Candidate for Director: Mary Beth Flynn Makic

 Mary Beth Flynn Makic

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS,
CCNS, CCRN-K, FAAN, FNAP
Associate Professor

University of Colorado College of Nursing
Aurora, CO

Experience and Activities


Chapter Membership

  • Denver Chapter, 1994-present
  • Metropolitan Orlando Chapter, 1991-1994
  • Chesapeake Bay Chapter, 1989-1991

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.

  • Clinical Resources Task Force, 2014-present
  • Invited contributor, Certification Column: PCCN Questions, Critical Care Nurse, 2012-present
  • Section editor. In Weigand D, ed. AACN Procedure Manual. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, 2009-present
  • Reviewer, Critical Care Nurse,1990-present
  • Evidence-Based Framework Task Force, 2015
  • Research Grant Proposal Review Panel, 2014
  • Research and Evidence-Based Poster Abstract Review Panel, 2012-2014
  • ACNCP/CCNS Virtual Exam Development Review Panel, 2011-2013
  • Ambassador, 2010-2014

Key Professional Activities outside AACN, 2012 - present

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

  • Critical care column contributor, Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Quarterly column submission, 2013-present
  • Chair and co-chair, Interprofessional Research and EBP Symposium sponsored by University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado College of Nursing; Children’s Hospital, Veteran’s Hospital, Denver; Centura Health, Craig Hospital, Kaiser, and Sigma Theta Tau Chapter, 2008-2014
  • Edited, revised and mentored individuals in writing chapters in Fink R, Oman K, Makic MBF, eds. Research and Evidence-Based Practice Manual. 3rd ed. University of Colorado Hospital, Professional Resources, 2014
  • Keynote speaker, “Non-Value Added Routines,” Stanford Medicine, 8th annual SUMC Summit for Clinical Excellence, San Francisco, November 2014
  • Poster presentation, Brainard J, Makic MBF, Dingmann C, Ventre K, Sullivan S, Scott B. “Clinical Impact of an Education Course for Hospital Rapid Response Teams,” Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress, San Francisco, 2014

Issues Statement

Critical care nursing practice is a rewarding and demanding profession. However, stressors in the work environment and professional and emotional demands associated with providing care to the most acutely ill patients and their families can create compassion fatigue. To address compassion fatigue, nurses need to be able to identify stressors and the associated signs and symptoms as well as implement proactive self-care interventions to build resiliency.

AACN has been a leader advocating for healthy work environments. Building on this foundation, I believe AACN has an opportunity to provide evidence-based tools to help critical care nurses self-identify compassion fatigue and provide resources to help them cope with the stressors of acute and critical care nursing to reduce compassion fatigue. Advocating for and leading nurses to develop healthy self-care practices that include regular exercise, healthy eating habits, sufficient sleep, journaling, etc. can reduce compassion fatigue symptoms. Many of AACNs practice tools address essential elements for improving patient outcomes.

I believe that within the framework of a healthy work environment, we have an opportunity to develop an evidence-based practice tool for critical care nurses to identify and reduce compassion fatigue. Critical care nurses provide care to patients and families at their most vulnerable moments. To help us continue to meet the needs of the people we are privileged to serve we need to retain our personal well-being. Identifying and addressing stressors that lead to compassion fatigue as well as providing evidence-based resources to reduce compassion fatigue is an important practice initiative that I believe AACN is well positioned to champion.

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