Adjunct professor named to national nursing board of directors
Maureen Seckel


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9:57 a.m., Aug. 16, 2010----Maureen A. Seckel, an adjunct faculty member in the University of Delaware's School of Nursing, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

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A critical-care medicine/pulmonary clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Christiana Care Health Services since 1996, Seckel has worked at hospitals throughout the country.

According to Kathleen Schell, interim director of the UD School of Nursing, Seckel has been a clinical preceptor for adult health CNS students at UD for the past several years. She mentors and teaches students during these courses, which include 140 clinical hours each semester.

Seckel also guest lectures and facilitates online discussions on her role as a CNS, as well as on pulmonary critical care topics. In addition, she has been a co-investigator on several studies with School of Nursing faculty.

“Maureen is a role model for CNS practice,” says Schell. “She skillfully demonstrates that advanced practice nursing targets three spheres of influence -- individual clients, families, and populations; nurses and other multidisciplinary team members; and organizations. She works with patients with complex health problems and is a teacher and mentor to staff, a partner and leader on interdisciplinary teams, and a researcher who implements evidence-based practice. Her work with AACN is a natural extension of her interests and ability to make things happen for the nursing profession. She has always inspired me and every one of her CNS students.”

Seckel frequently lectures on pulmonary critical care topics, and she has published multiple articles and book chapters in the nursing literature. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Seckel earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Boston University and a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Delaware. She holds national specialty certification in critical care nursing and CNS certification in acute and critical care.

Seckel, whose term of service on the AACN board began on July 1, chaired the organization's evidence-based practice resource work group in 2008 and was a member of the research work group in 2005.

Founded in 1969, AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, joining together more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claiming more than 235 chapters worldwide. AACN's vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

To learn more, visit the AACN website.

Article by Diane Kukich