Nominating Committee: Erica C. DeBoer


Erica C. DeBoer, RN, MA, CNL, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Leader

Sanford Medical Center
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • Siouxland Chapter,1998–present
    • Secretary, 2010–2012

AACN Commitment and Involvement in the Past 3 Years

Includes how the candidate integrated AACN's mission and work into her current role and practice. Local and national volunteer activities are listed, if applicable.

  • Chapter advisor, Region 16, July 2011–present
  • Siouxland Chapter
    • Workshop Committee, 2002–present
    • Community Service Committee, 2002–present
  • Presenter, AACN sepsis workshop, Carbondale, Ill., spring 2013, presented three hours of lecture related to implementation of sepsis bundle, biomarker monitoring, data management and optimization
  • Reviewer, NTI 2012 poster abstracts

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years

Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Nurse Certification Board of Commissioners, 2013–present
  • Adjunct faculty, University of Sioux Falls Nursing Program, responsible for both accelerated and upward mobility RN education related to evidence-based practice and research, 2011–present
  • Member, Clinical Nurse Leader Association, 2010–present.
    • WebEx planned for October related to the importance of certification
  • Sanford Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference, responsible for planning and organizing speakers and agenda as well as poster presentations, 2009-present
    • Committee member
    • Poster presenter and speaker at last three conferences
  • Master trainer, TeamSTEPPS program, 2013

Issues Statement

Intraprofessional and interprofessional communication and collaboration is a key issue that impacts critical and progressive care nursing and the ability to provide well-informed and safe patient care.

AACN has already taken an important role in uncovering the impact that ineffective communication and collaboration has on healthcare through “Silence Kills,” its work with VitalSmarts. I believe that this issue continues to be very apparent and a relevant concern for healthcare providers across the nation and care settings.

Continued focus on the most crucial concerns, including broken rules, mistakes and lack of support, incompetence, poor teamwork, disrespect and micromanagement is essential to ensure safe and effective patient care (Maxfield, et al, 2002, 2005).

Lack of communication continues to lead the root causes related to medical errors. The complexity in healthcare continues to escalate, making the role of the frontline nurse vital in pulling all the pieces of care together.

Intraprofessional and interprofessional collaboration needs to be embraced and embedded throughout medical and residency programs and nursing programs, continued into orientation and competencies and become part of the fundamental science of patient care across the continuum.

Resources that focus on effective communication and teamwork need to be provided and used in order to offer the best opportunity for success at all organizational levels. Focusing on hardwiring tools and expectations related to communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals is essential to keep both patients and nursing staff safe.

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