Candidate for Director: Carol Olff


Carol Olff, RN, MSN, CCRN-E, NEA-BC
Director, Critical Care Services & TeleICU Center

John Muir Health, Concord Campus
Concord, California

Experience and Activities

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.

  • AACN Ambassador, 2010-present
  • AACN Nominating Committee, 2013-2014
  • Coordinator of Speakers/Events, Expo-Ed Tele-ICU Learning Center, NTI 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Speaker, Expo-Ed Tele-ICU Learning Center, NTI 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Facilitator, Critical Care Charge Nurse Retreat, Topic: “AACN’s Healthy Work Environment: Are We There Yet?” January 2014
  • Co-author, AACN’s Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines, published March 2013
  • Member, AACN Tele-ICU Task Force, April 2010-June 2012
  • Co-author, “Tele-ICU Partners Enhance Evidence-based Practice: A Ventilator Weaning Initiative,” AACN Advanced Critical Care, Fall 2012
  • Co-author, “Professional Accountability in the TeleICU: the CCRN-E,” Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, October-December 2012
  • CCRN-E Exam Development Committee, AACN Certification Corporation, December 2010-March 2011

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years

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

  • American Telemedicine Association
    • Vice-chair, Tele-ICU Special Interest Group, June 2012-present
    • Member, 2011-present
    • Co-author, Guidelines for Tele-ICU Operations, Final draft submitted for publication May 2014
  • “Telestroke: Enhancing Stroke Services Through Telemedicine,” Philips User Summit, Orlando, Florida, October 2013
  • Poster presentation, Innovation Award recipient, “Ventilator Interface: Technological and Relational Benefits,” Philips eICU User’s Group, Baltimore, November 2012
  • “Health and Technology Careers,” Health Occupations Student Association Career Fair, April 2012

Issues Statement

Critical care nursing is a rewarding career requiring strong clinical skills, knowledge, passion and the ability to flex with a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Throughout my career, I have witnessed a progressive evolution of critical care nursing that has brought nurses into a new light in healthcare organizations. More than ever before, critical care nurses have a confident voice and take an active role in shaping their practice and making decisions regarding the delivery of quality patient care. A key component in sustaining this momentum is devoting significant time and effort to mentoring new critical care nurses as they begin their career. I feel that it is our responsibility to nurture our novice nurses and provide support, tools and resources that will foster the continued growth of the critical care nursing profession.

Mentoring new nurses will be of utmost importance during the next several years. As baby boomers retire, and the population over the age of 80 continues to increase, the need for effective mentoring will be apparent as new nurses enter an ever-changing healthcare environment. We must keep in mind that mentoring is not simply teaching tasks but involves nurturing and sharing philosophy and vision to guide novice nurses on their journey. Mentoring is a valuable catalyst that provides guidance, increases confidence and promotes both individual and professional growth.

As the professional organization for critical care nurses, AACN is the logical forum to champion the development of nursing staff. Guidelines for mentorship programs, resources for experienced and novice nurses, along with the principles of a healthy work environment augment and encourage support for new nurses in stressful times. Our responsibility is to provide our future nurses with the abilities and confidence to explore new frontiers in nursing that many of us never dreamed possible!

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