News: AACN Certification Corp. Announces New Board

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AACN Certification Corporation announces board of directors for fiscal year 2014

Linda Harrington, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., 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 9, 2013 — AACN Certification Corporation announces its leadership for fiscal year 2014, with terms effective July 1, 2013.

Linda Harrington, RN-BC, PhD, DNP, CNS, CPHQ, CENP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, leads the board as chair during her fourth year of service on the AACN Certification Corporation national board. She is vice president and chief nursing informatics officer at Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., the nation’s third-largest faith-based health system with more than 80 hospitals, two nursing colleges and numerous other facilities in 17 states.

Harrington speaks nationally and internationally on research, evidence-based practice and informatics related to nursing and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters.

AACN Certification Corporation — the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) — promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal. It has certified more than 72,000 nurses and provides 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, ACNPC and ACNPC-AG 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.

Milisa Manojlovich, RN, PhD, CCRN, joins the AACN Certification Corporation board as a director for a three-year term through June 30, 2016. Manojlovich is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she has taught for more than 10 years. She has served as principal investigator and co-investigator for numerous grant-funded research projects.

AACN has appointed Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD, ACHPN, ACNP, 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.

Wiencek, a nurse manager in the Thomas Palliative Care Unit, Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Va., brings to the board more than 35 years of experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager and researcher.

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:

  • 2013-14 Chair-elect Mary Frances Pate, RN, DSN, CNS, associate professor, University of Portland (Ore.) School of Nursing
  • 2013-14 Secretary/Treasurer and 2012-15 Director Sonia Astle, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, clinical nurse specialist, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va.
  • 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.
  • 2011-14 Consumer Representative Myra Christopher, Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care at the Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit Center for Practical Bioethics 


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.

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