AACN News—March 1999—Chapters

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Vol. 16, No. 3, MARCH 1999

Educational Sessions Target Chapter Interests

Chapter interests will be the focus of special sessions during the 1999 National Teaching Institute,™ May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La.

In addition to chapter roundtable discussions, which will be scheduled in the Volunteer Resource Center, three chapter education sessions are planned.

On May 17, “Expanding the Power in your Chapter: Recruitment and Leadership Development” will be the topic presented by Joanne Krumberger, RN, MSN, CCRN, a former president of AACN.
Tracie Mcvey, RN, CCRN, and Dave Hanson, RN, BSN, CCRN, president and president-elect, respectively, of the Dallas County Chapter of AACN will present “A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: What Makes a Chapter Successfully Stand Out” on both May 18 and 20.

Other activities focusing on chapters include the annual Chapter Presidents’ Luncheon on May 19. The invitational luncheon, at which chapter presidents are guests, is sponsored by Mallinckrodt Inc.

The Volunteer Resource Center again will be a focal point of activity and information. It will also be a place for chapter members to gather, and where Chapter Advisory Team and Public Policy Advisory Team representatives can schedule meetings with members from their regions.

For more information about the NTI, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the NTI Web site.

President’s Award Applications Due April 1, 1999

Applications are due April 1, 1999, for the 1999 President’s Award, which will be presented to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme set by AACN President Mary G. McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, for her term.

McKinley’s theme is “The Power of Nursing: Breaking the Mold, Harmonizing Our Strength, and Influencing the Future.”

Applications must cover activities demonstrated by the chapters as of July 1, 1998. Up to $4000 will be awarded.

This award is part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program.

Special Offer for Chapters

4-for-3 NTI Registration

Save $325
Send 4 chapter members to the NTI for the price of 3.

Offer ends April 7, 1999. Call (800) 899-AACN (2226).

Volunteers Assist Seniors to Complete Advance Directives

Becky Kulzer is one of the Central Minnesota Chapter members who volunteers to help senior citizens complete advance directives forms.

For the past 3 years, members of the Central Minnesota Chapter of AACN have been assisting senior citizens at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud, Minn., in completing advance directives forms.

The activity is part of the chapter’s public policy priority to help people make healthy healthcare choices, according to Joyce Simones, RN, MS, who is the Public Policy Advisory Team representative for AACN Region 13.

A chapter volunteer is at the senior center on the first Monday of each month to explain the advance directives forms to the senior citizens, many of whom find them difficult to understand. The nurse reviews all parts of the forms and answers questions, sometimes giving examples to further clarify circumstances.

Senior citizens may either complete the forms at that time, or take them home to discuss them with family and friends.

The completed forms are notarized at the center and then taken to the hospital, where copies are made for medical records. The original is then returned to the individual.

Simones said the senior citizens appreciate the assistance of a healthcare professional in filling out these forms.

What's on Tap

Linkages ’99
The Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter of AACN will sponsor “Linkages’ 99” on March 22, 1999, at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, Minn. For more information, contact David Goede at (716) 273-2520; e-mail,

CCRN Review
The Greater Tulsa Area Chapter of AACN will present a CCRN review course in April and May 1999. The course will be offered in seven 4-hour modules, beginning April 6. For registration information, contact Neil Golden at (918) 494-4471; e-mail,

Challenges in Critical Care Nursing
The Greater Twin Cities Chapter of AACN will sponsor “Crossroads: Challenges in Critical Care Nursing” on April 8 and 9 in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, call (612) 924-2488.

Critical Care Conference
The Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of AACN and the Heart Institute of St. Francis are cosponsoring a two-day critical care conference on March 25 and 26, 1999, in Columbus, Ga. The first day’s topic is trauma. The second day’s presentation is titled “Understanding the 12 Lead ECG.” For more information, contact Frank Wilson, RN, CCRN, St. Francis Hospital, P.O. Box 7000, Columbus, GA 31908-7000; phone, (706) 596-4393 office; fax, (706) 596-4017; e-mail,

Cardiovascular Nursing
The New York City Chapter of AACN will present “Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing” on April 22, 1999, at the Marriott World Trade Center, New York, N.Y. For more information, call (212) 620-1900.

New Strategies
The Paso del Norte Chapter of AACN will present its second annual “New Strategies in Critical Care” conference on April 13, 1999, in El Paso, Tex. The program is approved for eight contact hours (Category A). For more information, call (915) 521-7273, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Send information about your chapter’s programs or events to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656; fax, (949) 362-2049; e-mail, aacnnews@aacn.org.

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