Candidate for Director: Theresa Davis

 Theresa M. Davis

Theresa M. Davis, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Operations Director

Inova enVision eICU
Woodbridge, VA

Experience and Activities

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.

  • Reviewer, Critical Care Nurse, 2011-present
  • NTI Planning Committee, 2015-2016
  • Chapter review, AACN Advanced Critical Care, June-November 2015
  • AACN Nominating Committee, 2014-2015
  • Co-editor, AACN Tele-ICU Symposium articles, July-September 2013
  • Co-chair, AACN Tele-ICU Task Force, 2010-2012
  • Co-author, “Professional Accountability in the Tele-ICU: The CCRN-E,” Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 2012
  • National Teaching Institute
    • “AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines: Defining an Emerging Sub-Specialty in Critical Care Nursing,” Tele-ICU booth, San Diego, May 20, 2015
    • “Going for the Gold: Tele-ICU Pathway to Excellence,” Tele-ICU booth, San Diego, May 19, 2015
    • Multiple presentations, NTI and Tele-ICU Expo booth, May 20, 2015, May 19, 2015, May 19, 2014, May 2012
    • “Tele-ICU Steps Forward: Standards and Guidelines Shape Practice,” Denver, May 19, 2014
  • AACN Gold-level Beacon Award of Excellence, 2013

Key Professional Activities outside AACN, 2012 - present

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

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2010-present
  • Principal investigator, ANF grant for “The Effects of Healing Touch on the Vital Signs of Critical Care Patients,” 2015
  • Alumni of the year, George Mason University College of Health & Human Services, 2015
  • “How a Major Urban Health System Leverages Telemedicine,” presentation at American Telemedicine Association’s 20th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show, Los Angeles, May 5, 2015
  • “Integrating Telemedicine for Disaster Response: Testing the Emergency Telemedicine Technology Acceptance Model,” research dissertation, 2013

Issues Statement

Healthcare reform is both an opportunity and a challenge in our complex intensive care environments. Nursing will continue to play an integral role in the creation of a new care model. Nursing resiliency is essential as we take on leadership roles that will impact the future of healthcare delivery. Partnering with our physician colleagues to impact the quality, safety and efficiency of the care we deliver will enhance our patients’ journey toward wellness. The nurse as a leader at the point of care influences the perception consumers have about the care they receive. Making a personal connection has a significant impact on a patient during their most vulnerable moments. The caring touch that nurses bring to the patient will always be an essential element of the healing process.

While we experience the evolution of advanced technological solutions to deliver patient care, we will be obligated to continue to develop skilled communication in ways we never imagined. We will be challenged at times to relay that sense of caring across distance and technology. We have many opportunities to develop new communication competencies as our methods of care delivery change over time. It is our responsibility to enhance our professional development through education, research and certification so that we are well prepared for the challenges of the future. AACN promotes continuing education, research and certification and will continue to play a key role in the development of the acute and critical care nurse.

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