AACN News—December 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 12, DECEMBER 2004

New Awards to Debut With 2006 Circle of Excellence Program

Three new awards for chapters will debut with AACN’s 2006 Circle of Excellence recognition program. In addition, revisions have been made to two existing awards.
Joining the program are the Chapter Collaboration Award, Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award and Chapter Value of Certification Award.

New Awards
Chapter Collaboration Award
This award will recognize chapters that exemplify collaboration in any aspect of their operations. The collaboration must include at least two entities, including an AACN chapter and an outside group, such as a hospital, college or community. Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, be announced in AACN News and be honored at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif. Up to three awards of $1,000 each will be given.

Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award
This award will replace the Outstanding Chapter Communication System Award to recognize chapters that have made an outstanding public service contribution in their local communities through community education and involvement.
Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, be announced in AACN News and be honored at NTI 2006. Up to three chapters will be awarded $1,000 each. Multichapter recipients will receive $1,000 for each collaborative endeavor.

Chapter Value of Certification Award
This award replaces the Chapter CCRN Certification Drive Award as an extension of the AACN Certification Corporation-Value of Certification Award. It will recognize contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care.
Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, will be announced in AACN News and will be honored at the annual National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. Up to three awards of $1,000 will be given.

Other Awards
The other awards available to chapters are:
• Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award (revised)
• Sharon J. Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award (revised)
• Chapter President’s Award

Nominations will open Jan. 15. Additional information about Circle of Excellence Awards for chapters will appear in the January issue of AACN News. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15.

Jan. 7 Is Deadline to Apply for Chapter Adviser Positions in 9 AACN Regions

The Chapter Advisory Team (a.k.a. CAT) plays a vital role in supporting and linking local AACN chapters and the National leadership team. AACN is currently inviting past chapter presidents to apply for advisory team positions in nine of its 19 regions. These chapter advisers will serve two-year terms, beginning July 1, 2005. The deadline to apply is Jan. 7.

The CAT ensures effective communication between the AACN Board of Directors and National Office staff, and local chapters on pressing issues that chapters face. Advisers are volunteers who have expert knowledge on chapter issues and trends in their regions of the country and who are well informed about what is happening at the national level and how that affects chapters. They directly support chapters and chapter leaders in a number of important ways.

Chapter advisers are expected to:
• Serve as liaisons and spokespersons to AACN chapters and leaders in their region.
• Establish ongoing mechanism for communication with chapter leaders.
• Work in partnership with AACN staff to identify individual chapter strengths and needs so that the National Office and chapter advisers can effectively support and service new and existing chapters.
• Develop and mentor local chapter leaders for future chapter and national leadership roles.
• Travel within assigned region.
• Attend two face-to-face meetings per year.
• Participate in conference calls and use electronic media and online communication tools and databases.

Advisers are being sought in the following regions:
Region 4 Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Region 5 North Carolina and South Carolina
Region 6 Alabama and Georgia
Region 10 Illinois
Region 11 Kentucky and Tennessee
Region 13 Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska
Region 15 Oklahoma and Texas
Region 17 Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
Region 19 California

If you are interested in serving as a chapter adviser in your region but have questions regarding the role, contact Member Relations and Services Specialist Stephanie Demiris at (800) 394-5995, ext. 367; e-mail, Stephanie.Demiris@AACN.org.

To apply, register online in AACN’s Volunteer Profile Database. Be sure to select both “Chapter” under “area and/or topics of interest”and “Advisory Team” under “specialty or type of role.”

Coming Together to Learn

Dorrie Fontaine (seated, center), immediate past president of AACN,
was the keynote speaker at the annual symposium sponsored by the
Suffolk County Chapter of AACN in Long Island, N.Y. In addition to
the keynote address, titled “Rising Above: Creating Possibilities
for Critical Care Nursing,” Fontaine presented a session on
nonpharmacological management of sedation in the critically ill
patient. The symposium is scheduled to stimulate enthusiasm for
AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition.
Shown with Fontaine are (from left, seated) Anna Rosenthal (Program
Committee), current President Theresa Leonard, current immediate
Past President Mary Lee Schroeter and Pamela Boremski (symposium
chair) and (from left, standing) Lynn Hatta, (Program Committee), Denise
Westman, (Program Committee), Denise D’Ambrosia (board member)
Margaret Duffy (board treasurer), Perrilynn Baldelli (Membership
Committee chair) and Rose Cardin (board member).

Apply for President’s Award by March 1

The chapter or chapters that best exemplify the “Live Your Contribution” theme of AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, will receive the President’s Award for chapters for 2005. The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org.

Welcome to the Napa Valley Chapter!

Welcome to the Napa Valley Chapter of AACN. Officers of the newly chartered California chapter are:
President—Natalie Correll-Yoder, RN, CNS, MN
President-elect—Erin McCalley, RN, BS, BSN
Secretary—Jennifer Gosztyla
Treasurer—Tiara Neal, RN

Chapters Contribute to Annual Drive

Texas’ Coastal Bend Chapter will be hard to beat in this year’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member Campaign. The chapter recruited another 12 new members during October to take its total to 70 since the campaign began May 1. That’s more than three times as many new members as recruited by the chapter in second place—the Greater Raleigh Area Chapter.

A total of 669 chapters and individuals have recruited 2,119 new members in the campaign, which ends March 31.

With its 23 new members recruited, the Greater Raleigh Area Chapter was being closely challenged by the Chattanooga Scenic City Chapter and the Greater Washington Area Chapter, both with a total of 22 new members recruited; the Brooklyn Chapter, with 21 new members recruited; and the Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater Miami Area Chapter and Old Salem Chapter, all with 20 new members recruited.

Other chapters recruiting five or more new members are the Greater Reading Chapter and the Spindletop Chapter (both at 18); Heart of Georgia Chapter and Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (both at 16) Chattahoochee Valley Chapter and Peninsula Chapter (both at 13); Heart of the Piedmont Chapter (12); Atlanta Area Chapter (11); Triangle Chapter (10); Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Kaw Valley Area Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Pacific Crest Regional Chapter and Southern Arizona Chapter (all at 9); Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater St. Louis Chapter, Heartland Chapter and Mobile Bay Area Chapter (all at 8); East Central Illinois Chapter, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter and White River Chapter (all at 7); Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter and Piedmont Carolinas Chapter (all at 6); and Greater Flint Area Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter and San Francisco Chapter (all at 5).

The Rewards
Chapters participating in the campaign are eligible for prizes that include one complimentary NTI registration to be drawn each month. In addition, the chapters with the largest increase in membership and with the largest percentage increase in members during the campaign will again receive $250 gift certificates toward the purchase of AACN products or services, as well as a recognition certificate.

The White River Chapter in Indiana received the complimentary NTI registration in the monthly prize drawing for October.

Additional information about the Critical Links campaign is available online.

What's on Tap

The North Central Florida Chapter will present a program titled “Swamped With Knowledge” on Jan. 29 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. For more information, contact Laura Bratcher at (352) 265-0111; ext. 44998.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled “DKA Update” on Jan. 11 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The West Michigan Chapter will present a program titled “Double Dip” on Jan. 24 at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Grand Rapids. For more information, call (616) 752-7055; e-mail wmc.info@aacn.org.

New York
The Brooklyn Chapter will present a CCRN Review Jan. 7 through 13. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at (718) 692-1512; e-mail, desfra33@yahoo.com.

The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled “JCAHO Prep—Get Ready: Here Comes Tracer Methodology” on Jan. 21. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at (718) 692-1512; e-mail, desfra33@yahoo.com.

The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter will present a program titled “The Surviving Sepsis Campaign” on Jan. 22 at Memorial Hermann Hospital. For more information, contact Philip Abenojar at (832) 483-0731; e-mail, p_abenojar@yahoo.com.

Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Submit your information online; e-mail, Mitzi.Inman@aacn.org.
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