Mary Beth Flynn Makic

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AACN Board
July 2016-June 2019

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN-K, FAAN, FNAP, serves a three-year term on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019.

Makic is a professor and specialty director of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at University of Colorado College of Nursing, Aurora. Promoted to professor in 2017, she was adjoint associate professor at the college from 2010-2015 and adjoint assistant professor from 2007-2010. Makic was the research nurse scientist, critical care, at University of Colorado Hospital from 2008-2015 and held a clinical nurse specialist position from 1996-2008.

Her volunteer AACN activities include the Clinical Resources Task Force and the Evidence-Based Framework Task Force. She was also an ambassador for the Denver Chapter and has been a reviewer for Critical Care Nurse since 1990.

Makic has focused her practice and research on improving patient outcomes through the translation of evidence-based practice (EBP) in the critical care environment. For more than a decade, she has worked with critical care experts to dispel traditions in practice through a series at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition and articles in Critical Care Nurse. She has conducted research in the critical care practice environment and led EBP initiatives at hospitals to reduce adverse events such as pressure ulcers and hospital-acquired infections.

Makic is a section editor for the recently published "AACN Procedure Manual for High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care," 7th edition.

Her other affiliations include membership in the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Nursing and National Academies of Practice.

Among her many honors, she received the Research Manuscript Award from Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Magnet Nurse of the Year from University of Colorado Hospital, Nightingale Luminary Award from the Central Colorado Area Health and Education Center, as well as fellowships in the National Academies of Practice and American Academy of Nursing.

Makic earned a PhD in nursing at University of Colorado College of Nursing, Aurora, in 2007, a Master of Science in Nursing at University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, in 1992, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Madison, in 1985.