Task Forces

Serve on a task force - networking with ambulatory nurses from across the country can be very rewarding!

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) invites members to assist the association in meeting their goals by volunteering to serve on a task force. You can get involved as little or as much as you like. Some task forces complete a project in one or two conference calls. Much work is accomplished by email.

ONGOING TASK FORCES

Academic-Practice Partnerships Guidelines Task Force

Purpose

Puzzle piecesAAACN recognizes the need to create a pipeline to practice for nurses in ambulatory care settings. A looming nursing shortage, historical exclusion of ambulatory care as a clinical learning setting in academia, and the need to educate, inform, and foster RNs working to top of license in all ambulatory care settings has created a critical demand to develop strategies to increase the number of informed and empowered ambulatory care RNs.

As result, this Task Force is developing guidelines for use by nursing faculty and practice partners that will identify the steps, resources, and outcome measures necessary for creating and sustaining educational experiences for undergraduate nursing students in ambulatory care settings. This will include learning expectations for initiation and ongoing clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students in the ambulatory care setting and how to support the placement of students and ensure they are able to meet academic outcomes.

Leadership

Co-Chairs
Jessie Jones-Bell, MSN Ed., RN, PHN
Laurel More, MS, RN, CPN

Board Liaison
Christine Ruygrok, MBA, RN-BC

Task Force Members
Diana Alemar, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL
Susan Antol, PhD, MS, RN
Tia Bell, DNP
Stephanie Bilskis, BSN, RN, MSM, MBA
Caroline Coburn, DNP, MS, ANP-BC
Vanessa DeBiase, MSN, MEd, RN
Mary DiGiulio, DNP, APN, FAANP
Mary Donnelly, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNL
Elizabeth Fritz, MSN, RN-BC
Annette Hamlin, RN-BC, MSN Ed
Anne McLeod, RN, DNP
Nancy Weaver Parker, MSN, RN, PHN, CNL
Linda Parsons, MSN, RN
Stephanie Witwer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Portia Zaire, BSN, MSNEd, RN-CCCTM

Jessie Jones-Bell, MSN Ed., RN, PHN
Jessie Jones-Bell, MSN Ed., RN, PHN
Laurel More, MS, RN, CPN
Laurel More, MS, RN, CPN

Future of Nursing Task Force

Purpose

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Committee is examining the lessons learned from the 2010 Future of Nursing Campaign for Action as well as the current state of science and technology and producing a report of the capacity of the nursing profession to meet the anticipated health and social care demands from 2020 to 2030.

This Task Force is preparing a formal AAACN statement to the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Committee that will illustrate the value of ambulatory care nursing to the future of nursing as well as talking points for each of the Future of Nursing Town Halls.

AAACN was thrilled to be one of four organizations asked to provide comments at the Philadelphia Future of Nursing Town Hall in July 2019.

Learn more about AAACN’s participation in the Town Hall and access resources, presentations, and videos.

Leadership

Chair
Debra L. Cox, MS, RN, CENP

Board Liaison
Kathy Mertens, DNP, MPH, RN

Task Force Members
Sheila Haas, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rachel Start, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Barbara Trehearne, PhD, RN

Debra L. Cox, MS, RN, CENP
Debra L. Cox, MS, RN, CENP

Nurse Executive Task Force

Purpose

The Nurse Executive Task Force focuses on the importance of nursing leadership in the ambulatory care setting and the need to develop structures that underscore nursing, value, ownership, accountability, and collaboration within the interdisciplinary team so that ultimately the best care can be provided to patients and families across the continuum.

Book iconFollowing a survey of nurse executives in 2017, a need was identified to work on opportunities, challenges, barriers, and advocacy from the ambulatory care nurse executive perspective. The Task Force includes members from different ambulatory care areas, including academic medical centers, large, mid-size, small, community health, and rural health ambulatory care practices.

Initial work identified the current state and optimal state of nursing executive roles and organizational structures for each ambulatory care practice area. The Task Force is now creating an online toolkit that addresses the 14 nurse executive competencies developed by the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and interprets them for use in ambulatory care.

Members of this task force have presented this work a Panel presentation at the 2019 AAACN conference discussing the differences in competencies for nurse executives functioning in large, mid-size, rural and academic practices.

Leadership

Co-Chairs
Susan Hossli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Nancy May, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Board Liaison
Kathy Mertens, DNP, MPH, RN

Task Force Members
Mary Blankson, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C APRN, FNP-C DNP
Constance Buran, PhD, NE-BC, RN
Lisa Duncan, RN-BC
Sobha M. Fuller, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Linda Harden, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Patricia Hughes, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Terrie Rill, RN, BSN, MBA-HCM, CCCM
Rachel Start, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Susan Hossli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Susan Hossli, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Nancy May, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Nancy May, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Registered Nurse Residency White Paper Review and Update Task Force

Purpose

In 2014, AAACN developed the Ambulatory Registered Nurse Residency White Paper that focuses on strategies to adequately prepare registered nurses new to the ambulatory care setting for the complex and demanding environment of ambulatory care practice.

White paperThis new Task Force will revise and update the Ambulatory Registered Nurse Residency White Paper.

Following publication of the 2014 White Paper, AAACN, recognized the need to prepare new ambulatory care nurses to assume comprehensive clinical and administrative leadership to transform and advance ambulatory care nursing’s contribution in health care. AAACN proceeded to develop an Ambulatory Care Nurse Residency Program (2017).

Leadership

Chair
Patrick Turpin, MSN, CNS

Board Liaison
CMDR Assanatu I. Savage, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, CDR, NC USN RN-BC

Advisor
Evy Olson, MSN, MBA, RN

Task Force Members
Jamie Black, MSN, RN
Jared Caron, BSN, RN-BC
Kim Giles, DNP, RN
Linda Harden, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Leslie Hazle, MSN, RN
Andrea Kelly, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN-K
Laurel More, MS, RN, CPN
Darcy Wallace, MN, RN
Christina Watwood, BSN, RN, MHA-MPH
Terri White, MSN, RN
Christine Young, DNP, RN-BC
Tamara Zurakowski, PhD, GNP-BC

Patrick Turpin, MSN, CNS
Patrick Turpin, MSN, CNS

RN Role/Value Proposition (ROI) Task Force

Purpose

RN activities are increasingly being viewed as high in value, contributing to improved patient outcomes, shifting to right site of care, and health care cost containment. Innovative models include: independent nurse visits, collaborative co-visits with providers; evolved care management models for transition management, complex care, and advanced illness care; and RN led team care.

While the evidence for advocating employment of RNs in innovative and value-based care roles is present, AAACN leaders and members struggle to establish an effective business cases (ROI) that support hiring RNs and implementing new models of care.

The Task Force is developing a starter toolkit for new ambulatory care leaders that will  include a business case description and a return on investment (ROI) template, talking points, and exemplars that support AAACN members as they advocate for implementing and expanding the RN role in ambulatory care.

Leadership

Chair
Anna Kiger, DNP, DSc, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Board Liaison
Eileen Esposito, DNP, RN-BC, CPHQ

Task Force Members
Shannon Deen
Cynthia Griffin, BSN, MS, RN, CPHQ, CCM, NEA-BC
Lynda Gruenewald-Schmitz, DNP, RN, CENP
Linda Harden, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Kelly Hering-Rank, RN, BSN
Erin Nash, MSN, RN Heidi Rolfs, BSN, BA, RN, OCN
Rebecca Sutter, DNP Dawn Welling, RN, MSN
Melanie Wolcott, MBA, RN

Anna Kiger, DNP, DSc, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Anna Kiger, DNP, DSc, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Telephone Triage Online Course Task Force

Purpose

The AAACN vision of telehealth nursing practice (TNP) has expanded from the initial telephone triage to telehealth nursing to accommodate changes in practice. However, telephone triage remains a current and significant form of telehealth nursing as it is practiced today. Since 2014, our members have been requesting education and training resources to support TNP, and at that time 67.7% of respondents were practicing telephone triage/advice.

Person at laptopEven with the rapidly increasing use of other technology, the discussion content of our telehealth community clearly demonstrates a priority focus on telephone triage.

AAACN member Carol Rutenberg developed a two-day telephone triage seminar specifically for the nurse, which also includes content regarding program design and management. This seminar has been taught for 20 years, and there is continued demand. Carol is looking forward to retirement, but her commitment to telephone triage nursing remains strong, and she would like the program she developed to continue to be of use into the future.

Carol gifted her seminar content to AAACN. This Task Force will update and revise the course content and develop AAACN’s own online telephone triage nursing course based on the content of Carol's proven education.

The completed course will provide in-depth and comprehensive education in telephone triage through the AAACN Online Library.

The completed Course is expected to be available for purchase in 2020.

Leadership

Co-Chairs
Tabitha Anglea, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, LNC
Liz Greenberg, CNE, PhD, RN-BC, C-TNP

Advisor
Carol Rutenberg, RN-BC C-TNP MNSc

Board Liaison
Kathleen Martinez, MSN, RN, CPN

Team Leads
Claire Anderson, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, CHFN
Heidi Burns, MSN, RN-BC
LaVonne Harris, RN, MSN
Margaree Jordan-Amberg, MSN, RN
Kathryn Koehne, DNP, RN-BC, C-TNP
Elizabeth Wright, MBA, BSN, RN

Task Force Members
Tracey Backus, MS, RN-BC
Melissa Bowen, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Bridget Carter, MS, RN
Eleanor Chapital, MSN, RN-BC
Sandra Coley, BSN, RN
Libertie Collins, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHQ, MSN, RN
Kim Culross, BSN, RNC-BC
Kristine Feldhaus, BSN, RN, CPN
Kim Finke, RN, BSN, CNML
Catherine Fournier, MPH, RN-BC
Teresa Hegarty, BSN, RN, CPN
Daryl Keller, CMSRN, MBA, RN-BC
Sarah Ledford, ANP-BC, AGCNS
Brenda Miller, MSN, RN-BC
Courtney Monterusso, BSN, RN, FNS
Patty Moore, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC
Sara Nudd, RN
Cheryl A. Patterson, BSN, RNC-TNP
Charissa Phelps, RN-BC
Maureen Power, RN, MPH, LNCC
Gail Seeger, BSN, RN-BC
Rachel Sharkey, RN
Lynn Smith-Cronin, BSN, RN, CPXP
Jayme Speight, MSN, RN-BC
Karen Steinbock, MBA, BSN, RN
Pegi Vaillancourt, RN, MN
Meaghan Wohl, BSN, RN
Melissa Zelin, BSN, RN-BC

Reviewers
Katie Connor, MSN, RN-BC
Brenda Danner, RN, MSN, CNL
Leslie Morris, MSN, RN
Sarah Storhoff, MSN, RN-BC
Col. Katherine Taylor Pearson, DNP, RN-BC, CNE
Angela Zipperer, MSN, RN, CNL

Tabitha Anglea, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, LNC
Tabitha Anglea, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, LNC
Liz Greenberg, CNE, PhD, RN-BC, C-TNP
Liz Greenberg, CNE, PhD, RN-BC, C-TNP
Carol Rutenberg, RN-BC C-TNP MNSc
Carol Rutenberg, RN-BC C-TNP MNSc

COMPLETED TASK FORCES

The Task Forces below have completed their work. We greatly appreciate their important contributions to AAACN!

Ambulatory Review Questions Task Force

Purpose

This Task Force revised the Ambulatory Care Nursing Review Questions, 4th edition, to complement the Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing, 4th edition (2019). The Review Questions serve as a study reference for the Ambulatory Care Nursing certification exam.

The Ambulatory Care Nursing Review Questions, 5th edition is available for purchase in the AAACN online store.

Leadership

Chair/Editor
Stephanie Witwer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Board Liaison
CMDR Assanatu I. Savage, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, CDR, NC USN RN-BC

Task Force Members
Cynthia Cadiente, MSN-NED
Dianne Cirillo, MS, RN-BC
Pamella L. Guntrum, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, AHN-BC
Cara Hough, BSN, RN-BC
Carlissa Kelly, MSN, RN-BC
Robin M. Pleshaw, MSN, RN-BC
Yessenia N. Sinclair,  Major USAF, NC, RN-BC, MHA, MBA
Mary E. Sizer, DNP, RN, CPN
Danielle Smith, MSN, RN, CNL

Reviewers
Michele Boyd, MSN, RN
Denise Hannagan, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, EDAC
Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE
E. Mary Johnson, BSN, RN-C, NE-BC
Candia Baker Laughlin, MS, RN
Nancy May, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Susan Paschke, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC

Stephanie Witwer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Stephanie Witwer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Telehealth Education Resources Task Force

Purpose

In 2014, AAACN conducted a member survey to identify telehealth nursing needs and challenges. The number one response to the questions “What product or information would best support telehealth nursing practice (TNP) in your organization?” and “What can AAACN do to help meet the challenges?” was training and education.

The fact that TNP provides many services (e.g., triage, education and advice, video conferencing, remote patient monitoring, patient applications and care coordination) and uses many technologies (e.g., telephone, video, email, portals, remote monitoring equipment) supports the idea that a variety of specific knowledge and skills are needed depending on the service, the technology, and the desired outcomes.

This Task Force reviewed current resources to be used for the education, orientation, professional development, or practice resource for nurses engaged in telehealth practice, and developed the Telehealth Nursing Practice Education Resources Directory.

Leadership

Chair
Sharon Steingass, MSN, RN, AOCN

Board Liaison
Quanna Batiste-Brown, DNP, HCSM, RN, FABC, NEA-BC

Task Force Members
Katherine K. Andersen, MSN, RN-BC, CCM
Kathryn M. Koehne, DNP, RN-BC, C-TNP
Honey B. Lane, BSN, MSN, RN
Carol Rutenberg, RN-BC, C-TNP, MNSc
Lynn Smith-Cronin, BSN, RN
Diane Woods, RN

Sharon Steingass, MSN, RN, AOCN
Sharon Steingass, MSN, RN, AOCN
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