AACN News—June 2009—Association News

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Vol. 26, No. 6, JUNE 2009

Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation Now Available to Individual Users

AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) are offering “Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation,” a popular Web-based course previously available only to hospitals, to individual learners
“Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation” is the first Web-based leadership course specifically for nurse managers. Based on the Nurse Manager Leadership Collaborative Learning Domain Framework, it provides frontline managers, charge nurses, aspiring managers and staff leaders with the skills needed to become successful nurse leaders.

Each of the eight online modules addresses key skills necessary for successful leadership. Divided into three units, the modules cover business management skills, leadership skills and personal development. Subjects range from financial, quality management, recruitment strategies and methods to ethics and career planning.

The learning domains are also a primer for nurses interested in earning their Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) certification. Offered jointly by the AONE Credentialing Center and AACN Certification Corporation, this
certification validates the knowledge and skills nurses gain as they carry out complex leadership responsibilities affecting patient care.

“Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation” provides users with 40 hours of continuing education. For more information visit www.aacn.org > nurse manager or www.aone.org.

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New Web-based Course for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care Nurses

AACN recently released Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation, a Web-based course for pediatric acute and critical care nurses and those who educate them. The all-inclusive course bridges the knowledge gap between what nurses learn in school and what they need to know to work with pediatric patients. The interactive eight-module course features case scenarios and practice activities that enhance knowledge transfer and job satisfaction. Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA) worked with industry experts to develop the comprehensive course, which provides a foundation for pediatric acute and critical care nursing education.

Flexible and adaptable, the self-paced didactic e-learning course can be integrated into a blended learning environment, which combines traditional educational activities such as preceptorships, discussion groups, workshops or simulation experiences. The Web benefits of Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation include:

• Self-paced and easy-to-access – Learners set their own pace and access course material from any Web-based computer. Material can be revisited for up to one year.

• Flexible and adaptable – The entire course takes approximately 40 hours to complete and can be organized into smaller learning lessons. The modular design lets educators tailor information to specific lesson plans.

• Regular updates – Online access ensures that learners receive up-to-date information with regular revisions.

• Cost effective and time efficient – Online education allows traditional course content to be accessed outside the classroom and educators to incorporate critical thinking and clinical skills into the course.

• Easy-to-use tracking – Scored tests at the end of each module indicate comprehension level and enable learners and educators to pinpoint specific learning issues. Individual course progress can be tracked via AACN’s LearnCenter.
The Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation course provides 40 hours of continuing nursing education. For more information, visit www.aacn.org.

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Goodbye, AACN News … Hello, AACN Bold Voices

You’ve just received your last issue of AACN News. Next month, our new publication, AACN Bold Voices, will arrive in your mailbox. Designed in a quick, easy-to-read format for busy nurses, Bold Voices presents timely information about AACN, certification and clinical practice. The newsletter has a vibrant new look and communicates a bold, confident tone – a style that reflects the strength, spirit and talent of our members. What’s more, it will be available in print and digital formats. Look for AACN Bold Voices in July.

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Scene and Heard

Our Voice at the Table

Alverno College School of Nursing and AACN’s Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter presented Leading the Way to Creating and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments in Health Care Settings. The summit was held for nursing leaders from throughout Wisconsin to discuss strategies for implementing healthy work environments. The focal point of the program was “Bedside Manners,” a play written and produced by Suzanne Gordon and Lisa Hayes, where inter-professional relationships and their impact on patient care were dramatized. Keynote speaker Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, former AACN president, presented “Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Work Environment.”

Dana Woods, AACN’s team lead on the healthy work environments initiative and director of marketing and strategy integration, served as facilitator for the panel discussion “Developing and Implementing a Team-based Plan for Change.” The diverse panelists – from staff nurse to CNS to nurse manager to CNO – shared their stories and answered audience questions about their efforts to rally colleagues and organizations to improve their work environments. The panelists emphasized that, in their experience, the most important ingredient for improving the work environment is the commitment of individual nurses to be part of the change. The program was followed by a reception, which was an opportunity to network with local healthcare professionals and discuss how to implement the HWE standards.

Celebrations and Shared Knowledge

In honor of National Nurses Week, Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, former AACN president, rang the closing bell at NASDAQ. She spoke briefly about the many contributions of nurses – at the bedside, in patient education, providing primary care, conducting research, teaching the next generation of nurses and informing policy decisions. Fontaine, who is a professor of nursing and dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, highlighted nursing’s economic impact and the leadership role nurses will continue to have in healthcare reform. In addition, a video to celebrate nursing was displayed on the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower. Seven stories high, it illuminates Times Square 24 hours a day.

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Members on the Move



Vicki Sweet, RN, MSN, CEN, CCRN, FAEN, was elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Emergency Nursing and is also chair of the Emergency Nurses Association’s new ED Overcrowding Best Practices Work Group for 2009. Sweet is the manager of Emergency Services & PreHospital Care, St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, Calif.

Patricia L. Wallace, RN, MSN, will serve as assistant vice president of clinical outcomes and analysis at Kennedy Health System, Southern N.J. In her new position, she is responsible for evaluating clinical outcomes, regulatory readiness and patient safety.

Maria Christabelle Castro, RN, BSN, CCRN, MSHA, wrote an article titled “Kidney Transplant” for the patient education series in the March issue of Nursing2009. She is a nurse manager at Dallas VA Medical Center.


Reed, Steinke, Burns, Ecklund

Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, NE-BC, CPHQ, CENP, immediate past AACN Certification Corporation chair, was selected as the 2009 recipient of Ball State University’s Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award, in honor of his commitment to the nursing profession. He is the director for Adult Critical Care Services and Neurosciences at Clarian Health, Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

Elaine Steinke, PhD, ARNP, CNS, received the 2009 Educator of the Year award, presented annually by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). An AACN member for more than 30 years, Steinke is a full professor at the School of Nursing at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan.

Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM, FAANP, former AACN board member, earned the 2009 Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence, which is presented by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). She is a professor of nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville.

Margaret Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP-BC, former AACN Certification Corporation chair, and longtime AACN member, received the Rochester Business Journal’s 2009 Health Care Achievement Award. There were 12 recipients in several categories, and she was one of three local nurses honored for their innovation and contribution to the healthcare of the community. She is a nurse practitioner at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.

Lynn J. Hydo, RN, MSN; Sandra Swoboda, RN, MS; and Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, were inducted as FCCMs (fellows of the American College of Critical Care Medicine) at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 38th Critical Care Congress in Nashville, Tenn. This designation honors practitioners, researchers, administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions in the collaborative field of critical care. The college is comprised of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals who are experts in their respective fields.

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Bookstore Corner

AACN’s pocket reference cards

For quick and convenient information, busy nurses often refer to AACN’s pocket reference cards. These handy and portable cards have been completely updated for 2009, and three new titles were added as follows:

Sepsis Management (#400754) includes information on sepsis indicators, goal-directed sepsis resuscitation and other supportive measures.

Dysrhythmia Recognition (#400758) also gives nurses quick and convenient information, including steps for ECG rhythm analysis as well as causes and characteristics of common dysrhythmia.

Acute Renal Failure (#400755) includes causes, clinical conditions and a list of drugs that require dosage modification in renal failure.

For a complete list of all 14 pocket cards, visit www.aacn.org/bookstore.
Cards are $2 each for AACN members and $4 for nonmembers, with a 10 percent discount for quantities of 5-20, and 20 percent for 21 or more.

Super Savers

Super Saver prices are valid through July 31, 2009. All orders must be postmarked by July 31 to be eligible for the Super Saver price.

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything (#120650)

From the best-selling authors who taught the world how to have Crucial Conversations comes “Influencer,” a thought-provoking book that combines the remarkable insights of behavioral scientists and business leaders with the astonishing stories of high-powered influencers from all walks of life. You'll be taught each and every step of the influence process – including robust strategies for making change inevitable in your personal life, your professional life and your world.

Regular Price: Member $23.70, Nonmember $24.95
Super Saver Price: Member $21.80, Nonmember $22.95

Just Culture: Training for Healthcare Managers (#128282)

This workbook/online training combination introduces healthcare managers to the principles of the Just Culture. The training guide covers the Three Duties of employees, the Three Manageable Behaviors, event investigation, systems design and using the Just Culture Algorithm as a key decision-making tool. Managers will be educated in concepts that create a safety-supportive culture, supporting an open reporting environment while holding employees accountable for their choices. The workbook can also be used to supplement the one-day live training session.

Regular Price: Member $75.15, Nonmember $79
Super Saver Price: Member $68.40, Nonmember $72

Words of Wisdom from Pivotal Nurse Leaders (#128667)

Beautiful full-color photographs and the accumulated wisdom from 23 well-known nurse leaders make “Words of Wisdom from Pivotal Nurse Leaders” a book for every nurse who seeks inspiration, tempered with real-world savvy. Authors Beth Houser and Kathy Player provide commentary for each section and give readers suggestions for applying the advice in practice.

Regular Price: Member $18.95, Nonmember $19.95
Super Saver Price: Member $16.20, Nonmember $18

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