Nominating Committee: Anna Dermenchyan


Anna Dermenchyan, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
Clinical Quality Specialist

UCLA Health
Los Angeles, Calif.

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • AACN Chapter at UCLA, –present
    • Program chair, 2010–present
    • Founder and president, 2010–2012
  • San Fernando Valley Chapter, 2008–present
    • Treasurer, treasurer-elect, member-at-large, 2009–present

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.

  • Ambassador, 2008–present
  • Reviewer, NTI Evidence-Based Practice Poster Abstracts, 2013–2014
  • NIWI Scholarship Review Panel, 2013–2014
  • NTI Program Planning Committee, 2012–2013
  • CSC Virtual Exam Development Committee, 2012–2013
  • Co-presenter, “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health Report,” NTI 2012
  • Circle of Excellence Awards Review Panel, 2011–2012
  • AACN2Go Test Group, 2010–2011
  • Chapter Awards Review Panel, 2009–2010

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the past 3 Years

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

  • Ethics of Caring National Nursing Conference Planning Committee, presentations on “Leading Change From the Bedside,” 2012–present
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2010–present
  • Vice president, Gamma Tau Chapter at large and co-chair of the Poster Committee, Odyssey Regional Conference, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009–present
  • Fellow, American Nurses Advocacy Institute of the American Nurses Association, 2012–2013
  • Fellow, Staff Nurse Evidence-Based Practice. Presentations on “Standardizing Postoperative Handover From the OR to ICU,” UCLA Health, 2012–2013 

Issues Statement

Nurses have a lot of credibility and trust from the public. As a large voting block we can be the voice for the patients, families and communities we serve.

To lead from the bedside, nurses need to accept the power we are given by society to impact patients’ experiences and outcomes and be open to continuous learning and accepting feedback regarding our practice. It is more effective when we act together to express our collective experiences and set attainable goals for the future than act alone.

The IOM recommendation for the Future of Nursing has eight key propositions for leading change and advancing health. One of the key focuses is to prepare and enable nurses to lead from where they stand.

In my experience, knowledge, accountability and leadership are factors in motivating the direct nurse to strive for excellence and contribute to a healthy work environment. 

AACN has a vision that is dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. As nurses lead many of the health quality indicators for patient safety and outcomes, it is important to have the support of our professional organizations and work facilities to help create, test and implement change at the bedside.

Providing tools to nurses at the bedside is a key component of creating healthy work environments, implementing new models of care and transforming health. For example, AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy is a great model for driving nursing excellence and providing leadership training to staff nurses.

AACN can continue to develop this program to provide team training and empower staff nurses with the knowledge and support necessary to become leaders who guide their peers in creating unit-based change. In addition, AACN can help develop infrastructures and policies that can advocate for a full scope of practice and promote clinical excellence.

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