AACN News—September 1999—Chapters

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Vol. 16, No. 9, SEPTEMBER 1999

Chapters Schedule Educational Programs

Chapters throughout the country have scheduled educational programs. To find out about these and other educational opportunities, visit the “Events & Links” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org. Click on “Get Plugged Into Upcoming AACN Programs.” Following are regional programs scheduled during October and November 1999:

Region Date Location Sponsor Contact
1 Oct. 1 Providence, R.I Ocean State Chapter Cathy See, (800) 394-5995, ext. 8801;

e-mail, see@adp.uchc.edu

16 Oct. 8,9 Sioux Falls, S.D. Siouxland Chapter Lou Ann Honek, (800) 394-5995, ext. 8816;

e-mail, honek.louann@fargo.va.gov

18 Oct. 11 Saint Alphonsus

Regional Medical Center

Boise, Idaho

Treasurer Valley Chapter Jill Anderson, e-mail, JillAnde@mailstation.sarmc.org

or Judy Lang, e-mail, JMLANG@CDSNET.NET

5 Oct. 28, 29 Durham, N.C. Triangle and Greater Raleigh Chapters Sydney Lange, (800) 394-5995, ext. 8805;

or Claire Curran, e-mail, chcurran@aol.com

11 Nov. 5, 6 Galt House East

Louisville, Ky.

Region 11 Chapters Anita Stiles, (800) 394-5595, ext. 8811;

e-mail, region11aacn@aol.com

Nov. 1, 1999, Deadline to Apply for 4 Chapter Awards

Nov. 1, 1999, is the deadline for chapters to apply for several awards, which will be presented in 2000 as part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program.

Following are brief descriptions of these chapter awards:

Pioneering Spirit Award
This award recognizes chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care nursing in any setting. One chapter from each of four membership categories will be awarded $1000 toward the National Teaching Institute,™ May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla., or toward any AACN product.

AACN Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award
This award, named in honor of the longtime AACN national office team member who died in June 1997, is intended to promote the development of AACN chapter leaders by recognizing premier chapter leadership development plans, outcomes, and effective leadership transitions. The criteria include an assessment of the chapter’s support of the four “c’s”: communication, connection, consistency, and contribution. One chapter from each membership category will receive $1000.

Outstanding Chapter Communications System Award
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN’s messages in the chapter or the community. One chapter from each category will be awarded $1000.

Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify team-teaching, program quality, and learning connection opportunities. Efforts by individual chapters, chapters working with other chapters, and chapters working with outside collaborators will be recognized separately. One chapter from each category will receive $1000.

Other awards
Two other Circle of Excellence awards are also available to chapters.

CCRN Certification Drive Award
This award recognizes chapters that demonstrate the value of CCRN certification by increasing the number of CCRNs in their chapters during the year. Chapters with the greatest percentage increase will receive five complimentary tickets to and be recognized at the CCRN luncheon during the NTI. Awards will be presented to one chapter from each membership category. To apply, submit a chapter roster that highlights the CCRNs, as of January 1, 1999, and a chapter roster that highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of December 31, 1999.

President’s Award
This award will go to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of 1999-2000 AACN President Anne G. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN. Wojner’s theme is “Pioneering in a World of Innovation.” Applications are due April 1, 2000, and should cover activities demonstrated by the chapter, beginning July 1, 1999.

For more information about the Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards program or to obtain an awards guide, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org. Click on “Awards.”

Workshop to Develop Chapter Leadership

A new Chapter Leadership Development Workshop is scheduled for May 21, 2000, in conjunction with the National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide leadership development and support to AACN chapters and to cultivate “ambassadors” for AACN throughout the country.

Each chapter is invited to nominate one member to participate in the workshop. Participants will receive complimentary airfare and one night’s hotel accommodation.

Nomination forms will be mailed to chapter presidents in November 1999.

Nominations are due Dec. 31, 1999.

For more information, contact Chapter Specialist Darval Bonelli at (800) 394-5995, ext. 234; e-mail chapters@aacn.org.

What's on Tap

Pediatric CCRN Review Course
The San Antonio Chapter of AACN will cosponsor with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, University Health System and 59th MDW/Wilford Hall Medical Center a pediatric CCRN review course on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 1999, in San Antonio, Tex. The course has been approved for 14.5 contact hours. For more information, contact Marla De Jong, (210) 675-5439; e-mail,

Advanced Critical Care Course
The First Coast Chapter of AACN will sponsor a CCRN review preparation course Oct. 5 through 7, 1999, in Jacksonville, Fla. For more information, contact D.D. Carter, (904) 549-4324; e-mail,

Trends in Critical Care Nursing
The South Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN will presents its “Trends in Critical Care Nursing” conference Oct. 5 through 8, 1999, in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information e-mail,

‘Currents’ Symposium
The Puget Sound Chapter of AACN will present its 25th annual Currents Critical Care Symposium on Oct. 25 and 26, 1999, in Bellevue, Wash. For more information, contact Pat Blissitt, P.O. Box 25144, Seattle, Wash. 98125; phone, (206) 447-9873; e-mail,

Concepts in Critical Care
The Three Rivers Chapter of AACN will present Concepts in Critical Care 1999 on Oct. 27 and 28 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Participants are asked to support donations of blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, gloves, caps and scarves that are new or used and in good condition as well as new white socks and underwear for Operation Safety Net. For registration information, call Barb McGurgan, (412) 939-0416.

CCRN Review Course in Indiana
The Northeast Indiana Chapter of AACN will offer a CCRN Exam Review Course on Oct. 28 and 29, 1999, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, e-mail Wendy Clark at

Diabetes in the 21st Century
The Southern Nevada Chapter of AACN and the Southern Nevada Society for Healthcare Education & Training will present “Diabetes in the 21st Century” Nov. 3 through 5, 1999, in Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, contact SNSHET, P.O. Box 72882, Las Vegas, NV 89170; phone, (702) 615-5032; fax, (702) 258-0515.

Challenges in Critical Care Nursing
The GTCAC of AACN will present its fall symposium, Crossroads: Challenges in Critical Care Nursing, on Nov. 8 an d 9, 1999, in Bloomington, Minn. A lecture on hemodynamic monitoring by Tom Ahrens and a two-day adult CCRN Review Course will be featured. For more information, call (612) 285-8313.

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.

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