AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2016 - June 2017
Sonia Astle, MS, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, begins a fifth year on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors, from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia, Astle has four decades of clinical experience, including with the United States Air Force, from which she retired after 30 years of service. She has been associated with Inova Fairfax Hospital since 1996. Before then, she was a critical care CNS at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She also served active duty during Operation Desert Storm at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as an ICU charge nurse.
During her clinical career, Astle has worked at hospitals in New York, Michigan and Nebraska, and served as a staff and charge nurse at Air Force bases in Alabama, New Hampshire, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In addition, she has been affiliate faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale; George Mason University, Fairfax; and Georgetown University, Washington.
A member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Astle is active in AACN's Greater Washington Area Chapter, serving in numerous roles including president. She also has participated in AACN's Chapter Awards Survey Committee, the Healthy Work Environment Work Group, the Scope and Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Task Force and the National Teaching Institute (NTI) Program Planning Committee. She has presented at NTI five times.
Astle earned a Master of Science in 1987 and a Bachelor of Science in 1985 from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and received a nursing diploma in 1972 from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Hancock, Michigan.