AACN News—February 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2004


Greater Miami Chapter Takes Lead With 40 New Members Recruited

The Greater Miami Area Chapter added nine new members during December to take the lead in AACN�s Critical Links membership drive with a total of 40 new members recruited since the campaign began May 1. Its efforts edged it past Florida�s Volusia Flagler Chapter, which remained at 34 new members recruited.

Also at 34 new members recruited were the Greater Washington Area Chapter and the Northwest Georgia Chapter. Close behind at 33 new members was the Durham, N.C., area Triangle Chapter.

Also making a significant move in the campaign was the Seattle area Puget Sound Chapter, which added 12 new members during December to bring its total to 22. The Pioneer Valley Chapter in the Springfield, Mass., area debuted in the campaign with 10 new members recruited.

As of the end of December, a total of 2,994 new members had been recruited by chapters and individuals. The campaign ends March 31.

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 December was the San Diego Area Chapter.

Following are all the chapters participating in the campaign through December:
Abilene Area Chapter, Atlanta Area Chapter, Big Island Chapter, Bluegrass Chapter, Brevard Chapter, Brooklyn Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Capital District Chapter, Capital Region Chapter, Central Arkansas Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Minnesota Area Chapter, Central Montana Chapter, Central New Jersey Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Central San Joaquin Valley Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter, Charlestowne Chapter, Chattahoochee Valley Chapter, Chattanooga - Scenic City Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Coastal Chapter

Dallas County Chapter, DelMarVa Chapter, Denver Chapter, East Carolina Chapter, Eastern Iowa Chapter, Fairbanks North Star Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Gate City Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter

Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, Greater Louisville Chapter, Greater Miami Area Chapter, Greater Mid Cities Chapter, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Greater Reading Chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, Greater Tulsa Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Greater Wichita Area Chapter, Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter

Hangzhou China Chapter, Head of the Lakes Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, Heartland Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter, Indiana Hoosier South Central Chapter, Indianhead Chapter, Inland Empire Chapter, Lake Champlain Chapter, Lake Erie Chapter, Lake Superior Chapter, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Los Angeles Chapter

Metropolitan Orlando Chapter, Mid-Cumberland Chapter, Minot Roughrider Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Mt. Rainier Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Central Florida Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Northwest Georgia Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, Ocean State Chapter, Old Salem Chapter

Pacific Crest Regional Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Palmetto Chapter, Paso Del Norte Chapter, Peninsula Chapter, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Pioneer Valley Chapter, Puget Sound Chapter, Redwood Empire Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, San Fernando Valley Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Santa Barbara County Chapter, Siouxland Chapter, Smoky Hill Chapter, Smoky Mountain Chapter, South Carolina Mid State Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southeast Nebraska Chapter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, Southern Maine Chapter, Spokane Chapter, Suburban Cook County Chapter
Tennessee Valley Chapter, Three Rivers Chapter, Triangle Chapter, Tri-Valley Chapter, Upstate Chapter, Vermont Green Mountain Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter, West Michigan Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter, White River Chapter.

Chapter Advisers Sought in 12 Regions; Apply Online

The Chapter Advisory Team 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 the advisory team positions in 12 of its 19 regions. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Positions are open in Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), Region 2 (New York), Region 3 (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), Region 7 (Florida), Region 8 (Michigan and Wisconsin), Region 9 (Indiana and Ohio), Region 11 (Kentucky and Tennessee), Region 12 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi), Region 13 (Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska), Region 14 (Kansas and Missouri), Region 16 (Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming) and Region 18 (Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington). Chapter advisers serve staggered terms of between one and three years.

Chapter advisers are expected to:
� Serve as AACN liaison and spokesperson to AACN chapters and leaders in their regions.
� Establish an ongoing mechanism for communication with chapter presidents and other chapter leaders as deemed appropriate and necessary. Chapter advisers will communicate with chapters on a quarterly basis.
� 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.

If you think you may be interested in serving as a chapter adviser in your region but have questions, contact Membership and Chapter Specialist Stephanie Demiris at (800) 394-5995, ext. 367.

Apply for President�s Award for Chapters
Application Deadline March 1


Remember! March 1 is the deadline to apply for the President�s Award for 2004. This award, part of the Circle of Excellence awards that are presented each year, will go to the chapter or chapters that have best exemplified the �Rising Above� theme of AACN President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN. In addition to receiving a cash award, recipients will be recognized at AACN�s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 15 through 20, 2004, in Orlando, Fla.

Northwest Chicago Chapter Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Past presidents of the Northwest Chicago
Area Chapter of AACN gathered to help
celebrate the chapter�s 30th anniversary.

By Sarah A. Martin,
RN, MS, CCRN, PCCNP, CPNP
Immediate Past-President, Northwest Chicago Area Chapter

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN celebrated 30 years of success during its chapter recognition dinner in June.
Joining current chapter members for the celebration were past and current chapter leaders. Among those attending were founding President Rita Froelich, and charter members Marian Risoff and Connie Miller. Many of the charter members and past presidents remain involved in chapter activities.

The largest AACN chapter in Illinois, the current membership numbers 186. With the goal of increasing membership through a local membership drive, dues were rolled back to $5 annual price charged 30 years ago. The reduced dues offer has been carried over to the current 2003-04 fiscal year.

The legacies of the chapter include being AACN�s first �Chapter of the Year� recipient and the first chapter to make a donation to AACN�s Annual Fund, now the Scholarship Endowment. The chapter has continued to donate to the fund in each of its 30 years.

Since its inception, the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter has received numerous national awards, including, most recently, the AACN Circle of Excellence Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award.

Also, for the past 30 years, a chapter member has been sponsored to attend the National Teaching Institute. Through participation in the chapter�s awards and scholarship program, members are eligible to earn points for participating in national and local AACN activities. Last year, the chapter reimbursed expenses for more than 10 chapter members who attended the NTI.

The Midwest Conference, which was organized by Risoff and Miller in the chapter�s first year, continues to provide participants an excellent opportunity to be updated on current critical care topics by both a national and local faculty. This year�s conference is scheduled for March 14 through 17 at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington Heights, Ill.

What's on Tap

Region 1
Region 1 chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont will present the bi-annual Region 1 Critical Care Symposium Horizons 2004 Conference March 31 through April 2 at the Holiday Inn in Manchester, N.H.

Region 3
The Central Pennsylvania Chapter will present the 2004 Region 3 Spring Conference for nurses in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on March 5 at the Casino in Altoona, Pa. For more information, contact Lori Daughenbaugh, RN, BSN, CCRN, at (814) 944-6223; e-mail, ldemko@charter.net.

California
The San Fernando Valley Chapter will present a program titled �Challenges in Diversity� on March 17 and 18 at the Sportman�s Lodge in Studio City. For more information, contact Judi Robinson at (818) 706-3425; e-mail, bigjudes@yahoo.com.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled �Trauma Update� on March 9 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present its 30th annual Midwest Conference March 14 through 17 at the Arlington Park Sheraton, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther at (630) 766-1596;

Indiana
The Greater Evansville Chapter will present with Deaconess Hospital and the University of Southern Indiana the 12th annual Heart of Cardiovascular Nursing symposium on March 11 at the University of Southern Indiana. For additional information or to register, contact Lynn Smith Schnautz at (812) 450-7172 or Ellen Wathen at (812) 450-7249.

Maryland
The Greater Washington Area Chapter will present a CCRN Review on March 9 and 10 at Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park. For more information, contact Ann Yolitz at (703) 664-7670; e-mail, ann.yolitz@inova.com.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter will host its 15th annual symposium, �Critical Care Nursing: The Future Is Now,� on March 10 and 11 at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore. For more information, e-mail Kathy Gundzik at kathyg@carrollhospitalcenter.org.

Missouri
The Greater St. Louis Chapter will present a program titled �Critical Care Trends� on March 11 and 12. For more information, e-mail kkz@sbcglobal.net or ccucvrrn@sbcglobal.net.

New York
The Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter will present a program titled �Linkages 2004� on March 15 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. For more information, contact Karen Conway at (585) 922-3405; e-mail, linkages_grafl@yahoo.com, or Laurie VanDerMeid at (585) 342-2683; e-mail, laurievdm@yahoo.com.

Oklahoma
The Greater Tulsa Area Chapter will present its annual Critical Care Symposium on Feb. 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. For more information, contact Tonia R. Scoville, RN, MS, CCRN, at (918) 494-4477; e-mail, trscoville@saintfrancis.com.

Pennsylvania
The Greater Reading Chapter will present a program titled �Bioterrorism� on March 10. For more information, contact Michele Jurgensen at mlyhatchet@aol.com.

Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Submit your information online at www.aacn.org > Chapters > Chapter Resource Library > Chapter Forms; e-mail, Mitzi.Inman@aacn.org.