Megan E. Brunson, Director
July 2014 – June 2017
Megan E. Brunson, RN, MSN, CNL, CCRN-CSC, serves a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.
Brunson is the night shift supervisor in the cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) at Medical City Dallas Hospital, a position she has held since 2007.
From 2000–2007, she was the lead charge nurse/night shift for the CVICU at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, after completing two years as the night shift team leader in the telemetry unit at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Texas.
During her 17 years as a night shift nurse, she has focused on securing professional development resources for nurses in a 24/7 care environment.
Actively involved in AACN for more than 12 years, Brunson is a member of the Atlanta Area and the Dallas Area chapters and served as the Atlanta chapter president from 2006–2007.
A member of the Chapter Advisory Team (Region 15, Texas and Oklahoma) from 2009–2012, Brunson was co-lead on the Chapter Advisory Team from 2012–2014.
She served on the CSC Certification Print Practice Exam Committee from 2010-2012 and has been a member of the review panel for Chapter Circle of Excellence awards and poster presentations numerous times. Brunson also is a member of the Clinical Nurse Leader Association.
As a nurse researcher, Brunson was the investigator for a 2006–2007 study to determine which interventions postcardiac surgery patients perceived as best to quench their thirst with the least amount of nausea/vomiting and a study in 2012–2013 on the effect of ambient noise levels on patients’ nighttime sleep patterns.
She also has been a presenter many times at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, speaking on leadership development for chapters.
In 2009, she received the Lois Robillard Nurse of the Year Award at Medical City Dallas.
Brunson earned a Master of Science in nursing from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Valparaiso University in Indiana.