AACN News—April 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 3, APRIL 2000

Chapter Drive to Assist Free Healthcare Effort

Members of the board of the Metropolitan Orlando Chapter of AACN are ready to greet NTI 2000 participants to their home area. They are (from left) Stephanie Philips, RN, BSN, CCRN, president-elect; Lillian Aguirre, RN, BSN, CCRN; Jeannie Saul Schiller, RN, MSN, CCRN, president; Elaine Feld, RN, BSN, BS; Nancy Olimpo, RN, BSN, treasurer; Christina Sullivan, RN, MSN, CS, ARNP; and Denise Myers, RN, ADN, MA, CCRN.

As the host chapter for AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition 2000, the Metropolitan Orlando Chapter of AACN is sponsoring a drive to raise funds for an organization that provides healthcare at no charge to individuals and their families who cannot otherwise afford it.

The drive will take place during the NTI, which is scheduled for May 20 through 25, in Orlando, Fla.

The organization, Shepherd’s Hope Health Centers, has four locations in the greater Orlando area. It provides the free healthcare to more than 2,000 individuals who are currently employed, or recently unemployed; whose employers do not provide health insurance coverage; who are not eligible for government assistance programs, and whose income is less than 150% of the poverty level.

The mission of Shepherd’s Hope is to increase its operation to eight health centers, with a goal to serve more than 18,000 families by 2003.
Using volunteers, each Shepherd’s Hope clinic operates regular evening hours to provide families with professional, compassionate and reliable medical care. More than 350 medical doctors; RNs, including advanced practice nurses; physician assistants; dietitians; nutritionists; and lay volunteers donate their time and services to the program.

Patients requiring services that cannot be provided are referred to other area professionals, who also have agreed to donate
their services.

Each center is sponsored by a faith-based organization, which provides the volunteers, and also by an area hospital, which provides laboratory and radiology tests without charge. In addition, an area pharmacy fills prescriptions at cost.

The nonprofit organization is operated by an 18-member board comprised of community leaders. Each center has a case manager-coordinator.

NTI Features Special Sessions for Chapters

Sessions and activities for chapters abound at AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. In addition to several sessions and roundtable discussions that are geared to chapter interests will be a special online presentation in the Internet Communications Unit.

Also, chapter members will again have a place to go to discuss ideas and concerns with Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) and Public Policy Advisory Team (PPAT) representatives, as well as members of the national office staff. This chapters and volunteers resource area will be open throughout the NTI.

Following are the chapter sessions scheduled at the NTI:
• Chapters Communicating on the World Wide Web—presentation by Renaldo R. Rivera, RN, MA, EdM, CCRN, CNAA, ANP, on ways that chapters can take advantage of online resources to share ideas and obtain information. Rivera is president of the New York City Chapter of AACN and a member of the AACN Online Advisory Team
• Fashion Your Life With Passion—presentation by Cheryl Barrett, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania
Chapter of AACN

• Reaching for the Stars: Chapter Strategies for Success—presentation by Rebecca Long, RN, MS, and Judy Davidson, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, past president and president, respectively, of the San Diego Area Chapter of AACN.
• Rediscovering the Wow: Re-energizing Your Chapter—presentation by Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, past president of AACN.

Special, hands-on noon-hour sessions also focus on chapter needs. Topics will be “Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Members” and “A Survival Kit for Chapters.” In addition, PPAT representatives will present a public policy session centering on how chapters can be more involved in exerting influence on issues of concern to critical care nursing.

The annual Chapter Presidents Luncheon is another highlight of the NTI. Chapter presidents are guests at this event, sponsored by Mallinckrodt Inc.

Chapters are also prominent at the annual Network Night, which helps kick off the NTI. Sponsored by GE Marquette Medical Systems, Mallinckrodt Inc. and Cross Country Staffing/TravCorps, the event offers participants dessert and coffee.

The first Chapter Leadership Development Workshop is scheduled as an NTI preconference session. Participants were nominated by their chapters to attend.

To find out more about the NTI or for registration information, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the NTI Web site.

What's on Tap

CCRN Review in Illinois
The Greater Joliet Area Chapter of AACN will present a CCRN review course on May 2, 4, 9 and 11, 2000, in Joliet, Ill. For more information, contact Shirley Ambutas at (815) 725-7133, ext. 3410.

Hemodynamics in Indiana
The Northeast Indiana Chapter of AACN will present an all-day seminar, titled “The Ins and Outs of Hemodynamics with Tom Ahrens,” on May 4, 2000, in Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, contact Wendy Clark at (219) 749-5507; e-mail,

Outcomes Evaluation in Tennessee
The Middle Tennessee Chapter of AACN and Tennessee State University will present “Outcomes Evaluation: A Practical Approach,” which is part of its Professional Practice Issues for the New Millennium series, on May 5, 2000, in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, contact Vee Rice at (615) 898-5340; e-mail, vrice@mtsu.edu.

Hemodynamics in Texas
The Galveston Island Chapter of AACN will present “Advanced Hemodynamics” on May 16, 2000, in Galveston Island, Tex. For more information, contact Glenna Tolley at (409) 772-3278; e-mail,

Hazards of Immobility in Illinois
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN will present “The Hazards of Immobility” on May 17, 2000, in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther at (847) 526-5865; e-mail,

Compassion Fatigue in Connecticut
The Western Connecticut Chapter of AACN will present “Grieving for Strangers: Compassion Fatigue in Critical Care Nursing” on May 18, 2000, in Danbury, Conn. For more information, contact Leslie Bardelli at (860) 355-1499; e-mail,

Celebration in Milwaukee
The Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter of AACN will host its annual spring dinner celebration on June 7, 2000. For more information, contact Kathy at (414) 778-1514 or Holly at (414) 329-8893.

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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