Children’s Hospital Answer Line Nurse Named President of National Nursing Organization
St. Louis, MO – May 29, 2012 -- The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) named Suzanne N. Wells, MSN, RN, its 2012-2013 president during a recent conference in Florida. Wells manages the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Answer Line and has served a leadership position at the hospital for twelve years.
Among her priorities as AAACN president, Wells plans to help members navigate health care reform, and address the implications of a recent report by the Institute of Medicine on ambulatory care nursing.
The 454.KIDS Answer Line is a free community service offered by St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In existence for more than 20 years, this line is dedicated to giving health advice and information pertaining to children from newborn to twenty-one years of age. The 454.KIDS line is staffed by pediatric nurses from St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is the association of professional nurses and associates who identify ambulatory care practice as essential to the continuum of high quality, cost-effective health care. AAACN (formerly the American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing Administration) was founded in 1978 as a not for profit, educational forum. In 1993, the organization’s name was changed to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN). Membership was broadened to include nurses in direct practice, education, and research roles as well as those in management and administration. Today, membership is open to nurses and other professionals interested in ambulatory care and telehealth nursing. Corporations and individual corporate representatives are also welcomed as members. AAACN is the only specialty nursing association that focuses on excellence in ambulatory care.
St. Louis Children's Hospital has provided specialized care for children for more than 130 years. Both US News & World Report and Parents magazine rank St. Louis Children’s among the Top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation. In 2010 the hospital received the Magnet re-designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation. The hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare. For more information, visit www.StLouisChildrens.org, or visit us @STLChildrens on Facebook and Twitter.
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is an association of registered nurses and other health care professionals who identify ambulatory care practice as essential to the continuum of high quality, cost-effective health care. As the premier nursing organization for this specialty, AAACN is devoted to advancing the art and science of ambulatory care nursing.