AACN News—January 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 1, JANUARY 2000

Northeast Arkansas Chapter Honors 25 Area Nurses

Recipients of the first Excellence in Critical Care awards, presented by the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of AACN, were honored at a special banquet.

An AACN chapter has reemerged in Arkansas, where a group of nurses began meeting in Fall 1998 after an earlier chapter had become inactive. The Northeast Arkansas Chapter of AACN has now submitted its official charter application and is working to increase its membership and plan community activities and educational offerings.

The chapter’s first formal activity was an educational program on ethical decision making. Feedback was positive from the approximately 50 participants.

Next, the chapter sponsored its first Excellence in Critical Care awards. The 25 recipients, including staff nurses, nurse practitioners, managers and educators, were recognized at a banquet and presented framed certificates. The top five award recipients received special gifts.

The awards were covered by a local television station and, through sponsorship, an advertisement congratulating the recipients was placed in a newspaper, which helped promote the positive image of critical care nurses in the region.

The honorees were Brenda Anderson, Laura Bettis, Kathy Blackman, Margaret Burroughs, Mary Jean Coleman, Susan Cox, Melinda Edwards, Diane Ellison, Deborah Fairchild, Marie Faulkner, Philip Faughn, Phyllis Furnish, Ranette Gambill, Paula Grimes, Diana Holt, Linda James, Tim Mitchell, Pat Ray, Naomi Renck, Lisa Shackleford, Angie Smith, Carol Smith, Robert Strahan, Ken Voyles and Pat Wood.

Chapter officers are Beth Murff, RN, MSN, CCRN, president; Diana Holt, RN, CCRN, president-elect; Heidi Lambert, RN, BSN, secretary; and Darlene Baker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, treasurer.

April 1, 2000, Is Deadline to Apply for President’s Award

Don’t forget! The deadline to submit applications for the AACN President’s Award for chapters is April 1, 2000. The chapter or chapters whose activities best exemplify the theme of AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, "Pioneering in a World of Innovation," will receive up to $4,000.

The President’s Award for chapters is part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence recognition program. 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.

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. Click on "Awards" in the "Departments" area.

Honoring Past Presidents

Past presidents of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of AACN in California were honored at the chapter’s 25th annual spring symposium. Each was recognized at a special luncheon and presented a silver rose.

What’s on Tap

The Cutting Edge
The Greater Louisville Chapter of AACN will present "The New Millennium: the Cutting Edge of Critical Care Nursing" on Feb. 10, 2000, in Louisville, Ky. Speakers are Christine Kaufman, PhD; F. Bentley, MD, and Deborah Tuggle, RN, MN, CCRN. The program offers 8 CERPs. For more information, contact Pam Oshana, RN, 8301 Stillmmeadow Drive, Louisville, KY 40299; phone, (502) 499-2112; fax, (502) 581-9222; e-mail,

Cardiopulmonary Dynamics
The annual seminar of the Tri-Valley Chapter of AACN will be Feb. 15, 2000, in Livermore, Calif. The title of the program is "Optimizing Cadiopulmonary Dynamics." The speaker will be Mary Lough, RN, MSN, CCRN. For more information, e-mail Chapter President Mary K. Coveney at atcrn@mciworld.com.

Diabetes Management
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of AACN will present "Innovations in Diabetes Management: Improving Patient Outcomes" on Feb. 22, 2000. The speaker will be Nancy Morwessel, RN, MSN, PNP. For more information, contact Cathy Jenkins at (513) 686-5328; e-mail, Jenkinc@healthall.com.

CCRN Review in Denver
The Denver Chapter of AACN will present a CCRN review course on Feb. 22 and 29 and March 7, 2000. Speakers will be Cathy Thompson, Barbara Krumbach, Mary Beth Flynn, Susan Edholm, SueAnn Wittkopp and Colleen Keller. For more information, contact Chris Vittum at (303) 866-8890; fax, (303) 866-8159; e-mail, vittumc@exempla.org.

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; phone, (716) 467-6943; 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 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.

Horizons 2000
Region 1 AACN chapters will host the "Horizons 2000" critical care symposium April 5 through 7, 2000, in Boston, Mass. The host chapters are Central Massachusetts, Greater Berkshire, Greater Boston, Heart of Vermont, Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire Seacoast, Northern Connecticut, Ocean State, Pioneer Valley, Southern Central Connecticut, Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, Vermont Green Mountain and Western Connecticut. For more information, visit the "Events and Links" area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org. Click on "Get Plugged into Upcoming AACN Programs."

Critical Connections
The Chicago West-Suburban Chapter of AACN will present the "Critical Connections III Symposium" on April 15, 2000, in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For information, contact Marian Pezdek at (708) 352-3614 or Linda Morris at (630) 856-5199; e-mail, LMorris@AHSS.org.

Dimensions in Cardiac Care
The Lake Erie Chapter of AACN will meet in conjunction with the 20th annual Dimensions in Cardiac Care Nursing Symposium, which will be presented by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Division of Nursing April 16 through 18, 2000, in Cleveland, Ohio. AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, is among the presenters. For more information or to obtain a symposium brochure, contact the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Continuing Education at (216) 444-5696 or (800) 762-8173; fax, (216) 445-9406.

Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing
The New York City Chapter of AACN will present "Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing 2000" on April 27, 2000, at the Marriott World Trade Center, New York City, N.Y. The keynote speaker is AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN. For additional information, call (212) 620-1900; e-mail, us @ info@nycaacn.org. Registration is available online at http://www.nycaacn.org.

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.

The Northeast Indiana Chapter of AACN will present an all-day seminar on May 4, 2000, in Fort Wayne, Ind. The program will feature Tom Ahrens, RN, DNS, CCRN, who will speak on "The Ins and Outs of Hemodynamics." For more information, contact Wendy Clark at (219) 749-5507; e-mail, ForClark@Gateway.net.

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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