AACN News—May 2001—Chapters

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Vol. 18, No. 5, MAY 2001

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. Applications for all except the President’s Award for chapters and the CCRN Certification Drive Award for 2002 are due July 15, 2001.

Following is information about each of these awards and the recipients of the 2001 awards:

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 will be awarded $1,000 toward participation in the 2002 NTI in Atlanta, Ga., or toward any AACN product.

Chapters receiving the award for 2001 are:

Brevard Chapter

Greater Kansas City Chapter

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 Cs: communication, connection, consistency and contribution. One chapter from each membership category will receive $1,000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2001 are:

Dallas County Chapter

Greater Evansville Chapter

Sacramento Area Chapter

White River Chapter

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 $1,000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2001 are:

Brevard Chapter

Dallas County Chapter

Greater Chicago Area Chapter

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.

Chapters receiving the award for 2001 are:

Central Savannah River Area Chapter

Sacramento Area Chapter

Suspension Bridge Chapter & Three Rivers Chapter

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 Denise Thornby, RN, MS, 2000-01 president, is “Make Waves: The Courage to Influence Practice.” The theme of incoming AACN President Michael Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, is “A Journey of Rediscovery: Looking In and Reaching Out.”
Applications for the 2002 award are due March 1, 2002.

Receiving this award for 2001 is:
Western Connecticut Chapter

Heart of the Piedmont Chapter
North Carolina
Honorable Mention

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 Certification Luncheon during NTI 2002. 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, 2001, and a chapter roster that highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of Dec. 31, 2001.

For more information about the Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards program or to obtain an awards guide, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org. Click on “Membership,” then “Awards.”

Orlando Chapter Sponsors PA Catheter Project Study Site
The Metropolitan Orlando Chapter of AACN in Florida sponsored one of three sites for a national pilot study to validate levels I and II of a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter education project that was part of a national clinical outcomes study. The national PA Catheter Clinical Outcomes project was initiated by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

The education project was focused on developing a standardized program to meet the needs of clinicians regarding the PA catheter. The pilot studies tested the validity and effectiveness of the program.

Serving as a co-investigator on the project was chapter member Daleen Aragon, RN, PhD, CCRN. In addition to Orlando, study sites were in San Francisco, Calif., and Detroit, Mich.

The national study group includes experts representing critical care organizations, including AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Happy 25th!

Past presidents of the Sacramento Chapter of AACN were honored during
the chapter’s 25th anniversary dinner in October 2000. Pictured are (from
left, foreground) Elizabeth Boniface, Catherine Ross, Carol Hope, Joeleen
Sumner and Brenda McCulloch and (from left, back row) Kathy Edelblute,
Freda Sorensen, Sandra Parker, Christine Nelson, Marlene Winegar,

Carolyn Wilke and Sandra Molzen.

What's on Tap

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.

The Coast to Coast Chapters will present “Waves of Wisdom 2001: An Odyssey in Courage” on July 20 and 21, 2001, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. For more information, contact Rheta Campbell at (321) 631-3439; e-mail, RhetaSC@aol.com

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present “What Is Your Real Age?” on June 19, 2001, in Chicago Ill. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358;
e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will sponsor its member recognition dinner on June 20, 2001, in Schaumberg, Ill. “The Magic of Making a Difference” is the theme. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther, RN, MS, CCRN, 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,
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