President-Elect: Christine Schulman

 Christine S. Schulman

Christine S. Schulman, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Legacy Health
Portland, OR

Experience and Activities

Chapter Membership

  • Greater Portland Chapter, 1985-1996, 2004-present
  • Mountain to Sound Chapter (formerly Puget Sound Chapter), 1996-present

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.

  • Director on the AACN Board of Directors, 2013-2016
    • Treasurer, 2014-2015
  • AACN Nominating Committee, 2014-2015
  • AACN Circle of Excellence award, May 2012
  • Speaker, AACN National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, 2004-2012
  • Member, editorial board, AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2010-present
  • Member and abstract reviewer, Symposium Planning Committee, Greater Portland Chapter, 2009-present
  • Instructor, GPC-AACN Critical Care Consortium, 2004-present
  • Speaker, numerous local AACN chapter symposiums and CCRN-PCCN review courses, 2004-present
  • Speaker, GPC-AACN & Society of Critical Care Medicine Fall Symposium, 2007-2014
  • Adviser, AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards for integration into the merging of two critical care units, 2011-2013

Key Professional Activities outside AACN, 2012 - present

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

  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1999-present
  • Speaker, Society of Trauma Nurses National Annual Conference, 2016, 2015
  • Preceptor, Nursing Leadership Graduate Students, Gonzaga University, 2015
  • Member, Oregon State Board of Nursing Task Force on Educational & Licensure Requirements for Clinical Nurse Specialists, 2012-2013
  • CCRN course director and review book author, “Allegro Reviews,” Scappoose, Oregon, 2010-2013

Issues Statement

AACN relentlessly helps nurses to be the very best we can be by providing the clinical, leadership and professional resources needed to deliver exceptional care to patients and families. In his book “Better,” Atul Gawande describes three components essential for achieving excellence: Vigilance, Doing the Right Thing and Ingenuity. May I be so bold as to suggest that perhaps a new, fourth component is also required: RESILIENCE.

In their book “Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back,” authors Zolli and Healy assert that resilience is the ability to fulfill one’s core purpose while adapting to changed circumstances. Today’s employers are rightfully concentrating on their own survival amid the constantly changing healthcare environment and cannot fully focus on workforce resilience. Yet, a resilient workforce is fundamental to a high-quality, highly functioning organization. As the undisputed leader of high-acuity and critical care nursing, AACN is uniquely positioned to help nurses strengthen the resiliency skills needed to drive exceptional care in today’s ever-changing environment.

Zolli and Healy say resilient systems reconfigure themselves, and resilient people share beliefs and values, trust and cooperate with each other, enjoy diverse thinking, and create and follow translational leaders. Does this not describe AACN? To foster resilience, we must tap into our own experts and partner with experts in the field to create a comprehensive action plan with multiple diverse and integrated strategies.

It takes more than clinical knowledge, skilled hands, advanced technology and diplomacy to do the important, courageous work of nursing. Today, it takes resilience to keep going, and keep going we must! AACN must lead the way in providing the tools nurses need to be resilient while fulfilling our promise of providing excellent, compassionate care to patients and families.

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