Experience and Activities
- Greater Washington Area Chapter, 2009–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.
- Advanced Practice Representative, Greater Washington Area Chapter Board of Directors, 2009–Present
- Chair, Greater Washington Area Chapter Spotlight on Advanced Practice Conference, 2010–Present
Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.
- Heart Failure Readmissions and Prevention. Invited presentation to Meritus Medical Center Case Manager Team, Westminster, Md., June 2012
- Heart Failure Disease Management. Invited presentation to the AARP D.C, Long Term Care Summit, Washington, D.C., June 2012
- Member, Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia, 2005–Present
- Member, American College of Cardiology, 2003–Present
- Member, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, February 2012–Present
Critical care nursing’s future will be determined by the extent to which nurses are leaders in the changing structure of healthcare delivery. “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” the 2010 Consensus Report of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine, proposes four goals:
- Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
- Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
- Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other healthcare professionals, in redesigning healthcare in the United States.
- Effective workforce planning and policymaking require better data collection and information infrastructure.
AACN should continue to advocate for the full partnership of nurses in the healthcare delivery system. The statement’s goals have been woven throughout the mission and vision of our organization.
Through advanced didactic and laboratory sessions at the annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, regional conferences and online resources, AACN has an excellent record of equipping nurses to practice to the full extent of their training. The AACN mobile application provides expert information to nurses at the bedside to apply to clinical care.
AACN also supports nurses’ academic progression with scholarships and grants for evidenced-based research. The Healthy Work Environment Standards and the Palliative Care and End of Life Care Initiative have been foundational in creating better care for patients and professionalism for its members.
Since the 1970s, AACN has educated members about health policy and legislation. AACN’s collaboration with other professional organizations addresses issues of nursing practice. The organization should continue these activities and advance members’ understanding in order to achieve the goals of the Future of Nursing report.