AACN News—January 2005—Chapters

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Vol. 22, No. 1, JANUARY 2005


Nominations Now Open
Does Your Chapter Belong in the Circle of Excellence?
Awards that recognize contributions by AACN chapters are part of the Circle of Excellence recognition program each year.
Nominations are now being accepted for these awards for 2006. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15, 2005.
For 2006, three new awards—Chapter Collaboration Award, Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award, and Chapter Value of Certification Award—have been added.

Following is information about each award:

Chapter Collaboration Award
This award will recognize chapters that exemplify collaboration in any aspect of their operations. The collaboration must include at least two entities, including an AACN chapter and an outside group, such as a hospital, college or community. Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, be announced in AACN News and be honored at AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., in May 2006. Up to three awards of $1,000 each will be given.

Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award
This award replaces the Outstanding Chapter Communication System Award to recognize chapters that have made an outstanding public service contribution in their local communities through community education and involvement. Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, be announced in AACN News and be honored at NTI 2006. Up to three chapters will be awarded $1,000 each. Multichapter recipients will receive $1,000 for each collaborative endeavor.

Chapter Value of Certification Award
This award replaces the Chapter CCRN Certification Drive Award as an extension of the AACN Certification Corporation-Value of Certification Award. It will recognize contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care. Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, will be announced in AACN News and will be honored at the NTI. Up to three awards of $1,000 will be given.

Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award
This revised award recognizes chapters that have done an outstanding job in providing quality educational programming to its members and other constituents while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values. Chapters should demonstrate how their programming has met educational standards in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, be announced in AACN News, and be honored at the NTI. Up to three awards of $1,000 each will be given.

Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development Award
This award recognizes excellence in chapter leadership development and succession planning while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values. Applicants should demonstrate how they implemented an effective chapter leadership structure that provides guidance, strategic planning and continuity for their chapters. Recipients will receive a personalized plaque, be announced in AACN News and be honored at the NTI. Up to three chapters will be awarded $1,000 each.

Chapter President’s Award
This award goes to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of 2005-06 AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MS, MSN, CCNS, CCRN. Her theme will be announced at NTI 2005 in May in New Orleans. The deadline to apply for this award is March 1, 2006.

NTI Sessions Geared to Chapter Interests


AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition again offers a wealth of education geared to chapters. This year’s NTI is scheduled for May 7 through 12 in New Orleans, La.

However, chapter leaders interested in attending the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, a preconference on Sunday, must register by March 4. Chapter leaders should receive additional information and registration information this month.

Chapter members will also be interested in several concurrent sessions:

• Chapter vs. Chaptering: Taking Action—Mary Bylone, RN, ADN, BS, CCNR, CNAA, president Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, presenter
• Living Your Contribution One Penny at a Time—Marian Risoff, RN, BSN, CCRN, past
treasurer of the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter, presenter
• Chapter Elections: Keys to a Successful Leadership Transition—Maj. Marla J. De Jong, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, CC, former Chapter Advisory Team representative and member
of the Bluegrass Chapter in Lexington, Ky.,
presenter
• You’re Hired! Mentoring Your Chapter “Apprentice”—Jacqueline A. Gurnick, RN, CNS, MN, MS, president, and Joann Panno, RNC, CNS, MSN, both of the Greater Akron Area Chapter in Ohio, presenters
• Great Idea! Incorporating Creativity Into Chapter Operations—Janice M. Wojcik, RN, MNSc, MS, CCRN, AP, CAT lead, presenter

For more information, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site.

Celebrating 20 Years


The Western Connecticut Chapter of AACN recently
celebrated its 20th anniversary. Among those
gathered to mark the milestone were board members
(from left) Cathy Hunt (bulletin board chair), Julie
MacMillan (president), Lisa Scafidi (president-elect),
Leslie Bardelli (membership chair), Donna Duris,
(treasurer), and Dympna Bowers (community service
chair). The other board members are Kristin McKay
(corresponding secretary), Kerry Bender (recording
secretary) and Nancy Bowers Hoyt (newsletter editor).

Apply for President’s Award by March 1


The chapter or chapters that best exemplify the “Live Your Contribution” theme of AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, will receive the President’s Award for chapters for 2005. The deadline to apply is March 1.

What's on Tap


Connecticut
The South Central Connecticut Chapter will present a program titled “Pacemakers: Basics and Beyond” on Jan. 20 at the 500 Blake Street Cafe, New Haven. For more information, contact Carla Hannon at (203) 789-3220; e-mail, channon@srhs.org.

Florida
The North Central Florida Chapter will present a program titled “Swamped With Knowledge” on Jan. 29 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. For more information, contact Laura Bratcher at (352) 265-0111; ext. 44998.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present its sixth annual CV Symposium on Feb. 8 at Lutheran General Hospital. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

Indiana
The White River Chapter will present a Critical Care Review on Feb. 10 and 11 at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie. For more information, contact Carol Cairns at (765) 983-3193; e-mail, cairnsc@reidhosp.com.

Michigan
The West Michigan Chapter will present a program titled “Double Dip” on Jan. 24 at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Grand Rapids. For more information, call (616) 752-7055; e-mail wmc.info@aacn.org.

The West Michigan Chapter will present a program titled “Legal Issues in Critical Care” on Feb. 21 at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Grand Rapids. For more information, call (616) 752-7055; e-mail wmc.info@aacn.org.

New York
The Brooklyn Chapter will present a program titled “JCAHO Prep—Get Ready: Here Comes Tracer Methodology” on Jan. 21. For more information, contact Deslin Francois at (718) 692-1512; e-mail, DESFRA33@yahoo.com.

Texas
The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter will present a program titled “The Surviving Sepsis Campaign” on Jan. 22 at Memorial Hermann Hospital. For more information, contact Philip Abenojar at (832) 483-0731; e-mail, p_abenojar@yahoo.com.

The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter will present a program titled “Vasoactive Therapy in Critically Ill Patients” on Feb. 3 at Memorial Hermann Hospital. For more information, contact Philip Abenojar at (832) 483-0731; e-mail, p_abenojar@yahoo.com.

Wisconsin
The Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter will present its 2004-05 educational program on cardiovascular markers and resynchronization on Feb. 1 at the St. Joseph’s Outpatient Center, Wauwatosa. For more information, contact Deb McCann at (262) 257-3529.

Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Submit your information online at www.aacn.org; e-mail, Mitzi.Inman@aacn.org.



Chapters Continue Momentum in Recruiting New Members


The Coastal Bend Chapter of AACN continued to build on its lead in AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign during November. The chapter has now recruited 75 new members since the campaign began May 1.

The recruitment efforts by chapters and individuals (see above) have welcomed a total of 2,486 new members. The annual drive ends March 31.

The Old Salem Chapter turned in impressive numbers during the month to jump into second place. The 16 new members it recruited in October boosted its campaign total to 36. The third-place Greater Washington Area Chapter also had a good November, adding 11 new members for a campaign total of 33.

Not far behind were the Greater Birmingham Chapter (25), Greater Raleigh Area Chapter (23), Chattanooga Scenic City Chapter (22), Greater Reading Chapter and Brooklyn Chapter (both 21); and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter and Greater Miami Area Chapter (both 20).

The 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 Greater Evansville Chapter received the complimentary NTI registration in the monthly prize drawing for November.

Other chapters that have recruited new members in the campaign are:

10-20
Atlanta Area Chapter, Chattahoochee Valley Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater Joliet Area Chapter, Heart of Georgia Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, Heartland Chapter, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, Pacific Crest Regional Chapter, Peninsula Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Spindletop Chapter and Triangle Chapter.

5-10
Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Central Savannah River Chapter, East Central Illinois Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater Flint Area Chapter, Greater Portland Chapter, Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter, Greater St. Louis Chapter, Kaw Valley Area Chapter, Minot Roughrider Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Paso Del Norte Chapter, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, San Diego Area Chapter, Siouxland Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter and White River Chapter

4 or Less
Albuquerque Chapter, Ancient City Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Carolina Dogwood Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Iowa Chapter, Central Minnesota Area Chapter, Central Ohio Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Charleston West Virginia Chapter, Charlestowne Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Coastal Chapter, Cumberland Valley Chapter, Dallas County Chapter, Denver Chapter, Fairbanks NorthStar Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter, Greater Long Beach Orange County Chapter, Greater Louisville Chapter, Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter, Greater New Orleans Chapter, Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, Greater Toledo Area Chapter, Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Hill City Chapter, Merrimack Valley Chapter, Miami Beach Chapter, Mohawk Valley Chapter

New Jersey Capital Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Central Florida Chapter, North Central Pennsylvania Chapter, North Central Wisconsin Chapter, North Valley Chapter, Northeast Arizona Chapter, Northeastern Michigan Chapter, Northwest Georgia Chapter, Ocean State Chapter, Riverbend Chapter, San Fernando Valley Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southern Colorado Chapter, Southern Shore Chapter, Spokane Chapter, Suffolk County Chapter, Tidewater Chapter, West Michigan Chapter.