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CERTIFICATION Celebrate Certification It’s time to plan for Certified Nurses Day, March 19, 2012. Learn about the many resources to help you honor, recognize and celebrate certified nurses in your facility and AACN chapter. Jump-start your plans: • Host a luncheon or special reception for certified nurses. • Display signs to announce and celebrate Certified Nurses Day. • Honor the nurse who has been certified the longest. And the nurse who was certified most recently. • Invite your chief executive and chief nursing officers to send a card to every certified nurse in your facility. • Take photos of certified nurses beside your unit’s or hospital’s wall of honor. Create a wall if you don’t have one. • Write a story about certified nurses for your facility’s publications, including those for patients and families. • Conduct a certification fair to raise awareness about opportunities to become certified. • Encourage certification study groups, and start a library of exam preparation materials. • Submit a best practice about building a culture of certification. (Refer to last paragraph.) • Give recognition gifts to certified nurses. /celebratecertification. • Present AACN gift certificates to certified nurses, or hold a drawing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center proposed March 19 as Certified Nurses Day to honor the birthday of the late Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles. An international pioneer of nursing certification and longtime friend of AACN and AACN Certification Corporation, Styles designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing. Please share your strategies, testimonials and success stories in honor of certified nurses. Send an email, including any photos of your celebration, to with “Celebrate Certified Nurses” in the subject line. New Edition of Best-Selling Book ‘Crucial Conversations’ Available The second edition The New York Times’ best-selling book “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” summarizes new research, inspires readers with powerful stories that illustrate key principles and provides links to videos that demonstrate effective ways to conduct crucial conversations. AACN members receive a discount on their purchase at www.aacn .org/bookstore. ‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’ Open December’s Critical Care Nurse from the back. That’s where Dacia Evans describes calling back the code team because an elderly postoperative patient maintained a faint pulse after a code had been ended. Rapid intervention for a pseudoaneurysm of the iliac artery led to full recovery. Evans, a staff nurse in the medical-surgical-transplant ICU at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, describes her response to the adventure of nursing. “You have two choices,” she says. “You can harden your heart to the pain or you can embrace it. By embracing the ups and downs, you are able to show genuine care for your patients and families.” Transitions Events in the lives of members and friends in the AACN community. Shelly Buck-Turner, fellow • Kathleen Dracup, award • Peggy Gordin, fellow • Susan Hohenhaus, board • Pamela Jeffries, fellow • Leigh Kalra, award • Nancy Langston, award • JoAnn Lazarus, board • Michael Moon, board • Patricia Morton, fellow • Nancy Redeker, award • Tina Santos, new position • Colleen Swartz, fellow More information about each event at Send new entries to AACN BOLD VOICES DECEMBER 2011 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2011

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention
Box Office Hit 'Contagion' Raises Questions About Virus
New Privacy Recommendations for Storing Newborn Screening Specimens
Motor Training Can Advance Social Development in Infants With Autism
In-Hospital Mobility Benefits Older Patients
NSAIDs May Harm Patients with Heart Disease, Hypertension
Pain Code' Encourages Use of Maximum Dosage
FDA's Treatment Recommendations for Simvastatin 80
Study Identifies Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Versus Surviving Heart Attack
Study Seeks Initiator of Post-Trauma Intestinal Cell Damage
Australian Study: 'How Dangerous is a Day in Hospital'
In Our Journals
ICU Staff Composition May Decrease Burnout
Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care
Celebrate Certification
AACN Financials
From the President

Bold Voices - December 2011