Does Your Chapter Belong in the Circle of
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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,
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,
The Greater Reading Chapter will present a program
titled �Generational Gap� on June 17. For more information, e-mail Michele Burke
Is your chapter planning a program or special event?
Submit your information online.