Experience and Activities
- Hawaiian Islands Chapter, 2009-present
- President, July 2013-June 2014
- President-Elect, July 2012-June 2013
- Secretary, July 2011-June 2012
- Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, 2007-2009
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.
- AACN Ambassador, 2012-present
- Actively encourage AACN membership to managers, educators and bedside nurses beyond intensive care units
- Promote specialty certification and NTI attendance
- Educate others on Beacon journey and Circle of Excellence award nominations
- Recruited and promoted chapter board participation. Our chapter has doubled board membership as well as doubled chapter membership from 40 to 80 members within a year. We now provide frequent chapter activities including educational sessions and community services.
- Co-presenter, “A Bloody Battle: Early Detection and Management of Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury,” NTI 2012
Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.
- Adjunct faculty, University of Hawaii School of Nursing, 2012-present
- First author, Promoting sleep in the adult surgical intensive care unit patients. Nurs Clin North Am. 2014;49:(3):383-397.
- Co-presenter, “Beyond Checklists: Improving Communication and Patient Satisfaction,” Hawaiian Islands Trauma Symposium Conference, Honolulu, July 2014
- Management team, “Conflict Management Through Knowing Communication Styles,” The Queen’s Medical Center, March 2014
- “Learning From Our Mistakes: Better Clinical Outcomes With Evidence-Based Practice (Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection & Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program),” Aloha Vascular Access Network Symposium, Honolulu, June 2012
Our healthcare system is rapidly changing with sicker patients, higher financial stakes and limited resources. With bigger demands and potential system gaps, the role of the bedside nurse is greatly impacted and burdened. Increased workload from more tasks and seemingly never-ending changes cause nurses to burn out from fatigue at a rapid rate. The technological advances that theoretically should support and streamline the work of the clinicians do not necessarily alleviate the workload but add mental and physical exhaustion (e.g., situations such as increased amount of equipment alarms that need to be managed or non-user-friendly electronic medical record systems) and at times increase risk for errors.
During these times, it is vital for a continual focus on healthy work environments and developing bedside nursing leaders. Bedside nurses are expert clinicians; we know what works, what doesn’t work and what can provide the best solutions for our systems and our patients. It’s during these times that we must be steadfast in our AACN mission and goals and be mindful that we are a community of exceptional nurses. Instead of hoping or waiting for others to rescue us, we must step up and work collaboratively to implement effective evidence-based practices and innovative solutions.
Our professional home at AACN creates a forum to re-energize fatigued nurses through networking and sharing creative solutions among hospitals. I commend AACN for its continual development of nurse leaders and its support of providing readily available toolkits and online resources that allow nurses to provide excellent care for our patients and their families.