News: Nurse Leaders Begin Terms on AACN National Board

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses announces board of directors for fiscal year 2014

Vicki Good, CoxHealth, Springfield, Mo., becomes board president, and Teri Lynn Kiss, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Banner Health), Alaska, begins term as president-elect

Mary Zellinger, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, and Linda Bay, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, begin terms as secretary and treasurer, respectively

New directors are Karen Johnson, Banner Healthcare System, Phoenix; Lisa Riggs, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (Mo.); and Christine Schulman, Legacy Health System, Portland, Ore.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — July 9, 2013 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces new leadership and members of its board of directors for fiscal year 2014, effective July 1, 2013.

Vicki Good, RN, MSN, CENP, is the new president of the AACN board of directors. Good is administrative director of patient safety for CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo. In that position, she conceptualizes and develops various safety programs, including the patient safety, medication safety and infection prevention offices.

Good previously held management positions in critical care, patient safety and education at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas and Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She recently was named one of the “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading publication for healthcare executives.

Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, begins a one-year term as president-elect. 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 intensive care unit (ICU) from 1986 to 2011.

Kiss was also an adjunct and assistant professor at University of Alaska School of Nursing, Fairbanks and a certified flight nurse for Fairbanks-based Guardian Flight Inc. - Critical Care Air Ambulance. She is a frequent presenter on nursing evidence-based practice, communication and leadership topics. Kiss previously served as a director of the AACN board from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012, acting as treasurer from 2011 to 2012.

Current board member Mary Zellinger, RN, MN, ANP, CCRN-CSC, CCNS, begins a one-year term as secretary. A clinical nurse specialist in cardiovascular critical care with Emory University Hospital in Atlanta since 1985, Zellinger also serves as adjunct faculty at the university’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She has published dozens of articles on a variety of topics, including cardiac surgery, wound care, hemodynamics and organ transplantation and is a frequent presenter at conferences.

Linda Bay, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, PCCN, also a current board member, begins a one-year term as treasurer. A clinical nurse specialist at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee — a position she has held since 2008 — Bay previously served the hospital as a staff nurse in the ICU and as a nurse educator. Before that, she was a staff nurse at two other Milwaukee-area hospitals, Saint Francis and Saint Joseph’s.

Joining the board as directors are Karen Johnson, RN, PhD; Lisa Riggs, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CCRN; and Christine Schulman, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN. They each serve a three-year term through June 30, 2016.

Johnson is director of nursing research for Banner Healthcare System in Phoenix. Before this position, she served as director of nursing research and evidence-based practice for University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, from 2007 to 2012.

Early in her career, Johnson was employed at University of Rochester (N.Y.) Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, and was a clinical nurse specialist with University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson.

An accomplished nurse researcher, Johnson has been published in a variety of research journals and is a frequent national and international presenter. She was an associate professor at University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, and also taught at University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, and University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington.

Riggs is director of cardiovascular quality at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (Mo.), a position she has held since 2008. She also served as clinical director of patient care services at St. Luke’s from 2008 to 2010 and as a clinical nurse and clinical nurse specialist from 1997 to 2008. Earlier in her career, Riggs was a clinical nurse specialist, staff development instructor, clinical educator and charge nurse in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Schulman is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health System in Portland, Ore. Before this position, she was a trauma and critical care nursing consultant, and a trauma and surgery clinical nurse specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

She obtained most of her bedside clinical experience as a staff nurse in the surgical ICU at Oregon Health & Science University’s OHSU Hospital, Portland, and held critical care and emergency nursing positions in Wyoming and Colorado. Schulman was an adjunct clinical instructor in the nursing schools at OHSU, Seattle University and University of Washington, Seattle.

Returning to the AACN board are the following directors:

  • Mary Bylone, RN, MSM, CNML, vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, Conn.
  • Melissa Hutchinson, RN, MN, CCNS, CCRN, CWCN, clinical nurse specialist, medical ICU, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle
  • Riza V. Mauricio, RN, PhD, CCRN, CPNP-AC, pediatric ICU nurse practitioner, The Children’s Cancer Hospital of the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, clinical nurse specialist, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore
  • Kathleen K. Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN, CNS-BC, critical care clinical nurse specialist, Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale, Ga.
  • Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACHPN, ACNP, nurse manager, Thomas Palliative Care Unit, Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va.


About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
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