AACN News—March 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 3, MARCH 2003

Application Materials Due July 15: Chapter Awards Recognize Contributions

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chapter Pioneering Spirit Award
This award recognizes chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care nursing in any setting.

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, will be announced at the 2003 NTI in May San Antonio, Texas. 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 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 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. Request Document #1011.

Hear Ideas to Energize Your Chapter at NTI Sessions

By Julie Kruithof, RN, MSN, CCRN
President, West Michigan Chapter
Maggie Carriker, RN, MSN
President-elect, West Michigan Chapter
and Gayle Stinnett, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS
Tennessee Valley Chapter

Are you looking for ways to energize your chapter programs? You could find answers at AACN's 2003 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. Gayle Stinnet of the Tennessee Valley Chapter in northern Alabama has.

In fact, at NTI 2002 in Atlanta, Ga., Stinnett was inspired by ideas presented by representatives of the West Michigan Chapter in a chapter educational session titled "Programming With Pizzazz � Puttin' on the Ritz."

The presentation was one of several educational sessions offered at the NTI to assist chapter leaders to further develop their chapters. If you wonder whether attending chapter sessions is valuable, just consider the experience of the Tennessee Valley Chapter in taking ideas presented by another chapter that is located thousands of miles away and turning them into reality back home.

Realizing that educational programming was an area of expertise for the West Michigan Chapter, the chapter leaders proposed this content to focus on the guidelines and key points to ensure successful chapter programming. Throughout the program, they shared several unique and creative programming ideas, including "Who Wants to be a Critical-Care Millionaire" and "Death of a Cell." More than 200 NTI participants attended the program.

Stinnett returned with a proposal for her chapter's board of directors to develop a program around a Mystery Dinner Theater model. The idea was supported enthusiastically, and the board had great fun in planning this program.

In December 2002, the Tennessee Valley Chapter presented "Mystery Dinner Theater-Death of a Cell." Five of the chapter members played roles representing each type of shock, using props to support their characters. Using the West Michigan Chapter program as a model, a moderator and Detective Schnoop interviewed each character to determine the killer of the cell.

The Tennessee Valley Chapter appreciated the fact that the West Michigan Chapter shared successful programming ideas. Chapters always have great ideas to share, and the chapter educational sessions are a great vehicle to learn from other's successes in strengthening and developing activities. This is just one way that the Bold Voice of AACN can be heard throughout the critical care communities.

Take the opportunity to experience chapter educational sessions at NTI 2003. You won't regret it.

Chapter session topics for NTI 2003 are "From Ripples to Waves: Establishing and Revitalizing an AACN Chapter," "Leadership Lessons: Board Learning Partners," "The Art of Creating an Exemplar: Becoming a Part of AACN's Circle of Excellence," "Making Your Chapter's Voice Bold, Fearless and Essential!," "Preventing Generational Collisions," "Integration and Inclusion of Progressive Care into Mainstream AACN" and "Survivor: San Antonio-A Chapter Experience.

NTI 2003 is scheduled for May 17 through 22 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information or to register, visit the NTI Web site.

What's on Tap

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 Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present its "Chapter Case Study Evening" on April 16 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The Joliet Area Chapter will present a program titled "Gastroparesis: What Is It?" on March 18 at the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. For more information, contact Provena Health Connection at (815) 725-9438 or Michealene Redemske at mmrrn@accesschicago.net.

The Chicago West Suburban Chapter will present its "Critical Connections VI Symposium" on April 12 in Oak Brook Terrace. For more information, contact Kim Greg or Jane Jankowski at (630) 968-5746; e-mail, Jane7885@aol.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a "Chapter Case Study Evening" on April 16 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The Central Iowa Chapter will present its "Spring Workshop" on April 26 in Des Moines. For more information, e-mail rosecranston@hotmail.com.

New Jersey
The Northern New Jersey Chapter will present a program titled "Options in Critical Care Nursing 2003" on April 10 and 11 in Fairfield, N.J. For more information, call (973) 905-7205; e-mail, nnj.info@aacn.org.

New York
The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled "Hemodynamic Monitoring: Part 2" on March 20. For more information, e-mail Desfra33@yahoo.com.

The Pacific Crest Regional Chapter will present a program titled "Advanced Concepts in Hemodynamic Monitoring" on April 4 at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford, Ore. For more information, contact Judy Lang at (541) 488-1218; e-mail, jmlang@cdsnet.net.

South Dakota
The Siouxland Chapter will present a program titled "Survival: The Struggles of Code Blue" on March 19 at the Orthopedic Institute, Sioux Falls, S.D. For more information, contact Marcia Kummer at (605) 328-2825; e-mail, lmkum@sio.midco.net

The Spokane Chapter will present its Spring Symposium on March 31 and April 1. For more information, contact Deanna Jones at (509) 465-9470; e-mail, ddjonesrn@attbi.com, or Ruth Pechin at (509)
685-9792; e-mail, pechinrj@starband.net.

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.

Serving Up Care

With the support of a grant from the Eli Lilly Company, members of the Northern Illinois Chapter of AACN recently served lunch to more than 100 homeless people at the Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford, Ill. While there, the group also took blood pressures and provided education about the availability of healthcare services at area clinics. In addition, the critical care nurses were called upon to attend to a seizure victim and an asthma attack victim until paramedics arrived. Pictured (from left) are Jan Sladek, Tamry Wennenmaker, Mary Stephenson, Dana Martin, Marla Farone, Myra Porthouse, President-elect Tammy Hays, Treasurer Lynn Michaels, Ann Miller and Program Chair Laura Padron.

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