AACN News—February 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2003


Find Ideas for Your Chapter at NTI 2003

Are you looking for ideas that will enhance your chapter's success? Then, you will want to attend the educational sessions that are specifically geared to chapters at AACN's 2003 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. Scheduled are:

From Ripples to Waves: Establishing and Revitalizing an AACN Chapter
As 2001 honorable mention recipients of the President's Award for Chapters, Greater Akron (Ohio) Chapter representatives JoAnn Panno, RNC, MSN; Michele Manning, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, chapter president; and Jackie Gurnick, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, chapter treasurer, will share the strategies and skills that have been used effectively to bring structure, recruitment, inspiration, motivation, networking opportunities, quality educational programming and community service activities to their once defunct but now growing and viable chapter.

Leadership Lessons: Board Learning Partners
The presenters, from the West Michigan Chapter, Grand Rapids, are Barb Rogers, RN, BSN; Sue Ward, RN, BSN, CCRN; and Julene Kruithof, RN, MSN, CCRN, chapter president. They will discuss the Board Learning Partner Program their chapter implemented to encourage and prepare future leaders.

The Art of Creating an Exemplar: Becoming a Part of AACN's Circle of Excellence
Lorena E. Beeman, RNC, BSN, MS, CCVT, a member of the Albuquerque (N.M.) Chapter will offer ideas and sources to assist chapters in writing a successful exemplar to submit to the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program. Several members of the chapter have been recipients of these awards.

Making Your Chapter's Voice Bold, Fearless and Essential!
From the Atlanta (Ga.) Area Chapter, the presenters are Nancy King, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, chapter president-elect, and Kathleen Kline Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN, chapter president. They will present strategies and lessons learned in promoting their chapter's success. As recipients of the 2002 Chapter Pioneering Spirit Award, the Chapter CCRN Recruitment Award and the Critical Links membership recruitment campaign, these Atlanta Area Chapter leaders will share the methods they used to rebuild and revitalize their chapter.

Preventing Generational Collisions
Vicki S. Good, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, of the Greater Fort Worth (Texas) Chapter will examine the historical influences, key characteristics, motivation, training and development issues, and recruitment and retention of the veteran, baby boomer and Generation X generations that are currently working together, as well as the upcoming 'generation nexter."

Integration and Inclusion of Progressive Care into Mainstream AACN
Juan Ray Quintero, RN, MSN, CCRN, president-elect of the Greater Richmond (Va.) Area Chapter, will discuss the key role chapters can play in helping AACN meet the needs of progressive care and progressive care nurses.

Survivor: San Antonio´┐ŻA Chapter Experience
The presenters are Greater Evansville (Ind.) Chapter representatives Kathy Burton, RN, BSN, president, and Lynn Smith Schnautz, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, who will identify the keys to building a successful, award-winning chapter.

NTI 2003 is scheduled for May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information or to register visit the NTI Web site or call (800) 899-2226.


Chapters Recruit 132 New Members in Critical Links Campaign in December

A total of 35 AACN chapters recruited 132 new members during December in AACN's Critical Links membership drive, which ends April 30. The chapter participation helped boost the total recruitment number to 2,730 since the campaign began May 1. (See page 8 for results of individual recruitment campaign.)

The chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers and the largest percentage increase when the campaign ends 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 Greater Evansville Chapter won the complimentary NTI 2003 registration in the drawing for December.

Following are the results of the Critical Links chapter recruitment campaign as of Dec. 31.

Greater Evansville Chapter 13
Peninsula Chapter 13
Greater Joliet Area Chapter 11
Triangle Chapter 11
Chattanooga - Scenic City Chapter 10
Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter 9
Albemarle Area Chapter 7
Siouxland Chapter 7
Heartland Chapter 6
Greater Raleigh Area Chapter 5
Greater St. Louis Chapter 5
South Central Kentucky Chapter 5
Greater Birmingham Chapter 4
Minot Roughrider Chapter 4
Southern Arizona Chapter 2
Three Rivers Chapter 2

The following chapters have each recruited one new member:
Atlanta Area Chapter, Big Bend Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Central Louisiana Chapter, Central Minnesota Area Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter, Dallas County Chapter, Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Southern Maine Chapter, Suncoast Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter

What's on Tap

Region 3 Chapters
The Three Rivers Chapter will host the AACN Region 3 meeting for critical care nurses in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on March 8 in Pittsburgh. For more information, contact Janice Wojcik at janice.wojcik2@verizon.net.

California
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.

Illinois
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present its 29th Annual Midwest Conference March 9 through 11 in Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Joy Speciale at (630) 766-1596;

Maryland
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter will present an Adult CCRN Review Course and a Pediatric CCRN Review Course, both March 11 through 13 in Elicot City. For more information on the adult review course, e-mail Kathy Gundzik at kathyg@ccgh.com. For more information on the pediatric review course, e-mail Shari Desome at sderengo@aol.com.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter will present its 14th annual 'The Future Is Now Symposium" on March 12 and 13 in Elicot City. For more information, e-mail Kathy Gundzik at kathyg@ccgh.com.

Mississippi
The Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter will present a program featuring AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, on March 7 in Gulfport. For more information, contact Tina Covington at (800) 394-5995, ext. 8812; e-mail, Region12@aacn.org.

Missouri
The Greater St. Louis Chapter will present its 21st annual 'Critical Care Symposium" on March 13 and 14 in St. Louis. For more information, contact Karen Zahn at (314) 843-5045; e-mail,President@AACNSTL.org.

Virginia
The Greater Richmond Area Chapter will cosponsor a one-day teaching institute on March 11 with the Education & Professional Development Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. For more information, contact Paul Swadley at (804) 0418; e-mail, pswadley@mcvh-vcu.edu; Web site.

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.


In the Circle: Award Recognizes Chapter Communications Systems

Editor's note: The Circle of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Communications System Award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN's messages in the chapter or the community. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2002.

White River Chapter
Muncie, Ind.
The board of the newly founded White River Chapter envisioned a communication bridge to connect potential, nonparticipating members to the chapter's active members and events. In addition to developing a Web site and a newsletter, a chapter liaison program was started with major acute care facilities in our area. The contractor of the communication bridge was this chapter liaison, a board position designed to oversee connectedness. To satisfy a need for subcontractors, facility liaison positions were developed and filled by chapter members from area institutions.

The liaison network functioned like a bridge with two-way traffic. Facility liaisons kept the chapter liaison informed about local information needs. The chapter liaison channeled news to facility liaisons regarding membership and events. The facility liaisons then passed news along the bridge to nurses at their institutions.

Processes for distributing information varied. Some facility liaisons created colorful announcements; some made phone calls to nurses; some sent messages by e-mail; and some visited staff meetings. Communication boards, which displayed chapter information, were strategically posted in critical care units in each facility. Facility liaisons also supported the bridge by giving information packets to newly hired nurses and students. At chapter events, the chapter liaison and facility liaisons helped with on-site arrangements, greeted attendees and integrated visitors into discussions.

As the liaison roles evolved, the board recognized their value, presenting them with personalized name badges in a ceremony that recognized their commitment. Early trends indicated an increased awareness about the new chapter and increased attendance at events. In addition, facility liaisons have demonstrated enhanced communication and leadership skills, as well as a commitment to AACN's vision. Soon all counties in the target area will have a facility liaison.

Smoky Mountain Chapter
Knoxville, Tenn.
Continuing a tradition established by its past leadership, the president-elect of the Smoky Mountain Chapter mails packets on a monthly basis to our hospital and community liaisons, who place notices of meetings and AACN membership information in their units. In addition, the chapter has a Web site that is linked to the national AACN Web site and that includes our officers, activities and an electronic copy of our quarterly newsletter.

When we became aware of the initiative to designate October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Oct. 11 as Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, we secured the donation of a billboard from Lamar Advertising and adapted the 'When Did It Stop Being Your Dream House?" public service announcement. Our president-elect, Ronna Carlton, was also interviewed on radio the morning of Oct. 11 about nursing's role in assisting victims of domestic violence.

In January 2001, we hosted a joint meeting with the Emergency Nurses Association to learn about new ACLS guidelines. This meeting marked our largest attendance to date (more than 75) and led to the establishment of a small, but growing alliance. In the spring, AACN was invited to occupy a booth at ENA's ETEMS Workshop and AACN extended a return invitation to ENA at our annual Spring Workshop.
In recent years, a Critical Care Coalition was established in Knoxville to develop and present critical care courses. This has given our members a forum to promote CCRN certification as well as to provide information on AACN membership.

New York City Chapter
New York, N.Y.
Disseminating information about programs and events in a timely manner and establishing visibility on the Internet has long been a goal of the NYC Chapter. Three years ago, the chapter forged ahead with its plan to create a Web site that was easy to navigate and full of information, resulting in the launch of www.nycaacn.org. In addition, the chapter created two e-mail accounts that allow chapter members to contact the president directly and receive expedient replies to written requests.

The New York City Chapter also publishes a membership newsletter, the Critical Connection, with members encouraged to submit articles. Achievements by members are featured in the 'Members in the News" section, and a calendar of events announces upcoming activities. The chapter also relies heavily upon mailed reminders in the form of postcards and brochures.

In addition to communicating our services and activities to our members, the NYC Chapter promotes healthy lifestyles to the community. The chapter has sponsored local health fairs, which have been successful in drawing women from within the community and in strengthening the image of nurses to the community. Our chapter focuses on supporting the needs of those who are underserved, particularly around the holidays, by sponsoring needed items for families. We have also offered services to our community and members following the 9/11 tragedy.


Spreading the Word

As part of an effort to promote AACN,
members of the Denver Chapter delivered
more than 100 cans of Halloween popcorn
to critical care units in the Denver area.
The deliveries included national and chapter
membership materials, as well as CCRN-c
ertification information. Pictured are
(from left, front row) Fran Musgrove and
Sharda Fornnarini and (from left, back row)
Vicki Custer, Cathie Owens, Tracy Albright
and Sara Clark.



Nominations Are Due March 1 for the President's Award for Chapters

Remember. March 1 is the deadline to nominate your chapter for the President's Award for Chapters, part of AACN's Circle of Excellence recognition program.

The award is presented each year to the chapter or chapters that have best exemplified the theme of the president of AACN. The theme of 2002-03 President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, is 'Bold Voices: Fearless & Essential." The recipients will be announced at NTI 2003, May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas.

The application form is available online.

Feb. 28 Is Deadline to Apply for Leadership Workshop

Don't miss out! Feb. 28 is the deadline to nominate your president-elect or another chapter leader to attend the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop on May 18 during AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in San Antonio, Texas.

In keeping with the 'Bold Voices: Fearless & Essential" NTI theme, which has been embraced by AACN President Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, throughout her presidential year, 'The Bold Voices in Leadership" is the theme of this daylong workshop.

NTI 2003 is scheduled for May 17 through 22. For more information or to register, visit the NTI Web site or call (800) 899-2226.