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Our Voice in the Media

Metropolitan Nurse (May 30, 2007)--"Nurses in Beacon and Magnet Designated Units and Organizations Report Healthier Work Environments and Higher Job Satisfaction." "Study findings being released today by AACN, the Gannett Healthcare Group and the Bernard Hodes Group found that nurses who work in organizations or units that have met or are pursuing the national excellence standard of a Beacon or Magnet designation report healthier work environments and higher satisfaction with their jobs." This article was featured in many other outlets including AONE's ENews Update and the Advisory Board's Daily Briefing.

Cottage Report (May 2007)--"Critical Care Excellence" announced that Santa Barbara (Calif.) Cottage Hospital's Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit earned AACN's Beacon Award. "Receiving the Beacon Award is validation by their peer group of their exceptional performance," said Herb Geary, the health system's CNO and vice president of patient care services.

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN)Viewpoint (May 1, 2007)--"Nursing Journal Clubs: How to Develop and Achieve Success With Your Efforts." "Development and implementation of a nursing journal club can be one of the most rewarding staff development initiatives you and your colleagues will experience." The article mentioned as an example of an online discussion forum.

The Weekly (May 2007)--"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center Nurse Leads Continuing Education Initiative for Critical Care Nurses." Heather Maude, RN, CCRN, is leading a program to help other critical care nurses at Children's become a CCRN. Marcia Bryant, director of Cardiovascular Services, said, "Encouraging nurses to pursue their CCRN certification will ultimately lead to better patient care, increased job satisfaction, enhanced recruiting efforts and unique professional development opportunities for our staff."

Oklahoma's Nursing Times (May 21, 2007)--"OKC Chapter of AACN Assists Lions Eye Bank." "The Oklahoma City Chapter of AACN recently donated more than 450 pairs of eyeglasses to the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank," said Yancy Clarkson, RN, adding that "AACN is an opportunity to get involved in your community."

Advance for Nurses (May 14, 2007)--"Learning Curve." "Faced with an ever-increasing nursing shortage and a paucity of seasoned critical care nurses, nursing leaders at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., have implemented a comprehensive critical care school." Linda Thomas, MSN, RN, BC, CCRN, education coordinator for critical care, "asks members to purchase a book they use in class to help them prepare for critical care nurse certification. "That way, they're already thinking, 'This is an ongoing learning process, and once I have a year of experience, I'll try the CCRN exam,'" she said.

UAB Reporter (May 14, 2007)--"Heart Transplant Unit Becomes a 'Beacon' for UAB." The University of Alabama at Birmingham posted a banner that reads: "Congratulations to the staff of UAB's Heart and Lung Transplant ICU, winner of the AACN 2007 National Beacon Award. The only unit in the state of Alabama. Exceptional nurses giving exceptional care." Darcey Ansley, nurse manager, said, "We have a great team of nurses who really take people under their wings. They are very committed to their patients and each other."

CHEST Physician (June 2007)--"Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: Effective Decision Making," by Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, CPHQ, AACN Certification Corporation chair, is the sixth and final article in the series. Reed discussed the "seven critical elements for the successful implementation of effective decision making." He also wrote that "each of the standards is considered essential, and all interact in a dynamic way to promote clinical excellence and optimal patient outcomes."

Advance for Nurses (June 18, 2007)--"Learning Is Key to Empowerment: Conference Offers Tools for Critical Care Nurses to Shape Work Environment Changes." The article highlighted the AACN president's theme for 2007-08: Reclaiming Our Priorities. "Our priorities will shift over time, but as long as they advance our core values, we will be doing the right thing," said Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, AACN president.

Our Voice at the Table

Ramon Lavandero, RN, MA, MSN, FAAN, AACN director of development and strategic alliances, represented AACN as an invited speaker at Internationally Recruited Nurses: Creating Positive Practice Environments in Chicago. He presented "AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments" at this conference, which was co-sponsored by the International Centre on Nurse Migration and the American Nurses Association. He was joined in the presentation by Lucille A. Joel, RN, EdD, FAAN, president of the board of trustees of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and past president of the ANA.

Maria Shirey, RN, MS, MBA, CNAA, BC, FACHE, AACN Certification Corporation board member, presented her research, "Stress and Coping in Nurse Managers: Translating Research Into Practice," at the 18th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice in Vienna, Austria.

Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA, past AACN president, spoke at the Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) in Brooklyn, N.Y. One of her topics was "AACN's Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments."

Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, APRN, BC, CEN, AACN Certification Corporation board member, and Carol Hartigan, RN, MA, certification programs strategist, attended the Delegate Assembly of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in Chicago, to consider pertinent association business with NCSBN's member boards of nursing. Cottrell and Hartigan joined representatives from the other recognized nurse practitioner certification organizations in presenting the third annual informational update on NP education, accreditation and certification.

Reed attended the VISICU Users Meeting in Chicago, with Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN's director of professional practice & programs, where he presented "AACN's Standards for a Healthy Work Environment" and "Results of the EICU Study of Practice."

Kay Clevenger, RN, MSN, presented "Creative Retention Strategies That Work!" at the Nursing Management Recruitment & Retention Conference in Chicago. She also spoke on this topic at the annual Nursing Management Congress in Chicago. Clevenger, a retention specialist at Clarian Health/Indiana University Hospital, served on the initial HWE Work Group and was a contributing author to the standards.
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