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American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)

michael petty

Michael Petty, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC
NHSAH Education Workforce Leader
I2C2 Committee NHSAH Representative
University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

The excellent results of end-stage organ failure care, transplantation, and mechanical circulatory assistance are the product of a collaborative effort by the many healthcare professionals involved in the care of these unique patients. In our clinical practice, we look for clinically relevant resources (both inside and outside of ISHLT) to enhance care delivery and improve outcomes for our patients. For critical care nurses and nurses working on progressive care units, one common resource is the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) (

Consider this:

  1. If you are working in the critical care or progressive care environment, which nursing organization offers the most support to you as a critical care nurse? AACN
  • AACN 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. The association is dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.
  • There are over 240 chapters in the United States, as well as chapters in China, Japan and Germany.
  1. If you are looking for evidence based practice recommendations when providing nursing care to a critically ill pre- or post-transplant patient, to whom would you turn? AACN
  • The AACN website includes evidence-based practice resources including
  • Practice Alerts,
  • a Searching for Evidence Toolkit,
  • the Clinical Focus knowledge portal,
  • Protocols for Practice,
  • the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, and
  • the Thunder Studies research protocols for individuals who need a template to start their research effort.
  1. When searching for high-impact nursing journals that provide peer reviewed, informative, and practical recommendations to the critical care unit or progressive care unit nurse faced with the challenges of caring for a heart failure, lung failure, thoracic transplant or mechanical circulatory support patient, where might you turn? AACN

AACN Journal

Articles Published 2007-2012

Heart & Lung


American Journal of Critical Care


Critical Care Nurse


AACN Advanced Critical Care


Data retrieved from OVID Medline 12/2/2012

A goal of the International and Inter-Society Coordination Committee (I2C2) of the ISHLT is to recognize and leverage the power of inter-organizational collaboration to the benefit of our patients and their families. One such potential collaboration: AACN.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts to disclose. Disclaimer: The author has been a member of AACN for 30 years.