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Vol. 24, No. 7, JULY 2007


Free CE Credits
AACN in Landmark Move to Enrich Membership


On July 1, AACN became the first professional nursing association to offer its members unlimited free continuing education credit through its print and online offerings. At the same time, AACN unveiled a new Online CE Center that provides its customers enhanced features, such as specialized sorting and personal transcript-keeping capabilities.

The decision to discontinue the fees members previously paid for CE credit was possible, in part, because of the loyalty of AACN members, which has contributed to the association’s financial stability. Also because of this position, AACN has not had to increase either membership dues or fees for exams administered by AACN Certification Corporation for more than a decade.

"AACN has some of the most engaged and supportive members of any professional association, and I am thrilled we could reward that loyalty and enrich their membership experience," said CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN. "Continuing education for acute and critical care nurses is a priority of our important work. With this new benefit, our extensive library of educational resources will put the most current and accurate information at our members’ fingertips."
Members who purchased CE passports prior to July 1 may request a refund for unused credits by calling (800) 899-2226.
Although nonmember CE customers will continue to pay the customary fee per CE offering, they will be able to take advantage of the new Online CE Center (http://www.aacn.org/ce.htm). Among the new features of the center are:
• Ability to select CE offerings by clinical topic, journal or keywords in the title
• A complete and comprehensive transcript feature that tracks not only all AACN online CE credits, but also external CE credits
• Online storage of individual CE certificates for anytime, anywhere accesse

Submit CE Test Forms Online and Enjoy Faster Processing

Did you know you can submit your CE test forms online and get immediate results? You can even print your certificate when you achieve a passing score. It may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to receive your certificate if you mail your test form. Those who are more comfortable completing their tests on paper can still do so, then simply transfer their answers to the online form. Try it. We think you will be pleased with this expedited process.

Hanson Encourages Nurses to Reclaim Their Priorities in 2007-08


Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, became the 38th president of AACN on July 1. He accepted the reins of leadership from outgoing President Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN.

In his speech on the final day of NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga., Hanson introduced his theme, “Reclaiming Our Priorities,” and outlined his vision for the year. He asked NTI participants to think about how they can set priorities in each area of their lives in order to maintain balance in the midst of the chaotic healthcare environment. He stressed the importance of three core values: patients and families, safety and reliability. Once those elements are securely in place, nurses can begin to reclaim their priorities, he said.

He closed the session by asking participants to consider the following questions during the coming year: “Which of your priorities directly or indirectly support our core values? Which ones get in the way and distract you? And, most importantly, what is the one priority of your work that is being overshadowed by competing priorities?” Hanson then encouraged attendees to send their answers to him so that others may benefit.

Passing the Vision
Outgoing AACN President Mary Fran Tracy passed the “vision” of leadership to incoming President Dave Hanson at NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga.

New Board Members Join the AACN Team


The following newly appointed board members were welcomed during NTI 2007. They are:
Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS
Hanson is a clinical nurse specialist in cardiovascular surgery progressive and critical care at Clarian Health-Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
He joined AACN in 1992 and was a member of the AACN Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004, serving as treasurer for the last two years of his term. Hanson is a past president of the Dallas County Chapter and is currently actively involved in the Central Indiana Chapter.

In addition, Hanson is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International and Indiana State Nurses Association. He previously was a member of the Association of Nurses Endorsing Transplantation and the Emergency Nurses Association.

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD
Goodyear-Bruch is a critical care clinical nurse specialist and clinical associate professor at the University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

A member of AACN since 1981, she served on the AACN Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006 and was a member of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors in 2005-06. She previously served as chair of the Education Work Group and as a community liaison to the AACN board.

She is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of AACN, where she has held a variety of offices on its board of directors, including scholarship chair, education chair, treasurer and president.

In addition, Goodyear-Bruch is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. At her current job, she is a member of the KUMC Graduate Council and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Task Force.

Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc
Bucher is a full professor at the University of Delaware School of Nursing, Newark, Del., and a per diem staff nurse in the Emergency Department at Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly, N.J.

A member of AACN since 1987, she served on the NTI Work Group in 2001-02 and as a member of the Faculty Advisory Task Force from 2002 to 2004. She is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN, where she has served as president and treasurer and is a member of the Research Committee and Research Grant Review Subcommittee.
In addition, Bucher is an abstract reviewer for Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Nursing2007 Critical Care.

Judith “Ski” Lower, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
An independent lecturer and consultant, Lower is a retired nurse manager of the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

She has been a member of AACN since 1977 and is a lifetime member and at-large member of the board of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of AACN.
In addition, Lower has served on the State of Maryland’s Commission on the Crisis in Nursing, and is a member of the Steering Committee, vice-chair of the Public Relations Committee and critical care representative for the Maryland Nursing Workplace Commission. She served on the advisory boards for Advance for Nurses and Nursing2005, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for American Nurse Today.

John J. Whitcomb, PhD, RN, CCRN
Whitcomb is a nurse scientist with the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Va., and is currently on active duty as a commander with the United States Navy Nurse Corps.
A member of AACN since 1995, he has served as chair of the Advanced Practice Work Group and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Board Advisory Team and Advanced Practice Advisory Team. June 30, he completed a term as president of the Tidewater Chapter of AACN. Whitcomb is a former president of the San Diego Chapter of AACN. In addition, Whitcomb is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the Emergency Nurses Association.

Additional Appointments
Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, has been named board treasurer and Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, is the new secretary. Those elected to the Nominating Committee are Terri Kiss, RN, MSSW, CCRN, CFRN, Kathy Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN, and Jan Powers, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, CWCN. Returning board members are Marian S. Altman, RN, MS, CCRN, ANP, Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, APRN, BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, and Janice M. Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, APRN, BC.

Scene and Heard


Our Voice in the Media

CHEST Physician (March 2007) – “Creating Healthy Work Environments: Authentic Leadership,” by Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, former AACN president, is the third in a series of articles about AACN’s standards for a healthy work environment. She wrote that “the journey to a healthy work environment begins with authentic leaders, physician and nurse partners, taking the first step.”

Nursing2007 (March 2007) – “Critical Care Currents: Most Critical Care Nurses Say They’ll Stick With the Job, Survey Finds.” “Eighty-seven percent of critical care nurses plan to stay on the job, according to a nationwide survey by AACN, Nursing Spectrum and the Bernard Hodes Group. More than 4,000 critical care nurses participated in the survey.”

US State News (March 29, 2007) – “University of Virginia Nurses Recognized for Critical Care Excellence.” Dr. Pamela Cipriano, UVa’s chief clinical officer and CNO, said, “The criteria for Beacon establish a high bar for patient outcomes, use of evidence-based practice and creating a healing, healthy environment. When these three units receive their awards, we know the real winners are our patients and families.”

NEWS-Line for Nurses (March 2007) – “AGH Critical Care Nurses Receive National Award for Excellence in Patient Safety.” The MICU and CCU at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, received the AACN/Baxter Circle of Excellence Award for Patient Safety. “The quality of our critical care nursing staff is second to none, and I cannot think of a more well-deserved honor than the AACN’s Circle of Excellence Award,” said Connie Cibrone, AGH president and CEO.

Reston Hospital Center News (Feb. 8, 2007) – “AACN recognized Reston Hospital Center’s [Reston, Va.] Critical Care Unit with the prestigious Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence … Jennifer Humphrey, RN, BSN, CCRN, who initiated the Beacon Award application in January 2006, said, ‘Compiling the data for the 42 questions required in the application had validated to me and my colleagues the high standards to which we hold ourselves, our passion and our commitment to critical care nursing and the value we recognize in each other.’ ”

Inside Indiana Business (March 5, 2007) – “Clarian Health to Hold Patient Safety Summit.” “When the AACN released a plan to establish healthier work environments in January, Clarian quickly became the first hospital system in the country to jump on board. Since then, a team of 31 Clarian employees, who represent various units and departments, has been analyzing Clarian’s work environment based on AACN’s six standards.”

Nursing Spectrum (March 13, 2007) – “Brent’s Law.” “If you are not already a member, joining AACN would be a good idea. The association’s Web site has a wealth of information on, among other things, clinical practice. The association’s newsletter, AACN News, and other print material, is also available on the Web site.”
RN.com Nursing Organizational News (March 5, 2007) – “Heart Association Launches Attack on Women’s Heart Disease” included a quote from Teresa Wavra, RN, MSN, CNS, AACN clinical practice specialist. “The first role nurses have is to educate themselves on the changes in the Heart Association guidelines. They need to be educated themselves and learn the science behind the changes so they can better educate their patients.”

Nursing Spectrum (March 26, 2007) – “Focus on Memorial Sloan-Kettering.” “The design of the new ICU was created with patients and their families in mind. The unit relies on AACN’s Synergy Model, in which the needs and characteristics of patients and their families are matched with a nurse’s competencies.” Marine-Helene (Mia) Lofland, ICU nurse leader, said, “It’s all about building relationships with each patient and his or her family, and the Synergy Model helps us do that.”

Hartford Hospital News (Jan. 2, 2007) – “Bliss 10-ICU Awarded Critical Care Beacon Award.” Vice President of Nursing Laura Caramanica, RN, PhD, was quoted as saying, “It’s no surprise that B10 I has received the esteemed Critical Care Beacon Award. They have demonstrated outstanding performance in critical care nursing and as a professional team for as long as I can remember. Their achievement is what Magnet means.”

NurseZone.com (March 30, 2007) – “Nightingale Declaration Campaign Seeks International Nurse Support.” “In an effort to highlight the critical role of nurses in the worldwide quest for health, the Nightingale Declaration Campaign is seeking the support of nurses and nurse organizations around the globe to encourage the United Nations to adopt an ‘International Year of the Nurse’ and a ‘U.N. Decade for a Healthy World.’ “AACN is a platinum sponsor of this campaign.

Harborview Medical Center News (March 16, 2007) – “Harborview Wins Four Beacon Awards for Critical Care Excellence.” Becky Pierce, assistant administrator, Patient Care Services, said, “We started this journey two years ago to demonstrate our commitment to outstanding critical care and to see how we would compare to our peers … It is very gratifying that our units have been recognized for achieving best practices and excellent outcomes.”

Nursing Management (March 2007) – “Leveling Horizontal Violence” noted that AACN “developed a set of standards for establishing and sustaining healthy work environments. They’ve recommended that organizations devise and enforce policies to address and eliminate abuse and disrespectful behavior in the workplace.”

Nursing Spectrum (March 12, 2007) – “A Beacon of Light: The Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence Is More Than Just a Pat on the Back – The Winners Are a Testament to High Standards.” In part, the article indicated “Supporting and maintaining a high professional standard has been a hallmark among Saint Peter’s [University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.] critical care units, where more than 70% of nurses have received their CCRN certification.”
Managed Care Weekly Digest (March 12, 2007) – “Medical Societies Endorse New Critical Care Workforce Bill – Healthcare Costs.” “The Critical Care Workforce Partnership, a collaboration of the nation’s four leading critical care societies [including AACN] today endorsed the Patient-Focused Critical Care Enhancement Act. This legislation raises awareness among members of Congress and the general public about the importance of optimizing the delivery of critical care medicine and expanding the critical care workforce.”

Our Voice at the Table

Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, and Justine Medina, RN, MS, director of professional practice and programs, represented AACN at the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) 14th Annual Capitol Hill Caucus in Washington, D.C. The caucus serves to educate ACCP members on key issues affecting critical care medicine and to discuss effective lobbying strategies.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented her research, “Stress and Coping in Nurse Managers: A Qualitative Description,” at the 31st annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society in Omaha, Neb.
Susan Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented her abstract, “Determining Readiness for Shared Governance Using the Index for Professional Nursing Governance,” at the Mid-Atlantic Nursing Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va.

Hammer was a guest lecturer at Concordia University School of Nursing, Mequon, Wis. She presented “Cardiovascular Disorders in the Primary Care Setting” and highlighted resources available through AACN’s Web site, particularly the Practice Alerts.

Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, then AACN board president, toured the ICUs and met the staff and leadership at three New Jersey hospitals: Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown; Valley Health System, Ridgewood; and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Paterson. She also visited the “Wall of Honor” at St. Joseph, where the certificates of certified RNs are proudly displayed.

Ramón Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN director of development and strategic alliances, gave the second annual Distinguished Nurse Lecture: Remembering the Future: Laying Claim to a Healthy Work Environment, in honor of Nurses Week at Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, Calif. He also met with the nursing executive team, the pastoral care team and clinical unit staff.

Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, AACN board member, presented “Sepsis, Fluids and Electrolytes” and promoted practice alerts for treating sepsis at the Specialty Education Med-Surg Conference, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Miller presented “Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, Ventilator Care, and 12-Lead ECG Interpretation” at the 11th Critical Care Update in Las Vegas, Nev. She also hosted a roundtable on AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards during a preconference.

Tracy

Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, immediate past AACN board president, is the presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for 2007-08. Her term began May 22, 2007. In his letter of invitation, David H. Ingbar, MD, then ATS president-elect, wrote, “The ATS places great value on its close relationship with AACN. We believe that your service on the ATS Board of Directors will further strengthen our ties and enhance communication between our two organizations.”

Members on the Move


Morton, Mullen, Shirey

Stahl, Posani, Mick

Professional
Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, AACN board member, has a new position as associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is responsible for the undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, wrote an article titled “Competencies and Tips for Effective Leadership: From Novice to Expert,” which was published in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA).

Jodi Mullen, RN, BC, MS, CCNS, CCRN, immediate past AACN board member, co-authored “Traumatic Brain Injury,” a chapter in a new book titled “Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient.”

Theresa Posani, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, APRN-BC, accepted a position as critical care clinical nurse specialist at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, N.H. She was also elected to the American Nurses Association’s Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics.

Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN, CCNS, AACN board member, co-wrote “Ventricular Assist Devices in the Adult” for the April/June 2007 issue of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly.

Theresa Dawson, RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, was appointed chair of the school of nursing at The Robert B. Miller

College and director of nursing at Kellogg Community College in Michigan.

Diane Mick, PhD, RN, FNAP, has been named assistant director for clinical nursing research at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.

Barbara Piper, DNSc, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was appointed to the newly created position of professor and chair of nursing research at Scottsdale Healthcare/University of Arizona.

Honors
Cheryl Lewis, RN, BSHA, was selected as one of “Northeast Florida’s Great 100 Nurses” by the Northeast Florida Nursing Organization.

Maryanne Crowther, MSN, RN, APNC, received the New Jersey State Nurses Association’s C.A.R.E. award for excellence in clinical practice.

Kathleen Puntillo, RN, DNSc, FAAN, and Hildy Schell, RN, MS, CCNS, co-wrote “Critical Care Nursing Secrets,” 2nd edition, which received the 2006 AJN Book of the Year award in the critical care and emergency department category.

Linda Orrin, RN, CCRN, S.E.A., achieved both “Pinnacle” and “Summit” status from the 2006 HealthCare Service Excellence Association as an Exceptional Nurse. She also received the St. John Hospital & Medical Center (Detroit, Mich.) Shining Star Award.

Janet Fuller, RN, MSN, received the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year award for her work with high schools and colleges in South Carolina.

Nancy Albert, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, CNA, Kimberly Howe, PhD, RN, CCNS, Jan Powers, PhD(c), RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, Daphne Stannard, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, and Ann Tescher, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, were honored with the designation of Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM).)

Sample NTI Online


GE Healthcare is again this year sponsoring videos online from several NTI 2007 sessions. The NTI e-sampler will feature four sessions. In addition to Mary Fran Tracy’s Opening Session and President-elect Dave Hanson’s Speech, two clinical sessions that were sponsored by GE Healthcare are offered. They are “What’s the Hyper About Hyperacute Stroke?” presented by Mary Kay Bader and Melody Davidson, and “Case Studies in Hemodynamics,” presented by Leanna Miller.

To access the presentations, visit:

www.aacn.org/NTI/nti07.nsf/vwdoc/NTI_e-Sampler

Leaders Receive Lifetime Member Awards


Past AACN President Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, and past AACN Certification Corporation Chair Rebecca Long, RN, MS, CMSRN, CCRN, have received the AACN Circle of Excellence Lifetime Member Awards for 2007. The honor recognizes AACN members who have rendered distinguished, sustained service to the association and demonstrated the potential for continuing contributions to acute and critical care nursing through AACN. Following are highlights of their accomplishments.

Mary Fran Tracy Shares Her Path to
Critical Care Nursing
If you ask Past AACN President Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, why she became a critical care nurse, you will get a simple answer: Tracy saw critical care nursing as a way to challenge herself and become better professionally.

But if you speak with Tracy for any length of time, you will come to appreciate that becoming a nurse was not a foregone conclusion. In fact, Tracy started college in a premed program and had originally planned to become a physician.

Tracy, who has a sister who is a respiratory therapist and another sister who is a registered dietician, has always been interested in the sciences. Even more, Tracy delights in helping others, especially when they are in times of need.

“The most satisfaction I have had in my career is when I have made a difference one-on-one with a patient or another nurse,” Tracy said.

Transitioning to Critical Care
After getting her undergraduate nursing degree, Tracy worked in general medicine at the University of Iowa for a little over two years. Upon deciding that she wanted to pursue a graduate degree, Tracy moved to Minnesota, and soon switched to critical care nursing.

“Critical care seemed like the next logical step for me in terms of being challenged, to learn more about caring for those who are more critically ill and challenge myself in terms of helping families,” said Tracy. The move to critical care was by no means smooth, Tracy admits. She had moments of doubt early on, especially in the first three to four months, when she came to realize “how much I did not know and how much there is to learn. You get nervous about it, and I would take that to heart,” Tracy said. “People often told me it would take a year to get to the point where you feel you can handle anything that comes your way, but I did not believe them at first.”

But Tracy did become comfortable in the critical care setting, and she would come to be recognized for her achievements in the field.
Professional Involvement, Personal Commitment

Getting involved at the national level of AACN was not something Tracy had originally planned to do. If not for the prodding of her colleagues, Tracy might not have made the move at all.

Tracy did get involved in her local chapter’s activities of her own volition. However, as she was easing into her role, a fellow member of the local board nominated her for the national board. Guided by a strong sense of involvement and volunteerism, Tracy accepted that role and later relished in her new dedication.

Tracy is gratified by the professional success she has obtained. Yet, when asked about her proudest professional moment, Tracy recounts a situation in which she helped ease the pain of a family dealing with the declining health of their relative. The patient, Tracy explained, was critically ill, and the family knew she did not want to be maintained on life support. The physician, however, was having difficulty withdrawing care, and eventually recused himself from the patient’s care.

In this time of difficulty, Tracy helped facilitate the transfer of care to a physician who would respond to the family’s wishes. The patient did die, but was able to spend her last moments comfortably.

Shortly after, the family called Tracy and left her a voice mail expressing their thanks for her help in doing “what they were struggling to do.” It has been four years now, and Tracy has kept that voice mail.

Rebecca Long Encourages Nurses to Seek Certification

To past Certification Corporation Chair Rebecca Long, RN, MSN, CCRN, CMSRN, there is nothing more important for critical care nurses than to become certified because it is a commitment to continuing to learn how to become a better nurse.

The first year of nursing can be taxing and arduous, Long said, so new nurses should connect with their peers, network and build a system of support and encouragement. It typically takes a year to a year-and-a-half, according to Long, to firm up one’s knowledge base about nursing to the point where they feel comfortable selecting a specialty and seeking certification.

“I encourage nurses to find a niche – whether it is acute care, or critical care or OBGYN – find it, work really hard and continue studying for the first few years, because nursing is a lifelong learning process,” said Long.

Getting Started
Long says she did find a natural fit in nursing, but also admits to needing a little prompting to make the commitment.
Though interested in nursing, Long temporarily moved on to other things and tried out a few different majors in college. With a year to go in school, and while still struggling to find a career path, Long got a reminder from her mother that nursing school applications would be due soon. Years later, Long is appreciative of the gentle prod she received from her family to pursue something she had always found interesting.

A Daunting Beginning
After graduation, Long was both drawn to and fearful of critical care nursing. The challenge of learning something new was exciting, but the prospect of treating patients on a daily basis was daunting.

An incident a month into her professional career brought all of those fears to the forefront for Long, when she accidentally gave a patient too much medicine in an IV pump. The patient, already terminal, died sooner than expected. The resulting guilt was overwhelming, and Long begged off the ICU staff.

But Long’s director in the ICU refused to relieve Long of her duties. She said the support she received from those around her helped ease the stress, and so she stayed on. Now, 18 years later, Long is still in the critical care field, working as a faculty member and as a nurse in med-surg and acute care.

“I share that incident with all of my students,” Long said. “It is important for students to understand equipment and technology and to always have someone to help them if they do not understand, because things are not always as simple as they seem.”

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 who confirm their bequest intention by Dec. 31, 2007, 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.

Membership Campaign Performance Solid in May


The AACN Member-Get-A-Member campaign produced solid individual and chapter performances during May.

Kathleen Richuso, RN, MSN, RN-BC, of Chapel Hill, N.C. topped the charts in May with 11 new members recruited. This effort also propelled her into second place overall in the campaign with 68. Following close behind with 10 each in May were Tanya Huff, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, of Mechanicsville, Va.; Mariusz Kosia, RN, BS, CCRN-CMC, RN-BC, FACC, of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS of Longmeadow, Mass.; and Sheila Marie Remandaban, RN, BSN of Helotes, Texas. Ann Brorsen, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, of Sun City, Calif. continued to hold a commanding overall lead in the campaign with 104 new members recruited. In third place with 64 overall was Susan Rogers, RN, DNS, MSN of Vienna, Va.

In chapter recruiting, the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter added 19 new members to the AACN roster, cementing its second place position overall in the campaign with 115. The Greater Portland Chapter recruited 18 for the month. In the year-to-date campaign totals, the Greater Richmond Chapter stayed in the lead with 121 new members to date.

They are among the 1,437 individuals and chapters that have recruited 6,943 new members since the campaign began May 1, 2006. 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. Every recruiter who enrolls five new members during the program will also be entered in to the drawing.

In addition, as individuals recruit new members, they are entered in to a drawing for a $100 American Express gift check each month they recruit. Rosalena Livers, RN, BSN, CCRN, won the gift certificate in May.

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 its 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 May was the Greater Miami Area Chapter.

To see the full list of recruiters and their totals, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org > Membership.

Monthly Super Savers


The following prices are valid until Aug. 31, 2007. All orders must be received or postmarked by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the Super Saver price.

AACN’s Quick Reference to Critical Care Nursing Procedures (#128153)
This quick reference handbook provides busy critical care nurses with fast access to commonly used procedures in the ICU. The pocket-sized, wire-bound format makes the book easily portable; in addition it lays flat for easy reference. This guide is helpful for new graduates, anxious about performing skills for the first time on real patients in the clinical setting, and for experienced nurses, who may not have recently performed a particular procedure.
Regular Price
Member $35.95, Nonmember $39.95
Super Saver Price
Member $33.25, Nonmember $36.50

This Month’s Featured AACN Products

Mastering Sepsis: Identification and Treatment Advances in 2006 (#NCE1583106C –audio CD or #NCE1583106M- MP3)*
This presentation focuses on recent improvements in the understanding and treatment of sepsis, and clarification of the triad of disturbances at the cellular level. Past and present treatments of sepsis are presented.
Regular Price
Member and Nonmember $27
Super Saver Price
Member and Nonmember $22

Sepsis Series 2006 (#NCE9153106C- CD or #NCE9153106M – MP3)*
2 Audio Programs:
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Prescribing Antibiotics Effectively in Acute Care
Regular Price
Member and Nonmember $33
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*Please allow 7-10 days for delivery of these products, because they are shipped directly from the publisher.

Is Your Unit a Beacon of Excellence?


The AACN Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence shines national recognition on units that attain high standards for quality, exceptional care of patients, and healthy, humane and healing work environments. The award is also available for progressive care units.
The Web-based application process asks you to evaluate your critical care unit in six areas:
• Recruitment and retention
• Education, training and mentoring
• Evidence-based practices
• Patient outcomes
• Healing environments
• Leadership and organizational ethics
Applications, which may be submitted at any time, are evaluated on a quarterly basis. Awards are granted twice a year. The application fee is $1,000 per unit.
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