Testimonials - Volunteering and Leadership

Volunteering within AAACN is a valuable membership benefit that can truly benefit members professional and provide depth to their experience. Three long-time members, below, have provided their insight on how volunteering in AAACN has propelled their careers and built their confidence as nurses.

“Volunteering in AAACN AAACN has helped me grow both personally and professionally. I currently serve as the Vice-Chair of the Leadership Special Interest Group and on the Program Planning Committee. I have gained such an appreciation for what goes on behind the scenes to make our conferences great and the association function so well.

I have made amazing friends from across the country and have a wide network of colleagues I can call on for assistance whenever needed. All because AAACN brought us together. I love coming to annual conference to renew these friendships face-to-face, and to make new ones.

The presentations at the conference are relevant and timely. Volunteering and becoming involved gave me the confidence to become a presenter at a conference. At first I presented with colleagues locally, then soon found I was able to do that with other colleagues I met through AAACN. It helped me grow through participation on committees and by being involved with Task Force work and connected me with the many real issues on the ambulatory front.

The AAACN Connected Communities are one way to share questions and concerns that others will quickly respond to. The resources on our website are another great reason to be a member. AAACN offers so many things to its members. So, jump in, get involved, and join a wonderful network of colleagues that you can look forward to meeting with at the annual conference and networking with throughout the year.”

~Margarita Gore, BSN, MBA, RN-BC
Member since 2003
Margarita's volunteer history includes the roles of Program Planning Committee Chair and member, Leadership SIG Chair, JCAHO Advisory Committee member, and more.

“I have been a member of AAACN for over 20 years and joined the organization because I wanted to connect with colleagues who work in ambulatory care. It was the best decision I have ever made! What I learned is that I am not alone in my struggle to educate others on the uniqueness of ambulatory care nursing.

We are not “the lucky ones who work in doctors offices from 9-5pm” doing trivial tasks that don’t constitute “real” nursing as many misinformed inpatient colleagues might suggest…..We are real nurses who triage voices over the phone and conduct patient assessments without the patient in front of us. Our skills are sharpened by the challenge of completing over 100 patient visits in 8 hours and getting it right!

We are advocates, educators, coordinators, and champions of evidence-based care and we still find time to call our patients to check on them when they don’t show up for a visit.

Being a volunteer leader for AAACN has enriched my professional life – I have met and worked with other leaders and members who have broadened my thinking and pushed me in ways I could never have imagined. They help me stay on the cutting edge by sharing best practice, they share policies, procedures and tools that assist me in improving care and they have become some of my best friends!

We grow and flourish when we support each other, collaborate with each other and give back any way we can.”

~Eileen M. Esposito, DNP, RN-BC, CPHQ
Member since 1998
Eileen's volunteer history includes the roles of Lippincott Procedures Team member, CCTM Core Curriculum Revision Task Force member, Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing Revision Task Force member (4th and 2nd editions), Lippincott Nursing Procedures Task Force member, Nurse Leadership Toolkit Task Force member, Nurse Sensitive Indicator Task Force member, National Alliance For Quality Care representative, Expert Panel member, and more.

“I joined AAACN [over] 12 years ago. Initially, I attended the national conference and did a poster presentation. What I found was that so many like myself had a great appreciation for the work that Ambulatory Care Nurses do. I soon found myself relying on the nursing colleagues that I met through networking. As opportunities came forward, I volunteered to participate on committees.

I worked on a Magnet taskforce and began receiving invitations to the Leadership preconference meeting. It was there that I interfaced with other nursing leaders who also volunteered their time and wisdom to help lead AAACN. Later, I submitted abstracts for podium presentations and spoke on topics relevant to quality and nursing practice in ambulatory care.

AAACN needed a member to attend the John A Hartford Foundation meeting on Elderly Care. I represented the members and learned how we could obtain funding to educate our nurses on care of the elderly in our ambulatory settings. I then began reaching out to others in my local network and took on the role of President of a local chapter of AAACN, called Cleveland Academy of Ambulatory Care. We grew in membership from around 10 active members to over 40.

About four years ago, I received a call to teach the AAACN Certification Review Course. I started learning the content and began teaching and learning from more great mentors in the organization. Soon I was asked to be part of the “Ask the Expert Panel” at the national conference, and also participated in the Leadership SIG.

I received a call from Traci Haynes to help chair the Ambulatory Administration and Practice Standards revision. I had the privilege of working with Peg Mastal, who was a great mentor to me during this assignment.

This past spring, I received a call from Linda Brixey, President of AAACN, and was honored to be asked to fill a position on the Board of Directors for AAACN. By volunteering, I was able to grow in many ways. It has given me confidence along the way to lead teams, build a resume on active participation to enhance the development of our nursing profession, and gain many lifelong friendships.

This pathway of volunteering has helped me become the nursing leader I am today as a Chief Nursing Officer for Ambulatory Care at Scott & White Health Care in Central Texas. My best advice to anyone joining the organization is to get involved, make a difference by developing skills, and actively participate by volunteering your wisdom and knowledge. It has worked wonders for me.”

~Nancy May, MSN, RN-BC
AAACN Past President, 2015-2016
Member since 2005
Nancy's volunteer history includes the roles of Nurse Leader Group Chair, Board of Directors, Nurse Sensitive Indicator Task Force member, Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Questions reviewer, Preceptor Task Force member, CCTM Core Curriculum Expert Panel Member, phase 3, Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing reviewer, Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course "On the Road" live Instructor, Ambulatory Scope & Standards Chair, and more.