AACN News—February 2002—Chapters

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Vol. 19, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2002


What's on Tap

Arizona
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 dogimomi@earthlink.net.

California
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, girljani@aol.com.

Florida
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; e-mail, rhetasc@aol.com.

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, martink@dbcc.cc.fl.us.

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.

Illinois
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, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

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, nwcac@juno.com.

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, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

Indiana
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 nursemdh@aol.com or Mary Lou Snouffer at INRNICU@aol.com.

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) 450-7249.

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.

Iowa
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 wmausser@aol.com or Michelle M. Jonas, RN, MA, CCRN, at jonasmm@crstlukes.com.

Louisiana
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 pfullerthenurse@aol.com.

Massachusetts
Region 1 chapters will present �Horizons 2002� on April 3 through 5, 2002, in Boston, Mass. For more information, e-mail Donna Proulx at webmaster@horizons2002.org.

Missouri
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; e-mail moxleys4@midwest.net.

New Jersey
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, rynfern@aol.com.

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, janice.wojcik@gte.net.

Ohio
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.

Oklahoma
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, ngolden1@prodigy.net.

Oregon
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, jmlang@cdsnet.net.

Pennsylvania
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, mininninc@msx.upmc.edu.

Texas
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, darlenel@bhcs.com.

Virginia
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, kagambler@erols.com.

Washington
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; e-mail, delestrez@aol.com.

Send your chapter�s program information to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2049; e-mail, aacnnews@aacn.org.


Past Chapter Presidents Invited to Become Regional Advisers

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 March 1

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 http://www.aacn.org > Membership > Awards.


Many NTI Sessions Are Geared to Chapter Interests

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 participate.
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 year�s workshop.

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 a Change?
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 focus.

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 Pizzazz!!!
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 Experience
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 http://www.aacn.org. The discounted, early-bird registration deadline is March 26.


In the Circle: Award Honors Outstanding Communication Systems


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 $1,000.


Dallas County Chapter
Dallas, Texas
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 made.

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.


Brevard Chapter
Rockledge, Fla.
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
Chicago, Ill.
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.