AACN News—April 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 4, APRIL 2004


Waiting for You in Orlando

Members of the Metropolitan Orlando Chapter of AACN are waiting
to greet participants at NTI 2004 in their city. Representatives will be
on hand to answer questions about the area.

NTI 2004 Offers Chapters the Chance to Network, Share Ideas

From leadership development to sharing successes, AACN�s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 15 through 20 in Orlando, Fla., offers plenty of interest to chapters.

In addition to providing opportunities to network with representatives of other chapters, NTI sessions address a range of topics specifically related to chapters.

Leading off the lineup of chapter-related activities is the annual Chapter Leadership Development Workshop on Sunday. And, Network Night on Sunday is always an ideal event for chapters representatives to mingle with others, not only from their regions but also from across the country.

The annual Chapter Presidents Luncheon, sponsored by Nellcor/Tyco Healthcare, is another special event that highlights and recognizes chapters at the NTI.

Other sessions throughout the NTI that are geared to chapter interests include:

Advancing the Critical Care Nurse: Continuing Education in the 21st Century will focus on approaches to planning successful educational programs and seminars. In addition, the AACN awards and scholarship program, as well as strategies for promoting critical care nursing as a career choice for new graduates will be discussed.

A Field of Dreams: If You Plan It, They Will Come will focus on program planning and implementation, marketing and promotion, coordinating facilities and conference services support, financial management, registration, evaluation and accreditation.

The Chapter Board: A Sum Greater Than Its Parts will discuss the importance of team building and strategies useful in creating a cohesive board.

Chapter Strategic Planning 101 will introduce concepts and tools related to strategic and operational planning.

Multi-Chapter Collaboration: Formula for Success will focus on collaborative efforts, evaluative techniques and best practices in relation to multichapter collaboration.

To find out more about the NTI or to register online visit our website.

Awards Honor Contributions

Awards that recognize contributions by AACN chapters are among the Circle of Excellence awards presented each year. Nominations for all except the President�s Award for chapters and the CCRN Certification Drive Award are due July 15.

Unless otherwise stated, one chapter from each membership category is selected to receive these $1,000 awards.

Following are the recipients of Circle of Excellence Awards for 2004. They will be recognized at AACN�s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 15 through 20, 2004, in Orlando, Fla.

Following is information about the chapter awards.

Outstanding Chapter Communication System Award
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN�s messages in the chapter and/or the community.

Receiving the awards for 2004 are;

Siouxland Chapter
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Greater Twin Cities Chapter
Edina, Minn.

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.

Receiving the award for 2004 is:

Palm Beach County Chapter
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Chapter Pioneering Spirit Award
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.� The theme of incoming President Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, will be announced at NTI 2004 in Orlando, Fla.

The recipients of this award for 2004 are:

Redwood Empire Chapter
Bayside, Calif.

Sacramento Area Chapter
Sacramento, Calif.

Volusia-Flagler Chapter
Daytona Beach, Fla.

Greater Evansville Chapter
Evansville, Ind.

White River Chapter
Muncie, Ind.

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, 2003, and a chapter roster that highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of June 30, 2004.

Note: The rosters and application materials are due Aug. 15. Receiving the award for 2004 is:

Atlanta Area Chapter
Atlanta, Ga.

To obtain a Circle of Excellence awards application visit our website.

Submit Abstracts Online for NTI 2005

June 1 is the deadline to submit chapter speaker proposals for NTI 2005, May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La. Abstracts can now be submitted online.

What's on Tap

Arizona
The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present a program titled �Military Nursing: It�s Not What You Think� on May 6 at the Veteran�s Affairs Medical Center. For more information, contact Bobbie Wiles at (480) 988-3526; e-mail, dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

Colorado
The Denver Chapter will present a CCRN Review May 3 through 5 at the Lakewood Holiday Inn. For more information, e-mail Sara Clark at clarkontap@aol.com.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will meet on May 11 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter meeting and educational presentation will be on May 12 at Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

Massachusetts
The Merrimack Valley Chapter will present a program titled �Management of Critically Ill Patients: Basing Your Practice on Evidence� on April 20 at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, Chelmsford. For more information, contact Diane St. Pierre at (978) 455-4167; e-mail, diane.stpierre@comcast.net.

Pennsylvania
The Greater Reading Chapter will present a program titled �Pulmonary Update (Proning)� on May 25 at St. Joseph Medical Center. For more information, e-mail Debbie Jessell at DeeWolf J@cs.com.

Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Submit your information online.

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