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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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,
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)
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,
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)
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.
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,
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
The Greater St. Louis Chapter will present a program
titled �Critical Care Trends� on March 11 and 12. For more information, e-mail
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)
or Laurie VanDerMeid at (585) 342-2683; e-mail,
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;
The Greater Reading Chapter will present a program
titled �Bioterrorism� on March 10. For more information, contact Michele
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.