October 2013 Ambassador Update: Time to Touch Base

AACN Ambassadors play a crucial role as our community’s voice in hospitals from coast to coast. Therefore, it is imperative to step back occasionally and assess the Ambassador program in light of your goals and needs. 

A special section in our recent Volunteer Satisfaction Survey solicited quantitative data from our ambassadors. Thank you to those who participated. But, we want to dig deeper. 

Our last in-depth analysis of the program was four years ago — so it is time to touch base with you again. Over the coming year, we will reach out to you to better understand what it means to you to represent AACN as an ambassador, how you specifically fulfill that role and how we can better support your efforts. 

We are designing the first steps of this initiative now. So please stay tuned for more information over the next few months. 

In the meantime, I want to draw your attention to some great AACN learning opportunities for you and your colleagues.


Start Planning Your NTI Adventure

It’s time to start planning your experience at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which is in Denver next year, May 17-22:

  • The AACN Housing Bureau is now open for hotel reservations.
    • Book early for the best selection and discounted rates since reservations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • After April 1, 2014, reservations are subject to availability.
    • Call (800) 340-1840 with questions.
  • Use the NTI ROI toolkit to build a case for your organization’s return on investment when it supports your attendance at NTI.
    • A strong way to connect value is to link your organization’s goals to NTI’s educational opportunities.
    • Download the ROI toolkit.
  • Denver has 300 days of sunshine a year — more than San Diego or Miami Beach — and the largest city park system in the country.

Critical Care Webinar Series a Highly-Tapped Resource

If you and your colleagues have not had an opportunity to participate in the monthly AACN Critical Care Webinar Series — or if you have not attended lately — you are missing out on a very popular resource. 

Based on survey results from the first four webinars, your nursing colleagues across the nation are finding the series — which launched in spring 2013 — to be a highly valuable clinical practice and learning resource:

  • The free webinars have had consistently high attendance.
  • Attendees say the relevance of the clinical topics — and the concise, manageable 30-minute timeframe — keeps them coming back for more.
  • Levels of engagement and follow-up activity are high: 
    • On average, at least of 70 percent of viewers have shared learning from the webinars with unit leadership and colleagues.
    • Some 65 percent of webinar viewers have used at least one of the implementation tools to guide changes in their practice.

Mark your calendars — and bring your unit leadership and colleagues with you:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. PDT: "All Shook-Up: Managing Shivering in Therapeutic Hypothermia."
    • Critical care educator Mary Kay Bader will review the pathophysiology of shivering, reliable assessment tools and suggested interventions to counter shivering.
  • December 2013: Holiday break from live presentations.
  • January 2014: Presentation addressing challenges in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

If you have missed some sessions, check out AACN’s library of on-demand webinars; free to all, this 24/7 resource includes access to implementation tools and offers 0.5 contact hour of CNE.

One of the newest additions to the library is the on-demand version of a recent miniseries exploring the implementation of the updated “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation and Delirium in Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit,” published this year by the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Nov. 1 Deadline for AACN Research Grants

The deadline in nearing for applications for AACN research grants, which range from $10,000 to $50,000 (each principal investigator must be an AACN member).

Interested clinicians and researchers must file applications by Nov. 1. The grants fund research that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing projects, and they support the translation of the findings to bedside nurses.

If you are a researcher or a past AACN grant recipient, you might want to serve on the review panel that selects the next awardees. Email research@aacn.org and attach your curriculum vitae.

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