Chapter Advisers Fill Integral Role With AACN
One of AACN’s most exciting national volunteer opportunities is serving as a member of the Chapter Advisory Team (CAT), which plays an integral part in activities throughout the association by bridging local, regional and national involvement. The Call for Volunteers for 2001 includes CAT positions in nine of AACN’s 19 regions.
One of the most crucial functions of the CAT representative is to provide a communication link between local chapters and the AACN National Office. With responsibility for all chapters in their regions, CATs communicate regularly with chapter leaders about exciting projects, challenges, ideas and issues related to day-to-day chapter operations. Likewise, the CATs often advise the national AACN Board of Directors and staff about chapter needs and activities and recommend strategies to enhance effectiveness at the local level.
“Our CATs are some of our key volunteers,” said Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, who is the AACN board liaison to the CAT group. “This dynamic group is truly committed to seeing the chapters in their areas do well. They recognize that success for one chapter isn’t the same thing as success for another. In their roles, they become very skilled and flexible in working with all types and sizes of chapters, and they are committed to helping their chapter leaders grow and learn.”
AACN Chapter Specialist Dennis Maggi believes that activity at the local level—involvement in a chapter or region as a leader—best prepares a member for the CAT role.
“Volunteers who have spent time working in a chapter and who really know the issues that chapters face turn out to be stellar chapter advisers,” he said. “Anyone who knows chapters, who is looking for a little more connection with AACN at the national level and who is committed to furthering the success of members at the local level has the potential to be a great candidate for the position.”
Following are the regions for which chapter advisers will be appointed for 2001. Terms begin July 1, 2001.
Region 4—serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
Region 5—serving North Carolina and South Carolina
Region 6—serving Alabama and Georgia
Region 10—serving Illinois
Region 12—serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi
Region 15—serving Texas and Oklahoma
Region 16—serving Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming
Region 17—serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
Region 19—serving California
CAT terms, which are for one year, are renewable at the end of the year. To learn more about the CAT role, call (800) 394-5995 and select ext. 339 to contact Dennis Maggi or 8929 to contact Connie Barden. Applications for CAT positions are due by March 1, 2001.
For more information about or to apply for this or other national volunteer opportunities, reference the December 2000 issue of AACN News or visit the AACN Web site
AACN members in Region 12 gathered for the annual Fall Meeting in Metaire, La. Pictured are (from left, seated) Heidi Lambert, Patricia Fuller and Elizabeth Weber; (from left, middle row) Judy Bonds, Regina Robbins, Sandra Sayes, Karen Wyble, Marla Meaux and Elsie Croom; and (from left, back row) Kathleen Hagy, Marla De Jong, Celeste Smith, Dianne Jennings, Elizabeth Stevens and Rebecca Long.
What's on Tap
Indiana: CCRN Review
The Greater Evansville Chapter of AACN will sponsor a CCRN Review course in Evansville, Ind. Dates are Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, 5, 8, 12 and 15, 2001. For additional information or to register, contact Lynn Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (812) 450-7172; e-mail
Lynn_Schnautz@Deaconess.com; or Barb Zellerino, RN, at (812) 485-8415; e-mail
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter of AACN will present “Poly-Pharmacy in Critical Care: Synergy or Antagonist” on Feb. 5, 2001, in Chicago, Ill. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail,
Florida: CCRN Review
The Brevard Chapter of AACN will present a CCRN review on Feb. 13, 2001, in Merritt Island, Fla. For more information, e-mail Mary Hillberg at
Indiana: CCRN Review
The Northeast Indiana chapter of AACN will conduct CCRN review classes on Feb. 22 and 23 in Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information leave a message at (219) 460-4747 or e-mail
California: Cultural Diversity
The Inland Empire Chapter of AACN will present a cultural diversity workshop on Feb. 23, 2001, in Riverside, Calif. For more information, contact the chapter at PO Box 992, Loma Linda, CA 92354.
Washington: Mosaics of Critical Care
The Northwest Evergreen Chapter of AACN will present “Mosaics of Critical Care” on Feb. 23, 2001, in Arlington, Wash. For more information, contact Marylee Delestrez at (360) 652-8008; fax, (425) 261-3360; e-mail,
Illinois: Ethical Decisions
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter of AACN will present “Dying in the ICU: Ethical Decisions” on March 6, 2001, in Chicago, Ill. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail,
California: Spring Symposium
The San Fernando Valley Chapter of AACN will sponsor its annual spring symposium, titled “Challenge of Diversity,” on March 20 and 21, 2001, in Studio City, Calif. For more information, call (818) 734-957.
Indiana: Cardiovascular Nursing
The Greater Evansville Chapter of AACN, Deaconess Hospital and the University of Southern Indiana will cosponsor a “The Heart of Cardiovascular Nursing” symposium on March 8, 2001, in Evansville, Ind. For more information or to register, contact Lynn Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (812) 450-7172; e-mail,
Lynn_Schnautz@Deaconess.com, or Ellen Wathen at (812) 450-7249; e-mail,
California: Annual Seminar
The Sacramento Chapter of AACN will present its annual seminar on March 15, 2001, in Sacramento, Calif. Topics will include ECG monitoring, septic shock and ARDS. For more information, call (916)
851-2902, or e-mail MonaCCRN@aol.com.
Maryland: Annual Symposium
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of AACN will sponsor its 12th annual symposium, titled “The Future is Now,” on March 15 and 16, 2001, in Columbia, Md. For more information, contact Terry Tucker, RN, MS, CCN, CEN, at (410) 605-7000, ext. 6098.
Georgia: Advanced Hemodynamics
The Atlanta Area Chapter of AACN will present “Advanced Hemodynamics” on March 22, 2001, in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, e-mail Kathy Graham at
Missouri: Into the Millennium
The Greater St. Louis Chapter of AACN will present “Critical Care in the Millennium” on March 29 and 30, 2001, in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, leave a message on the chapter voice mail at (314) 653-1828.
South Carolina: Spring Conference
The Midstate South Carolina Chapter of AACN will sponsor its spring conference on March 30, 2001, in Columbia, S.C. Sepsis and the systemic inflammatory response syndrome and oxygen transport in the critically ill are the topics. For more information, e-mail
Illinois: Achieving Power
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter of AACN will present “Power Received Is Power Achieved” on April 3, 2001, in Chicago, Ill. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail,
Oregon: Acute Brain and Spinal Injury
The Pacific Crest Regional Chapter of AACN will present “Acute Brain and Spinal Injury” on April 16, 2001, in Medford, Ore. For more information, contact Mary Edwards at (541) 826-4581; e-mail,
Georgia: Endocrine Emergencies
The Atlanta Area Chapter of AACN will present “Endocrine Emergencies” on May 5, 2001, in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, e-mail Nancy King at
Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Send the information to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2049; e-mail,