AACN News—May 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 5, MAY 2004


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 or visit our website.

New Chapter Chartered in Illinois

Welcome to the East Central Illinois Chapter, recently chartered in the Urbana, Ill., area. Chapter officers are:

President�Amy Bandy, RN
President-elect�Stephen Peterson, RN, ADN
Secretary�Young Moore, RN, BS, BSN
Treasurer�Tammy Drew, RN, CCRN

In the Circle: Award Recognizes Chapter Leadership Development

Editor's note: The Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award promotes the development of AACN chapter members to assist in defining the future of chapters. Named in honor of the longtime AACN national office team member who died in June 1997, the award focuses on chapter leadership development plans, outcomes and effective leadership transitions. Following is the exemplar submitted in connection with this award for 2003.

Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter
Twin Cities, Minn.
The development of leadership has been facilitated by using communication, connection, and consistency with AACN members served by the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter. Nurses who are not members have also reaped the benefits from the contributions of the research committee.

Communication has been a key leadership strategy of the chapter research committee. At the start of each year, committee members identify objectives they would like to achieve. Each selects a research-related activity to promote to the local nursing community. Activities include publishing and presenting research. In addition, presentation of research at local conferences has included debate format, lecture, education and poster.

Connecting nurses to research and helping them get involved has sometimes required work beyond the academics. For example, some nurses wanted to present their research using a poster presentation, but lacked the funds to buy or rent a poster display. In response, one of the committee members bought materials necessary to build a few portable research stands.

Announcements are distributed to local hospitals to inform nurses how they might get involved in research-related projects. Nurses who want to conduct research but need financial assistance are counseled to apply for grants ranging from $250 to $5,000, secured by the research committee through local companies.
Consistency of an effective research committee has been demonstrated throughout the time this research committee has been together. Much of the consistency of the committee�s membership has been due to the passion for nursing research.

Triple Effect

The East Carolina Chapter of AACN
developed this tri-fold recruitment
board, as well as a PowerPoint display,
to display at several recent events.
The board was developed by chapter members
Sally Caviness and Frank Wong.

Submit Abstracts Online for NTI 2005

June 1 is the deadline to submit chapter speaker proposals for NTI 2005, May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La. Abstracts can now be submitted online.

What's on Tap

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

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter annual dinner program is scheduled for June 8. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 854-8358; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

Pennsylvania
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.