March Ambassador Update: Reach Out and Connect

This past month, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of you as part of our ongoing evaluation of the Ambassador program. It has been an insightful process with an abundance of great input, and we will share our findings as this initiative evolves over the next several months.

But, one topic that has surfaced more than once is your desire to connect more with other ambassadors, growing a stronger community.

This Update provides quick tips on easy ways to reach out more, plus a few reminders of current key AACN initiatives of importance to you and your colleagues. We hope this information helps you strengthen your ties just a bit more within our community of exceptional nurses.

Melinda

Four Surefire Ways to Connect More

Feeling the need to build a closer bond with fellow Ambassadors and other AACN colleagues? Try these four easy steps:

  1. Join the Ambassador Facebook community.
    • With the click of finger, you can be a part of the conversations on the Ambassadors-only Facebook page.
    • Post questions when you need input, offer your expertise, or just share each other’s achievements and daily joys.
       
  2. Use the Find an Ambassador directory.
  3. Join an AACN Chapter.
    • Use the Find a Chapter directory to locate the AACN chapter nearest you for great networking, leadership, educational and community service opportunities.
       
  4. Increase your AACN volunteer activities.
    • Check out the volunteer pages on our website.
      • If you do not have a volunteer profile set up with us and wish to become more involved, this is a great place for you to learn about the types of volunteer opportunities we offer and let us know your interest.
      • If you already have a volunteer profile, make sure to update it from time to time.

AACN News

Election 2014. Voting opens Friday, March 21 for the FY2015-17 AACN Board of Directors and the FY2015 Nominating Committee. All members eligible to vote will receive an email when the voting has opened with a link to the election page. You can also access the page directly from the AACN Website beginning March 21. Please cast your ballot and encourage others to do the same to assure the strongest leadership possible to drive AACN’s mission and vision. A response of at least 5% of eligible voters is needed for a valid election. Voting closes Monday, April 21 at 11:59 ET. 

NTI 2014. By now, you have received a packet of information to share with your colleagues to encourage attendance at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which will be May 17–22 in Denver. We hope the posters, brochures and talking points help you build a strong case for attending this premier conference for acute and critical care nurses. Early-bird registration ends April 3 so this is a good time to take the conversation up a notch.

AACN Clinical Priorities 2014. Do you have colleagues looking for a conference opportunity on a smaller scale than NTI? They might want to consider AACN Clinical Priorities 2014 (formerly known as A Slice of NTI), April 15–17, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. This conference is ideal for nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients in any type of adult unit, including intensive care, progressive, stepdown or trauma.

Certification-related News

PCCN Certification Review Webinar. Beginning Monday, April 21, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, AACN will conduct a comprehensive PCCN certification review webinar; the course will include seven 2.5-hour interactive sessions extending through early May. Cost is $159 for individuals or $999 for groups of up to 30 participants.

Certified Nurses Day March 19. Let us know how you are honoring certified nurses and encouraging nurses to become certified. Please send your strategies and any photos to certification@aacn.org with “Celebrate Certified Nurses” in the subject line.

NTI Paper and Pencil Certification Exam Applications deadline April 18. A paper and pencil administration of the CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG and CNML specialty exams and the CMC (Cardiac Medicine) and CSC (Cardiac Surgery) subspecialty exams will be offered on-site at the NTI conference in Denver on the afternoon of Monday, May 19. Preregistration using a special NTI Exam Application is required for all exams. 

Limited Time Remaining to Take ACNPC or CCNS Exam. Help spread the word that anyone wishing to take either the ACNPC or CCNS exam must apply for the exams by Dec. 31, 2014. AACN Certification Corporation will not offer the CCNS (adult, pediatric and neonatal) exams for initial certification after Dec. 31, 2014. Current ACNPCs and CCNSs may continue to renew their certification into the future, as long as it they do not let the certification lapse and they meet renewal requirements.