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Vol. 23, No. 6, JUNE 2006


Winners Announced in Membership Campaign

Another successful recruitment campaign has come to a close with members from all over the country encouraging their colleagues to reap the benefits of membership in AACN.

The 2005-06 Member-Get-A-Member campaign resulted in 2,468 new members recruited by 828 individuals and 2,272 new members recruited by 225 chapters for a total of 4,740 new members added to AACN.

The top individual recruiter was Ann J. Brorsen, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, from Sun City, Calif. Brorsen, an educational consultant, was responsible for 108 new members joining AACN during the campaign.

“AACN is the role model for other organizations,” she said. “Every member can participate at some level: continuing education, certification, research, publication, recruitment, chapter and community activities, ambassadors and service as board members. Everyone who trusted my enthusiasm for AACN and the importance of membership in a professional organization needs to be thanked. My hope is that these new members will continue their association with AACN and become involved in their local chapters and activities.”

The Greater Washington Area Chapter recruited the most new members with a total of 65. Chapter president Heather E. Russell, RN, MN, MHM, is the senior director of critical care services at Inova Fairfax Hospital, which serves the Washington, D.C. area. “More than any specific recruiting emphasis in our chapter, it was AACN initiatives like Healthy Work Environments and the Beacon Award standards that really engaged critical care nurses in our area,” she said. “We held monthly dinner meetings, sponsored by vendors, which were not restricted to AACN members but open to any critical care nurse. That gave us a regular opportunity to talk about the importance of membership, which we tied to a different HWE standard each month. In every event, we focused on HWE and changing the culture within our work environments, and that this was the best work that has come out of any professional organization.”

Congratulations to all the participants (see page 12). The 2006-07 Member-Get-A-Member campaign, titled “Share the Joy,” began May 1 and will conclude August 31, 2007.

Campaign Prize Winners

Top Individual Recruiter: Ann J. Brorsen—$1,000 American Express gift check
Grand Prize (1 of 3): Maria A. Laxia—$500 American Express gift check
Grand Prize (2 of 3): Cristine P. Kramer—$500 American Express gift check
Grand Prize (3 of 3): Matthew Choate—$500 American Express gift check
Top Chapter Recruiter: Greater Washington Area Chapter—$1,000 honorarium check
toward chapter treasury
Grand Prize (1 of 3): Greater Cincinnati Chapter—$500 honorarium check toward
chapter treasury
Grand Prize (2 of 3): Central Arkansas Chapter—$500 honorarium check toward
chapter treasury
Grand Prize (3 of 3): New York City Chapter—$500 honorarium check toward
chapter treasury

The following individuals participated in AACN’s 2005-06 Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign:

30 and More Recruited
Sonia Astle, Ann Brorsen, Marianne Kraemer, Julie Miller, Mary Beth Reid, Kathleen Richuso.

20 to 30 Recruited
Caroline Axt, Lydia Bautista, Matthew Choate, Eun Goldstein, Maria Laxina, Paula Lusardi, Ngozi Moneke, Phillip Parcon, Linda Thomas, Jackie Yon.

10 to 20 Recruited
Philip Abenojar, Laura Bergman, Betty Blevins, Cheryl Borden, Morelle Breckenridge, Marylee Bressie, Jeanne DiLorenzo, Deborah Erickson, Elizabeth Fleming, Dorothy Flowers, Deslin Francois, Barbara Frey, Lisa Guy, Karen Haigh, Debbie Hansen, Susan Huber, Lauretta Joseph, Michelle Jurgensen, Kathleen King, Farahangiz Kirkland, Christina MacLean, Jill Markle, L. Jennifer McFarlane, Alice Moulton, Paulita Narag, Ellen Peller, Kathryn Pettett, Lynelle Pierce, Coleen Rakers, Kimberly Rupp, Debra Santisteven, Joyce Schmaltz, Cathy Schuster, Charlene Schwinne, Christine Stinson, Maria Wild, Paola Yanez-Vietoris, Faith Young, Shawna Young, Cynthia Zaletel, Pam Zinnecker.

5 to 10 Recruited
Judith Ascenzi, Angela Bentley, Zenaida Blanco, Toni Boldy, Cheryl Bond, Mary Jane Bowles, Paul Brattan, Jeannine Brennan, Deborah Brown, Yolanda Carilimdiliman, Kelly Carter, Kathryn Clark, Lucy Clevenger, Phyllis Coley, Joyce Colobong, Bettielou Conerly, Joan Cook, Sue Crisp, Carmen Davis, Linda DeStefano, Laura Dolloff, Elizabeth Dunning, Teresa Evans, Nathalie Fleureau, John Forrant, Melinda Foster, Carla Freeman, Nicole Graney, Ariana Gross, Donald Hislop, Mary Holtschneider, Karen Jeffries, Amy Jones, Alex Koutsos, Cristine Kramer, Cynthia LaFond, Camia Las Dulce, Lynn Loftis, Clark Luhrs, Laura Madden, Kathleen McCarthy, Vicki McKimmey, Pamela McNatt, Pauline McNeece, Bonita Moore, Shelly Moulton, Nancy Neal, Maria Nicasio, Vivian Norman, Linda Novak, Linda Nylander-Housholder, Benilda Oliquino, Editha Pammit, Iveline Pennie, Emma Pounders, Kathleen Quattrocchi, Martha Reed, Susan Roberti, Elin Roberts, Cheryl Rockwell, Catherine Rodgers, Donna Sabash, Carrie Saia, Lee Ann Schulz, Jamie Sicard, Linda Smiley, DeLora Smith, Kathryn Snow, Cheryl Stacy, Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, Jan Teal, Bonnie Wiggins, Adoracion Yap.

1 to 5 Recruited
Rolando Abara, Kathy Adams, Christine Adams, Michael Adamson, Nicolas Alexander, Vivien Aligada, Alma Alina, Sharon Alley, Susan Allison, Ariel Gabriel Almacen, Maggie Alonso, Shirley Ambutas, Betty Anderson, Margaret Andrews, Deborah Andrews, Kathleen Arnold, Carolee Arsenault, Roderick Articulo, Sarah Atchison, Donna Attar, Susanne Averbeck, Lynn Ayers, Claudia Bachmann, Mary Ann Bailey, Matthew Bailey, Katherine Baker, Paula Baker, Manisa Baker, Oshean Baker, Perrilynn Baldelli, Linnea Baldonado, Linda Ball, Kimberly Ball, Vickie Balsley, Amy Bandy, P. Carol Banzon, Corazon Barbon, Kimberly Barnhardt, Annette Barone, Wonder Barratt, Jill Barrow, Gabrielle Barry, Mia Bausell, Arlene Bautista, Linda Bay, Elizabeth Bayley, Heather Beall, Jaime Bearden, Summer Beausoleil, Caroline Beckwith, Marcia Belcher, Angela Benefield, Kathleen Bennett, Vicki Bergquist, Arlene Bernardino, Debra Berry, Nancy Bertsch, Wendy Biando, Tina Biberdorf, Martha Binkard, Catherine Bish, Cheri Blevins, Mary Beth Bobyarchick, Ronald Bolen, Pamela Bolton, Jeanne Bolton, Janis Boterf, Carole Boucher, Donna Bowers, Donna Boyd, Tanja Boyd, Lori Boyle, Brenda Bracey, Kim Brady, Sharon Bragg, Denise Bragg, Rosemary Bray, Zara Brenner, Joyce Bretz, Maria Breznik, Cynthia Broida, Denise Broomhall, Linda Brown, Rosemarie Brown, Marion Brown, Megan Brunson, Kris Bryan, Juliana Buensalida, Christina Burgess, Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Bush, Diane Byrum, Arlene Cabral, Tammy Campbell, Karen Canning, Evelyn Capacio, Meghan Capasso, Robert Angelo Carambas, Rose Cardin, JoAnn Carr, Yvonne Carroccino, Nancy Case, Belinda Casey, Julie Castro, Lois Catts, Mary Cavanaugh, Cristina Chan, Jincy Cherian, Karen Chirumbolo, Christine Christenssen, Stephanie Christian, Sara Clark, Linda Clark, Sheri Cleaves, Robbie Cluck, Romulo Co, Virginia Coakley, Deborah Cochran, Mary Colanero, Annette Cole, Shelly Cole, Sherry Cole, Portia Collins, Odette Comeau, David Conrad, Phillip Cook, Josephine Corcega Delgado, Bonnie Corcoran, Lisa Cossaboon, Lori Cox, Britney Cox, Shelley Cox, Rhonda Coyle, Deborah Coyle Jackson, Nichole Crawford, Drew Creger, Kelly Cross, Susan Cuddy, Owen Curran, Rosario Damian, Lori Daughenbaugh, Debra Daugird, Denise D'Avella, Melody Davidson, Larry Davis, Mary Grace De Guzman, Rosanna De Las Alas, Mary Degges, Michele Deiterich, Ann Deits, Luzviminda Del Rosario, Mary Delestrez, Frances Dennis, Marcia DePolo, Laura Desmond, Linda Dick, Julia DiReinzo, Sandra Dodd, Fae-Marie Donathan, William Donnelly, Karen Doran, Robert Dorman, Ann Dougherty, Jennifer Drexler, Michele Dudley, Edna Dukes, Linda Dune, Anne Dunn, Sherry Durham, Ginger Earnest, Catherine Eaton, Margaret Ecklund, Barbara Economou-Morris, Jason Edwards, Lisa Edwards, Linda Egan, Arturo Eijansantos, Rosie Elgueta, Carline Eliezer, Ethan Eller, Amy Ellingwood, Racheal Elliott, Karen Ellmers, Rita Ennis, Barbara Erickson, Emelita Espina, Sharon Etter, Johanna Evans, Rebecca Evans, Deena Fahrnkopf, Allison Faiman, Anthony Farmer, Melanie Fastabend, Kathleen Fava, Darlene Ferguson, Vicki Fersch, Elaine Fetzer, Patricia Finger, Roberta Fismer, Kawaniee Flowe, Frances Flynn, Denise Fochesto, Julie Fomenko, Pat Forsyth, Velma Forte, Terry Foster, Joyce Fraizer, Heide Fritz, Carrie Frost, Stephen Frum, Carmen Frye, Evie Furgeson, Candace Furio, Kathleen Gallichio, Vicki Galyean, Thelma Garcia, Susan Garner, Debbie Garren-Lemons, Heather Garrettson, Robin Gasparini, Nancy Gattuso, Peggy Gawenda, Carmelit Gefen, Maria Aurora Geraldez, Mary Gerchman Smith, Judith Giovannelli, Patrick Givens, Tammy Glynn, Emily Goerke, Patricia Goetz, Mary Gomez, Bernadette Gorman, Diane Gorman, Lita Gorman, Patricia Graham, Katherine Green, Kim Green, Rebecca Greenwood, Tracy Gregoire, Danah Grice, Mark Griffin, Jill Griffin, John Groh, Rhonda Grose, Christine Gryglik, Trish Guillot, Beverly Guinen, Jacqueline Gurnick, Heidi Hall, Jennifer Hall, Erin Hallinan, Cyndie Hampton, Marie Hamrick, Patricia Hansen, Cheryl Hanson, Linda Hardison, Vivian Hardy, Mary Harper, S. Muna Harris, Kristi Harrison, Sheryl Hasper, David Hay
more, E. Janie Heath, Jeanne Heatlie, Jan Heaton, Gary Hecker, Lori Hendrickx, Valerian Hendrix, Donna Hensel, Cheryl Herrmann, Marianne Hess, Georgina Hewlett, Elizabeth Hickey, Barbara Hilgendorf, Duk Hee Hillier, Darlene Hills, Margaret Hines, Tracy Hines, Cecile Hines, Carol Hinkle, Rosemarie Hirsch, Barbara Hissong, Yen Ho, Kathleen Hoff, Kelli Hoffman, Vicky Honkus, Courtney Hood, Donna Horrocks, Sharon Howard, Gerry Huber, Zondra Hull, Susan Hurst, Linda Hutchinson, Sarah Hutchison, Ashley Ide, Nkechi Ileka, Laura Inghilterra, Mary Ingram, Deborah Iulianelli, Angela Jackson, Kelly James, Laiju James, Lynda Susan Jasica, Michael Jennings, Debbie Jessell, Fortunata Joaquin, Karen Johnson, Pamela Johnson, Susan Johnson, Karen Johnson, Jodie Johnson, Kathryn Johnson, Gale Johnson, Deanna Jones, Stephanie Jones, Margie Jordan, Patricia Jordan, Patricia Juarez, Nicole Judice, Accamma Kallel, Brenda Kaminsky, April Kapu, Patricia Kardos, Elizabeth Karikottu, Inne Kaumpungan, Danny Keeney, Robert Kelly, Jodie Kennedy, Tammi Kennedy, Jon Kerr, Jennifer Kesey, Carla Kimmons, Sue King, Francis King, Michael Kingery, Mary Kirkland, Steven Klahn, Elizabeth Klaimy, Deborah Klein, La Vonne Klinefelter, Mary Lou Knaggs, Vicky Knapp, Jacqueline Kobal, Tarcela Koban, Jacqueline Koslan, Colleen Kowalchuk, Dawn Kregel, Rebecca Kulzer, Julie Kunath, Joanne Kuszaj, Christine Kutcher, Michael LaBard, Barbara Lamb, Jodee Lambouris, Tracy Land, Karen Lange, Julie Lau, Beth LaVelle, Patricia Lawson, Mary Ann Lazur, Faith LeBrun, Tonda Lee, Deborah Lepman, Kathleen Levenberg, Paula Levett, Brenda Lewis, Lorrie Lewis, Kathleen Lewis, Beatrice Leyden, Laura Lillich, Kim Lindquist, Kathryn Lindsay, Nancy Litchfield, Jan Little, Rosalena Livers, Marie-Helene Lofland, Dahlia Lopez, Rosamelia Loredo, Deborah Louis, Gayle Lucas, Agnes Lucero, Regina Luepke, Maryjean Luke, Naomi Lungstrom, Corrine Lunt, Karen Lutter, Joanne Lynch, Theresa Macalalad, Jacqueline MacIsaac, Joan Mack, Dianne Mackert, Dale Mackintosh, Julia MacMillan, Janice Mahan, Marcia Malone-Tedder, Beverly Maloney, Arthur Mandy, Lily May Marifosque, Lisa Markham, Nicole Marks, Hung Chieh Marson, Teresa Martin, Kimberly Martin, Peggy Martin, Robin Martin, Sherry Martin, Migdalia Mason, Sijo Mathai, Carol Mattison, Heather Maude, Linda May, Shawn McAdams, Elizabeth McCulloch Asturi, Debra McDaniel, Kimberly McErlane, Michael McEvoy, Carole McFadden, Ruth McFarland, Carolyn McGee, Jamie Mcgill, Patricia McGoon, Diane McLean, Ann McNeil, Elizabeth McNeill, Carla Menge, Cinderella Menhart, Arlene Messina, Linda Meyer, Wendy Miller, Abigail Millikan, Becky Miramontes-Wright, Donna Mirenda, Carolyn Moncrief, Rachel Monday, Inger Money, Theresa Montgomery, Paul Montpas, Carol Moore, Jenny Morehouse, Janeanne Morgan, Debra Moroney, Johnsa Morris, Melody Morris, Rebecca Morris, Marthe Moseley, Michelle Mott, Dawn Mueller, Julie Murdock, Jacqueline Murphy, Kimberly Murphy, Kelly Murphy, Dorothy Murphy, Julia Nale, Kathryn Nelson, Cynthia Neubauer, Mai Ngo, Christine Nielsen, Theresa Nino, Tracey Noble, Mario Nolasco, Florabel Ocampo, Bonnie Odermann, Barbara Odin, Sally Oldham, Marlene O'Leary, Colleen O'Leary-Kelley, Holly Olsen, Joanna Olson, Colette Ondera, Donna O'Neill, Margaret O'Neill, Editha Ong, Cynthia Operio, Jeannette Orr, Lynn Orser, Lynne O'Shea, Daisy Ostrowicki, Prudence Osunero-Lanuza, Kimberly Overman, Susan Page, Kelly Pallazza, Sheila Palmer, Claudine Palmieri, Cynthia Parker, Nate Parker, Mary Frances Pate, Vanita Patel, Sheela Patel, Ruth Patierno, Cathleen Paton, Penny Peace, Kathleen Peavy, Ruth Pechin, Valeria Pelly, Patrick Perry, Karen Petersen, Susan Peterson, Neva Pettigrew, Teri Pfeiffer, Mary Phares, Dorothy Phelps, Raymond Phillips, Donna Phillips, Joan Phillips, Susan Pickel, Elsie Pierce, Ginger Pierson, Darlene Pileski, Marie Pilz, Wendy Piper, Elizabeth Pono, Bethany Poole, John Pope, Pamela Popich, Joan Powers, Donna Proulx, Diana Pryer, Sofia Puerto, Anita Rabiega, Cheryl Rader, Heidi Radke, Christine Ragusa, Victoria Ramik, Mary Ratner, Eileen Ravert, To
dd Ray, Diane Razo, Lenore Rees, Judi Reeves, Helan Reneau, Crystal Resurreccion, Ruben Reyes, Virginia Ring, Daniel Rioux, Marni Robbins, Kathryn Roberts, Cindy Robertson, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy Robinson, Donna Robinson, Carol Robles, Theresa Rodino, Josefina Rodriguez, Marlyn Rodriguez, Barbara Rogers, Brenda Rollins, Anne Rorapaugh, Rosemarie Rosales, Darlene Rosendale, Linda Ross, Julie Rossie, Pamela Rubenstein, Aletha Rumley, Heather Russell, Leslye Russell, Andrea Russo, Theresa Ryan-Shearman, Michelle Ryerson, Joan Sacerio, Ian Saludares, Mary Grace Salva, Myra Sanders, Julie Sandstrom, Eulogio Santaromana, Darlene Sargent, Edna Schambers, Laura Schlund, Lisa Schmedlin, Lynn Schnautz, Catherine Schneider, Theresa Schuurman, Lisa Schwarz, Orlando Scott, Karen Seidel, Janet Sgueo, Paula Shannon, Lisa Sharot, Theresa Sheehan, Dina Sheriff, Christina Siler, Eunice Simmons, Mary Simonsen, Anita Siscoe-Hapshie, Amy Sitler, Peggy Slawinski, Celeste Smith, Adrianne Smith, April Smith, Bryan Smith, Sharon Smith, Karen Smith, Mary Snouffer, Simone Sparks, Paula Spinelli, Sherry Spinner, Kimiko Stallings, Joel Stanfill, Mary Steding, Elaine Steinke, Mary Stephens, Carlette Stewart, Mary Stewart, Maria Stiegler, Ellen Stokinger, Petronella Stoltz, Doris Strother, Debbie Stupak, Maria Suarez, Dannie Suber, Judith Sumner, Vicki Sunderland, Merle Swoope, Arlene Tabunda, Claudia Tarin, Doris Tavares, Anna Taylor, Mary Taylor, Sonjia Teal, Shannon Teamann-Walker, Loretta Tellier, Nuria Tench, Margaret Terry, Jeff Tesney, Mary Thelen, Yvonne Thelwell, Teena Thomas, Cathy Thompson, Sandra Thornhill-Alvarez, Jacqueline Thoryk, Mary Tierney, Theresa Till, Britta Tinney, Judith Tipton, Polly Anne Tobin, Helen Tomm, Jacqueline Tonsor, Lisa Trapp, Charlene Trimeloni, Marcie Truesdale, Susan Turner, Angela Turner Konrath, Lee Underman, Robert Valdez, Isabel Valdez-Carantes, Alenka Vale, Lisa Van Cleave, Barbara Van Horn, Jared Vandenbroek, Vishalya Vardhamane, Wendy Vaughn, Tonya Velasquez, Carolyn Verdejo, Regina Villalobos, Maura Wagner, Susan Walker, Kristin Wallach, Jennifer Walters, Page Watkins, Sharon Watson, June Watson, Darla Watterson, Eileen Weatherby, Sylvia Weaver, Sharman Weaver, Deanne Webster, Eugenia Welch, Dianne West, Stephanie Westbrook, Susan Wheatley, Michael Wheeler, Carey Wickum, Marlot Wigginton, Karen Willard, Suzanne Williams, Irma Williams, Felecia Williams, Robyn Williams, Steven Williams, Catherine Williams, Melanie Williamson, Darren Wilson, Sonia Wisdom, Amy Wise, Anita Witzke, Janice Wojcik, Carolann Wolek, Barbara Wolfe, Debra Woodley, Wendy Wright, Desiree Wyatt, Adoracion Yap, Maria Ybanez, Cho Yongae, Bruce Young, Ruthann Zafian, Mary Zellinger, Hong Zhao, Diane Zuelke.


AACN and Krames Donate Patient Education System to CAL U Program

As part of the ongoing AACN Technology for Nursing Schools program, Krames has donated access to its Krames On-Demand electronic print-on-demand patient education system to the nursing school at California University of Pennsylvania.

The Technology for Nursing Schools program offers corporations the opportunity to partner with AACN in making unique, forward-reaching contributions to patient care by helping student nurses work with current patient care technology before they begin their clinical experience.
Krames and AACN have successfully completed similar donations to two other nursing schools. Krames is a proven leader in producing award-winning health information that adheres to the principles of health literacy. The company’s materials are used by over 80 percent of American hospitals and over 300,000 physicians and nurses in hospitals and private practice.

The Krames On-Demand system provides Internet-based informative HealthSheetsTM that can be customized for patients and printed as needed. Within the system are 2,200 topics, in both English and Spanish. HealthSheets TM were created in conjunction with practicing specialists to provide accurate, up-to-date information on everything from conditions and procedures to self-care and preventive care.
“Patient education is such an important part of the caring equation and plays an integral part in patient satisfaction,” said Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, and president of AACN.

“Unfortunately, with the demands of learning anatomy, medicine, and critical care, exposure to patient education during training tends to be limited. We are thrilled that Krames is able to use our Technology for Nursing Schools initiative to make this important subject available to students.”

“AACN and Krames share the belief that one vital way to address the nursing shortage is to invest in the education of future nurses,” said Jean Neiner, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Krames. “We believe providing nursing students at Cal U and other prestigious institutions with the Krames state-of-the-art electronic patient education system will strengthen their ability to care for patients once they enter the workforce and help increase patient satisfaction and outcomes.”

“At a time when many nursing schools are struggling to fund all their needs, this gift provides Cal U with advanced tools that the students will most likely utilize upon graduation and in a clinical environment,” said Dr. Michele McCoy, director of public affairs at California University of Pennsylvania. “Now that we have Krames On-Demand, our nursing and health sciences students will have access to a library of outstanding patient education from the leaders in patient education, which will enable them to learn about creating care plans and acquire skills using educational teaching tools.”

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

For this significant donation, Krames is honored as a member of the AACN Corporate Circle at the Bronze level. For further information about the Technology for Nursing Schools program or the Corporate Circle, contact Wayne Goebel, AACN Development Office at (800) 394-5995, ext. 333; development@aacn.org.


Audio Conference Features Healthy Work Environment Standards


True Collaboration, one of the six AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments, is the topic that will be discussed at a July 13 audio conference cosponsored by AACN and Joint Commission Resources. The presentation, including time for questions, is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (EDT).

Representing AACN as a co-presenter is Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD. Representing JCR is Beth Glassford, RN, MS, CHE, a past member of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.

Gerardi is a mediator and healthcare dispute resolution consultant. She is the chair of the Program on Healthcare Collaboration and Conflict Resolution at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University.

The July event is the fourth in a series of 90-minute audio conferences focusing on the Healthy Work Environment Standards. Each features two expert presenters, one representing AACN and the other JCR.

Remaining sessions are: Sept. 14, Appropriate Staffing, and Nov. 9, Effective Decision Making.

Patient Safety and Quality of Care

In addition to the Healthy Work Environment Standards series, AACN and JCR are collaborating on a series of audio conferences that focus on patient safety and quality of care.

Future sessions are: Palliation and End-of-Life Management; Clinical Implications in Managing Pain and Sedation; Intensivists, Hospitalists and Advanced Practice Nurses.

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

Scene and Heard

Our Voice in the Media
AACN continues to seek visibility for our profession and the organization. Following is an update on recent outreach efforts.

Baptist East News (Jan. 19, 2006)—The Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Hospital East, Louisville, Ky., has earned AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. “Baptist East is honored to receive this award and be in the company of other such esteemed organizations,” said the hospital’s vice president, Karen Newman, EdD, MSN, RN, CNAA. “It is a wonderful affirmation of our ICU nursing staff, the excellent care they provide to our patients and families, and the professional practice environment at Baptist Hospital East. The Beacon Award recognizes the Baptist East core nursing values of accountability, compassion, professionalism, and advocacy.”

Journal of Business (Feb. 9, 2006)—“Pulmonary, Critical Care Docs Dwindle: Specialist Shortage, Aging Population Create Longer Waits, Worries About Future.” In part, the article referred to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association regarding the shortage of pulmonary and critical care specialists. The study was sponsored by four national organizations, AACN, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine. After the study was completed, these four groups formed the Critical Care Workforce Partnership, and representatives of that group met with members of the U.S. Congress to show them the Compaccs (Committee on Manpower of Pulmonary and Critical Care Societies) study.

Duquesne University Magazine (Winter 2006)—“Taking It to the Streets: The School of Nursing’s Groundbreaking New Curriculum Stresses Community Health” noted that “based on the ‘Synergy Model for Patient Care’ developed by AACN, the new curriculum was unveiled when the current sophomores were freshmen.” Maureen Leonardo, clinical coordinator for the sophomore year, said, “Although it is used extensively as a practice model, we are the only educational institution, as far as we know, to adopt the Synergy Model for an academic program curriculum.”

Piedmont Hospital News (Nov. 28, 2005)—“Piedmont Hospital Cardiac Care Unit Among 12 National Winners of Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.” Paula House, RN, clinical manager of Piedmont Hospitals’ cardiology ICUs, said, “The award is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of each and every employee in the CCU—from the nurses to the support staff. Every member of the CCU is critical to the overall success of our team.” Barry Hawthorne, vice president of patient care services and CNO, added, “The word ‘beacon’ is symbolic in that units achieving this award really are places where others can look to for guidance and inspiration. We are honored our critical care program is a national benchmark for quality, and we remain committed to providing our patients with the best, compassionate care that they deserve.” An article about Piedmont’s achievement was also featured in the January/February 2006 issue of GHA Today, a publication of the Georgia Hospital Association.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 2006)—“A Shining Beacon: Piedmont’s Cardiac Care Unit Wins Prestigious Award.” Two of the hospital’s nurses, Wendy Cook and Nancy Laster, “started a Jump on the Beacon Bandwagon campaign, giving out Beacon beads, pens, candy and taking up their efforts at staff meetings. At their Bold Voices Commitment Meeting, the entire 45-member staff signed commitment cards. They hung everyone’s picture and card on the wall and formed committees to address the seven parts and 42 questions on the application.” Paula House, RN, clinical manager, said, “People have transferred into our unit, because of our reputation, but the purpose of going through the Beacon process is that you see ways you can improve. Whether you win or lose, you become a stronger and tighter unit. It’s all about the journey, and I’m proud of our staff.” Nancy Laster said, “When I found out (about receiving the award), I called Wendy and then we woke Paula up at 11:30 at night. We knew this was worth shouting about. Everyone is so excited.”

Frankfort Regional Medical Center News (January 2006)—“At Frankfort Regional, Certification Is Valued.” The article asserted that “it is now an expectation at Frankfort that, once you are eligible to take the CCRN exam, you will be supported as you embark on this journey to certification. It is the desire of the ICU staff to set the standard by having all nurses at the bedside with CCRN certification. By achieving CCRN certification, the ICU will continue to support Frankfort’s mission to provide excellent service to every patient, every time.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center News (Dec. 5, 2005)—“Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Intensive Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence” included a quote from Susan Reeves, DHMC’s vice president of operations: “We are very proud that our ICU Nursing Team has been selected to receive the prestigious Beacon Award. We are thrilled to know that the AACN recognized our critical care team for achieving the highest quality outcomes and for being a beacon of light, an inspiration, to other critical care units throughout the country. This national award is particularly meaningful to us as it comes during our celebration of the ICU’s 50th anniversary at DHMC.”

University of Virginia Health System News (February 2006)—“Award Winning Nurses” announced that “Four UV registered nurses and one registered nurse team have been selected for AACN’s Circle of Excellence Awards … Individuals are nominated by an AACN member and the nominees must submit an exemplar and two letters of support. Selection is made by a peer review panel.”

MedSurg Nursing (February 2006)—“My Mother’s Leaving Today?: A Pilot Study on Awareness of Discharge Date in the Chronically Critically Ill” stated that “AACN’s Standards of Care for Acute and Critical Care Nursing include providing continuity of care for patients as one of the roles in nursing.”

AIP Alert (January 2006)—“Learning From Each Other.” “Association exhibition managers should serve as advocates for exhibitors’ interests, and exhibitors should communicate their needs more openly to associations. These were the key messages to come out of the discussion that took place during the Association/Industry Exchange session at the HCEA (Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association) Healthcare Convention Marketing Summit, which was moderated by Randy Bauler, CEM, AACN’s corporate relations and exhibits director, and Barbara Costa, chair, HCEA Association/Industry Partnering Committee.”

Inova Health System News (Dec. 29, 2005)—“Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital Earns Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence” included a quote from Heather Russell, RN, MS, Inova’s senior director, Critical Care Services: “We are only the second hospital in the region, and the second hospital in the state of Virginia to be honored with this recognition. In fact, there are only 31 critical care units across the country that have received this award and we are proud to be honored among them.”

Our Voice at the Table
AACN and ACCP’s Critical Care Institute presented a workshop in Tucson, Ariz., to focus on reducing unmanaged pain in the ICU. AACN was represented by Co-chair Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN’s director of professional practice and programs; Kathleen Puntillo, DNS, MS, APRN; Chris Pasero, MS, RN, C, FAAN; Denise Li, RN, CNS, MS; and Mary Jo Grap, RN, PhD, ACNP, RN-BC, FAAN. The group, which was equally represented by nursing, medicine and pharmacy with a focus on interdisciplinary solutions, reviewed literature and prioritizing tools, educational needs and opportunities for advocacy. They will continue to work on identification, development and dissemination of tools and publishing their work.

AACN President-elect Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, was the keynote speaker at the Greater Kansas City (Mo.) Chapter’s Visions 2006 conference. She presented the keynote, “Engage and Transform: The Power of Collaboration,” and a breakout session, “CATs (Complementary and Alternative Therapies) in the ICU: Critical Care Nurses’ Practice and Perspectives.”

Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, AACN board member, spoke at Critical Lines, the Albemarle Area Chapter’s two-day critical care symposium, in Elizabeth City, N.C. She addressed several key topics, including healthy work environments, certification, the Beacon Award, the importance of chapters and current happenings in Region 5.

Tracy attended Nursing: The Future Is Now, the Chesapeake Bay (Baltimore, Md.) Chapter’s annual critical care symposium. She gave the keynote presentation, “Engage and Transform: The Power of Collaboration,” and a breakout session titled “How to Become a Beacon Unit.”

Patricia Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, AACN board member, was invited to participate on a panel called “Meet the Experts: Writing for Publication” at the 55th annual Scientific Conference sponsored by the American College of Cardiology.

Tracy participated in Clarian Health Partners’ Patient Safety Summit presentation on “Healthy Work Environments,” in Indianapolis, Ind.

Tracy and Debra Byram, RN, MS, MSN, AACN InnoVision Group board member, represented AACN at the American College of Chest Physicians’ Capitol Hill Caucus. The purpose of this annual caucus is to develop the grassroots skills of ACCP members and to have a cohesive presence on Capitol Hill to address ACCP issues. There were approximately 110 participants. The main issues involved the Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement formula and the Human Resources and Services Administration’s report on critical care and pulmonary physician shortages. Participants listened to many members of Congress, including Sens. Mike Crapo, Pete Stark, Hillary Clinton, Wayne Allard and John Kyl, and Reps. Phil Gingrey and Tom Price, and also met with their states’ senators and representatives. The highlight of an evening dinner was a presentation by Surgeon General Richard Carmona, Md.

Immediate past AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, presented “Engage and Transform Your Work Environments: Creating the Healthy ICU” plus “Women and Heart Disease Risk Factor Modification"’for the Inland Northwest Chapter, Spokane, Wash.

McCauley presented “Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments and Effective Communication” for the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s 2006 Patient Safety Symposium.

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.


In the Circle: Excellence in Caring Practices


Editor’s note: Presented in honor of John Wilson Rodgers, the Excellence in Caring Practices Award honors nurses whose caring practices embody AACN’s vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Following are excerpts from the exemplars submitted in connection with this award, part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program, for 2005.

Laura McCall, RN, BSN
Dallas, N.C.
Carolinas Medical Center

A young man fell asleep at the wheel of his car. Upon arrival at the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, he was intubated. He had no brain stem function and early herniation. My journey with Mark, Bill and Susan began.

Surgery stabilized Mark, and I searched my heart to find words to ease the mother’s pain as she watched her only son slip away. One morning, Susan asked me through tears if Mark would recover. I took her hand, with tears in my eyes, and said, “No.”

With the love that only a mother could have she asked about options. “Had she ever discussed what he would want in the event that something like this happened?” The answer was: “Yes: Quality over quantity.” I asked, “Could you do that for Mark?” With the same quiet strength she said, “Yes.”

A family conference was held to discuss Mark’s final wishes. Decisions were made. I encouraged them to talk to their son, and let him know he was loved. All equipment was removed. Mark was transferred to a room where his family could spend what precious time was left. As I left his room, I knew I would visit again and did.

The call came one afternoon, saying Mark was gone. Upon entering, I noticed the curtains were open and the sunset was flooding in. We cried for a life that was gone too soon. People ask, “How do you deal with situations like this?” My answer, “Hugs, tears and prayers.” Being a critical care nurse means dealing with difficult situations requiring strength. I realize more every day that we as nurses get back more than we give.

Laurie Roberts, RN, CCRN
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Mission Hospital

Caring for critically ill patients allows me to connect with their needs. One such case was LT, who sustained a severe brain injury and was taken to the operating room for placement of an intracranial pressure monitor and brain oxygen monitor. I brought LT’s parents to the bedside. Despite preparing them as best I could, they were overwhelmed with their daughter’s condition.

I paged the neuro CNS so we could organize a family conference. I needed LT’s family’s help in caring for her. LT’s condition worsened. The pressure in her brain was in the 50s. The neurosurgeon performed bilateral craniectomies.

Despite all our efforts, LT was dying. I knew the upcoming physician team discussion was going to focus on withdrawing care. I prayed for LT and her family, and I spent time with LT’s mother. All I could give was a smile, a touch, and time caring for LT and her family. I noticed LT’s brain oxygen creeping into the normal range. Her mother confided in me that she believed LT’s soul was still present and she re-committed herself to playing an active role in her daughter’s fight for survival and recovery.

My relationship continued to grow with LT’s mother as the ICU stay lengthened into four months. LT was never left alone. As I watched her mother, I could see such strength and determination. She knew LT would come back. Twelve months after LT’s injury, she began to emerge from the coma. Her parents prepared for the day when LT would return home. She did, and walked into her house without assistance. My heart is full when I see LT. The lesson learned for her and her mom is to keep strong day after day. I am so grateful for this family touching my life. It truly has raised me up!

Robin N. Smith, RN, BSN
Lincoln, R.I.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital

I met Robin Smith while she was preparing young parents to take their child home. BG was a preterm infant who had a tracheostomy and feeding tube and needed to be on a ventilator 24 hours a day. BG’s parents were young: Dad was 18, and Mom was in her early 20s.
After a year in the hospital, BG was nearing his discharge date, but preparing the family proved to be difficult. The parents seemed to have little understanding of the need to be at BG’s bedside for long periods of time. Appointments were broken, and often the parents did not meet the deadlines for tasks they needed to complete. Robin continued to work with them. She talked to them about why it was important to keep appointments, and she listened.

We discovered that Dad could not read, and that was why he had difficulty giving BG his medication. So Robin devised a system to help them. She cared for BG in an incredibly loving way. Every time BG or his parents succeeded with a task, she praised them, and she developed a unique rapport with them. One of the most striking comments she made was that she believed in this family and that she knew the parents could take their child home.

Part of the preparation included teaching the parents CPR, which Robin did on her time off. After her long hours of coaching and working with the family and her dedication to taking care of BG, we set a discharge date. When BG returns for follow-up care, I am reminded of Robin’s dedication to this family. She has proven to be one of the most caring nurses and strongest advocates for her patients that I’ve ever known.

Renee Samples Twibell, RN, DNS
Muncie, Ind.
Ball State University

My assignment was a “problem” female—elderly, brain-injured, poor survival risk—whose family was “demanding, unrealistic, impossible” and Spanish-speaking. I knew little Spanish. This could be a difficult evening.

Finding the patient stable on assessment, I retreated to think. I needed a plan for this family. I reviewed some key Spanish phrases and strategies for building trust quickly. Eye contact OK. Shaking hands, males only. Then I remembered some recent research suggesting that families needed information, involvement and a place to sit in the patient’s room.

My supervisor checked in. I reported, “No problems.” Then I saw three of the patient’s family members walking toward the bedside. I greeted the men in Spanish. Two looked shocked. One smiled. Needing more chairs, I raced a pulmonologist to his favorite seat, Hauling it away, I said, “Family presence.” The family sat down, exhausted. I offered information, an interpreter, “el café,” hoping I had not said anything stupid yet. Several nurses asked how I was doing. “No problems.” A daughter-in-law helped me apply lotion. Hours passed. The family relaxed, asked questions, helped with repositioning.

Toward midnight, I reported off: “Family is grieving, willing to help, needs to sit.” I marveled at how my colleagues had cared for me, a “float” nurse, so that I in turn could care well for others. Amid hushed “buenos noches” and a few tears, I waved goodbye to the “difficult” family. Turning toward the stairs, I reflected that, while nursing is not without “problemos,” mostly it was “muy bien.”

Diana L. Vance, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Doylestown, Ohio
Aultman Health Foundation

R.S. was a homeless, 47-year-old male, plagued with schizophrenia and with no known family or guardian. He was admitted to our unit with severe hyponatremia and exacerbation of his COPD. Chain-smoking and consuming large amounts of water were compulsive symptoms related to his schizophrenia.

R.S.’s admission Na+ level was 117 mEq and his CXR revealed bilateral infiltrates and confirmation of pneumonia. Failing to respond to the usual treatment of a 3% sodium drip, antibiotic and oxygen therapy, he spiraled downward requiring mechanical ventilation.

Following a difficult wean and extubation, R.S. began to crash. Entering R.S.’s room, the intern on call asked, “Do you want to go back on the ventilator?” R.S. shook his head “no.” Making mention of R.S. being a homeless schizophrenic, the intern walked out and stated that he was not going to re-intubate. I quickly realized that I was R.S.’s only advocate. Pulling the intern back into the room, I attempted to clarify to R.S. what refusing intubation would mean for his outcome. “Do you want to go back on the ventilator?” I asked. R.S. nodded his head “yes.”
The following days fell over Christmas, and we decorated R.S.’s room for the holidays. One day, I noticed R.S. intently watching a cartoon of Snow White on the television. Still intubated, I gave him a pad and pencil. “I loved Snow White since I was a small boy,” he wrote. As fate would have it, I came across a small plastic replica of Snow White while shopping one day. I wrapped it, and we gave it to R.S. on Christmas Day. It was an emotional moment as he unwrapped it. R.S. was weaned from the ventilator and transferred to an ECF with a court-appointed guardian, a tracheostomy, and Snow White.

In the Circle: Excellence in Education

Editor’s note: Part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program, the Excellence in Education Award honors 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. Following are excerpts from the exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2005.

Linda Baas, RN, PhD, CCNS, ACNP
Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

When my niece announced that she was going to nursing school instead of medical school, she said she could practice in many settings, like her Aunt Linda. She said she could perhaps become a nurse practitioner, teach patients or become a nursing professor and do research. I was touched.

Before I became an educator, I had years of strong clinical experience working in critical care and coronary care while completing my BSN. When I heard about the role of the clinical nurse specialist, I applied to the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where I met Dr. Marguerite Kinney. She instilled a love of writing in many of her protégées and emphasized that it was one of many ways to teach. I have always tried to model Dr. Kinney as an educator.

It is difficult to identify a single exemplar to illustrate my work as an educator. There are so many patient-related, staff-related and student-related examples from which to choose. Fond memories surround my most cherished thank you letters. I could talk about the time I taught the nursing staff how to incorporate cardiac rehabilitation into their care of patients. One nurse refused to let a patient go home to his third floor apartment until he could walk steps in the hospital setting.

It is always a proud moment when graduate students present their research at the NTI or clinical topics at conferences, win awards or funding, publish their first manuscript or come back to teach a class for current students. They have served as presidents of our local AACN chapter and have changed the face of advanced critical care practice in our region by serving as nurse practitioners, nurse managers and nurse educators. It has been my privilege to work with them.

Ruth Kleinpell, RN, PhD, CCRN, ACNP, FAAN, FCCM
Chicago, Ill.
Rush University College of Nursing

I have been an associate professor at a university school of nursing for more than 15 years. I also provide continuing education on a variety of critical care topics to the nursing staff at our hospital and to various other nursing groups including AACN chapters and at nursing conferences. I enjoy being a nursing educator. It is challenging, but always fun.

Advancing the knowledge and skills of critical care nurses requires the ability to explain complex concepts in an understandable way. I often integrate pathophysiology and recent research findings into my teaching to promote a high level of nursing education.

I have found that creating a learning environment is important in the educational process. This involves making learners feel comfortable to ask questions, express their learning needs and value the opinions of other learners in the group.

Promoting positive patient outcomes in the care of acute and critically ill patients and their families is also an essential aspect of providing nursing education. One recent experience helped to highlight the impact that education can have. After presenting an in-service at an area hospital on updates in the management of sepsis, I learned that several of the staff ended up caring for a patient soon afterward. They were able to identify that the patient was showing signs of severe sepsis and take the appropriate actions to positively affect the patient's
outcomes, based in part on the in-service I had given. Hearing the story was a great reminder that nursing educators can have a significant impact on nursing practice and on patient outcomes.

Angela Smith Collins, RN, DSN, CCNS, APRN, BC
Birmingham, Ala.
Capstone College of Nursing

As both an advanced practice nurse in critical care and an instructor in both the clinical and classroom environment, my focus is to bring the patient’s story into the process of teaching. I believe that teachable moments center around entering into experiences with a patient and being changed by that experience.

This exemplar relates to a student who struggled with always wanting to solve all of her patients’ problems. This student’s clinical assignment was a patient in the terminal stages of Parkinson’s disease. His tremors were so profound that the bed rattled with his violent spasms. The physician was concerned that if he increased the patient’s medications, the patient would stop breathing. The patient did not want to have a “breathing tube” inserted if he stopped breathing.

After reviewing the patient’s record, the student said I have “no further way to help this patient.” My reply was, “Medications and technology cannot solve every problem. Nursing is at times about simply being with the patient at moments of powerless and pain. You can still help him by offering him your presence as he goes through these moments.”

The nursing student then sat by the bed, next to the patient, and held his hand. She told the patient, “I am so sorry that I can’t help you more.” He turned, looked at her and said with great effort, “You are helping me right now.” As tears ran down the student’s face, I knew that she had learned a powerful lesson. By holding his hand, she had offered the patient a sense of peace and comfort.

This student has since shared her story with her peers and the experience has changed her perspective as a nurse. Teaching nursing students is about opening up their lives to what a nurse can be.

In the Circle: Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award

Editor’s note: Part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program, the Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award honors acute and critical care nurses who function as nurse practitioners. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2005.

Joan M. Holden, RN, MSN, CPNP
Attleboro, Mass.
Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Joan Holden runs the pediatric sedation program in our pediatric critical care department. The program provides safe, efficient, cost-effective care to children in our hospital and our state who, for reasons including age, development or illness, are unable to complete a CT or MRI scan successfully without moving. These scans serve as a catalyst for expediting diagnosis and treatment. The inpatients in the pediatric critical care department often require MRIs or sedation for other long and uncomfortable procedures.

One patient who benefited greatly from Joan’s skill as a practitioner was CM, a 16-year-old male with a germ cell brain tumor and associated complications. He was well known to all of us and had been in the pediatric ICU many times since his diagnosis. CM was unable to complete an MRI because of claustrophobia and anxiety. He underwent his first MRI with the pediatric sedation team in August 2003. During this time he met and developed a relationship with Joan and her team.

CM and his family requested Joan and her team provide anxiolysis and pain management for his procedures. This grew to all procedures including radiation, lumbar punctures and follow-up MRIs of his brain and spine. Joan and the nurses developed a care plan recognizing CM’s specific physical and emotional needs throughout procedures. An organized and consistent plan of care with the same nurses and nurse practitioner enabled CM to become confident and less anxious during procedures.

This relationship demonstrates the excellent care Joan provides and the professionalism that she exhibits as an advanced practice nurse. Joan is a dedicated practitioner. She is an example to all of what an advanced practice nurse should be.

Kimberly McCourt, RN, CCRN, MSN, APNC
Point Pleasant, N.J.
Jersey Shore University
Medical Center

Kimberly McCourt embodies the attributes of the ideal acute care nurse practitioner. She fills the role of educator, researcher, leader, consultant and practitioner.

Kim excels in emergency situations. For example, she was recently examining a heart failure patient who was receiving an intravenous medication. She listened to the patient’s continuing description of fatigue, when he sat up in bed and had a sudden syncopal episode. This assessment led Kim to immediately recognize intravascular hypovolemia, and she ordered measures to resolve the problem.

Another example of consummate ACNP practice occurred when Kim recognized a change in a patient’s demeanor. She stopped to inquire, at which time the woman developed sudden syncopy. Quickly and expertly assessing the situation, Kim called for help, opened and maintained an airway and assessed for a pulse and etiology of this unexpected event. She assessed differential diagnoses and asked the nursing staff if the woman was diabetic, which she was. An ordered stat bedside blood sugar result was 23. Kim ordered D 50 and the patient responded. Upon further assessment it became clear that the patient had taken AM insulin without eating prior to arrival. Kim collaborated with the physician to discuss the continued use of a beta-blocker in this patient with masked symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Kim addresses the needs of her patients first, focusing on evidence-based best practices. This exemplar serves as a glimpse into the high level of critical thinking and complex decision making for which Kim is known.

Be a Part of the Circle of Excellence

Award Nominations Close July 15

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.

To obtain a Circle of Excellence Awards application, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site.

Following are the awards that are available.

• 3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
• AACN Value of Certification Award
• Baxter Excellence in Patient Safety Award
• Dale Medical Products Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award
• Excellence in Caring Practices Award
• Excellence in Clinical Practice—Non-Traditional Setting
• Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award
• Excellent Nursing Student Award
• Excellence in Research Award
• Research Abstract Award
• Datascope Excellence in Collaboration Awards
—Nurse-Physician Collaboration
—Nurse-Administration Collaboration
—Nurse-Family Collaboration
—Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration
• Excellence in Leadership Award
• Excellence in Education Award
• Eli Lilly & Company Excellent Preceptor Award
• Excellent Nurse Manager Award
• AACN Community Service Award
• Media Award
• Mentoring Award

ICU Design Citation Accepting Applications

Applications for an award recognizing ICU design are now being accepted. The ICU Design Citation is co-sponsored by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health. The recipient is presented two plaques (one for the hospital ICU and one for the architect) and one complimentary registration to the annual meetings of each of the sponsoring organizations. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate.

The citation is awarded to the entry that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complimentary manner focusing on planning and design. Criteria include a demonstrated commitment to creating a healing environment, promoting safety and security, efficiency, and attention to innovative, unique, aesthetic and creative design features.

Applications must be received by Aug. 15, 2006. For more information or to apply, contact Carol Prendergast at SCCM; (847) 827-6826; fax (847) 827-7428; cprendergast@sccm.org.

New Advanced Critical Care Journal Introduced at NTI

Price Discounted for AACN Members

AACN and its publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, are pleased to introduce the all-new AACN Advanced Critical Care journal. Debuting at NTI in May, AACN Advanced Critical Care is the premier source of information for the experienced critical care and acute care nurse, CNS and NP.

Formerly AACN Clinical Issues, this new quarterly journal offers more support to keep your critical care practice up to date. With a broader scope and multi-topic focus, the journal covers the full range of critical care challenges, including moral distress in caregivers, understanding advanced modes of mechanical ventilation and preventing and managing complications of critical illness. 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 and LWW are pleased to offer this new journal at deeply discounted subscription rates exclusively reserved for AACN members. Now for just $35 annually, you’ll receive four issues of this vital new critical care resource. These are unprecedented savings off the regular subscription rate and they are exclusively reserved for AACN members. To subscribe or renew at this special rate, simply call (800) 638-3030 and ask for the $35 AACN member rate.

AACN Advanced Critical Care is an official publication of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Looking Ahead


July 2006

July 1 • Deadline to apply for Clinical Inquiry Grant, End-of-Life/Palliative Care Small Projects Grant and Medtronic Physio-Control AACN Small Projects Grant. For more information, visit the Research area of the AACN Web site or e-mail research@aacn.org.

July 13 • AACN/JCR audio conference featuring Healthy Work Environments Standard True Collaboration; 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.

August 2006

Aug. 10 • AACN/JCR audio conference on Palliation and End-of-Life Management; 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.

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.