American Association of Critical-Care Nurses announces board of directors for fiscal year 2012


Mary Stahl becomes board president

Maureen Seckel, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del., and Teri Lynn Kiss, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Alaska, begin terms as secretary and treasurer

New directors include Mary Bylone, The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, Conn.; Melissa Hutchinson, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle; Karen McQuillan, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore; and Clareen Wiencek, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Aug. 16, 2011 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces new leadership and members of its board of directors for fiscal year 2012. The new officers and directors began their terms July 1, 2011.

Mary Stahl , RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, begins her term as president of the AACN board of directors. Stahl brings to her role as AACN president 30 years of critical care nursing experience. Since 1995, she’s been a clinical nurse specialist, medical cardiology, at Mid America Heart Institute, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., where she oversees heart failure management, cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist device nursing care.

Kathryn E. Roberts , RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, begins a one-year term as president-elect. Roberts — a clinical nurse specialist in the pediatric ICU at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1998 — began her career at the hospital as a nurse extern in 1990 before working as a staff nurse in the cardiac step-down, cardiac intensive care and pediatric intensive care units.

Current board member Maureen Seckel , RN, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, begins a one-year term as secretary. A clinical nurse specialist, medical pulmonary critical care at Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del., since 1996, Seckel serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing, Newark.

Teri Lynn Kiss , RN, MS, MSSW, CCRN, also a current board member, begins a one-year term as treasurer. She is director, medical unit-2South of Alaska-based Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a staff nurse in the ICU from 1987 to 2011.

Mary Bylone , RN, MSM, CNML; Melissa Hutchinson , RN, MN, CCNS, CCRN, CWCN; Karen McQuillan , RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN; and Clareen Wiencek , RN, PhD, ACHPN, ACNP, join the board as directors for three-year terms from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014.

Interim vice president, Patient Care Services, and chief nursing officer, The William W. Backus Hospital , Norwich, Conn., Bylone is one of six authors of AACN’s Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation, an e-learning program developed with American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Hutchinson is a clinical nurse specialist in the medical ICU, VA Puget Sound Health Care System , Seattle, and an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle.

An investigator, author and presenter on issues related to trauma and nursing, McQuillan is a clinical nurse specialist at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center , University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, and holds a faculty associate position with the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Wiencek — nurse manager, The Thomas Palliative Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System , Richmond — has 35 years of experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager and researcher, including a decade in various roles at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland.

AACN members elect the board through a process initiated by AACN’s Nominating Committee. Newly elected officers and directors begin their terms July 1 and conclude them June 30.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., 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. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org , connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme .

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020; www.aacn.org ;
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Editorial Contact:
Kristie Aylett
AACN Communications
(228) 229-9472
kristie.aylett@aacn.org

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