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Send new entries to Honor or remember your colleagues with a gift to AACN at Steve Branham Andrea Brassard Debbie Brinker Sarah Collins Tracy Couse Patricia Gessner, strategies Margaret Glembocki Aline Holmes, Barbara Humpert, certification Sharon Irving Katherine Kenny, fellow Christine Kessler Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk Cindy Munro Angela Nelson Ann O’Sullivan Therese Richmond Anthony Shamoun Joanne Thanavaro Chris Winkleman, fellow 21 AACN BOLD VOICES AUGUST 2013 Manager Skills Inventory at managerskillsinventory. register now to take advantage of the early-bird discount, available until Aug. 20. For more information, visit aacnconferences. org/priorities. AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey Start your learning journey by visiting www.aacn. org/scholarships where you’ll see the many opportunities AACN scholarships have supported for our members. Hot topics in this year’s program include: I Am a Critical Care Nurse Pam Frantz, RN, CCRN, is a staff nurse in the ICU at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Why did you become a nurse? When I went to college, I wanted to become a physical therapist. My college offered 2 options to start a physical therapist degree: physical education and nursing. I was an athlete and loved sports and I wanted to go the physical education route, but my mother wanted me to go the nursing route. At first, this was difficult for me because I loved sports. One of my nursing instructors sat me down one day and said, “Choose basketball or nursing, and basketball is not a career.” I chose nursing. What about your job as a nurse makes you happy? As a nurse, I engange in constant learning that is very stimulating, but the ability to talk with patients and their families, to hold their hand, and to make them smile is one of the most satisfying aspects of nursing. Chatting with a 96-year-old woman who reminisces about her childhood, hearing a mother talk of her critically ill child, and listening to children speak of their love for their grandfather makes me a better, humbler person. I also enjoy teaching new nurses. I tell them, “If I teach you right, then you can care for me right.” Seeing the understanding in a young nurse’s face when I teach is invaluable. Tell us about an extraordinary experience you’ve had as a critical care nurse. The most extraordinary aspect in my nursing career is that I am in 2 published books. One book is about a physician and his experience in the hospital after an intracerebral hemorrhage and the other book is about a paraplegic and her journey of healing and coping with her injury. I cared for both of these patients. ©2013 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses doi: 88 CriticalCareNurse Vol 33, No. 4, AUGUST 2013 What are the challenges you encounter and how do you overcome them? The challenges of nursing are always there, but over the years they have changed. I remember when it took emember 2 hours to complete a computed tomography scan. d Computerized charting is a blessing and a demon at sing the same time. It provides information at your fingermation tips but it takes away time from the bedside to get all the needed information into the computer. I think of challenges as actions that must be done to accomplish the real objective: caring for the patient. ‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’ Pam Frantz What has your journey as a nurse been like? nurse I started as a nurse in a small cardiac intensive care l unit. I then moved to another town to work at a univerwn sity hospital. In 1981, this particular university had only ular 1 intensive care unit. We cared for neonates and adults or and everyone in between. This unit had a wonderful nit educator; I still remember her 33 years later. I hope she 3 would be proud of the teaching I do today. I moved to a nonuniversity hospital with a wonderful learning environment. I spent 20 years there before nt I became a flight nurse for 9 years. This was such a difrs. ferent career. There was so much to learn about pedih atrics, obstetrics, and how the environment affected nvironment patient transfers. Sometimes I used all of the 20 years sed of critical care experience in a single flight. A blessing ngle in disguise brought me back to the bedside. After caring for a very sick patient, I realized that I missed talkzed ing with patients, discussing the patient’s illness with a physician, and explaining an illness to a patient or famness ily. That is what critical care nursing is to me. sing - At the end of a busy day, how how o r life? fe fe? do you find balance in your life? My family is my rock. My partner and I have a house rtner iful in the mountains—a truly beautiful place to relax. Also, playing racquetball relieves my stress. tress. How has AACN played a role in your career? ole in l AACN has been there throughout my career. I rememhout ber how proud I was after taking my first CCRN exam. g I read the journals regularly and use the vast resources ACN that AACN provides. I believe AACN is the most influanization ential and powerful nursing organization in changing C patient care and giving nurses a voice. CCN I Am a Critical Care Nurse features the extraordieatures nary in a critical care nurse’s ordinary experiences. ment To be featured in this department, contact Critical Care Nurse via e-mail at Critical Care Nurse

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2013

Bold Voices - August 2013
Another Angle
Seamless Staff Leadership Transition Is Goal of AACN's CEO Search
A Pool of Exceptional Talent
Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You
Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions
Hospital Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 10 Years
Leapfrog Rates Hospital Safety Performance
Patient Safety Threatened by Insufficient Nurse Staffing, Fatigue
Number of Americans With Dementia, Cost of Care to Double by 2040
Updated HHS Standards Support Improved Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes
Alarm Management (AACN Practice Alert)
Survey Reports High Levels of Burnout, Job Seeking
New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients' Privacy Protection
Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly
Hospitals Better at Preventing CLABSIs
Online Program Helps Military Service Members, Veterans Become Nurses
Clot Busters Safe for Patients With Stroke Who Take Aspirin
Updated Stroke Definition Reflects New Knowledge, Advances
In Our Journals
Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain in Certain Cases
Certification Capsules
AACN Members, Friends Inducted as AANP Fellows
Empowered ED Case Managers
New CCN Resource Expands Reader Access to Nursing Care Studies
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
Nurse Leaders, Aspiring Nurse Leaders: Get Ready for Las Vegas, Sept. 18-20
AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey
What Is Your Wake? (From the President)

Bold Voices - August 2013