Vol. 23, No. 5, MAY 2006
A Pattern of Engagement
Members of the Sacramento Area Chapter of AACN gather in front
of a quilt designed by chapter member Sandy Poteet to promote
the “Engage and Transform” theme that has keyed the tenure of
AACN President Debbie Brinker (center, left). The quilt was unveiled
during the chapter’s recent symposium, at which Brinker was the
The 2006-07 Member-Get-A-Member campaign is now under way, but for the first time as a year-long program.
To accommodate the change from an 11-month program, the 2006-07 campaign will continue through August 2007. Future campaigns will run from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31.
As always, the membership drive offers an impressive list of rewards for participating individuals or chapters. In fact, every member you recruit by Aug. 31, 2007, increases your chances of receiving rewards.
The rewards are automatic when you recruit five new members ($25 AACN gift certificate) and 10 new members ($50 gift certificate). You will also be eligible for a monthly drawing to receive a $100 American Express gift check in any month you recruit even one new member.
The top recruiter at the end of the campaign will again receive a $1,000 American Express gift check. Plus, he or she will be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing for a $500 American Express gift check. A total of three will be drawn, with anyone recruiting five or more new members during the campaign entered into all three drawings.
Chapters are also eligible for rewards. In fact, the chapter recruiting the most new members during the campaign will receive a $1,000 honorarium check toward its treasury. But that’s not all.
Each month, any chapter recruiting a member will be eligible for a drawing to receive one complimentary registration for AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. And, each chapter that recruits five or more new members during the campaign will be entered into three drawings for a $500 honorarium check.
To obtain Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member Program forms, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site.
Final results for the 2005-06 campaign, which ended March 31, will appear in the June issue of AACN News.
NSNA Foundation Program
10 Nursing Students Receive AACN-Funded Scholarships
As part of its continuing support of nursing education through its Scholarship Program, AACN has given 10 nursing students $1,500 each for the fall semester of 2006. The funds are payable directly to the educational institution for tuition.
These scholarships were administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association for students who have not yet received their RN licensure.
Following are the scholarship recipients and the institutions they will attend.
• Elisa Znamenacek—University of Nebraska Medical Center-Lincoln Division, Omaha, Neb.
• Jennifer Smithline—Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii
• Annie Towan-Bickford—University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Campus, Oklahoma City, Okla.
• Mercy Emereonye—University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisc.
• Jeremiah Meeks—Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md.
• Luisa Rounds—University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb.
• Lisa Ormond—Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md.
• Kelsey Lowe—Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, Mo.
• Kelly Coffey—Lenior-Ryne College, Hickory, N.C.
• Brandy Warren—University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala.
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
Topeka Capital-Journal (Feb. 19, 2006)—“Nursing Shortage Hits Critical Stage” is the title of an article that quoted Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN’s director of professional practice and programs. “Some parts of the country are in a ‘crisis phase’ and it is going to get worse before it gets better … Schools are unable to train folks as fast as we need them,” she said. “As a country, we have not addressed the severity of what this looks like long-term.”
Nurses’ Lounge (February 2006)—“Perseverance That Paid Off: Outpatient Intervention Work Garners Awards for CC Nurse.” The article noted that, “Mae Centeno, RN, CCRN, APRN, BC, a cardiovascular nurse educator who works at Baylor University Medical Center, has been receiving a great deal of national attention recently for developing new outpatient interventions for heart failure patients … Centeno has already received an Excellence in Caring Practices Award from AACN.”
Downey Regional Medical Center News (Jan. 12, 2006)—“DRMC Opens Progressive Care Unit.” Chief Nursing Officer Heather Conwell was quoted as saying, “Although our PCU patients are stable, they are also acutely and critically ill and at risk for rapid status change. Our PCU nurses are providing more specialized care that will help improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. We also expect the PCU to help patient flow throughout the hospital, particularly in the frequently busy ICU and ER.” The article stated that “according to the AACN, progressive care nurses practice the same standard of nursing as critical care nurses and require the same level of education as nurses who work in the ICU, except with respect to invasive technologies.”
Reflections on Nursing Leadership (Fourth Quarter 2005)—“Actually Achieving Our Preferred Future” included a reference to the AACN Standards for a Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: “AACN (2005) published standards to promote such healthy work environments. Skilled communication, with particular emphasis on access to communication technologies and proficiency in their use, was listed as the first standard because the number one root cause of serious mistakes is poor communication.”
Oregonian (Feb. 16, 2006)—“Business Announcements” reported that “Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Critical Care Department won an Excellence in Certification award, and that Helene Anderson, an intensive care nurse at the hospital, was given the Excellence in Mentoring award by AACN. The association’s Greater Portland Chapter … also received recognition for its work.”
Nurses.com Newsletter (Feb. 17, 2006)—The top 10 news stories for the week included “Methodist Nurses Win National [Beacon] Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing” and “Clarian’s Dave Hanson Selected to Lead National Nursing Organization [AACN].” Hanson is a past AACN board member.
Kansas City Nursing News (Feb. 10, 2006)—“On the Set: Training Presentation Recently Filmed at St. Joseph Medical Center.” St. Joseph’s Nancy Barr, RN, MSN, served as clinical adviser for a Lippincott Williams and Wilkins training presentation. The article noted, “The material is included in the AACN certification exam and the latest edition of the AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing.” Barr said, “[Lippincott] has partnered with AACN to develop teaching CD-Roms for nurses who want to transition into a critical care setting; those who are studying for their certification examinations; those who want CEUs; and those who wanted to keep well-informed.” The article continued, “AACN provides contacts to write content. Reviewers look at the content for accuracy and current information, and then a script is created with applicable still photos attached.”
Yahoo Finance (Feb. 8, 2006)—“Silence Kills, Dialogue Heals; New Data Points to Seven Specific ‘Crucial Conversations’ Healthcare Must Adopt to Save Lives, Improve Workplace.” VitalSmarts announced new data from leading healthcare organizations that indicate being skilled in seven specific conversations is an essential part of solving many patient safety problems. The article further noted that “The Silence Kills study, unveiled a year ago by VitalSmarts and AACN, revealed that people’s ability to hold critical conversations—emotionally and politically risky discussions—is key to creating a culture of safety in healthcare and also relates to significant gains in quality of care, productivity and staff turnover, among other crucial issues.”
RedOrbit News (Feb. 1, 2006)—“Major Medical Associations Call for Better Blood Glucose Management in Hospitalized Patients.” The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and several other associations [including AACN] held a joint conference in Washington, D.C. to release a position statement on improving inpatient glycemic control.
Yahoo Finance (Feb. 24, 2006)—“Looking for Ways to Improve the Quality of Healthcare? Healthcare Organizations Across the Country Already Helped by Crucial Conversations.” The article noted, “Crucial Conversations has been implemented in many of the most prestigious healthcare organizations of all sizes across the country including the University of Colorado Hospital, Spectrum Health System and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. It has also been endorsed by AACN.”
Duke Health Newsroom (Feb. 14, 2006)—“Cardiac Care Unit Receives Beacon Award” announced the unit’s receipt of this award. “We are very proud to be recognized for meeting the high standards of critical care set forth by AACN,” said Wanda Bride, clinical operations director for Heart Services at Duke Hospital. “Winning this award inspires us to set even higher standards for ourselves; and the CCU nurses, because of their caring and compassionate care, accept that challenge.”
Beaverton Valley Times (Feb. 2, 2006)—The Business News section announced that “the Greater Portland Chapter of AACN received three Circle of Excellence national awards, the most of any single organization this year.”
Our Voice at the Table
Judy Verger, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP, AACN Certification Corporation chair; Carol Hartigan, RN, MA, certification programs strategist; and Karen Harvey, RN, MSN, certification specialist, attended the spring meeting of the American Board of Nursing Specialties in Phoenix, Ariz. The meeting included organizational news and a discussion of issues facing nursing certifying agencies, including the value of specialty nursing certification, branding credentialing organizations and advanced practice issues. Hartigan was a panel presenter for an educational session on ASAE’s Knowledge-Based Decision-Making Model. In addition, AACN Certification Corporation was recognized for the 30th anniversary of the CCRN credential.
Nancy Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA, AACN board member, represented AACN at the Pandemic Flu Summit with Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as many other healthcare leaders, to discuss the Los Angeles area’s preparedness for a pandemic flu.
Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, AACN board member, gave the keynote presentation on the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments and general AACN initiatives at the Smoky Mountain Chapter’s Critical Care Spring Conference and Workshop in Knoxville, Tenn. National speaker and AACN member Barbara McLean, RN, MN, CCRN, CCNS-NP, FCCM, was the featured speaker. A record-breaking 150 people were in attendance.
Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, AACN president-elect, presented the keynote “Engage and Transform: The Power of Collaboration” at a conference on vascular disease sponsored by the Old Salem Chapter, Winston-Salem, N.C. She also toured the intensive care units at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital and Forsyth Hospital.
Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, was guest lecturer for the Advanced Nursing Practice class at Concordia University, Mequon, Wisc. Her topic was “Cardiovascular Disorders in Primary Care,” which featured references to evidence-based practice and AACN learning materials, including a “sneak peek” at the new Blood Pressure Monitoring Practice Alert.
Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA, BC, AACN Certification Corporation board member and chair-elect, presented a concurrent session, “The Clarian Health Experience with AACN's Synergy Model,” at the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter annual Critical Care Conference.
John Dixon, RN, MSN, AACN board member, presented “AACN’s Standards for a Healthy Work Environment” at the monthly Dallas Chapter meeting. Many guests from the management/administration of Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which hosts these meetings, also attended.
Randy Bauler, corporate relations and exhibits director, spoke at the Healthcare Convention Exhibitor’s Association 2006 Healthcare Convention Marketing Summit. He moderated “Association/ Industry Exchange,” an interactive discussion on successful event sponsorships.
Denise Buonocore MSN, CCRN, APRN, BC, AACN board member, spoke on “Engage and Transform for Healthy Work Environments” and “Palliative and EOL Care in Acute and Critical Care” at Linkages 2006 in Rochester N.Y., sponsored by the Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter. Additional speakers included Lori Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN, Region 2 chapter adviser, and past AACN Certification Corporation Chair Margaret Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, APRN, BC. Buonocore also toured acute and critical care units at Rochester General Hospital and Park Ridge Hospital.
AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Buonocore, Ecklund, AACN board member Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, AACN board member, and past AACN board member Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, attended the Region 1 biannual Horizons conference in Manchester, N.H. Lusardi served on a panel with Brinker and Buonocore and presented a national AACN update. Buonocore spoke on “Tight Blood Glucose Control in Acute and Critical Care: Are We There Yet?”
Verger and Hartigan attended the Alliance for Nursing Accreditation meeting in Washington, D.C. The alliance is composed of representatives from advanced practice nursing education, certification, accreditation, regulation and professional associations who meet twice a year to discuss APRN issues. A key topic was the recently released National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s draft Vision Paper: The Future Regulation of Advanced Practice Nursing. The group will be developing a joint response. An initiative is also under way to improve reporting of certification examination results to APRN programs and boards of nursing.
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.
Deadline Is June 2
Making Your Optimal Contribution by Submitting Nominations
By Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CNRN
and Kathryn Roberts, RN, RNP, MS, MSN, CCRN, PNP
AACN Nominating Committee
Every day, nurses work in many ways to help AACN achieve the vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families where critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. AACN needs nurses with demonstrated leadership skills who are willing to volunteer at the national level to further this vision. Can you think of someone, perhaps yourself, who fits this description?
This is the time for you to submit nominations (for yourself or another) for the national leadership positions. Simply complete the nomination form that accompanies this article or that is available online at www.aacn.org and submit it by the June 2, 2006 deadline. Terms begin July 1, 2007. (Because of a change in term lengths, no director positions are available for the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors this year.)
The following positions are open for nominations. Reimbursement for travel and expenses is provided for all national volunteer positions. Volunteer or nominate a colleague today.
(National AACN Membership required)
• AACN Board of Directors—four positions open, three-year terms
• AACN president-elect—one position open, one-year term followed by one-year term as president
• AACN Nominating Committee—three positions open, one-year terms
AACN Certification Corporation
AACN Certification Corporation chair-elect—one position open, one-year term followed by 1-year term as president
June 8 Event Is Part of Series
Family Presence Is Audio Conference Topic
F amily Presence and Participation is the topic that will be discussed at a June 8 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).
epresenting AACN as a co-presenter is Cathy Guzzetta, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Washington, D.C. Guzzetta is also a nursing research consultant at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Representing JCR is Kathy Eichner.
The June event is the third in a series of 90-minute audio conferences focusing on patient safety and quality of care in acute and critical care. Each features two expert presenters, one representing AACN and the other JCR.
Future sessions are scheduled:
• 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
Healthy Work Environment Standards
In addition to the patient safety and quality-of-care series, AACN and JCR are collaborating on a series of audio conferences that focus on the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.
Standards to be addressed in the future are:
• July 13 True Collaboration
• Sept. 14 Appropriate Staffing
• Nov. 9 Effective Decision Making
All are also scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET). A moderated question-and-answer period follows each of the
Participants can sign up to participate in the audio conference 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.
On the Agenda
Agenda Item: Strategic Plan and Operating Plan Review
The board reviewed and updated the association’s multiyear Strategic Plan and 18-month Operating Plan. The Strategic Plan provides the long-range framework to guide the association work into the future and help validate its relevancy. The plan is formally updated in November each year. The Operating Plan “flows” from that document. It was agreed the tactical plan is relevant and activities are robust enough to effectively advance the organization’s mission and strategy. The new format and high-level tactics will facilitate the board’s oversight of progress.
Agenda Item: Healthy Work Environment Work Group
Using the framework developed by the inaugural Healthy Work Environment Work Group, the board approved a revised charge for the group that will be convened this year. The charge seeks to engage nurse leaders in driving implementation of the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. The board also adopted the Framework for AACN’s Initiative to Promote Implementation of the Healthy Work Environment Standards as a decision-making guide for the association.
Agenda Item: Clinical Standards Revision Task Force
The board approved appointing a task force to review and update the AACN Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice to include not only revised source documents, but also AACN research data, the Healthy Work Environment Standards and the Synergy Model for Patient Care. The last edition of the standards was published in 2000. With the publication of the AACN National Critical Care Survey, additional information is now available regarding how critical care nurses are practicing, how they should be practicing and the environments in which they are practicing. There is also a need to formally integrate progressive care nursing into the standards.
Agenda Item: New AACN Certification Corporation Board Positions
Following the Nominating Committee process, the board approved the following candidates to assume positions on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors, beginning July 1, 2006: Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA, BC, chair-elect, and Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN-BC, CEN, and Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, FACHE, CNAA, BC, directors.
The nominees for the AACN Certification Corporation Board were part of AACN’s Call for Nominations. However, the selection process differs from that of the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee, because AACN members at large do not vote on candidates for the corporation board. Because AACN is the sole member of AACN Certification Corporation, the AACN board is required to approve corporation candidates.
Additional information about these incoming board members will appear in the June 2006 issue of AACN News.
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.
Be a Part of the Circle of Excellence
Annual Award Nominations Now Open
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 at www.aacn.org > Awards, Grants & Scholarships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; email@example.com.
Coming in June in Critical Care Nurse
• Africanized Killer Bees
• A Multidisciplinary Sepsis Protocol
• Amiodarone-Induced Thyroid Dysfunction
• Teaching Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Via the Web
• Pediatric Care: Congenital Tracheal Stenosis
Subscriptions to Critical Care Nurse and the American Journal of Critical Care are included in AACN membership dues.
May 20-25 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit the AACN Web site.
May 23 AACN Annual Meeting and Forum, noon, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.
June 1 Deadline to submit educational program speaker proposals, including chapter-related proposals, for NTI 2007 in May in Atlanta, Ga. Abstracts can be submitted online at www.aacn.org > Education > Speaker Materials/Information.
June 2 Deadline to submit nominations for positions on the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee. Simply complete the nomination form is available online at www.aacn.org > Call for Nominations.
June 8 Audio conference on family presence and participation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET), cosponsored by AACN and Joint Commission Resources. For more information, call (877) 223-6866 or visit the JCR Web site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.