AACN News—August 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 8, AUGUST 2000

Corporate Sponsors Contribute to Fall Regional Meetings

AACN fall regional meetings throughout the country will benefit this year from corporate contributions of $10,000 each by Siemens Medical Systems, Inc., and Hill-Rom.

The regional meetings offer members and prospective members a chance to network with colleagues and learn more about AACN and its chapters. In some regions, educational programs are offered in conjunction with the meetings.

Chapters in AACN Region 7 serving Florida and Region 3 serving Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will lead off the series of fall regional meetings, which continue through November 2000.

Hosted by Florida AACN chapters, the Region 7 meeting is scheduled for Aug. 18, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. The meeting in Region 3, hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of AACN, is scheduled for Aug. 26, 2000, in Hershey, Pa.

Other upcoming meetings are:
Region 9—Oct. 20, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio. Region 9 serves Indiana and Ohio.
Region 11—Oct. 6 and 7, 2000, in Louisville, Ky. Region 11 serves Kentucky and Tennessee.
Region 13—Nov. 4, 2000, in Bloomington, Minn. Region 13 serves Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Region 17—Oct. 13 and 14, 2000, in Albuquerque, N.M. Region 17 serves Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
Region 18—Oct. 15, 2000, in Seattle, Wash. Region 18 serves Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
Region 19—Nov. 3, 2000, in San Diego, Calif. Region 19 serves California.

Watch AACN News for information about fall meetings, in other regions, or visit the “Chapter” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.


Conference in Washington, D.C., Area Focuses on Ventilation

Interactive, hands-on sessions (left) were provided by exhibitors at the recent ‘Future 2000’ conference, sponsored by the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN. At right, Charles Read, MD, was joined by Karen Kesten (left), and Tracy Jurkovich who helped coordinate the conference.

More than 100 critical care nurses from three states attended a recent conference in Takoma Park, Md., on ventilating critical care patients. The conference was sponsored by the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN.

“Future 2000: Clinical Applications of Current Ventilation Modes and Therapies” was the title of the keynote address, delivered by Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, CCRN, RRT.

Other nationally and regionally known experts presenting at the conference were AACN Board Member Nancy Munro, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNP, Chapter President Nancy Ames, RN, MSN, CCRN, Jeff Sommers, RRT, RPFT, Charles Read, MD, and Daniel Herr, MD. Their topics included ARDS, respiratory waveforms, prone positioning, current ventilator modes, case studies on weaning and waveform analysis.

In addition, exhibitors were on hand to support the critical care professionals. Interactive, hands-on sessions were provided by exhibitors Respironics, Mallinckrodt, Siemens Medical and Draeger, Inc. Sponsoring speakers were Roche Pharmaceuticals, Hill-Rom, AstraZeneca, Vital Signs and Ballard Medical Products.

The conference was planned and implemented by a volunteer committee of critical care nurses from the greater Washington, D.C., area, including Director of Education Karen Kesten, RN, MSN, Tracy Jurkovich, RN, MS, CCRN; Pat Baker, RN, BSN, Nancy Ames, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Kathy Austin, RN, BSN, CCRN.

Chapter Donations

Immediate Past AACN President Anne Wojner (second from left) was joined by the presidents of three AACN chapters, which donated to the Sharon J. Connor Memorial Fund. The contributions were made during the Chapter Presidents’ Luncheon at the National Teaching Institute in Orlando, Fla., by Phyllis Cerone (left), president of the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter; and Beth Willmitch (second from right), president of the Greater Miami Area Chapter; and Reynaldo R. Rivera, president of the New York City Chapter.

What's on Tap

Pennsylvania/West Virginia: Joint Seminar
The Suspension Bridge Chapter of AACN, Wheeling, W.Va., and the Three Rivers Chapter of AACN, Pittsburgh, Pa., will host their inaugural, joint chapter seminar, titled “Bridging the Gap: Critical Care Update” on Sept. 9, 2000, in Washington, Pa. For more information contact Peggy Porter at gepeport@hgo.net.

Indiana: Potpourri
The Northeast Indiana Chapter of AACN will present its 3rd Annual Critical Care Potpourri on Sept. 14, 2000, in Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, call (219) 460-4747; e-mail, janbot@aol.com.

Massachusetts: Pharmacology Update
The Merrimack Valley Chapter of AACN will present “Critical Care Pharmacology Update” on Sept. 19, 2000, in Dracut, Mass. For more information, call MaryAnn at (978) 453-8401.

Illinois: Pulmonary Hypertension
“Pulmonary Hypertension” will be presented by the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN on Sept. 20, 2000, in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther at (847) 526-5865; e-mail, jlg3@gte.net.

Georgia/Carolina: Teaching Institute
The Central Savannah River Area Chapter of AACN will present its second annual Georgia-Carolina Teaching Institute on Oct. 12 and 13, 2000, in Augusta, Ga. For more information, contact Judy Graham-Garcia at (706) 733-0188, ext. 2660; e-mail, Judy.Graham-Garcia@med.va.gov, or Margaret Rollins at (706) 721-4903; e-mail, mrollins@mail.mcg.edu.

California: Precepting
The San Diego Area Chapter of AACN will present a four-hour seminar, titled “Precepting With Pride” on Oct. 10, 2000, in San Diego, Calif. For more information, contact Judy Davidson at (858) 487-7890 evenings; e-mail, jed2@pphs.org.

California: CCRN Course
The San Diego Area Chapter of AACN will present an adult CCRN class on Sept. 25 and 26 and Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 16, in San Diego. For more information, contact Patricia Graham at (619) 462-9366; e-mail,

Virginia: Critical Care Seminar
The Hill City Chapter of AACN will present “Critical Care 2000” on Oct. 5, 2000, in Lynchburg, Va. For more information e-mail

California: ECG and Rhythm Analysis
The San Diego Area Chapter of AACN will present a two-day program on ECG and rhythm analysis on Oct. 11 and 13, 2000, in San Diego, Calif. For more information, contact Sue Allard-Bruce at (619) 294-5794; e-mail,

Illinois: Trauma Workshop
The Central Illinois Chapter of AACN will cosponsor with the Southern Illinois Trauma Center a trauma workshop, titled “Trauma in the Heartland,” on Oct. 12, 2000, in Springfield, Ill. For more information, contact Angela Bentley at (217) 698-6299; e-mail,

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