Candidate for Nominating Committee: Theresa M. Davis


Theresa M. Davis, RN, PhD, NE-BC
Clinical Operations Director

Inova Health System enVision eICU
Falls Church, Va.

Experience and Activities

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.

  • Co-chair, AACN Tele-ICU Task Force, 2010–2012
  • Co-author, “AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines”
  • Co-editor, “AACN Tele-ICU Symposium,” AACN Advanced Critical Care, July–September 2012 issue
  • Presenter, “Disaster Preparedness Using Tele-ICU,” NTI 2012
  • Presenter, “Spotlight on Critical Care,” Greater Washington Area Chapter, 2010, 2011 

Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years

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

  • Chair, Tele-ICU Special Interest Group, American Telemedicine Association (ATA), leading team in development of industry standards for tele-ICU, 2010–present
  • Participate in Think Tank sponsored by American Telemedicine Association with leaders in telemedicine to facilitate establishment of the industry standards for tele-ICU
  • Participate on Research Committee, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2010–present
  • Lead tele-ICU to develop curriculum for enhancing critical thinking for the novice nurse entering Intensive care using technology to increase knowledge, 2012–present
  • Dissertation research: “Integrating Telemedicine for Disaster Response: Testing the Emergency Telemedicine Technology Acceptance Model”
    • Explored technology acceptance when using mobile technology during a mass casualty incident, 2009–present
    • Led implementation and training for Tele-Disaster in 13 regional hospitals for surge capacity management during a mass casualty incident  

Issues Statement

Healthcare reform is both an opportunity and a challenge in our complex and dynamic acute care environments. Nurses play the lead role in enhancing the patient experience to keep patients safe and guide them through their journey toward wellness.

We are their advocates and protectors. Nursing will continue to play an integral role in the future of healthcare.

We must actively participate in healthcare reform to help create an environment that promotes wellness through prevention and proactive care. It is our responsibility to enhance our professional development through education, research and certification so that we are well prepared for the challenges of the future.

AACN has always promoted continuing education, research and certification, and will continue to play a key role as a resource and a leader in the development of the acute and critical care nurse. While we experience the evolution of advanced technological solutions to enhance patient care, we will be obligated to continue to develop skilled communication in ways we never imagined.

The caring touch that nurses bring to patients will always be an essential element of the healing process. We will be challenged at times to relay that sense of caring across distance and technology.

We will need to think in new creative ways to manage resources efficiently while enhancing quality and safety. We have many opportunities to grow, develop and re-create ourselves in this wonderful profession of nursing.

We can be proud of where we have been and even prouder of what we will accomplish for our patients in the future of healthcare.

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