Joint Task Force Members

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About the Task Force

A joint task force composed of members from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) collaborated to critically appraise the best available evidence and to create a Care Transition Hand-Off Toolkit for members and the greater nursing community that ultimately improves patient outcomes.

The task force focus encompassed ambulatory, acute, emergency department, and skilled nursing facility settings, and included patients of all ages. The group identified the major components for care transitions and hand-offs and then appraised evidence for each component. Evidence was rated using the Level of Evidence Rating System of Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt (2011).1

The findings and recommendations from the task force are the first steps in providing safe, reliable, and patient-centered practices.

Joint Task Force Members

  • Gregory Kopp, RN, MN, MHA, CENP (AAACN) (Task Force Chair)
  • Kim Elgin, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, CMSRN (AMSN)    
  • Leslie Gervase, MSN, BA, RN-BC, OCN, CMSRN (AMSN)
  • Marie Rogers, DNP, RN-BC, GCNS-BC, FGNLA (AMSN)
  • Kathryn Koehne, DNP, RN-BC, C-TNP (AAACN)
  • Janet Pund, BSN RN-BC, CCM (AAACN)

Board Liaisons

  • Anne Jessie, DNP, RN (AAACN)
  • Jennifer Kennedy, MSN, RN (AMSN)

Staff Liaisons

  • Maura King (AMSN)
  • Linda Alexander (AAACN)


1 Melnyk, B. M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare:  A guide to best practice. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 

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