Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CCRN, CMSRN
Director, Medical Unit-2South and Patient Quality Resources

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Fairbanks, Alaska

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • Fairbanks Northstar Chapter, 1988–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.

  • Fairbanks Northstar Chapter
    • President, July 1998–July 2003
    • Newsletter editor, December 2004–December 2005
    • Membership coordinator, June 2008–June 2011
    • Officer mentor, 2009–present
  • AACN Board of Directors, 2009–2012
    • Treasurer, 2011–2012
  • Board Liaison, Chapter Advisor Team, 2010–2011
  • AACN Advanced Critical Care — article review, 2010
  • Strategic Thinking Committee, 2009–2010, 2011–2012
  • Board Learning Partner, 2011–2012
  • Circle of Excellence Awards Review Panel, 2012
  • Vignette presenter, President’s Speech, AACN National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years

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

  • Chapter Reviewer, Medical Surgical Nursing, Chapter 38, Lewis, Dirksen, Heitkemper, Bucher & Camera, 2012
  • Graduation speaker, University of Alaska Anchorage AAS Nursing Program, 2010
  • Speaker (two sessions), Alaska Nurses Association Statewide Nursing Convention, 2010

Issues Statement

Imagine with me. Your dearest family member is seriously ill, vulnerable and admitted to a hospital.

While there, she or he receives a wrong medication, develops a urinary tract infection, acquires MRSA or shows the beginnings of a pressure ulcer.

Difficult to imagine?

A Healthgrades study found three of every 100 people admitted to an American hospital experience preventable health problems during their stay. The New York Times reported that 200,000 people die each year, because medical errors have become a leading cause of death.

Now let’s imagine a different reality.

In this reality we — more than half a million nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients and their families — lead the way in changing the numbers.

What will this take? It takes commitment.

  • Commitment to achieve quality outcomes for every single patient whose care we influence.
  • Commitment to care — informed by evidence and driven by vigilance, steadfastness and perseverance. 
  • Commitment to uphold our Nightingale pledge to “… devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”
  • Commitment to the mission of the AACN community: a call to excellence because nothing less is acceptable.

Aristotle observed that excellence is a habit, not an act. AACN is a community of exceptional nurses because we support one another to develop the habit of excellence.

We do this when we develop resources that promote excellence as a driver for point-of-care activities, a mechanism for meeting challenges in today’s complex patient care environment and a method to ensure the quality our patients and their families demand and deserve.

A wise person once said, “Whoever moves to excellence lights up the world like the moon that emerges from a cloud.”

Exceptional nurses light up the world, because we own our mission and heed the call to excellence.

Imagine that!

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