Director: Louise Saladino


Louise Saladino, DNP, RN, CCRN
Clinical Operations Director, Cardiology Nursing

Duke University Hospital
Durham, North Carolina

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • Triangle Chapter, 2007-present
    • President, 2013-2015
    • Secretary, 2012-2013
    • Community Outreach chair, 2008-2012
  • Palm Beach County Chapter, 2001-2007
    • Education chair, 2005-2007

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.

  • Circle of Excellence award reviewer, Excellence in Educational Programming, 2012, 2013
  • Circle of Excellence award recipient, 2012

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years 

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

  • Saladino L, Gosselin T. Budgeting nursing time to support unit-based clinical inquiry. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2014;25(3):1-6. 
  • Podium, “Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety.” Duke Medicine Patient Safety and Quality Conference, Durham, North Carolina, March 2014
  • Webinar: “Duke Heart Center Strategy for Addressing Alarm Management/Fatigue.” Duke Heart Network. November 2013.
  • Saladino L, Pickett LC, Frush K, Mall A, Champagne M. Evaluation of implementation of a comprehensive unit based safety program (CUSP) in a critical care unit. J Nurs Care Qual. 2013;2-13;28(2):139-146. 
  • Alton M, Murphy C, Saladino L. Duke Patient Safety Office: HRET TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Course. “Open Discussion Forum - TeamSTEPPS at Duke Medicine,” September 2012 (panel member)


Issues Statement

AACN has been and always will be a leader in championing nursing as a profession. We need to renew our focus and strengthen our voice in this regard. We will be challenged to represent this message as nursing faces substantial changes in the years ahead. Empowering, emboldening and educating nurses to face the changing healthcare landscape will equip them for these challenges. Financial implications will be a reality for many of our healthcare organizations. Nurses will be confronted with the challenge of continuing to provide high-quality care with potentially fewer or changing resources. As nursing professionals, our responsibility is to ensure that our patients are not negatively affected by these changes. We have the ability to proactively accept these challenges as opportunities. We can lead these changes, whether through discovery of innovative care delivery models or increasing collaboration with other disciplines to new and improved partnerships.

Most importantly, we must remain leaders in our pursuit of safe, quality care delivery. We are privileged to have a professional organization that is one of the largest in the world. We have tools and resources available to us, and we need to advocate for their use. Particularly important to the work ahead will be use of “standards of establishing and sustaining healthy work environments” and ensuring that we are using the Synergy Model to make the best decisions for our patients. Healthcare is undoubtedly complex and expensive, but with a renewed focus on our professional accountability to our patients and to each other, we can face these challenges. More importantly, we can ensure that we do not lose the momentum or focus on providing compassionate, high-quality care and represent our profession with a standard of excellence.

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