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
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
Receiving the awards for 2004 are;
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Greater Twin Cities Chapter
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
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 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
Sacramento Area Chapter
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Greater Evansville Chapter
White River Chapter
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
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
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,
The Denver Chapter will present a CCRN Review May 3
through 5 at the Lakewood Holiday Inn. For more information, e-mail Sara Clark
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,
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,
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,
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
Is your chapter planning a program or special event?
Submit your information online.