December 2013 – January 2014 Ambassador Update

As 2013 winds down and the holiday season unfolds in all its glory, I hope the next few weeks of celebration bring you and your family joy and peace.

As much as I love the holiday season from start to finish, I always find myself getting most excited as New Year’s Eve approaches. There is something about the start of a new year and all the promise it brings that gets me dreaming, and then planning.

And, the approach of the new year has me looking forward to working with you (and all our volunteers) again — because what you contribute and accomplish in your AACN role is so key to our organization’s health and growth and so benefits your teams. I’ll sign off on 2013 grateful for all you have done, and grateful that I get to work again with such dedicated critical care nurses in 2014.

Due to the holiday schedule, this Update will be a combined December-January issue. Therefore, we are including a few AACN news items that will be of interest to you and your team.

Happy Holidays,

New Practice Resource Supports Improved Patient and Fiscal Outcomes

The Indianapolis nurses in AACN CSI Academy’s first graduating class recently gathered to present their noteworthy clinical and financial results at the program’s inaugural Innovation Conference.

In conjunction with the conference, AACN is excited to launch a new clinical practice resource for all acute and critical care nurses, including you and your team: the AACN CSI Academy Innovation Database.

The CSI Innovation Database is a free online compilation of CSI Academy project outcomes and documentation that will continue to grow and evolve with each CSI graduating class. This library of project plans, clinical interventions, data collection tools, outcomes and references offers practical approaches for handling common — and often costly — clinical challenges.

Establishing and encouraging widespread use of the CSI Innovation Database supports key objectives of AACN CSI Academy — providing the knowledge and tools to empower bedside nurses as leaders and change agents; sparking innovation across the profession; and increasing recognition of the vital role nurses play in improving patient and financial outcomes by demonstrating real, measurable results.

Access the CSI Innovation Database from the AACN CSI Academy webpage using this hyperlink or by clicking “AACN CSI Academy” on the Education drop-down menu of AACN’s homepage.

How You Can Help

  • Share the CSI Innovation Database with:
    • Nurse managers, educators, nursing colleagues and your unit — as a practice resource for the patient care challenges faced every day and an example of how to quantify the impact of your efforts.
    • Your organization’s leadership — as a tangible demonstration of the quantifiable impact of nursing on patient outcomes and hospital bottom line.
  • Start the conversation about value-based improvement initiatives in your organization, using the database as inspiration.

Certification-related News

ABNS Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy
Applications are due Jan. 29 for the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) annual Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy. The award recognizes an organization, facility, department or unit that demonstrates or conducts activities that advance the cause of specialty nursing certification.

AACN Certification Corporation is a member of ABNS, and previous award-winning hospitals have learned about the recognition opportunity through Ambassador communications.

Pharmacology Points Required
For ACNPC and CCNS renewals after Jan. 1, 2014, those renewing with CE Points must complete 150 CE Points, 25 of which must be in pharmacology.

Limited Time Remaining to Take ACNPC or CCNS Exam
Anyone wishing to take the ACNPC or CCNS initial exams needs to apply to test by Dec. 31, 2014. After that date, candidates will not be able to register to take these initial exams. Current ACNPCs and CCNSs may continue to renew their certification into the future, as long as it does not lapse and renewal requirements are met.

New exams for ACCNS-AG and ACCNS-P launched in July, and a new exam for ACCNS-N is scheduled to launch Feb. 12, 2014. For more information, visit

Feb. 17: Adult CCRN Certification Review Course
AACN will offer an Adult CCRN certification review course, as a seven-part live webinar, beginning Monday, Feb. 17. This comprehensive course helps prospective CCRN candidates prepare for the exam by reaffirming clinical knowledge and removing uncertainty about what to expect.

The 2.5-hour sessions feature an interactive learning experience with teacher and peer-to-peer chats, knowledge check questions and support materials. The webinar awards 14.5 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours. The $159 (individual) or $999 (groups up to 30) fee includes 90-day access to this series of webinar recordings. Registration is now open.

Certified Nurses Day Buttons Available
Certified Nurses Day is Monday, March 19. To help you celebrate and promote the importance of certification, we have again created Certified Nurses Day buttons.

You can order them through the online Ambassador Resource Order Form and the Chapter Resource Order Form. Order quickly — buttons are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and quantities are limited.

To help you plan your Certified Nurses Day celebrations, visit the Certified Nurses Day page on the AACN website.

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