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Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, CCRN, then AACN president-elect, and Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, CNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, AACN board member, presented "Journey Toward Excellence! Creating a Healthy Work Environment," for the Kansas City Area Nurse Executives, at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City, Mo. AACN's Standards for a Healthy Work Environment were explored as a comprehensive approach to ensuring improvement in the work environment.

Dave Hanson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS, then AACN president, spoke at the Spectrum Health 2008 Emerging Concepts in Cardiovascular Care Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. He presented a clinical breakout session, "Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain: No Time for Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda," and the closing keynote, "Healthy Work Environments: A Journey to Clinical Excellence."

Hanson gave the keynote address, "Reclaiming Our Priorities," at the 2008 Dimensions in Cardiac Care Conference sponsored by the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic. He also met with the Lake Erie Chapter to discuss National AACN initiatives.

Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN, BC, CEN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, represented AACN at the APRN Stakeholder Meeting in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to seek feedback regarding the APRN Consensus Paper on Regulation proposed by the APRN Consensus work group consisting of 73 organizations and the APRN Committee of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The paper proposes a model of common definitions and standardization in programs leading to APRN preparation, and addresses the lack of common legal recognition across jurisdictions.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented a concurrent session, "Nurse Manager Work Complexity: Implications for Personal and Organizational Nurturance," at the 30th Annual International Association for Human Caring conference in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her session emphasized the pivotal role of nurse managers in creating and sustaining healthy work environments.

Carol Hartigan, RN, MA, certification programs strategist, and Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, ACNP, then AACN Certification Corporation chair-elect, represented AACN at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Roundtable in Chicago. Issues related to advanced practice nursing licensure, accreditation, regulation and education were discussed.

Hanson delivered the keynote address, "Reclaiming Our Priorities," and a clinical breakout session, "Making the 12-Lead ECG Connection," at the Odyssey on Critical Care Conference co-sponsored by VCU Health System Education & Professional Development and AACN's Greater Richmond (Va.) Area Chapter.

Janice Wojcik, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN-BC, AACN board member, and Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, FAAN, former AACN board president, represented AACN at the American College of Chest Physicians' 15th Annual ACCP Capitol Hill Caucus in Washington, D.C. The caucus provides education to impact public policies affecting chest medicine. Participants discussed these issues with political insiders, including their own senators and representatives.

Stahl spoke at Effective Retention Throughout the Career Continuum, the 6th national conference of nursing workforce leaders, in Denver, Colo. She represented AACN as a member of the National Perspectives Panel: Innovation and Promising Practices in Nursing Retention.

Hanson delivered the keynote address, "Reclaiming Our Priorities," and a clinical breakout session, "Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain: No Time for Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda," at the Emerging Trends in Critical Care Symposium sponsored by AACN's Greater St. Louis Chapter. During the symposium he attended a Town Hall Luncheon to update participants on National AACN initiatives.
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Title Annotation:Scene and Heard
Publication:AACN News
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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