Experience and Activities
- Indianhead Chapter, 1984–present
- Secretary, 2013–2014
- President, 2011–2012
AACN Commitment and Involvement in the past 3 years
Includes how the candidate integrated AACN's mission and work into her current role and practice. Local and national volunteer activities are listed, if applicable.
- Nurse planner, Indianhead Chapter educational offerings, 2005–present
- Ambassador, 2001–present
Key Professional Activities outside AACN in the past 3 years
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.
- University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
- Community member of Graduate Curriculum and Admission Committee, School of Nursing, 2005–2010
- Collaborate with graduate and undergraduate nursing students on evidence-based practice, 2008–present
- 12-lead EKG class for nurse practitioner students, February 2011
- Member, American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, 2006–present
- Participate in the twice yearly cardiac/stroke screening for the community at Sacred Heart Hospital, 1999–present
- Member, American College of Nurse Practitioners, 1999–present
- Volunteer nurse practitioner, Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, 1999–2009
An important issue affecting critical care nursing today is the way technology is rapidly changing and affecting how we care for patients. Electronic medical records are becoming more mainstream, but there are several different types, and each has it positive and negative aspects.
I frequently hear that nurses feel they need to spend more time at the computer than caring for their patients. This perception is echoed by providers and also at times by patients themselves.
I feel it is very important for nursing to have a voice in the design and implementation of EMRs to make them a tool that is helpful and not seen as a barrier to good patient care.
It is also very important for nursing to encourage more standardization of EMRs and the various interfaces, so there is a smoother sharing of information between devices and the computer programs that feed information into the EMR.
AACN has a respected voice and could help influence vendors to have a more seamless design that would work across a variety of programs.
Monitoring technology also continues to expand rapidly. This gives us an overall better picture of what is happening with our patients in the hope that we can anticipate and prevent potential complications.
The data we receive from the various monitoring devices should also seamlessly interface with EMRs, so it saves nursing time and prevents inadvertent documentation errors.
However, again there is no standard for interfaces, so there may be frustration and lost time in an effort to make two programs talk to each other.
We also need to emphasize that technology is only a tool and does not replace the caring practices, assessment skills and intuition of the nurse.