AACN News—October 1998—Chapters

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Vol. 15, No. 10, OCTOBER 1998

CATs Gather


Among Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) members who attended an orientation earlier this year were (from left, seated) Judi Robinson, Carol Puz, Sherry Cole, Rosemary Lee, Anita Stiles, and Diane Soule and (from left, standing) Teresa Littlejohn, LouAnn Hanek, Lori Kennedy, Connie Higgins, Cathy Rosenthal-Dichter, Leslie Olesen, Cathy See, Sue Sendelbach, Genny Cobrda, and Susan Kaiser. CATs who are not pictured are Nora Ladewig, Marla DeJohn, and Jo Ann Clark.

Meet Your CAT and PPAT Representatives

Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) and Public Policy Advisory Team (PPAT) representatives provide an important link between members and chapters in each of AACN’s 19 regions and the AACN national leadership team. They also serve as a conduit for information sharing among chapters in their regions.

During joint CAT and PPAT orientation and ongoing communication, these volunteers are informed of evolving issues and trends as well as about national AACN initiatives.

In addition to attending chapter programs and regional meetings, CATs and PPATs are available via voice mail at the National Office, (800) 394-5995.

Following is information about some of the 1998-99 CATs and PPATs who attended the orientation session in July. Each was asked to share the motto by which he or she lives. Other CATs and PPATs will be featured in future issues of AACN News.

Region 1

CAT (Ext. 8801)
Cathy See, RN, MS, CCRN
Coventry, Conn.

Chapter Affiliation: Northern Connecticut

Motto: Family is important.

Region 1

PPAT (Ext. 8938)
Shelly Wilkins, RN, BSN, CCRN
New Gloucaster, Maine

Chapter Affiliation: Southern Maine

Motto: If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

Region 2

CAT (Ext. 8802)
Lori Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN
Rochester, N.Y.

Chapter Affiliation: Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes

Motto: Enjoy life. Live and let live.

Region 3

CAT (Ext. 8803)
Carol Puz, RN, BSN, CCRN
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chapter Affiliation: Three Rivers

Motto: Make the most of today, because you don’t know what the future holds in store.

Region 3

PPAT (Ext. 8940)
Connie Sobon Sensor, RN, BSN, CCRN
Scotch Plains, N.J.

Chapter Affiliation: Northern New Jersey

Motto: Have a sense of humor.
Region 4

CAT (Ext. 8824)
Susan Kaiser, RN, BSN, CCRN
Rockville, Md.

Chapter Affiliation: Greater Washington Area

Motto: Be flexible.
Region 5

CAT (Ext. 8805)
Genny Cobrda, RN, MS
Greensboro, N.C.

Chapter Affiliation: Gate City

Motto: You never know unless you try.
Region 5

PPAT (Ext. 8942)
Carol Close, RN, BSN
High Point, N.C.

Chapter Affiliation: Gate City

Motto: Just try it.
Region 6

CAT (Ext. 8806)
Sherry Cole, RN, MSN, CCRN
Birmingham, Ala.

Chapter Affiliation: Greater Birmingham

Motto: Just tell me what I need to do.
Region 6

PPAT (Ext. 8943)
Janet Donoghue, RN, BS
Huntsville, Ala.

Chapter Affiliation: Tennessee Valley

Motto: I do make a difference, and so can you.
Region 7

CAT (Ext. 8807)
Rosemary Lee, RN, MSN, CCRN
Miami, Fla.

Chapter Affiliation: Greater Miami

Motto: God in all things
Region 7

PPAT (Ext. 8944)
Jeanne Steele, RN, CCRN
Palm Coast, Fla.

Chapter Affiliation: Volusia Flagler

Motto: Do unto others …
Region 9

CAT (Ext. 8809)
Cathy Rosenthal-Dichter, RN, MN, CCRN, FCCM
Yorktown, Ind.

Chapter Affiliation: Chesapeake Bay

Motto: Life is too short. You have to have fun.

Donkey Basketball Game Raises Funds for Heart to Heart

Members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of AACN were literally riding high during a fund-raiser to benefit Heart to Heart International, an agency that provides medical supplies to underserved countries.

The occasion was a game of Donkey Basketball, where chapter members took on a team of physicians from the area to raise $500 for the cause, reported Mary Conaty, RN, CCRN, the chapter’s public relations chair.

On the AACN team were chapter members from several Kansas City area institutions including Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.; St. Luke’s Hospital, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; and Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. The physicians were recruited by chapter members. (By the way, the physicians edged the chapter team 14-12 in sudden death overtime.)

Conaty said the game was also a way to “spread the word” about what is happening in the chapter, which has a year-long plan to increase its visibility as well as its membership, and to help the community at large.

First North Mississippi Chapter Symposium Draws From 5 States


Members of the planning committee for the symposium sponsored by the North Mississippi Chapter of AACN included (from left) Melissa Davis, Kimberly Remmers, Pat Deaton, Janice Warren, Helen Long, Jerome Conroy, Collette Dixon, and Rachel Nace. Other committee members who are not pictured were Abby Brann, Rebecca Carlton, and Joy Hand.

The North Mississippi Chapter of AACN sponsored its first 2-day symposium, which attracted more than 150 attendees from five states. More than 30 concurrent session speakers presented topics ranging from pediatric issues to advanced technologies in cardiac surgery. Exhibitor booths were available to participants during lunch breaks and door prizes donated by local businesses were given away each day.

The next symposium is being planned for April 28 and 29, 1999.

Advance Directives Display Draws Attention

Advance Directives Display Draws Attention

This display of advance directives literature was put together by members of the Colorado West Chapter of AACN for a community health fair. Handouts were used from the AACN lecture series handbook. Chapter President-elect Lori Fink said the response was positive. Visitors to the display liked it because it was presented in simple terms. “AACN can take great pride in the fact that this is a national initiative to teach and inform the public,” she said.

Be Connected Online

Does your chapter have a Web site? AACN can link visitors to its home page at www.aacn.org directly to your chapter or regional site.

For more information, contact Marketing Coordinator Sam Strain at (800) 394-5995, ext. 504; e-mail, sam.strain@aacn.org.

Let us know about your chapter programs, too. We will be happy to share program information in AACN News as well as through the AACN home page. Send information for AACN News to aacnnews@aacn.org; fax, (949) 362-2049.

Upcoming Chapter Programs

Following are upcoming programs being sponsored by AACN chapters:

October 21 and 22, 1998
“Concepts in Critical Care ’98,” presented by the Three Rivers Chapter-AACN, Sheraton Warrendale North, Warrendale, Pa. For more information, contact Carol Puz, (800) 394-5995, ext. 8803.

October 22 and 23, 1998
“The Keys to the Core: Preparation Course for the CCRN Certification Exam,” sponsored by the Dallas County Chapter-AACN, Methodist Medical Center, Dallas, Tex. Guest speaker: Nancy Townsend,
APRNC, MN, CCRN, CS. For more information, contact Tracie McVey, e-mail tracim@baylordallas.edu.

October 24, 1998
The fourth annual Critical Care Symposium, “Overview: New Clinical Concepts in Critical Care with rationale and positioning of ARDS patient,” presented by the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter-AACN, Edelweiss-Riverfront Plaza. For more information, contact the Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter-AACN, P.O. Box 1836, Milwaukee, Wis. 53201.

October 26, 1998
“Challenges ’98,” sponsored by the New York City Chapter-AACN, Marriott Financial Center Hotel. For more information, contact Mia Lofland, (212) 475-7769, or the chapter answering service, (212) 620-1900.

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