AACN News—May 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 5, MAY 2003

Greater Miami Leads Recruitment Campaign Into Final Month

The Greater Miami Chapter of AACN recruited 14 new national members during March to jump into the lead in AACN's Critical Links membership recruitment campaign among chapters. Its total of 59 new members recruited since the campaign began May 1, was slightly ahead of the 53 new members recruited by the Southwest Georgia Chapter and the 52 new members recruited by the Chattanooga-Scenic City Chapter at the end of March. Top individual and chapter recruiters in the campaign, which ended April 30, were to be announced at AACN's National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition this month in San Antonio, Calif.

During March, 36 chapters recruited a total of 120 new members to help boost the overall totals to 3,881 new members recruited since the campaign began.

The chapters reporting the largest increase in membership numbers and the largest percentage increase will receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources. Each month, chapters that recruit new members are also entered into a drawing for a complimentary NTI registration. The Brooklyn Chapter won the complimentary NTI registration in the drawing for March.

Following are the chapter totals in the campaign as of the end of March:

Greater Miami Area Chapter 59
Southwest Georgia Chapter 53
Chattanooga - Scenic City Chapter 52
Atlanta Area Chapter 47
Greater Washington Area Chapter 47
First Coast Chapter 44
Peninsula Chapter 42
Greater Birmingham Chapter 35
Triangle Chapter 35
Greater East Texas Chapter 33
Brooklyn Chapter 30
Siouxland Chapter 30
Greater Evansville Chapter 29
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 27
Broward County Chapter 23
Mobile Bay Area Chapter 23
Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter 22
Greater Raleigh Area Chapter 22
Lake Erie Chapter 21
Vermont Green Mountain Chapter 17
Palmetto Chapter 16
North Central Florida Chapter 16
Greater St. Louis Chapter 15
Heartland Chapter 15
South Central Connecticut Chapter 14
White River Chapter 14
Greater Joliet Area Chapter 13
Montana Big Sky Chapter 12
Pacific Crest Regional Chapter 12
Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter 10
Southern Maine Chapter 10

The following chapters have recruited between one and 10 new members:

Abilene Area Chapter, Adirondack Regional Chapter, Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Albemarle Area Chapter, Ancient City Chapter, Big Bend Chapter, Bitterroot Chapter, Blue Ridge Chapter, Brevard Chapter, Carolina Dogwood Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Iowa Chapter, Central Louisiana Chapter, Central Minnesota Area Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter, Chattahoochee Valley Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Coastal Chapter, Coastal Plain Chapter, Dallas County Chapter, Denver Chapter, East River Mountain Chapter, Eastern Iowa Chapter, Emerald Coast Chapter, Fairbanks North Star Chapter, Foot of the Blue Ridge Chapter, Fox River Valley Chapter, Galveston Island Chapter, Gate City Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Flint Area Chapter, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter, Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter, Greater Jackson Chapter, Greater Kansas City Chapter, Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, Greater Louisville Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Greater Reading Chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter, Green Country Chapter, Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter, Hangzhou China Chapter, Head of the Lakes Chapter, Heart of Acadiana Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Indiana Hoosier South Central Chapter, Jacksonville Chapter, Jersey Shoreline Chapter, Lake Superior Chapter, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Los Angeles Chapter, Madison Area Chapter, Merrimack Valley Chapter, Metropolitan Orlando Chapter, Mid Cumberland Chapter, Minot Roughrider Chapter, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Mt. Rainier Chapter, Nassau County Chapter, North Central Wisconsin Chapter, North Valley Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Northwest Georgia Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Pioneer Valley Chapter, Puget Sound Chapter, Redwood Empire Chapter, Rochester Chapter, San Antonio Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, San Fernando Valley Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Smoky Mountain Chapter, South Carolina Mid State Chapter, South Central Kentucky Chapter, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southeast Missouri Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, Southern New Hampshire Chapter, Spokane Chapter, Suncoast Chapter, Tennessee Valley Chapter, Three Rivers Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter, West Michigan Chapter, West Texas Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter.

Chapter Speaker Proposals Invited for NTI 2004 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 Broward County Chapter will present its annual spring seminar on June 5 and 6. For more information, e-mail bccaacn@aol.com.

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 Hawaiian Islands Chapter will present a CCRN Examination Review on June 5 and 6. For more information, contact Terry at (808) 693-8707; e-mail kurt.terry@verizon.net; or Natalie at (808) 456-3510; e-mail, natrn@hawaii.rr.com.

The Northern Illinois Chapter will present a CCRN Review Course on May 19 and 20 in Rockford. For more information, contact Chapter President Chris Carter at (815) 645-1382; e-mail, RNKC99@hotmail.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled "Cardiac Disease, Sleep Apnea and Women" on May 21 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will sponsor its annual June dinner program on June 11. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358 or e-mail gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

New Jersey
The Jersey Shoreline Chapter will present a program titled "When the Brain Is the Victim" on May 19 at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, N.J. For more information, contact Ryn Fernandez at (732) 462-6976; e-mail, rynfern@aol.com.

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.

Put Your Chapter in the Circle of Excellence

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, 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
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).

In the Circle: Award Honors Chapter Educational Programs

Editor's note: The Circle of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award recognizes chapters that exemplify team-teaching, program quality and learning connection opportunities. July 15 is the deadline to submit application materials for the 2004 awards. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2002.

West Michigan Chapter
Grand Rapids, Mich.
The West Michigan Chapter produced "Who Wants to Be a Critical Care Millionaire," a critical care version of the popular television game show. As with the real show, the "fastest-finger" round determined who would make their way to the coveted hot seat. Fastest-finger questions ranged from describing blood flow through the chambers of the heart to listing cranial nerves in numerical order.

Winners then had the chance to answer a series of 10 questions, which built to the ultimate prize. Questions started at $100 with relatively easy concepts, but progressed in difficulty and monetary value.

Three lifelines were available to each participant: "50-50," "phone-a-friend in the audience" and "ask the table. Members of each participant's table received candy bars for correctly answering the $10,000 and $100,000 questions. The grand prize for the participants who correctly answered all 10 questions was a "pot of gold," filled with chocolate kisses, nuggets and gold coins.

This dynamic and entertaining presentation provided an opportunity for every person to contribute. Throughout the evening, a fabulous interchange of teaching and learning occurred from novice critical care nurses to expert. One minute a participant was the expert, the next he or she was asking a question.

Dallas County Chapter
Dallas, Texas
Our chapter has found the needs assessment to be a valuable tool in planning educational programs. Based on the results of this assessment, we have planned more pediatric-oriented programs, as well as some other "off-the-beaten-path" offerings.

Educational topics presented at each of our monthly meetings have accommodated a variety of interests, from herbal medicine and writing and publishing to pediatric near-drowning and antiarrhythmic therapy for atrial fibrillation and flutter. These programs are designed not only to inform, but also to stimulate discussion regarding outcomes and patient care.

The chapter uses several means of communication to get the word out regarding our educational offerings. We have a newsletter and Web site, as well as flyers posted in the nursing units of area hospitals announce our monthly speaker and topic.

In addition, the chapter sponsors at least one major educational event. This spring, we planned a CCRN review. The chapter has actively recruited nurses from telemetry or step-down units, and we have encouraged them to seek certification. The review course is a way to help them get what they need to accomplish this goal.

The Dallas County Chapter sees the goal of furthering nursing education to positively affect patient outcomes as the number one reason for the existence of the chapter.

Coast-to-Coast Chapters
Orlando, Fla.
Why is a group of critical care nurses huddled together on the shores of Cocoa Beach, listening intently to one of NASA's top space shuttle astronauts? It's actually the result of a decade of dedication and cohesiveness that continues to produce a special gathering called Waves of Wisdom (WOW) every other summer.

Ten years ago, representatives from seven Florida chapters of AACN founded the Coast-to-Coast Chapters, a multichapter entity with a unique and collaborative mission: to advance nursing education through their combined strengths.

Delegates from the Brevard, Gulf-to-Bay, Heartland, Metro Orlando, Space Coast, Suncoast and Volusia-Flagler chapters formed a committee to create this year's "Odyssey in Courage" conference, the fifth and finest in the Waves of Wisdom series. This conference was also a mainstay fundraiser for the seven chapters, raising more than $10,000.

Day One featured a keynote address by former AACN President Denise Thornby. Wondering where the astronaut comes in? Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Allen of NASA headlined Day Two. The accomplished space traveler delivered an informative and fascinating narrative on medical research in space and then satisfied everyone's curiosity about life as an astronaut. Other programs focused on interventional cardiology, GI emergencies and hyperbarics. After heartfelt goodbyes, the attendees headed home to ponder and apply what they had learned, armed with the knowledge and courage to affect their own odyssey in nursing.

Greater New Orleans Chapter &
New Orleans, La.
and Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter
Gulfport, Miss.
Building Courage to Face the Challenges" was a joint effort between the Gulf Coast Magnolia and the Greater New Orleans chapters. This joint venture grew out of the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop at AACN's National Teaching Institute in 2000.

The Greater New Orleans Chapter was a large chapter with 150 members and much experience in successful program planning, while the Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter was a struggling chapter with only 25 members. The goal was to provide a program that would meet the needs of the critical care nurse while providing a program that was timely, informative, relevant, inexpensive and easily accessible.

Past AACN President Denise Thornby was selected as keynote speaker and her topic, "The Courage to Influence Others," was adopted as the theme. The joint program not only provided attendees educational opportunities to increase their knowledge and contributions to the care of critically ill patients and their families, but also left participants with a revitalized spirit. The networking night provided more than 60 program attendees and sponsors with increased networking opportunities and created bonds of friendship among participants.

Not only did this program provide educational and motivational opportunities for the participants, but it also provided an opportunity to increase community awareness of critical care nurses and the role of AACN. The local news media did a feature story on critical care nurses with actual footage in a local ICU, footage of the workshop and an interview with Thornby.

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