AACN News—August 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 8, AUGUST 2003

Chapter Recruitment Efforts Add 122 New AACN Members

The Volusia Flagler Chapter in Florida and the Atlanta Area Chapter in Georgia were out in force in AACN's Critical Links member recruitment campaign during June. In fact, the Volusia Flagler Chapter recruited nine new members to tie another Florida chapter-the First Coast Chapter-for the lead in the campaign.

The Atlanta Area Chapter recruited six new members, the second highest number during June.

With the 31 new members added in June, chapters have recruited a total of 122 new members since the current campaign began May 1. Combined with the individual recruitment results, a total of 522 new members have joined the AACN family in the current campaign.

The chapters recruiting the most new members and reporting the largest percentage increase when the campaign ends March 31 will each receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources. In addition, participating chapters are entered into a prize drawing each month for one complimentary NTI registration. The winner for June was the Volusia Flagler Chapter.

The other chapter recruitment totals to date are eight for the Minot Roughrider Chapter; seven each for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Triangle Chapter and Central Arkansas Chapter; six each for the Greater Miami Area Chapter, Los Angeles Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter and Peninsula Chapter; five each for the Greater Washington Area Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter and Siouxland Chapter; three each for the Greater Birmingham Chapter, Metropolitan Orlando Chapter and Southern Arizona Chapter; two each for the West Michigan Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Greater Reading Chapter and Mobile Bay Area Chapter; and one each for the Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Three Rivers Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter, Greater Wichita Area Chapter, Vermont Green Mountain Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Pacific Crest Regional Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter, Palmetto Chapter and Greater Akron Area Chapter.

For the Record

Hawaii's Big Island Chapter of AACN recruited 13 new members during the 2002-03 Critical Links member recruitment campaign. The chapter's total was listed incorrectly in the June issue of AACN News.

Chapter Uses Networking to Pursue Vision
Education Foundation of Community Outreach Effort

Redwood Empire Chapter President
Sally Urban shows a chapter poster
display prior to the presentation of
the chapter's first Distinguished
Lecture Series program.

By Sally Urban, RN, BS, BSN
Redwood Empire Chapter

As its premier educational event, the Redwood Empire Chapter hosted the first of its Distinguished Lecture Series during National Nurses Week in May in Eureka, Calif. Kathleen Dracup, RN, FNP, DNSc, FAAN, dean and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, and co-editor of the American Journal of Critical Care, was the presenter. Her topic was "Nurses Make a Difference in Patient Outcomes." The success of this event was everything I had envisioned in re-activating the local AACN chapter in our community.

In developing the chapter, our vision was to link nurses in the community, and to inspire, support and encourage them in their commitment to the art and practice of critical-care nursing. To stimulate interest in our chapter, as well as to illustrate our interest in supporting nurses through education, we wanted to start with excellent, high-impact presentations. We also wanted to appeal to a wide range of nursing specialties, though our emphasis would be critical care nursing.

We began by hosting an ACLS-Experienced Provider Course, taught by two of the contributors to the 2000 ECC guidelines, Dr. Deems Okamato and Paul Berlin. The program gained us the trust and respect of the nursing community. To build on our success, we wanted a premier event that would match or exceed this course. We also wanted to demonstrate what we could accomplish because of our connection with national resources at AACN. We were not disappointed!

Last year, I attended the AACN Region 19 meeting in San Fernando, Calif., where I met experienced chapter leaders, including our then Chapter Advisory Team representative Darlene Bradley, RN, MSN, MAOM, CNS, CCRN, CEN, I picked up on not only some great ideas like poster presentations to represent our chapter, but also on management skills. I also had the opportunity to talk with then AACN President-elect Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, who suggested Dracup as a speaker for our chapter event. I also recognized the opportunity to present the role model of a nationally recognized nurse educator and leader.

In addition to most of our area hospitals, sponsors for this event included our Omicron Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the nursing faculty of Humboldt State University as well. Among our 28 attendees were students, staff nurses, advance practice nurses, and nursing faculty and management.

The presentation was relaxed and interactive as Dracup spoke about the past, present and future of the nursing profession. One evaluation that stated, "Best lecture I've ever attended in nursing," made me realize that many of our local nurses had never been exposed to the performance level of Dracup. As a result, I believe we were all motivated to reach for higher goals in our profession, including continuing our education.

The only aspect of the program that failed was a music tape I had planned to play after the lecture to provide an uplifting feeling. I discovered that the music was not wanted-or needed. The inspiration and recognition of our impact on patient care was all that nurses needed to hear to be truly uplifted.

Submit Your NTI Chapter Proposals

Did your chapter receive a Circle of Excellence Award last year or has your chapter found an innovative way to encourage members to become more involved and step into leadership positions? Has your membership grown because you have found success with unique recruitment approaches?

Why not share your ideas with other chapter representatives from across the country by submitting a chapter speaker proposal for AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 15 through 20, 2004, in Orlando, Fla? The deadline to submit proposals is Aug. 29. Presenters receive complimentary airfare, registration and two nights hotel accommodations.

For more information or to receive a chapter speaker proposal packet, visit the AACN Web site.

Regional Meetings Offer Chance to Get Acquainted

AACN fall regional meetings offer members and prospective members a chance to network with colleagues and learn more about AACN and its chapters. In some regions, chapters sponsor educational programs in conjunction with the meetings. Following are the meetings scheduled to date:

� Region 3 (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania)-Sept. 13 in Pompton Plains, N.J. For more information, contact Chapter Advisory Team representative Janice Wojcik at (800) 394-5995, ext. 8803; e-mail, janice.wojcik2@verizon.net.

� Region 6 (Alabama, Georgia)-Critical Care Nursing: Visioning Beyond the Basics; Oct. 13 and 14 at Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Ga. For more information, contact Carol Hinkle at (205) 877-1747 or Mary Zellinger at (404) 712-4661.

� Region 12 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi)-Sept. 25 through 27 in Lafayette, La.

� Region 19 (California)-Sept. 20 in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, contact Julie McCorkle at (925) 370-7236; e-mail, jmccorkleRN@hotmail.com.

What's on Tap

The Santa Barbara County Chapter will present a "Nurturing the Nurse Retreat" Sept. 26 through 28 in Cambria, Calif. For more information, contact Celeste Richards, RN, MS, CCRN, at (805) 682-7111, ext. 3518; e-mail, crichard@sbch.org.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled "Necrotizing Fasciitis" on Sept. 17 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled "Hemodynamic Case Studies" on Oct. 15 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The Northeast Indiana Chapter will present its 5th Annual Critical Care Potpourri on Sept. 25 in Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, contact Janis Boterf at (260) 749-7515; e-mail, janbot@aol.com.

The West Michigan Chapter will present a "Critical Care Cram/CCRN Prep Course" on Oct. 8 and 9 in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information, contact Maggie Carriker at (616) 752-7055; e-mail wmcinfo@aacn.org or Julie Kruithof at (616) 744-7795; e-mail, julie.kruithof@spectrum-health.org.

The West Central Ohio Chapter will present a CCRN Review Course on Oct. 4 and 5. For more information, contact Deb Patterson at debbiesue@greatnurse.com.

New York
The Brooklyn Chapter will present a CCRN Review Aug. 21 and 22 and 25 and 26 at Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at (718) 692-1512 or Lauretta Joseph at (718) 856-2254.

The Northwest Evergreen Chapter will present a CCRN Preparation Course on Sept. 12, 19 and 26 at the Pacific Campus of the Providence Everett Medical Center, Everett, Wash.

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.

Looking to Connect With a Chapter?

To find an AACN chapter near you, visit the AACN Web site call (800) 394-5995, ext. 365.


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