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Vol. 23, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2006


Hear These Featured Speakers at the NTI


General sessions at the 2006 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition will once again provide opportunities to enjoy informative and inspirational presentations from prominent speakers. For complete information and to register, go to www.aacn.org > NTI or call (800) 899-2226. This year’s speakers include:

Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Throughout her term as AACN president, Brinker has encouraged nurses to embrace
her “Engage and Transform” theme. She has written about it in her monthly AACN News column and spoken about it with colleagues around the country. In her opening session address, Brinker will elaborate on the call to action as she reflects on her presidential year. Brinker is a pediatric nurse who is a clinical instructor on the Child Health faculty at Washington State University’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing in Spokane, Wash. Monday Opening Session Keynote

Joan Lunden
One of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, Lunden hosted ABC’s “Good Morning America” for almost two decades. As executive producer and host of the weekly series “Behind Closed Doors,” she gave viewers unprecedented access to places few have ever seen. She is a best-selling author, nationally known speaker and award-winning civic leader. Lunden is someone who has personified the “Engage and Transform” ideal in her life. She will share highlights of her personal journey to effect positive change in the world around her. Nellcor/Tyco Healthcare is cosponsor with AACN of Lunden’s appearance. Tuesday General Session Keynote

Michael Stahl
At age 7, Stahl was hit by a car. In critical
condition with his right femur broken in half, doctors thought he would never walk without a limp. He made a full recovery, learned to walk again and eventually earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do – a martial art known for heavy use of the legs for high kicks. Now a prolific author and motivational guide, Stahl effectively teaches organizations how to “break through the barriers” that keep them from real success. His common-sense, real-world strategies offer new techniques to tackle old challenges and practical ideas for maximizing efficiency. At NTI 2006, he will offer his unique perspective on what it is to “Engage and Transform.” Wednesday General Session Keynote

Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN
You won’t want to miss this session, where President-elect Tracy will accept the leadership of AACN and offer a peek into the future by unveiling the theme she will advance during her presidential year. Tracy is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing. A member of AACN since 1990, she was a member of the AACN Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004, serving as secretary from 2002 to 2004. She is also a past member of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors. Thursday General Session Keynote


Work Groups to Tackle AACN Initiatives
Apply by March 1 for 2006-2007 Positions

Members who want to volunteer for one of AACN’s national-level work groups are invited to register in the online Volunteer Profile Database.
Each group contributes to AACN through year-round accomplishments supporting the association’s strategic initiatives. In addition to being available for conference calls, work group members must be available to travel to Orange County, Calif., in August 2006 for a face-to-face meeting.

Following are the work groups for 2006-2007 and their charges:

Advanced Practice Work Group
Based on key environmental data, the Advanced Practice Work Group will provide advanced clinical topics focused on patient management and pharmacology through review of the Call for Abstracts for the Advanced Practice Institute. The group will also develop strategies to increase API attendance.

Ethics Work Group
Using the acute and critical care translation of the National Consensus Project for Quality and Palliative Care: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care being developed by this year’s Ethics Work Group members, the 2006-2007 Ethics Work Group will define outcome measurement criteria for each domain listed in the guidelines. The resulting criteria will serve as a benchmark to help clinicians implement the guidelines.

National Teaching Institute (NTI) Work Group
The NTI Work Group will review and analyze evaluation and program data from NTI 2006 to identify areas that may need improvement in future programs. Using this information and other available customer data, the work group will help develop the NTI 2007 program by reviewing NTI abstract submissions and making recommendations for program topics and session programming. Members of the work group will also attend NTI 2007 as part of the on-site staff. Group members’ on-site responsibilities include presentation of the NTI First-Timers Orientation and How To Be an AACN Speaker sessions.

Research Work Group
The Research Work Group will identify, prioritize and produce evidence-based Practice Alerts that support AACN’s platforms on excellence in critical care nursing practice and in creating safe, healing, humane and respectful work environments. Group members also develop toolboxes to help nurses implement changes in practice recommended in the Practice Alerts.

The registration deadline for all groups is March 1. To apply, visit the Volunteer Opportunities area of the AACN Web site, complete or update your volunteer profile section and select the group that interests you.


Authentic Leadership Topic of Healthy Work Environments Audio Conference in March



Authentic leadership, one of the six skills set out in the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments, is the focus of a March 9 audio conference offered by Joint Commission Resources in collaboration with AACN. The presentation, including time for questions, is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET).

Representing AACN as a co-presenter is past President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, associate dean at the University of California at San Francisco School of Nursing. Roberta Fruth, RN, MN, PhD, CNA, CNAA, a JCR consultant who is a past member of the AACN Board of Directors, will join Fontaine in discussing this topic. According to the AACN standards, nurse leaders must fully embrace the necessity of a healthy work environment, authentically live it and engage others in achieving it.

The March audio conference is the second in a series of 90-minute audio conferences that will focus on the AACN Healthy Work Environments Standards. Each will feature two expert presenters, one representing AACN and the other representing JCR.

Future audio conferences and topics are:
• May 11 Meaningful Recognition
• July 13 True Collaboration
• Sept. 14 Appropriate Staffing
• Nov. 9 Effective Decision Making

All are scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET).

Patient Safety and Quality of Care
In addition to the Healthy Work Environments series, AACN and JCR are collaborating on a series of audio conferences that focus on patient safety and quality-of-care issues in acute and critical care.

Scheduled are:
• April 13 Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress
• June 8 Family Presence and Participation
• Aug. 10 Palliation and End-of-Life Management
• Oct. 12 Clinical Implications in Managing Pain and Sedation
• Dec. 14 Intensivists, Hospitalists and Advanced Practice Nurses
A moderated question-and-answer period follows each of the presentations. Participants can sign up to participate in the audio conference as individuals or with multiple attendees using one telephone line in a conference room.


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


Partnerships Take on Many Forms
Corporate Circle Members Support Critical Care Nursing


Some of the most prominent corporations in the medical industry partner with AACN by providing direct financial support for AACN initiatives. This may include support for the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition as well as other initiatives throughout the year, such as the Technology in Nursing Schools program. Companies that participate at certain levels become members of AACN’s Corporate Circle. Companies that contribute at lower levels but still support NTI and AACN initiatives are recognized as Corporate Circle Associates. Corporate Circle Members and Corporate Circle Associates benefit from recognition on the AACN Web site, in AACN publications (AACN News, AACN Critical Care Newsline), and at the NTI, including the Program and Proceedings book and NTI News.

Look for the AACN Corporate Circle Member identifier on brochures and other promotional material you may receive from NTI exhibitors. Also look for the identifier prominently displayed in the exhibits at NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif. You’ll know these companies actively support critical care nursing through their contributions to AACN. For more information on AACN’s Corporate Circle program, contact the Development Office at (800) 394-5995, ext. 333; development@aacn.org.


AACN Wins Prestigious 2005 CAPE Award


AACN recently received one of the highly coveted California Awards for Performance Excellence administered by the California Council for Excellence. The association is one of 17 companies from a variety of industries statewide to be honored by the CCE.

The CAPE program, which emulates the Malcolm Baldrige National Award, recognizes companies and organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in several key business areas including leadership, customer focus, strategic planning, human resources and business results.

AACN will be honored with other award recipients at the 12th annual CAPE ceremony on April 7.

Submit Abstracts Online for NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga.


June 1, 2006, is the deadline to submit educational program speaker proposals, including chapter-related proposals, for NTI 2007, May 19 through 24 in Atlanta, Ga. Abstracts can be submitted online at www.aacn.org > Education > Speaker Materials/Information.


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

Clinical Connection for Critical Care (October 2005)—“Wanda Johanson: Status Report on Nursing” served as an update to a 2004 article in this quarterly newsletter published by GE Healthcare Technologies. Her topics included the areas where the nursing shortage is most critical, how nurses are valued in the workplace and AACN’s goals for 2006. Johanson said AACN will continue on its journey to become aligned with the Malcolm Baldrige criteria. “We cannot expect anything less than excellence if we want to make a difference in the quality of the practice of acute and critical care nurses and in the lives of the patients and families we serve.”

Tradeshow Week (Nov. 28, 2005)—“You’ve Seen Things Change.” Randy Bauler, corporate relations and exhibits director, was one of 24 industry leaders interviewed for this article on the evolution of the exhibition industry, which Bauler said includes “the variety of technologies supporting tradeshows: registration, identification and lead retrieval systems, RFID tracking, Web sites that support events year-round, itinerary planning and appointment services, online exhibit sales, plus all the new visual products used in displays and in educational settings. With all that said, tradeshows are still about creating an effective face-to-face marketplace with memorable, personal experiences.”

rn.com (Dec. 26, 2005)—“AACN, VitalSmarts Partner to Improve Patient Safety.” The article stated, “Critical care nurses now have easier access to a set of skills to help them tackle communication breakdowns that lead to a decrease in patient safety. AACN and VitalSmarts, a corporate training program specializing in organizational performance, recently signed an agreement to offer two-day training sessions for healthcare institutions and critical care nurses, called Healthy Work Environments through Crucial Conversations, which combines education on healthy workplace standards and award-winning Crucial Conversations training.”

rn.com (Dec. 26, 2005)—“AACN Wins Prestigious Award” was the title of an article announcing that “AACN received one of the highly coveted California Awards for Performance Excellence for 2005, given by the California Council for Excellence. The CAPE program, which emulates the Malcolm Baldrige national award, recognizes California businesses and organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in several key business areas including leadership, customer focus, strategic planning, human resources and business results.”

Dimensions (October-November 2005)—“New Chair-Elect of AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors” noted that Rebecca E. Long is the new chair-elect of the AACN Certification Corporation board. The article included a picture of Long, as well as background information. Dimensions is the VA San Diego Healthcare System’s bimonthly newsletter.

Nurses World Magazine (Dec. 6, 2005)—“Patient Education Systems Donated to Nursing Technology Initiative.” The article explained that “Krames, a patient education publisher, has partnered with AACN to offer access to patient education for nursing students across the country as part of AACN’s Technology for Nursing Schools Initiative. Krames has donated access to its Krames On-Demand electronic print-on-demand patient education system, an Internet-based program that can be customized for patients and printed as needed, to the initiative.” Related articles also appeared on numerous other sites, including the Ohio Nursing Association Web site and nurses.com.

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Dec. 25, 2005)—“The Angel at the Hospital: Willie Pham Works as a Janitor, but to Those in Intensive Care at UH, He’s a Saint.” “I don’t know how he does it, but he can bring a family together and have them praying over a patient in minutes,” said nurse Kimberly Kotora. The article indicated that Pham is one of the many reasons the medical ICU at University Hospitals of Cleveland received AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. The article also noted, “The awards are given to critical care staffs who help patients in all kinds of ways—by reducing their recovery time, for example, educating their families or making their stays more comfortable.”

Advance for Nurses (Nov. 14, 2005)—“Technology & Online Education.” AACN members Mary McCormick, RN, MSN, and Barbara Chamberlain, RN, MSN, APRN, BC, CCRN, wrote this article about the benefits of AACN’s Essentials of Critical Care Orientation program for new and experienced nurses at their hospital. “As clinical nurse specialists with the Kennedy Health System in southern New Jersey we strongly supported implementing this program. Maintaining consistency in critical care orientation is one of our main concerns and ECCO provides an approach to meet that goal. In addition, nurses can learn at their own pace … We’ve had positive feedback from the nurses who like learning at their own pace rather than on a specific classroom schedule … Because of this program, we can now conduct more critical care courses at regular intervals for our staff. Our long-term goal is to open the program to other facilities in the area.”

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (November 2005)—“Knowledge, Perceptions, and Attitudes of Advanced Practice Nursing Students Regarding Medical Genetics” included a reference to AACN’s and other organizations’ membership in the National Coalition for Health Care Professional Education in Genetics, making this organization “an important resource for medical genetic information and a nursing force for the future of health care.”

Patriot-News (Dec. 22, 2005)—“Harrisburg, Pa., Hospital Earns Recognition” stated that “The intensive care unit at Harrisburg Hospital is one of the best in the country, according to AACN … The award recognizes high standards in nurse recruitment and retention, patient care, staff training, creating a healthy work environment and using treatments that are based on medical evidence.”

Our Voice at the Table



Brinker Tracy Woods

AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, President-elect Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, and CEO Johanson represented AACN at the annual Congress of the American College of Chest Physicians in Montreal, Canada. Brinker joined the presidents from ACCP, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society on a panel that addressed quality issues in critical care. She spoke about the importance of teamwork and healthy work environments to patient safety and clinical excellence, and the multidisciplinary team approach. She fielded many questions about how to create a culture of excellence and optimize teams. The leadership of the four organizations met separately to assess the progress of collaborative efforts around current and future critical care workforce shortages. Also at the conference, Tracy, Justine Medina, RN, MS, director of practice and education, and Dana Woods, director of marketing and strategy integration, gave a joint presentation on strategies for excellence in critical care units. They focused their talk on the implementation of healthy work environments, data from AACN’s newly released Critical Care Survey Findings Report and examples of excellence from recipients of AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

Johanson, Brinker and Tracy represented AACN at the Nursing Organizations Alliance meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Comprised of nearly 70 nursing organizations, the alliance meets annually to identify and address nursing issues. Brinker joined the presidents of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Emergency Nurses Association on a panel that discussed innovative strategies for addressing the needs of clinicians. During her presentation, “Engage and Transform: Innovating for Excellence,” she shared AACN resources for creating excellence in practice and work environments. She spoke at a session with the presidents of ENA and ONS regarding “Innovative Strategies Promoting Excellence,” showcasing AACN’s educational strategies and recognition awards. She also participated at the president’s booth, where she discussed AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards, e-learning products and Beacon award program.

Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, BC, MPA, NREMT-P, board director, visited Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, NC. She toured the Intensive Care and Telemetry units, and discussed AACN membership as well as the benefits of certification.

Heath Barden

Brinker gave the welcome address at the Greater Washington Area Chapter black-tie dinner meeting: “Beacons of Leadership: In Pursuit of Healthy Work Environments,” which was chaired by Janie Heath, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, ACNP, immediate past AACN board member. Former AACN president Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, spoke on the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. The meeting welcomed about 300 participants representing 30 area hospitals (nursing officers, administrators, managers and directors) as well as AACN leaders, chapter members, representatives from JCAHO and the media. This event, cosponsored by Georgetown University Hospital, kicked off a four-year plan to support area hospital units in their Beacon Award journey.

Brinker gave the keynote address, “Engage and Transform,” for more than 350 nurses at the Greater Washington Area Chapter’s Spotlight on Critical Care conference. Attendees also shared how they “engaged and transformed” their units.

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.

Making Critical Links
Membership Campaign Nears 3,000 Mark; Drive Ends March 31


Ann J. Brorsen, RN, MSN, AAS, CCRN, of Sun City, Calif., continued to lead AACN’s Critical Links membership campaign at the end of December, edging up her total by one to 46. Other leaders from the previous month also held their places—Sonia M. Astle, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Burke, Va., (32), Marianne E. Kraemer, RN, BSN, MPA, CCRN, Marlton, N.J., (31), Mary Beth Reid, RN, CNS, PhD, CCRN, CEN, Little Elk, Texas, (30); Lydia C. Bautista, RN, BN, BS, CCRN, ACNP-C, Jacksonville, Fla., (26); Matthew Choate, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT, Lebanon, N.H., (21); and Caroline Axt, RN, MS, Oakland, Calif., (20).

Making impressive debuts in the campaign during December were Debra J. Santisteven, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CRN, of Livermore, Calif., who recruited 12 new members, and Jeanne M. DiLorenzo, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of Hudson, N.Y., who recruited 11.

Their totals helped bring the total number of new members recruited by individuals and chapters since the campaign began May 1 to 2,941. The campaign ends March 31.

The Rewards
Participation offers recruiters the opportunity to receive valuable rewards, including a $100 American Express gift check awarded in a monthly drawing to members who have recruited five or more members during that month. Charlene Schwinne, RN, of Carroll, Ohio, won the gift certificate in the December drawing.

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

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

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

Other Recruiters
Others who have recruited five or more new members in the campaign as of the end of December are:

Philip Abenojar, Angela Bentley, Laura Bergman, Zenaida Blanco, Betty Blevins, Toni Boldy, Cheryl Bond, Jeannine Brennan, Marylee Bressie, Deborah Brown, Yolanda Carilimdiliman, Kathryn Clark, Lucy Clevenger, Phyllis Coley, Bettielou Conerly, Carmen Davis, Jeanne DiLorenzo, Elizabeth Dunning, Deborah Erickson, Teresa Evans, Dorothy Flowers, Melinda Foster, Deslin Francois, Carla Freeman, Barbara Frey, Ariana Gross, Lisa Guy, Karen Haigh, Debbie Hansen, Susan Huber, Karen Jeffries, Amy Jones, Lauretta Joseph, Michelle Jurgensen, Alex Koutsos, Cristine Kramer, Cynthia

LaFond, Camia Las Dulce, Maria Laxina, Paula Lusardi, Christina MacLean, Laura Madden, Jill Markle, Kathleen McCarthy, L. Jennifer McFarlane, Vicki McKimmey, Julie Miller, Ngozi Moneke, Alice Moulton, Paulita Narag, Nancy Neal, Maria Nicasio, Vivian Norman, Linda Novak, Linda Nylander-Housholder, Benilda Oliquino, Phillip Parcon, Ellen Peller, Iveline Pennie, Emma Pounders, Coleen Rakers, Kathleen Richuso, Susan Roberti, Elin Roberts, Cheryl Rockwell, Catherine Rodgers, Kimberly Rupp, Donna Sabash, Carrie Saia, Debra Santisteven, Joyce Schmaltz, Cathy Schuster, Charlene Schwinne, Jamie Sicard, Linda Smiley, Cheryl Stacy, Christine Stinson, Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, Linda Thomas, Bonnie Wiggins, Maria Wild, Jackie Yon, Faith Young-Gouda, Cynthia Zaletel and Pam Zinnecker.

Publishing Preconference Sessions at NTI to Help New Authors

A two-part publishing preconference to help new authors who want to publish manuscripts in professional journals is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif.

Presenters are Marianne Chulay, editor of the AACN Advanced Critical Care journal (formerly AACN Clinical Issues), and Karen Carlson, editor of the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care.

The first session, titled “The First Steps are the Hardest: Publishing Basics—Part I” will cover how to identify an appropriate topic and journal for publication; steps involved in preparing manuscripts; tips to overcome writer’s block; ways to handle manuscript critiques; and common reasons manuscripts are rejected. Participation in this morning session is not limited.

The afternoon session, titled “The First Steps are the Hardest: Hands-On Publishing Workshop—Part II” is limited to 30 participants, giving prospective authors the chance to receive feedback about their manuscripts from experienced editors. The session is targeted to clinicians with critical care nursing experience who want to publish in a nursing journal or other publication of interest to critical care practitioners. Participants must have attended the morning session.

Both sessions are tuition free, though a $25 registration processing fee per session is required.

To register for this and other NTI sessions, visit the AACN Web site or call (800) 899-2226.


Be a Part of the Circle of Excellence


July 15, 2006, is the deadline to nominate yourself or a colleague for an AACN Circle of Excellence Award for 2007.

Recipients of these prestigious recognition awards will be recognized at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May 2007 in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, personalized plaques are presented to all recipients.

Some also receive honoraria, monetary awards or complimentary registration to the NTI.

Following is brief information about these awards. To obtain a Circle of Excellence Awards application, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site.

3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
Sponsored by 3M Health Care, this award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who embody, exemplify and excel at the clinical skills and principles that are required in their practice.

AACN Value of Certification Award
Sponsored by AACN Certification Corporation, this award recognizes contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care. Recipients are also presented a $500 honorarium.

PRACTICE AND RESEARCH AWARDS

Baxter Excellence in Patient Safety Award
Sponsored by Baxter Healthcare, this award recognizes patient-care teams that have made significant contributions toward patient and caregiver safety in acute and critical care. Recipients describe innovative approaches used to develop new and revised processes that encompass safety and improve the quality of care at the unit, hospital or health system level. They show clear evidence of active collaboration among team members validating their success by presenting evidence-based outcomes.

Dale Medical Products Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award
The award recognizes CCNS-certified clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care. Applicants also must demonstrate the key components of advanced practice nursing and illustrate how they have been a catalyst for successful change.

Excellence in Caring Practices Award
Presented in honor of John Wilson Rodgers, this award recognizes nurses whose caring practices embody AACN’s vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Recipients demonstrate how they have encompassed AACN’s values and ethic of care in their practice.

Excellence in Clinical Practice—Non-Traditional Setting
This award is designed to recognize excellence in the care of critically ill patients in environments outside the traditional ICU/CCU setting. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, nurses working in home healthcare, progressive care, telemetry, catheterization labs and emergency departments.

Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award
This award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who function as nurse practitioners. Applicants must be ACNP certified. In addition to demonstrating the key components of advanced practice nursing, recipients illustrate how they have served as a catalyst for successful change.

Excellent Nursing Student Award
This award recognizes nursing students whose activities during nursing school have promoted the value of nursing and reflect the AACN vision of creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families, where critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution. Individual students or groups of students are eligible to apply. Recipients receive a complimentary three-year AACN membership.

Excellence in Research Award
This award recognizes nurse researchers who are furthering the mission, vision and research priorities of AACN. Recipients of AACN research grants or NTI research abstract award recipients are not eligible for this award.

Research Abstract Award
This award recognizes research abstracts that display outstanding merit and particular relevance to critical care nursing. Recipients are selected from among the research and research utilization abstracts submitted for the NTI. Abstract submissions must be received by Sept. 1. Successful applicants receive $1,000 toward NTI expenses.

LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Datascope Excellence in Collaboration Awards
Sponsored by Datascope, these awards honor innovative contributions to collaborative practice by nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. At least one of the collaborators must be an active AACN member. Each recipient is also presented a $1,500 honorarium. Applications are accepted in four categories:

• Nurse-Physician Collaboration
• Nurse-Administration Collaboration
• Nurse-Family Collaboration
• Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration

Excellence in Leadership Award
This award recognizes nurses who demonstrate the leadership competencies of empowerment, effective communication and continuous learning, and the effective management of change.

Excellence in Education Award
This award recognizes nurse educators who facilitate the acquisition and advancement of the knowledge and skills required for competent practice and positive patient outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

Eli Lilly & Company Excellent Preceptor Award
Sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company, this award recognizes preceptors who demonstrate the key components of the preceptor role, including teacher, clinical role model, consultant and friend/advocate.

Excellent Nurse Manager Award
This award recognizes nurse managers who demonstrate excellence in coordination of available resources to efficiently and effectively care for acutely or critically ill patients and their families.

AACN Community Service Award
This 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. Individuals or groups selected for this award may choose to receive either one complimentary NTI registration or up to $500 toward speaker fees for an educational symposium.

Media Award
This award recognizes broadcast and Web-based media excellence in the portrayal of healthcare providers, especially acute and critical care nurses, contributing to a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Successful entries present relevant nursing and healthcare topics to large audiences of consumers, including the general public, patients and families.

Mentoring Award
This award recognizes individuals or groups who develop and enhance another’s intellectual and technical skills, acculturating them to the professional nursing community, and modeling a way of life and professional achievement.

April 1 Deadline to Apply for Educational Advancement Scholarships From AACN


Applications for AACN’s BSN Completion and Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2006.
AACN awards the scholarships to help advance the art and science of critical care nursing and to promote nursing professionalism. AACN members who are registered nurses completing a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in nursing are eligible to apply.

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

Applicants must be members of AACN and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. They must be currently working in critical care or have previously worked in critical care for at least one of the last three years.
In addition, applicants for the BSN Completion Scholarship must have junior or upper division status for the fall semester; Graduate Completion Scholarship applicants 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.

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


Looking Ahead


March 2006

March 6 Deadline to register for Chapter Leadership Development Workshop May 21 during NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif.

March 9 AACN-JCR audio conference on “Authentic Leadership.” For more information, call (877) 223-6866 or visit the JCR Web site.

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

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


April 2006

April 1 Deadline to apply for AACN BSN Completion and Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year. For more information or to obtain an
application for a BSN Completion or Graduate Completion Educational Advancement Scholarships, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1017, or visit the AACN Web site.

April 4 Discounted early-bird deadline to register for NTI 2006, May 20-25 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information and to register, visit the AACN Web site or call (800) 899-2226.

April 4 Deadline to apply to take the paper-and-pencil version of the CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, CMC and CSC certification exams on May 22 at the NTI in Anaheim, Calif.


May 2006

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