Experience and Activities
- Inland Northwest Chapter, 2007–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.
- CCRN/CCRN-E Development Committee, 2012–2014
- Program Planning Committee, A Slice of AACN NTI, 2013
- Individual Circle of Excellence Award, 2013
- Beacon reviewer, 2012–2013
- NTI Program Planning Committee
- Chairperson, 2012
- Member, 2011
Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.
- Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2010–present
- Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, 2010–present
- Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter, 2009–present
- Community board member, 2009–2011
- Panel member, Life Center Northwest Organ Donation Collaborative, 2013
I believe that a key issue affecting critical care nursing today is the ability to reignite a passion for nursing in tenured critical care nurses. In many institutions, the ICU is a destination unit — a unit that nurses strive to be employed in.
I have found that, once in the ICU, they may have no desire to work elsewhere. The exceptions would be those staff members who proceed to a CRNA program or perhaps to flight nursing.
Many tenured nurses have seen it all and, with the exception of some technology changes, can pretty much operate any monitor or other piece of equipment.
ICU work is challenging both physically and emotionally. With those challenges comes unrecognized burnout, which can be manifested as lack of involvement in unit issues and professional organizations and overall complacency.
When staff says, “I didn’t sign on for this, or that is not my job,” we have to remind them they did sign up for this when they became a professional nurse. Critical care leaders need to recognize and celebrate the tenure.
There is so much knowledge and many sacred stories that the staff brings to work each and every day, and it is time that they willingly share that knowledge and those stories with the novice critical care nurse.
Recently, I put out a call to all the staff to share those sacred stories, which I then put into book form for distribution during Nurses Week. It was my hope that by reading those stories, the staff would remember why they became a critical care nurse.
I was humbled by the response and the stories. There was a renewed sense of pride that has given me something to build on.