Teri Lynn Kiss, President

AACN Board
July 2014 – June 2015


Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, serves a one-year term as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

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 worked as a staff nurse in the ICU from 1986 to 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 the University of Alaska School of Nursing, Fairbanks, from 2002 to 2010 and a certified flight nurse for Fairbanks-based Guardian Flight Inc.-Critical Care Air Ambulance 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, Mississippi, between 1977 and 1984.

A member and past president of AACN’s Fairbanks Northstar Chapter, Kiss served on AACN’s Strategic Thinking Committee in 2009–2010 and 2011–2012 and on the Nominating Committee in 2007–2008.

She also has served as Chapter Advisory Team board liaison, a board learning partner and a member of the Board Advisory Team. In 2004, she received AACN’s Circle of Excellence: Excellence in Leadership Award.

Kiss, a frequent presenter on clinical and nursing leadership topics, is also a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Kiss earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, in 1977 and a Master of Science in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1983. She received 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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