July 2014 Ambassador Update: You Have An Impact

As we kick off a new fiscal year and look forward to all it has to offer, the passing of another year causes me to pause and reflect on my work with AACN’s volunteers. That reflection always results in an undeniable conclusion: AACN is so fortunate to have such an amazing corps of ambassadors, and I am so lucky to work with you.

Thank you for your contributions this past year and thank you for recommitting to your ambassador role. This is going to be another great year. 

This Update will touch on a few fiscal year transition topics so please read on.

With much gratitude, 

Melinda

Transitioning to the New Fiscal Year

You Have an Impact

When we review AACN’s key achievements of the past year, as we did at this year’s Annual Meeting and Open Forum at NTI, we appreciate again the impact our ambassadors have.

Among the things we celebrated at this year’s annual meeting were:

  • Our 100,000-plus membership milestone which gives AACN the financial resources to launch new initiatives to support our nurses and a collective bold voice that will help transform health care.
  • Our highly successful monthly Critical Care Webinar Series that is providing evidence-based resources to our members in a format they can fit into their busy workdays with valuable content they are sharing with others.

We know our ambassadors are AACN champions who continuously and persuasively promote membership in our community of exceptional nurses. Take a bow for your contribution to our strong membership and vital resources. 

We also know many of you have facilitated attendance at our live Critical Care Webinar Series or promoted on-demand viewing of the archived webinars. Take another bow for your contribution to the ongoing dissemination of evidence-based nursing practices within your units.

Meanwhile, we are anticipating the critical influence you will have this coming year in your units as we launch the much anticipated ECCO 3.0, introduce our newest certification — CCRN-K, and roll out new digital strategies to better connect our community and make the sharing of resources more efficient.

You have an impact. And, our AACN community is stronger for it.

Volunteer Satisfaction Survey 

As we formulate new initiatives for the coming year, one thing we always need is your input. This year’s Volunteer Satisfaction Survey will arrive in your email in the next few weeks. Inside you will find a section dedicated to the Ambassador program. As many of you know, we have been concentrating our efforts on evaluating the program this past year, so your feedback is incredibly vital to us.

I hope you can take a little time to give us your input, which is crucial and invaluable to our planning processes.

Focus the Flame

As we roll out our new theme for 2014-2015 — Focus the Flame — you can find all the resources you need to incorporate the use of this inspiring message in your AACN communications at www.aacn.org/focustheflame.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Webinar examines impact of bullying. The August session of the AACN Critical Care Webinar Series offers you an opportunity to raise awareness of the possible presence of bullying in your unit and the impact it can have on the well-being of your patients and their care providers.

Join us at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, Aug, 21 for a free 30-minute webinar entitled “Bullying in the Workplace: It Hurts More Than the Bullied.” It will be presented by Karen Stutzer, executive director of nursing practice/critical care and medical/surgical/oncology services at Chilton Hospital, Pompton Plains, New Jersey, and a past AACN Board member. It offers 0.5 contact hours CNE.

ACCNS-P certification review course free with exam application. Please advise prospective pediatric clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) in your unit or facility that AACN now offers an ACCNS-P review course. The course fully aligns with the AACNS-P certification exam, the only exam for this CCNS specialty based on the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The review course is available on-demand and is free when purchased with any ACCNS-P exam application.

Two fall AACN conferences. Spread the good news: AACN is offering two conferences this fall (Sept. 28-Oct. 1) in Nashville. AACN Progressive Care Pathways is designed for nurses working in progressive care areas that receive patients directly from ICUs who require high-intensity nursing care and a high level of surveillance. Nurse Manager Priorities will explore innovative leadership tools and strategies such as benchmarking and productivity, managing a healthy work environment, the art of recruiting and creating a culture of accountability.

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