AACN News—February 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2000


NTI Sessions Bring Together Chapter Interests

A number of activities at the National Teaching Institute,™ May 20 through 25, 2000, are geared to chapter interests.

Ranging from presentations on the Internet to successful strategies for chapters, the educational sessions are scheduled daily during the NTI. Chapter activities will kick off with a Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, which is scheduled as an NTI preconference session. Participants were nominated by their chapters to attend.

“Chapters Communicating on the World Wide Web,” which will be presented by Renaldo R. Rivera, RN, MA, EdM, CCRN, CNAA, ANP, is designed to help chapters take advantage of valuable online resources to share ideas and obtain information. For example, a chapter discussion forum on the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org allows chapters to post questions, respond to questions, provide information and link their online newsletters.

Rivera is president of the New York City Chapter of AACN and a member of the AACN Online Advisory Team. The chapter Internet presentation is scheduled for the Internet Communications Unit in the Self-Study Pavilion.

Three other concurrent educational sessions are planned for chapters.

“Fashion Your Life With Passion” will be presented by Cheryl Barrett, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN. “Reaching for the Stars: Chapter Strategies for Success” will be presented 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” will be presented by Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, past president of AACN. Each of these sessions will be repeated once.

Two special, hands-on noon-hour sessions are also planned.

Chapter members will also have the opportunity to discuss ideas and concerns with Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) and Public Policy Advisory Team (PPAT) members, as well as representatives of the AACN National Office, who will be available in the AACN Resource Center throughout the NTI.

PPAT representatives will also present a public policy session that is geared to chapter involvement.

The annual Network Night, sponsored by GE Marquette Medical Systems, Mallinckrodt Inc. and TravCorps, is another highlighted activity for chapters.

In addition, chapter presidents will be guests at the annual Chapter Presidents Luncheon.

What's on Tap

Current Concepts in Shock
The Greater Tulsa Area Chapter of AACN will present its 26th annual critical care symposium, titled “Current Concepts in Shock,” on March 10, 2000, in Tulsa, Okla. Speakers are Vee Rice, RN, PhD, and Denise Thornby, RN, MS, AACN president-elect. For more information, contact Neil Golden, RN, MSN, CCRN, at ngolden1@prodigy.net.

The Future Is Now
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of AACN will present its 11th annual symposium, titled “The Future Is Now,” on March 16 and 17, 2000, in Columbia, Md. For more information, contact Shari Derengowski, (410) 328-6957; e-mail, sderengo@aol.com.

Linkages 2000
The Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter of AACN will present “Linkages 2000” on March 20, 2000, in Rochester, N.Y. A total of
7.5 continuing education credits are available. For more information, contact Deb Stamps, 355 Durnan St., Rochester, NY 14621;
e-mail,
debstamps@aol.com.

Professional Practice Workshops
The Middle Tennesse Chapter of AACN will cosponsor with Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., a three-part workshop on “Professional Practice Issues for the New Millennium.” The first workshop will be presented on March 24, 2000, by Gladys M. Campbell, RN, MSN, on “Surviving in Tomorrow’s Healthcare Environment.” The second will be presented on April 14, 2000, by Kate Payne, RN, JD, on “Clinical Ethics.” The third will be presented on May 5, 2000, by Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD, CNAA, on “Outcomes Evaluation: A Practical Approach.” For more information, contact Vee Rice, RN, PhD, at
(615) 898-5340; e-mail,
vrice@mtsu.edu.

CCRN Review in Alabama
The Mobile Bay Area Chapter of AACN will present “CCRN Review—Just the Facts” on March 24 and 25, 2000, in Mobile, Ala. Speakers include Kathy White, Carolyn Nelson and Tina Vanderheiden. Approximately 15 hours of continuing education credit are available. For more information, contact Marylee Bressie, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, at (334) 633-1694; fax, (334) 639-1691; e-mail, l1word@aol.com or Mbressie@ providencehospital.org.

Innovations in Critical Care
The Greater Reading and the Lehigh Valley chapters of AACN will present the second annual “Innovations in Critical Care” program on March 27, 2000, in Reading, Pa. For more information, contact Donna Fiorini at (610) 779-3738.

Ventilating Patients
The Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN will present “Ventilating Critically Ill Patients in 2000” on March 24, 2000, in Takoma Park, Md. Keynote speakers are Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, CCRN, RRT, ACNP-CS, and Nancy Munro, RN, MN, CCRN, ACNP. For more information, contact Karen S. Kesten at (301) 340-6711; fax, (301) 340-6709; e-mail, KSKes@aol.com.

Does Your Chapter ‘Pioneer in a World of Innovation’?

Have your chapter’s programs and activities exemplified the “Pioneering in a World of Innovation” theme of AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, in the past year? If so, consider applying for the AACN President’s Award for chapters, which is part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence recognition program.

The chapter or chapters whose activities best exemplify the theme will receive up to $4,000. This award considers activities carried out during the period from July 1, 1999, to April 1, 2000.

The chapter or chapters selected to receive the award will be presented a plaque and will be honored at the annual Circle of Excellence awards breakfast during the National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. In addition, recipients will be announced in AACN News and recognized in a special awards publication.

The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2000.

To request an award application or for more information, call (800) 899-AACN (2226); e-mail, aacninfo@aacn.org, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Ready to Read

Mary Hillberg (left), president of the Brevard Chapter of AACN, Rockledge, Fla., goes over books donated by the chapter with Kris Smith, media specialist at Pinewood Elementary School, which benefited from the chapter’s “Light Up Literacy” project. After obtaining the names of needy children at a school, chapter members collect new or nearly new age-appropriate books for them throughout the year. Leftover books are donated to the school library. Members of the local chapter of retired registered nurses and of Brownie and Girl Scout troops also participated this year.

Special Offer for Chapters 4-for-3 NTI Registration

Save $325!
Send 4 chapter members
to the NTI, May 20-25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.,
for the price of 3.

Offer ends April 11, 2000. Call (800) 899-AACN (2226).