AACN News—March 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 3, MARCH 2004


Special NTI Sessions Geared to Chapter Interests
Topics Focus on Ways to Enhance Involvement and Programming


NTI participants with an interest in chapter involvement will find several sessions helpful at NTI 2004, May 15 through 22 in Orlando, Fla. Following is brief information about the sessions that are planned:

Advancing the Critical Care Nurse: Continuing Education in the 21st Century
Providing educational opportunities in today�s fast-paced and changing healthcare environment is a priority for many AACN chapters. This session will focus on best practices and key processes for planning successful educational programs and seminars. Additional areas this session will explore are the AACN awards and scholarship program, which promotes chapter involvement and degree completion, as well as strategies for promoting critical care nursing as a career choice for new graduates. Jodi Gunther, RN, MS, CCRN, and Leslie A. Collins, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, of the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present this session.

A Field of Dreams: If You Plan It, They Will Come
To build your chapter�s �field of dreams� requires the planning committee to �go the distance� to assess, thoughtfully plan, deliver and evaluate quality educational programs. This session will focus on the details of program planning and implementation, marketing and promotion, coordinating facilities and conference services support, financial management, registration, evaluation and accreditation. Speakers: Joann M. Panno, RN, MSN, and Michele L. Manning, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, of the Greater Akron Area Chapter are the presenters.

The Chapter Board: A Sum Greater Than Its Parts
The chapter board has an essential role in providing its membership with tools and resources to assist in professional and clinical team and leadership development. Because the board is a conduit for these professional development activities, it must be a cohesive group, focused on meeting the needs of the membership. This session will discuss the importance of team building and strategies useful in creating a cohesive board. The presenters are Damon Cottrell, RN, MS, APRN-BC, CCNS, CCRN, CEN, and Mary Beth Reid, RN, MS, APRN-BC, CCRN, of the Dallas County Chapter.

Chapter Strategic Planning 101
Envision the chapter of your dreams. A solid strategic plan can help focus efforts toward turning that dream into a reality, while providing a framework for chapter operations. The purpose of this session is to introduce concepts related to strategic and operational planning, and to provide tools and resources that will assist with creation of a practical chapter strategic plan. Janice M. Wojcik, RN, MS, CCRN, APRN-BC, Region 3 Chapter Advisory Team representative, is the speaker.

Multi-Chapter Collaboration: Formula for Success
Rapid advances in technology, pharmacology and clinical interventions require education for nurses on a frequent basis. Providing this support is often a challenge for a variety of reasons, including a decrease in staff, a decrease in educators and a lack of excess educational funds. Multichapter collaboration can be an effective and cost-containing solution. This session will focus on collaborative efforts, evaluative techniques and best practices in relation to multichapter collaboration. The presenter is Mary Zellinger, RN, MN, ANP, CCRN, of the Atlanta Area Chapter.

Chapters Help Boost Membership Drive Totals During January

The Greater Miami Area Chapter continued to build on its lead in AACN�s Critical Links membership campaign, adding eight new members during January to bring its total to 48. However, several chapters have recruited 30 or more chapters since the campaign began May 1. They are the Triangle Chapter at 36, the Greater Washington Area Chapter at 35, the Volusia Flagler Chapter and the Northwest Georgia Chapter, both at at 34, and the Atlanta Area Chapter at 30.

As of the end of January, a total of 3,384 new members had been recruited by chapters and individuals. Chapters contributed 50 of the 265 new members recruited during January. 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 January was the North Central Florida Chapter.

Following are the other chapters that have recruited 10 or more new members during the campaign:

Abilene Area Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Chattanooga - Scenic City Chapter, DelMarVa Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Heartland Chapter, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter, Ocean State Chapter, Old Salem Chapter, Pioneer Valley Chapter, Puget Sound Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, Smoky Hill Chapter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Tennessee Valley Chapter.

Welcome to Colorado and Virginia Chapters!

AACN welcomes two new active chapters�one in Colorado and the other in Virginia.

The Northern Colorado Chapter serves the Longmont area. Chapter officers are President Todd Grivetti, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, President-elect Christina Joder, RN, BSN, BA, Secretary Kathryn Simmons, RN, BSN, and Treasurer KellyJane Harris, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN.

The Tidewater Chapter actually represents the rebirth of a former chapter in the Norfolk, Va., area. Chapter officers are President Marlane Budde, RN, CCRN, President-elect Tina Schlegel, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, Secretary Llewellyn Drummond, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, and Treasurer Tina Liske, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, NP.

What's on Tap

Alabama
The Mobile Bay Area Chapter will present a CCRN Review Course March 17 and 18 at the Springhill Avenue Campus of the University of South Alabama College of Nursing. For more information, contact Eileen Harden at (251) 478-5833; e-mail, harden3@comcast.net.

Arizona
The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present a program titled �Rave Drugs: the Agony and the Ecstacy� on April 16 at the Black Canyon Conference Center. For more information, contact Bobbie Wiles at (480) 988-3526; e-mail, dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

California
The South Bay Chapter will present a program titled �12-Lead ECG Interpretation� on March 25 and 26 at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. For more information, contact Colleen O�Leary-Kelley at (650) 493-5000, ext. 65056; e-mail, colleen.oleary-kelley@med.va.gov.

Florida
The Greater Miami Area Chapter will present its Miami Teaching Institute on March 26 at South Miami Hospital. For more information, contact Maggie Alonso at (305) 301-6185; e-mail, maggiealonso@msn.com.

The Broward County Chapter will present a program titled �Up, Up and Away� on April 29 and 30 in Davie. For more information, e-mail Janis Smith-Love at smithlovej@msn.com.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present a program titled �Bariatric Update� on April 13. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program on chapter case studies on April 21 at Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org.

Indiana
The Greater Evansville Chapter will present its 13th annual Critical Care Challenge on April 8 at St. Mary�s Manor. For more information or to register, contact Marlena Thweatt at (270) 831-0711.

New York
The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled �Stroke Update� on March 18. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at desfra33@yahoo.com.

The Mohawk Valley Chapter will present a program titled �Acute Care 2004� on March 19 in Verona, N.Y. For more information, contact Gene Jarosz at (315) 736-0578 or (315) 624-6509;
e-mail, Acutecare2004@aol.com.

The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled �Neurological Assessment in the Critically Ill Patient� on March 25. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at desfra33@yahoo.com.

The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled �Caustic Emergencies� on April 22. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at desfra33@yahoo.com.

Pennsylvania
The Central Pennsylvania Chapter will present its Spring Update 2004 on April 13 in Altoona. For more information, e-mail Lori Daughenbaugh at ldemko@charter.net.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will cosponsor a program titled �Trends in Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing� April 18 through 21 at the Adams Mark Hotel, Philadelphia. For more information, call (610) 658-7266; e-mail, sepaaacn@verizon.net.

Texas
The Greater East Texas Chapter will present a CCRN Review on March 23 and 24 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler. For more information, call (903) 535-6408.

The Greater Houston Chapter will present a program titled �Rediscover Your Passion and Change a Life One Person at a Time� March 29 through April 3. For more information, contact Yvette Cheeks at (713) 788-0620; online, www.phesonline.com.

The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter will present a CCRN Review Course on April 23 and 24. For more information, call (832) 236-2440; e-mail, nightgle2@msn.com.

Virginia
The Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter will present a program titled �Critical Care and Emergency Care Updates� on April 19 at the Holiday Inn Select. For more information, contact Mary Jane Bowles at (540) 741-4170, beeper 1973; e-mail, Mary.Bowles@medicorp.org.

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