March 7, 2014
It is with mixed feelings that I sit down to write this, my last, critical thinking column. It is hard to believe that my time leading this organization has come to a close. Two years ago I chose the theme Speak with Conviction, as I believed that critical care nurses must speak with conviction and have a united voice to ensure that our critically ill patients receive the best care possible. As care providers we are influential in driving evidence-based services across units, organizations and communities. If we neglect to speak up someone else will fill the void our silence creates, someone who may not advocate for our patients with the same degree of passion, knowledge and awareness of need. This is fundamentally the reason that I chose Speak with Conviction for my theme.