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Vol. 24, No. 10, OCTOBER 2007

New Annual Member-Get-A-Member Campaign Launches

A new 12-month Member-Get-A-Member campaign is off and running. The campaign, titled I Can Make a Difference, began Sept.1, 2007 and will end Aug. 31, 2008. It offers individuals and chapters many opportunities to win great prizes as they recruit new AACN members, and the amounts of those prizes have increased. The following will be awarded during the campaign.

Individuals who recruit at least one new member in a campaign month will be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express gift check. Drawings will be held each month; members are only eligible in the month in which they recruit new members
Grand Prize
The overall top recruiter at the end of the campaign will receive a $1,500 American Express gift check.
First Tier Prize Level
Members who recruit more than 20 new members by campaign end will be entered in a random drawing for a $1,000 American Express gift check.
Second Tier Prize Level
Members who recruit 10-19 new members by campaign end will be entered in a random drawing for a $750 American Express gift check.
Third Tier Prize Level
Members who recruit 1-9 new members by campaign end will be entered in a random drawing for a $500 American Express gift check.

Chapters who recruit at least one new member in a campaign month will be entered in a random drawing for a free NTI registration. Drawings will be held each month; chapters are only eligible in the month in which they recruit new members.

Grand Prize
The overall top recruiting chapter at the end of the campaign will receive a $1,500 honorarium check for the chapter treasury.
First Tier Prize Level
Chapters that recruit more than 20 new members by campaign end will be entered in a random drawing for a $1,000 honorarium check for the chapter treasury.
Second Tier Prize Level
Chapters who recruit 10-19 new members by campaign end will be entered in a random drawing for a $750 honorarium check for the chapter treasury.
Third Tier Prize Level
Chapters who recruit 1-9 new members by campaign end will be entered into a random drawing for a $500 honorarium check for the chapter treasury.
The final results of the 2006-07 campaign will be announced soon.

Enhanced Benefit for AACN Members CINAHL Plus Database Boosts Full-text Journal Article Access

AACN members now have access to more full-text journal articles than ever before, thanks to the CINAHL Plus database, which offers complete coverage of approximately 80 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. And that’s not all.

The user-friendly database also provides indexing for 3,265 nursing and allied healthcare journals. With complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association, CINAHL Plus covers nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, members can search healthcare books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. Also included are searchable references for more than 1,230 journals.

The addition of the CINAHL Plus database is another way AACN helps keep members up to date on professional practice information. To access CINAHL Plus, go to AACN’s Web site,
www.aacn.org > CINAHL.

Members on the Move

Crystal Beckford, RN, BSN, is the new vice president and chief nursing officer at St. Luke’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.

Kay Clevenger, RN, MSN, wrote an article titled “Improve Staff Satisfaction With Team Building Retreats,” which appeared in the April 2007 issue of Nursing Management. She also co-wrote “Lift Team Technologies Elevate Positive Outcomes” for the July 2007 issue.

Kathryn Whalen, RN, MS, has been named director of critical care at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass. Sally Urban, RN, MSN, Alumnus CCRN, recently earned her MSN from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Calif. Kevin Reed, RN, MSNParticipants Needed for Emergency Preparedness Research Study , CNA-BC, CPHQ, AACN Certification Corporation chair, was named director, Adult Critical Care Services at Methodist Hospital/Clarian Health, Indianapolis, and is now responsible for all the adult ICUs.

Ted Rigney, MS, RNP, CCRN, ACNP, FAANP, assistant director of the Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Janice Wojcik, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, was a 2007 poster presentation winner. The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) awarded “First Place: Clinical Patient Management” to Wojcik and co-author Carolyn Strimike, RN, MS, APRN, for an article titled “Nurses Need Information and Education to Promote and Practice Women’s Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.”

Jeni Jackson, RN, AD, AAS, CCRN, was recently named Baltimore (Md.) Washington Medical Center’s Nurse of the Year for 2007.
Jackline Opollo, RN, received the 2007 Frist Humanitarian Award at Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Texas. Last year, she also visited South Africa to explore ways to improve healthcare access and delivery.

Jacqueline McGrath, RN, PhD, NNP, FNAP, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing, Richmond, will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in November.

Scene and Heard

Our Voice in the Media
Metropolitan Nurse (May 30, 2007) – “Nurses in Beacon and Magnet Designated Units and Organizations Report Healthier Work Environments and Higher Job Satisfaction.” “Study findings being released today by AACN, the Gannett Healthcare Group and the Bernard Hodes Group found that nurses who work in organizations or units that have met or are pursuing the national excellence standard of a Beacon or Magnet designation report healthier work environments and higher satisfaction with their jobs.” This article was featured in many other outlets including AONE’s ENews Update and the Advisory Board’s Daily Briefing.

Cottage Report (May 2007) – “Critical Care Excellence” announced that Santa Barbara (Calif.) Cottage Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit earned AACN’s Beacon Award. “Receiving the Beacon Award is validation by their peer group of their exceptional performance,” said Herb Geary, the health system’s CNO and vice president of patient care services.

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Viewpoint (May 1, 2007) – “Nursing Journal Clubs: How to Develop and Achieve Success With Your Efforts.” “Development and implementation of a nursing journal club can be one of the most rewarding staff development initiatives you and your colleagues will experience.” The article mentioned www.ajcconline.org as an example of an online discussion forum.

The Weekly (May 2007) – “Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center Nurse Leads Continuing Education Initiative for Critical Care Nurses.” Heather Maude, RN, CCRN, is leading a program to help other critical care nurses at Children’s become a CCRN. Marcia Bryant, director of Cardiovascular Services, said, “Encouraging nurses to pursue their CCRN certification will ultimately lead to better patient care, increased job satisfaction, enhanced recruiting efforts and unique professional development opportunities for our staff.”

Oklahoma’s Nursing Times (May 21, 2007) – “OKC Chapter of AACN Assists Lions Eye Bank.” “The Oklahoma City Chapter of AACN recently donated more than 450 pairs of eyeglasses to the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank,” said Yancy Clarkson, RN, adding that “AACN is an opportunity to get involved in your community.”

Advance for Nurses (May 14, 2007) – “Learning Curve.” “Faced with an ever-increasing nursing shortage and a paucity of seasoned critical care nurses, nursing leaders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., have implemented a comprehensive critical care school.” Linda Thomas, MSN, RN, BC, CCRN, education coordinator for critical care, “asks members to purchase a book they use in class to help them prepare for critical care nurse certification. “That way, they’re already thinking, ‘This is an ongoing learning process, and once I have a year of experience, I’ll try the CCRN exam,’ ” she said.

UAB Reporter (May 14, 2007) – “Heart Transplant Unit Becomes a ‘Beacon’ for UAB.” The University of Alabama at Birmingham posted a banner that reads: “Congratulations to the staff of UAB’s Heart and Lung Transplant ICU, winner of the AACN 2007 National Beacon Award. The only unit in the state of Alabama. Exceptional nurses giving exceptional care.” Darcey Ansley, nurse manager, said, “We have a great team of nurses who really take people under their wings. They are very committed to their patients and each other.”

CHEST Physician (June 2007) – “Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: Effective Decision Making,” by Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, CPHQ, AACN Certification Corporation chair, is the sixth and final article in the series. Reed discussed the “seven critical elements for the successful implementation of effective decision making.” He also wrote that “each of the standards is considered essential, and all interact in a dynamic way to promote clinical excellence and optimal patient outcomes.”

Advance for Nurses (June 18, 2007) – “Learning Is Key to Empowerment: Conference Offers Tools for Critical Care Nurses to Shape Work Environment Changes.” The article highlighted the AACN president’s theme for 2007-08: Reclaiming Our Priorities. “Our priorities will shift over time, but as long as they advance our core values, we will be doing the right thing,” said Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president.

Our Voice at the Table
Ramon Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN director of development and strategic alliances, represented AACN as an invited speaker at Internationally Recruited Nurses: Creating Positive Practice Environments in Chicago. He presented “AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments” at this conference, which was co-sponsored by the International Centre on Nurse Migration and the American Nurses Association. He was joined in the presentation by Lucille A. Joel, RN, EdD, FAAN, president of the board of trustees of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and past president of the ANA.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented her research, “Stress and Coping in Nurse Managers: Translating Research Into Practice,” at the 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice in Vienna, Austria.
Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, past AACN president, spoke at the Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) in Brooklyn, N.Y. One of her topics was “AACN’s Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.”

Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN, BC, CEN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, and Carol Hartigan, RN, MA, certification programs strategist, attended the Delegate Assembly of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in Chicago, to consider pertinent association business with NCSBN’s member boards of nursing. Cottrell and Hartigan joined representatives from the other recognized nurse practitioner certification organizations in presenting the third annual informational update on NP education, accreditation and certification.
Reed attended the VISICU Users Meeting in Chicago, with Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN’s director of professional practice & programs, where he presented “AACN’s Standards for a Healthy Work Environment” and “Results of the EICU Study of Practice.”

Kay Clevenger, RN, MSN, presented “Creative Retention Strategies That Work!” at the Nursing Management Recruitment & Retention Conference in Chicago. She also spoke on this topic at the annual Nursing Management Congress in Chicago. Clevenger, a retention specialist at Clarian Health/Indiana University Hospital, served on the initial HWE Work Group and was a contributing author to the standards.

Participants Needed for Emergency Preparedness Research Study

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking nurses who worked on-site for either Hurricane Katrina or Rita to help evaluate the preparedness and response of individual healthcare providers during a large-scale disaster. Participants will fill out a study questionnaire. Individual responses will be confidential; however, the combined results may be used for the development of policy, training curriculum, exercise programs and/or published in scientific literature. To date there has been no systematic examination of the preparedness of individual healthcare providers and their response capabilities during a large-scale disaster. As a result, very little is known about what knowledge, skills and abilities or professional competencies are needed or how professional competency requirements may change depending on the circumstances of a disaster.

To participate in this study, you must meet the following criteria: 1) Be 18 years of age or older; 2) Be a registered nurse (RN) or medical doctor (MD/DO); 3) Worked on-site in a disaster response for either Hurricane Katrina or Rita in Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi; and 4) Worked at the disaster site for a minimum of 14 consecutive days. The study questionnaire consists of 45 questions and is designed to be completed in one hour. If you qualify and wish to participate, access the Web-based questionnaire at the following site: https://nursingapps.nursing.vanderbilt.edu/disastersurvey/intro/.

For more information, contact Capt. Lynn A. Slepski, RN, MSN, CCNS, deputy director, Office of Risk Management and Analysis, National Protection Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, at Lynn.Slepski@dhs.gov.

NTI Listed in Top 100 Medical Meetings Index

The National Teaching Institute (NTI) & Critical Care Exposition, AACN’s premier annual educational conference, has been named one of the top 100 in the new Healthcare Exhibitors Association (HCEA) index of leading medical meetings. The HCEA 100 Index is designed to be a barometer for the healthcare conventions and exhibitions industry, providing important information in predicting trends and offering the opportunity to be proactive about the health of the industry rather than reactive.

To see the complete index list, go to http://meetingsnet.com/medicalmeetings/news/hcea_index_top_100_medical_meetings_070507/index.html

New Continuing Education Programs Available

Two new CE programs, initially presented at NTI 2007, have been added to AACN’s Online Free CE Center. The first, “Hyponatremia: Diagnosis and Management in the Critical Care Setting,” is sponsored by the Academy for Healthcare Education and supported by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. The second, “The Acute and Critical Care Nurses’ Role in Assessing Venous Thromboembolism and Heparin-induced Thrombocytopenia,” is sponsored by the Center for Medical Knowledge and supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

To access the programs, log on to the AACN Web site (www.aacn.org) and click on Continuing Education.

Sample NTI 2007 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.

Monthly Super Savers

These Super Saver prices are valid through Nov. 30, 2007. All orders must be received or postmarked by
Nov. 30 to be eligible for the Super Saver price.

Respiratory Disease: A Case Study Approach to Patient Care, 3rd Ed. (#128901)
Well-written text for students learning to understand the assessment and treatment of patients with respiratory disease. Each chapter begins with a background of selected disorders, followed by a case study with questions and answers designed to stimulate the critical thinking skills of students.
Regular Price
Member $52.20, Nonmember $54.95
Super Saver Price
Member $50, Nonmember $52.50

Pediatric Physical Examination - An Illustrated Handbook (#131100)
This portable, photographic guide for nurse practitioners describes how to develop the unique range of skills required to assess children of all ages. Not often learned in the context of adult assessment, these skills help in easily and effectively examining children from childbirth through young adulthood. System chapters begin with the development of the fetus and take the reader through the key developmental stages of childhood. This guide uses the “quiet-to-active” approach, popular among pediatric experts and more effective than the traditional head-to-toe approach.
Regular Price
Member $39.85, Nonmember $41.95
Super Saver Price
Member $37, Nonmember $39.50

AACN Procedure Manual for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care (#131104)
Using detailed, step-by-step guidelines, this comprehensive book covers procedures commonly performed by all nurses in pediatric critical care. Following the successful format of the “AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, 5th edition,” this new resource focuses on the unique aspects of caring for infants and children. The easy-to-use guide includes the latest information, a strong evidence base and supporting rationale for each step of each procedure.
Regular Price
Member $90.20, Nonmember $94.95
Super Saver Price
Member $87.50, Nonmember $91.50

Beacon Award recipients shared their expertise with participants interested in applying for the award at a special panel discussion during NTI 2007. The event was part of an ongoing effort to educate nurses about the award’s many benefits and to encourage them to apply. The panel included Sue Adkins, Deb Young, Stacy Irwin, Karen Chirumbolo and Connie Jeandervin from Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio; Jill Morgan, Carol McGrath, Robin Hynek and Theresa Robinson from St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Heide Plagemann-Bolek from Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis.; Nicole L. Kupchik and Rebecca Hamilton from AACN’s Puget Sound Chapter; and Susan Ward from Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, Wash.

Learn How to Become an Influencer With the Power to Change Anything

From AACN strategic partner VitalSmarts, source of the Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations series, comes a much-anticipated new book, “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything,” and AACN members are being offered a unique opportunity to attend live training events by the authors in cities nationwide.
This new book teaches you the secrets of the world’s most successful influencers, including specific guidelines for motivating yourself and others, and important strategies for making change inevitable. No matter who you are or what you do, you’ll never learn a more valuable, important set of principles and skills.
Thanks to VitalSmarts, AACN members receive a special admission price of $57 to the Influencer LIVE training events. This is a 40 percent discount from the regular $95 admission. The book, a $24.95 value, is included with the training.

To sign up for one of these events, go to www.influencerbook.com. Use the code member07 to receive the AACN member discount.

Nominations Open for 2009 Distinguished Research Lecture Award

Dec. 1, 2007 is the deadline to apply for the 2009 AACN Distinguished Research Lecture Award. The recipient will present the Distinguished Research Lecture at NTI 2009 in New Orleans.

The lecturer receives an honorarium of $1,000, an additional $1,000 toward NTI expenses and a crystal replica of the AACN vision icon. Distinguished Research Lecture Award winners are selected based on several criteria: a continued body of research, publications, mentorship in research relevant to acute and critical care, and significant contributions made to acute and critical care research. The award is sponsored by Philips Medical Systems. Those interested in applying may e-mail research@aacn.org.

AACN Chapter Value of Certification Award

Piedmont Chapter

In 2002, after recognizing the need for more certified nurses, the Heart of the Piedmont Chapter developed and administered a survey to determine certification barriers for monitored nurses at High Point Regional Health System (HPRHS). Fear, no on-site test review and cost were identified as major issues. As a result of the survey, the chapter began offering certification review classes. Prepaid exam fees were arranged with the HPRHS nursing administration.

Currently, there are 37 CCRNs or PCCNs at HPRHS. Twenty-three of these nurses obtained their certification between 2002 and 2005. Twenty-two of these nurses attended one of our annual certification review courses. In 2005, our chapter decided to approach AACN about having pencil-and-paper CCRN and PCCN exams. By August 2006, we had another test site planned, and 17 individuals had planned to take either the PCCN or CCRN exam.

Celebrating our successes has been fun. Each year since 2001, our chapter has hosted a CCRN or PCCN certification dinner. We always have a special guest speaker and a small certification gift for each individual. In September 2005, our chapter donated four certification plaques to critical care units at HPRHS. We invited nursing administration, chapter members and certified nurses to our ceremony. An article was published in our local newspaper to commemorate the event.

It is evident that our years of persistence with our chapter’s certification effort have finally paid off. Chapter members are now asking when our next certification review is going to be held. This past year certification was added to nursing’s strategic plan at HPRHS; certification initials were added to name badges; and each critical care director has added increasing the number of certified nurses to their unit goals.

AACN Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Awards

Hill City Chapter

Hill City Chapter Lynchburg, Va.

Since its inception, the Hill City Chapter of AACN has excelled in upholding the mission, vision and values of the national association by providing the best educational opportunities for its members, colleagues and area nursing students.

Beginning in 1996, the Hill City Chapter has offered an outstanding yearly educational seminar to its members, employees of Centra Health and surrounding health systems. Our topics and speakers have expanded from local nurses and physicians speaking on relevant issues such as “Mentoring Nurse Leaders, Health Care in the New Millennium: What Lies Ahead?” and “Hemodialysis and Cardiovascular Updates,” to national AACN speakers, including Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, national AACN president in 1998-99, and Mary Fran Tracy, PhD, RN, CCRN, then current national president.

Our chapter partnered with the Lynchburg General School of Nursing Senior Class of 2005 by sponsoring the students with a partially paid registration fee to attend our annual AACN seminar. Through this sponsorship, the Hill City Chapter was able to exemplify to the senior nursing class the importance of being part of a national and local nursing organization, as well as to demonstrate the excellent educational opportunities available through our chapter seminars.

These seminars have allowed nurses and other healthcare professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge of current practice standards, examine issues and trends that impact care delivery, and explore strategies to survive the current changes in nursing practice and healthcare management. The Hill City Chapter, 26 members strong, dedicates itself to upholding the mission, vision and values of national AACN by continuing to collaborate with our colleagues, both novices and experts, to deliver an outstanding annual educational seminar.

Lake Erie Chapter

Lake Erie Chapter Cleveland, Ohio

The Board of Directors of the Lake Erie Chapter of AACN decided to “engage” our members and “transform” our educational programs. We surveyed our members and found they wanted more educational offerings in easily accessible, inexpensive settings. We developed a plan to provide monthly programs that were corporate sponsored at affiliated hospitals throughout the region. To save costs, our program director developed an e-mail group of members to distribute flyers about new programs.

A chapter committee developed topics and a speaker list using a literature review, trend information from NTI and suggestions from our members. We decided to use both local and nationally known speakers to meet members’ identified needs. Personal contacts with sales representatives led to new corporate funding. Our corporate sponsors provided information about new products and dinner for each of the monthly meetings.

Our topics included ST segment monitoring, vascular access, advances in wound care and trends in blood conservation. Knowing that heart failure patients are the largest patient population seen in area hospitals, we featured basic and advanced concepts in caring for this population. One program presented the new concept of peace management in relationship to maintaining a safe, effective practice environment. Talks such as those on sedation agents and nutrition issues were immediately applicable to practice, and others like the “Fireside Chat” with Debbie Brinker were inspirational, with the advantage of modeling engagement and transformation.

The new approach to educational programs was the result of ongoing engagement with our members; these efforts transformed the way members interacted. Chapter members met more often and at more sites. It was fun to see different practice settings with the “traveling” programs. Our attendance at monthly meetings grew; we recruited new members; and we recruited students from several nursing programs, ensuring an ongoing energy to engage and transform.
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