AACN News—August 2005—Chapters

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Vol. 22, No. 8, AUGUST 2005

SePA Takes the Lead in Critical Links Membership Drive

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter jumped into the lead in AACN’s Critical Links membership campaign when it recruited seven new members in June to boost its total to 10 since the drive began May 1.

To date, chapters and individuals have recruited a total of 642 new members. (For individual results, see page 3.) The drive ends March 31.

The Rewards
The 2005-06 campaign offers a revamped list of prizes that aligns chapters with individual rewards. This year, the chapter recruiting the most new members during the campaign will receive a $1,000 honorarium check toward its treasury.

In addition, any chapter recruiting a member in a month will be eligible for a monthly drawing to receive one complimentary registration for AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. The winner of the May drawing is the Greater Austin Area Chapter.

Plus, each chapter that recruits five or more new members during the campaign will be entered into three drawings for $500 honorarium checks.

Note: For the recruiter to qualify for prizes and drawings, new members must include either the recruiter’s name or chapter name on the “referred by” line of the application. Chapters must be in good standing to be considered for prizes.

Other Chapters Recruiting
Other chapters that have recruited members during this year’s campaign are:

Adirondack Regional Chapter, Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Albuquerque Chapter, Ancient City Chapter, Atlanta Area Chapter, Blue Ridge Chapter, Brooklyn Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Carolina Dogwood Chapter, Central Arkansas Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Iowa Chapter, Central Missouri 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, Chattanooga Scenic City Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Coastal Bend Chapter, Colorado West Chapter

Dallas County Chapter, Denver Chapter, East Carolina Chapter, East River Mountain Chapter, Eastern Iowa Chapter, Emerald Coast Chapter, European Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Foothills Chapter, Galveston Island Chapter, Gate City Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Berkshire County Chapter, Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater Flint Area Chapter, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter, Greater Fredericksburg Area Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Greater Kansas City Chapter, Greater Long Beach, Orange County Chapter, Greater Louisville Chapter, Greater Memphis Area Chapter, Greater Miami Area Chapter, Greater Mid Cities Chapter, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Greater North Texas Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter, Greater St. Louis Chapter, Greater Tampa Bay Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, Greater Tulsa Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, Greater Washington Area Chapter

Hawaiian Islands Chapter, Heart of Acadiana Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Hill City Chapter, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Jersey Shoreline Chapter, Lake Erie Chapter, Merrimack Valley Chapter, Metropolitan Orlando Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Mt. Rainier Chapter, Nassau County Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Central Florida Chapter, North Central Pennsylvania Chapter, North Central West Virginia Chapter, Northeast Georgia Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Northern Colorado Chapter, Northern Connecticut Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Northwest Chicago Area Chapter, Ocean State Chapter, Oklahoma City Area Chapter, Old Salem Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Pioneer Valley Chapter, Puget Sound Chapter, Riverbend Chapter

Sacramento Area Chapter, San Antonio Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Santa Barbara County Chapter, Smoky Mountain Chapter, South Bay Chapter, South Carolina Mid State Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southeast Nebraska Chapter, Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, Southern New Hampshire Chapter, Southern Shore Chapter, Southside Chicago Area Chapter, Southwest Georgia Chapter, Spokane Chapter, Suffolk County Chapter, Suncoast Chapter, Suspension Bridge Chapter, Susquehanna Valley Chapter

Three Rivers Chapter, Tidewater Chapter, Treasure Valley Centennial Chapter, Triangle Chapter, Tri-Valley Chapter, Upstate Chapter, Ventura County Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter, West Houston Chapter, West Michigan Chapter, West Texas Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter, Western Kentucky Chapter, Western New York Chapter, White River Chapter.

In the Circle: Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development

Editor’s note: The Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award promotes the development of AACN chapter members to assist in defining the future of chapters. Part of AACNs Circle of Excellence recognition program, the focus is on chapter leadership development plans, outcomes and effective leadership transitions. Following are excerpts from the exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2005.

West Michigan Chapter
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Many AACN chapters face the challenges of promoting leadership development among members, especially in regard to board of director positions. Over time, the West Michigan Chapter has consistently reviewed and revised strategies for ongoing chapter leadership development, after identifying that to continue to grow as a chapter, “fresh” mindsets were crucial to future survival.

The AACN Board Learning Partner program, designed for development of future leaders at the national level, was identified as the ideal program to model at the local chapter level. The role of the Board Learning Partner is to provide information regarding strategic agenda items and gain exposure to the various board of director positions.

A West Michigan Chapter Board Learning Partner is a member who has been selected to serve a one-year, nonvoting term on the Board of Directors. AACN West Michigan Chapter Board Learning Partners are mentored in all aspects of chapter management.

The program has successfully provided the chapter with diversity of thought and rejuvenation of spirit in its board leadership. This allows the chapter to further the strategic plan and support critical care nurses throughout the West Michigan community. In addition, other chapters have been able to adapt the West Michigan Board Learning Partner program to their individual settings. Local chapter and community leaders have emerged and now contribute on a daily basis to the provision of optimal patient and family care. The

The West Michigan Chapter Board Learning Partner program provides one avenue for critical care nurses to live their optimal contribution.

Palm Beach County Chapter
West Palm Beach, Fla.
In September 1973, Palm Beach County was recognized as one of the pioneer AACN chapters in Florida. A group of critical care nurses, driven by a unified purpose and vision, created the foundation for a strong and resilient organization.

Thirty-one years later, our chapter remains steadfast in its mission. Membership is at its highest and most diversified level, from nurse executives, educators, clinicians, telemetry and recovery room nurses to advanced practice nurses. We have more volunteers sharing their time, expertise, creativity and leadership skills. Where before we had a handful of leaders willing to hold office, the chapter is now a hub of seasoned and future leaders nurtured by mentors. Along the way, we have learned valuable lessons gleaned from different leadership styles.

The chapter’s success is attributed to its openness to member evaluation, its willingness to apply changes as needed and the consistent tenacity of its leaders. Strategies that proved to be instrumental are the use of a strategic planning meeting, a monthly newsletter, e-mail and message boards, and revitalizing the hospital ambassador program.

The Nominations Committee proved to be another strong pillar. Their responsibilities include scouting potential leaders and volunteers, identifying their strengths, overseeing the process of nomination and election and assisting in leadership transition by pairing mentors with mentees.

In June, each elected officer receives a binder with their duties and responsibilities and a manual of policies and procedures. The process includes transfer of chapter records and collaborative planning for the next year. Since 2003-2004, motions adopted are recorded separately for easier review by new officers. Last year, an assessed need was to have more knowledge on media relations and political awareness. An interactive lecture, “Using Media as a Tool” with a Public Policy Update, was held, and opportunities for public relations and legislative involvement were highlighted throughout the year.

Regional Chapter Representatives Are Communication Leaders

The Chapter Advisory Team provides an important link between chapters and the National Office, ensuring effective communication among the AACN Board of Directors, National Office and local chapters on pressing issues chapters face. Advisers are volunteers who have expert knowledge about chapter issues and trends in their regions of the country as well as about what is happening at the national level and how that affects chapters. Following are the Chapter Advisory Team representatives who were selected from AACN’s online Volunteer Profile Database and their contact information for the 2005-06 year:


1 Marcia G. Bixby, Region1@aacn.org 8801
Connecticut, Maine, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CS
Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Vermont

2 Lori E. Kennedy, Region2@aacn.org 8802
New York RN, BSN, CCRN

3 Julianne Gerstbrein, Region3@aacn.org 8803
Delaware, New RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Jersey, Pennsylvania

4 Karen Kesten, Region4@aacn.org 8824
District of Columbia, RN, MSN, CCRN,
Maryland, Virginia, CCNS, PCCN
West Virginia

5 Jan Teal, Region5@aacn.org 8805
North Carolina, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN
South Carolina

6 Cindi Noe, Region6@aacn.org 8806
Alabama, Georgia RN, BSN

7 Kimberly S. Martin, Region7@aacn.org 8807
Florida RN, MSN, CCRN

8 Jane L. Hartman, Region8@aacn.org 8808
Michigan, Wisconsin RN, MS, CCRN

9 Kimberly S. Hodge, Region9@aacn.org 8809
Indiana, Ohio RN, ASN, CCRN-CMC

10 Karen Wood, Region10@aacn.org 8810
Illinois RN, DNSc

11 Joy Speciale, Region11@aacn.org 8811
Kentucky, Tennessee RN, MBA, CCRN

12 Elizabeth P. Stevens, Region12@aacn.org 8812
Arkansas, Louisiana, RN, BSN, CCRN

13 Kirsten Skillings, Region13@aacn.org 8813
Iowa, Minnesota, RN, CNS, BS, MN,

14 Judi Reeves, Region14@aacn.org 8814
Kansas, Missouri RN, BSN

15 Tonya Skeen, Region15@aacn.org 8815
Oklahoma, Texas RN, MSN

16 Lori D. Hendrickx, Region16@aacn.org 8908
Montana, South Dakota RN, EdD, CCRN
North Dakota, Wyoming

17 Todd Grivetti, Region17@aacn.org 8817
Arizona, Colorado, New RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Mexico, Nevada, Utah

18 Katie Schatz, Region18@aacn.org 8818
Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, RN, MS, MSN, APRN,
Oregon, Washington NP, NP-C

19 Barbara Thompson, Region19@aacn.org 8800
California RN, CNS, MSN

Board Liaison Mary Holtschneider, Mary.Holtschneider@aacn.org 8942

Chapter Advisor Lead Kathy Peavy, Kathy.Peavy@aacn.org 8724

Welcome to the Ventura County Chapter!

Welcome to the recently chartered Ventura County (Calif.) Chapter. Chapter officers are:

President—Michele Crane,RN, BSN, CCRN
President-elect—Connie Fincher, RN, BSN
Secretary—Claudia Lis, RN, BS, BSN
Treasurer—Joni Kent, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN

What's on Tap

Alabama and Georgia
Region 6 chapters will present “Critical Care Nursing: Visioning Beyond the Basics” on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Marriott-Century Center, Atlanta, Ga. For more information, contact Deb Erickson at (706) 774-8348; e-mail, derickson@uh.org.

The San Francisco Chapter will present “Bridges” on Sept. 28 at the Cathedral Hill Hotel. For more information, contact Julie McCorkle at (925) 370-7236; e-mail, jmccorklern@hotmail.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present “New Horizons in Interventional Cardiology” on Sept. 21 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Charlene Cioe at (708) 352-1200, ext. 4939; e-mail, Charlene.Cioe@AHSS.org.

The Greater Cincinnati Chapter will present its 24th annual Greater Cincinnati Cardiac & Pulmonary Conference Sept. 12 and 13 at the Kings Island Resort & Conference Center, Cincinnati. For more information, contact Sheila Palmer at (937) 748-4873; e-mail, SheilaPalmer@woh.rr.com.

The Central Pennsylvania and the Three Rivers chapters will present a CCRN Review on Sept. 26 and 27. For more information, contact Lori Cox at (814) 534-3653; e-mail, lcox@conemaugh.org.

The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter will present “Bioterrorism: Update 2005” on Sept. 1 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. For more information, contact Philip Abenojar at p_abenojar@yahoo.com.

The Greater Richmond Area Chapter will present a PCCN Review Course on Sept. 27 and 28 at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond.

Cruise for a CCRN Review

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter is hosting a “CCRN Review Cruise” to the Bahamas Jan. 3 to 8, 2006. The cruise will leave from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
On the faculty are Tom Ahrens, RN, DNS, CNS, FAAN, research scientist and clinical nurse specialist at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., and Ruth Kleinpell, RN, PhD, CCRN, FAAN, associate professor at Rush University Medical Center, and nurse practitioner at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.
For additional information contact Sandra Scheitinger at (800) 422-0711; e-mail, sandras@tampabay.rr.com; Web site, http://www.continuingeducation.net/coursedetails.php?program_number=290.
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