Candidate for Director: Carol Olff, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC

 Carol Olff

Carol Olff, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC
Director, Critical Care Services

John Muir Health, Concord Campus
Concord, CA

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.

  • AACN ambassador, 2010-present
  • Participant, AACN Nurse Tribute Project, March 2015
  • National Teaching Institute
    • Speaker, ExpoEd Tele-ICU Learning Center, 2012-2015
    • Coordinator of speakers/events, ExpoEd Tele-ICU Learning Center, 2012-2015
  • • Facilitator, Critical Care Charge Nurse Retreat, “AACN’s Healthy Work Environment: Are We There Yet?” January 2014
  • AACN Nominating Committee, 2013-2014
  • Co-author, “AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines,” March 2013
  • 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 Tele-ICU: the CCRN-E,” Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, October-December 2012
  • Tele-ICU Task Force, April 2010-June 2012

Key Professional Activities outside AACN, 2012 - present

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

  • American Telemedicine Association
    • Chairperson, Tele-ICU Special Interest Group, June 2015-present
    • Member, 2011-present
    • Vice-chair, June 2012-June 2015
    • Co-author, “Guidelines for Tele-ICU Operations,” May 2014
  • “Telestroke: Enhancing Stroke Services through Telemedicine,” Philips User Summit, Orlando, Florida, October 2013
  • Poster presentation, “Ventilator Interface: Technological and Relational Benefits.” Innovation Award recipient, 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. Many of us have had the opportunity to witness the 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 make key decisions regarding the delivery of quality patient care. In order to sustain this momentum, significant time and effort must be devoted to mentoring new nurses as they enter the workforce and begin their journey as critical care nurses. Inherent in the AACN community is a wealth of expertise, passion and vision for the future that sets an excellent foundation to foster continued growth of the critical care nursing profession.

As healthcare reform continues to evolve, baby boomers retire from the nursing workforce, and the population over the age of 80 continues to grow, the need for effective mentoring becomes paramount as new nurses enter an ever-changing healthcare environment. In addition to the development of skills and competencies, effective mentoring stems from nurturing relationships that promote the sharing of philosophy and vision to guide novice nurses on their journey. Mentoring is a valuable catalyst that provides guidance, increases confidence and promotes individual and professional growth. As the professional organization for critical care nurses, AACN is the logical forum to champion the development of our new nursing colleagues. Guidelines for mentorship programs, resources for experienced and novice nurses, along with the principles of Healthy Work Environments will augment and encourage support for new nurses in stressful times. Our responsibility is to provide our future nurses with the skills, competencies and courage to explore new frontiers in nursing that many of us may never have imagined.

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