Teri Lynn Kiss, Immediate Past President
July 2015 – June 2016
Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, completed a one-year term as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors on June 30, 2015. She now serves as immediate past president and chair of the Nominating Committee.
She previously served as a director on the AACN board from 2009-2012, including treasurer from 2011-2012 and president-elect from 2013-2014.
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 1986-2011. In 2013, she received the Banner Western Region Leadership Recognition Award for outstanding contributions and a performance excellence award for improving the discharge process.
She was an adjunct and assistant professor at University of Alaska School of Nursing, Fairbanks, from 2002-2010 and a certified flight nurse for Fairbanks-based Guardian Flight Inc. - Critical Care Air Ambulance from 1998-2005. She held staff and management positions at Knoxville-based East Tennessee Baptist Hospital and Parkwest Hospital, and Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, Mississippi from 1977 to 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 a 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 received AACN’s Circle of Excellence – Excellence in Leadership award.
A member of 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, in 2004, received the Reader’s Choice Award – Best Nurse and Best Teacher – from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
A frequent presenter on evidence-based nursing 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 “Communication: A Means to an End” in 2010 and 2011 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Kiss is a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and National Association for Healthcare Quality.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, in 1977. She received a Master of Science in social work from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1983 and a Master of Science in nursing education from University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 2008. Kiss is also a CCRN alumnus, having held that certification for 25 years.