AACN News—September 2002—Chapters

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Vol. 19, No. 9, SEPTEMBER 2002

In the Circle: Chapters Exemplify AACN President's Theme

Editor's note: Part of AACN's Circle of Excellence recognition program, the President's Award is presented each year to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the annual theme of the president of AACN. The theme of 2001-02 President Michael L. Williams, RN, MSN, CCRN, was �A Journey of Rediscovery: Looking In and Reaching Out.� Following are excerpts from the exemplars submitted by the Northern New Jersey Chapter, which received the award for 2002, and the Greater Akron Chapter, which received an honorable mention. Nominations for the 2003 award are due March 1, 2003. The theme of incoming 2002-03 AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, is �Bold Voices: Fearless and Essential.�

Northern New Jersey Chapter
Highland Lakes, N.J.
The invitation by AACN President Michael L. Williams to join him on a �Journey of Rediscovery: Looking In and Reaching Out� was an inspiration to our chapter.

�Looking in� required a clear definition of the chapter's strategic plan to provide the chapter leadership with a framework for the planning and implementation of activities throughout the year. AACN's mission, vision, values and ethic of care provide the foundation to build our programs and activities. We looked in to determine how to best utilize these resources to serve the needs of critical care and acute care professionals at the local level.

As we embarked on our journey, we focused on what �reaching out� meant in relation to providing quality educational programs and enhanced communication through our chapter newsletter, Critical Care Update. It also meant promoting AACN's programs and objectives to nurses who care for critically ill patients outside of the critical care units. In addition, our proximity to New York City placed our members in a position to become actively involved in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, disaster that shocked and saddened our nation and many around the world.

For us, the journey continues. As we move forward, we realize that there is no final destination. We will grow along the way as we rediscover our colleagues, our association, our chapter and ourselves. The journey has changed our chapter as we strive toward making our optimal contribution to critical care nursing.

Greater Akron Area Chapter
Akron, Ohio
Our journey began at the 2000 NTI, when we discovered not only that we could become energized and have our individual needs met, but also that many groups and chapters were having the same experience. Realizing that we hadn't received communication from the Greater Akron Area Chapter in a long time, we wondered what had happened to this chapter. We knew that a local chapter of AACN could provide the structure and leadership for networking, educational programming and professional growth among critical care nurses and nursing students. How could we have an active chapter again? The journey that started in Orlando, Fla., had now become a quest in a new direction.

Looking in, we learned that the GAAC had been active in the late 1980s, but had disbanded in 1999. This once vital chapter had somehow lost its momentum and vision. Now, our journey was changing us from being individually focused on adopting the AACN mission, vision and values to promoting these ideals for others to embrace.

It was time to reach out and obtain the guidance needed to organize our local chapter. Former chapter leaders, members, the Region 9 chapter adviser and AACN offered support in working toward chapter renewal. Now, the chapter has more than 70 members, who represent nine community hospitals and three universities. We have developed a chapter Web site and have active committees.

Our journey continues as we travel the roads that will lead us toward developing a strong local chapter committed to the needs of critical care nurses and our community. Through our collaborative efforts of looking in, partnering with AACN and reaching out, a rediscovery has occurred in our critical care nursing community and the energy is contagious.

What's on Tap

The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present �Infectious Disease in the New Millennium� on Oct. 25 at the Ambulatory Care Building of the Veterans Administration Medical Center. For more information, contact Debbie Milillo at (480) 661-8310; e-mail, dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

The South Bay Chapter will present �Challenges in Pediatric Care Settings� on Sept. 20 at the San Jose Medical Center Auditorium, San Jose, Calif. For more information, contact Dawna Hawksworth at (408) 482-2540; e-mail, dawhaw@pacbell.net.

The San Francisco Chapter will present �Bridges� on Oct. 11 in the St. Mary's Cathedral conference center, San Francisco, Calif. For more information, contact Julie McCorkle at (925) 370-7236; e-mail, jmccorklern@hotmail.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present �Cardiac Case Studies�Markers and More� on Oct. 16 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.

The Greater Evansville Chapter will cosponsor with Deaconess Hospital a two-day CCRN Review on Oct. 23 and 24 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville. For additional information, contact Bev Farmer, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (812) 450-2192 or Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, at (812) 450-7172.

New Hampshire
The Southern New Hampshire Chapter will present �Obstetric Emergencies/Case Studies� on Oct. 18 in Bedford, in conjunction with the Region 1 fall meeting on Oct. 19. For more information, call (603) 624-8836.

New York
The New York City Chapter will present �Challenges 2002� on Oct. 18 and 19 at the New York Helmsley Hotel, in conjunction with the Region 2 fall meeting on Oct. 19. For more information, contact Kathleen Collins at (212) 620-1900; e-mail, info@nycaacn.org.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will present its �Trends in Critical Care Nursing Conference� on October 22 through 25 at the Adams Mark Hotel, Philadelphia. For more information, contact the SePA chapter office at (610) 528-7266; e-mail, SEPAAACN@aol.com.

The Peninsula Chapter will present �Reflections on Critical Care� on Sept. 25 through 27 in at the Radisson Inn Settler's Landing, Hampton, Va., in conjunction with the Region 4 fall meeting on Sept. 27. For more information, contact Beryl Keegan at (757) 564-0825; e-mail, bphelpskeegan@cox.net.

The Puget Sound Chapter will present the �Currents� critical care symposium on Oct. 14 and 15 in Seattle, Wash., in conjunction with the Region 18 fall meeting. For more information, call the voice mail for Chapter President Patricia Blissitt and the committee at (206) 340-1275; e-mail, psc_aacn@hotmail.com, or visit the chapter Web site at http://psc_aacn.tripod.com/home.html.

The South Central Wisconsin Chapter will cosponsor �New Directions: Critical Care 2002� with the University of Wisconsin Hospital Department of Nursing on Sept. 26 and 27 at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union, Madison. For more information, contact Betty Bakken at (608) 263-6490; fax, (608) 265-5444; e-mail, r.bakken@hosp.wisc.edu.

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.

Regional Meetings Bring Critical Care Nurses Together

AACN fall regional meetings, which are scheduled throughout the country, offer members and prospective members a chance to network with colleagues and learn more about AACN and its chapters. Although fall regional meetings are hosted by chapters, they are open to members who are not chapter members and to critical care nurses who are interested in AACN. In some regions, chapters sponsor educational programs in conjunction with the meetings. Following is a list of the remaining meetings that have been scheduled to date:

Region 1 Oct. 19 in Manchester, N.H., for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; hosted by Southern New Hampshire Chapter; contact Mary-Liz Bilodeau, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, region1@aacn.org

Region 2 Oct. 19 in New York City for New York; hosted by New York City Chapter; contact Rey Rivera, RN, MA, EdM, CCRN, CNAA, ANP, region2@aacn.org

Region 3 TBA for Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; contact Janice M. Wojcik, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CS, region3@aacn.org

Region 4 Sept. 27 in Hampton, Va., for Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia; hosted by Peninsula Chapter; contact Nancy Ames, RN, MSN, CCRN, region4@aacn.org

Region 5 Oct. 25 and 26 in Concord, N.C., for North Carolina and South Carolina, Northeast Medical Center; hosted by Piedmont Carolinas and Foothills chapters; contact Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CNS. region5@aacn.org

Region 6 Sept. 14 for Alabama and Georgia; contact Kathy Graham, RN, BSN, CCRN, region6@aacn.org

Region 7 Oct. 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for Florida; hosted by Broward County Chapter; contact Bonnie Rice, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, ARNP, region7@aacn.org

Region 8 Oct. 11 in Grand Rapids, Mich., for Michigan; hosted by West Michigan Chapter, contact Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, NP, region8@aacn.org

Nov. 1 in Milwaukee, Wis., for Wisconsin; hosted by Greater Milwaukee Chapter; contact Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, NP, region8@aacn.org

Region 9 Sept. 19 in Cleveland, Ohio, for Indiana and Ohio; hosted by the Lake Erie and Greater Akron chapters; contact Larraine Yeager, RN, BSN, region9@aacn.org

Region 10 Sept. 28 in Joliet, Ill., for Illinois, hosted by Greater Joliet Area Chapter; contact Jenny Zaker, RN, MEd, region 10@aacn.org

Region 11 Oct. 6 and 7 in Nashville, Tenn., for Kentucky and Tennessee; hosted by Region 11; contact Jackie Palmer, RN, CEN, DABFN, SANE, region 11@aacn.org

Region 12 March 6 in Gulfpoint, Minn., for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi; hosted by Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter; contact Tina Covington, RN, MN, CCRN, CS, region 12@aacn.org

Region 13 Oct. 12 in Rochester, Minn., for Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska; hosted by Rochester Chapter; contact William Mausser, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN, region13@aacn.org

Region 14 Oct. 18 in St. Louis, Mo., for Kansas and Missouri; hosted by Greater St. Louis Chapter; contact Carol Cleek, RN, MSN, CS, region14@aacn.org

Region 15 Oct. 18 in San Antonio, Texas, for Oklahoma and Texas; hosted by the San Antonio Chapter; contact Polly Zahrt, RN, BSN, region15@aacn.org

Region 16 TBA for Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming; contact Susan A. Nelson, RN, region16@aacn.org

Region 17 Oct. 12 in Tucson, Ariz., for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah; hosted by Southern Arizona Chapter; contact Barbara Monroe, RN, MS, CCRN, region17@aacn.org

Region 18 Oct. 13 in Seattle, Wash., for Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington; hosted by Puget Sound Chapter; contact Dianne Long, RNC, MN, region18@aacn.org

Region 19 Nov. 2 in Burbank, Calif., for California; hosted by San Fernando Valley Chapter; contact Darlene Bradley, RN, MSN, MA, CNS, CCRN, CEN, region19@aacn.org

Meet Your Chapter Advisers

The Chapter Advisory Team serves as a key support and communications link between local AACN chapters and the national office team. Advisers are volunteers who are familiar with chapter issues and trends of their regions of the country, as well as informed about what is happening at the national level. They can be supportive to chapters and chapter leaders in many ways. Below is a list of current advisers: To leave a message for your representative, simply dial (800) 394-5995 and enter the extension number of the voice mail box listed below.

Board Liaisons

Deborah B. Laughon, RN, BSN, MS, DBA, CCRN
ext. 8918
e-mail, Deborah.Laughon

Kathleen McCauley
ext. 8919
e-mail, Kathleen.McCauley
Region 1
Mary-Liz C. Bilodeau
ext. 8801

Serving Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 2
Reynaldo R. Rivera
ext. 8802

Serving New York
Region 3
Janice M. Wojcik
ext. 8803

Serving Delaware,
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Region 4
Nancy Ames
ext. 8824
e-mail, region4@aacn.org

Serving Washington, D.C.,
Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
Region 5
Brenda Hardin-Wike
ext. 8805
e-mail, region5@aacn.org

Serving North Carolina and South Carolina
Region 6
Kathy Graham
ext. 8806
e-mail, region6@aacn.org

Serving Alabama and Georgia
Region 7
Bonnie Anne Rice
ext. 8807
e-mail, region7@aacn.org

Serving Florida
Region 8
Beth Hammer
ext. 8808
e-mail, region8@aacn.org

Serving Michigan and Wisconsin
Region 9
Larraine A. Yeager
ext. 8809
e-mail, region9@aacn.org

Serving Indiana and Ohio
Region 10
Jenny Zaker
ext. 8810
e-mail, region10@aacn.org
Serving Illinois
Region 11
Jackie Palmer
ext. 8811
e-mail, region11@aacn.org

Serving Kentucky and Tennessee
Region 12
Elizabeth �Tina� Covington
ext. 8812
e-mail, region12@aacn.org

Serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi
Region 13
William Mausser
ext. 8813
e-mail, region13@aacn.org

Serving Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska
Region 14
Carol Cleek
ext. 8814
e-mail, region14@aacn.org

Serving Kansas and Missouri
Region 15
Polly Zahrt
ext. 8815
e-mail, region15@aacn.org

Serving Oklahoma and Texas
Region 16
Susan A. Nelson
ext. 8908
e-mail, region2@aacn.org

Serving Montana, North Dakota,
South Dakota and Wyoming
Region 17
Barbara Monroe
ext. 8817
e-mail, region17@aacn.org

Serving Arizona, Colorado,
Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
Region 18
L. Dianne Long
ext. 8818
e-mail, region18@aacn.org

Serving Alaska, Idaho,
Hawaii, Oregon and Washington
Region 19
Darlene Bradley
ext. 8800
e-mail, region2@aacn.org

Serving California
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