AACN News—December 1999—Chapters

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Vol. 16, No. 12, DECEMBER 1999

Symposium Draws International Participants

Approximately 180 critical care nurses, physicians, cardiovascular technicians, scientists and radiology technologists attended the recent Second International Symposium on Advances in International Electrophysiology in Louisville, Ky.

The Greater Louisville Chapter of AACN (GLC-AACN) provided continuing education credits for nurses who attended, as it did for the first symposium in 1997. The program is one of the largest electrophysiology meetings offered.
"GLC-AACN was able to get some national and international exposure by providing the continuing education for nurses for this excellent program," said Vickie Miracle, RN, EdD, CCNS, CCRN, who is the chapter’s membership chairperson. Up to 23 hours of CE were available.

"GLC-AACN was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in this extraordinary event, which included not only educational activities but also several fun activities."

The program director is Igor Singer, MD, professor of medicine, director of electrophysiology and pacing chief of the arrhythmia service at the University of Louisville. Internationally known speakers covered a range of topics, including catheter ablation, programming of internal cardioverter defibrillators, lead extraction, pacemakers, operative mapping systems and results of clinical trials.

Does Your Chapter Exemplify President Wojner’s Theme?

Up to $4,000 will be awarded to the chapter or chapters whose programs and activities best exemplify the theme of AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, of 'Pioneering in a World of Innovation."

Part of the Circle of Excellence recognition program, the AACN President’s Award for chapters considers activities carried out during the period from July 1, 1999, to April 1, 2000, which is the deadline to submit application materials. The chapter or chapters selected to receive the award will be presented a plaque and will be honored at the annual Circle of Excellence awards breakfast during the National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Fla. The NTI is scheduled for May 20 through 25, 2000. Recipients are announced in AACN News and recognized in a special awards publication.

To request an award application or for more information, call (800) 899-AACN (2226); e-mail, aacninfo@aacn.org, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Chapters Online

Do you have a question or a comment related to chapters? Do you have tips to share about ideas or approaches that have resulted in successful chapter programs or activities? Now you can link with chapter members nationwide through a new online discussion database. Simply visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org, click on "Chapter Discussion Forum" and post your question, comment or idea.

What’s On Tap

The Future Is Now
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of AACN will present its 11th annual symposium, titled "The Future Is Now," on March 16 and 17, 2000, in Columbia, Md. For more information, contact Shari Derengowski, (410) 328-6957; e-mail,

Linkages 2000
The Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter of AACN will present Linkages 2000 on March 20, 2000, in Rochester, N.Y. A total of 7.5 continuing education credits are available. For more information, contact Deb Stamps, 355 Durnan St., Rochester, NY 14621; phone, (716) 467-6943; e-mail,

Does your chapter have a program or special event coming up? Send the information to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2049; e-mail, aacnnews@aacn.org.

Transition 2000

Members of the Board of Directors of the Washtenaw Chapter of AACN gathered in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the fiscal year 2000 transition meeting. Pictured are (from left, seated) Diana Studnick and Karlene Siciliano and (from left, standing) Mary Jo Smith, Pat Jerome, Kelly Johnston, Theresa Davidson and Grace Peterson. Smith, Jerome and Sicilano are from the St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Johnston and Peterson are from the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Davidson and Studnick are from the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers.

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