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Vol. 25, No. 3, MARCH 2008


Things to See and Do in Chicago

By Jodi Gunther, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN-CSC
Region 10 Chapter Adviser

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter and the Greater Chicago Area Chapter, the host chapters
for NTI 2008, extend a warm welcome to conference participants. Members of the two chapters include (seated, from left) Cynthia Ruiz, Gerri Kaye, (standing, from left) Anecita Mendrez, Jodi Gunther, Joy Speciale, Sheila Coogan, Sophia Galloway, Judy Giovanelli and Catherine Baenen.


Welcome to Chicago, the Windy City. No matter what your interests, Chicago offers world-class opportunities for fun and excitement.

Springtime in the city is amazing. Take some time to run, walk or bike along beautiful Lake Michigan. The entire lakefront is part of the Chicago Park District and there are miles of trails to explore. Enjoy the flowers in Grant Park and watch Buckingham Fountain explode with water each hour. Nearby is Millennium Park with its amazing outdoor sculpture known officially as Cloudgate but referred to affectionately by Chicagoans as “The Bean.”

Looking for a unique way to see the city? Hop a double-decker bus tour, take a boat ride on the lake, or head skyward via the Sears Tower or the Hancock Center.

In the downtown area you can visit a variety of museums. Check out the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Field Museum. Also nearby are the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Chicagoans love their sports teams. You can visit the home of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox and Cubs, which are all conveniently located near downtown.

Theatergoers can pick from a wide variety of shows in the theater district on Randolph Street.
In the mood to shop? You can spend hours browsing along the Magnificent Mile (aka Michigan Avenue). Water Tower Place, North Bridge and the 900 shops offer a variety of stores and restaurants to discover. Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom are all here.

No trip to Chicago would be complete without sampling the extraordinary culinary delights to be found here. Not to be missed are the Vienna Beef hot dogs, the deep dish stuffed pizzas, and the steak and chop houses. Great ethnic food abounds in Greek Town, Little Italy and Chinatown just a short ride from the downtown area.

To learn more about all Chicago has to offer, please stop by the Host Chapter Booth at NTI. You’ll find more information at the Office of Tourism, www.cityofchicago.org/ExploringChicago or the Convention and Tourism Bureau at www.choosechicago.com.

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Bill Cosby Headlines NTI Participant-Exhibitor Event


Whether you know him as a standup comedian or as America’s dad on the Bill Cosby Show, you’ll cherish the opportunity to get reacquainted with Bill Cosby at NTI. The legendary comedian will headline the popular Participant-Exhibitor Event on Wednesday evening, May 7.

Cosby has been making America laugh for decades across virtually all types of media. Whether through his award-winning comedy albums and concerts or the I Spy and Cosby Show television programs, his poignant style of humor has touched the lives of millions of people. His appeal is universal. His lifelong contributions to American culture have been recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bill Cosby is without question one of the most influential Americans of our time, a national treasure whose insights provide a refreshing awareness and understanding of our various roles in life. The event is sponsored by Critical Care Exposition Exhibitors.

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Watch This Webcast, Earn CE Credit


Earn continuing education credit and learn all about the Critical Care Family Assistance Program (CCFAP) by watching a new webcast produced by AACN. Visit www.aacn.org/ccfapCE.htm to view it. The presentation is supported by a charitable grant from Eli Lilly and Company.

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What is the CCFAP?

In 2002, The CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), in partnership with the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc., developed the Critical Care Family Assistance Program (CCFAP) at two pilot sites: Evanston Hospital in Illinois and Oklahoma VA Medical Center in Oklahoma. Since its inception, the CCFAP has proven to be an effective model that has the potential to significantly alter the critical care environment for patients who are hospitalized in a critical care unit and for their families. Due to the success of the pilot project, the CCFAP has been successfully implemented in other hospitals across the United States representing diverse care models.

The CCFAP was designed to respond to three major issues:
• Projected workforce shortages of critical care physicians and nurses
• Increased scientific evidence indicating the correlation between family satisfaction and positive patient outcomes
• A national movement to create an ICU core measurement framework and the ideal metrics that will lead to standards of care in ICUs in hospitals across America

The CCFAP responds to the unmet needs of families of critically ill patients in hospital ICUs through the provision of educational and family-support resources. The following objectives have been developed by the foundation and implemented successfully by the sites developing the program:

• To better prepare a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of families of ICU patients
• To increase family satisfaction with care and treatment of their critically ill family members while in an ICU
• To improve families’ comprehension of and satisfaction with the information provided by the ICU team
• To compare and contrast specific levels of family need across various care models
The sites that have implemented the CCFAP in the past six years have demonstrated that the CCFAP can play an important role in impacting the delivery of critical care and outcomes for patients and their families. As noted in the September 2005 supplement to ACCP’s CHEST journal, the CCFAP leads to improved staff and family satisfaction. In addition to the supplement, The CHEST Foundation produced in partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses a replication tool kit that was created from the experiences and observations at the pilot project sites. This tool kit is a practical guide to developing educational and support resources that can lead to positive outcomes for patients and their families. To purchase the tool kit, visit the AACN Bookstore and search for product #120631.

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Get Involved in National Healthcare Decisions Day



AACN, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2008 as the inaugural National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

NHDD organizers are asking interested organizations and individuals throughout the country to help raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning on this special day—and throughout the year. To help realize this goal, they have created a Web site with information and tools for the public to talk about future healthcare decisions and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living wills) in accordance with their applicable state laws.

The new Web site (www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org) also includes tips on how advocates can raise awareness in their communities. In addition to signing up your organization to participate, here are some of the ways AACN members can help this important cause:

• First and foremost, lead by example. Be sure you have thoughtfully considered and made your own healthcare decisions known.
• Next, make sure everyone in your organization is informed about NHDD (including staff, board of directors, volunteers and others) and ask for their involvement to promote NHDD in your community. (Suggestion: Have staff wear a button that says “Ask Me About Advance Directives!”)
• Provide a link on your organizational Web site to www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org. It features a variety of information for the public and providers on advance care planning.
• Set up an exhibit about NHDD at your main entrance and offer information about advance care planning as people come by.
• Distribute NHDD promotional materials and advance care planning educational brochures at upcoming community events or health fairs.
• Partner with your community library to set up a display highlighting books about advance healthcare decision-making and use NHDD promotional resources.
• Partner with local retail businesses by asking them to place a promotional flyer about NHDD in every bag.
• Distribute flyers about NHDD in local physician offices and other strategic locations such as elevators in public buildings.
• Encourage your state leaders to establish a state-sanctioned, secure online advance directive registry.
• Contact local media (newspapers, TV, and radio) and encourage them to write a piece about NHDD and advance healthcare planning.
Although several states have engaged in advance directives awareness events and numerous organizations have devoted substantial time and money to improving education about advance healthcare planning, only a small minority of Americans has executed an advance directive. National Healthcare Decisions Day seeks to address this issue by focusing attention on advance healthcare planning from a variety of directions simultaneously.

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World Journey of Smiles: 25 Countries Celebrate 25 Years


Nurses participating in Operation Smile include (front row, from left) Michi Sato, Barbara Bodine, (back row, from left) Katherine Rubin, Linda Bucher, Susan Treseder, Eileen Briening, Angela Martinelli, Karen Lawrence and Linda Uzarski.

To commemorate a quarter century of providing new smiles, Operation Smile launched the World Journey of Smiles last November. All around the world, on the same day, at the same local time, surgeries began at 40 sites in 25 countries. The result: 4,149 patients born with facial deformities were treated over a five-day period.

Linda Bucher, RN, DNSc, AACN board member, traveled to Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, for the World Journey of Smiles. Under the barest of conditions, she and others treated 60 children. Many of the nurses were critical care nurses who work in the OR, PACU or Post-Op back home. Their hours were long for those five days, but the rewards are endless. Linda has since been invited to serve on Operation Smile’s Nursing Practice Council.

Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity, was founded by Dr. Bill Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathy, a nurse and clinical social worker. They had traveled to the Philippines in 1982 with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates, and discovered hundreds of children ravaged by deformities. As a result, they decided to form Operation Smile. Since then, volunteer medical teams consisting of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dentists, pediatricians, and speech and child life specialists travel to developing countries to provide free care to children and young adults with craniofacial deformities.

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Scene and Heard

Our Voice in the Media
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly (Oct./Dec. 2007) – “Evaluation and Treatment of Fever in Intensive Care Unit Patients” included references to AACN’s Synergy Model for Patient Care. “The eight [nurse] characteristics enable nurses to operate within three spheres of influence: patients and their families, nurse to nurse, and healthcare systems. It is these characteristics that make the advanced practice nurse (APN) uniquely suited to first determine the best evidence-based approach to the evaluation and treatment of fever and then to apply this approach within the context of their three spheres of influence.”

Medscape.com (Oct. 30, 2007) – “Why Should Nurses Get Certified?” “Even more noteworthy, nurse certification has been linked to better patient outcomes, according to AACN, which found that certification is tied to a reduction in medical errors, among other benefits.”

University Hospitals News (Oct. 30, 2007) – “University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Medical ICU Earns Beacon Award for Third Consecutive Year.” “Our MICU staff provides the highest level of care and that is reflected in this honor,” said Catherine Koppelman, RN, senior vice president and CNO of UHCMC. “The MICU team at University Hospitals Case Medical Center once again demonstrates that high-tech can be combined with high-touch, compassionate care.”

Nursing Spectrum (Oct. 8, 2007) – “Communication and Understanding Relieve Distress.” “Evidence is demonstrating that moral distress can result in physical and emotional distress, feelings of loss of integrity and ability to care, and dissatisfaction with the work environment, according to AACN’s public policy position statement. One study quoted by the statement found one in three nurses experiences moral distress. In another study, nearly half the nurses studied left their units or nursing altogether because of moral distress.”

Dermatology Nursing (Oct. 1, 2007) – “Staff Engagement: It Starts With the Leader.” “AACN’s Healthy Work Environment includes ‘Meaningful Recognition’ as the sixth standard a culture must demonstrate to be judged a healthy work environment. This doesn’t mean just a routine pat on the back or chocolates. Meaningful recognition means that the true essence and uniqueness of the individual is recognized and honored.”

NursingWorld.org (Oct. 23, 2007) – “Letter of Concern on the Proposal to Create an Office of the National Nurse.” “Rather than creating new, parallel offices and volunteer structures, we believe we should invest in and reinforce our existing public health infrastructure and resources. While there is no magic-bullet solution to the challenges facing our public health system, actions such as strengthening the position of chief nursing officer, bolstering the existing public health nursing network, and investing in evidence-based public health education could make a real and positive impact and move us toward our common goals.” AACN was one of the signers of this open letter.
Northern Aliante View News (Oct. 30, 2007) – “Valley Hospital Changes Visiting Hours.” In announcing the hospital’s decision to increase visiting hours from three hours a day to 20 hours, it was noted that “AACN has long been in support of a relaxed visitation policy.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle (Oct. 19, 2007) – “Beacon Units More Likely to Attract, Keep Nurses.” “Studies show that nurses in Beacon units and in Magnet hospitals have higher job satisfaction in their profession,” said registered nurse Linda Bell, clinical practice specialist for AACN.

Staunton News Leader (Oct. 14, 2007) – “Community News.” “AACN offers many educational opportunities, including certification in specialty care, to both critical care and telemetry unit nurses, which benefits the nurses by allowing for a more consistent flow of new methods, techniques and research into community hospitals.”

National League for Nursing Update (Oct. 11, 2007) – “NLN Advocates Increased Funding for Title VIII – Nursing Workforce Development Programs.” As a member of the ANSR (Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief) AACN was one of the signers of letters that were sent to the Senate and two members of the Committee on Appropriations, urging support of Title VIII.

Market Wire (Oct. 18, 2007) – “National Healthcare Decision Day Set for April 16, 2008 – Numerous Organizations Already Committed to Participate.” “On this day, throughout the country, healthcare providers, professionals, chaplains, attorneys and others will participate in a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision making.” AACN is one of the participants in this effort. Visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Health & Medicine Week (Oct. 8, 2007) – “New Critical Care in Children Data Have Been Reported by C. Schmalenberg and Co-authors.” “These standards [AACN’s HWE] are sufficiently aligned to the Essentials of Magnetism processes to make this tool suitable for measuring healthy work environments … Systematic study of the structures and processes present in units reporting a healthy work environment can be used to assist other clinical units in improving work environments … Schmalenberg and colleagues published their study in American Journal of Critical Care.” The article is titled “Types of Intensive Care Units With the Healthiest, Most Productive Work Environments” and appears in the Sept. 2007 issue.

MarketWatch.com (Oct. 10, 2007) – “Coalition Urges Congress to Increase Funding for National Health Service Corp.” “The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation’s largest, independent medical student organization, today announced that a coalition representing the majority of the nation’s physicians and physicians-in-training is urging Congress to pass the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 2915).” AACN is a member of this coalition.

Our Voice at the Table
Dave Hanson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president, attended the Trends in Critical Care Nursing conference in King of Prussia, Pa. This program is a joint partnership between AACN’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SePA) and national AACN. Hanson presented the keynote address “Reclaiming Our Priorities” and a clinical breakout session “Progressive Care: Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) Management.” In addition, he and Lorraine Micheletti, SePA Chapter president, attended an AACN Town Hall to discuss issues facing acute and critical care nurses and what AACN is doing to address these challenges.

Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, CCRN, AACN president-elect, Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, AACN CEO, and Hanson represented AACN at the American College of Chest Physicians 2007 CHEST Conference in Chicago, Ill. They met with leaders from the ACCP, ATS and SCCM to discuss issues facing the four critical care societies. In addition, Hanson presented “Dealing With Conflict of Interest in Professional Associations” at the presidents’ panel discussion.

Patricia Gonce Morton, RN, PhD, ACNP, FAAN, AACN board member, attended the Doctoral Education Conference sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The conference was held on Captiva Island, Fla.

Hanson delivered the keynote address “Healthy Work Environments: The Essential Step to Reclaiming Our Priorities” at the 1st Annual People Working With People Healthy Work Environment Summit in Indianapolis, Ind. This daylong program was sponsored by the Healthy Work Environment Steering Committee at Clarian Health.

Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, ACNP, AACN Certification Corporation chair-elect, spoke on “Advance Care Planning in Critical Care” at the annual conference of the Pee Dee Chapter, Florence, S.C. The conference addressed end-of-life care.

Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, AACN board member, taught a two-day CCRN review at Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Ft. Worth, Texas. She discussed AACN’s Synergy Model, Renewal by Synergy CERPs and the importance of healthy work environments.

Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, AACN board member, gave a presentation on “Recertification by Synergy CERPs” at the Rum River Chapter in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Hanson attended the AACN West Michigan Chapter’s Certification Cram dinner program in Grand Rapids, Mich. He presented “Reclaiming Our Priorities: The Unique Contributions of Acute & Critical Care Nurses” and spoke with attendees taking review courses for the PCCN and CCRN certification exams.

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AACN Keeping New Year’s Resolution to Recruit More Members


In January 2008, the “I Can Make a Difference” Member-Get-A-Member campaign resulted in significant overall gains in membership, with 285 individuals and chapters recruiting 620 new members. This brings the campaign total to 2,531 new members recruited by 696 individuals and chapters.

January Totals:
294 new members recruited by 142 individuals
326 new members recruited by 143 chapters

There were a number of double-digit recruiting performances. Gerundio Ursolino, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, of South Riding, Va. successfully recruited 15 new members and Mariah Charles, RN, of Coulterville, Ill. recruited 14. Tied with 12 each were Jean Bollinger, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Waynesville, N.C. and Julie Coffern, RN, of Lubbock, Texas. Coming in with 10 each were Jennifer McBride, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Clemmons, N.C. and Shannon Womble, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, TNCC, stationed with the Armed Forces in Europe.

Still leading in the campaign to date with 62 new members recruited is Lorraine Fields, RN, CNS, MSN, BSc, CCRN, CNRN, APN, of Uniontown, Ohio. Tied for second place overall with 22 are Kathleen Richuso, RN, MSN, RN-BC, of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Myra Sanders, RN, ADN, CCRN, of Bowling Green, Ky. In third place overall with 21 is Paula Lusardi, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, of Longmeadow, Mass.
In chapter recruiting for the month, the Greater Richmond Area Chapter and the Greater Washington Area Chapter each recruited 10 new members. Coming in second for the month with nine was the Greater Cincinnati Chapter. The Greater Birmingham Chapter added eight and the San Diego Chapter added seven during the month. This ties them for second place in the overall campaign with 34. Also adding seven in January was the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, which boosted its campaign lead to 41.

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 the 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. Paulita Narag, RN, ADN, CCRN, from Abilene, Texas won the gift check in January.

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 January was the Heart of the Piedmont 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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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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Congratulations 2008 Circle of Excellence Award Recipients

The following received AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards for 2008.

AACN-SCCM-AIA ICU Design Citation Award
Co-sponsored by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Health, this award recognizes ICU designs that enhance the critical care environment for patients, families and clinicians. The recipient is:

Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, GA

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Leadership Awards

AACN Excellent Nurse Manager Award
This award recognizes nurse managers who demonstrate excellence in coordination of available resources to efficiently and effectively care for acutely and/or critically ill patients and their families. The recipients are:

Rebecca Cogburn, RN, BSN, CEN, CCRN
The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Macon, GA

Denise Fochesto, MSN, RN, APN, C, CCRN
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Morristown, NJ

Juan (Ray) Quintero, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, GA

Eli Lilly and Company - AACN Excellent Preceptor Award

Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, this award recognizes preceptors who demonstrate the key components of the preceptor role, including teacher, clinical role model, consultant and friend/advocate. The recipients are:

Captain Kelli Bermudez, RN, NC, BSN
59th Medical Wing, Wilford Hall Medical Center
Lackland AFB
San Antonio, TX

Mary Lynn Dupuis, RN, BSN
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, NJ

Edna B. Wilbanks, RN, BSN, CCRN
The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Macon, GA

AACN Mentoring Award
This award recognizes individuals or groups who develop and enhance another’s intellectual and technical skills, acculturating them to the professional nursing community, and modeling a way of life and professional achievement. The recipients are:

Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, FCCM
Presbyterian Hospital
Charlotte, NC

Tina Deatherage-Cronin, RN, CNRN, CCRN
Carolinas Healthcare System
Charlotte, NC

Laura Currie, RN, MS
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA

John F. Dixon, MSN, RN, CNA, BC
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Leslie A. Wasmann, RN, BSN, CCRN
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

AACN Excellence in Leadership Award
This award recognizes nurses who demonstrate the leadership competencies of empowerment, effective communication, continuous learning and the effective management of change. The recipients are:

Debra C. Bradshaw, RN, MSN, CNAA, BC
University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Greenville, NC

Elizabeth Pearson, RN, MSN
The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Macon, GA

Cathy Schuster, RN, BSN, CCRN
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Elsevier - AACN Excellence in Education Award

This award recognizes nurse educators who facilitate the acquisition and advancement of the knowledge and skills required for competent practice and positive patient outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. The recipients are:

Debra Hagler, PhD, APRN, BC, CCRN, CNE
College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation, Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

Cindy McCoy, RN, PhD, BC
Troy University
Troy, AL

Sharon Scardina Jones, RN-BC, MS, CCRN
Ocean Medical Center
Brick, NJ

AACN Community Service Award
This award recognizes significant service by acute and critical care nurses, as individuals or in groups, in making a contribution to their communities that also projects a positive image of acute and critical care nursing. The recipients are:

Becky Etheridge, RN, ADN
The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Macon, GA

Women's Heart Center
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
Paterson, NJ
AACN Media Award
This award recognizes broadcast and Web-based media excellence in the portrayal of healthcare providers, especially acute and critical care nurses, contributing to a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Successful entries present relevant nursing and healthcare topics to large audiences of consumers, including the general public, patients and families. The recipient is:

Neurocritical Care Team
Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, GA

AACN Certification Corporation - Value of Certification Award

Sponsored by AACN Certification Corporation, this award recognizes contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care. The recipient is:

Certification Team
Memorial Medical Center
Johnstown, PA

Datascope - AACN Excellence in Collaboration Awards

Sponsored by Datascope, these awards honor innovative contributions to collaborative practice by nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Recipients of the award are:

Nurse-Administration Collaboration
Rapid Response Team Collaborative
Brookwood Medical Center
Birmingham, AL

Critical Care Unit-Based Improvement Council
St. Jude Medical Center
Fullerton, CA

Nurse-Family Collaboration
Neuro Surgical ICU and 9 Tower Neurosurgery Patient Satisfaction Team
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, NC

Critical Care Customer Service Team
WellStar Cobb Hospital
Austell, GA

Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Multidisciplinary Team Collaboration
Neurotrauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit
Collaborative Critical Care Support Team
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, NJ

Intensive Care Unit Team
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR
Practice and Research Awards

Baxter - AACN Excellence in Patient Safety Award

Sponsored by Baxter Healthcare, this award recognizes patient-care teams that have made significant contributions toward patient and caregiver safety in acute and critical care. The recipients are:

Medication Override
Initiative Safety Team
Carilion Clinic
Roanoke, VA

Intensive Care Unit Team
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Medical Intensive Care Performance Improvement Committee
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

AACN Excellence in Caring Practices Award – In Honor of John Wilson Rodgers
This award recognizes nurses whose caring practices embody AACN’s vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Recipients demonstrate how they have encompassed AACN’s values and ethic of care in their practice. The recipients are:

Beverley Tina Benskin, RN, MA, NCC, LPC, CT
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, TX

Nikki Dotson, ADN, BSN, CCRN, CN III, TNCC
Carolinas Healthcare System CMC Main
Charlotte, NC

Christina Evans, RN, BSN
The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Macon, GA

Elsa W. Interlandi, BSN, RN
Hartford Hospital
Kensington, CT

Linda Porch, RN, BSN, M.Ed.
Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine
Grapevine, TX

3M Health Care – AACN Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

Sponsored by 3M Health Care, this award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who embody, exemplify and excel at the clinical skills and principles required in their practice. The recipients are:

Caton Cadigan, RN, MA, BA, BSN, CCRN
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Leah Eckstein, RN, BSN, CCRN
Clarian Health/Methodist Hospital
Indianapolis, IN

Sharon Gunn, BSN, RN, CCRN
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Beverly Neal, CCRN, MSN
Mission Hospital
Mission Viejo, CA

AACN Excellence in Clinical Practice—Non-Traditional Setting
This award is designed to recognize excellence in the care of acutely and critically ill patients in environments outside the traditional ICU/CCU setting. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, nurses working in home healthcare, progressive care, telemetry, catheterization labs and emergency departments. The recipients are:

Karen N. Hamilton RNC, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, MICN, PCCN, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P
Aeromedical Transport Specialists, Inc.
Manassas, VA

Clarian ePartners
Clarian Health Partners
Indianapolis, IN

Dale Medical Products – AACN Excellent Clinical Nurse Specialist Award

The award recognizes CCNS-certified clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care. Applicants must demonstrate the key components of advanced practice nursing and illustrate how they have been a catalyst for successful change. The recipient is:

Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN
Mission Hospital
Mission Viejo, CA

Marsh - AACN Excellent Nurse Practitioner Award

This award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who function as nurse practitioners. In addition to demonstrating the key components of advanced practice nursing, recipients illustrate how they have served as a catalyst for successful change. The recipients are:

Cynthia Loudin, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP-C
The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Macon, GA

Karen M. Mack, MS, APRN-BC
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

Suzanne A. Meader, MN, ARNP, ACNP, ANP, CCRN-CSC
Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Bellevue, WA

AACN Excellence in Research Award
This award recognizes nurse researchers or nurse-led collaborative research teams that are furthering the mission, vision, and values of AACN in the acute and critical care setting.

US Army Institute of Surgical Research Team
US Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center
Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX

Chapter Awards

AACN Excellence in Chapter Collaboration Award
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify collaboration in any aspect of the chapter’s operations while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision, and values. The recipients are:

Greater Portland Chapter
Portland, OR

Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
Philadelphia, PA

Southwest Georgia Chapter
Albany, GA

AACN Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award
This award recognizes excellence in chapter leadership development and succession planning while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision, and values. The recipient is:

Triangle Chapter
Durham, NC

AACN Outstanding Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award
This award recognizes chapters that have made an outstanding public service contribution in their local community through community education and involvement while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision, and values. The recipients are:

Heart of the Piedmont Chapter
High Point, NC

Oklahoma City Area Chapter
Oklahoma City, OK

AACN Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award
This award recognizes chapters that have done an outstanding job in providing quality educational programming to their members and other constituents while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision, and values. The recipients are:

Broward County Chapter
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Greater Portland Chapter
Portland, OR

AACN Chapter Value of Certification Award
This award was established to recognize contributions that support and foster the development of certified nursing practice in acute and/or critical care.
The recipient is:

Greater Richmond Area Chapter
Richmond, VA

Collaborative Book Optimizes Care
for Critically Ill Neuroscience Patients

Collaboration between AACN and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) has resulted in a unique, evidence-based, integrated resource highlighting state-of-the-art monitoring for acute neurology patients in the ICU. The book, “AACN-AANN Protocols for Practice: Monitoring Technologies in Critically Ill Neuroscience Patients” is the only comprehensive, evidence-based resource currently covering this subject.

Edited by Linda R. Littlejohns, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, and Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN, the book provides a review of the most important technologies implemented by nurses at the bedside of acute neurology patients to evaluate and change interventions during minute-to-minute treatment decisions. Topics focus on mechanical ventilation, intracranial pressure, brain oxygen, cerebral blood flow, EEG-derived parameters and external ventricular and lumbar drains.

The new book is an excellent resource for clinicians, educators and researchers; it documents existing evidence on the use of monitoring devices and provides practical ways to apply the science to practice. The protocols can be used to guide care in a variety of clinical settings in acute care, progressive care or in the home. Each protocol is introduced by a case study, which is followed by general information about the technology, occupational hazards, ethical considerations, competency issues and practice recommendations.

In an era where emerging technology in critical care challenges practitioners to connect physiology, monitoring values and nursing interventions to optimize care of critically ill neuroscience patients, this book is an essential resource.

“AACN-AANN Protocols for Practice: Monitoring Technologies in Critically Ill Neuroscience Patients” (product #170695) is available through the AACN Online Bookstore (www.aacn.org/bookstore).

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Monthly Super Savers

March is National Brain Awareness Month. Take advantage of the savings on these brain-related resources. The Super Saver prices are valid through April 30, 2008. All orders must be received or postmarked by April 30 to be eligible for the Super Saver prices.

Neuroscience Nursing: A Spectrum of Care, 3rd Ed. (#301514)
Addresses the complicated needs of neuroscience patients and equips providers with in-depth knowledge of neurophysiology, neuroassessment and neuromanagement to help provide the best patient care. The third edition’s carefully refined features enhance the book’s readability, and the new eight-page color insert with 40 plates features important information on neurophysiology, diagnostic scans and disorders such as aneurysms. Readers will find comprehensive information on foundations in neuro anatomy and data collection; thorough discussions of neurologic disorders; management considerations for frequently encountered neurologic conditions; and legal and ethical issues relevant to life care planning for the neuroscience patient.
Regular Price
Member $85.45, Nonmember $89.95
Super Saver Price
Member $78.95, Nonmember $83.25

Correlative Neuro Anatomy and Brain Dissection (#301512)
This two-hour full-color DVD program allows you to study neuro anatomy and brain dissection at your own pace. The content includes discussion and exploration of the skull; meninges; spaces between the coverings; the blood supply and drainage; the lobes of the cortex; basal ganglia and diencephalon; thalamus and hypothalamus; brain stem and cranial nerves; and the cerebellum.
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Spinal Cord Anatomy and Common Pathology (#301513)
This DVD offers a comprehensive review of the normal structures and pathways of the spine, spinal cord and supporting coverings. Potential pathologies and disease entities will also be identified as each area is examined.
Regular Price
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Handbook of Neurocritical Care (#301511)
This authoritative reference takes an algorithmic approach to immediate patient care, incorporating both ancillary investigation to confirm clinical diagnosis and appropriate management guidelines. Discusses brain death and organ donation.
Regular Price
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This Month’s Featured Products

Cardiovascular Nursing Practice (#100256)
C. Jacobson, K. Marzlin, C. Webner
This book is primarily for clinical cardiac nurses working with patients in all clinical settings: intensive care, telemetry units, step-down units, emergency departments, chest pain centers, cardiac and interventional radiology laboratories, physician offices and clinics, and in home healthcare. It is a useful resource for students and educators in hospitals as well as schools of nursing and for clinical nurse specialists who are responsible for teaching and supporting clinical nursing staff. This comprehensive resource for cardiovascular nurses is an outstanding addition to your unit’s library or your own personal collection. It is a great way to study for certification exams or to increase your knowledge and achieve excellence in cardiovascular patient care.
Member $72.50, Nonmember $75

Decision-Making in Nursing: Thoughtful Approaches for Practice (#130604)
S. Lewenson, M. Truglio-Londrigan
“Decision-Making in Nursing” explores the contributions of a variety of decision-making approaches that add to the ways of knowing and the evidence that enables nursing students and professionals to be reflective, critical, flexible and comfortable with their many daily decisions. In today's complex healthcare arena, nurses are looking at patient, family or community needs to adjust their decision-making to a multidimensional care environment. This book helps guide students and professionals through this process and shows them how current evidence, along with historical, legal, spiritual and political factors affect their decision-making.
Member $37.95, Nonmember $39.95

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Members on the Move

Professional
Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, ACNP, AACN Certification Corporation chair-elect, earned her ACHPN (Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse), offered through the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

Karen Kesten, MSN, APRN, CCRN, PCCN, CCNS, former chapter adviser for AACN’s Region 4, has been named the program director for the ACNP and CCNS programs at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, D.C.

Amy Roach, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, wrote a chapter titled Pharmacotherapy Considerations During End-of-Life Care of Critically Ill Adults for the book “End-of-Life Communication in the ICU.”

Lori Schumacher, RN, MS, PhD, CCRN, was named associate dean for simulated learning innovations at The Medical College of Georgia’s School of Nursing, Augusta, Ga.

Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, CNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, AACN board member, was interviewed for a video on nursing specialties that is being developed by the National Student Nurses Association for use at nursing schools nationwide. The video will premiere at NSNA’s midyear conference in November.

Aden Henry, RN, BSN, CNRN, was named vice president of patient care services at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Ill.
John Whitcomb, RN, PhD, CCRN, AACN board member, will serve as the ACLS National Faculty for Navy Medicine. This position is with the American Heart Association through the Military Training Network.

Stephen Marrone, EdD, RN-BC, CCRN, CNOR, was appointed director of Nursing Magnet Programs, Nursing Outcomes Research, and Workforce Development at North Shore University Hospital, North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, N.Y.
Susan Yeager, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNP, former AACN board member, was named the first trauma/acute and emergent surgery nurse practitioner at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
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Honors
Jacqueline Rhoads, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-C, GNP, CCRN, was elected to the board of directors of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP). She will serve as a national affiliate representative.

Mila Rolle, RN, MSN, BS, BSN, CCRN, and Elaina Schnoebelen, RN, MSN, MSEd, CCRN, CRN, have earned master of science degrees in nursing with a focus on nursing education from Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill.

Mark Ambler, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, was accepted into the inaugural 2008 class of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Nurse Manager Fellowship.

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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 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.
For more information, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org.

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Elsevier – AACN Excellence in Education Award




Valerie Spotts, BSN, RN
University of Michigan Health System, Petersburg, MI

As educational nurse coordinator (ENC), I am responsible for orientation and staff development for a 64-bed cardiac step-down unit (CSU) with a staff of 187. In my five years as ENC, the CSU has grown from 32 to 64 beds, creating a shift from a cardiology population to one with multisystem diagnoses that may include cardiovascular disease. This population shift was challenging for both new and experienced staff. By integrating national quality initiatives and broad medical-surgical content into the existing cardiology content, staff are prepared to meet the needs of the changing patient population. I began by individualizing the CSU orientation curriculum to meet the varied (and unique) learning needs of each new hire. For example, when an experienced nurse was hired for straight night weekend shifts, I partnered with the orientee and night shift preceptors to identify both classroom content and the precepting needed. We accomplished classroom orientation in one-day shifts, followed by clinical preceptor time on nights.

All staff appreciate this flexible orientation, which allows us to recruit and retain nurses who might be excluded by a rigid orientation schedule. Moreover, it has given off-shift nurses opportunities to be more involved in staff orientation, experience that enhances promotion on our clinical ladder.

Coordination and teaching monthly ECG classes for the hospital-wide critical care orientation is also part of my ENC role, as is developing CSU staff to teach these classes. I have mentored 11 CSU nurses who are now ECG instructors and, in the past year, approximately 150 RNs demonstrated competence following our ECG course. I take pride in the impact of my progressive care (CSU) colleagues on monitored patients hospitalwide, evidence of how CSU RNs’ expertise can be shared with others in critical care nursing.


Beth LaVelle, PhD, RN, CEN
Metropolitan State University, Baldwin, WI

I cherish direct patient care, especially emergency care, and I knew that integrating clinical expertise, research and teaching could impact a greater number of patients and their families. So, this introvert became an educator! Although I got into plenty of hot water trying to ensure the safe practice of “basic” nursing skills and identifying which interventions had little scientific basis, meeting resistance only increased my resolve to make things better and safer for patients. My favorite projects were validating the use of music and massage to reduce airway resistance and dyspnea in children with asthma, invalidating using ice over thick compression dressings for acute ankle injuries, and establishing an educational program worldwide to reduce the risk of skin trauma secondary to the use of medical adhesives. Think, ask “why,” investigate and then share! As coordinator of the Simulation Center, patient safety is still my focus. I assess needs and develop customized courses to help clinicians apply their knowledge, communication skills and critical thinking in a safe, effective and efficient learning environment, using high-fidelity manikins and audiovisual feedback. Scenarios are based on case studies, sentinel events, near-misses, low volume/high risk situations and national safety standards, overlaid with cultural, ethical, legal or social aspects. In this “medicine meets community theater” world, mistakes can be made without ever putting a patient at risk. Interventions are evidence-based, and current literature is reviewed during debriefings. Scenarios are repeated until the processes are improved or we move on to a new challenge. It’s amazing to watch pieces fall into place, analyze what went well and what could be improved, and identify solutions for systems issues. Many participants say, “I’ll never make that mistake again!” The best reward is when they return to relate how smoothly a critical situation went because they had had the opportunity to practice in the “sim center.”


Elizabeth J. Twiss, RN, MSN, CCRN
Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL

As the daytime supervisor of a 30-bed ICU, I have had the pleasure of working with Betty Twiss, the ICU educator. She has been the leader here at Munroe Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in promoting innovative evidence-based care.

At MRMC lifelong learning has become an expectation. As the ICU educator, Betty has been in a unique position to identify the needs of the staff and implement growth and change. The implementation of monthly clinical tips and the Journal Club has enabled staff to keep current on research and evidence-based practice. The Journal Club meets to discuss articles that impact care. Those unable to attend participate via e-mail. The addition of case studies to the Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) course has expanded the learning of novice nurses. Betty’s impact is seen during interdisciplinary rounds. This allows her to be a patient advocate by identifying needs and assisting staff to provide the latest evidence-based care. Betty helped develop the policy for “Family Presence at Codes” and educated the family facilitator. She also participated in implementation of the hospital’s Rapid Response Team. Betty’s contributions have been reflected in the MRMC ICU receiving the Beacon Award.

Betty has exemplified the standards of our healthy work environment in all her endeavors. She has the unique ability to guide staff without criticism. She embodies true collaboration with her current efforts. Betty has demonstrated effective decision making by engaging staff to change policies to provide best practice. By requiring a minimum of passing the BKAT exam, she has created a higher standard of education for all new hires.

She is a patient, family and staff advocate who supports the flow of information throughout the organization. Betty is not afraid to deal with difficult situations and is known for her creativity and ability to provide leadership that encourages change.

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Eli Lilly and Company AACN Excellent Preceptor Award

Patricia Lizotte, RN, BSN
Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA

I have had the privilege of precepting senior nursing students from the University of Massachusetts. These students have chosen critical care nursing for their internship during their last semester of school. The students are required to spend a full semester providing nursing care with a preceptor and completing a research project related to critical care nursing.

Last year, I was especially honored to precept Molly during her internship in the critical care unit. Molly was a highly motivated student who had expressed an interest in joining our staff after graduation.

Precepting Molly was a pleasure and a challenge. The pleasure came from working with a motivated, intelligent person who cared for her patients and their families with kindness and dignity. My challenge was not only to teach the basics of critical care nursing, but also to encourage her to question, to educate her patients as well as herself, to collaborate with all disciplines, and strive to practice excellence in patient care. Molly also challenged me to the same standards, and together we grew from our experiences.

Upon successful completion of her internship, Molly presented her research paper on the importance of oral care in the prevention of ventilator acquired pneumonia. She gave an oral and poster presentation, as well as a written report at a lunch-and-learn session. The session was well attended by staff nurses, a nurse educator, a faculty member, a nurse manager, a case manager, a public relations member and the vice president of Patient Care Services. Molly did a superb job and received excellent reviews from those in attendance. Today, I am proud to report that Molly has become a valuable member of our critical care nursing staff.


Jobeth Pilcher, RNC, BSN, MS
Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX

As Jobeth precepts new nurses, she role models professional nursing practice, as described with this example of twins who were experiencing feeding intolerance. Consistent with our professional practice nursing model, which is based on the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care, Jobeth identified these infants as at risk for safe passage. The male twin had repeated episodes of abdominal distention and gastric residuals, resulting in being placed on necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) watch. The female twin had issues with spitting and bloody stools, resulting in feedings not being advanced. The interventions, while necessary, impacted weight gain and delayed discharge. Jobeth assisted her orientee to learn about and understand key assessments associated with NEC and how this condition can impact safe passage.

After identifying initial findings, Jobeth communicated them to the healthcare team. NPO status (nothing by mouth) and NEC watch were ordered. Her orientee witnessed this interaction, learning the importance of collaboration among the healthcare team and its direct impact on patients. The workup results proved negative, and Jobeth discussed with her orientee the need to delve deeper for a possible etiology so that an effective intervention could be implemented. Given the commonality was gastrointestinal in nature, Jobeth guided her orientee in problem solving possible causes. Jobeth discovered that the mother’s dietary habits had changed, and the mother was eating multiple daily servings of strawberries. Jobeth explained to the mother the link between dietary changes and breast milk, which allowed the orientee to witness firsthand Jobeth’s effective communication and teaching style. The mother stopped eating strawberries and when the babies returned to breast milk, there were no further problems. The twins began to gain weight and move successfully toward discharge. Through this experience, the orientee was able to witness the power and impact of professional nursing practice on safe passage.


Roxanne Sabatini, RN, BSN, CCRN
Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ

Roxanne is the kind of nurse who keeps her priorities straight - her patients. Roxanne has advanced her career from nursing assistant to licensed practical nurse, then registered nurse. In 2007, Roxanne earned a master’s degree in nursing education. She has worked in critical care throughout these years as a staff nurse, unit educator and researcher. She approaches patient problems through an evidence-based practice model to improve patient outcomes.

Roxanne ensures quality patient care through the provision of education, competency evaluations and standardization of practice. She lectures for the Medical-Surgical Certification Course for the Consortium of New Jersey Nurse Educators and for the Atlantic Health System Critical Care curriculum. She contributes to the community of nursing by presenting her research locally and internationally.
Roxanne discovered that music can help reduce stress in critical care patients and designed a research study to validate this. She procured financial and material support from local vendors and from ACCN. Roxanne facilitated staff support to conduct an Institutional Review Board-approved study. The study demonstrated that variations in music heard do affect the vital signs of critically ill patients.
Roxanne and other interdisciplinary members of the healthcare team created modifications in care that would reduce or minimize the frequency of ventilator associated pneumonia. This included ventilator equipment care changes, vigilant assessments and creation of new multidisciplinary guidelines for all intubated patients. The team’s effort was successful. Data returned from Project Impact after one year indicated that the number of ventilated days had decreased by more than one full day and that the frequency of VAP was reduced 29%.
The ICU delivers multiple, complex medication regimes by intravenous infusion. Roxanne, with interdisciplinary collaboration, updated the critical care medication manual and included cross-references for herbal products. Roxanne also finds the time to be a Girl Scout leader and provides guidance for community service projects.

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AACN Community Service Award


Rose Chuatan, RN, BSN
WellStar Cobb Hospital, Austell, GA

Rose Chuatan works in the critical care units at WellStar Cobb Hospital. She has worked in the Philippines as well as in Saudi Arabia. She moved to the United States in 1989. In her many years in the nursing profession, she has worked in many different settings, including telemetry, medical-surgical and renal units, but prefers intensive care.

Rose is a very humble person who cares deeply for her community. She volunteers on many community service projects through Philippine Nurses of Georgia and Asian-American Women’s Association, as well as the American-Chinese Lions Club. The American-Chinese Lions Club has recognized Rose for her dedicated volunteer work. Rose not only volunteers her nursing skills and abilities, but she also is dedicated to raising funds for missions, including the Missionaries of the Poor and the St. Thomas Jamaican Outreach Program. Rose also volunteers at Luke’s Place Community Wellness Center at least twice a month, more if time allows. When Rose travels to the Philippines, she and her brother work together to provide medical and dental care to the poor. Recently, Rose implemented a health ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. The ministry provides medical care to its parishioners as well as the community, including a quarterly health fair that provides blood pressure and diabetes screenings, as well as referrals to medical and community services.
Rose has provided guidance to her peers and care to the underprivileged. She demonstrates great leadership qualities through her professional and volunteer contributions, which improve patient care in the ICU and the community at large. Jay Santos, a close friend and colleague, says that Rose “has an unrelenting devotion in extending her helping hand in the delivery of health services for the less fortunate, not just in her local community but globally as well.”


Joanne Turner, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ

I serve as clinical nurse specialist in neuroscience for a tertiary, community-based, teaching hospital. In every role, I seek to balance work in the hospital with outreach in the community. This led to the founding of a nonprofit organization called the Caring Network, which put me in a special position to take advantage of an offer to send a number of hospital beds that were being replaced overseas. Was I interested?
Although I was aware of the need, the cost to ship the beds was nearly equal to their value so, from an economic perspective, it was not reasonable to do this. Because “God’s ways are not our ways,” what looked like a foolish decision resulted in far more than we thought possible. The publicity from the bed donation resulted in contributions from unexpected sources. Donations of all kinds began to arrive at the Caring Network in the form of cash, medical supplies from a hospital that had changed vendors, all kinds of office supplies and 25 refurbished computer systems. In a quirk of fate, the paperwork for the computers was mixed up, and the container arrived at a faith-based prison! Now the inmates were able to study online and learn new technical skills. The snowball effect of this “glitch” brought attention to the prison, resulting in a film about the remarkable outcomes. This film is being circulated to other prisons as a model for reform. The donations and gifts have not stopped, and enough have been received to provide mobile medical/dental units that can now service areas in other provinces.

Locally, in connection with my specialty of neuroscience nursing, I provide regular stroke screenings for the community through my hospital. These sessions are one of the most gratifying parts of my role.

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