July Ambassador Update

As AACN begins a new fiscal year, I want to take a moment to thank you for the incredible work you do every day to promote our mission and strengthen our community. We are committed to ensuring you have the tools and resources necessary for success.

As you read on, you’ll see that we are asking you to let us hear your voice by recommitting to your role as an ambassador and by participating in our annual satisfaction survey. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you and continuing our valuable partnership dedicated to driving excellence in critical care.

Warm regards,
Melinda

Ambassador Program 

Ambassador Recommit

Recently, we sent you an invitation to reaffirm your commitment and intent to continue serving as an AACN Ambassador. To ensure that we stay attuned to your interest and availability to continue in this role, we are implementing a “Two-year Recommit” policy. Moving forward, we will record your new term in our system as July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014, and ask you to recommit every two years.

If you wish to recommit and have not yet done so, please take a moment to fill out the Ambassador Recommit Form. We have extended the deadline to submit this form to July 15, 2012.

Anyone who does not submit the form by this date will be removed from this group. However, if you decide not to recommit at this time but wish to join again at a later date, please let us know.

Ambassador Satisfaction Survey

This month we will be sending out our annual satisfaction survey. Your feedback is vital to ensuring that we are providing you with the best information and tools to assist you in your role.

When you receive the email with the survey attached, please take a few moments to complete it. We value your voice!

AACN – New Fiscal Year 2013

Welcome FY2013 AACN, AACN Certification Corporation boards

Please join us in welcoming the AACN and the AACN Certification Corporation boards of directors, who began their terms with the start of the new fiscal year July 1. The AACN board joins together our community of exceptional nurses to shape the future of nursing practice.

The AACN Certification Corporation board of directors establishes and maintains high standards of professional practice excellence through specialty certification programs for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and families. Read profiles.

FY2013 Theme

The association’s theme for FY2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) was announced by incoming AACN Board President Kathryn Roberts at NTI. We are pleased to introduce Dare To as that theme.

View Kathryn’s speech on the website to learn more about the reason and message behind the theme. The theme artwork is available on the website in various formats for your use throughout the year.

Showcase Excellence in Nursing

2013 AACN Circle of Excellence award nominations open

Nominate peers and colleagues for the 2013 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society.

Nominations close Wednesday, Aug. 1. Learn more — and nominate!

Professional Development

Apply for AACN scholarships

If persons in your unit are interested in attending classes or events that would further their knowledge or enhance career goals, be sure they know that scholarships might be available. AACN members can apply for scholarships anytime throughout the year. Email scholarships@aacn.org with questions.

Access NTI webcasts

Presented by GE Healthcare and AACN, some of the best webcasts from AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 19-24, Orlando, Fla., are available at www.aacn.org/ntiwebcasts.

AACN releases updated Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation

Make sure that your Pediatric Unit knows that AACN has launched a new version of the Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation (EPCCO) course. Developed by Children’s Hospital Association, EPCCO provides comprehensive, Web-based knowledge and tools to care for the most vulnerable patients.

Using a body systems approach, the updated course incorporates the latest evidence-based content and clinical practices for acutely ill pediatric patients. Earn 47.5 hours of continuing nursing education. Visit www.aacn.org/e-learning for information on other AACN E-Learning courses.

Certification

VA “Let’s Get Certified” Campaign now in Phase V

AACN and AACN Certification Corporation continue to support the VA’s Let’s Get Certified campaign by offering special discounts to VA and DoD Nurses for certification exams, AACN membership, select books and review and recognition products. Discount coupons may be found on VA and DoD intranets.

Paper and Pencil Exams at Fall TRENDS

A paper and pencil administration of the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS, ACNPC and CNML specialty exams and the CMC (Cardiac Medicine) and CSC (Cardiac Surgery) subspecialty exams will be offered on-site at the Fall TRENDS conference in King of Prussia, Pa., on the morning of Friday, October 5, 2012.

Preregistration using a special TRENDS Exam Application is required for all exams. Payment of exam fees must accompany your TRENDS exam application and must arrive at AACN no later than Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

CMC/CSC Information
  • Practice CMC Exam Questions Adult (product #200505) and Practice CMC Exam Questions Adult (product #200605) are now available for purchase in the AACN Online Bookstore.
    • These booklets are study tools that contain a compilation of questions to be used in helping you prepare to take the cardiac medicine (CMC) subspecialty exam or the cardiac surgery (CSC) subspecialty exam.
  • CMC/CSC buttons are now available for Ambassadors to promote the CMC and CSC credentials.
New CCNS Renewal Requirements

Be sure that any of your colleagues who hold a CCNS certification are aware of the CCNS Renewal Program Changes.

  • Renewing CCNSs (and those newly certified) will now be given a five-year certification period.
    • The fee for CCNS renewal will remain the same.
  • The CCNS Renewal Point program now includes requirements for Acute Care Education Programs granting CE, CME, CNE or academic credit, but will also include optional activities such as professional publications or presentations, preceptorship and volunteer activities.
  • For CCNS renewals after January 1, 2014, those renewing by CE Points (in two out of the three options) must complete 150 CE Renewal Points, 25 of which must be in Pharmacology.
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