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 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, from 1977 to 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.