Melissa Hutchinson, Director

AACN Board
July 2011 – June 2014

Melissa Hutchinson, RN, MN, CCNS, CCRN, CWCN, serves a three-year term as a director on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.

A clinical nurse specialist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, since 2003, Hutchinson has also served as an adjunct clinical faculty member of the University of Washington, Seattle, since 2004.

She’s held clinical staff and leadership positions with the VA Puget Sound since 1997 and at THC Seattle Hospital, Staffbuilders HomeCare and Sunrise Corp., Seattle, from 1994 to 1997. Since 2012, she has been an independent nurse consultant on legal cases.

In 2007, Hutchinson received the Veterans Affairs’ Nurse Executive Award for Nursing Excellence, given by the VA Puget Sound’s chief nurse.

AACN board secretary in 2012–2013, Hutchinson sat on the 2009–2010 AACN Nominating Committee and 1999–2000 and 2006–2007 work groups for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI).

A frequent presenter at NTI, Hutchison also served on AACN’s 2006–2007 Acute and Critical Care Nursing Scope and Standards Task Force, the Practice Analysis Task Force in 2002–2003, Chapter Advisory Team and several award review panels. As a member of AACN’s Mountain to Sound Chapter, she served as Education Committee chair and Advanced Practice Education chair.

Hutchinson’s numerous research projects address workplace and clinical issues ranging from resuscitation and emergency processes to venous thromboembolism, delirium and supplemental enteral feeding. She also writes and presents on these topics as well as skin and wound management and coagulopathies.

Hutchinson earned an associate degree in business (1987) and in nursing (1994) from Bellevue Community College, Wash. In 1989, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she received a master’s degree in nursing (CNS track) in 2003.


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