AACN News: Certification Corp. Announces New Board
AACN Certification Corporation announces board of directors for fiscal year 2013
Pamela Bolton, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, leads national board as chair
AACN Certification Corporation establishes, maintains high standards of practice for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — July 17, 2012 — AACN Certification Corporation announces its leadership for fiscal year 2013, with terms effective July 1, 2012.
Pamela Bolton, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, ACNPC, leads the board as chair, after serving as a director for three years followed by a one-year term as chair-elect. She brings to the role experience and insights from a career that spans more than 25 years, including her current position as a critical care nurse practitioner/clinical specialist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She is a prolific presenter and a past reviewer for AACN Advanced Critical Care.
AACN Certification Corporation — the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses — promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal, certifying more than 72,000 nurses and providing comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing.
AACN Certification Corporation develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS and ACNPC specialty exams and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams. With the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Credentialing Center, Washington, D.C., it offers the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) exam.
Sonia Astle, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, joins the board as a director, serving a three-year term through June 30, 2015. A clinical nurse specialist at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va., Astle has four decades of clinical experience — including the United States Air Force, from which she retired after 30 years of service — and has been associated with Inova Fairfax Hospital since 1996.
AACN has appointed Sheryl Leary, RN, PhD(c), CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, and Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, as its representatives to the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors. Each year, two members of the AACN board of directors serve one-year concurrent terms on the AACN Certification Corporation board.
Leary, a clinical nurse specialist for the direct observation unit of the VA San Diego Healthcare System, began her three-year term on the AACN board in 2011 and now serves her second one-year term on the AACN Certification Corporation board. The spouse of a retired Navy officer, she has relocated frequently, acquiring a broad-based clinical background in settings around the United States.
An investigator, author and presenter on issues related to trauma and nursing, McQuillan is a clinical nurse specialist at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, and holds a faculty associate position with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.
Also serving on the AACN Certification Corporation board are Wanda L. Johanson, RN, MN, AACN chief executive officer, and the following officers and directors:
- 2012-13 Chair-elect Linda Harrington, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, CPHQ, CENP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, vice president and regional chief nursing informatics officer, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo.
- 2012-13 Secretary/Treasurer and 2011-14 Director Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, FCCM, clinical nurse specialist, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, Huntersville, N.C.
- 2011-14 Director Karen S. Kesten, RN, DNP, APRN, CCRN, PCCN, CCNS, assistant professor and program director, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, D.C.
- 2009-13 Director Mary Frances Pate, RN, DSN, CNS, associate professor, University of Portland (Ore.) School of Nursing
- 2011-14 Consumer Representative Myra Christopher, Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care of the Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit Center for Practical Bioethics
About AACN Certification Corporation: AACN Certification Corporation, the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, maintains professional practice excellence by certifying and renewing the certification of nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and families. AACN Certification Corporation develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS and ACNPC specialty exams in acute, progressive and critical care; CMC and CSC subspecialty exams in cardiac medicine and surgery; and, in partnership with the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Credentialing Center, Washington, D.C., the CNML exam for nurse managers and leaders.
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