AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2021 - June 2024
Clareen Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACHPN, ACNP, FAAN, serves a three year term on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors. She served a one-year term as president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, and a one-year term as president-elect from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. She also completed a three-year term as a director from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014, and a concurrent term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
As professor of nursing at University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing and program director of advanced practice, Wiencek has over 40 years of experience as a bedside nurse in critical care, nurse manager, educator and researcher. She was nurse manager for the acute care-based palliative care unit and program director for the Center for Integrative Pain Management at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond for four years before joining the faculty at UVA. She held various research, staff nurse and management positions at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) in Cleveland for 20 years before moving to Virginia. She also held positions in California, Indiana and New York.
Currently an AACN ambassador, Wiencek served on the Chapter Advisory Team from 2006-2010, the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group in 2010-2011 and the AACN Nominating Committee in 2011-2012. Wiencek has been a frequent contributor to AACN’s peer-reviewed journals and a presenter at the annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. She is also a member of AACN’s Monticello Chapter, Charlottesville, Virginia.
A reviewer for Journal of Critical Care and an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium national faculty member, Wiencek also belongs to the Southern Nursing Research Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and Sigma. Her honors include AACN’s Circle of Excellence award in 2010, the UHCMC APN Clinical Excellence Award in 2010 and the UHCMC Robert Gallienne Excellence in Critical Care Award in 2008.
Wiencek earned a doctorate in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a medical-surgical nursing master’s degree and acute care nurse practitioner certification from Case Western.