AACN News—March 2001—Chapters

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Vol. 18, No. 3, MARCH 2001


NTI Sessions Offer Chapters Tips for Success

From member recruitment strategies to successful meeting and financial planning, several sessions at AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in May 2001 are geared to chapter interests.

Scheduled from May 19 through 24, NTI 2001 will take place in Anaheim, Calif. In addition to opportunities to consult one-on-one with members of the national Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) and representatives of the AACN National Office, concurrent and enrichment sessions address a range of chapter-related topics. Following are brief descriptions of the sessions that will be available:

AACN Member Recruitment: Membership Has Its Privileges
Region 2 CAT member Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, Region 16 CAT member LouAnn Honek, RN, and Region 17 CAT member Christine Gibson, RN, BSN, CCRN-R, will emphasize the benefits AACN members enjoy and strategies to recruit new chapter members and enhance member involvement at the chapter level.

Bringing your Chapter’s Marketing Strategy from Watercolors to Wow!
Susan Yeager, RN, MS, CCRN, and Lee Ann Ruess, RN, MS, CCRN, NP, past-president and president, respectively, of the Central Ohio Chapter of AACN, will share ways chapters can market their image and their benefits. Taking advantage of available AACN and community information resources to develop logos, Web sites and other enhancements will also be discussed.

Meet the Masters—Masters in the Meetings Profession Answering Your Every Question
AACN Membership and Chapter Specialist Dennis J. Maggi will moderate a panel of meetings experts, who will offer tips for planning successful chapter educational or regional meetings. Negotiating contracts, saving on food and beverage orders and understanding cancellation clauses are among the topics that will be discussed.

Shaping Your Future – Developing a Membership Campaign that Works!
Member, Chapter, Volunteers Director Tracey Kane and Membership and Chapters Specialist Dennis J. Maggi will present tools that chapters can use to develop and implement an effective member recruitment campaign. In addition to sample materials to promote membership, participants will hear about incentive programs that can help motivate current chapter members to become involved in recruiting new members.

Restart Your Engine—It’s Time for a Chapter Tune-Up
National CAT representatives Celeste Smith, RN, BSN, CCRN, Region 12, and LeAnn Ash, RN, BSN, CCRN, Region 15, will discuss with participants issues and concerns that are common among chapters and provide practical strategies to help chapters become re-energized and succeed.

Dollars and Sense of Chapter Finances
Region 1 CAT member Ruth Bryan, RN, MSN, CCRN, Region 3 CAT member Clare Marie Tack, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Region 10 CAT member Sandra Cunningham, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, CCNS, will explore chapter financial management. They will focus on required reporting, financial regulations, enhancing financial performance and dispelling myths surrounding chapter finances, as well as problem solving chapter financial issues.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm …
Region 5 CAT representative Sydney Lange, RN, BSN, CCRN, Region 7 CAT representative Beth Willmitch, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Region 14 CAT representative Jill Overman, RN, ADN, will outline ways chapter members can become more active leaders and describe how leadership training and involvement can enhance chapter efforts.

For more information or to register for NTI 2001, call (800) 899-2226, or visit the NTI Web site. The discounted, early-bird deadline to register is April 10, 2001.

Program Designed to Help Chapters Develop Web Sites

As part of an effort to improve communications and ease day-to-day operational burdens for chapters, the AACN National Office recently completed a pilot program to determine the feasibility of providing chapters the tools they need to develop their own Web sites.

The program was developed in response to a growing number of requests from chapters for assistance in developing a Web presence. Currently, 25 of AACN’s approximately 250 chapters have established Web sites that are linked to the “Chapters” area of the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

“The future is increasingly driven by the use of Internet technology,” noted AACN Membership and Chapter Specialist Dennis J. Maggi. “As chapters try to respond to this new expectation, many find themselves without the resources or skills to create their own Web sites.”

Maggi said the plan is to allow chapters to upload their content through the Web browser, which would increase not only traffic to their sites, but also national exposure for their programs and services. Chapters could also use Web site chat rooms and discussion areas to conduct business.

Participating in the Web site pilot program were the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, New York City Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and Los Angeles Chapter. Once the test phase is analyzed, AACN will invite other chapters to participate.


Your Hosts for NTI 2001


If you are attending AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in Southern California in May 2001, be sure to stop by and connect with members of the Greater Long Beach-Orange County Chapter of AACN. As hosts for NTI 2001, chapter members will be on hand at their hospitality booth in the NTI Resource Center to chat with participants about the exciting sights and happenings in their area. The chapter will also sell NTI 2001 t-shirts as a fund-raiser to benefit its programs. Pictured are chapter board members (from left, seated) Secretary Lauren Spilsbury, President Rosemarie Hirsch, Patsy Brandenburger, Gayla Smith and Alice Rehm and (from left, standing) Becky Haglund, Cecile Jaladoni, Treasurer Vivian Norman, NTI Cochair Denise Giambalvo and Past President Peggy McAtee. Not pictured is Yvonne Scannell, president-elect..


April 1 Is Deadline to Apply for President’s Award

Has your chapter “made waves” to influencing practice? Then you will want to apply for the Circle of Excellence President’s Award.

This award will be presented to the chapter of chapters that best exemplify the theme of President Denise Thornby, RN, MS, during her presidential year. Thornby’s theme is “Make Waves: The Courage to Influence Practice.”

Applications for this award are due April 1, 2001.

For more information, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 339.


What's on Tap

Connecticut
The Western Connecticut Chapter will present “GI Issue in Critical Care” on March 15, 2001, in Danbury, Conn. For more information, contact Leslie Bardelli, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPAN, at (860) 355-1499; e-mail, Lbardelli@snet.net.

Georgia
The Savannah River Area Chapter will present “Emerging Trends in Critical Care” on March 16, 2001, in Augusta, Ga. For more information, contact Michelle Isdell, RN, at (706) 790-3663; e-mail, Misdell@mail.mcg.edu.

The Atlanta Area Chapter will present “Endocrine Emergencies” on May 5, 2001, in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, e-mail Nancy King at king_nancy@dkmc.org.

The Atlanta Area Chapter will present “12-Lead EKG” on July 12, 2001, in Atlanta, Ga., For more information, e-mail Nancy King at king_nancy@dkmc.org.

Illinois
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present its 27th Midwest Conference March 26 through 29, 2001, in Arlington Heights, Ill. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther, RN, MS, CCRN, at (847) 526-5865; e-mail, jlg3@gte.net, or Joy Speciale, RN, BS, CCRN, at (630) 766-1596; e-mail, jspeciale@aol.com.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter 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 gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Chicago West Suburban Chapter of AACN will sponsor its annual spring symposium on April 7, 2001, in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information, contact Kim Greg at (630) 968-5748 or Linda Morris, RNC, PhD, at lmorris@ahss.org.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a “Case Study Chatter Evening” on April 18, 2001, in Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther, RN, MS, CCRN, at (847) 526-5865; e-mail, jlg3@gte.net.

Indiana
The Greater Evansville Chapter will sponsor the “Critical Care Challenge” on April 19, 200, in Evansville, Ind. For more information, contact Lynn Schnautz at (812) 450-7172; or e-mail Lynn_Schnautz@Deaconess.com.

New Hampshire
The Southern New Hampshire Chapter will present “Advances in Critical Care New Technologies, New Therapies” as part of its 20-year celebration on April 17, 2001, in Manchester, N.H. For more information, contact Donna Proulx, RN, at (603) 624-8836, or visit the chapter Web site at http://members.aol.com/snhchaacn/index.html.

New Jersey
The Northern New Jersey Chapter will present its 13th annual conference, titled “Options in Critical Care Nursing 2001,” on April 4 and 5, 2001, in Clifton, N.J. For more information, contact Janice Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, at janice.wojcik@gte.net.

New York
The Greater Rochester Area Finger Lakes Chapter will present “Linkages 2001” on March 19, 2001, in Rochester, N.Y. For more information, e-mail Lori Kennedy, RN, BSN, CCRN, at graflaacn@aacn.com.

The New York City Chapter will present “Advances in Cardiovascular Nursing” on April 6, 2001, in New York City. For more information, contact the chapter at (212) 620-1900; e-mail, info@nycaacn.org, or e-mail Rey Rivera at ReyRRivera@aol.com.

Ohio
The Lake Erie Chapter of AACN, in conjunction with the Division of Nursing and the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, will present the 21st annual Dimensions in Cardiac Care Nursing Symposium April 1 through 3, 2001, in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, contact the Department of Continuing Education, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195; phone, (216) 444-5696 or (800) 762-8173.

Oregon
The Pacific Crest Regional Chapter 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, medwards@medford.net.

Pennsylvania
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will present “Coronary Anteriography/Percutaneous Coronary Re-Vasculatization: Current Technology” on March 22, 2001, in Warminster, Pa. For more information, e-mail the chapter at sepaaacn@aol.com.

The Greater Reading Chapter will present “Spring Into Critical Care 2001” on April 18, 2001, in Wyomissing, Pa. For more information, contact Jen Haraschak, RN, at (610) 927-9513; e-mail, Haras@gateway.net.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, in conjunction with MCP Hahnemann University, will present “Trends in Trauma Nursing and Cardiovascular Nursing” on April 22, 2001, in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information, visit nursing.mcphu.edu online or contact Anne Goldblatt, One Wynnewood Road, Suite 100, Wynnewood, PA 19096; phone, (610) 658-7266; fax, (610)658-7268; e-mail, SEPAAACN@aol.com.

Texas
The Dallas County Chapter will present “Nurse Thy Self: Creating a Climate of Caring for Nurses” on March 29, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. For more information, contact Darlene Legge, RN, CCRN, at (214) 759-2084, ext. 3680.

The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter will present “This is Your Blood; This is Your Blood on Drugs” on April 24, 2001, in Houston, Texas. For more information, contact Linda Cole, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (713) 794-6090.

Wisconsin
The Greater Milwaukee Chapter will present “Cardiac Arrythmias and Treatment Devices” on April 3, 2001, in Milwaukee, Wis. For more information, e-mail Holly Clanton at Holly.Clanton@med.va.gov.

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.