Candidate for Director: Elizabeth Bridges

 Elizabeth Bridges

Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS
Clinical Nurse Researcher/Associate Professor

University of Washington Medical Center/School of Nursing
Seattle, WA

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • Puget Sound Chapter/Mountain to Sound Chapter, 2004-present
  • San Antonio Chapter, 1998-2004

AACN Commitment and Involvement, 2012 - present

Includes ways in which the candidate integrated the mission and work of AACN into her current role and practice. Local and national volunteer activities are listed, if applicable.

  • Editorial board
    • AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2010-present
    • American Journal of Critical Care, 2001-present
  • Reviewer, Critical Care Nurse, 1994-present
  • AACN webinar presenter
    • Live Q&A: Functional Hemodynamics, 2015
    • Integrating Functional Hemodynamics at the Point of Care, 2014
  • AACN Practice Alert: Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring, 2015 – in press
  • AACN Grant Review Panel, 2014-2015
  • Presentation, “Critical Care Studies You Should Know About,” National Teaching Institute, 2008-2015

Key Professional Activities outside AACN, 2012 - present

Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking engagements

  • University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle
    • Associate professor, 2004-present
    • Co-instructor, “Appraisal and Translation of Evidence Into Practice,” 2014, 2015
    • Course instructor, Critical Care Seminar, 2012
  • Panel chair, J. Patrick Barnes Research and Evidence-Based Practice Grant Program (DAISY Foundation), 2011-present
  • Invited testimony, National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine Committee on Military Trauma Care’s Learning Health System and Its Translation to the Civilian Sector, Jan. 5, 2016
  • Colonel, USAF Reserve Nurse Corps: Individual Mobilization Augmentee – Director, Air Force Nursing. Headquarters Air Force, Falls Church, Virginia, 2011-2014
  • Course director, Defense Institute for Medical Operations Trauma Care and System Development Course for Nurses, Lebanon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Pakistan, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, 2010-2013

Issues Statement

The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine (2009) set a goal that by 2020 “90 percent of clinical decisions will be supported by accurate, timely and up-to-date clinical information, and will reflect the best available evidence.” To achieve this goal we need not only evidence relevant to the changing demographics of our patients, but also systems and processes to facilitate evidence-based practice.

One strategy to support achievement of this goal is for AACN to address and champion the advancement of a culture of inquiry. A culture of inquiry is exemplified by shared expectations and goals, in addition to practices and structures woven through exemplary practice and professionalism that advance clinical inquiry throughout the organization. The advancement of a culture of inquiry is inextricably linked to the advancement of a healthy work environment, and a culture of inquiry underpins all major AACN initiatives. To advance a culture of inquiry, we need to continue to provide extraordinary programs, such as AACN CSI Academy, that support the development of evidence-based practice leaders at the bedside. But questions remain whether all critical care providers are positioned to provide evidence-based care, and if organization-level expectations and systems are in place to empower nurses at all levels to use evidence in their practice.

I believe that by championing additional initiatives, focused at the organizational level, we have the opportunity to reach larger numbers of nurses. As the largest specialty nursing organization, AACN is positioned to set the expectations for a culture of inquiry, and similar to the healthy work environment initiative, bring its influence and resources to inspire organizations to establish and sustain a culture of inquiry. This initiative is essential to optimize care for our patients and families, but equally important in advancing nurses and nursing care throughout the organization.

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