AACN News—May 2002—Chapters

AACN News Logo

Back to AACN News Home

Vol. 19, No. 5, MAY 2002


Kansas City Chapter Hosts Nursing Students


Central Missouri State University nursing students (from left) Nick
Mannering, Michelle Russell and Amanda Hill were guests at a progra
put on by the Kansas City Area Chapter. Joining the students were
Peggy Lewis (second from right), chapter president, and Vonna Eitel.


By Jo Ann Jenkins, RN, MSN, CCRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Central Missouri State University

The Kansas City Area Chapter of AACN recently reached out to nursing students from both sides of the state line: Kansas and Missouri. As a faculty member of one of the universities involved and a long-term critical care nurse, I was pleased to see this type of fostering.

Nursing students were invited to attend a six-hour professional development program. The opportunity was not only free but also included excellent handouts. The chapter even hosted the students for a meal.

The program, titled �High Acuity Patients�High Acuity Care Not Just in the ICU,� was presented by Mary Meyer, RN, Donna Pittaway, RN, and Peggy Lewis, RN. In addition to providing great instruction, the program introduced the students to a wonderful professional organization.

At a time when nursing is facing critical shortages, this nurturing of our future colleagues seems an excellent investment. Many thanks to those responsible for this program.


Put Your Chapter in the Circle of Excellence Nominations Due July 15, 2002

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 these 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Was Your Chapter Part of the Membership Campaign?

Who recruited new members in the Critical Links member-get-a-member campaign that ended April 1? Following are the final tallies for chapters that participated in the campaign.

Atlanta Area Chapter 74
Pacific Crest Regional Chapter 53
Greater Evansville Chapter 47
Heart of the Piedmont Chapter 36
Brooklyn Chapter 34
North Central Florida Chapter 34
Greater Miami Area Chapter 33
Greater Tulsa Area Chapter 29
Vermont Green Mountain Chapter 28
Broward County Chapter 23
Greater Raleigh Area Chapter 23
Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter 22
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 21
Greater Louisville Chapter 21
Northwest Georgia Chapter 19
Foot of the Blue Ridge Chapter 17
Greater East Texas Chapter 16
Mobile Bay Area Chapter 14
Piedmont Carolinas Chapter 12
Greater Austin Area Chapter 12
Peninsula Chapter 12
Carolina Dogwood Chapter 11
Minot Roughrider Chapter 11
North Central Wisconsin Chapter 10
South Carolina Mid State Chapter 10
Greater Phoenix Area Chapter 9
Greater St. Louis Chapter 9
Northeast Indiana Chapter 8
Brevard Chapter 8
Greater Flint Area Chapter 8
Palmetto Chapter 8
New York City Chapter 7
Greater Richmond Area Chapter 7
Ocean State Chapter 7
Montana Big Sky Chapter 6
Metropolitan Orlando Chapter 6
East River Mountain Chapter 6
Albemarle Area Chapter 6
Southern Arizona Chapter 5
Anchorage Chapter 5
Northern Arizona Chapter 5
Heart of Acadiana Chapter 5
Spokane Chapter 5
Head of the Lakes Chapter 5
Siouxland Chapter 5
Greater Akron Area Chapter 5
Central Savannah River Chapter 4
Coastal Plain Chapter 4
Southern Maine Chapter 4
New Jersey Capital Chapter 4
Central Minnesota Area Chapter 3
Greater Birmingham Chapter 3
West Michigan Chapter 3
Tennessee Valley Chapter 3
Fairbanks North Star Chapter 3
First Coast Chapter 3
Greater Kansas City Chapter 3
Smoky Mountain Chapter 3
White River Chapter 3
Coastal Chapter 3
Lake Erie Chapter 2
Puget Sound Chapter 2
Greater New Orleans Chapter 2
Greater Chicago Area Chapter 2
Southside Chicago Area Chapter 2
Chesapeake Bay Chapter 1
Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter 1
Northwest Chicago Area Chapter 1
North Valley Chapter 1
Southeast Michigan Chapter 1
Southeast Missouri Chapter 1
Washtenaw County Chapter 1
Smoky Hill Chapter 1
Triangle Chapter 1
Gate City Chapter 1
Missouri Valley Chapter 1
Columbia Wheatland Chapter 1
Big Bend Chapter 1
Jersey Shoreline Chapter 1
Central New York Chapter 1
Central Pennsylvania Chapter 1
South Bay Chapter 1
South Central Connecticut Chapter 1
Greater Memphis Area Chapter 1
Greater Mid Cities Chapter 1
Hill City Chapter 1
Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter 1

Congratulations to the March reward recipient in our monthly membership campaign drawing. Each month, one chapter received a complimentary registration to NTI 2002. The recipients were randomly selected from those who recruited at least one new member during the month.

The recipient in March was the Coastal Chapter.


What's on Tap

Florida
The Greater Miami Area Chapter will present a CCRN Review series on four Mondays, beginning May 20. For more information, e-mail miamiRN@aol.com.

The Emerald Coast Chapter will present a CCRN Review on June 21, 2002. To request a brochure, e-mail eccaacn@excite.com.

Illinois
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 Greater Chicago Area Chapter will sponsor its annual June Dinner Meeting and Pacemaker Workshop on June 11, 2002, in Chicago, Ill. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

North Carolina
The Foothills Chapter will present �Critical Care Nursing and the Law� on May 16, 2002, in Hickory, N.C. For more information, contact Cavelle Holbrook at (828) 324-5914; e-mail, cavelle@charter.net.

Ohio
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.

Tennessee
The Greater Memphis Area Chapter will host its quarterly meeting and induction of new officers on June 4, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Memphis, Tenn. For more information, contact Janet Mulroy at (901) 682-5478 or visit the chapter Web site at .

The Greater Memphis Area Chapter will present �Ventilation Strategies: Acute Management to Weaning� on June 18, 2002, at the Southern Traditions Ballroom, Memphis, Tenn. For more information, contact Janet Mulroy at (901) 682-5478 or visit the chapter Web site at http://www.aacn-gmac.org.

Virginia
The Peninsula Chapter will present �Critical Care Awareness Extravaganza� on May 30, 2002. For more information, contact: Beryl Keegan, RN, BSN, CCRN, at bphelpskeegan@cox.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, aacnnews@aacn.org.

Your Feedback