AACN News—April 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 3, APRIL 2003

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 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.

Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter
Edina, Minn.

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
Houston, Texas

Greater Akron Area Chapter
Akron, Ohio

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.

President's Award
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
Neptune, N.J.

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 pictured.

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´┐Żand 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, kay@piotravel.com.

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 dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

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, cecenter@medcenter.stanford.edu; Web site, http://www.cecenter.stanfordhospital.com.

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, gcac_aacn@yahoo.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; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

New Jersey
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, e-mail cnjchapter@aol.com.

The High Sierra Chapter will present its annual Spring Symposium on May 1 in Reno, Nev. For more information, e-mail Sue Vaughn at HSC.info@aacn.org.

North Carolina
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 jjeffries2@triad.rr.com.

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 sepaaacn@aol.com.

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, aacnnews@aacn.org.

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