Experience and Activities
- South Central Alaska Chapter, 2007-present
- President, 2009-2010
- President-elect, 2008-2009
- Secretary, 2007-2008
- Anchorage Chapter, 1983-2002
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.
- Manuscript reviewer, Critical Care Nurse, 2009-present
- National Teaching Institute
- Presenter, “Managing Vasoactive and Positive Inotropic Infusions,” 2013-2015
- Presenter, “How Sweet It Is – Managing Hyperglycemic Emergencies,” 2012-2013
- Reviewer, “AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care,” 7th ed. 2015
- ACCNS-AG Print Practice Exam Development Committee, 2013
- Presenter, CCRN and PCCN Review Course, South Central Alaska Chapter, Sept. 19-20, 2013
- Cardiac Surgery Certification Exam Development Committee, 2012-2013
- Chapter advisor, Region 18, 2011-2013
- CMC/CSC Certification Exams Virtual Writing Committee, 2010-2014
Key Professional Activities outside AACN, 2012 - present
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking engagements
- Adjunct faculty, University of Alaska, Anchorage, School of Nursing, 2008-present
- Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Epsilon Gamma-at-large Chapter and Theta Omicron Chapter, 1988-present
- Author, Vasoactive medications. In: Lough ME, ed. Hemodynamic Monitoring: Evolving Technology and Clinical Practice. St. Louis, MO; 2016:255-279.
- Presenter, “Surviving Sepsis,” Alaska Nurses Association’s second annual Trending Topics in Nursing Conference, Oct. 4, 2014
- Presenter, “Surviving Sepsis,” Alaska State Council of the Emergency Nurses Association’s North to the Future: Emergency Nursing Conference, Oct. 5, 2012
Patients enter the healthcare system seeking relief from suffering and rarely expect to be harmed by treatments intended to restore wellness. Yet, each year, at least 200,000 hospitalized patients die from adverse events, and millions more develop unexpected and harmful conditions unrelated to the original illness.1 Additionally, healthcare professionals sometimes suffer psychological distress, referred to as the second victim phenomenon, when they are involved in unintentional patient harm. Therefore, it is incumbent upon nurses, as the most consistent presence at the patient bedside, to lead interdisciplinary teams in creating safe care environments for patients and clinicians. Because the most salient determinants of patient safety are healthcare structures and processes, rather than individual clinicians, system improvements promoting safer care must be designed. However, adapting credible evidence into effective and practical systems of care can be challenging.
Throughout the years, AACN has served to provide acute and critical care nurses with the resources necessary to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex healthcare system. To that end, AACN must remain a healthcare leader by continuing to provide evidence-based resources such as practice alerts and clinical toolkits to support nurses at the bedside in providing safe patient care. Moreover, results from the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy must be widely disseminated, so nurses can replicate successful practice innovations promoting quality outcomes. Because some healthcare errors are unavoidable, resources and programs aimed at caring for caregivers involved in adverse safety events are essential. Drawing on the collective experience of a community of over 100,000 AACN members, we can adapt evidence to create efficient systems of care, thus preserving the integrity of a safe and humane healthcare environment for patients, families and healthcare providers.
1James JT. A new, evidence-based estimate of patient harms associated with hospital care. J Patient Saf. 2013;9(3):122-128.