By Corbin Smith
It has been 16 years since the state of Utah has had a local chapter of the AACN, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Thanks to the hard work of many, including BYU Nursing assistant teaching professor Matt Anderson and recent BYU grad Cole Dewitt, the AACN has returned to Utah for the benefit of all critical-care nurses in the state.
According to the Utah Wasatch Front AACN website, the organization represents and welcomes nurses from a wide range of specialties and responsibilities. Not only do they accept membership from critical and acute care nurses in the ICUs, but also step-down units, telemetry units, PACU, emergency departments, air and ground critical care transport, special procedures and cardiac catheterization laboratories.
The chapter’s motto is simple: Stronger Together. This powerful statement reflects that chapter’s strong desire to work alongside critical-care nurses in Utah to “share professional resources, our knowledge and our experiences to provide engaging and thought-provoking programs.”
The critical-care nurses the AACN help train often set the standard when it comes to quick thinking, problem solving and clinical reasoning. Knowing this, the WFCAACN (Wasatch Front Chapter of the AACN) hope to inspire leadership and continue to learn with the fantastic nurses in the state to assure that the highest level of care for patients and their families are provided to everyone in Utah.
Many in the area, like Anderson and Dewitt, understand the importance of having knowledgeable and prepared nurses in our community’s hospitals and urgent care facilities. For that reason, they led the charge of bringing the AACN back to our area. Thanks to their efforts over the past few months, the option is now available for all nurses in Utah to be a part of the AACN.
To become a member of the Utah Wasatch Front Chapter of the AACN you can go to their website, wtfaacn.com, and click the “About and Join” tab. Local yearly dues are $20.00, but local members must also hold a current National AACN membership. National membership dues vary depending on the type of membership you want to hold. Dues can be anywhere between $78.00 to $52.00 for students. You can find more information at aacn.org.