AACN News—June 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 6, JUNE 2004

Greater Miami Chapter Tops Critical Links Membership Campaign

Chapters reached out to make almost 1,400 critical links with new members during AACN's annual membership drive that ended March 31.

Leading the pack was the Greater Miami Area Chapter, which added a total of 86 new members to its rolls. But, the Smoky Hill Chapter had the largest percentage increase in the campaign, adding 24 new members. Both chapters receive a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of AACN resources.

Other chapters recruiting 20 or more new members were the Greater Washington Area Chapter (62), Greater Birmingham Chapter (54), San Diego Area Chapter (49), Volusia Flagler Chapter (46), Triangle Chapter (44), Northwest Georgia Chapter (39), Northwest Chicago Area Chapter (38), Heartland Chapter (37), Chattanooga Scenic City Chapter (37), Atlanta Area Chapter (35), Mobile Bay Area Chapter (26), First Coast Chapter (25), Houston Gulf Coast Chapter (24), Smoky Hill Chapter (24) Pioneer Valley Chapter (24), Greater East Texas Chapter (23), Puget Sound Chapter (22), DelMarVa Chapter (22) and Abilene Area Chapter (20).

The 2004-05 campaign is now under way. Participating chapters are eligible for prizes, including 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 Heart of the Acadiana Chapter received one complimentary NTI registration in the monthly prize drawing for those who participated in the campaign's final month.

Following are the other chapters that participated in the campaign:
Akron Canton Area Chapter, Ancient City 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, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Coastal Bend Chapter, Coastal Chapter, Dallas County Chapter, Denver Chapter, East Carolina Chapter, Eastern Iowa Chapter, Fairbanks North Star Chapter, Gate City Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Greater Kansas City Chapter, Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, Greater Louisville Chapter, Greater Mid Cities Chapter, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Greater Raleigh Area Chapter, Greater Reading Chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter, Greater St. Louis Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, Greater Tulsa Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Greater Wichita Area Chapter.

Gulf Coast Magnolia Chapter, Hangzhou China Chapter, Head of the Lakes Chapter, Heart of Acadiana Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter, Indiana Hoosier South Central Chapter, Indianhead Chapter, Inland Empire Chapter, Jersey Shoreline 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, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Mt. Rainier Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Central Florida Chapter, Northeast Georgia Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Northern Colorado Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Northern New Jersey 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, Redwood Empire Chapter.

San Fernando Valley Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Santa Barbara County Chapter, Siouxland Chapter, Smoky Mountain Chapter, South Bay Chapter, South Carolina Mid State Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, South Central Kentucky 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, Suncoast Chapter, Tennessee Valley Chapter, Three Rivers Chapter, Tidewater Chapter, Total Referred Member: , Tri-Valley Chapter, Upstate Chapter, Vermont Green Mountain Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter, West Michigan Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter, Western New York Chapter, White River Chapter.

New Illinois Chapter Receives Charter

Welcome to the Riverbend Chapter of AACN, recently chartered in the Rock Island, Ill., area.

Chapter officers are:

Michael Curry, RN, BSN, CCRN

Doretha Smith, RN, ADN

Nicole Herron, RN

Una Greene, RN, ADN

Does Your Chapter Belong in the Circle of Excellence?

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.

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.

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.

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 incoming President Kathleen McCauley, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, will be announced in the June issue of AACN News.

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.

To obtain a Circle of Excellence awards application, call (800) 899-2226 and request Item #1011, or visit the AACN Web site, Grants, Scholarships.

What's on Tap

The Redwood Empire Chapter will present 'Rising Above-An Evening With Dorrie Fontaine' on June 17 at the Humboldt Area Foundation, Bayside. For more information, contact Sally Urban at (707) 444-2960; e-mail, aacn@humboldt1.com.

The Hawaiian Islands Chapter will present a program titled 'Battling Critical Illness: The New Armentarium' on June 15 and 16 at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu. For more information, contact Johsie Oliva at (808) 454-0432; e-mail, jmo1976@earthlink.net.

The Greater Reading Chapter will present a program titled 'Generational Gap' on June 17. For more information, e-mail Michele Burke at mishyburke@nursingpro.org.

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

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