Mary Zellinger, RN, MN, ANP-BC, CCRN-CSC
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cardiovascular Critical Care

Emory University Hospital
Atlanta, Ga.

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • Atlanta Area Chapter, 1983-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.

  • Chapter advisor, Region 4, 2009-present
  • Chair, Region 6 Multi-State Annual Critical Care Conference, Atlanta, 2003 – present
  • President, Atlanta Chapter, 2008 – 2010, 1992 – 1993
  • AACN Chapter Presidents Award, 2009
  • NTI Work Group, 2008
  • National AACN Cardiovascular Surgery Certification Exam Revision,
    item contributor, 2008
  • AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing. Elsevier, book reviewer, 2008
  • National Teaching Institute, Chicago, “Motivational Dynamics: Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation,” “Ensuring Safe Patient Transport in the ICU,” May 2011

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years 

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

  • Founding board and treasurer, Foundation for the Advancement of Cardiovascular Critical Care (FACTS-CARE), 2005 – present
  • International Leadership Course Faculty 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia (former USSR) Archil and Sergo Gobiladze BSN School of Nursing, sponsored by USAID International, April 22-May 10, 2010
  • “Surgical Options for Heart Failure: What’s on the Horizon?” American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), 6th annual meeting, Orlando, Fla., June 2010
  • “Reduction of BSIs and Resistant Organism Infections: Success With Chlorhexidine Gluconate Daily Baths in ICUs,” co-author, American Journal of Medical Quality. 2010;25(suppl 2):35S.
  • Foundation for the Advancement of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Washington, D.C., September 2010, “Maintaining and Building the CVT ICU Staff -Solutions for Critical Care Nurses Leaving the Bedside for Advanced Practice,” “Postoperative Management of Patients With Ventricular Assist Devices,” “Ventricular Assist Device Workshop”

Issues Statement

We will continue to face changes in our profession as healthcare reform evolves. What are our responsibilities as critical care nurses?

First and foremost, we must be present in the discussions and be verbal about nursing’s impact on patient safety and outcomes. If and when changes are made, we must be the ones collaborating to make them.

AACN has done an excellent job promoting healthy work environments. Enhancing communication, staffing, leadership, collaboration and decision making — all essential elements of a Healthy Work Environment — contribute to optimal patient, family and staff outcomes. The Beacon Award is another way AACN enhances our growth and recognizes successful achievement of outstanding care delivery.

AACN, as the undisputed leader, can influence healthcare reform implementation in a number of ways. First, a bold voice is essential during discussions about APRN practice.

To help ensure access to quality care for millions, APRNs must practice to the full extent of their education, training and capabilities. Next, nurses must appreciate the specifics of healthcare reform so patients can benefit from the provisions of the bill. AACN can assist in stakeholder understanding.

Each of us has exposure to many situations that allow us to contribute to the future. First, we must be vigilant in our day-to-day work for opportunities to do more with less, base all practice on evidence and create evidence with research. We must validate that we are creating preventive measures through safety initiatives and staff and patient education.

Next, we must share what we do with others so that critical care nursing, led by AACN, is included in driving the changes in our profession. Finally, as issues are identified, critical care nurses, through AACN, can be catalysts of change.

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