AACN News—October 2000—Chapters

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Vol. 17, No. 10, OCTOBER 2000

Chapter Surveys Needs, Interests

Although the Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter is one of AACN’s largest and most active, its leadership has not been content to relax because of its successes. In fact, the chapter’s Research Committee recently completed a survey that was designed to help plan and improve the quality of chapter offerings.

In addition, the survey sought to identify nurses’ perceptions of the value of professional organizations, as well as their reasons for joining or not joining AACN.

The results, which were reviewed at the SEPA executive committee’s annual strategic planning meeting, are being applied to marketing efforts with respect to future programs, activities and member benefits, according to Research Committee member Bette Bayley, RN, PhD. Among suggestions derived from the survey were continuing to offer low-cost or free initial chapter membership and reinforcing to prospective members the fact that they would not be required to serve on committees and do not need to be CCRN certified to join the chapter.

Bayley said the survey also affirmed the importance of nurse-to-nurse contact in encouraging membership in AACN and attendance at chapter activities. In addition, respondents provided positive feedback on the friendliness of the chapter leadership and the quality of current programming.

The randomized survey was mailed to 350 nurses in a 50-mile radius. Of those, half were AACN members who do not belong to the chapter and the other half were not members of AACN. The overall response rate was 40.8%, with 70 AACN members returning the survey and 73 nonmembers returning the survey.

Among the nonmembers who responded, 85% said they had heard of AACN. Their sources were colleagues (30%), journals (28%), notices posted on bulletin boards in their workplaces (18%) and attendance at an AACN-sponsored program (14%).

Their reasons for not becoming members of AACN were that they were unaware of member benefits (30%), that they did not have time to be active members (23%), that they did not have membership information (18%) and that cost was a factor (16%). Bayley noted that an interesting aside was gleaned from the survey when a few respondents commented that they did not belong to AACN because they were not CCRN certified, suggesting that they thought certification was required for membership.

With respect to what influences their decisions to attend educational programs, both members and nonmembers cited topic, location, cost, the number of continuing education units awarded, program time and work schedule. However, nonmembers rated considerations such as speaker, parking, certification requirement and program length at 10% or more higher than members. “Having someone I know attend” was rated as of lesser importance by nonmembers than by AACN members.

In rating how professional organizations can support an individual in his or her practice and as a professional nurse, AACN members were more likely than nonmembers to value educational opportunities (84% vs. 79%), educational scholarships (44% vs. 28%), legislative lobbying (61% vs. 44%), journals and publications (77% vs. 55%), research grants (23% vs. 12%) and improving the image of nursing (73% vs. 56%).

The mean number of years the member respondents had practiced was 9.6, and the mean number of years nonmember respondents had practiced was 11.7. The mean number of years the respondents had used critical care skills was 6.9 for AACN members and 7.7 for nonmembers.

More than 30 types of settings were identified by the respondents as primary work sites, including combined ICU (20%), medical ICU (18%), surgical ICU (17%), telemetry (17%) and coronary care unit (15%).

With the exception of Sigma Theta Tau International, the AACN members who responded tended not to belong to other professional nursing associations. However, 12% of the nonmembers reported belonging to the American Nurses Association, 8% to American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses and 6% to the Emergency Nurses Association.

For more information about this survey by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN, contact Bette Bayley, RN, PhD, at (610) 499-4218, or Research Committee Chairpersons Sharon Hanlon, RN, MSN, and Janet Riggs, RN, MSN, at the SEPA office, (610) 658-7266.

Workshop Was a Journey of New Possibilities

By Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN
and Debra A. Byram, RN, MSN

AACN’s first Chapter Leadership Development Workshop in May 2000 earned praise from participants, who agreed that the experience would enhance their effectiveness in leading their chapters. Building on that success, AACN will again offer the daylong workshop on May 20, 2001, as a preconference session at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

Each chapter is invited to nominate its president-elect or another chapter leader to attend this Chapter Leadership Development Workshop. The chapter’s nominee will receive complimentary airfare and one night’s hotel accommodation to attend.

Nomination forms will be mailed to chapter presidents in November 2000. Nominations are due Dec. 31, 2000.

The first workshop was conducted in conjunction with the NTI in Orlando, Fla. The concept of presenting this workshop grew out of a renewed commitment by the AACN Board of Directors to support chapters. Part of that commitment focuses on providing opportunities to chapter leaders to acquire and develop the leadership skills necessary to meet the needs of their local members.

AACN board members Debra A. Byram, RN, MSN, and Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, who were the board liaisons to the Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) for 1999-2000, worked closely with former Chapter/Volunteer Specialist Darval Bonelli to develop the workshop activities around the theme of “A Journey of New Possibilities.”

During the workshop, participants heard from current and past AACN leaders, including then President Anne Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, then President-elect Denise Thornby, RN, MSN, Past Presidents Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, as well as from current members of the AACN Board of Directors.

The 19 Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) representatives presented a series of creative skits, designed to highlight the many resources that are available to chapters and chapter leaders. They also served as facilitators for group activities and exercises related to topics such as working in groups, setting goals, finding the source of a problem and identifying strategies for improvement. These exercises, which targeted the common problems facing chapters, were designed to highlight tools and strategies the participants could use to become more effective leaders.

During lunch, the chapter leaders were seated by region, with each CAT representative leading a discussion with participants from his or her area. The topics varied, depending on the needs and issues facing a particular region. Many regional leaders used this time to plan for their fall regional meetings. The arrangement also served as a networking and relationship-building time.

At the end of the day, participants were asked to give feedback on the workshop. Comments included “This was a very worthwhile investment in the future of chapters.” “I feel equipped now to handle my role as chapter president.” And, “do it again next year!” In the weeks following the workshop, Barden, Byram and Bonelli continued to receive communications from participants, who applauded the usefulness and inspiring nature of the workshop.

“Although this was a pilot project, I think we have created something that will really pay off for our members, our chapters and our volunteer leaders. This was truly an inspiring group of people!” said Byram.

For more information about the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, contact Chapter/Volunteer Associate Mitzi Inman at (800) 394-5995, ext. 365; e-mail chapters@aacn.org.

Connie Barden is a member of the AACN Board of Directors. She is a clinical nurse specialist and coordinator of the Cardiovascular Services at Mercy Hospital, Miami, Fla. Debra A. Byram completed a three-year term on the AACN Board of Directors on June 30, 2000. She is a consultant in the Office of Administrative Management & Planning of the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

Join Your Colleagues at Fall Regional Meetings

Do you want a chance to network with colleagues from your area and learn more about your professional association? Then, join other AACN members at fall regional meetings. Helping to make these meetings successful this year are corporate contributions of $10,000 each by Siemens Medical Systems, Inc., and Hill-Rom. In some regions, educational programs are offered in conjunction with the meetings.

Following are the fall regional meetings that have been scheduled to date. For more information, call Chapter/Volunteer Associate Mitzi Inman at (800) 394-5995, ext. 365, or visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org.
Region 1—Oct. 28, 2000, in Springfield, Mass. Region 1 serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Region 4—Nov. 4, 2000, in Lynchburg, Va. Region 4 serves Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Region 5—Nov. 2 and 3, 2000, in Greenville, S.C.. Region 5 serves North Carolina and South Carolina.
Region 6—Nov. 4, 2000, in Birmingham, Ala. Region 6 serves Alabama and Georgia.

Region 8—Oct. 20, 2000, in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and Nov. 3, 2000, Frankenmuth, Mich. Region 8 serves Michigan and Wisconsin.
Region 9—Oct. 20, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio. Region 9 serves Indiana and Ohio.
Region 12—Oct. 27, 2000, in New Orleans, La. Region 12 serves Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Region 13—Nov. 4, 2000, in Bloomington, Minn. Region 13 serves Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Region 14—Dec. 5, 2000, in Kansas City, Mo. Region 14 serves Kansas and Missouri.
Region 15—Oct. 13 and 14, 2000, in Dallas, Tex. Region 15 serves Oklahoma and Texas.
Region 16—Oct. 23 and 24, 2000, in Grand Forks, N.D. Region 16 serves Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
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.

Fall meetings in other regions were conducted in August, September and early October 2000.

Meet Your Chapter Advisers

The Chapter Advisory Team (CATs) provides an important link between members and chapters in each of AACN’s 19 regions and the AACN national leadership team. CAT representatives are also a conduit for information sharing among chapters.

These volunteers keep abreast of chapter issues and trends in their regions and of national AACN initiatives. In addition to attending chapter programs and meetings, these advisers are available to help chapters in many ways. CATs can be contacted via voice mail or e-mail at the AACN National Office. Call (800) 394-5995. (See e-mail addresses and extensions below.) Presented here are the CATs by region.

Board Liaison
Connie Barden,
ext. 8929
Region 1
Ruth Bryan
ext. 8801

Serving Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2
Roberta A. Kaplow RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN
ext. 8802

Serving New York
Region 3
Clare Marie Tack
ext. 8803
e-mail, Claremarie

Serving Delaware,
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Region 4
Terry L. Tucker
ext. 8824

Serving Washington, D.C.,
Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
Region 5
Sydney S. Lange
ext. 8805

Serving North Carolina and South Carolina
Region 6
Gerrye C. Stegall RN, MN, CCRN
ext. 8806

Serving Alabama, Georgia
Region 7
Beth Willmitch
ext. 8807
e-mail, Bethw@bhssf.org

Serving Florida
Region 8
Maggie D. Carriker
ext. 8808
e-mail, Carrikem

Serving Michigan and Wisconsin
Region 9
Wendy S. Clark
ext. 8809
e-mail, ForClark@Gateway.net

Serving Indiana, Ohio
Region 10
Sandra K. Cunningham
ext. 8810
e-mail, scunning

Serving Illinois
Region 11
Polly Zahrt
ext. 8811

Serving Kentucky and Tennessee
Region 12
Celeste B. Smith
ext. 8812
e-mail, ks2cs2@msn.com

Serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi
Region 13
Kristine Peterson
ext. 8813

Serving Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska
Region 14
Jill Overman
ext. 8814
e-mail, jill@ckt.net

Serving Kansas, Missouri
Region 15
LeAnn Ash
ext. 8815

Serving Oklahoma and Texas
Region 16
LouAnn Honek, RN
ext. 8908
e-mail, Honek.louann

Serving Montana, North Dakota,
South Dakota and Wyoming
Region 17
Christine Gibson
ext. 8817

Serving Arizona, Colorado,
Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
Region 18
Judy M. Lang
ext. 8818
e-mail, Jmlang@cdsnet.net

Serving Alaska, Idaho,
Hawaii, Oregon and Washington
Region 19
Nancy Day
ext. 8800
e-mail, Nday

Serving California

Put Your Chapter in the Circle of Excellence

The deadline to submit applications for chapter Circle of Excellence awards for 2001 is Nov. 1, 2000. The only exceptions are the applications deadlines for the President’s Award and the CCRN Certification Drive Award. Following are brief descriptions of the awards that are due Nov. 1:

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 $1,000, which can be applied toward the 2001 National Teaching Institute, May 19 through 24 in Anaheim, Calif., or toward any AACN product.

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 $1,000.

Outstanding Chapter Communications System Award
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN’s messages within the chapter and/or within the community. One chapter from each category will be awarded $1,000.

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 $1,000.

Other Awards
For the CCRN Certification Drive Award, chapters must first submit their membership rosters as of Jan. 1, 2000, and highlight the members who are CCRNs; then submit a second roster highlighting members who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of Dec. 31, 2000. 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.
The President’s Award will go to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of 2000-01 AACN President Denise Thornby, RN, MS, which is “Make Waves: The Courage to Influence Practice.” Applications are due April 1, 2001, and should cover activities demonstrated by the chapter, beginning
July 1, 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. Click on “Awards.”

Exemplars Reflect Spirit of Excellence in Chapters

Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted by chapters that received Circle of Excellence awards for 2000:

AACN Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award

Dallas County Chapter-AACN
Dallas, Tex.

After establishing a set of goals for the 1999-2000 year, the chapter board developed a plan to structure its core functions into teams around professional development, communications, and recruitment and retention. Each team developed a strategy.

The Professional Development Team’s strategy was to provide quality, up-to-date educational opportunities to an increasing number of chapter members and other nurses in the area. The Recruitment and Retention Team identified two key goals for the year—recruiting 50 new members and maintaining the active membership level at 192 members. The Communications Team’s strategy was three-fold—enhancing the quality and expanding the methods used to communicate with chapter members, increasing chapter members’ awareness of and participation in national public policy issues and activities, and improving public relations within the community, as well as with other professional organizations.

San Diego Area Chapter-AACN
San Diego, Calif.

After identifying a need to share members’ ICU experience and skills with newer or younger members, the chapter chose to focus on “mentorship” as its them for the year. Each chapter board and committee member agreed to serve as a mentor to a nurse on meeting a career goal by linking with the chapter. In the process, the mentors were able to further develop their own leadership skills.

Throughout the year, activities related to the theme ranged from providing programs to reaching out to nursing students and the community.

For example, the chapter delivered a quarterly preceptor training program; designed and delivered new competency training programs; and provided an advanced hemodynamic monitoring program. In addition, a mentorship lecture was presented and four doctorate-prepared researchers were recruited to mentor active members in conducting nursing research.

Nursing professors were encouraged to assign clinical hours related to AACN chapter projects, which helped to recruit undergraduate and nursing practitioner students as chapter members. The chapter scholarship program was reformatted to align with the national AACN scholarship plan.

Leadership development with regard to public policy was provided, and a new CCRN program was developed and delivered to increase the number of clinical leaders in the community. A new marketing flyer was developed to increase awareness of the availability of services to the community.

AACN Outstanding Chapter Communication System Award

Triangle Chapter-AACN
Durham, N.C.

Recognizing that improving communications could improve chapter activities, the chapter began examining its communication system. As a result, several steps were taken.

For example, the chapter newsletter was expanded to include announcements of new members, explanations of national AACN initiatives, a CCRN review column, a column focusing on wellness at work and a message from the chapter president.

In addition, all members receive a monthly meeting notice that describes the upcoming speaker and topic. A hospital representative also posts notices in each unit to recruit new members. On several occasions, the flyers have attracted new members to sponsored dinner meetings. A chapter member recruitment flyer, which includes information about the benefits of membership, meeting dates and local hospital contacts, is distributed to prospective members.

At the same time, the board committed to accomplishing as much of the chapter’s work as possible through e-mail. Board agendas are distributed via e-mail, as are plans for programs, the newsletter and fund-raising.

The chapter also conducted a needs assessment, which revealed that its plan to sponsor a CCRN review course did not meet member needs. However, the survey showed that the chapter’s traditional approach to generating program ideas at board meetings and through member suggestions was adequate.

By focusing on improving communication not only within the chapter, but also to potential members in critical care units throughout the area, the chapter significantly increased its membership and active involvement.

Central New Jersey Chapter-AACN
North Branch, N.J.

The chapter’s strategic plan for the year included increasing communications to not only expand its membership, but also to increase participation by current members. Key ways to accomplish the goal were identified.

In addition to rotating meeting locations and programs among the three major hospitals in the Central New Jersey area, communication boards were set up at members’ hospitals. These bulletin boards highlight topics from AACN News and Critical Care Nurse, and provide information about certification and upcoming chapter events.

Letters updating former members on past programs and future plans were also sent. A chapter Web page was developed in an effort to reach nurses who do not work at one of the three major hospitals. Listed on the page are chapter officers, membership benefits and upcoming events. A chapter membership application is also available online.
We developed a newsletter that included our strategic plan for fiscal year 2000. It also offered clinical pearls and recognized members who have published. The newsletter went to all new and existing AACN members in a 30-mile radius. We sent bulk mailings to all critical care units in the surrounding areas.

AACN Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award

Inland Empire Chapter-AACN
Loma Linda, Calif.

The Inland Empire Chapter of AACN exemplifies team teaching, program quality, and learning connection opportunities.
Realizing that the large membership of the local Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) chapter could also benefit from AACN programs, the chapter pursued the possibility of providing a joint educational conference.

Creative teaching methods were designed to capture the audience and provide intrigue and mutual respect for the work provided by each discipline. A speaker representing the ENA and one representing AACN were selected for the educational program. The topic was a cardiac care case study, which demonstrated the unique treatment characteristics of each specialty. Research and state-of-the art protocols for the management of the critically ill cardiac patient were incorporated into the presentation. The instructors inspired members and prospective members to provide a continuum for the respectful, healing and human treatment of all patients in cardiac crisis.

Participants provided evaluations that reflected interest, satisfaction and knowledge gained. There was a unanimous request to offer additional joint conferences, a second course focusing on the course of treatment in managing the trauma patient was planned.
The program strengthened the collegial relationships between the two associations.

Greater Kansas City Chapter-AACN
Kansas City, Mo.

Since 1996, the chapter has sponsored and coordinated a critical care course twice a year.

Historically, the Greater Kansas City area has had consortiums for critical care courses, which have involved no more than four hospitals. However, these consortiums have gone by the wayside, either because of either changes in hospital management or because an institution attempted to control most of the variables.

The course coordinator pushed for an expanded consortium and, in Spring 1999, scheduled an initial meeting with eight area hospitals. In Fall 1999, the consortium group decided, because of increased demand, to work together and increase the number of critical care courses from two to three per year.

Consortium members agreed that the chapter should lead this collaborative effort, because of its mission to work with all parties toward maximizing the nurse’s contribution. The chapter was excited about the possibilities for this and future courses.

AACN Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award

Triangle and Greater Raleigh Area Chapters-AACN
Durham and Raleigh, N.C.

In Fall 1999, these chapters jointly sponsored the AACN Region 5 Fall Meeting and Conference.

One of the main goals of the conference was to introduce AACN chapter leaders to other leaders in the organization and their roles. Current and past board members, as well as national volunteers and national office staff attended.

The program topics were intended to reflect the needs of chapter officers who are new to their roles and inexperienced at dealing with AACN on a national level, and to update them on changes at the national level.

Each chapter presented a brief summary of its operations, including meeting frequency, fund-raising activities and educational programs, as well an overview of its strengths and weaknesses.

Chapter members were instrumental in planning the meeting, instead of primarily dealing with on-site hospitality as in the past, when the Chapter Advisory Team member for the region oversaw most of the arrangements.

AACN Chapter Pioneering Spirit Award
Greater Chicago Area Chapter-AACN
Chicago, Ill.

In pursuing a goal to increase community involvement, the Greater Chicago Area Chapter adopted the Children’s Place as an annual community project several years ago.

The Children’s Place is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, clothing and food support for AIDS families.

The effort was concentrated on the Christmas holidays. However, after the chapter learned that, although the gifts were greatly appreciated, the AIDS families were in greater need of other donations, such as toiletries and health maintenance items. As a result, the board voted to shift the effort to an annual Valentine’s Day project.

The spirit of volunteering and donating items has expanded each month, as educational speakers at the chapter’s monthly meetings began donating their honorariums and even nonmembers contributed to the effort. Today, two car or van loads of donations are delivered to the Children’s Place each year.

Greater St. Louis Chapter-AACN
St. Louis, Mo.

Throughout 1998-99, the chapter conducted a research project to study the use of capnography as a predictor of survival of in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest. The cause assessment of survival during cardiopulmonary resucitation is an inexact science and because the common method for determining when a code can be stopped is based on individual clinical judgment factors, a providing clinicians a more objective measure was desired.

The study was conducted in six area hospitals in two states. The results showed that capnography is extremely effective in showing survivability of a patient during a cardiopulmonary arrest.

The effects of the study were seen locally, and the chapter hopes that, following publication, other institutions will benefit from the findings.

Greater New Orleans Chapter-AACN
New Orleans, La.

In exploring ways to promote of acute and critical care in a community setting, the chapter has taken on several community service projects.

One was a drive at AACN’s National Teaching Institute in 1999 in New Orleans to assist the Metropolitan Battered
Women’s Program, an acute and long-term home for women and their children. The chapter’s goal was to collect clothing, household appliances, food and money for the shelter.

The initial solicitation asking that NTI participants bring donations with them, was through AACN News. During the NTI, ads were placed in the conference daily, NTI News. At the end of the week, a “truckload” of items, as well as $612 in cash, had been collected for the shelter.

Two other community projects extended beyond the New Orleans area.

The chapter was joined by the New Orleans District Nurses Association in supporting a group of nurses to help in the Hurricane Mitch disaster relief effort. The chapter donated $1000 to this effort.

In addition, the chapter was asked to help a group of local nurses and doctors raise money to go to Nicaragua for a
week to do angiograms, angioplasties and coronary artery bypass surgery in a remote area of that country. A total of $1000 was raised for supplies, and
donations of pillows, blankets and other miscellaneous items were secured from a local retail store.
These types of efforts have maximized the nurses’ contribution to caring and improving the healthcare of critically ill patients and their families.

What's on Tap

Pennsylvania: Critical Care Concepts
The Three Rivers Chapter of AACN will present “Concepts in Critical Care” on Oct. 23 and 24, 2000, in Mars, Pa. For additional information about this conference, contact Tracy Grogan, 105 Roberta Drive, Munhall, PA 15120-3337; e-mail groganta@msx.upmc.edu.

Indiana: CCRN Review
The Greater Evansville Chapter of the AACN will present a CCRN review on Oct. 28 and 29, 2000, in Evansville, Ind. For more information, contact Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (812) 450-5000; e-mail, Lynn_Schnautz@Deacones.com, or Barbara Zellerino at (812) 485-4000.

New York: Trauma Program
The Adirondack Regional Chapter of AACN will present “Talk About Trauma” on Oct. 31, 2000, in Glen Falls, N.Y. For more information, contact Kathleen Smith, RN, at (518) 743-0650;
e-mail, DSmith4724@aol.com

Indiana: The Beat Goes On
The Greater Evansville Chapter of the AACN will present “The Beat Goes On” on Nov. 1 and 2, 2000, in Evansville, Ind. For more information, contact Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, at
(812) 450-5000; e-mail, Lynn_Schnautz@Deacones.com, or Barbara Zellerino at (812) 485-4000.

Minnesota: Challenges in Critical Care Nursing
The Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter of AACN will present “Challenges in Critical Care Nursing 2000” on Nov. 2 and 3, 2000, in Bloomington, Minn. For additional information, leave your name and telephone number with the chapter answering service at (612) 285-8318.

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.

Pennsylvania: Seminar
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of AACN will sponsor a seminar on Nov. 8 and 9, 2000, in Chambersburg, Pa. For more information, call Cheryl Cook at (717) 530-1023.

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.

Indiana: Alternative Therapies
The Greater Evansville Chapter of the AACN will present “Alternative Therapies” at its annual Christmas party on Dec. 5, 2000, in Evansville, Ind. For more information, contact Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (812) 450-5000; e-mail, Lynn_Schnautz@Deacones.com, or Barbara Zellerino at (812) 485-4000.

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.

Join the Race for the Cure in San Diego

The San Diego Area Chapter of AACN is supporting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: San Diego Race for the Cure on Nov. 5, 2000, following the Region 19 Fall Regional Meeting, which will be in San Diego on Nov. 3, 2000.

The chapter is sponsoring a team for the event, and nurses attending the meeting, as well as their spouses, children and friends, are invited to join or volunteer to help with the event.

For additional information, contact Sarah Solon at (858) 486-6142; e-mail, SSolonfish@aol.com.

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