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Vol. 19, No. 12, DECEMBER 2002

New Chapter Formed in Jackson, Miss., Area

On hand for the kick-off reception for the Greater Jackson Area Chapter of AACN
were (from left, seated) Betty Alford, Alice Barnett, Tina Covington and Nicole
Bailey and (from left, standing) Dennis Maggi, Debbie Trussell, Jack Wilson,
Anita Peterson, Ginnie Ingram and Janice Taulli-Lasseigne.

Jackson, Miss., is one of the latest locations to enjoy the collective voice of critical care nursing. On Oct. 1, approximately 25 critical care nurses gathered at a reception to formally kick off the new Greater Jackson Area Chapter of AACN.

Already, the chapter has appeared on local television to talk about chapter activities. These appearances have resulted in calls of interest from numerous area nurses.

Earlier in the day, members of the chapter board participated in leadership training, conducted by AACN Membership and Chapter Specialist Dennis Maggi and Region 12 Chapter Advisory Team representative Tina Covington, RN, MN, CCRN, CS. During the session, such topics as membership recruitment, board transitions, chapter Web sites, e-mail, financial reporting, building a chapter and information on communicating internally and externally were discussed.

Nicole Bailey, RN, BSN, is the chapter president. The other officers are Alice Barnett, RNC, ADN, CCRN, president-elect; Debbie Trussell, RN, ADN, CCRN, secretary; and Jack Wilson, RN, BSN, treasurer.

March 1 Deadline to Apply for the Chapter President�s Award

Has your chapter used its collective voice�boldly and fearlessly? If so, you could be in line to receive the annual President�s Award for Chapters. Part of AACN�s Circle of Excellence recognition program, this award goes to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of the president of AACN. The theme of AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, is Bold Voices: Fearless and Essential.

Applications for the 2003 award are due March 1. The recipients will be announced at NTI 2003, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

A Growing Number of Chapters Enter Membership Drive

Chapters recruited 179 new members during October to help boost the totals in AACN�s Critical Links membership campaign to 1,802 since the campaign began May 1. (See Association News for results of individual recruitment campaign.)

Now leading the campaign among chapters is the Southwest Georgia Chapter, which has welcomed 53 new members.

The chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers and the largest percentage increase when the campaign ends April 30 will receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources and receive special recognition at NTI 2003 in San Antonio, Texas.

Each month, chapters that recruit new members are entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration for NTI 2003. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter won the complimentary NTI 2003 registration in the drawing for September.

Following are the results of the Critical Links chapter recruitment campaign as of Oct. 31:

Southwest Georgia Chapter 53
Greater Miami Area Chapter 25
Atlanta Area Chapter 24
Greater East Texas Chapter 24
Greater Birmingham Chapter 20
Peninsula Chapter 20
Lake Erie Chapter 19
Triangle Chapter 19
Siouxland Chapter 18
Brooklyn Chapter 16
Palmetto Chapter 16
South Central Connecticut Chapter 14
Chattanooga-Scenic City Chapter 13
Greater Evansville Chapter 13
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 13
Pacific Crest Regional Chapter 12
Mobile Bay Area Chapter 11
Montana Big Sky Chapter 11
Southern Maine Chapter 9
Broward County Chapter 8
First Coast Chapter 8
Greater Washington Area Chapter 8
Central Pennsylvania Chapter 7
Heart of the Piedmont Chapter 7
San Diego Area Chapter 7
Greater Jackson Chapter 6
Northwest Georgia Chapter 6
South Central Wisconsin Chapter 6
Vermont Green Mountain Chapter 6
Greater Raleigh Area Chapter 5
North Central Wisconsin Chapter 5
Rochester Chapter 5
Tennessee Valley Chapter 5
Greater Akron Area Chapter 4
Central Savannah River Chapter 3
Green Country Chapter 3
San Antonio Chapter 3
West Michigan Chapter 3
White River Chapter 3
Carolina Dogwood Chapter 2
Central Indiana Chapter 2
Coastal Plain Chapter 2
Dallas County Chapter 2
Greater Austin Area Chapter 2
Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter 2
Greater Portland Chapter 2
Greater Reading Chapter 2
Jacksonville Chapter 2
Jersey Shoreline Chapter 2
Lehigh Valley Chapter 2
Los Angeles Chapter 2
Greater Flint Area Chapter 2
Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter 2
Northeast Indiana Chapter 2
Palm Beach County Chapter 2
Piedmont Carolinas Chapter 2
Redwood Empire Chapter 2
San Fernando Valley Chapter 2
San Francisco Chapter 2
Southern Arizona Chapter 2
Spokane Chapter 2
Adirondack Regional Chapter 1
Central Louisiana Chapter 1
Chesapeake Bay Chapter 1
Coastal Chapter 1
Denver Chapter 1
East River Mountain Chapter 1
Eastern Iowa Chapter 1
Emerald Coast Chapter 1
Fairbanks North Star Chapter 1
Foot of the Blue Ridge Chapter 1
Fox River Valley Chapter 1
Gate City Chapter 1
Greater Boston Chapter 1
Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter 1
Greater Joliet Area Chapter 1
Greater Louisville Chapter 1
Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter 1
Greater New Orleans Chapter 1
Greater Richmond Area Chapter 1
Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter 1
Hangzhou China Chapter 1
Houston Gulf Coast Chapter 1
Indiana Hoosier South Central Chapter 1
Lake Superior Chapter 1
Merrimack Valley Chapter 1
Mid Cumberland Chapter 1
North Central Florida Chapter 1
North Valley Chapter 1
Puget Sound Chapter 1
Smoky Mountain Chapter 1
Southern New Hampshire Chapter 1
Southeast Missouri Chapter 1
Three Rivers Chapter 1
West Texas Chapter 1
Western Connecticut Chapter 1

New York City Chapter Marks 30 Years

AACN President Connie Barden (left, seated) was on hand to help members and past presidents
of the New York City Chapter celebrate the chapter�s 30th anniversary.

By Davy G. Diongson, RN
President-elect, New York City Chapter

The legacy of the New York City Chapter was recalled as members, officers and past presidents gathered on Oct. 18 to mark the chapter�s 30th anniversary. The occasion was celebrated on the first day of the chapter�s �Challenges 2002� program.

In addressing the gathering, the past presidents�including first president Joan Trowern Shumway�discussed how their involvement helped them to be a part of a larger organization that focused on issues confronting critical care nurses. As these leaders shared their first experiences with the chapter and reflected on their terms in office, it was evident that the New York City Chapter has continued to be a part of their lives.

Heading the 30th anniversary celebration were Nancy Ackerman, RN, MA, CCRN, CNAA, Susan Davis, RN, AND, MPH, CCRN, and Reynaldo Rivera, RN, MA, MEd, CCRN, CNAA, ANP. Ackerman and current President Michael Nozdrovicky, RN, MA, CCRN, NP, were hosts.

During opening remarks, Nozdrovicky noted that the New York City Chapter was officially founded on Oct. 25, 1972. He said it was one of the first chapters to develop a multipaged newsletter and to use nurses instead of physicians to speak at its symposia. Today, it has the second largest membership and the third largest treasury among AACN chapters.

Joining the celebration were AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, and past President Gladys Campbell, RN, MSN, a former chapter member.

In the Circle: Award Honors Pioneering Spirit

Following is the exemplar submitted in connection with the Pioneering Spirit Award for chapters. Part of AACN�s Circle of Excellence recognition program, this award recognizes chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care nursing in any setting. The recipient was awarded $1,000 toward participation in the 2003 NTI in San Antonio, Texas, or toward any AACN product.

Atlanta Area Chapter
Atlanta, Ga.
In line with the mission and vision of AACN, the Atlanta Chapter is committed to providing resources that facilitate learning. We developed a program to assist the larger community of critical care nurses in preparing for the CCRN certification examination.

For more than two years, we have provided a CCRN review course on a semiannual basis. After each review course, we analyzed the needs of our members and subsequently increased the course from five to six eight-hour days.

In addition, we present several scholarships each year to attend the course, and attendees can purchase study materials at a discounted price. We also honor the newly designated CCRNs by granting them chapter membership for a year without cost. Our new members attend chapter-sponsored seminars at a reduced fee during the first year. Increasing the numbers of new members has facilitated networking among new and existing members.

We began a program last year to reward those who have achieved CCRN certification by purchasing plaques for area hospitals. The plaques are engraved with the names of the CCRNs who work in critical care units at each hospital. The first group of plaques was presented in support of Critical Care Recognition and Awareness Month.

We recognized the need to incorporate a CCRN review course within our program development and responded to the request to offer the review on an ongoing basis. The success of the programs encouraged the chapter board of directors create additional incentives for the community of critical care nurses to seek certification. We are proud to promote the goals of education and excellence among our members by helping nurses achieve critical care certification.

Leadership Workshop Videotapes Distributed to Chapter Presidents

Videotapes of the 2002 Chapter Leadership Development Workshop in Atlanta, Ga., have been distributed to all chapter presidents. The four-tape packet, accompanied by a learner�s manual and approved for a total of 5.0 hours of continuing education credit, was funded in part by a grant from Siemens Medical Solutions and Stryker Medical.

Following a theme of �Journey of Rediscovery: Exploring the Landscape of Leadership,� the workshop was presented as a preconference to AACN�s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in May. The focus of the daylong program was the leadership skill sets that the AACN Leadership Development Work Group has identified as necessary for nurses to influence their practice and their work environments. A new resource, titled It�s All About You: A Blueprint for Influencing Practice, is also now available.

The 2002 workshop was led by AACN board members Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, CCRN, and Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, who were the board liaisons to the Chapter Advisory Team.

What's on Tap

The Sacramento Chapter will present a program on �New Ventilator Weaning Protocols� on Feb. 6. For more information, contact Lynn Loftis at lynn411@msn.com.

The Brevard Chapter will present its annual Christmas Awards Banquet on Dec. 19 in Cocoa Beach. For more information, contact Rheta Campbell at (321) 631-3439; e-mail, rhetasc@aol.com.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present its 4th Annual CV Symposium on Feb.11 at Weiss Memorial Hospital. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The White River Chapter will cosponsor with the Ball Memorial Hospital Critical Care Education Department a four-day CCRN Review on Jan. 24 and 25 and Feb. 7 and 8, 2003 at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie. For additional information, contact Terri Townsend at (765) 751-5014; e-mail, ttownsend@chs.cami3.com.

New York
The Leadership Special Interest Group of the New York City Chapter will present a program titled �Experiential Leadership� on Jan. 23. For more information, call (212) 620-1900; e-mail, info@nycaacn.org.

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, aacnnews@aacn.org.

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