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.
- Pediatric Practice Alert Review Panel, April 2013–present
- Instructor, Pediatric CCRN Review Course, May 2010–present
- Member, NTI Program Planning Committee, 2013
- Grant Review Panel, 2012, 2011
Key Professional Activities Outside AACN in the Past 3 Years
Includes involvement with other professional organizations, teaching and/or speaking.
- Adjunct instructor, College of Mount St. Joseph and Northern Kentucky University, 2012–present
- Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2007–present
- Co-author, “Knowledge and Recognition of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis Among Pediatric Nurses,” Pediatric Nursing, in-press
- “Turning Painful Orientation Programs Into Pleasant Preceptor Experiences: A Sneak Peak of Upcoming Research,” oral presentation, Creating Healthy Work Environments Conference, 2013
- Delegate, Ohio Nurses Association Biennial Convention, Southwest Ohio Nurses Association, 2011
As knowledge is developed more rapidly than ever before and technology becomes more sophisticated, the work of critical care nurses becomes increasingly complex. From frequently changing policies to learning to operate new equipment, there are many things that critical care nurses are expected to know and do while providing care for patients and families.
There may even be times when systems that were designed to improve workflow actually create barriers to delivering optimal nursing care (for example, electronic medical records that are not user-friendly or frequent equipment alarms that result in mental fatigue).
I believe AACN can address some of these barriers through its efforts to educate clinicians, support research and develop recommendations for practice and systems changes. Many of the activities in which AACN is already engaged help alleviate these barriers.
These include addressing education through the National Teaching Institute and continuing education opportunities, research support through grant funding and suggestions for practice changes through various action paks and practice alerts and developing the Beacon Award as well as the Healthy Work Environments Standards. This is a fantastic start, and I think there is an opportunity for continued work.
To further move AACN’s vision forward and assist acute and critical care nurses in making their optimal contribution to meet the needs of patients and families, the organization could focus on exploring innovative solutions to issues present within the nurse/environment context.
This has been somewhat addressed recently under the umbrella of patient safety, and I would like to see continued emphasis placed on this topic while also extending into human factors engineering/ergonomics.
Developing intuitive, system-wide interventions for error prevention will allow nurses to redirect their attention from rote task memorization or irrelevant documentation to spending more time truly caring for patients and their families.