AACN News—October 2004—Chapters

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Vol. 21, No. 10, OCTOBER 2004

Making Critical Links: Chapters Help Boost Member-Get-A-Member Campaign

The San Diego Chapter, Heart of Georgia Chapter and Chattanooga Scenic Chapter all made impressive debuts during August in AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign. The San Diego Chapter recorded six members recruited, while the Heart of Georgia and Chatanooga Scene chapters turned in five new members each.

However, the Coastal Bend Chapter retained its wide lead at 43 members recruited since the campaign began May 1, and the Greater Washington Area Chapter held steady at 22 members recruited. The Brooklyn Chapter added to its total to bring its third-place standing to 18 members recruited.

Their totals are part of the 1,248 new members recruited in the campaign by individuals and chapters. The campaign ends March 31.

Following are the totals to date for other chapters participating in the campaign:

Old Salem Chapter (15), Greater Birmingham Chapter (13), Greater Miami Area Chapter (10), Southern Arizona Chapter and Kaw Valley Area Chapter(both 9), Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Heartland Chapter and Pacific Crest Regional Chapter (all 8), Montana Big Sky Chapter, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Greater Raleigh Area Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter and East Central Illinois Chapter (all 7), Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Atlanta Area Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter and Piedmont Carolinas Chapter (all 6), Greater St. Louis Chapter, Triangle Chapter, Greater Flint Area Chapter and Greater Cincinnati Chapter (all 5), Greater Joliet Area Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Siouxland Chapter and Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter (all 4)

Albuquerque Chapter, Fairbanks North Star Chapter, Tidewater Chapter and Miami Beach Chapter (all 3), Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter and Greater East Texas Chapter (all 2) and Broward County Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Iowa Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Denver Chapter, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Dallas County Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Valley Chapter, Northeastern Michigan Chapter, Suffolk County Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Riverbend Chapter, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Carolina Dogwood Chapter, Spokane Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, New Jersey Capital Chapter, North Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter, Cumberland Valley Chapter, Hill City Chapter, White River Chapter, Coastal Chapter and Northeast Arizona Chapter (all 1).

Chapter Rewards
Chapters participating in the campaign are eligible for prizes that include 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 Albuquerque Chapter received the complimentary NTI registration in the monthly prize drawing for August.

Additional information about the Critical Links campaign is available online.

In the Circle: Award Cites Outstanding Educational Programs

Editor’s note: Part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence recognition program, 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. Following are excerpts from the exemplar submitted in connection with this award for 2004.

Palm Beach County Chapter
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Imagine a free, monthly “Dinner Lecture” in an elegant restaurant with 60 of your peers. You hear stellar speakers discuss the hottest trends in CHF, sepsis and sedation. Imagine networking, awards, CE units, raffle prizes and fun. Imagine receiving a monthly newsletter that reviews the lecture and provides sample CCRN questions challenging you to obtain CCRN certification. You can answer the Chapter’s Quick Poll Question and get Public Policy updates. Imagine being honored as a CCRN at the 14th annual free CCRN Luncheon. Enjoy the lecture, prizes and awards. Imagine free leadership, media and law workshops. Get local e-news and a chance to win NTI tuition. Attend the two-day Tri-County “Wealth of Knowledge,” hosted by the Dade, Broward and the Palm Beach Chapter. Imagine staying current on “cutting-edge” critical care. You’re proclaimed, honored, and elevated as a critical care nurse on the evening news!

You’re imagining the reality of the Palm Beach County Chapter. We’re dedicated to providing the “hottest” educational programs so nurses can better serve their patients. We’re committed to educating and developing leaders, too! Diversity is key. Our critical care nursing officers include a pilot, major, nurse attorney, vice president, businesswoman, singer and media advisor. Our success is due to the stellar efforts and collaborative vision of the chapter officers and the members at large who have been unwavering in their support!

What's on Tap

Region 5
The Coastal Chapter will present the second annual Fall Seminar for Region 5 on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Crown Reef Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Region 5 serves North Carolina and South Carolina. For more information, contact A. Messina, RN, BSN, CCRN, at (843) 347-8031; e-mail, CoastlAACN@aol.com.

The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present a program titled “Modern Modes in Mechanical Ventilation” on Oct. 23. For more information, contact Bobbie Wiles at (480) 988-3526; e-mail, dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

The Greater Phoenix Area Chapter will present a program titled “Exfoliate and Necrotizing Skin Disorders” on Nov. 4 at the VAMC Ambulatory Care Center. For more information, contact Bobbie Wiles at (480) 988-3526; e-mail, dbwiles@worldnet.att.net.

The San Francisco Chapter will present a CCRN Review on Oct. 21 and 22 at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center. For more information, contact Juli McCorkle at (925) 370-7236; e-mail, jmccorklern@hotmail.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a program on “Gastric Bypass” on Oct. 20 at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. For more information, contact Andrea Kline at (773) 975-8835; e-mail, akline@childrensmemorial.org; Web site, www.nwcac-aacn.org.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter “Acute Pancreatitis” on Nov. 9 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354 e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Greater Louisville Chapter will present a program titled “Romancing the Cell” on Nov. 15 at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Institute Conference Center. For more information, contact Sharon Ruhl at (502) 897-8832;
e-mail, sruhl@bhsi.com, or Marlot Wigginton at (502) 629-7867; e-mail, marlot.wigginton@nortonhealthcare.org.

New York
The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled “Sepsis—What You Need to Know” on Nov. 18. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at (718) 692-1512; e-mail, desfra33@yahoo.com.

The Greater Portland Chapter will present its 31st annual Critical Care Symposium Nov. 18 and 19 at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at (503) 590-5788. e-mail,

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will cosponsor with Drexel University “Trends in Critical Care Nursing 2004” Oct. 26 through 29 at the Adams Mark Hotel, Philadelphia. For more information, contact Chapter Coordinator Anne Goldblatt at One Wynnewood Road, Suite 100, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096; phone, (610) 658-7266.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter will present a program titled “Mastering Hemodynamic Monitoring and 12-Lead Interpretation” on Oct. 28 at The Orchards, Chambersburg. For more information, contact Polly McMullen at (717) 477-8267; e-mail, pmmul@peoplepc.com.

1st-Quarter Financials Due Nov. 15

Don’t forget! First quarter chapter financial reports are due Nov. 15. Forms are available online.
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