What's on Tap
The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present
�CCRN Exam Cram� on April 18 and 19, 2002, in Phoenix. For more information,
contact Debbie Milillo, RN, BSN, MSc, at (480) 661-8310 or Faye Dodd, RN, at
The South Bay Chapter will present �The Year
2002 and Beyond: A Brain Odyssey� on Feb. 22, 2002. For more information,
contact Yvonne McKenna at (831) 426-5665; e-mail,
The Brevard Chapter will present a CCRN review
course on Feb. 9 and 10, 2002, at Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Fla. For
more information, contact Rheta Campbell, chapter secretary, at (321) 631-3439;
The Space Coast Chapter will present �The
Changing Face of Cardiac Care� on Feb. 16 and 17, 2002, in Lake Buena Vista,
Fla. For more information, contact Cammy House-Fancher at (321) 757-9779.
The Volusia-Flagler Chapter will present �CCRN
Review 2002� on Feb. 27 and 28, 2002, at Memorial Hospital, Ormond Beach, Fla.
For more information, contact Kim Martin at (386) 255-8131, ext. 3729; e-mail,
The Greater Miami Area Chapter will present its
Miami Teaching Institute on March 22, 2002, at South Miami Hospital. For more
information, e-mail miamiRN@aol.com.
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present
�End of Life Nursing Care in the ICU: Symptom Management to Legal Issues� on
March 5, 2002, at Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital, Chicago. For more
information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail,
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present
its 28th annual Midwest Conference on March 11 through 13, 2002, in Arlington
Heights, Ill. A preconference will be offered on March 10. For more information,
contact Joy Speciale at (630) 766-1596; e-mail,
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present
�Pancreatitis Update� on April 9, 2002, in Chicago, Ill. For more information,
contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail,
The Northeastern Indiana Chapter will present a
dinner recognizing critical care nurses and honoring CCRNs on Feb. 25, 2001. For
more information, e-mail Marie Hamrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Lou Snouffer
The Greater Evansville Chapter will join
Deaconess Hospital and the University of Southern Indiana in presenting the
�Heart of Cardiovascular Nursing 2002 Seminar� on March 7, 2002. For more
information, contact Lynn Schnautz at (812) 450-7172 or Ellen Wathen at (812)
The Greater Evansville Chapter will present its
10th annual �Critical Care Challenge� on April 11, 2002, at St. Mary�s Manor.
For more information, contact Lynn Schnautz at (812) 450-7172, Kathy Burton at
(800) 852-7279, ext. 0329, or Marlena Thweatt at (270) 521-6033.
The Eastern Iowa Chapter, in partnership with
Eli Lilly Company and Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceutical, will present �Critical Care:
Controversies & Cutting Edge� on April 26, 2002, in Williamsburg, Iowa. For more
information, e-mail William Mausser, RN, MBA, CCRN, at
or Michelle M. Jonas, RN, MA, CCRN, at
The Greater New Orleans and Gulf Coast Magnolia
chapters will present a critical care teaching day titled �A Journey to New
Horizons� on March 8, 2002. For more information, contact Pat Fuller at
Region 1 chapters will present �Horizons 2002�
on April 3 through 5, 2002, in Boston, Mass. For more information, e-mail Donna
The Greater St. Louis Chapter will present its
20th annual symposium, �Critical Care Trends for the New Millennium,� on March 7
and 8, 2002, at the America�s Center; St. Louis, Mo. For more information,
contact Anne Vigil at (314) 353-6064 or Karen Zahn at (314) 843-5045.
The Southeast Missouri Chapter will present
�CCRN Cram Review� on March 19 and 20, 2002, at Southeast Missouri State
University, Cape Girardeau, Mo. For more information, call (573) 339-0551;
The Jersey Shoreline Chapter will present
�Critical Care Systems/CCRN Review� on March 14 and 15, 2002, at the Greystone
Manor in Freehold, N.J. For more information, contact: Ryn Fernandez at (732)
462-6976; fax, (732) 462-0132; e-mail,
The Northern New Jersey Chapter will present
�Options in Critical Care Nursing 2002� on April 11 and 12, 2002, in Fairfield,
N.J. For more information, contact Janice Wojcik at (973) 905-7205; e-mail,
The Central Ohio Chapter will present the 13th
annual �Heart to Mindtalk: Making the Neuro-Cardiac Connection� on March 8,
2002, at Riverside Health Center, Columbus, Ohio. For more information, contact
Diane Sanders at (614) 470-2518; fax, (614) 294-0066.
The Greater Tulsa Area Chapter will present its
28th annual Critical Care Symposium on March 1, 2002, in Tulsa, Okla. For more
information, contact Neil Golden, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (918) 494-3553; e-mail,
The Pacific Crest Regional Chapter will present
�Strategies for Understanding Fluid, Electrolyte, Acid-Base Interactions and
Renal Failure� on Feb. 28, 2002, in Medford, Ore. For more information, contact
Elaine Ritchey at (541) 779-1837; e-mail,
The Three Rivers Chapter will present a CCRN
review course on March 1 and 2, 2002, in Pittsburgh, Pa. For more information,
contact Nicolette C. Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN, at (412) 383-7104; fax, (412)
383-7105; e-mail, email@example.com.
The Dallas County Chapter will present a CCRN
review course on April 4 and 5, 2002, at Baylor University Medical Center. For
more information, contact Darlene Legge at (214) 820-3680; e-mail,
The Greater Richmond Area Chapter will present
�Law and Order� on March 13, 2002, at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, Va.
For more information, contact Karen Gravley at (804) 796-4751; e-mail,
The Northwest Evergreen Chapter will present
�Mosaic of Critical Care� on March 1, 2002, in Arlington, Wash. For more
information, contact Mary Lee Delestrez at (360) 652-8008; fax, (425) 261-3360;
Send your chapter�s program information to AACN
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Past Chapter Presidents Invited to Become
Region 12 is now on the list of AACN regions
where a Chapter Advisory Team representative is needed for 2002-03. Region 12
encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
AACN is currently inviting past chapter
presidents to apply for these advisory positions. In addition to Region 12,
positions are open in Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), Region 2 (New York), Region 3 (Delaware, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania), Region 7 (Florida), Region 8 (Michigan, Wisconsin),
Region 9 (Indiana, Ohio), Region 13 (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska), Region 14
(Kansas, Missouri), Region 16 (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming) and
Region 18 (Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington).
The Chapter Advisory Team plays a vital role in
supporting and linking local AACN chapters and the national leadership team.
CAT representatives serve staggered terms of
between one and three years. In addition to face-to-face meetings, CAT members
participate in conference calls, communicate with chapter leaders in their
regions and the National Office, and utilize electronic media and online
communication tools and databases.
If you think you may be interested in the CAT
position in your region, but have questions, contact Dennis Maggi at (800)
394-5995, ext. 339. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2002.
Applications for President�s Award Are Due
Has your chapter exemplified the �A Journey of
Rediscovery: Looking In and Reaching Out� theme chosen by AACN President Michael
L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN? If so, you will want to apply for the 2002 Circle of
Excellence President�s Award for Chapters. The deadline to apply is March 1.
Chapters chosen for recognition will receive a
monetary award. Their exemplary efforts will also be recognized in the annual
Circle of Excellence awards publication and at AACN�s National Teaching
Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 4 through 9, 2002, in Atlanta, Ga.
For more information about the Circle of
Excellence President�s Award for Chapters or to obtain an award application,
call (800) 899-2226. Request Item #1011. Or, visit the AACN Web site at
> Membership > Awards.
Many NTI Sessions Are Geared to Chapter
From leadership development to sharing
successes, AACN�s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May
4 through 9, 2002, in Atlanta, Ga., has plenty to interest chapters.
In addition to opportunities to meet one on one
with representatives of the Chapter Advisory Team or the AACN National Office,
NTI concurrent and enrichment sessions will address a range of topics
specifically related to chapters.
Leading off the lineup of chapter-related
activities is the third Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, which is
scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5. �Journey of Rediscovery:
Exploring the Landscape of Leadership� is the theme of the workshop, for which
presidents-elect or other leaders were nominated by their chapters to
This year�s workshop will focus on dialogue,
navigating change, conflict management and self-awareness, the leadership skill
sets that the Leadership Development Work Group has identified as necessary for
influencing practice and our work environment.
Leading the workshop will be AACN board members
Bertie Chuong, RN, MS, CCRN, and Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, who are
the board liaisons to the Chapter Advisory Team. The opening speech will be
delivered by Joan M. Vitello-Cicciu, RN, MSN, CS, FAAN, a past president of AACN,
whose presentation will include identifying the skills needed to be a successful
leader. Another past president, Anne W. Wojner, RN, PhD, CCRN, will close this
The chapter leaders will also hear from AACN
President Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, President-elect Connie Barden, RN,
MSN, CCNS, CCRN, and CEO Wanda Johanson, RN, MN, as well as AACN Marketing
Director Dana Woods and public relations consultant Chris Foster. Past AACN
leaders who are attending the NTI are being invited to attend the workshop and
share their leadership experiences with participants.
In addition, Chapter Advisers Polly Zahrt, RN,
BSN (Region 15), and Jackie Palmer, RN, CEN, DABFN, SANE, (Region 11), will
speak on transitioning chapter leadership from one year to the next. Chapter
representatives will also have time to meet with the chapter advisers
representing their regions.
The annual Chapter Presidents Luncheon,
sponsored by Nellcor, is another special event that highlights and recognizes
chapters at the NTI.
Following are brief descriptions of the other
chapter sessions that are scheduled:
A Journey of Rediscovery: To Boldly Go Where
No One Has Gone Before!
As recipients of the AACN Circle of Excellence
Sharon Connor Chapter Leadership Development Award for 2001, representatives of
the White River Chapter of AACN will share ways their chapter has realized
success. Leslie Cowan, RN, BSN, and Alexis Neal, RN, MA, chapter president and
president-elect, respectively, will present tips for developing a new chapter or
strengthening an existing one. Membership campaigns, communications, a chapter
liaison program, fund-raising and chapter needs assessment are among the areas
set for discussion.
Chapter Rediscovery and Renewal: Fishing for
Participants will learn how mentoring and
applying the �Four Fish Strategies/Principles� can develop chapter leaders in
this session presented by Cheryl Barrett, RN, MSN, past president of the
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN; Clare Marie Tack, Region 3 chapter
adviser and SePA treasurer; and Region 17 Chapter Adviser Barbara Monroe, RN,
MS, CCRN. The importance of mentoring from within a chapter will be stressed as
strategies, and examples are presented for discussion.
Rediscovering Your Chapter: Charting the
Course Through Strategic Planning
Janice M. Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, past
president of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of AACN, will describe the rewards,
both personal and professional, of chapter membership and participation in
chapter activities. Strategies for energizing a chapter, as well as creative
ways to maximize participation as an AACN chapter member or leader, will be the
Igniting the Power Within Your Chapter: The
Art of Mentoring
Karen R. Zwerneman, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of
the Dallas County Chapter of AACN, will emphasize how the nursing shortage has
affected not only attracting new applicants and retraining experienced staff in
the workplace, but also recruiting critical care nurses for chapter membership
and activities. The importance of developing mentoring relationships to address
these issues will be discussed.
Puttin� on the Ritz: Programming With
Maggie Carriker, RN, MSN, Region 8 chapter
adviser, and Julene B. Kruithof, RN, MSN, CCRN, president of the West Michigan
Chapter of AACN, will discuss ways to develop educational programs that are
informative, entertaining and captivating. Program selection and fiscal
management are among the areas that will be examined.
Creating the Perfect Gumbo: a Shared Chapter
This presentation will provide AACN chapter
members with a framework for planning and executing a successful teaching day in
their areas. Wendy Garretson, RN, MN, CCRN, MaryLee Hanemann, RN, MSN, CCRN, and
Pat Fuller, RN, will describe how the Greater New Orleans and Gulfcoast Magnolia
chapters joined forces to plan such an event.
For more information about the NTI or to
register, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the NTI Web site at
discounted, early-bird registration deadline is March 26.
In the Circle: Award Honors Outstanding
Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted
in connection with the Outstanding Chapter Communication System Award, part of
AACN�s Circle of Excellence recognition program. This award recognizes chapters
that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN�s messages in the
chapter or the community. One chapter from each membership category received
Dallas County Chapter
A needs assessment indicated not only that
insufficient information was getting to the membership but also that it was not
getting out in a timely manner. To address this issue, several changes were
The timing of the newsletter, which had been
targeted for mailing one week prior to each monthly meeting, was changed to
every other month to allow more time to produce a quality product. In the off
months, a reminder card announcing meeting topics and speakers, as well as other
educational opportunities or special announcements, was sent to members.
The chapter also created informational boards to
display in hospital units throughout the area. Included was information about
the chapter, national and local membership forms and an area to announce monthly
meeting topics and speakers. Chapter members volunteered to update and stock
these boards. Fliers for the next month�s speaker and topic are available for
the members to post in their work areas.
In addition, the chapter voicemail is checked at
least three times per week. Along with the ability for members to leave
messages, a greeting provides information on upcoming meetings and educational
events. The chapter also has an e-mail address. E-mail and voicemail messages
are forwarded to the appropriate person in the chapter.
Most exciting is the development of our chapter
Web site, which is intended to become our main communication tool. Eventually,
we plan to use the Web site to deliver the types of information contained in our
newsletter more quickly and to a larger number of people. Because almost
everyone has access to the Internet, we decided that this was our best option.
In an effort to develop a dynamic foundation for
vital communications and the future growth of our chapter, and to respond to the
expressed needs of our professional and public community, we developed an
excellent strategic plan.
Initially, we reviewed existing strategic plans
from other AACN chapters throughout the country. We decided our plan would be a
comprehensive, developmental tool, with the components of a classic,
professional strategic plan.
Several meetings were held to brainstorm through
a SWOC analysis, critical issue identification and goal development. The five
major strategic issues facing the chapter involved visibility and public
awareness, RN membership growth, student RN support and recruitment, financial
security, and membership participation. Goals and strategies were developed to
effect resolution of these issues, and a five-year plan was presented to the
membership in June 2000. It was approved unanimously and activated at the
beginning of the next fiscal year.
The plan follows up with recommendations
regarding evaluation and a vision of the future for the chapter. This vision is
one of an efficient, effective, proactive, and progressive organization
committed to the noble values that represent the best of human virtue.
By the year 2005, the Brevard Chapter plans to
be a model for AACN chapters throughout the state and a key resource in
assisting other chapters to improve operations.
Greater Chicago Area Chapter
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter Board values
communication as the key to helping membership stay active and connected to AACN.
Communication is achieved through many initiatives:
� A yearly needs assessment that includes a
biannual phone survey of membership satisfaction
� Evaluations of the monthly education meetings
� Monthly postcards announcing chapter meetings
� An e-mail address maintained by the chapter�s
president-elect. E-mail has been a wonderful tool to inform and assist members
with their needs.
These communication strategies have clearly
strengthened our chapter.