AACN News—June 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 6, JUNE 2003

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 awards.

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 recognized separately.

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 any setting.

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 this award.

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 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 (Document #1011).

Chapter Speaker Proposals Invited for NTI in Orlando

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, 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, coast2coast@aacnchapters.com.

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, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The AACN Region 12 "Currents" Meeting and Workshop will be Sept. 25 through 27 in Lafayette, La.

New Jersey
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, janice.wojcik2@verizon.net.

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.

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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