Soon after I graduated I joined the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, because I thought it might help me with my new job in the ICU. And I was kind of idealistically thinking that joining your supporting association is good.
But frankly, I don't glean much from the three publications they offer. I mean, I have a personal interest in, say, how hypoplastic left heart babies are managed (I'm not being facetious; I almost applied to a pediatric heart unit) but it's not helping me as a new adult ICU nurse. I suppose they aren't meant to. At any rate, I'm probably going to switch to online delivery. They keep asking me to switch to online delivery anyway, which I suppose saves publication costs but also leads me to wonder if these articles are really meant to be read, or if the value is more for the writers, i.e. meeting milestones for academic or career advancement; for instance, to achieve the highest tier of pay in our hospital, you have to organize and publish a nursing research study.
Half the mailings I get were trying to get me to go to the NTI conference, which I'm not yet financially able to do.
I also didn't appreciate having my mailing address farmed out to different insurance companies, not just malpractice insurance (which kind of makes sense, though it's still just marketing) but dental as well? Like I need junk mail.
Some of the political aspects of ICU nursing I'm interested in, such as improved palliative care, don't seem to be a main focus of the group.
I do like the AACN Newswire email, but I believe that's free.
Should I renew next year? It doesn't seem worth $78.