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October 15, 2009

ULM nursing faculty member selected for national panel

University of Louisiana at Monroe nursing faculty member Celia Laird was recently selected to sit on the Research Abstract Review Panel for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

The purpose of the panel is to select research abstracts and fund projects to be presented at AACN’s national meeting. The abstracts selected will be presented at AACN’s National Teaching Institute in May 2010 in Washington, D.C.

Laird, and assistant professor of nursing, was also selected to sit on AACN’s examination development committee. The committee appointment enables her to help improve the group’s certification exam for the critical care registered nurse designation. Starting next year, the test will be used to certify registered nurses as Critical Care Registered Nurses.

“Certified nurses are role models of professional accountability. They distinguish themselves through a commitment to lifelong learning and career advancement,” Laird said. “Both appointments have allowed me to network with critical care nurses across the country. At the same time, I have the opportunity to influence the future direction of critical care nursing in the U.S.”

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