Teri Lynn Kiss, President-elect, AACN Board

AACN Board
July 2013 – June 2014


Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, serves a one-year term as president-elect on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. She previously served as a director on the AACN board from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2012, acting as treasurer from 2011 to 2012.

Kiss is director of Medical Unit-2South and Case Management Services at Alaska-based Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Banner Health), where she also worked as a staff nurse in the ICU from 1986 to 2011.

She was an adjunct and assistant professor at the University of Alaska School of Nursing, Fairbanks, from 2002 to 2010 and a certified flight nurse for Fairbanks-based Medevac provider, Guardian Flight, from 1998 to 2005.

She held staff and management positions at Knoxville-based East Tennessee Baptist Hospital and Parkwest Hospital and Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, Miss., between 1977 and 1984.

Kiss served on AACN’s Strategic Thinking Committee in 2009–2010 and 2011–2012 and on the Nominating Committee in 2007–2008. She also was Chapter Advisory Team board liaison, a Board Learning Partner and a member of the Board Advisory Team.

President of AACN’s Fairbanks Northstar Chapter from 1998 to 2003, Kiss also served as the chapter’s newsletter editor and membership coordinator. In 2004, she was the recipient of AACN’s Circle of Excellence – Excellence in Leadership award.

A member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kiss was a mentor in the inaugural Geriatric Nurse Leadership Academy from 2008 to 2009. She received the 2008 Tina DeLapp Excellence in Nursing Leadership award from the Theta Omicron Chapter.

In 2012, she was honored as the March of Dimes Nurse Legend of the Year and received the Reader’s Choice Award – Best Nurse and Best Teacher from the Fairbanks Daily News Miner in 2004.

A frequent presenter on nursing evidence-based practice, communication and leadership topics, Kiss spoke on “Healthy Work Environment: A Necessary Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice” and “Evidence-Based Practice: A Way to Be, Not a Thing to Do” at the Alaska Nursing Association Statewide Nursing Conference in 2010.

In 2011, she presented “Transforming CHNG to CHANGE” at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Shared Leadership Retreat and “How to Talk Even When It Is the Last Thing You Want to Do” and “Developing Critical Thinking” for the hospital’s preceptor class. She co-presented on “Communication: A Means to an End” in 2010 and 2011 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

A member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the National Association for Health Quality, Kiss earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, in 1977.

She received a Master of Science in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1983 and a Master of Science in nursing education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 2008. Kiss is also a CCRN alumnus, having held that certification for 25 years.


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