AACN News—May 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 5, MAY 2000


Regional Conference Spotlights Critical Care

Greater Washington Area Chapter President Nancy Ames (left, above) was joined by speakers Dorrie Fontaine (center) and Carol Vandrey at the Spotlight on Critical Care conference. Conference committee cochair Mary Lindsay (left, at right) and committee member Elaine Casey were on hand to assist participants.

AACN members were among the more than 200 critical care nurses from six states who attended the 14th annual Spotlight on Critical Care conference in Greenbelt, Md., in Fall 1999. Approximately 20 state-of-the-art presentations were given by national and regional nurse experts at the conference, which was sponsored by the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN.

Their topics included hemodynamic monitoring, respiratory monitoring, acute coronary syndrome, neuroscience starwars, preparing for weapons of mass destruction, psychoneuroimmunology, inhaled nitric oxide, solid organ transplant, diagnosing acute myocardial infarction, teaching critical thinking, accessing special lines and management of pain.

AACN President Anne Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, delivered the keynote address, titled “The Art and Science of Nursing.” Other presenters were Tom Ahrens, RN, DNS, CCRN, CS, Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Debra Byram, RN, MSN, Nancy Munro, RN, MS, CCRN, Carol Rauen, RN, MS, CCRN, Nancy Ames, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Linda Prinkey Briggs, RN, MSN, CS, ACNP, ANP, Christine Kessler, RN, MN, CS, ANP, Bonnie Sakallaris, RN, MS, CCRN, Maureen Carling, RN, SCM, NDN, HV, Sue Apple, RN, DNSc, CCRN, Kathy Carpenter, RN, MS, Helen Roach, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNI, and Lyndt B. Johnson, MD, FACS, were presenters.

A two-day CCRN review track was also well attended. In addition, 20 poster presenters were available to answer questions regarding clinical research issues and clinical problem solving.

Participants had the opportunity to attend a roundtable discussion with national leaders, where discussion focused on topics such as the future of critical care, end of life decisions, the value of nursing and the nursing shortage.

More than 30 exhibitors were on hand to support critical care nursing at the conference. Speaker sponsors included Integra-Neurocare, Cor Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Frederick and Abbott Laboratories.

The conference was planned and implemented by a volunteer committee of 15 critical care nurses from the greater Washington D.C. area. Committee members included Becki Fuzi, RN, MSN, CCRN, chair; Mary Lindsay, RN, MSN, CCRN, cochair; Karen Kesten, RN, MSN, director of education; Sonia Astle, RN, MS, CCRN; Pat Baker, RN, BSN; Marianne Bassi RN, BSN; Elaine Casey, RN, BSN, CCRN; Linda Cook, RN, MS, CCRN; Rande Dent, RN, MA, CCRN; Jessica DiPalma, RN, MS, CCRN; Aida Imperio, RNC, BSN, CCRN; Karen Kelly, RN, BSN; Peter Meccariello, RN, MHSA, CCRN; Helen Roach, RN, MSN, CCRN; and John Whitcomb, RN, BSN, CCRN.

What's on Tap

Wisconsin: Nursing Shortage
The Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter of AACN will host its annual spring dinner celebration on June 7, 2000, in Milwaukee, Wisc. “Nursing Shortage: Increased demand and the invitation to reinvent nursing work,” will be the program. CCRN-certified nurses will be recognized, and scholarships and awards will be presented. For more information, contact Kathy at (414) 778-1514 or Holly at (414) 329-8893.

Washington: Renal Replacement Therapy
The Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN will present “Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy” on June 8, 2000, in Bethesda, Md. The registration deadline is May 15, 2000. For more information, contact Tracy Jurkovich at (703) 558-6360 or Kathy Austin at (703) 558 6850.

Texas: Mechanical Ventilation
“Advanced Modes of Mechanical Ventilation” will be presented by the Galveston Island Chapter of AACN June 20, 2000, in Galveston Island, Tex. For more information, contact Glenna Tolley at (409) 772-3278; e-mail,
grtolley@utmb.edu.

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.

Illinois: ET Tube Alternative
“An Alternative to the ET Tube” will be presented by the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN on Oct. 18, 2000, in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther at (847) 526-5865; e-mail,
jlg3@gte.net.

Florida: Wealth of Knowedge
“Wealth of Knowledge 2000” will be presented by the Gold Coast Chapter of AACN on Oct. 19 and 20, 2000, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more information, e-mail
penny2759@mindspring.com or sgreenRN@ad.com.

Hawaii: CCRN Review
The Hawaiian Islands Chapter of AACN will present a CCRN Review Course on Nov. 4 and 5., 2000, in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information, e-mail
hawaiiaacn@aol.com.

Illinois: Advanced Hemodynamics
“Advanced Hemodynamics” will be presented by the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN on Nov. 15, 2000, in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther at (847) 526-5865; e-mail,
jlg3@gte.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.

AACN on Display
AACN was prominent on this display, which was assembled by nursing students at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. The display was related to discussions about membership in professional nursing organizations in a class titled “Professional Perspectives.” Involved were Tracy Hatten, Sara Sestak, Brian Brandser, Autumn Lendt, Lisa Belch and Jon Sovell. All are former students of Lori Hendrickx, associate professor of nursing and a member of the AACN Board of Directors.

Awards Place Chapters in the Circle of Excellence

Awards that recognize contributions by AACN chapters are among the Circle of Excellence awards presented each year. Following is information about each of these awards and the recipients for 2000.

Pioneering Spirit Award
This award recognizes chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care nursing in any setting. One chapter from each membership category is awarded $1000 toward the 2000 National Teaching Institute™ or any AACN product. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2000 were:

Greater Chicago Area Chapter
Illinois

Greater St. Louis Chapter
Missouri

Greater New Orleans Chapter
Lousiana

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. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2000.
Chapters receiving the award for 2000 were:

Dallas County Chapter
Texas

San Diego Area Chapter
California

Outstanding Chapter Communications System Award
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN’s messages in the chapter and/or the community. One chapter from each category will be awarded $1000. Applications including supporting materials are due Nov. 1, 2000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2000 were:

Central New Jersey Chapter
New Jersey

Triangle and Greater Raleigh Area Chapters
North Carolina

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. Applications and supporting materials are due Nov. 1, 2000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2000 were:

Triangle and Greater Raleigh Area Chapters
North Carolina

Greater Kansas City Area Chapter
Missouri

Inland Empire Chapter
California

President’s Award
This award goes to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the annual theme of the president of AACN. The theme of Anne Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, 1999-2000 AACN president, is “Pioneering in a World of Innovation.” Applications for the 2001 award are due April 1, 2001. The theme of incoming AACN President Denise Thorny, RN, MS, will be announced.

Receiving the award for 2000 were:

Greater MidCities Chapter
Texas

San Diego Area Chapter
California

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 the chapter roster that highlights the CCRNs, as of Jan. 1, 2000, and a chapter roster that highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of Dec. 31, 2000.

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.

Collaboration Enhances Workshop Success

Joining Joanne Krumberger (third from left) at the workshop sponsored by the Central Minnesota Chapter of AACN and the local Sigma Theta Tau chapter were (from left) Carol Still, Becky Kulzer, Mary Zyvoloski, Joyce Simones, Amy White, Lou Neutzling and Sheila Campbell.

By Joyce Simones, RN, MS
Public Policy Advisory Team
Region 13

The Central Minnesota Chapter of AACN recently partnered with the Sigma Theta Tau chapter in its area to sponsor a workshop presentation by Joanne Krumberger, RN, MSN, CCRN, an internationally known speaker and a past president of AACN.

The activities were divided into three parts, beginning with a roundtable at which Krumberger joined nursing faculty, community nursing leaders and practicing nurses to discuss changes in the healthcare arena and their effects.

As part of a leadership and research course requirement, approximiately 50 senior nursing students from St. Benedict/St. John’s University attended an afternoon session, where Krumberger spoke on “Best Practices: The Future of Healthcare.” Later that day, Krumberger presented “Cultural Diversity: Realities in Meeting Patient Needs.”

Award Winning Conference

Key participants in the Region 5 fall conference, which was cosponsored by the Triangle and Greater Raleigh area chapters of AACN in North Carolina, included (from left, seated) Melissa Fitzpatrick, past AACN president; Jessica Palmer, an AACN Board of Directors member; and Denise Thornby, AACN president-elect and (from left, standing) Lorraine McNeill, president of the Greater Raleigh Area Chapter and conference cochair; Claire Curran, a member of the Triangle Chapter and conference cochair; Mary Holtschneider, AACN Public Policy Advisory Team representative in Region 5; and Sydney Lange, AACN Chapter Advisory Team member in Region 5. The conference earned the chapters a Circle of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award for 2000.

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