AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2023-June 2026
Carol Olff, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, NEA-BC, serves a three-year term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
Olff has been a nurse for 40 years, with most of her career in a critical care setting. Since 2013, she has been director of critical care services at John Muir Health, Concord Medical Center, Concord, California, where she oversees two critical care units, two step-down units, a cardiovascular stroke unit, and the meal and break team. She says, "I could not ask to work with a better team of professional nurses. I am in awe of them every day, and so proud of how they navigated the COVID pandemic, which has pushed all of us to new limits. Their resilience reminds me of why I went into nursing in the first place."
An AACN ambassador since 2011, Olff has served as a reviewer for the Beacon Award for Excellence since 2021. She was a coordinator of the NTI ExpoEd TeleICU Learning Center (2012-2023) and a member of the AACN TeleICU Task Force (2017-2018; 2010-2012). She also presented on teleICU nursing at NTI Houston in 2017. Olff is currently a member of the San Francisco and Alameda Contra Costa chapters.
Additional affiliations include membership in the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Association of California Nurse Leaders, where she served as president of the East Bay Chapter (2020-2021).
A few of her recent publications include co-author of "Standards for Titrated Infusions and the Impact on Nursing Practice," in Journal of Radiology Nursing (2022), and co-author of "Thematic Analysis of Nurses' Experiences with The Joint Commission's Medication Management Titration Standards," in American Journal of Critical Care (2021). In 2019, she received the Compassionate Leader Award from John Muir Health.
Olff earned a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fresno. She is currently working on a doctor of nursing practice from Chamberlain University, Chicago.
In her spare time, Olff has played in a bocce ball league for over 10 years. She enjoys attending her husband's rock band gigs and loves to travel – "especially to Anchorage, Alaska, where two of my grandkids reside," she says.