Candidate for Director: Michelle Kidd


Michelle Kidd, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Indiana University Health
Ball Memorial Hospital
Muncie, Indiana

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • White River Chapter, 2003-present
    • Nurse planner, 2014-present
    • Facility liaison, 2011-present
    • Past president, 2011-2012
    • President, 2010-2011
    • President-elect, 2009-2010
    • Corresponding secretary, 2003-2007

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, 2008-present
  • Nurse planner, White River Chapter, 2014-2015
  • NTI Program Planning Committee, 2014
  • Chapter Poster Abstract Review Panel, 2012-2013
  • Evidence-Based Poster Abstract Review Panel, 2012-2013
  • White River Chapter Fall Conference Workgroup, 2012-2013

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years

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

  • Journal publications:
    • Kidd M, Grove K, Kaiser M, Swoboda B, Taylor A. Evaluating patient acuity for equitable nurse-patient assignments: What to do when a “two” is not a “two”? 2013. Am Nurse Today.
    • Twibell R, St. Pierre J, Johnson D, Barton D, Davis C, Kidd M, Rook G. Tripping over the welcome mat: Why new nurses don’t stay and what the evidence says we can do about it. 2012. Am Nurse Today.
  • Planning Committee and Poster Abstract Reviewer (nursing and residents), Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Research Symposium, 2012-present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Rho Chapter, 2010-present
  • Member, Central Indiana Organization of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2009-present
  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2009-present

Issues Statement

According to the 2013 Gallup survey, nurses ranked number one in the category of most-trusted professions, but are we delivering? Our healthcare system is one of the most costly in the world, yet our outcomes are poor and medical errors are resulting in patient mortality and loss of quality of life.

The national Partnerships for Patients initiative specifically targets reduction of adverse events during acute and critical illness and calls on nurses to provide excellent care while maintaining quality and managing costs. Healthcare reform depends on nurses to provide error-free, compassionate care during critical illness and lead health promotion/disease prevention initiatives for entire populations. Critical care nurses must be aware of and active in healthcare reform to markedly improve care delivery and prevent harm to patients.

AACN has a national and longstanding reputation for speaking effectively on nursing and healthcare issues, and AACN’s mission and vision clearly support patients and families through the work of critical care nurses. AACN must continue to be the voice of nurses in promoting healthy work environments to retain nurses and increase nurse and patient satisfaction; standardizing evidence-based practice for all nurses to reduce errors and complications; and optimizing use of technology to monitor patients, record and share data, and analyze outcomes and trends.

 AACN is well positioned to take the national lead to support critical care nurses through standards of practice, NTI, Practice Alerts, webinars, certification and research grants. We must continue to coach nurses to serve as leaders on interprofessional teams who can design, implement and measure outcomes for novel delivery systems in which the critical care nurse functions at the top of the professional licensure. Together we can continue to evolve and promote an evidence-based approach to better work environments and optimal patient outcomes through clinical excellence.

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