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Vol. 25, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2008

Keynote Speakers Focus on Top Priorities at NTI 2008

General sessions at the 2008 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition will offer opportunities for NTI participants to hear informative and inspirational presentations from prominent speakers. In addition to the Opening Session keynote by AACN President Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, and the President-elect address by Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, CCRN, educational and motivational speeches will be presented by author Ron McMillan and life coach Keith Harrell.
NTI 2008, featuring the Advanced Practice Institute, will be held May 3 through 8 in Chicago, Ill. For more information and to register, go to www.aacn.org/nti or call (800) 899-2226. Following is additional information about the speakers and master of ceremonies.

Monday Opening Session Keynote

Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS
Throughout his term, AACN President Dave Hanson has advanced his Reclaiming Our Priorities theme, writing about it in his monthly AACN News column and discussing it with colleagues around the country. In this opening session, Hanson will elaborate on this message and reflect on his presidential year.
Hanson is a clinical nurse specialist in cardiovascular surgery progressive and critical care at Clarian Health-Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. A member of AACN since 1992, he was a member of the AACN Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004 and treasurer the last two years of his term. He is a past president of the Dallas County Chapter of AACN and is currently actively involved in AACN’s Central Indiana Chapter.

Tuesday Opening Session Keynote

Ron McMillan
Best-selling author Ron McMillan is recognized as an expert in interpersonal relationships, culture change and workplace issues. Concentrating in areas such as team development, personal vitality, quality communications and results-oriented leadership, he is co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center and of VitalSmarts. He has researched methods for driving rapid, sustainable and measurable changes in behavior. McMillan is co-author of “Crucial Conversations” and “Crucial Confrontations,” as well as the latest VitalSmarts book, “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything.” McMillan will inspire attendees to improve their personal and professional lives. Covidien and VitalSmarts are co-sponsors of McMillan’s appearance.

Wednesday General Session Keynote

Keith Harrell
Known for his energetic, innovative presentations, Keith Harrell is a dynamic life coach who specializes in changing behaviors through a positive attitude. As president of Harrell Performance Systems, he has shared his powerful message with audiences worldwide.
Harrell’s book, “Attitude Is Everything: Ten Life-Changing Steps to Turning Attitude Into Action,” presents a 10-step program for tuning up your attitude and improving your professional and personal life. Harrell spent 14 years with IBM, where he was recognized as one of the company’s top sales and training instructors. In August 2000, he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame, a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. His unique style of delivery, solid content and practical application are spiced with the right amount of humor, leaving audiences ready to take action.

Thursday General Session Keynote

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, CCRN
AACN President-elect Caryl Goodyear-Bruch will accept the association leadership from President Dave Hanson at this session, where she will also unveil the theme that will anchor her presidential year. You won’t want to miss this special exchange.
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. Goodyear-Bruch is a member and past president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of AACN.

All General Sessions at NTI

Master of Ceremonies, DawnMarie Kotsonis
Equal parts entertainer, fundraiser and professional auctioneer for healthcare-related charity events, DawnMarie Kotsonis will add warmth and energy to each general session at this year’s NTI. Along with her dynamic style, Kotsonis will bring a tremendous appreciation of the contributions nurses make in the lives of patients and their families. Also a professional clown, Kotsonis, aka “Dr. Bubbles,” can be found in full clown regalia visiting patients in hospitals and community clinics.

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New Synergy Book Offers Patient-Nurse Model to Optimize Outcomes

The most comprehensive sourcebook to date about the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care is now available. Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, “Synergy: The Unique Relationship Between Nurses and Patients” was written by Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN.

The 290-page soft-cover book shows how to implement the successful AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care, a conceptual framework of the patient-nurse relationship that acknowledges how appropriate and effective nursing care will always be based on the needs of patients and their families.

“The fundamental premise of the Synergy Model is that what patients need determines what nurses must know and be able to do,” said Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president. “When patients’ needs and nurses’ competencies are aligned, optimal patient outcomes are more likely to occur.”

The new book describes how to match the continuum of characteristics that a patient brings to a healthcare situation and the dimensions of nursing practice that will best meet patient and family needs and improve outcomes. The book depicts the successful implementation of the Synergy Model in varying healthcare settings that include multi-hospital systems, ambulatory care, staff development and nursing schools.
Hospitals applying for Magnet status and units applying for the AACN Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence find the Synergy Model especially relevant, said Patricia E. Thompson, RN, EdD, FAAN, honor society chief executive officer. “Many hospitals pursuing Magnet status are trying to identify a relevant conceptual framework that will help unify their thinking around their practice and solidify their application. Clinicians and administrators are attracted to the Synergy Model because it simply and elegantly describes what nurses do when they place their relationships with their patients first,” Thompson said.

About the Author
Curley is associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, past chair of the AACN Certification Corporation and a nurse scientist in critical care and cardiovascular nursing at Children’s Hospital Boston. She also holds an appointment as a lecturer in anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Curley served on expert team that developed the Synergy Model for Patient Care and has led the model’s expanded implementation in healthcare organizations.

“Synergy: The Unique Relationship Between Nurses and Patients” (product #100148 in AACN’s Online Bookstore) has been selected as the 2008 NTI President’s Pick. Order the book at www.aacn.org/bookstore.

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Join National Healthcare Decisions Day…Because Your Decisions Matter

History will be made April 16, 2008. Approximately 50 of the most prominent national healthcare, religious and legal associations and organizations as well as countless local and state organizations will participate in the inaugural National Healthcare Decisions Day. At every level, the goal of this nationwide initiative is to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity in America have both the information and the opportunity to communicate and document their future healthcare decisions.

While making healthcare decisions is often difficult in the best of circumstances, making decisions for others is even more complicated. Each of us has the ability guide our healthcare providers and our loved ones about we want. Advance directives give you the ability to document the types of healthcare you do and do not want and to name an “agent” to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. As Terri Schiavo’s situation vividly revealed, having an advance directive can be valuable for all adults, regardless of current age or health status.

With the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990, Congress affirmed the right of every citizen to set forth his or her future healthcare wishes in writing with an “advance directive.” Yet, various estimates suggest that fewer than 25% of all Americans have an advance directive. For an action that can be done without a lawyer, for free, and relatively, this figure is astonishingly low.

In recognition of this, National Healthcare Decisions Day strives to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.

Please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org for a variety of free information (including free advance directives forms for every state) and tools to assist with thoughtful reflection on healthcare choices. Additionally, watch for events in your community honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day.

With healthcare, your decisions matter; however, others need to know your wishes to honor them. There are no right answers when thinking about healthcare choices and completing an advance directive. Please use April 16, 2008, to decide, discuss and document your wishes, whatever they may be.

Nathan A. Kottkamp
Chair, National Healthcare Decisions Day

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In Memory of Karen Carlson

Karen Carlson, a past member of both the AACN Board of Directors and the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors, died Dec. 11, 2007 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Carlson was a master educator and mentor who influenced countless clinical nurses to provide evidence-based care. An accomplished author and editor of standards-setting education and reference materials, she led a team of writers in developing two editions of AACN’s “Acute and Critical Care Orientation Manual,” the original work that prompted development of AACN’s highly successful Essentials of Critical Care Orientation. She was also co-editor of the fourth and fifth editions of “AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care.”

Carlson’s passing occurred while chapters of the forthcoming “AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing” were being finalized. As co-editor of this book, which evolved from the well-respected “AACN Clinical Reference,” Carlson’s vision was to offer experienced critical care nurses a new and comprehensive resource that would continue to advance their bedside knowledge. A member of the 2007 NTI Work Group, Carlson was an active chapter leader in the Seattle area.

Memorial donation information is available at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/karencarlson1/.

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Apply for Educational Advancement Scholarships

Applications for AACN Educational Advancement Scholarships are now available and will be accepted until April 1, 2008. AACN offers educational scholarships for registered nurses who are completing their bachelor's degree and for those pursuing graduate degrees. For more information and to complete the application please visit www.aacn.org > Awards, Grants, Scholarships.

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Scene and Heard

Our Voice in the Media
Oklahoma Nurse (Sept. 1, 2007) – “Strategies to Infuse Trust in Healthy Work Environments.” This article shared details of the Oklahoma Organization of Nurse Executives’ (OONE) program for addressing healthy work environments, noting that “developing trust is a key component for nurse managers to effectively move from a toxic to a healthy work environment (HWE) … The OONE used the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) framework.”

Nursing Management (Sept. 2007) – “Leadership Q&A” by Rosanne Raso, RN, CNAA, MS, AACN volunteer. She wrote that “AACN’s standards include a foundation in true collaboration and skilled communication, as well as effective decision making, appropriate staffing, authentic leadership and meaningful recognition.”

Indian River Medical Center News (Sept. 20, 2007) – “IRMC Wins Company of the Year Award.” IRMC received this award from the county Chamber of Commerce in the category of “large business of 100 or more employees.” Part of the information submitted in the application included the Critical Care Unit’s receipt of the AACN Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in Fall 2006.

Nebraska Nurse (Sept./Oct./Nov. 2007) – “The Emerging Culture of Health Care: From Horizontal Violence to True Collaboration.” “AACN notes that job satisfaction for nurses is strongly associated with their perceived level of peer support.” In part, the article concluded that “true collaboration is both a way of being and a way of working. Collaboration occurs at the intersection between self-reflection and active engagement … It is the antidote to the epidemic of fragmentation that runs throughout our organizations and our system for providing health services.”

The University of Tennessee Medical Center News (Sept. 23, 2007) – “UT Medical Center Nurses Renew Certification.” In tribute to Susan Marti, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN, and Wendy Franklin, RN, MSN, CCRN, Sandi Madden, vice president of emergency and trauma services, said, “Reaching and surpassing the 10-year mark for maintaining CCRN certification is a milestone that’s reflective of their ongoing commitment and dedication to providing outstanding patient care.”

Robert Wood Johnson News Digest (Sept. 5, 2007) – “Dallas Hospital System Expands Nurse Leadership Development Program.” “In an effort to recruit and retain nursing talent, Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System has expanded its nurse development program to include all of its facilities, the Dallas Morning News reports. Baylor based its Aspire program, which was first launched in July 2005 at two system facilities, on AACN’s Synergy Model for Patient Care, which emphasizes the importance of matching nurses’ capabilities to patient and family needs.”

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Business News (Aug. 2007) – “Members on the Move.” Salem Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was acknowledged for receiving the Beacon Award. “With 6,000 ICUs in the nation, being the first in the state to receive this coveted award is a major recognition for our ICU,” said Norm Gruber, president and CEO of Salem Hospital, Salem, Ore. “The entire ICU healthcare team – nurses, physicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, chaplains, and many more – work together every day to provide the best care for our patients,” said Ginny Posey, interim CNO and vice president. “This award is recognition of their lifesaving work and their commitment to continuous quality improvement.”

Medscape – From Nursing Economics (Sept. 24, 2007) – “Moral Distress: Recognizing It to Retain Nurses.” “The AACN has issued a position statement recognizing moral distress as a serious, but often ignored problem in nursing … Resources are available from AACN: Individuals may download a free handbook about moral distress while facilities may be interested in the 4A’s to Rise Above Moral Distress Facilitator Toolkit.”

Our Voice at the Table
Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, AACN board member, attended the Region 15 Chapter Collaborative in Oklahoma City, Okla. Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president, gave the keynote speech, “Reclaiming Our Priorities.”

Miller gave the keynote presentation, “Life’s Daily Challenges: Lifting Ourselves Above” at Altru Health System’s Health Care Horizons Interdisciplinary Conference in Grand Forks, N.D. She discussed Implementation of AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards and presented three concurrent sessions, “Code Stroke,” “12 Lead ECG Interpretation” and “Basic Hemodynamic Monitoring.”

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN, BC, CEN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, Susan Helms, RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, and Carol Hartigan, RN, MA, certification programs strategist, represented AACN Certification Corporation at the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, spoke at the Greater Rochester (N.Y.) Finger Lakes Chapter. Her presentation focused on using AACN’s HWE Standards to reclaim chapter priorities.

Hammer gave the keynote and clinical topic presentations at Rochester General Hospital’s Cardiac Teaching Day. Her keynote speech was titled “Reclaiming Priorities to Create Healthier Work Environments,” and her clinical topic was “Energizing the Heart: Focusing on Heart Failure Management Through Devices.”

AACN President Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, attended the Chapter Dinner Celebration in Seattle, Wash. for the newly formed Mountain to Sound Chapter, a merger of the Mt. Rainier (Tacoma) and Puget Sound (Seattle) chapters.

Hanson spoke at the 21st Century Visions of Nursing and Health Care Conference in Newark, Del. The program was sponsored by Christiana Care Health System and the University of Delaware. He presented the keynote, “Skilled Communication & Mentoring: Essential Elements of Optimal Patient Outcomes” and a clinical breakout session, “Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain: No Time for Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.”

Hanson was in Atlanta, Ga., to attend the Region VI Chapter Collaborative where he discussed National AACN initiatives with participants from Alabama and Georgia. The following day he gave the keynote, “Reclaiming Our Priorities,” as part of the annual Region VI Critical Care Conference.

Hanson spoke at the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter’s Critical Care Updates 2007 Symposium in Waukesha, Wis. He presented the keynote address, “Reclaiming Our Priorities,” and then presented a clinical breakout session, “Acute Coronary Syndromes: Triage, Evaluation & Management.”

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Members on the Move

Lower, Roster, Shirey

Diane Raymond, RN, BSN, CCRN, accepted a position as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Down East Community Hospital, Machias, Maine.

Ira Gene Reynolds, RN, BSN, PCCN-CMC, wrote an article titled “Discovering and Stopping Hyperkalemia” for the Nov. 2007 issue of American Nurse Today.

Ann Williamson, RN, PhD, CNAA, was appointed CNO and associate vice president of nursing at UI Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. In 2007, she received the Chancellor’s Award from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center for exceptional university management.

J. “Ski” Lower, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, AACN board member, wrote an article titled “Civility: It’s Not Just About Respect” for the Sept. 10, 2007 issue of Advance for Nurses.

Fidelia “Fe” Roster, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, was selected as director of nursing at Halifax Health Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Carol Reineck, RN, PhD, CNAA-BC, was named chair of the Department of Acute Nursing Care at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. She is a recipient of the Amy Shelton & V.H. McNutt Endowed Professorship of Nursing.

Janet Parkosewich, RN, MSN, CCRN, FAHA, received the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing 2007 Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, for excellence in cardiovascular clinical nursing practice.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, was invited to become a member of the manuscript review panel for The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing: Continuing Competence for the Future. This invitation recognizes her contributions as an author and editor of many nursing publications as well as her commitment to certification and continued competence in nursing.

Melissa Fitzpatrick, RN, MS, MSN, FAAN, was selected for inclusion in the 2007-08 Princeton Premier Registry.

Maureen Seckel, APN, APRN-BC, CCNS, CCRN, Eileen Evangelista, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Brittney Gill, RN, BSN, are members of the team at Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del. that won the 2007 Joint Commission Ernest Amory Codman Award. They were recognized for an initiative to improve hospital care for patients with sepsis.

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December Brings New Record for Individual Recruiting Performance

The “I Can Make a Difference” Member-Get-A-Member campaign resulted in significant overall gains in membership for December 2007, with 182 individuals and chapters recruiting 431 new members. This brings the campaign total to 1,911 new members recruited by 561 individuals and chapters.

December Totals:
222 new members recruited by 79 individuals
209 new members recruited by 103 chapters

Lorraine Fields, RN, CNS, MSN, BSc, CCRN, CNRN, APN, of Uniontown, Ohio, made an incredible individual effort, successfully recruiting 62 members—the highest single-month total in MGAM history. This vaults her into the overall lead in the campaign to date. Congratulations, Lorraine!

Carol Eke, RN, BSN, of Sugar Land, Texas, had a solid month with 11 new members recruited, and Stephanie Harter, RN, BSN, CCRN, TNCC, of Ladson, S.C., and Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, of Longmeadow, Mass., each came in with nine. Paula now has a total of 21 members for the campaign, tying for second place with Myra Sanders, RN, ADN, CCRN, of Bowling Green, Ky.

In chapter recruiting, the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter was out in front in December with 19 new members recruited, putting them into the overall campaign lead with 34. The San Diego Area Chapter came in with six for the month, which puts them into second place overall with 27. The Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter also had six new members recruited for the month.

The “I Can Make a Difference” MGAM campaign began Sept. 1, 2007 and will continue through Aug. 31, 2008. Participation in the Member-Get-A-Member drive offers an opportunity for recruiters to receive valuable rewards, including a $1,500 American Express gift check that will be awarded to 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 10-19 new members by campaign end will be entered into a random drawing for a $750 American Express gift check, and anyone who recruits 1-9 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.

In addition, 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. Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, from Longmeadow, Mass. won the gift check in December.

The overall top-recruiting chapter by campaign end will be awarded a $1,500 honorarium check toward the chapter treasury. Recruiting chapters will also be entered into a random drawing at campaign end for an honorarium check toward their chapter treasury: If they recruit more than 20 new members by campaign end, chapters are eligible for a $1,000 honorarium check, 10-19 new members recruited by campaign end, they are eligible for a $750 honorarium check, and with 1-9 new members recruited by campaign end, chapters are eligible for a $500 honorarium check.

In addition, chapters are eligible for monthly drawings for a free NTI registration any month they recruit a new member. The winner for December was the South Central Connecticut Chapter.

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

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Remembering Barney: Henry J.L. Marriott, MD, 1917-2007

Some called him Barney. Most called him Dr. Marriott. And everyone who met him eventually had a story to tell.

Cardiovascular and critical care lost one of its greatest talents last year, and clinical education lost a master teacher. AACN lost one of the collaborating physicians who supported the association’s founders in its earliest days for which he received the honorary member award in 1994.

Three widely respected AACN leaders—AACN co-founder Penny Vaughan, RN, MSN, critical care educator Vee Rice, RN, PhD, cardiovascular clinician and educator Susan Quaal, RN, PhD—join AACN to share their thoughts and honor Dr. Marriott’s enduring contributions to the association, to cardiovascular care and to the care of critically ill patients and their families.

From Penny Vaughan
“For Barney, nurses were the key to managing critically ill patients. He lived this belief by providing endless learning opportunities and incomparable networking. He was a champion for advancing the practice of nursing, always believing that nurses and physicians required the same knowledge about dysrhythmia interpretation.

I had the pleasure of sharing the teaching stage with Barney beginning with the first NTI. Guest faculty at his symposia were made to feel so comfortable and welcome. It was like coming home, being welcomed and entertained by this most gracious host. Each time I presented at his symposia, he made sure I was an equal co-presenter and graciously helped me to learn as I was preparing to teach. Such a gentleman!

And, yes, Barney was fun! A Dixieland jazz group always played at his programs so he could dance the night away with all the participants. He led the way and we could barely keep up with him.”

From Vee Rice
“Dr. Marriott’s knowledge was vast and he generously shared it with others. A master teacher, his lectures on electrophysiology, arrhythmias and cardiac assessment were engaging, entertaining and always instructive. He moved learners effortlessly from the simple to the complex, bringing us to a more complete understanding of the topic. Time-honored teaching techniques—such as repetition and literary analogies—helped us remember, then apply what we learned.

Dr. Marriott taught us that learning should be mixed with fun. His lectures were precisely timed so we could enjoy the extended lunch breaks when he joined participants at the pool or tossing a Frisbee on the beach. Excellence and hard work were balanced with relaxation and fun. Whether he was lecturing in a great hall or gliding across the dance floor, his presence was unmistakable. He was a scholar and a gentleman. We will fondly remember his contributions to our profession.”

From Susan Quaal
“To speak of Dr. Marriott is to speak with joy and trepidation. Joy at the great honor of speaking about a man of his caliber. Trepidation at the impossibility of the task. His extraordinary gift of scholarliness, coupled with his commitment to informing and educating, singled him out as an unmistakable giant in the field of electrocardiology.

He was the epitome of pure, pristine, logical Aristotelian thought, manifested in his creative thinking and well communicated in multiple-edition textbooks translated into many languages. Incisive and original, his astute observations—for example, the limitation of Lead II in assessing wide QRS complexes—were eventually proven as the science of electrophysiology evolved.

His interest in cardiology was mirrored by his fascination with the cadences of the English language and his trademark Sherlock Holmes approach to sleuthing out clues hidden within the arrhythmia. “Milk the QRS” … “A-V dissociation, like jaundice, is a symptom, not a diagnosis” … “All that’s bigeminal isn’t extrasystolic.” Dr. Marriott’s love of teaching and unique lecture style, rich with his signature alliteration and wit, made him a highly sought-after speaker around the world.

Thousands of nurses and physicians developed a lifelong enthusiasm for electrocardiology under Dr. Marriott’s tutelage. I am indebted, honored, privileged and grateful to have been his colleague and friend. Dr. Marriott’s colleagues and friends plan to celebrate his life during the American College of Cardiology conference in March 2008.

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NTI 2009 Call for Abstracts

Planning to submit an abstract for NTI 2009 in New Orleans? The call for abstracts is now open. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2008. For more information, visit www.aacn.org > Education > NTI Education and Speaker Information > NTI 2009 Call for Abstracts Submission Page.

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