AACN News—October 2003—Chapters

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Vol. 20, No. 10, OCTOBER 2003

Member Numbers Build
Houston Gulf Coast Chapter Leads Drive

Texas' Houston Gulf Coast Chapter added 14 new AACN members during August to take the lead among chapters in the Critical Links membership drive. The chapter's total stood at 20 as of the end of August, part of the 1,307 new members recruited by individuals and chapters since the campaign began May 1.

Not far behind was the Volusia Flagler Chapter in Daytona Beach, Fla., which added four new members to bring its total to 17.

The chapters recruiting the most new members and reporting the largest percentage increase when the campaign ends March 31 will each receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources. In addition, participating chapters are entered into a prize drawing each month for one complimentary NTI registration. The winner for July was the Greater Joliet Area Chapter.

Following are the recruitment totals for other chapters participating in the campaign:
13-Triangle Chapter
12-Atlanta Area Chapter
11-Greater Miami Area Chapter
10-Ocean State Chapter, Tennessee Valley Chapter
9-Capital Region Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter
8-Central Arkansas Chapter, Minot Roughrider Chapter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter
7-Mobile Bay Area Chapter
6-East Carolina Chapter, Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter, Lake Champlain Chapter, Los Angeles Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Peninsula Chapter, Suburban Cook County Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter
5-Broward County Chapter, Coastal Chapter, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Head of the Lakes Chapter, Mid Cumberland Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, Siouxland Chapter
4-Abilene Area Chapter, Brooklyn Chapter, Hangzhou China Chapter, Metropolitan Orlando Chapter Northwest Georgia Chapter
3-Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, West Michigan Chapter
2-Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Greater Reading Chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter, Inland Empire Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, San Fernando Valley Chapter
1-Chattahoochee Valley Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Wichita Area Chapter, Heartland Chapter, Lake Erie Chapter, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, Pacific Crest Regional Chapter, Palmetto Chapter, Santa Barbara County Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Spokane Chapter. Three Rivers Chapter, Vermont Green Mountain Chapter

Learn While Networking at Regional Meetings

AACN fall regional meetings offer members and prospective members a chance to network with colleagues and learn more about AACN and its chapters. In some regions, chapters sponsor educational programs in conjunction with the meetings.

The following meetings remain:

� Region 5 (North Carolina, South Carolina)-Oct. 17 and 18, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Cohosted by the Coastal Chapter, Charleston Chapter and Jacksonville Chapter. For more information, contact Chip McKelvey at (843) 692-1426.
� Region 6 (Alabama, Georgia)-Critical Care Nursing: Visioning Beyond the Basics; Oct. 13 and 14 at Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, Ga. For more information, contact Carol Hinkle at (205) 877-1747 or Mary Zellinger at (404) 712-4661.
� Region 9 (Indiana, Ohio)-Oct. 9 at the Methodist Hospital Conference Center, Indianapolis. For more information, contact Region 9 Chapter Adviser Carol Hinkle at (800) 394-5995, ext. 8809; e-mail, region9@aacn.org.
� Region 13 (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska)-Oct. 11. For more information, contact Region 1e Chapter Adviser William Mausser at (800) 394-5995, ext. 8813; e-mail, region13@aacn.org.
� Region 14 (Kansas, Missouri)-Oct. 17. For more information, contact Region 14 Chapter Adviser Carol Cleek at (800) 394-5995, ext. 8814; e-mail, region14@aacn.org.
� Region 17 (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah)-Oct. 10 at the VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, e-mail Greater Phoenix Area Chapter Secretary Bobbie Wiles at dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

Promoting Nursing

Answering nursing shortage questions
at the North General Hospital Health
Fair are New York City Chapter
Treasurer-elect Mary Ann Jones-Johnson
(left, seated), Corresponding Secretary
Beatrice Davis (right, seated) and
President-elect Davy G. Diongson.
In addition to discussing the nursing
shortage, the representatives showed
videos depicting nurses' roles.

What's on Tap

The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present a program on head bleeds on Nov. 6 at the VA Medical Center. For more information, contact Chapter
Secretary Bobbie Wiles at (480) 988-3526; e-mail, dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

The San Diego Chapter will continue its CCRN Review on Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and 10, and Dec. 1 and 8. For more information, contact Patricia Graham at (619) 462-9366 or visit the chapter Web site at http:// www.sdaacn.org.

The Greater Tampa Bay Chapter will present a program titled "Critical Trends: Tides Across the Bay" on Nov. 10. For more information, e-mail bakerlp@moffitt.usf.edu.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled "Hemodynamic Case Studies" on Oct. 15 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 present a program titled "Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms" on Nov. 11. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled "Cardiovascular Bio-Markers: Pathophysiology and Clinical Role of the Diagnostic Tools" on Nov. 19 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea M. Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

The Greater Evansville Chapter and Deaconess Hospital will present a CCRN Review on Oct. 22 and 23 on the Deaconess campus. For more information or to register, contact Lynn Smith Schnautz at (812) 450-7172 or Bev Farmer at (812) 450-2192.

The Greater Evansville Chapter will sponsor with the American Heart Association a symposium titled the "Beat Goes On" on Nov. 5 and 6. For more information, contact Marlena Thweatt at (800) 852-7279, ext. 8519.

The Greater Louisville Chapter will present a program titled "Getting Intimate With Neuro: Assessment to Response" on Oct. 20 at the Heart-Lung Conference Center of Jewish Hospital. For more information, contact Sharon Ruhl at (502) 897-8832 or (502) 423-1569; e-mail, sruhl@bhsi.com, or Marlot Wigginton at (502) 629-7867 or (502) 339-7966; e-mail, marlot.wigginton@nortonhealthcare.org.

The Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter will present a program titled "Crossroads: Challenges in Critical Care Nursing" on Nov. 10 and 11 in Minneapolis. For more information, contact Deborah Mike at (952) 432-4206; e-mail, dmike224@aol.com.

New Jersey
The Northern New Jersey Chapter will present a program on "Advanced Critical Care Practice" on Nov. 13 at Barnert Hospital, Paterson. For more information, contact Diane McClure, RN, CPNP, at (973) 754-3353; e-mail, demcclure@earthlink.net.

The Greater Portland Chapter will cosponsor with the Oregon Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Beta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau the 30th annual Critical Care Symposium on Nov. 20 and 21. To register, contact Kathy Anderson at (503) 590-5788; e-mail, Kanderson.gpc@verizon.net.

The Three Rivers Chapter will present its annual October Critical Care Workshop on Oct. 20 and 21 in Warrendale. For more information, contact Wendy Grbach, RN, MSN, CCRN, at (412) 647-3523; e-mail, grbachwj@msx.upmc.edu.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter is cosponsoring a program titled "Trends in Critical Care Nursing" Oct. 21 through 24 in Philadelphia. A preconference titled "Nurse Manager Trends" is scheduled on Oct. 20. For more information on the program, call (800) 444-2326. For more information on the preconference, call (800) 666-7737.

The Susquehanna Valley Chapter will present its fourth annual pediatric conference, titled "Touching the Future of Children," on Nov. 10 and 11 in Harrisburg. To obtain a brochure online, access the listing on the AACN Web site.

The Peninsula Chapter will present its second annual "Reflections on Critical Care" program on Oct. 27 in Newport News. For more information,
e-mail Berylphlpskeegan@cox.net.

The Spokane Chapter will present a CCRN Review on Nov. 6 and 7 at the Red Lion River Inn. For more information, e-mail AACNpresident@aacnspokane.org.

Washington, D.C., Area
The Greater Washington Association Chapter will present its 18th annual Spotlight on Critical Care Conference on Nov. 5 and 6 in Greenbelt, Md. For more information, contact Heather Russell, RN, BSN, at (703) 658-4328.

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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