March 3, 2012
I cannot believe that this is the final Critical Thinking column I will write as President of CACCN. My term comes to an end on March 31, 2012. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the National Board of Directors (BOD) for the past five years and the opportunity it provided to me to grow professionally while also sharing my expertise as part of a national team of critical care nurses who serve on the BOD from across the country, ably supported by our talented Chief Operating Officer, Christine Halfkenny-Zellas. It has been an amazing journey for me over these years, as I have learned so much about the issues affecting critical care nursing and nurses. As anyone who has served on the national board will tell you, you come on to the BOD somewhat apprehensive that you will have the skills that are needed to get the job done, but you will be amazed at the skills you gain as your term evolves. These skills are ones I never would have had the opportunity to acquire, and every board member has risen to the same challenge and come out wiser with a new skill set that serves her or him well in the future.