AACN Update 2012
A nurse’s everyday work is the work of AACN because our mission is lived at the point of care.
Our Mission Patientsand their families rely on nurses at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Acute and critical care nurses rely on AACN for expert knowledge and influenceto fulfill their promise to patients and their families. AACN drives excellencebecause nothing less is acceptable.
We Are • A community . . . of exceptional high acuity and critical care nurses. • A connection . . . to shared expertise, wisdom, resources and standards, so our community can provide excellent care to patients and their families. • A resource . . . that helps us learn and develop expertise. • A sounding board . . . when we’re faced with a tough patient care or work situation.
We Believe • Nurses make a vital contribution . . . to patients, families and society. • Nursing isn’t a job, it’s a calling . . . a distinguished profession, an indispensable career. • Nurses have an obligation . . . to be the best they can be and protect the contributions of nursing.
We Believe • Nurses must be agents of positive change . . . in their organizations. • We need to work together . . . each individual member, member volunteers, boards of directors and staff — to steward our mission.
This Year’s Strengths and Accomplishments
Membership and Recognition • Grew membership to more than 96,000 individuals, further strengthening the community and voice of high acuity and critical care nurses. • Expanded chapter and ambassador resources including new webinars to advance AACN’s mission in their local communities. • AACN members elected new members to the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee for 2013 — AACN president-elect: Vicki Good. AACN directors: Linda Bay, Riza Mauricio, Kathy Peavy, Mary Zellinger. Nominating Committee: Angela Benefield, Sherri Goldsmith, Janet Kloos.
Membership and Recognition • Presented three Flame of Excellence Awards and 25 Circle of Excellence Awards during NTI 2012. www.aacn.org/awards • Awarded 36 continuing professional development scholarships since 2011 NTI including 14 health policy scholarships to attend 2012 Nurse in Washington Internship program and one scholarship to attend Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy, both programs sponsored by Nursing Organizations Alliance. www.aacn.org/scholarships
Membership and Recognition • Dr. Nancy Albert from The Cleveland Clinic selected by her peers as 2013 Distinguished Research Lecturer. www.aacn.org/drl • Ten entry-into-nursing scholarships awarded through the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association. www.nsna.org
Membership and Recognition • Collaborated with more than 1,000 volunteers on review panels, work groups and advisory teams that include: • Nominating Committee • AACN Ambassadors • Chapter Advisory Team • Tele-ICU Work Group • NTI Education Planning Committee • API Program Planning Committee • Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group • Multiple AACN Certification Corporation Work Groups www.aacn.org/volunteers
Healthy Work Environment • Continued to publicize findings from The Silent Treatment,a five-year follow-up to the Silence Kills study, in collaboration with VitalSmarts and AORN — American Organization of periOperative Registered Nurses. www.aacn.org/silenttreatment • Facilitated an online resource center and speakers bureau to serve the growing educational needs of chapters, hospitals and others who want to learn more about the AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards. www.aacn.org/hwe
Professional Practice and Programs • Awarded two $50,000 Impact Research Grants, with up to three grants to be awarded in 2013. www.aacn.org/grants • Awarded 81 Beacon Awards for Excellence™ — Gold: 19, Silver: 45, Bronze: 17 —to units that distinguished themselves by improving every facet of patient care. www.aacn.org/beacon
Professional Practice and Programs • Launched AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy —a hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives measurably improve patient outcomes with bottom-line impact to the hospital. www.aacn.org/csi • Launched AACN: Critical Care Pharmacology — an interactive e-learning course developed in partnership with Elsevier/MC Strategies in collaboration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. www.aacn.org/elearning
Professional Practice and Programs • Released enhanced versions of Basic ECG Interpretation and, with the Children’s Hospital Association, Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation. www.aacn.org/elearning • Released four new Practice Alerts: Delirium Assessment and Management, Prevention of Aspiration, Family Presence: Visitation in the Adult ICU and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, increasing to 16 the number of AACN Practice Alerts. www.aacn.org/practicealerts
Professional Practice and Programs • Selected 12 hospitals & healthcare facilities to receive national awards for leadership in reduction/elimination of HAIs.Selected 14 more as honorable mention in the second of a three-year collaboration with US Dept. of Health & Human Services and Critical Care Societies Collaborative. www.aacn.org/haiawards • Reached nearly 40,000 nurses — including more than 30,000 unique learners — with conferences and conference-related programs including NTI webcasts supported by GE Healthcare.
Professional Practice and Programs • Presented the third “A Slice of AACN NTI” conference for nearly 1,000 attendees in Las Vegas. • The first AACN Nurse Manager Priorities and AACN Progressive Care Pathways conferences in Las Vegas exceeded attendance targets. Both Las Vegas conferences will continue in 2012 — Priorities 2012 on September 6-8 and Pathways 2012 on October 14-17. www.aacn.org /Education
Professional Practice and Programs • Brought the bold voice of high acuity and critical care nurses to national tables through liaison activities, collaboration and shared expertise. • Joined 150 nursing associations and more than 500 nursing schools to support the White House Joining Forces initiative to provide practice guidelines, educational resources and career assistance to nurses who care for military families and veterans in every professional setting. www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces
Publications and Social Media • Launched smartphone mobile-friendly websites for American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse. • American Journal of Critical Care received two bronze awards and Critical Care Nurse received one silver award in the 2012 American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors award competition. www.ashpe.org • American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse were finalists in four categories for Western Publishing Association’s 2012 Maggie Awards. www.wpa-online.org
Publications and Social Media • Continued “Go Simple” campaign so readers of AACN periodicals can opt for digital editions — which include online-only content — instead of print. • Facebook and Twitter presence for AACN, NTI, American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse continues to grow,in some cases doubling from last year. facebook.com/aacnface facebook.com/ntiface facebook.com/ajccface facebook.com /ccnface twitter.com/aacnme #AACN #NTI2012
Certification • Nurses certified by AACN Certification Corporation increased to more than 73,000. • Launched APRN Resources section of website and an active outreach programfor NP and CNS program directors and certified and non-certified APRNs to learn about APRN Consensus Model. • Conducted studies of practice for advanced practice CNSs and NPs to develop new test plans for ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N certification. www.aacn.org/certification
Certification • Continued to disseminate information that shows the link between certification and positive outcomes for patients and systems. www.ccnonline.org • With National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators and American Board of Nursing Specialties partnered and provided major funding to study Trends in Specialty Certification of RNs in Acute Care. www.aacn.org/certification
Certification • Launched changes in renewal process for APRN certifications. • Completed exam development to launch new CMC and CSC examsbased on the 2010 Studies of Practice of cardiac medicine and cardiac surgery nurses. www.aacn.org/certification