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A Natural Synergy in Creating a Patient-Focused Care Environment*: The Critical Care Family Assistance Program and Critical Care Nursing

Justine Medina, RN, MS
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*From the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Aliso Viejo, CA.

Correspondence to: Justine Medina, RN, MS, AACN, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656; e-mail: justine.medina@aacn.org



Chest. 2005;128(3_suppl):99S-102S. doi:10.1378/chest.128.3_suppl.99S
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When the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) was first established in 1969, thanks to the efforts of nurses and the support of physicians who understood the need for qualified nurses with the specialized skills necessary to provide complex care for critically ill patients, it was organized as the American Association of Cardiovascular Nurses. At that time, the purpose of the association was to help educate cardiovascular nurses working in newly developed ICUs and cardiac care units. In 1971, the association adopted its current name, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, to include all nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients. In the 3 decades since the establishment of the association, through its leadership, partnerships, educational programs, and resources, it has kept pace with the advances in medicine, nursing, and technology that affect the care of patients with complex problems.

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