American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Announces Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2015

Teri Lynn Kiss, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Banner Health), Alaska, becomes board president, and Karen McQuillan, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, begins term as president-elect.

Released: 8-Jul-2014 12:25 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
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Newswise — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces new leadership and members of its board of directors for fiscal year 2015, effective July 1, 2014.

Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, is the new president of the AACN board of directors. Kiss is director of Medical Unit-2South and Case Management Services at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Banner Health) in Alaska. Prior to being promoted, she worked as a staff nurse in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) from 1986 to 2011. She was also an adjunct and assistant professor at University of Alaska School of Nursing, Fairbanks and a certified flight nurse for Fairbanks-based Guardian Flight Inc. - Critical Care Air Ambulance. She is a frequent presenter on nursing evidence-based practice, communication and leadership topics.

Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, FAAN, begins a one-year term as president-elect. She is a clinical nurse specialist, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, a position she’s held since 1987. An investigator, author and presenter on issues related to trauma and nursing, McQuillan holds a faculty associate position with University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Current board member Lisa Riggs, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, begins a one-year term as secretary. Riggs is director of quality and patient safety at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has worked since 1997. Earlier in her career, Riggs was a clinical nurse specialist, staff development instructor, clinical educator and charge nurse in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Christine Schulman, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN, also a current board member, begins a one-year term as treasurer. Schulman is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. She was previously a trauma and critical care nursing consultant and a trauma and surgery clinical nurse specialist at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Joining the board as directors are Megan Brunson, RN, MSN, CNL, CCRN-CSC; Nancy Freeland, RN, MSN, CCRN; Deborah Klein, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CHFN, FAHA; and Paula McCauley, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CNE. They each serve a three-year term through June 30, 2017.

A 17-year night shift nurse, Brunson is the night shift supervisor in the cardiovascular ICU at Medical City Dallas Hospital, a position she has held since 2007. As a nurse researcher, Brunson has led studies to determine which interventions post-cardiac surgery patients perceived as best to quench their thirst with the least amount of nausea/vomiting and to assess the effect of ambient noise levels on patients’ nighttime sleep patterns.

Freeland is a senior clinical nurse specialist at University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Since joining UR in 1990, she has filled various nurse manager and nurse educator roles and served as the education coordinator for a five-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant on “Transforming ICUs to Retain Staff and Improve Unit Outcomes.” She is a frequent presenter on topics related to nursing leadership, organ donation, pressure ulcer prevention, healthy work environments and generational diversity.

Klein is a clinical nurse specialist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where she has worked since 2000. She also is an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University School of Nursing in Ohio and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland. She is the second editor of Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, which received an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for its 2009 edition and is now in its third edition.

McCauley is associate dean for academic affairs at University of Connecticut School of Nursing in Storrs. Her academic appointments have included a joint clinical/faculty position for the accelerated registered nurse and graduate programs and track coordinator for the ACNP program. She began her transition from the bedside to academia in 2003, after working as an acute care nurse practitioner at the university health center and as a staff nurse at hospitals in Connecticut.

Returning to the AACN board are the following directors:
Linda Bay, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, PCCN, clinical nurse specialist, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee
Karen Johnson, RN, PhD, director of nursing research, Banner Healthcare System, Phoenix
Riza V. Mauricio, RN, PhD, CCRN, CPNP-PC/AC, pediatric ICU nurse practitioner, The Children’s Cancer Hospital of the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
Kathleen K. Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN, CNS-BC, critical care clinical nurse specialist, Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale, Georgia
Mary Zellinger, RN, MN, ANP, CCRN-CSC, CCNS, clinical nurse specialist, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta

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 joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 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. www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme


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