September 2012 Ambassador Update

Hello. I hope you had a peaceful summer, and September finds you rested and recharged. Thank you for responding to the satisfaction survey. We are in the process of compiling the results and will report them to you shortly. In the meantime, please let us know if there is anything you need as you work with us to promote excellence in critical care and within the AACN community. Have a great month!

Warm regards,


Encourage Clinicians and Researchers to Apply for AACN Grants
Invite clinicians and researchers at your facility to apply for AACN grants, which range from $1,500 to $50,000. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. The application period has begun and applications must be submitted online by Nov. 1.

Submit Poster Abstracts for NTI 2013 – Deadline Friday Sept. 14
It’s time to submit poster abstracts for the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI 2013) — to be held Saturday, May 18, to Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Boston — in three categories: Research, Evidence-based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. We hope you will familiarize yourself with the benefits behind being a poster presenter and share these with your colleagues. All those interested in submitting should read Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines first. Act quickly, though: the deadline is Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

NTI 2012 Attendees: Have You Claimed Your AACN PEARL?
AACN introduced at NTI 2012 the first-ever AACN PEARL, an online collection of evidence-based tools and resources to simplify sharing of new learning. Available exclusively to NTI 2012 attendees, “AACN PEARL: Implementing the ABCDE Bundle at the Bedside” brings the NTI education and experience right to the bedside. Developed by expert nurse educators, the first AACN PEARL — which stands for Practice, Evidence, Application, Resources and Leadership — builds on NTI sessions about the ABCDE Bundle. Encourage NTI 2012 attendees to access AACN PEARL at using their NTI password and login.

AACN Chapters

Submit nominations for 2013 AACN Chapter Awards
Nominate chapters for the 2013 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and communities and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. The chapter award categories:

  • Excellence in Chapter Collaboration
  • Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development
  • Excellence in Community Education and Public Service
  • Excellence in Chapter Educational Programming
  • Excellence in Promoting the Value of Certification
  • AACN President’s Award for Chapters

Nominations for the AACN President’s Award for Chapters close Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. All other nominations close Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Professional Development

AACN Offers ‘Nurse in Washington Internship’ Scholarships for Fourth Year
Your colleagues and co-workers will want to know that AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarships are available for AACN members to attend the annual Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program, March 24-26, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The NIWI program — sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, a coalition to create a strong voice for nurses — teaches nurses how to influence health policy at the local and national levels. The deadline to apply for an AACN scholarship is Monday, Oct. 15. Please note that you must register separately for NIWI at but are not required to do so before you apply with AACN.


The 2nd Annual ‘AACN Progressive Care Pathways Conference’ is Coming
AACN and Contemporary Forums continue their collaboration with the second annual AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Oct. 14-17, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. This conference is geared for everyone working in stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, subacute, direct observation, emergency department and med-surg units that receive patients directly from the ICU. Attend a preconference on hemodynamic monitoring or progressive care pharmacology and stay for the main conference with topics such as “Preventing Respiratory Failure: Stop the Progression.” Earn up to 25.25 contact hours.


Resources for Practicing APRNs
The APRN resources section of has information about the APRN Consensus Model that includes Frequently Asked Questions, schematics of the model’s changes, AACN Certification Corporation’s Consensus Model-based APRN exams and links to more information about the model. If you are an APRN, contact both your certifiers and state boards of nursing about changes that may affect you.

CCNS Renewal
CCNS-certified nurses who renew by CE Points (in two of the three renewal options) after Jan. 1, 2014, must complete 150 CE Renewal Points, 25 in pharmacology. Information about the new five-year CCNS renewal periods and additional ways to earn CE Points are included with the new Renewal Requirements. For complete CCNS renewal information, see the CCNS Renewal Handbook online at

New Computer-based Testing Sites Available
Earlier this year, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), AACN’s testing vendor, opened three new computer-based testing locations: Gastonia, N.C.; Dayton, Ohio; and Bend, Ore. These sites are now available for candidates. AMP is also in the process of establishing three sites in Tampa Bay, Fla.; Brewer, Maine; and Lake Success, N.Y., which will open later this year.

New in the Bookstore

Tool promotes quick heart injury identification on 12-lead ECG
The 12-Lead ECG Clipboard — imprinted with a 12-lead ECG tracing — enables immediate identify of areas of injury to the heart. Using the steps on the back of the clipboard, you and your colleagues can become experts in identifying ischemia and right- versus left-sided myocardial infarctions.
Item #100131     Member Price: $12.00          Nonmember: $14.00

Sepsis Pocket Reference Card

AACN Sepsis Pocket Reference Card provides an overview of sepsis at your fingertips, including criteria for differentiating sepsis and severe sepsis, management measures and ways to support critically ill patients with sepsis.
Item #400754     Member Price: $2.00          Nonmember: $4.00

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