Clareen Wiencek, University of Virginia School of Nursing, becomes board president of world’s largest specialty nursing organization
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — July 6, 2016 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, announces new leadership and members of its board of directors for fiscal year 2017, effective July 1, 2016.
Clareen Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACNP, ACHPN, is the new president of the AACN board of directors. With nearly 40 years of experience as a bedside nurse in critical care, nurse manager, educator and researcher, Wiencek is currently an associate professor of nursing at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing and program director of advanced practice. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond for four years before joining the faculty at UVA.
“I’ve experienced the power of being part of the AACN community, as it has helped me on my nursing journey,” Wiencek said. “Our contributions as nurses matter and our work environment matters, if we are to best meet the needs of patients and families. Together our community of exceptional nurses can drive change that makes a difference in the coming year and beyond.”
Christine S. Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, begins a one-year term as president-elect. She is a critical care and trauma clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. Schulman has also been an adjunct clinical instructor at Oregon Health & Science University, Seattle University and University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle.
Current board member Kimberly Curtin, DNP, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CEN, CNL, begins a one-year term as secretary. Curtin is clinical administrative director of Thoracic and Orthopaedic Services at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.
Megan E. Brunson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-CSC, also a current board member, begins a one-year term as treasurer. Brunson is night shift supervisor in the cardiovascular ICU at Medical City Dallas Hospital.
Joining the board as directors are Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN; Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, CCRN-K, FAAN, FNAP; and Rosemary Timmerman, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CSC-CMC. They each serve a three-year term through June 30, 2019.
A critical care nurse for 32 years, Bridges is associate professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, and clinical nurse researcher at University of Washington Medical Center. She is also adjunct assistant professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing, Bethesda, Maryland. In 2014, she retired with the rank of colonel after 30 years of service in the USAF Nurse Corps.
Makic is an associate professor and specialty director of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at University of Colorado College of Nursing, Aurora, where she has taught since 2007. She previously worked at the University of Colorado Hospital for nearly 20 years, initially as a clinical nurse specialist and then as the research nurse scientist, critical care.
Timmerman is a clinical nurse specialist at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage, where she has provided care and supported the nursing staff in caring for critically ill and injured adult patients in intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, cardiac intensive care and intermediate units since 2008. She is also adjunct faculty at University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Also returning to the AACN board are Dana Woods, AACN chief executive officer, and the following directors:
- Nancy Freeland, MS, RN, CCRN, senior nurse educator for critical care at University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York
- Wendi Froedge, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-K, an RN IV, Critical Care Services at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston
- Michelle Kidd, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, clinical nurse specialist for critical care at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana
- Deborah Klein, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAHA, clinical nurse specialist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio
- Paula S. McCauley, DNP, RN, APRN, ACNP-BC, CNE, associate clinical professor and adult gerontology acute care track coordinator, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Storrs
- Louise Saladino, DNP, MHA, RN, CCRN-K, director of nursing excellence, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 225 chapters worldwide. The organization's vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.