Experience and Activities
- Greater Rochester Area-Finger Lakes Chapter, 1990–present
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.
- 2012–2013 Poster Abstract Review Panel
- 2012–2013 CMC-CSC Virtual Exam Development Committee
- 2012 Critical Care Nurse Redesign Panel
- 2012 Circle of Excellence Award Reviewer, 2011
- Chapter Advisor, Region 3, July 2008–July 2011
- AACN Ambassador
- AACN Region 2 and 3 Regional Chapter meeting
- Speaker: “The future of AACN Leadership — Is It You?” 2011
- Speaker: “Act with Intention in Chapter Strategic Planning,” 2009
- Speaker: “True Collaboration: Applying Healthy Work Environment Standards Across Chapters and Regions,” 2010 AACN National Teaching Institute (NTI)
Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.
- Future of Nursing NYS-Regional Co-Chair of Recommendation #3 Action Team, 2011–Present
- St. John Fisher College Nursing class, Rochester
- Speaker: Every Nurse is a Leader, 2012, Nursing class
- Speaker: From Nursing Student to Nursing Leader, 2009 and 2010
- Rochester General Health System
- Speaker: Clinical Leadership Educational Series, 2010–Present (ongoing activity), Clinical Leaders and Charge Nurses
- Speaker: Enhancing Nursing Leadership Practices, 2011, Patient Care Services Leadership
As healthcare reform evolves and continues to change, it is clear all of us in healthcare will be required to continue to improve our care so that we are active in preventing diseases, as well as restoring the health of critically ill patients. These critically ill patients will also continue to be not just in our ICUs but cared for in hospital-based progressive care areas, as well as in long-term and chronic settings.
The role and the capacity of the nurse will be crucial in always establishing a patient- and family-centered culture that is so much more than an open-visitation policy. Involvement of the patient and those closest to him/her in healthcare options, disease and treatment education and management will be crucial to achieving each patient’s optimal outcome.
I believe that AACN provides a blueprint for patient care within the Healthy Work Environment Standards. When we integrate the Standards — Skilled Communication, True Collaboration, Effective Decision Making, Appropriate Staffing, Meaningful Recognition and Authentic Leadership — into each of our practices, we incorporate a framework that allows us to fully practice and understand what every patient needs.
Specifically, when nurses become skilled in communication, they are more apt to understand patient needs such as when desire for comfort supersedes aggressive treatment.
They will be more likely to recognize when unresolved gaps in patient understanding and abilities might contribute to negative outcomes. They will understand that conflict is not always a negative when interactions are communicated in a professional manner that allows the nurse to bring insight to a situation and the healthcare team to improve.
Every nurse is responsible for working to resolve unhealthy situations that might impact patient safety. Every nurse is obligated to work to make nursing the ultimate profession that he or she envisioned.