December 2014 – January 2015 Ambassador Update

Celebrating Achievements, Looking to the Future

The holiday season is fully underway, and I hope you’re enjoying this special time of the year with family and friends!

As we close out 2014 and reflect, we have much to celebrate at AACN. We are so thankful for all you’ve done to support our community of exceptional nurses. You helped us achieve significant accomplishments, and with your continued support, we are confident that in 2015 our flame will shine even brighter.

Due to the holiday schedule, this Update will be a combined December-January issue. We invite you to get an exciting glimpse into opportunities we have for you to champion on behalf of, and in support of, patients, families and AACN.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

With gratitude,

Certified Nurses Day 2015

Start planning for March 19, when hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country will celebrate Certified Nurses Day 2015. Visit to learn about the many resources to help you honor, recognize and celebrate certified nurses at your facility and chapter.

HIMSS15 Conference Day 2015

Help spread the word that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition is coming soon. At HIMSS15 — April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago — you’ll attend educational programs, learn about health IT products and services, and network with like-minded professionals, clinicians and executives. Register by Jan. 27, 2015, and save $100.

New Pharmacology E-Learning Course Available

It’s live! AACN’s updated online pharmacology course, “AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology,” has launched and is now available for purchase by individuals and organizations.

As mentioned in last month’s update, the course provides the latest evidence-based knowledge and best practices in administration of the most commonly used medications and blood products for both acutely and critically ill patients.

The course features interactive patient scenarios, going beyond pharmacology basics to strengthen clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills for new acute/critical care nurses as well as experienced nurses looking to maintain their edge. It also helps healthcare institutions comply with The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals’ education requirements.

At-a-glance facts about the course:

  • Encompasses eight lessons with associated tests, plus one integrated final exam
  • Features 30 percent new content, including updated patient management recommendations and drug monographs used by practicing pharmacists
  • Offers the flexibility to study or assign individual lessons as appropriate and obtain CNE for each lesson rather than at completion of the entire course ― up to 12.0 contact hours, depending on lessons completed

We encourage you to share the news about this useful course with appropriate nurse educators and managers at your facility. To learn more, please visit AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology.

Opportunity to support the value of certification through ABNS award

The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) – an association of nursing organizations that certify RNs and APRNs – is accepting applications for its 2015 “ABNS Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy.” The award recognizes hospitals, health systems and divisions of larger health organizations that promote and support specialty nursing certification, and furthers ABNS’s vision of making specialty certification the standard by which quality nursing care is acknowledged. Award applications are available online, and nomination forms must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015. The award recipient will be announced March 19 – Certified Nurses Day.

As an AACN ambassador, you are uniquely positioned to spread the word about this award opportunity. If your institution actively supports certification, please consider sharing this information with your CNO and encouraging nurse managers to explore the opportunity. For more information, potential applicants can call ABNS at 330-995‐9172  or email

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