AACN News—April 2002—Opinions

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Vol. 19, No. 4, APRIL 2002

Put Your Chapter in AACN�s 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, 2002.

Following is information about each of these awards and the recipients of the 2002 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 2003 NTI in San Antonio, Texas, or toward any AACN product.

Receiving this award for 2002 is:

Atlanta Area Chapter
Atlanta, Ga.

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 is selected to receive $1,000.

Receiving this award for 2002 is:

Smoky Mountain Chapter
Knoxville, Tenn.

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 is awarded $1,000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2002 are:

Smoky Mountain Chapter
Knoxville, Tenn.

New York City Chapter
New York, N.Y.

White River Chapter
Muncie, Ind.

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 are recognized separately. One chapter from each category is selected to receive $1,000.

Chapters receiving the award for 2002 are:

Dallas County Chapter
Dallas, Texas

Coast to Coast Chapter
Orlando, Fla.

West Michigan Chapter
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Greater New Orleans Chapter
New Orleans, La.

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 2001-02 President Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, is �A Journey of Rediscovery: Looking In and Reaching Out.�

Receiving the award for 2002 are:

Northern New Jersey Chapter
Highland Lakes, N.J.

An Honorable Mention went to:
Greater Akron Area Chapter
Akron, Ohio

Applications for the 2003 award are due March 1, 2003.

The theme of incoming 2002-03 President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, will be announced at the NTI.

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 receive five complimentary tickets to and are recognized at the Certification Luncheon during NTI. Awards are presented to one chapter from each membership category. Receiving the award for 2002 are:

To apply for this award for 2002, submit the chapter roster that highlights the CCRNs, as of Jan. 1, 2002, and a chapter roster that highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of Dec. 31, 2002.

For more information about the Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards program or to obtain an awards guide, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1011 or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org > Membership > Awards.

Central Minnesota Chapter Cardiac Class Popular With Area Sixth-Grade Students

Sheila Campbell, a member of the Central
Minnesota Chapter of AACN, works with
sixth-graders in her area as part of a
chapter-sponsored cardiac class.

For the past four years, members of the Central Minnesota Chapter of AACN have been teaching a cardiac class to sixth-graders in their area. More than 100 students have participated each year.

The chapter members develop the curriculum, which consists of four distinct modules:

� Cardiac structure and function, using a heart model
� Nutrition, using various food containers, vials of fat from popular foods and plastic bags of sugar
� Conductivity, using a cardiac monitoring device that allows all students to do an actual tracing of themselves
� Vital signs, using dual stethoscopes so that students can listen to their own heart sounds

The students rotate in groups of six to eight among the modules and also work on word puzzles and worksheets.

During the class, the chapter members talk about their roles in an effort to enhance the image of nursing. Because the curriculum has been set, different nurses can participate in the program each year.

What's on Tap

The Atlanta Area Chapter will present �Pulmonary Update� on April 23, 2002. For more information, contact: Nancy King at (404) 501-5896; e-mail, leontdog@aol.com.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present �Diabetes Update: Insulin Management� on May 14, 2002, at Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital, Chicago, Ill. For more information, contact: Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present �Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease� on May 15, 2002, at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill. For additional information, contact Marilyn Arnold at (630) 833-4824; fax, (630) 993-4232; e-mail, marnold@emhc.org.

The Central Ohio Chapter will sponsor a Nurses� Day Celebration featuring a dinner program on �Sepsis: New Insight, New Outlooks� on May 14, 2002, in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, contact Shirlien Metersky at (614) 470-2518; e-mail, smetersk@ohiohealth.com.

The Northcentral Wisconsin Chapter will present �Improving Your Expertise: Neuro, Renal and GI� on April 19, 2002, in Wausau, Wisc. For more information, contact: Rachel Monday at (715) 571-6397; e-mail, rachelo@waushosp.org.

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.
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