Congratulations to the Circle of
Excellence Chapter Recipients
Awards that recognize contributions by AACN chapters are among
the Circle of Excellence awards presented each year. Following are the
recipients of these awards for 2003.
AACN Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership
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.
Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter
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.
Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
Greater Akron Area Chapter
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.
Greater Washington Area Chapter
Silver Springs, Md.
Northwest Chicago Area Chapter
Arlington Heights, Ill.
This award goes to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify
the annual theme of the president of AACN.
"Bold Voices: Fearless and Essential" was the theme of 2002-03
President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN.
Palm Beach County Chapter
West Palm Beach, Fla.
San Diego County Chapter
San Diego, Calif.
CCRN Certification Drive Award
This award recognizes chapters that demonstrate the value of CCRN
certification by increasing the number of CCRNs in their chapters during the
year. Chapters with the greatest percentage increase receive five complimentary
tickets to and are recognized at the Certification Luncheon during NTI.
Jersey Shoreline Chapter
Applications Invited for 2004 Awards
Application materials for all except the President's Award for
chapters and the CCRN Certification Drive Award for 2004 are due July 15.
Unless otherwise stated, one chapter from each membership
category will be selected to receive these $1,000 awards. Recipients will also
be recognized at AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care
Exposition, May 15 through 20, 2004, in Orlando, Fla.
The Pioneering Spirit Award, which was not awarded for 2003,
recognizes chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care
nursing in any setting.
The deadline to submit application materials for the President's
Award is March 1, 2004. Applicants for the Chapter CCRN Certification Drive
Award must submit a chapter roster highlighting their CCRN-certified members as
of July 1, 2002, and a chapter roster as of June 30, 2003, highlighting nurses
who have achieved CCRN status during the year. The rosters and application
materials are due Aug. 15.
To obtain a Circle of Excellence awards application, call (800)
899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site. The application is also available on Fax on
Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1011.
Our Hosts in San Antonio
Chapters in AACN Region 15, serving Oklahoma and Texas, are
hosts for the 2003 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition May
17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas. Representatives of these chapters will be
on hand throughout the NTI to chat with participants about the venue and
hopefully to link them up with any lost items that have been found. They will
also sell NTI commemorative t-shirts to raise funds for regional programs.
Serving on the NTI host committee are (from left, front row) Region 15 Chapter
Adviser Polly Zahrt (chair) and San Antonio Chapter President Mary Stephens;
(from left, middle row) Belinda L. Spencer, San Antonio Chapter Community
Relations chair; Marilyn Jay, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter; Greater Fort
Worth Area Chapter President Patricia Debusk; Abilene Area Chapter
President-elect Pamela Willingham; San Antonio Chapter President-elect Katherine
Waldo; and Abilene Area Chapter President Paulita Narag; and (from left, back,
row) Greater Austin Area Chapter President Holly Weber Johnson; Joy Festejo,
Abilene Area Chapter; Barbara Frey, historian, Coastal Bend Chapter; Houston
Gulf Coast Chapter President-elect Diane Davis; and Farah Kirkland, Greater East
Texas Chapter. Houston Gulf Coast Chapter President Brenda Charles is not
Cruise Toward Earning CE Credits
The South Bay Chapter of AACN in San Jose, Calif., has found a
novel way to raise funds while providing high-quality programs offering
continuing education credit�and Alaskan cruise.
The "Trauma on the High Seas" cruise, which is scheduled for July
20 through 27, will feature Barbara McLean, RN, MN, CCRN, CCNS-NP, FCCM, who has
been a critical care specialist for 28 years, consulting at Grady Memorial
Hospital in Atlanta Ga. The cruise will depart from Seattle, Wash., on the
five-star Norwegian Sun, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Sawyer Glacier
in Alaska and Victoria British Columbia. While at sea, McLean will conduct
workshops covering chest trauma, abdominal trauma, head injury, trauma triad,
inflammatory shock, ARDS, ACS and rhabdomyolysis.
Additional information is available from Lorene or Jan at
Symposiums at Sea/Edward Pio Travel, (800) 347-6136; e-mail,
What's on Tap
The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present a program titled
"Latest and Greatest in Interventional Radiology" on May 1 at the VAMC
Ambulatory Care Clinic Building. For more information, e-mail Bobbie Wiles at
The South Bay Chapter will cosponsor with the Stanford Hospital &
Clinics Center for Education a program titled "From the Endothelium to the
Environment: How Critical Care Is Changing" on April 28 in Stanford. For more
information, call (650) 723-6366, option 2; e-mail,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site,
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled
"Diabetes Update" on May 13. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at
(847) 854-8358; e-mail, email@example.com.
The Northern Illinois Chapter will present a CCRN Review Course
on May 19 and 20 in Rockford. For more information, contact Chapter President
Chris Carter at
(815) 645-1382; e-mail, RNKC99@hotmail.com.
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled
"Cardiac Disease, Sleep Apnea and Women" on May 21 at Lutheran General Hospital,
Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835;
The Central New Jersey Chapter will present a program titled "DKA
Management & Make Your Own Sundae night" on May 8 in the auditorium of the
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. For more information,
The High Sierra Chapter will present its annual Spring Symposium
on May 1 in Reno, Nev. For more information, e-mail Sue Vaughn at
The Heart of the Piedmont Chapter will sponsor a two-day CCRN
Exam Preparation and Critical Care Review Course on May 5 and 6 at the Millis
Regional Health Education Center, High Point, N.C. For more information, contact
John Jeffries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will present a program
titled "From Sacred Cows to Flying Pigs: the Search for Evidence-Based Practice
in In-Hospital Resuscitation" on April 24 in Philadelphia. For more information,
contact Anne Goldblatt, SePA Chapter coordinator at (610) 658-7266 or e-mail
Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Send the
information to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949)
362-2049; e-mail, email@example.com.