Fairbanks, Alaska, Chapter Had Something to Crow About
Chapter President Teri Lynn Kiss (left) sold raffle tickets to Elaine Wetterham, who was accompanied by her daughter Abby Joan, at Fairbanks North Star Chapter booth at the Tanana Valley Fair.
In planning for the new year, the Fairbanks North Star Chapter of AACN in Alaska sought fun ways to meet its commitment to caring, communication and community.
One of the first was sponsoring a booth at the Tanana Valley Fair as a means of exposing the community to critical care nursing in the interior of Alaska. In keeping with the theme of the fair, which was “Poultry in Motion,” the theme for the chapter booth was “Crowing for Critical Care.” The prize giveaway was a hand-hooked rooster rug, made by a chapter member’s father.
The booth was staffed by chapter members, as well as others, some of whom were coworkers.
“Although our chapter is small, it has very dedicated members,” said Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, CCRN, chapter president. “Our presentation included a pictorial storyboard of ‘technology, touch and teaching’ to demonstrate what we do within our practice environment.
“It was wonderful to discover the level of positive community support for nursing.”
Another activity was selling raffle tickets for a quilt, the making of which is an annual fund-raising project that involves not only nurses but also their friends and coworkers from other departments. The drawing takes place at another annual fund-raiser, the Thanksgiving pie sale.
Proceeds from the quilt raffle have helped the chapter sponsor a speaker at the American Nurses Association state convention, sponsor an ECG workshop, provide three AACN national memberships, subsidize a basic cardiac dysrythmia course taught by chapter members, sponsor a youth basketball team and host the annual Nurses Day Bash for the Year 2000.
Connect With Nursing Students and Faculty
Connecting with nursing students and faculty is a good way for chapters to not only build future membership, but also to gain a youthful perspective on critical care nursing practice.
If there is a nursing education program in your area, consider some of the following suggestions for developing ties with these students:
• Invite nursing students to attend your chapter programs free of charge.
• Provide opportunities for mentorship between chapter members and local nursing students.
• Offer to provide expert speakers in the classroom or to assist in presenting specific practice topics.
• Encourage educators who are members of your chapter to put together packets of information about the resources that are available from AACN and the benefits of membership in professional associations.
• Suggest to the educators in your chapter that they build attendance at two or three chapter meetings into their curricula.
• Attend a National Student Nurses Association meeting in your areas as a representative of your chapter.
Nominations for Chapter Leadership Workshop Are Due Dec. 31, 1999
Don’t forget to nominate your chapter president-elect or another chapter leader to attend the new Chapter Leadership Development Workshop in Orlando, Fla. The workshop is scheduled for May 21, 2000, immediately prior to AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ in Orlando. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 1999.
Each chapter’s nominee will receive complimentary, round-trip airfare and one night’s hotel accommodation.
Nomination forms are being mailed to chapter presidents this month.
For more information, contact Chapter Specialist Darval Bonelli at (800) 394-5995, ext. 234; e-mail
What’s on Tap
The Fairbanks North Star Chapter of AACN will present a 12-lead ECG workshop on Nov. 22, 1999, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Carol Jacobson, RN, MN, is the presenter. The program has been approved for 6.6 contact hours of continuing education credit. The program will be repeated on Nov. 23, 1999. For more information, contact the Education Department of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, (907) 458-5580, or Teri Lynn Kiss, 4645 Darlene Way, Fairbanks, AK 99712; phone (907) 488-6505; e-mail,
The Northeast Indiana Chapter of AACN will present a program on organ procurement in conjunction with its Chicago Shopping & Getaway Bus Trip on Nov. 16, 1999. For more information, contact Zondra Hull, (219) 484-1087; e-mail,
The Western Connecticut Chapter of AACN will present a program on sleep apnea on Nov. 18, 1999, in Danbury, Conn. Dr. Arthur Kotch will be the speaker. For more information, contact chapter President Cathy Hunt at (203) 775-4336.
Interpreting Chest X-Rays
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of AACN will present a program on interpreting chest x-rays on Dec. 7, 1999, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The keynote speaker will be Sharon Balkenhol, RN, MSN. For more information, contact Cathy Jenkins at (513) 686-5328, 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,