Stahl named to national critical care nursing board

August 2, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2010) — Mary Stahl, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN, has been appointed to a one-year term as president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

A clinical nurse specialist in medical cardiology at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Stahl returns to the board after serving a three-year term as a director from 2006-09. AACN members elect the board through a process initiated by AACN's Nominating Committee. Newly elected members, who serve for three years, begin their terms in July and conclude them in June.

Stahl earned a diploma in nursing from Saint Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Webster College and a MSN from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 30 years of practice at Saint Luke's Hospital, she has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse and clinical educator. In her current practice as a clinical nurse specialist working in progressive care medical cardiology, Stahl focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the nursing staff, collaboration within the interdisciplinary team, and developing clinical processes that facilitate the delivery of optimal patient care.

Her other professional accomplishments include providing education at local, regional and national levels, several publications, and involvement at both local and national levels with professional nursing associations. Stahl's national volunteer work with AACN includes a three-year term as a director on the board of directors and a one-year term as a director on the board of directors for AACN Certification Corporation. Passionate about the unique contributions of nursing to patient care and to the health care system, Stahl believes nurses can apply their creativity, thoughtful contributions and interdisciplinary collaboration to not only achieve excellent patient outcomes, but to lead transformation within the work environment.

About AACN
Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization's vision is to create a health care system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit