Does Your Chapter Belong in the AACN
Circle of Excellence for 2004?
Awards that recognize contributions by AACN
chapters are among the Circle of Excellence awards presented each year.
Applications 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.
Following is information about each of these
Outstanding Chapter Educational Program-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
Outstanding Chapter Communications System-This
award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote
AACN�s messages in the chapter and/or the community.
Chapter Pioneering Spirit-This award recognizes
chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care nursing in
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, promotes the development of AACN
chapter members to assist in defining the future of chapters. The focus is on
chapter leadership development plans, outcomes and effective leadership
transitions. One chapter from each membership category is eligible to receive
President�s Award-This award goes to the chapter
or chapters that best exemplify the annual theme of the president of AACN. The
theme of 2003-04 President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is "Rising Above."
Up to $4,000 will be awarded to one or more chapters selected by Fontaine. Note:
The deadline to submit application materials for this award is March 1, 2004.
Chapter CCRN Certification Drive-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 will receive five complimentary tickets to and
be recognized at the Certification Luncheon at the NTI. To apply for this award,
submit the chapter roster that highlights the CCRNs, as of July 1, 2002, and a
chapter roster that highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the
year, as of June 30, 2003. Note: The rosters and application materials are due
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 (Document #1011).
Chapter Speaker Proposals Invited for NTI
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
For more information or to receive a chapter
speaker proposal packet, call (800) 394-5995 for Chapter Specialist Dennis Maggi
at ext. 339 or Chapter Associate Mitzi Inman at ext. 365.
What's on Tap
The South Bay Chapter will present a "Trauma on
the High Seas" Alaskan cruise July 20 through 27. For more information, contact
Kay Burtness at (800) 347-6136.
The Coast to Coast Chapters will present the
"Waves of Wisdom" program titled "The Magic and Wisdom of Nursing" on July 25
and 26 in Orlando, Fla. For more information, contact Kim Martin at (386)
334-5371; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Atlanta Area Chapter will present a program
titled "12-Lead EKG Interpretation" on June 20 at Piedmont Hospital.
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, email@example.com.
The AACN Region 12 "Currents" Meeting and
Workshop will be Sept. 25 through 27 in Lafayette, La.
The AACN Region 3 Meeting for members in
Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will be 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,
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
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,