Beth Wathen

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AACN Board
July 2017-June 2020

Beth Wathen, APRN, MSN, CCRN, serves a three-year term on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020.

Wathen has been a clinical practice specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, since 2005. She serves as an expert clinician, educator, consultant, researcher and a resource for the staff.

She was chair of the NTI Program Planning Committee in 2016 and a committee member in 2014. She also participated on the 2016 Research Abstract Review Panel and is a coordinator and speaker for a regional Pediatric CCRN Certification Exam Preparatory Course.

Wathen is principal investigator for two clinical research studies in her unit. One involves evaluating electromagnetic guided imagery compared to standard confirmatory methods for nasogastric tube placement. The other study is focused on alarm fatigue, in particular ST alarms in the pediatric population. Wathen leads and co-leads multiple system-wide committees and teams with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing preventable harm.

Some of her additional affiliations include membership in Children's Hospital Association's Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes National Expert Advisory Council and Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Wathen earned a Master of Science in Nursing at University of Utah in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, in 1985.