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AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors Announces New Members
The AACN Certification Corporation, which provides comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing, announces newest members of its national board.
AACN Certification Corporation, an incorporated company separate from AACN, promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal. It certifies more than 50,000 nurses and provides comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing.
AACN Certification Corporation develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCNS and ACNPC specialty exams and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams. With the American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Credentialing Center, Washington, D.C., it offers the Certified Nurse Manager and Leader exam.
Roberts is a clinical nurse specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Actively involved with AACN throughout her career, she began a three-year term on the association’
Roberts earned her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing in 1991 and 1998 respectively from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Roberts holds national specialty certification in critical care nursing (CCRN) and as a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) and clinical nurse specialist in acute and critical care (CCNS). She lives in Chadds Ford, Pa.
Harrington — vice president for advancing nursing practice, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas — uses research, evidence-based practice, informatics and shared governance to improve patient outcomes throughout a network of more than 5,600 nurses in 14 hospitals. She is vice-chair of the Texas Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Nurses Advisory Committee and began her three-year term on the AACN board in 2009.
Harrington earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; a master of science in nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington; and a doctoral degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, Denton. She holds certifications as a clinical nurse specialist and in healthcare quality management and executive nursing practice.
Wanda L. Johanson, RN, MN, AACN chief executive officer serves on the AACN Certification Corporation board with the following directors who complete three-year terms:
• 2010-11 Chair Maria Shirey, RN, PhD, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, associate professor, graduate leadership/management, University of Southern Indiana’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, Evansville.
• 2010-11 Chair-elect Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CEN, assistant professor, nursing, University of New England, Portland, Maine.
• 2008-11 Director/Secretary/
• 2008-11 Director Pamela Bolton, RN, MS, ACNPC, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, acute care nurse practitioner, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati.
• 2009-12 Director Susan Nelmark, RN, BAN, MA, CNML, nurse manager, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, Minn.
• 2009-12 Director Mary Frances Pate, RN, CNS, DSN, associate professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Nursing.
• 2008-11 Director Kathryn Roberts, RN, MSN, CRNP, CCRN, CCNS, clinical nurse specialist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
• 2008-11 Director and Consumer Representative David Swankin, president, Citizen Advocacy Center, Washington, D.C.
About AACN Certification Corporation:
AACN Certification Corporation, the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, maintains professional practice excellence by certifying and recertifying nurses who care for acute and critically ill patients and families. The AACN Certification Corporation develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCNS and ACNPC specialty exams in acute, progressive and critical care; CMC and CSC subspecialty exams in cardiac medicine and surgery; and, in partnership with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Wash, D.C., the CNML exam for nurse managers.
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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients.