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healthcare and nonproﬁt organizations - I
had a front-row seat from which I've contributed to and helped make visible nurses'
extraordinary contributions to healthcare.
What I've learned through this work with
and about nurses has inspired me to dedicate my career to supporting and celebrating
you. My deep involvement in producing NTI
SuperSessions has been one of my favorite
ways to recognize nurses in our community.
VG: Many people may not know about the
critical role you've played in conceiving and
implementing some of AACN's most visible
and successful initiatives. I'm thinking of how
you were in the core group that crafted our
standards for healthy work environments and
guided development of AACN Clinical Scene
Investigator Academy. CSI participants have
started reporting spectacular patient outcome
and ﬁnancial results.
VG: Are there examples that have inspired you from your journey with nurses?
DW: How much time do you have? I've been witness to countless examples of what we call mission
impact at the bedside. For example, I'll never forget the nurses from two hospitals who rallied to introduce therapeutic hypothermia that saved a postpartum mom after CPR.
VG: So what next?
DW: To build on our strengths so the national ofﬁce team and I can make possible an AACN that
empowers nurses as leaders who move beyond responding to the future to creating it.
Do you have other questions for Dana or me? We'd welcome hearing from you at dana.woods@
aacn.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in Denver!
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DW: You know me pretty well, so you're aware I don't naturally gravitate toward the spotlight. In
fact, it's something I need help getting used to. But I've stepped forward to do that, because this is the
highest professional honor I can imagine. In my work and personal life I've experienced what nurses
do. Who you are and how you have made nursing one of the most universal elements of being human
by caring for others when they can't do it for themselves. That I can contribute my knowledge and
skills to this work in an even greater way is a dream come true.
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