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Vol. 23, No. 9, SEPTEMBER 2006


Scholarships Advance Education for Nurses
Awards Support BSN Completion and Graduate Programs


A total of 66 AACN members are pursuing academic degrees with the assistance of AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships awarded for the 2006-07 academic year. The scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to nurses at 54 schools in 31 states. (See page 16 for list of recipients.)

Many of the scholarships are named to represent contributions of $1,500 or more to the AACN Scholarship Endowment by an individual or chapter, or as a memorial gift in someone’s name.

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

In Honor of Barbara Gill MacArthur—1
In Honor of Debbie Brinker—8
In Honor of Denise Buonocore—1
In Honor of Dr. Ellen Rudy—1
In Honor of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter-AACN—1
In Honor of the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter-AACN—4
In Honor of the Greater Washington Area Chapter-AACN—2
In Honor of Dr. Kathy McCauley—5
In Honor of Dr. Mary Fran Tracy—2
In Honor of Col. (RET) Nancy Curtis Molter—1
In Memory of Neldon Driggs Colton—4
In Honor of the Northern New Jersey Chapter-AACN—1
In Honor of the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter-AACN—2
In Memory of Col. Ramón A. and Josephine B. Lavandero—1
In Honor of Dr. Roberta Kaplow—1
In Honor of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN—11
In Honor of Suzanne Burns and Dr. William A. Knaus—1
In Honor of Wanda Johanson—2
In Honor of Wanda Johanson, Ramón Lavandero and Dana Woods—1
In Honor of the West Michigan Chapter-AACN—4

The scholarship program continues AACN’s more than 20-year history of supporting registered nurse members enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program in nursing. AACN is also the largest single supporter of the National Student Nurses Association scholarship program.

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

Funds to support these scholarships are allocated in the association’s operating budget each year and offset in part by gifts from individual donors and industry. In 2001, the AACN Board of Directors established a separate scholarship reserve fund to ensure the program’s existence for the future. Fundraising activities at NTI and gifts from generous donors throughout the year have grown the Scholarship Endowment to more than $660,000.

For more information or to contribute to the Scholarship Endowment and help reach its $2 million goal, contact Wayne Goebel at (800) 394-5995, ext. 333; development@aacn.org, or write to the AACN Development Office, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Congratulations AACN Scholarship Recipients


BSN Completion Scholarships

In Honor of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Susan Adkins, Malone College
Robin Fichuk, McKendree College
Tracy Johnson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Judith Mast, Middle Tennessee State University
Peggy Piette, University of Maine at Fort Kent
Linda Smiley, Lander University
Carey Wickum, University of Central Oklahoma

In Honor of Debbie Brinker
Christopher McLaughlin, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
Tracey Loudon, Linfield College

In Honor of the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter-AACN
Katheryne Amba, Cardinal Stritch College
Cathleen Gutekanst, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

In Honor of Dr. Kathy McCauley
Dawn Swiderski, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Sharlyn Williams, East Carolina University

In Honor of Dr. Roberta Kaplow
Harmon Weitzman, Medical College of Georgia

In Memory of Col. Ramón A. and Josephine B. Lavandero
Candy Cross, University of Phoenix

In Honor of the Greater Washington Area Chapter-AACN
Suzanne McHugh, College of Notre Dame of Maryland

In Honor of Dr. Ellen Rudy
Kimberly Staniszewski, University of Pittsburgh

In Honor of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN
DeAnna Baker, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jack Bogart, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Abroo Muzaffar, University of Delaware
Heather Penland, Pennsylvania College of Technology

In Honor of the West Michigan Chapter-AACN
Jacqueline Long, Lakeview College of Nursing


Graduate Scholarships

In Honor of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Michael Aldridge, University of Texas, Austin
Sonya Flanders, Texas Christian University
Dorothy Mayer, Oregon Health & Science University
Andrea Nemec, Baylor University
Angie Surles-Ballenger, University of Alabama at Birmingham

In Honor of Debbie Brinker
Laura Criddle, Health & Science University-Oregon
Traci Hanlon, Washington State University
Cheryl Milner, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Shirley Taylor, University of Washington
Lauren Thorngate, University of Washington
Judy Williams, Walden University

In Honor of Denise Buonocore
Krista Knudson,Yale University

In Honor of Suzanne Burns and Dr. William A. Knaus
Candace Hanrahan, St. Joseph’s College of Maine

In Memory of Neldon Driggs Colton
Alicia Bruno, University of New Mexico
Erik Carter, University of California San Francisco
Todd Grivetti, Regis University
Sarah Putchio, San Diego State University

In Honor of Wanda Johanson
Roland Isaacs, Indiana University School of Nursing
Sarah Shultz, University of Southern Indiana

In Honor of Wanda Johanson, Ramón Lavandero and Dana Woods
Debra Kramlich, St. Joseph College of Maine

In Honor of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter-AACN
Jessica Bercen, Newman University

In Honor of the Northern New Jersey Chapter-AACN
Irene Fokuo, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Maureen Shirtliff, University of Maryland

In Honor of Barbara Gill MacArthur
Janet Negovan, University of South Alabama

In Honor of Dr. Kathy McCauley
Nelson Aquino, Northeastern University
Angelica Cruz, Central Connecticut State University
Teddie Gore, Duke University

In Honor of Col. (RET) Nancy Curtis Molter
Leann McReynolds, University of Texas Health Science Center

In Honor of the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter-AACN
April Faas, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daniel Storzer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In Honor of the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter-AACN
Debra Berry, Rush University
John Pozar, Rush University, Armour Academic Center

In Honor of Dr. Mary Fran Tracy
Deanna Kline, Walden University
Kathleen Kuznar, University of Minnesota

In Honor of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter-AACN
Ruth Bossler, DeSales University
Stephanie Doncevic, Case Western Reserve University
Jacqueline Guzman, Stony Brook University School of Nursing
Pamela Hassinger, Virginia Commonwealth University
Connie Lauffer, University of Maryland
Eileen Wasson, De Sales University
Clareen Wiencek, Case Western Reserve University

In Honor of the West Michigan Chapter-AACN
Rebecca Isabell, Duke University
Nancy McMahon, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Nicholas Till, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Thank You, Volunteer Scholarship Reviewers


AACN appreciates the many hours the following volunteers put in reviewing scholarship narratives and exemplars:

Lillian Ananian, Helene Anderson, Donna Bader, Kathleen Baker, Laurie Baumgartner, Kathryn Beauchamp, Iris Boehnke, Pamela Bolton, Marylee Bressie, Kathleen Burton Mary Bylone, Donna Caretti, Paula Carson, Lyne Chamberlain, Lynne Chevoya, Damon Cottrell, Nancy Denke, William Donnelly, Charles Fisher, John Forrant, Roberta Fruth, Julia Garrison, Beth Glassford, Barbara Goldberg-Chamberlain, Helen Gonzales-Kranzel, Debra Hagler, M. Dave Hanson, Brenda Hardin-Wike, Jane Harper, Patricia Harris, Joan Harvey, Karen Harvey, Laura Hinson, Michelle Jans, Susan Jones, Lisa Kinder, Karen Knight-Frank

Michele Lanza, Beatrice Leyden, Lynda Liles, Joanne Liptock, Sarah Martin, Linda Martinez, Margaret McNeill, Diane Mick, Kathleen Mitchell, Debra Moroney, Julie Nelson, Lisa Ochoa, Jeanne Papa, Kathleen Peavy, Deborah Pool, Carol Puz, Tamara Redden, DianeRenaud, Joyce Roth, Monica Simpson, Shyang Yun Shiao, Debra Siela, Connie Sobon Sensor, Christine Sommers, JoySpeciale, Nancy Stark, Angela Starkweather, Leslie Swadener-Culpepper

Kimberly Tauscheck, LindaThomas, Hilaire Thompson, Sandra Thornhill-Alvarez, Melissa Thorson, Joni Vaughn, Susan Ward, Tamara Wardell, Angela Watson, Cynthia Webner and Eugenia Welch.

AACN Members Get Free CE Credit


Did you know that you can receive up to 12 free contact hours of CE credit as a member of AACN? We just added the following Free CE offerings, and two additional topics are on the way. Check the October issue for more member Free CE topics.

Just Added
Audio/Video Program
• Raising the Bar and Moving Beyond the Barriers to Certification
www.aacn.org > Education > Continuing Education

Webcasts Sponsored by GE Healthcare
• Tiring of Wiring? Sorting Out the Confusion About ECG Leads
• The Value of Continuous ST Segment Monitoring
www.aacn.org/nti-e-sampler

Elsevier to Sponsor Excellence Award for Education


Elsevier, a leading healthcare publisher and a publishing partner of AACN, has been announced as a new sponsor in the AACN Circle of Excellence Awards program. In keeping with its business purpose and robust publishing relationship with AACN, the company will sponsor the Elsevier Excellence in Education Award beginning in 2007.

The award recognizes nurse educators who facilitate the acquisition and advancement of knowledge and skills required for competent practice and positive patient outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Successful applicants address how they promote critical thinking, consider individual learner needs, create a learning environment and positively affect a learner or group of learners. Eligible recipients of this award include, but are not limited to, staff development educators, academic instructors and continuing education providers.

Widely known for nursing books and electronic knowledge resources published under the Elsevier Saunders and Elsevier Mosby imprints, Elsevier is an international leader in publication and dissemination of literature covering the broad spectrum of scientific endeavors. Elsevier publishes many of AACN’s educational reference books, including the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care and AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing. For this support of AACN’s awards and recognition programs, Elsevier is welcomed into the Corporate Circle as a Bronze member.

The AACN Circle of Excellence Awards program honors both individual nurses and chapters that have made a difference in the healthcare profession and their communities. The awards program recognizes contributions and achievements that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethic of care, and applauds excellence. These awards and their corporate sponsors are widely promoted throughout the year and especially each May when the awards are presented at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities in the AACN Circle of Excellence Awards program, or to find out more about the AACN Corporate Circle, contact Wayne Goebel, AACN Development Office at (800) 394-5995, ext. 333; development@aacn.org.

Member-Get-A-Member:

Diane Lane, RN, MSN, of Hermitage, Tenn., built on her lead in AACN’s Member-Get-A-Member Campaign, boosting her total number of new members recruited to 46 as of the end of July. But it was Debra Skrajewski, RN, BS, CCRN, CEN, of Downingtown, Pa., who made the most impressive showing in July, debuting in the campaign with a total of 20 new members recruited.

On the chapter side, there was little movement at the top, with the Greater Richmond Area Chapter continuing to hold the lead at 30 new members recruited over the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter at 20, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter at 18, the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter at 17, the Heart of the Piedmont Chapter at 16 and the San Diego Area Chapter at 15. Fourteen of the Heart of the Piedmont Chapter’s total came in during July.

They are among the 492 individuals and chapters that have recruited 1,382 new members since the campaign began May 1. The campaign ends Aug. 31, 2007. The recruitment period was extended for this year’s campaign to move the program to a 12-month cycle in the future.

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

In addition, as individuals recruit new members, they are entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift check each month they recruit. Skrajewski won the gift certificate in July.

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

The chapter recruiting the most new members during the campaign will receive a $1,000 honorarium check. The winning chapter is also eligible for Grand Prize drawings for three $500 honorarium checks for their chapter treasuries. In addition, chapters are eligible for monthly drawings for a free NTI registration any month they recruit a new member. The winner for July was the West Michigan Chapter.

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

A Reminder of the Past


Nassau University Medical Center critical care nurses celebrated Critical
Care Recognition and Awareness Month in May by displaying a piece of
medical history, the iron lung. The iron lung is an early form of mechanical
ventilation that was used extensively in the early part of the 20th century
(especially during polio outbreaks). The iron lung shown here was used
into the 1970s at the medical center, where it was recently found in a storage
area and prepared for display. Staff members are (from left) Gary Hecker,
Donna Hangan, Nina Gavan, Donna Sehlhoff, Camille Persaud, Mike Gordon,
Vivian Garces, Kerri Murphy and Amy Pakes. Pictured in the iron lung is Ed Smith.

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
RN (May 2006)—In “Guest Editor: Achieving Excellence,” then President-elect Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, shared her thoughts on healthy work environments. She said, “Be inspired and inspire others to bring about change. All it takes is one person to get the ball rolling. Others will join you in your pursuit of excellence.” She also gave the URL (www.aacn.org/HWE) to download a complimentary copy of the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.

Fiscal 2007 Appropriations (May 4, 2006)—“Congressional Testimony” included the following quote by Melissa A. Rank, assistant Air Force surgeon general for nursing services: “Air Force Nursing Services made an impact at the national level as well. In May 2005, AACN recognized the CCATT nurses in the 59th Medical Wing for Excellence in Clinical Practice, Non-Traditional Setting. This award reflects the contributions of the entire team from the field medic to the tertiary care centers.”

Inside Indiana Business (May 3, 2006)—
“Clarian Health Partners’ Critical Care Nurses Receive National Award” was the title of an article about two units in the Clarian system that received AACN’s Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. Methodist Hospital Clinical Director Kevin Reed, RN-BC, MSN, CNA, who is chair-elect of AACN Certification Corporation, was quoted as saying it takes “hard work that is only attained through high-quality standards, healthy work environments and exceptional care to patients and their families. The award is directly related to the care provided by the entire group of professionals working on these units.”

Advance for Nurses (May 15, 2006)—“Hoag Nursing Units Receive AACN Honor” included the following quote: “Hoag’s CCU/CVICU and Neuro ICU nurses are an elite team of critical care providers,” said Rick Martin, MSN, RN, CNO. “Earning the Beacon Award speaks directly to their commitment to delivering the highest quality care to patients in Hoag’s critical care units.”

Nephrology Nursing Journal (May 1, 2006)—“Violence in the Workplace” included references to AACN’s 2004 Position Statement titled “Workplace Violence Prevention.” “A perception within the healthcare industry that ‘assaults are part of the job’ leads to underreporting of violent incidents and barriers to the institution of effective programs to assess and manage workplace violence.” The article also listed AACN’s calls to action as described in the position statement.

Northeast Medical Center News (April 27, 2006)—“NEMC’s ICU Becomes First in State to Receive Beacon.” Catrina Weatherby, RN, BSN, MSICU operations manager, said, “As a collective team, we are very proud to be the first in our state [North Carolina] to receive the Beacon Award. I’m pleased that the staff has been recognized for their daily delivery of dedication, compassion, professional diligence and concern for quality care through this national award.”

Nursing in Critical Care 2006 (May 2006)—“Evidence-based Practice and Critical Care Nursing” contained many references to the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. In part, the article noted, “According to this model, nursing care reflects an integration of knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes needed to meet the needs of patients and families. The model describes nursing competencies on three levels (1, 3 and 5) ranging from competent to expert levels of efficiency.”

Critical Care Specialty Guide (Spring 2006)—“Recognition Matters” addressed AACN’s Healthy Work Environments Standards. Pam Meredith, RN, NP, Nursing Spectrum editorial director, advised, “If we focus on one another’s good qualities and point with pride to the strengths of our colleagues, whether it is starting the difficult IV or comforting the grieving family, we can create that healthy and supportive workplace AACN envisions for all critical care nurses.”

HealthDay (May 22, 2006)—“Health Highlights” stated that “two-thirds of intensive care patients in the United States may be receiving suboptimal care because demand has exceeded the supply of critical care specialists (“intensivists”), according to a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report … In response, a group of critical care societies is working with members of Congress to develop solutions. This group, called the Critical Care Workforce Partnership, includes the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine and AACN.” This article ran in many other outlets, including Yahoo Finance, USA Today, hoovers.com, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Las Vegas Business Press, Medical News Today and the Los Angeles Times.

Health Data Management (May 25, 2006)—“Krames Donates to Nursing School” indicated that “Yardley, Pa.-based Krames, a vendor of print-on-demand patient education materials, has donated its content to the University of Pennsylvania’s nursing school in California, Pa. The donation is under the auspices of AACN’s Technology for Nursing Schools Initiative.”

Norwalk Hospital Community News (May 10, 2006)—This hospital’s Critical Care Nursing Team received AACN’s Beacon Award for the second consecutive year. Denise White, RN, MHA, patient care manager, was quoted as saying, “I am very proud of the ICU/CCU staff for receiving the Beacon Award again. Every day I see the dedication of the staff to providing exceptional care to their patients and family members. The unit has a reputation as a great place to work and the staff is a cohesive team known for going above and beyond the needs of their patients. They are truly worthy of this prestigious award.”

Dana Hills [Calif.] High School News (May 25, 2006)—The Dana Hills High School Web site provided a link to an AACN article titled “NTI Offers Learning Experience for High School Students,” which was about the 60 students (members of the school’s Health and Medical Occupations Academy) who toured this year’s NTI in Anaheim to learn about future opportunities in nursing.

Advance for Nurses (May 29, 2006)—“Local Nurses Honored by AACN/NTI” acknowledged the local recipients of AACN’s 2006 Circle of Excellence Awards. “This prestigious award recognizes contributions and achievements that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethic of care.”

Advance for Nurses (May 31, 2006)—“AACN Responds to NCSBN Plan for Regulating Advanced Practice Nursing” included AACN’s views on NCSBN’s Vision Paper. “We [AACN] urge boards of nursing not to abandon the regulation of advanced practice nursing by sanctioning the licensure of a lower level generalist and leaving the further definition, education and utilization of specialists to the pressures of the marketplace. We feel that this would leave consumers of APRN services with no recourse for resolution of practice issues and would result in an even greater fragmentation of services and level of confusion than currently exists.”

MarketWatch.com (May 23, 2006)—“Philips Expands Patient Monitoring Leadership Surpassing 100,000 IntelliVue Systems Sold; Innovative Clinical Decision Support Tools Helping Speed Awareness of Critical Changes in Patient Conditions on Display at Annual AACN-NTI Meeting” was featured in many outlets, including Yahoo Finance, hoovers.com, Reuters, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and the Dallas News. The article also stated that “Philips Medical Systems will continue the company’s nearly 20 years of support for the AACN-NTI’s educational mission.”

Nursing Spectrum (May 10, 2006)—“Career Management: Ask the Experts” noted “there is a wealth of information about clinical practice” on AACN’s Web site, including a position statement on chest tube removal, the reader’s topic of interest. “As the professional association for critical care nursing, this position statement would be a good source of guidance in evaluating the current situation in your facility.”

Healthcare Traveler (May 2006)—“Critical Care Travelers: Caring for the Sickest Patients” listed AACN’s contact information as a resource for traveling nurses.

Our Voice at the Table
CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, attended the Nursing Spectrum National Advisory Board meeting in Alexandria, Va. This biannual meeting offers the opportunity for leaders of national nursing organizations and Nursing Spectrum to discuss trends and activities to support nurse education, advocacy and recognition.

Maria R. Shirey, MS, MBA, RN, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented a concurrent session, “Authentic Leaders Promoting Values and Healthy Work Environments,” at the Ethics Symposium of the 30th Annual Research Conference of the Midwest Nursing Research Society in Milwaukee, Wis.

Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, then AACN president, spoke about “Healthy Work Environments” and “Critical Care at a Critical Time” at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Carolinas Chapter in Pinehurst, NC.

Brinker attended the American College of Chest Physicians Board of Regents meeting in Big Sky, Mont., where collaborative opportunities for the two organizations were discussed.

Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, AACN board member, attended "Resilient Leadership in Times of Change and Transition: Responding to the New ‘Normal’ for Academic Nursing,” a conference sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and held in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Mary Holtschneider, RN, BSN, MPA, then AACN board member, attended the quarterly board meeting of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) in Baltimore, Md. The group evaluated current accreditation standards, discussed revisions and elected officers. They also reviewed applications for accreditation and re-accreditation. Holtschneider was welcomed as a new CAMTS board member.

NTI Exhibitors Listed on Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals


Counted among exhibitors at the 2006 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition were nine of the 14 hospitals in this year’s U.S. News & World Report roster of America’s best hospitals. Honor roll hospitals ranked at or near the top in a minimum of six clinical specialties.

Determination of best hospital status includes several nursing measures, such as Magnet hospital designation and the relative ratio of nurses to patients based only on RNs employed by the hospital, not agencies or other outside sources. For more information, visit www.usnews.com/besthospitals.

AACN congratulates these distinguished exhibitors on receiving national recognition for excellence:

Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mayo Clinic Rochester
UCLA Medical Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Duke University Medical Center
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
University of Washington Medical Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital
University of Michigan Hospital and Health System
Stanford Hospital and Clinics

NTI 2006 Sessions Just a Click Away



GE Healthcare is again this year offering online videos of several sessions from this year’s NTI.

Formerly known as a Taste of NTI, this year’s NTI e-Sampler features four sessions. In addition to Debbie Brinker’s “Engage and Transform” president’s address and Mary Fran Tracy’s “The Power of Insight” president-elect’s address, two clinical sessions that were sponsored by GE Healthcare are offered: Barbara Drew’s “Tiring of Wiring? Sorting Out the Confusion About ECG Leads” and Barbara Leeper’s “Value of Continuous ST-Segment Monitoring.” To access the presentations, visit http://www.aacn.org/nti_e-sampler.

GE Healthcare is a Silver Level member of the AACN Corporate Circle.
And remember, it’s not too early to start planning to attend next year’s NTI in Atlanta, Ga. Find out more by visiting www.aacn.org/nti

More NTI 2006 Online

NTI e-News
www.aacn.org/nti-e-news

Creative Solutions/Research Posters
www.aacn.org/ntiposters

Members Win Prizes in Annual Meeting Drawing

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

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

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

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

Audio Conference Focuses on Managing Pain and Sedation


Clinical Implications in Managing Pain and Sedation is the topic that will be discussed during an Oct. 12 audio conference cosponsored by AACN and Joint Commission Resources. The presentation, including time for questions, is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (ET).

Representing AACN as a co-presenter is Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM, FAANP, a professor of nursing and an advanced practice nurse in the Medical ICU at the University of Virginia Health Systems, Charlottesville. A past member of the AACN Board of Directors, Burns is nationally known for her work in the areas of weaning, mechanical ventilation and clinical research.

The October event is the fifth in a six-part series of 90-minute audio conferences focusing on patient safety and quality-of-care in acute and critical care. The series will wrap up Dec. 14, when the topic will be Intensivists, Hospitalists and Advanced Practice Nurses.

Healthy Work Environment Standards
In addition to the patient safety and quality of care topics, AACN and JCR are collaborating on a series of audio conferences that focus on the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. The Effective Decision Making standard will wrap up the series on Nov. 9.

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

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

De Jong Assumes Co-editorship of AACN Advanced Critical Care



Marla J. De Jong, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, Lt Col, U.S. Air Force, a highly respected author, lecturer, and community volunteer, has been named co-editor of AACN Advanced Critical Care. She joins Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN, editor.

As co-editor of the journal, De Jong is continuing the publication’s transition, including a name change from AACN Clinical Issues to AACN Advanced Critical Care, a broader-based publication that includes a variety of articles on advanced clinical content rather than exclusively topic-based symposia. Authors are invited and encouraged to submit manuscripts focused on topics of interest to experienced nurse clinicians, clinical educators, and/or advanced practice nurses. Additional information, including the call for papers, is available online at www.aacn.org > AACN Publications > Advanced Critical Care or www.aacnadvancedcriticalcare.com.

De Jong, who is director of nursing research at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, is well known to AACN’s publishing, continuing education and volunteer audiences. An active member of the organization, De Jong served as a community liaison in 2003 for AACN’s Board of Directors, was a member of the Nominating Committee for 2000-01 and was a Chapter Advisory Team representative for 2001-02 and 1998-99. She was also involved in the 2003-04 NTI Work Group and has written numerous book chapters and articles for professional publications. She previously served on the editorial board of AACN Clinical Issues and has been a member of several advisory teams and review panels.

AACN Advanced Critical Care is now available at a special subscription price of $35 (regularly $88) for AACN members.

In the Circle: Excellent Nursing Student Award



Editor’s note: The Excellent Nursing Student Award recognizes nursing students whose activities during nursing school have promoted the value of nursing and reflect the AACN vision. Following are exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2006.

Lisa Marie Carriger
Laguna Hills, Calif.
Saddleback College
As a nursing student my contributions to the nursing field have been passion, integrity and leadership qualities. I have participated in the mentor program throughout my schooling. I have worked beside women with great promise and aptitude, who just needed a little guidance and support to realize their dreams. I have believed in, supported, laughed and cried with these women and given my every last bit to their success as well as my own. I have also taken advantage of opportunities to better my education. Last summer, I participated in a nurse extern program at Mission Hospital, where I found myself in the CICU. I realized this is where I wanted to work. I persevered and was offered a position as a new graduate. I did well in school and spent my fourth semester intern in the CICU. I also attended employee in-services and participated in educational opportunities, trying to prepare myself for the future. The nurses and patients I have been blessed to work with have taught me things that cannot be learned from a book or in a classroom. I have seen the true heart of a nurse over and over again and the healing power of a nurse’s smile and touch. I hope I will pass on the kindness I have found. I look forward to participating in this great way of life called nursing.

Abbie Gage
El Dorado Hills, Calif.
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Sacramento offered me unique experiences and excellent instructors who motivated me through teaching by exemplary clinical practice, inspiring me to strive for excellent patient care. Their drive and encouragement helped me grow from a nursing student to a new nurse. At C.S.U.S., I developed and implemented a PDA purchasing program that allowed nursing students to purchase packages and programs at a discount. I implemented a teaching program for students and faculty to increase competent PDA use in the hospital. I developed and produced an instructional PDA video available for use at the school. I also served as a guest speaker for the Sacramento Chapter, focusing on implementing PDA’s in clinical practice. C.S.U.S. now recommends PDA’s for students, and usage among both students and faculty has jumped dramatically in the last two years. Throughout school,
I served as vice-president of my nursing school class and was an active member of the Sacramento Chapter. I spent two weeks in Mexico on a nursing, cultural and language immersion trip. I also spent one week assisting at a camp for children with physical disabilities, and attended NSNA’s “Jumpstarting Your Career” conference. I was an intern on a trauma med-surg floor for 1.5 years and precepted in a surgical-trauma ICU for one year. I look forward to my new RN position in the cardio-thoracic surgical ICU, continuing my education, branching into a CNS role and becoming a clinical instructor. I hope to inspire and teach someday, just as I have been taught.

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Coming in October in Critical Care Nurse


Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

• Mapping Ventricular Tachycardia (CE article)
• Paraplegia After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CE article)
• Critical Care Nurses’ Work Environments
(Results of national 2006 RN Work Environment Survey)
• Cardiac Surgery in Elderly Patients
(CE article)
• The Patient-Family Advisory Council

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


Looking Ahead


September 2006

Sept. 14 AACN/JCR audio conference on Appropriate Staffing, one of the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments; 12:30 to
2 p.m. (EDT). Price is $249. For more information, call (877) 223-6866; www.jcrinc.com > Education > Audio Conferences/Web Conferences.


October 2006

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

Oct. 12 AACN/JCR audio conference on Clinical Implications in Managing Pain and Sedation; 12:30 to 2 p.m. (EDT). Price is $249. For more information, cal
(877) 223-6866; www.jcrinc.com > Education > Audio Conferences/Web Conferences.


November 2006

Nov. 9 AACN/JCR audio conference on Effective Decision Making, one of the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments; 12:30
to 2 p.m. (EST). Price is $249. For more information, call (877) 223-6866; www.jcrinc.com > Education > Audio Conferences/Web Conferences.