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Vol. 24, No. 12, DECEMBER 2007

NTI Heads to Chicago in 2008

For the first time in AACN history, the prestigious National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) will be in the Windy City. NTI is the world’s largest educational conference and exposition for acute and critical care nurses—staff nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners who care for patients who are acutely or critically ill.

The event will take place May 3 through 8 and will be housed in the new McCormick Place West, part of the world- renowned McCormick Place. The 250,000-square-foot McCormick Place West, with its 470,000-square-foot exhibition hall, adds to Chicago's stature as a city with the most complete, versatile and flexible convention, trade show, exhibition and meeting venues. As one of the world's great cities, Chicago also offers outstanding cultural and leisure attractions: spectacular shopping, superb dining, internationally renowned museums and exciting nightlife.

NTI attendees will have access to comprehensive resources designed to maximize their contributions to patient care. They can network with peers from across the country and around the globe, earn CE credits, hear inspiring talks from well-known speakers, take review courses and sit for exams in their specialty (CCRN, CCNS, PCCN or ACNPC) or subspecialty (CMC or CSC) certifications.

Make plans now to attend NTI 2008. Check out a list of hotel accommodations and book your room online at www.aaacn.org/nti. Visit this site regularly for updated information about NTI 2008 programs and speakers. Online registration for the conference will open in January.

AACN Certification Corporation

Adds Certification Exam for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

Certification Program Joins CCRN, CCNS, PCCN
Specialty Exams

AACN Certification Corporation has added the acute care nurse practitioner certification exam (ACNPC) to its credentials for acute and critical care nurses. Computer-based testing for the exam opened at testing sites nationwide in November.

“We created the ACNPC credential to meet the changing needs of acute care nurse practitioners and the patients in their care,” said Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, chief executive officer, AACN. “This credential aligns with AACN’s extensive expertise as the specialty organization that understands the practice of acute care nurse practitioners. The exam is based on our comprehensive study of practice of acute care nurse practitioners and is targeted at entry-level competencies.”

AACN Certification Corporation also offers the CCRN (for bedside critical care nurses), CCNS (for acute and critical care clinical nurse specialists) and PCCN (for progressive care nurses) certification exams. The organization also offers nursing subspecialty certification exams in cardiac surgery (CSC) and cardiac medicine (CMC).

Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA, BC, CPHQ, chair of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors, added: “Nurses who earn the ACNPC certification will take a vital step in their careers by validating their knowledge and experience with the mark of excellence an AACN Certification Corporation credential conveys.”

The ACNPC credential is awarded to acute care nurse practitioners who have passed the 175-question, 3 1/2-hour certification exam and who meet the eligibility requirements of completing an accredited graduate advanced practice education program with a concentration as an acute care nurse practitioner. Candidates must have 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in a master’s program directly related to the role of the acute care nurse practitioner. The exam is for acute care nurse practitioners who care for adult patients.

Like any new advanced practice certification examination used as a proxy measure for APRN licensure or designation, the ACNPC exam must be approved on a state-by-state basis. The organization is currently in the process of seeking approval from individual boards of nursing. Prospective candidates should check with their state boards of nursing to make sure ACNP certification meets their state’s requirements for advanced practice designation or licensure. Although ACNP certification is not required in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New York, North Dakota and Oregon, the credential provides an opportunity for advanced practice nurses to further enhance and validate their skills and knowledge and receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

AACN Certification Corporation exams have been demonstrated to be legally defensible and psychometrically sound indicators of mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice effectively. The examinations are administered via computer-based testing and are available at locations across the country. The examinations are open to nurses caring for acutely and critically ill patients who meet the eligibility requirements, which include a specified period of clinical practice in the role being tested.

For more information, visit www.certcorp.org.

AACN and JCR Join Forces to Present Online Series

AACN has again partnered with Joint Commission Resources (JCR) to co-sponsor a series of online programs that focus on issues important to acute and critical care nurses and other practitioners.

Healthy Work Environments will lead off the series of three topics, each offering three presentations that can be accessed either live or later from the Web conference library. The other topics are Reducing Medical Errors and Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

Representing AACN to discuss Healthy Work Environments on Thursday, Feb. 5, 12 and 19, is Kathy McCauley, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, FAHA, a past AACN president who is associate dean for academic programs and associate professor of cardiovascular nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. McCauley is also a clinical specialist in cardiovascular nursing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Representing JCR is consultant Terrance Shea, MPA, BSN. All presentations are scheduled from 11:30 to 1 p.m. (CST), with time allowed for questions from participants.

The lead-off presentation Feb. 5 will address the AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards, introduced in 2005 and endorsed by leading healthcare associations. The Standards – which set out the ingredients for success as skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition and authentic leadership – are available online at www.aacn.org/hwe.

The presentations will continue Feb. 12 with Implementing the Healthy Work Environment Standards and Feb. 19, with Healthy Practice Environments for Internationally Recruited Nurses.

You can register for this program now by visiting the JCR Web site at www.jcrinc.com. Cost is $249 per Web conference or $600 for all three topics within a series. The entire nine-session Web conference series will be available for $1,800.

Presentations on Reducing Medical Errors are scheduled for Thursday, June 10 (2008 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals), June 17 (Mistake-proofing Healthcare) and June 24 (Ensuring Reliable Care). Presenting are, on behalf of AACN, Patricia R. Ebright, RN, DNS, associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing, and on behalf of JCR, consultant Roberta Fruth, RN, MS, PhD, FAAN, a former AACN board member.

Presentations on Palliative and End-of-Life Care are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7 (Palliative Care Isn’t Just End-of-Life Care), Oct. 14 (Family Presence in Critical Care) and Oct. 21 (End-of-Life Care). Presenting are, on behalf of AACN, (Oct. 7) Patsy Treece, RN, MN, a critical care research nurse with the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Washington, and (Oct. 14 and 21) J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, FCCP, professor of medicine at the University of Washington and director of the Harborview/UW End-of-life Care Research Program. Presenting on behalf of JCR is consultant Beth Glassford, RN, MS, MHA, CHE, chair-elect of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.

Members on the Move

Lower, Buonocore, Shirey, Dennison

Kim Uddo, RN, MSN, CCRN, was promoted to associate professor of critical care at Delgado Community College’s Charity School of Nursing, New Orleans, La.

J. “Ski” Lower, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, AACN board member, wrote an article titled “Creating a Culture of Civility in the Workplace” for the September 2007 issue of American Nurse Today.

Denise Buonocore, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN-BC, immediate past AACN board member, has a new position as acute care nurse practitioner on the MICU hospitalist service with the Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Medical Services PC. She will continue to teach at the Yale School of Nursing in the ACNP program.

Janet Bischof, RN, PHD, CCRN, CNA, earned a PhD in nursing from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Brenda Fore, RN, BSN, MHM, is the new director of emergency services at Rowan Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, N.C. She is also a former U.S. Army nurse who served in Korea and Iraq.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, wrote an article titled “An Evidence-Based Understanding of Entrepreneurship in Nursing” for the September/October 2007 issue of Clinical Nurse Specialist. Randy Claxton, RN, MS, NNP, CCRN, who serves as the chief military consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for NICU nursing, wrote an article titled “Sky’s the Limit: Certification: Get It Now,” which appeared in the December 2006 issue of Men in Nursing.

Robin Dennison, RN, DNP, CCNS, was appointed director of the Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator Master’s Degree Track and director of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.

Ruby Anderson, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, was promoted to chief nursing officer at Prince George’s Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md.

Tracy Johnson, RN, and Dawn Swiderski, RN, CCRN, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., were honored as two of the “Great 100” nurses of North Carolina for 2007.

Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc, AACN board member, and her fellow AACN members Kathy Schell, RN, DNS, Beth Bradley, RN, BS, ASN, CNRN, Maureen Seckel, CCRN, CCNS, APRN-BC, APN, and Sandy Wakai, RN, BSN, CCRN, from Christiana Care and the University of Delaware, are members of the team that received the 2007 Research Dissemination Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, for their research “Better Blood Pressure for Better Patient Care.

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Scene and Heard

Our Voice in the Media
KB Nursing Connection (July 2007) – “Enhancing Patient Care Delivery Systems Through Improved Nursing Engagement” recommended AACN’s Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments, as they “present guidelines that are critical to achieving skilled communication and true collaboration. Hospitals would be prudent to use these guidelines as they partner with physicians and nurses in the development of a healthy work environment.”

Reston Hospital Center News (July 2007) – “Critical Care Unit Earns AACN Beacon Award.” CCU Director Laura Reed, RN, CCRN, said, “We’re honored to be recognized with this award. It represents a lot of work by the staff, and I could not be more proud of them.”

The Pilot (July 26, 2007) – “Hospital Foundation Funds Programs.” An educational grant allowed six nurses from Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, N.C., to attend NTI in Atlanta. “This conference provided an outlet for discussion of current and potential issues with a large group of nurses from all over the country. It provided nurses with information on the latest and greatest in technology and evidence-based practice in critical care,” said Henry Downing, RN, assistant director of the hospital’s CVT/ISU.

Integrator (Summer 2007) – “Local Evidence-based Practice Project Leads to National Poster Presentation.” Lynn Jensen, RN, who presented a poster at NTI, said, “I was surrounded by thousands of intelligent, dedicated nurses who were enthused and excited about the profession of nursing … I’m eager to integrate what I learned at NTI into my care for patients and my work with colleagues at Abbott Northwestern.”

Wireless News (July 13, 2007) – “Teleflex Medical Intros New MINI Sahara.” “Teleflex Medical recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Pleur-evac chest drainage product by unveiling [at NTI Atlanta] its baby sister – the new MINI Sahara, a smaller, more portable version of its Sahara unit.”

Critical Care Nursing Quarterly (July-September 2007) – “Scope Creep: An Evidence-based Example Using Procedural Sedation.” The article indicated “moral distress results when the values of a nurse are challenged by experiences or conditions in their practice environment. AACN has issued a statement regarding moral distress, which can be found on its Web site. When moral distress is evident, AACN advises nurse leaders to take action to investigate the situation to prevent and minimize further distress.”

U.S. News & World Report (July 30, 2007) – “Put a Ceiling on Nurses’ Hours.” “A 2006 study in the American Journal of Critical Care found that compared with nurses working shifts of eight hours or less, those who worked up to 12 hours made 50 percent more errors, and those who worked more than that made twice as many.”

NurseWeek (July 16, 2007) – “Number of Men in Nursing on the Rise.” According to Ramón Lavandero, RN, MSN, MA, FAAN, AACN director of development and strategic alliances, “such developments as the first scholarship program for men launched this year by AAMN Foundation and Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future are a harbinger of things to come. For 2008, 20 scholarships were awarded to men entering nursing in 15 states.”

Atlanta Hospital News (July 2007) – “Over 6,500 Nurses Convene in Atlanta.” The article noted that “NTI concluded on Thursday, May 24, and provided critical care nurses with materials, tools and new techniques to share with their organizations and units, to help them care for and improve the healthcare of their patients and families.”

Our Voice at the Table
Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN, BC, CEN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, represented AACN at the Competency & Credentialing Institute’s (CCI) Continued Competence Leadership Forum: From Pieces to Policy. Forty representatives from nursing, government, medicine, councils of state medical and nursing boards, professional associations, academia, consumer advocacy and industry attended the meeting in Alexandria, Va. The focus was on continued competency in nursing and building consensus on the optimal competency programs, requirements and elements.

Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, former AACN president, spoke on “Creating Healthy Work Environments: A Journey to Excellence” at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System’s Institute for Innovative Nursing Practice Grand Rounds in Richmond, Va.

Barden spoke on “Creating Healthy Work Environments” for the Nursing Education Institute at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. There were several lectures as well as rounding on various units to discuss work environment issues with staff.

Marti Reiser, RN, MSN, CNP, CNS, CCRN, CDE, a member of AACN’s Lake Erie Chapter, presented “Detecting Thyroid Disorders” at the New England Regional Women’s Health & Older Adult Conference in North Falmouth, Mass.

Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, AACN board member, presented a two-day “High Acuity Medical Surgical Review” course at Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, Texas. She highlighted PCCN certification, membership in AACN, healthy work environments and AACN’s free CE benefit. Seleria Fletcher, RN, MSN, president of AACN’s Greater East Texas Chapter, also attended.

Miller presented “Code Stroke: What Are All Those New Guidelines?” “Ventilator Care: Beyond SIMV” and “Flip a Coin? Better Ways to Titrate Vasoactive Medications” at the 7th Annual Critical Care: Opportunities & Challenges in Las Vegas, Nev.

Janice Wojcik, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, was a speaker at the Tau Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Annual Fall Conference. In keeping with this year’s theme, Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment, she presented “Healthy Work Environments – A Journey to Excellence.” The conference was held at Wesley College, Dover, Del.

Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc, AACN board member, spoke on “Nursing Around the Globe” at the fourth annual 21st Century Visions of Nursing and Health Care, sponsored by Christiana Care Health System, in Newark, Del.

Marian Altman, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, AACN board member, presented an “AACN Update” at a Region 4 meeting in Fredericksburg, Va., and Susan Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented a “Certification Update.” Cindy Steinbach, RN, BS, CCRN, chapter adviser for Region 4 (D.C./Md./Va./W.Va.), facilitated the event.

Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, presented “Advanced Pacing Concepts” at Critical Care Updates 2007, a two-day conference sponsored by AACN’s Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter. Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president, gave the keynote speech, “Reclaiming Our Priorities,” and a breakout session, “Updates on Cardiovascular Therapies.” Jane Leske, APRN-BC, PhD, recipient of the 2007 AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, presented "Standards, Guidelines and Bundles: Implications for Evidence-based Practice.” Christine Schulman, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, immediate past chair of the Research Work Group, spoke on “Inducing Hypothermia to Optimize Neurologic Outcomes,” “Emerging GI Considerations in Critical Care” and “End Tidal CO2 Monitoring.”

Hammer presented “Reclaiming Priorities to Create Healthier Work Environments and Chapters” at a Multiregional Chapter Collaborative (Regions 8 & 10) in Cary, Ill. Chapter advisers Maggie Carriker, RN, MSN, (Region 8: Mich., Wis.) and Jodi Gunther, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN-CMC-CSC, (Region 10: Ill.) coordinated the event.

Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, AACN board member, presented a “National Update” at the AACN Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter’s meeting held at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.

Members Making a Big Difference in New Campaign

The “I Can Make a Difference” Member-Get-A-Member campaign is in full swing. October was an outstanding month, with 249 individuals and chapters recruiting 641 new members. This brings the campaign total after only two months to 959 new members recruited by 350 individuals and chapters.

October Totals:
336 new members recruited by 130 individuals
305 new members recruited by 119 chapters

In individual recruiting for the month, Morella Breckenridge, RN, BSN, PCCN, FCCM, FAHA, FAACVPR, of Englewood, Tenn. had a strong performance, recruiting 18 new members. Following close behind was Myra Sanders, RN, AND, CCRN, of Bowling Green, Ky. with 16. Their totals placed them in the top two spots in the overall campaign. Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, of Longmeadow, Mass. and Wendi Martin, RN, BSN, of Monticello, Ark. each recruited 12 new members in October and tied for third place overall.

In chapter recruiting, the Carolina Dogwood Chapter brought in 21 new members for the month, which puts them into the overall campaign lead with 22. The Greater Birmingham Chapter added 13 to their total, placing them second overall with 18. Also notable was the Greater Washington Area Chapter’s addition of 13 new members for the month. That makes 14 for the campaign, for third place overall.

The campaign began Sept. 1, 2007 and will continue through Aug. 31, 2008. Participation in the drive offers the chance for recruiters to receive valuable rewards, including a $1,500 American Express gift check for the top individual recruiter. Members who recruit more than 20 new members by campaign end will be entered into a random drawing for a $1,000 American Express gift check, those who recruit 10 to19 new members by campaign end will be entered into a random drawing for a $750 American Express gift check, and anyone who recruits 1 to 9 new members by campaign end will be entered into a random drawing for a $500 American Express gift check.

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.
Individuals who recruit at least one new member in a campaign month will be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift check. Adoracion Yap, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, from Sugarland, Texas won the gift check in October.

Chapters are eligible for monthly drawings for a free NTI registration any month they recruit a new member. October’s winner was the Brevard Chapter.

For the full list of recruiters and their totals, visit www.aacn.org > Membership.

Monthly Super Savers

These Super Saver prices are valid through Jan. 31, 2008. All orders must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31 to be eligible for the Super Saver price.

The New Leadership Challenge: Creating the Future of Nursing, 2nd Ed. (#128627)
In an easy-to-read, interactive and concise format, the authors provide the characteristics of a leader and a follower, and how and when to use each of these roles to achieve personal and professional success. Everyone has leadership abilities and The New Leadership Challenge, 2nd Edition helps nurses explore their personal characteristics and identify areas for improvement. The New Leadership Challenge, 2nd Edition is an important text that provides nurses with the tools necessary to advance their careers. Grossman and Valiga's book will inspire and motivate nurses to become leaders in a challenging, demanding and changing health care system.
Regular Price
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Scope and Standards of Practice for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (#128102)
This book describes the scope and standards of professional performance for the acute care nurse practitioner.
Regular Price
Member $20, Nonmember $25
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Member $17.85, Nonmember $22

AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing, 6th Ed. (#128700)
From the experts at AACN comes the definitive resource on administering quality nursing care to adult critically ill patients. The 6th edition has been updated to reflect the current state of critical care nursing practice and includes new content on the AACN Synergy Model, professional care and ethical practice and critical care patients with special needs, as well as the most current literature and clinical studies. The clear and logical format makes this book an ideal study tool for critical care nursing orientation and continuing education programs. By covering the newest content on the CCRN exam, it also serves as an important resource for nurses preparing for critical care certification.
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This Month’s Featured Product

Cardiac Nursing - A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease (#100253)
This is the only comprehensive text available for cardiac nurses. This brand-new reference emphasizes both evidence-based practice and hands-on care in a high-tech, high-touch approach that meets the high-stakes needs of cardiac and critical care nurses. What’s more, the book makes the material easily accessible by using clear language, straightforward text and plenty of illustrations, lists and tables. This book is the third in a series of companion texts for Braunwald’s Heart Disease and the first specifically for nurses.
Member Price: $94.05, Nonmember Price: $99

Nurses Reach Out During Southern California Wildfires

Once again, nurses stepped up to extend a caring heart to those displaced by or suffering from the effects of the wildfires that ravaged Southern California in October. In some cases, they were covering for colleagues who had difficulty reporting for work because of the threat to their homes.

When AACN reached out via e-mail to members in the affected areas, the spirit of acute and critical care nurses shone through in the responses received. Following is one of many heartfelt messages.

“Several of my co-workers did lose their homes but with such a tight community, help is available,” one AACN member reported. “I am still amazed at the camaraderie shared among nurses during such a crisis.”

She went on to explain that several RNs who were ordered to evacuate their homes could not make it to work. Because acuity went up as respiratory distress victims arrived, staffing was already tight, she explained.

“The true heroes are those RNs who stayed an additional 12 hours, completing a 24-hour shift without one ounce of complaint! They are heroes to me.”

AACN Creates Legacy Circle in Memory of Linda J. and Thomas A. Krausz

Through the generosity of AACN member Linda J. Krausz and her husband, Thomas, AACN has established the Linda J. and Thomas A. Krausz Legacy Circle with a bequest of $148,000 from the Krausz Estate. The couple died in a motorcycle accident on Dec. 31, 2005.

“This sad event offers AACN the unique opportunity of celebrating Linda and Thomas’s lives by creating a legacy circle in their name and inviting others to follow their generous example,” said Ramón Lavandero, AACN development and strategic alliances director. A legacy circle is a giving group honoring those who make provisions to support AACN through bequests in their wills, trusts and other financial planning vehicles.

Linda Jean Summers Krausz, 52, was born in Schenectady, N.Y., and grew up in the Albany area. She studied at the State University of New York at Oswego and worked in Austria as an au pair before enrolling in the Allgemeine Krankenpflegeschule for her diploma in nursing. There she met Thomas Anton Krausz, also a nurse, who was born and raised in Linz, Austria. After marrying in 1976, they moved to the United States.

Linda Krausz earned her BSN in 1992 and MSN as an acute care nurse practitioner. She worked at hospitals in Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Arizona, most recently at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale. She was a popular speaker on the topic of cardiovascular care.

The couple often reached out to help others, whether family, colleagues or strangers. As part of their new motorcycling hobby, they participated in toy and shoe drives for the needy. They loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking in the U.S. and Austria.

Donors currently confirming their bequest intention will be designated as charter members of the Linda J. and Thomas A. Krausz Legacy Circle. For more information, call Ramón Lavandero at 800-394-5995, ext. 505 or e-mail ramon@aacn.org.

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