AACN News—November 2002—Chapters

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Vol. 19, No. 11, NOVEMBER 2002


In the Circle: Award Recognizes Chapter Leadership Development

Following is the exemplar submitted in connection with the AACN Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award for 2002. Part of AACN�s Circle of Excellence recognition program, this award was named in honor of longtime AACN national office team member Sharon Connor, who died in June 1997. The award 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 �C�s�: communication, connection, consistency and contribution. The recipient was presented $1,000.

Smoky Mountain Chapter
Knoxville, Tenn.
The Smoky Mountain Chapter has a thorough, cyclic approach to leadership that has yielded success in developing programs and selecting of competent, committed officers.

Our fiscal year begins in August with a board of directors meeting, which is designated as a planning meeting to address holdover issues from the preceding year and to brainstorm for programs and activities for the coming year. Committees are established and assignments handed out.

Every officer receives a transition notebook containing a job description. This allows officers to develop a timeline that will allow them to meet their responsibilities in the coming year.

Another responsibility of our board is direct mentorship of future leaders and officers-elect. During their term of office, each member of the board is responsible for reviewing their job description and responsibilities and compiling a transition notebook for his or her successor.

Another form of communication is the chapter newsletter, which includes the name, address, e-mail and phone number of all board members, as well as the names of our hospital, community and schools of nursing liaisons.

Our transition meeting, usually scheduled in July, is a daylong event involving all outgoing and incoming board members. Programs and workshops presented during the year are reviewed and suggestions provided for the next year. At the conclusion of the transition meeting, plans are made for the August meeting and the cycle begins again.

This consistent, systematic approach has prepared our officers to effectively lead, mentor, recruit and retain new members and future leaders and to complete their roles with a minimum of questions and confusion. This has resulted in increased satisfaction and a feeling of preparedness for the job.


A Growing Number of Chapters Enter Membership Drive

Chapters recruited 88 new members during September, helping to boost the totals in AACN�s Critical Links membership campaign to 1,230 since the campaign began May 1.

Still leading the campaign among chapters are the Greater Miami Area Chapter, with 25 new members recruited, and the Peninsula Chapter in the Williamsburg, Va., area, with 20 new members recruited. However, the Atlanta Area Chapter doubled its numbers to boost its total to 19 new members recruited.

The numbers brought in for September by both the Siouxland Chapter in the Sioux Falls, S.D., area and the Southwest Georgia Chapter in the Albany area made them among the top chapter recruiters. The Siouxland Chapter recruited 18 new members in September and the Southwest Georgia Chapter 12. The seven new members recruited by the Greater Birmingham Chapter in September placed it in the running also with a total of 17 new members recruited.

The chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers or 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 Atlanta Area 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 September 30:

Greater Miami Area Chapter 25
Peninsula Chapter 20
Greater East Texas Chapter 19
Triangle Chapter 19
Atlanta Area Chapter 18
Lake Erie Chapter 18
Siouxland Chapter 18
Greater Birmingham Chapter 17
Southwest Georgia Chapter 12
Brooklyn Chapter 11
Montana Big Sky Chapter 11
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 11
Broward County Chapter 8
Greater Washington Area Chapter 8
Mobile Bay Area Chapter 8
Southern Maine Chapter 8
San Diego Area Chapter 7
Central Pennsylvania Chapter 6
Greater Evansville Chapter 6
Northwest Georgia Chapter 5
North Central Wisconsin Chapter 5
Rochester Chapter 5
Tennessee Valley Chapter 5
Greater East Texas Chapter 4
Carolina Dogwood Chapter 2
Central Savannah River Chapter 2
Coastal Plain Chapter 2
Heart of the Piedmont Chapter 2
Jacksonville Chapter 2
South Central Connecticut Chapter 2
Greater Austin Chapter 2
Central Louisiana Chapter 1
Chesapeake Bay Chapter 1
Denver Chapter 1
Dallas County Chapter 1
Emerald Coast Chapter 1
Greater Birmingham Chapter 1
Greater Flint Area Chapter 1
Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter 1
Greater Joliet Area Chapter 1
Greater Portland Chapter 1
Green County Chapter 1
Houston Gulf Coast Chapter 1
Indiana Hoosier South Central Chapter 1
Jersey Shoreline Chapter 1
Lake Superior Chapter 1
Lehigh Valley Chapter 1
Los Angeles Chapter 1
North Central Florida Chapter 1
Piedmont Carolinas Chapter 1
San Antonio Chapter 1
San Francisco Chapter 1
South Central Wisconsin 1
Southeast Missouri Chapter 1
Three Rivers Chapter 1
Vermont Green Mountain Chapter 1
West Michigan Chapter 1
West Texas Chapter 1
Western Connecticut Chapter 1
White River Chapter


Leadership Workshop Videotapes Distributed to Chapter Presidents

Videotapes of the 2002 Chapter Leadership Development Workshop in Atlanta, Ga., are now being distributed to all chapter presidents.

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 were 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. (See page 9.)

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

Florida
The Brevard Chapter will present a program titled �Procrit Use for the Critical Care Patient� on Nov. 20. For more information, contact Sharnel Smith at (321) 639-2556; e-mail, sharnel@aol.com.

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

Illinois
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled �Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome� on Nov. 20 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill. For more information, contact Marilyn Arnold at (630) 833-4824; fax, (630) 993-4232; e-mail, marnold@emhc.org.

Indiana
The White River Chapter will host its annual bus trip to Edinburgh, Ind., on Nov. 16. For more information, contact Susan Little at (765) 747-3222.

The Greater Evansville Chapter will present a program titled �Clinical Management of Intra Aortic Balloon Pumps� on Nov. 20 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind. For more information, contact Jean Hunt at (812) 450-7444.

Oregon
The Greater Portland Chapter will present its 2002 Critical Care Symposium on Nov. 21 and 22 in Portland, Ore. For more information, contact Jamie Enders at (503) 674-3560; e-mail, jamiegpc@aol.com.

Vermont
The Vermont Green Mountain Chapter will present a CCRN review course on Nov. 18 and 19 in Burlington, Vt. For more information, contact Dottie Flowers or Carol Guyette at (802) 847-5109.

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.