

Marcia Strow, Irma Richardson, Kimberly Kotora, Steve Carbone, Peggy Piette, Lisa Underwood, Jane Hartman, Kelly Carter, Ellen Peller, Megan Brunson, Nicole Graney, Madelene Ramos, Loronda Mahon, Matthew Choate, Lynnette Flynn, Jennifer Berntson and Cindi Brown.

To see the full list of recruiters and their totals for May, visit the AACN Web site.

Sept. 14 Audio Conference Focuses on Appropriate Staffing Standard


Appropriate staffing is the Healthy Work Environment standard that will be discussed at a Sept. 14 audio conference cosponsored by AACN and Joint Commission Resources. The presentation, including time for questions, is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET).

Representing AACN as a co-presenter is Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN. Kerfoot has served in executive-level positions at Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis; Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, both in Houston; and at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Kerfoot is widely published, with more than 250 articles and book chapters, speaks nationally and internationally, and has been honored for her academic and professional achievements. Kerfoot also is certified in advanced nursing administration by the American Nurses Association.

Representing JCR is Beth Glassford, RN, MS, MHA, CHE, a past member of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.
The September event is the fifth in a six-part series of 90-minute audio conferences focusing on the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. The Effective Decision Making standard will wrap up the series on Nov. 9.

Healthy Work Environment Standards
In addition to the Healthy Work Environment topics, AACN and JCR are collaborating on a series of audio conferences that focus on patient safety and quality-of-care in acute and critical care. Remaining sessions, also from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET), are scheduled:

• Oct. 12 Clinical Implications in Managing Pain and Sedation
• Dec. 14 Intensivists, Hospitalists and Advanced Practice Nurses

Participants can sign up to participate in the audio conferences as individuals or with multiple attendees using one telephone line in a conference room. The price is $249 per connection.

For more information about these audio conferences, call (877) 223-6866 or visit the JCR Web site.


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Winners Announced in AJCC Online Reader Survey


Everling

Patrick M. Everling, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Austin, Texas, won an Ipod nano, the top prize for participating in an online survey at NTI 2006 about the American Journal of Critical Care, AACN’s premier research journal. Everling’s name was selected from nearly 400 NTI attendees who completed the survey.

Amanda Handerhan, RN, of Antioch, Tenn., received free registration to NTI 2007, which will be held May 19 to 24 in Atlanta, Ga.

Other winners were Tara Meredith, RN, BSN, of North Charleston, S.C., who won a copy of the Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing (6th edition); Cathy Lucafo, RN, AD, of Raymond, N.H., who was awarded the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care (5th edition); Debbie Walsh, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, who received AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing along with the accompanying pocket guide; and Teresa Williams, RN, ADN, AASN, AAS, of Big Spring, Texas, who, along with Deborah Taffe, RN, BS, BSN, of Miramar, Fla., received a free one-year subscription to the newly redesigned quarterly journal AACN Advanced Critical Care, formerly AACN Clinical Issues.

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
Synergist (April 7, 2006)— “ACC at Methodist and MICU at IU Earn Beacon Awards From AACN.” When the adult critical care unit at Methodist Hospital and the medical intensive care unit at Indiana University earned AACN Beacon Awards, Cheryl Wolverton, clinical director at IU hospital, said, “When AACN first announced the Beacon Award in 2003 to recognize individual units for outstanding performance, I knew MICU was a Beacon unit. It’s a great accomplishment and an honor to be recognized. I’m very proud of the staff and leadership in the MICU – their collaboration and teamwork is what contributes to the quality of care.”

American Journal of Nursing (April 2006)— “NewsCAPS” announced that AACN had published the results of the first national survey of critical care units “designed to describe the scope of practice, staffing, and operations issues of critical care nurses in the United States.” The National Critical Care Survey Report was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Critical Care and is available free online at http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/cgi/content/full/15/1/13.

NurseWeek (April 10, 2006) “Recognition Is Meaningful” addressed one of AACN’s Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: meaningful recognition. “Nurses must be recognized and must recognize others for the value each brings to the work of the organization.” The article concluded by stating, “If we focus on one another’s strengths rather than deficiencies and point with pride to the work of our nurse colleagues, we can borrow AACN’s vision for critical care nurses and apply it to all nurses in all work sites. The important thing to realize is we have the power to create that healthy work environment for ourselves. Remember, we’re nurses. We make health happen.”

Nurse Zone (April 26, 2006)—“Specialty Spotlight: Critical-Care Nursing” featured an interview with then-AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS. One question concerned the most challenging aspect of being a new critical care nurse. In part, Brinker replied, “The challenge to be competent is to have communication and collaborative skills that are on par with their clinical skills.” Another question sought her advice for new graduates, and her response included, “When you walk on the unit, do you see signs of collaboration and lifelong learning, evidence that certification is promoted?”

Voice of Nursing (April 2006)—“Highlighting Nursing Certification” featured AACN’s white paper, Safeguarding the Patient and the Profession: The Value of Critical Care Nurse Certification. “Martin Memorial is taking this information seriously. With the generosity of the Martin Memorial Foundation, we will be having a national speaker present a review course for those wishing to become certified in critical care or progressive care nursing through AACN … People willing to take their exam after the review class (within 3 months) will have priority for registration.”

Critical Care Nursing Quarterly (April-June 2006)— “Low Health Literacy: A Challenge to Critical Care” included the following: “If nurses are truly to enact their advocacy role, as specified by AACN, they must continue to be responsive to the health information needs of their patients and families, and create systems that facilitate meaningful communication.”

Winston-Salem Journal (April 4, 2006)—“Very Special Delivery: Triad Nurses Collect Uniforms to Send to Hospitals in New Orleans.” “To help out those who lost possessions during Hurricane Katrina, the members of the Old Salem (N.C.) Chapter of AACN recently held a uniform drive. By the time they were done, they had collected about 500 uniform pieces for nurses and other workers at Tulane University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans … When Hank Kronbach, the owner of the UPS Store on Jonestown Road, learned what the nurses were up to, he volunteered to pack and ship the uniforms for free.”

Wisconsin Hospice Times (April 2006)—“Notes.” “The Synergy Model for Patient Care, developed by AACN, is a better way to assign nurses to patient care than set-in-stone staffing ratios. The model calls for one nurse to continually determine the changing acuities and characteristics of patients and to assign staff with the required competencies to care for those patients. As patients’ conditions change, so does the staffing mix needed to care for them.”

Journal Record (April 26, 2006)—“Oklahoma Nursing Group Receives Award” included a quote from Tammy Hogue, president of the Oklahoma City Area Chapter, upon receiving AACN’s 2006 President’s Award for Chapters: “Membership in Oklahoma’s AACN Chapter is highly valued among critical care nurses hoping to advance their skills and careers.”

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (April 11, 2006)—“Surgical Critical Care Team at HUP Earns Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence” contained several quotes. George Iyoob, RN, clinical nurse manager, said, “It’s exciting to be recognized at a national level for all the hard work and excellent care we provide.” Vince Gracias, MD, medical director of the SICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, added, “This award is a perfect example of what you can achieve when you put patients first. Our team decided to lead from ‘the bedside out.’”

Washington Post (April 30, 2006)—It was noted that Dolores M. Kemp, a critical care nurse at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Lansdowne, Va., received AACN’s Excellence in Caring Practices Award.

The Orange County Register (April 13, 2006)—“Hoag Honored for Critical-Care Performance” was the title of an article announcing that the CCU, CICU and NICU at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian received AACN’s Beacon Award.

Our Voice at the Table
CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, helped kick off celebrations for National Nurses Week at Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Galveston, Texas, with a presentation on creating healthy work environments. Shriner’s, through the leadership of Chief Nursing Officer Janet Marvin and other AACN members at the hospital, is implementing a hospital-wide crucial conversations initiative to enhance skilled communication and collaboration.

Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president-elect, represented AACN at the 3rd National Nursing Stakeholders Meeting on advanced practice registered nurse issues, at the American Nurses Association headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. The meeting was convened by the ANA and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to update stakeholders on the latter’s APRN Consensus Paper and to provide an overview of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Vision Paper.

Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, then AACN president-elect, Johanson and Brinker attended the ANA House of Delegates meeting and the Nursing Organizational Affiliates meeting, both in Washington, D.C. The Nursing Organizational Affiliate meeting was an opportunity for specialty nursing organizations to receive updates and give input on ANA initiatives. The ANA House of Delegates meeting was attended by nearly 600 delegates and invited guests. Delegates voted on new ANA officers and new members of the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, as well as nursing and patient advocacy proposals.

Brinker gave a presentation on healthy work environments in Pinehurst, N.C., at the Carolinas Healthcare System and Carolina/Virginia SCCM Chapter’s Scientific Symposium. Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CNRN, then AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented “Palliative Care: Supporting the ‘Good’ Life for the Dying.”

John Dixon, RN, MSN, then AACN board member, gave a presentation on healthy work environments with a focus on skilled communication for Baylor University Medical Center’s Maternal-Child Nursing Serviceline’s nursing management group.

Kevin Reed, RN-BC, MSN, CNA, AACN Certification Corporation chair-elect, presented “Certification Facts” to the Central Indiana Chapter, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Denise Buonocore, MSN, CCRN, APRN, BC, AACN board member, spoke on “Hyperglycemia in Acute and Critical Care” at the Horizons Region 1 symposium in Manchester, N.H. Brinker, Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, AACN board member, and Buonocore held a fireside chat as well. They also presented an AACN update, and Brinker gave the keynote speech.

Rebecca Long, RN, MS, CCRN, CMSRN, then AACN Certification Corporation chair-elect, Suzi Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, CCRN, ACNP-CS, FAAN, past AACN board member, and past AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, spoke at the San Diego Area Chapter’s annual conference, Contemporary Topics in Acute and Critical Care. Burns spoke on respiratory waveform graphics, Barden discussed healthy work environments and Long presented recent trends in certification.

Past AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, presented “Transitions in Health: Building Bridges Through Science” at the Health Science Research Symposium, sponsored by the Temple University Residence Program, Scranton, Pa. McCauley also gave this talk at the 4th National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McCauley and Marilyn Petterson, AACN’s marketing communications manager, represent AACN on the new Alliance for Cardiac Care Excellence, which held a news conference to launch an initiative to improve cardiac care outcomes through consensus and enhanced reporting of quality indicators. AACN is the only nursing group in this alliance. The complete news release is available at www.aacn.org/AACN/mrkt.nsf/vwdoc/pressRelease.

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, then AACN Certification Corporation board member, represented AACN at an American Nurses Association meeting regarding the formation of the American Medical Association’s Scope of Practice Partnership. Approximately 80 people representing 36 organizations attended.

McCauley presented “Engage and Transform” at Trends in Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing, in King of Prussia, Pa., which was sponsored by AACN and the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter.

Past AACN president Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, presented “Creating a Healthy Work Environment for Med-Surg Nurses” at the 16th annual Medical Surgical Nursing Conference in San Francisco.

Following are the winners of prizes awarded in the AACN Annual Meeting drawing at NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif.:

Complimentary NTI Registrations
Cyndie Hampton, Medford, Ore.
Carol Moody, Greenville, S.C.

Complimentary 1-Year AACN Membership
Julie Gerstbrein, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Linda Smiley, Florence, S.C.

$100 Gift Certificate to AACN Bookstore
Debbie Lewis, Florence, S.C.
Terry Jonas, Hollywood, Fla.

In the Circle: AACN Community Service Award


Editor’s note: The AACN Community Service Award recognizes significant service by acute and critical care nurses, as individuals or in groups, in making a contribution to their communities that also projects a positive image of critical care nursing. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2006.

Jamai Freeman, RN, BS, CCRN
Gainesville, Texas
Presbyterian Hospital of Denton
I joined a team of volunteer nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and pilots who give their spare time to transport desperate cases across the U.S. It was an opportunity to use my critical care skills outside the hospital. Learning something new combined with the personal fulfillment I’ve experienced from volunteering in the past fit perfectly with my sense of adventure and duty. Although the technical and scientific portions of critical care nursing are something I thrive on intellectually, I have discovered that interaction and touch, both physically and emotionally, with patients and families is the most rewarding.

On the first leg of a two-day mission, I was transporting a 40-year-old patient with head injuries who was mentally about 6 years old and almost 6 feet tall. When we secured him on the stretcher he became restless and agitated, which was dangerous because we were unable to sedate him. He was a big man, and it was a small plane on a long trip.

I intuitively thought singing would help (church choir) and I was right. He was comforted and would become agitated when I stopped. We delivered the patient to his new nursing facility without mishap, but monitoring oxygen status, vital signs, cabin pressure and hydration, while singing for two hours straight, was a new experience indeed.

I have been challenged by many missions, but making a palpable difference for this patient was profound, because it reaffirmed the fact that the best care isn’t always medicine or technology, but the humanity a critical care nurse combines with them to make a difference.

Women’s Heart Awareness
Summit, N.J.
Overlook Hospital
In 2003, the cardiac critical care nurses and Community Health partnered to implement a Women’s Heart Awareness program at Overlook Hospital. We had no operating budget, but believed passionately in the value of educating the community about the risk factors and symptoms of cardiovascular disease in women.

We reached out to primary care physicians, OB-GYNs and emergency department physicians to provide education on the symptoms of heart disease unique to women and the appropriate screening tools and follow-up treatment. A survey of 500 women in our community revealed that 86% were at risk for heart disease, but only 26% realized the risk factors. One of our spokespersons suffered two heart attacks at the age of 40 (both while pregnant) and now speaks to audiences about the dramatic changes in her life.

In the past two years, the Women’s Heart Team has given lectures to more than 5,300 women. We coordinated a “Women’s Heart Day” at Liberty Science Center and published magazine articles. In collaboration with Community Health, we have screened over 625 women and referred 232 to a physician for further workup. The follow-up program developed by Overlook’s Community Health earned an award in 2005 for “Access to Quality Care” from the New Jersey Hospital Association.

We strongly believe in educating healthcare providers on how to better assess for heart disease in women. As critical care nurses reaching out to the community, we hope to inspire women to ask their doctors the right questions and receive the cardiac workup they need.

Erin N. Tobias, RN, BSN, CCRN
Indianapolis, Ind.
Clarian Health Partners
Growing up in a small town in Indiana, my biggest challenge was deciding what to wear to school. I came from a loving and supportive family that taught me I could do anything. I went to nursing school and then began work in a large trauma center. There, I began to understand the meaning behind my parents’ unconditional love and support.

The hospital environment opened my eyes to a world unlike my own. I saw women battling addictions, as well as those who had been physically and emotionally abused. My heart broke for them and I wondered what I could do. I realized no one ever taught these women about their inherent worth. I got involved with a Christian ministry called Wheeler Missions and volunteered to work with troubled teenage girls, who constantly tested me to see if I would let them down. Whether it was my loyalty or my stubbornness, I volunteered for three years and saw them become responsible role models for other young girls. I later wondered if I could use my nursing skills to work with other underserved populations. My curiosity took me halfway around the world when my church sponsored a medical mission to help Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda. I left the hum of mechanical ventilators for the buzz of mosquitoes to help run a barebones clinic. We treated many illnesses and provided much-needed spiritual and emotional healing. I left Africa a different person and a much better nurse.
In some small way, every time I talk about my volunteer experience, I continue to serve the Sudanese refugees.

In the Circle: Excellence in Leadership Award


Editor’s note: The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes 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 2006.

Richard M. Carpenter, RN, BSN
Charlottesville, Va.
University of Virginia Medical Center
I have managed a 16-bed medical ICU the past eight years. When I assumed management, morale was low, turnover was high and professional staff development was virtually nonexistent. The unit was experiencing a greater than 40% turnover rate and a greater than 60% vacancy rate. The nurses wanted something more satisfying than long hours and a frustrating lack of career options.

A primary focus of the rebuilding process was to demonstrate to the staff that they could effect the change they were seeking through empowerment and communication. Leadership staff was encouraged to select an area of interest and understand they would be supported in developing new ideas. Now every clinical leader in the unit is part of a “hospital-based” committee or group that potentially affects change across the institution, not just at the unit level.

In the past, the MICU had successfully utilized an “unassigned” charge nurse. However, budget constraints and alternative thinking led to the end of this practice by the mid-1990s. I decided to re-institute it. By helping the staff realize we could change the way assignments were made, the unit was able to free up one staff member per shift to act as a floating charge.

A recent request from administration to manage another large ICU has also resulted in positive outcomes. After identifying the system issues and problem processes, I implemented a similar program in that unit, to create the healthy work environment that I enjoy in the MICU every day.

Janice B. Gasaway, RN, MN,
Alumnus CCRN
Kernersville, N.C.
North Carolina Baptist Hospitals
When I began my career as an RN, I never dreamed what excitement and fulfillment my chosen profession would bring. After a few months in pediatrics, I accepted a position in a new specialty—intensive care. I loved the constant challenge and opportunity to learn.

When I became more confident with my clinical expertise, I decided to try my hand at leadership in a small, community hospital. This was the best experience that could have happened. In 2000, I assumed leadership of the cardiology division at a large, academic medical center. My managers were novices but eager to be the best.

As their mentor, I began creating a strong foundation by conducting leadership workshops. Our discussions resulted in a cardiology-specific mission statement: to provide excellent, patient-oriented nursing care manifested in a learning environment that cultivates teamwork, fosters professional accountability and the development of innovative ideas, empowers staff and is supported by management.

The next three years, I led two leadership retreats. One was designed to establish mission-related goals. The other took our mission and team to the next level. We discussed the IOM reports, the state of healthcare in our community and what constituted “five-star” performance, as we developed a strategic plan for our division. We also met with shared governance teams to seek their input.

Celebrations were held to acknowledge successes. T-shirts printed with the mission statement were given to staff members, and each year we held a “Year in Review” party to share mission-related achievements. These efforts have been incredibly powerful in unifying our division, clarifying our vision and creating leaders.

Michele M. Unger, RN, MS, CCRN, CNAA, BC
Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester General Hospital
Michele has been a nurse since 1975, and CCRN certified since 1982. As director of nursing for Rochester Heart Institute, she has provided outcome-driven and innovative leadership. Her contributions to the nursing profession have resulted in a professional practice climate driven by the needs of patients and families.

Michele passionately supports the nursing staff, helping them to recognize nursing’s significant role in achieving clinical outcomes. She enhances staff development by supporting certification, professional organization participation and continuing education. She is a member of local college advisory boards, and supports the education, recruitment and retention of the best and brightest nurses.

She has played a significant role in the Excel Internship Program, which provides learning opportunities for nursing students. Her leadership of the Nurse-Pharmacy Committee brings nurses and pharmacists together to resolve barriers that impact patient care. In addition, she has worked with clinicians in the development of the Clinical Nurse Advancement System, mentoring peers in their professional growth. She participates in the multidisciplinary cardiothoracic surgery team, fostering innovation and rapid cycle change to deliver the highest quality patient care. Michele also played a pivotal role in Rochester General Hospital’s Magnet certification.

Michele encourages her staff in the pursuit of evidence-based practice. She praises staff accomplishments, helping staff members to recognize the best within themselves. With her guidance, nurses have submitted abstracts to national and regional conferences, and they are pursuing research projects. She consistently demonstrates passion and support for nursing, nursing leadership and most important, the patients.

AACN Journal Has New Name, Wider Scope of Coverage


AACN Advanced Critical Care, formerly AACN Clinical Issues, now offers more support to keep your critical care practice up to date.

The journal has broadened its scope to cover the full range of critical care challenges. In addition, the journal delivers the newest, most crucial advice on such topics as dealing with complex ECG rhythms, new critical care drugs and leading-edge technologies.

AACN members receive a discounted $35 subscription price ($88 regular price).

To subscribe, call (800) 899-2226; www.aacn.org > Publications > AACN Advanced Critical Care.

Coming in September in the American Journal of Critical Care


The Practice of Expert Critical Care Nurses in Situations of Prognostic Conflict at the End of Life: Expert Nurses’ End-of-Life Practice (CE and Journal Club)

• The Effect of a Specialized Pediatric Institutional Setting on Organ Recovery From Potential Transplant Donors
• Neurogenic Pulmonary Edema Secondary to Traumatic Brain Injury: Evidence of Cardiac Dysfunction
• Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery and Cognitive Performance (CE)
• An Analysis of Factors Influencing Length of ICU Stay
• Open Bedside Rounds for Families in Pediatric Intensive Care
(Online CE)
• Relationship of Oral Health Status on the Development of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: A Descriptive Study

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

Looking Ahead


August 2006

Aug. 15 Deadline to apply for ICU Design Citation. For more information, contact Carol Prendergast at SCCM; (847) 827-6826; fax (847) 827-7428;
cprendergast@sccm.org.


September 2006

Sept. 1 Deadline to submit Research and Creative Solutions Abstracts for NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga. The applications, as well as guidelines and resources, are
available online at www.aacn.org > Research > NTI Abstracts.

Sept. 14 AACN/JCR audio conference on Appropriate Staffing; 12:30 to 2 p.m. (EDT). Price is $249. For more information, call (877) 223-6866; www.jcrinc.com >
Education > Audio Conferences/Web Conferences.


October 2006

Oct. 1 Deadline to apply for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant, AACN Clinical Practice Grant and AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant. For more
information, visit the Research area of the AACN Web site at or e-mail research@aacn.org.
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