AACN News—March 2005—Chapters

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Vol. 22, No. 3, MARCH 2005


Congratulations to Chapter Circle of Excellence Recipients

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. The recipients for 2005 are:

West Michigan Chapter
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Palm Beach County Chapter
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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. Receiving the awards for 2005 are:

Broward County Chapter
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Palm Beach County Chapter
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Greater Reading Chapter
Wyomissing, Pa.

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. The recipients for 2005 are:

Region 6 Chapters
Mableton, Ga.

Sacramento Area Chapter
Sacramento, Calif.

Apply for 2006 Awards by July 15
July 15 is the deadline to apply for 2006 AACN Circle of Excellence Awards for chapters.

In addition to the awards listed here, three new awards have been added: Chapter Collaboration Award, Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award, and Chapter Value of Certification Award.

Chapter President’s Award
Recipients of the President’s Award for Chapters for 2005 will be announced in the April issue of AACN News. This award will go to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the “Live Your Contribution” theme of AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, BC, FAAN, FAHA.

*Last year for award.

The Circle of Excellence Awards application is available online at www.aacn.org, or by calling (800) 899-2226.

NTI Offers Southern Hospitality

Members of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of AACN will be on hand
to welcome participants at AACN’s 32nd annual National Teaching Institute
and Critical Care Exposition, May 7 through 12 in their city. From their
booth in the NTI Resource Center, members will be happy to answer
questions about what to do and see while in New Orleans. The official
NTI T-shirt will also be on sale in the host chapter booth. The chapter
leadership includes (from left, seated) Sandy Lavigne (treasurer) and
Maria Roach (treasurer-elect), and (from left, standing) Liz Stevens
(Chapter Advisory Team representative), Krista Marz (president-elect),
Denise Bonura-Henry (president), Darlene Boudreaux (secretary) and
Nicole Judice (board member). Board member Melinda Eason is not shown.


Welcome Back Monticello Chapter!

The Monticello Chapter recently rechartered in the Charlottesville, Va., area. The officers
are (from left, seated) Leah Wacksman (president), Kim Clark (president-elect), Cheri Smith
(secretary), Sharon Bragg (treasurer) and Rick Carpenter (treasurer-elect), as well as AACN
Board member Suzanne Burns.


Welcome to the Heart of Florida Chapter!

Welcome to the Heart of Florida Chapter, newly chartered in the Travers area. Officers are:

President Barbara Richards, RN-BC, BA, MSN
President-elect David Meekins, RN, AA
Secretary Linda Gifford, RN, ADN, AA
Treasurer Carol Moore, RN, BS, ASN

Welcome to the Rum River Chapter!

Welcome to the Rum River Chapter, newly chartered in the Ramsey, Minn., area. Officers are:

President Karen Schulz, RN, CCRN
President-elect Pamela Madrid, RN, CNS, MSN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
Secretary Louise Jacobs, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Treasurer Cindy Kamara, RN, BS, BSN

Welcome West Houston Chapter!

Welcome to the newly chartered West Houston Chapter. Members are (from left) Kathy
Martinez, Arlena Washington (president-elect), Susie Ratcliff, Lisa Schwarz (treasurer),
Carolyn Arthur (secretary), Celeste Smith (president), Sherri Richardson (Membership
chair), Steve Cooney (treasurer-elect), Diana Stephenson, Barbara Paredes (Education
chair), Salud Timbresa Banay, Gemma Elegores, Sandra Chaveleh, Holly Weber
(chapter adviser) and Yvette Cheeks. Philip Abenojar is not shown.


Coastal Bend Leads Annual Drive

With only two months remaining in AACN’s Critical Links Member-Get-A-Member campaign, the chapter leaders held their positions.

At the end of January, the Coastal Bend Chapter was strongly entrenched in the lead, with 87 new members recruited. It was followed by the Greater Birmingham Chapter with 38 new members recruited and the Greater St. Louis Chapter with 37 new members recruited.

But it was the Greater Washington Area Chapter that made the strongest showing during January, recruiting 22 new members to bring its total to 34. Other impressive showings in January were the Albermarle Area Chapter with 15 new members recruited and the Greater Cincinnati Chapter with 12 new members. The Brooklyn Chapter also recruited nine new members to bring its total to 30.

Their totals contributed to the 3,215 new members recruited by chapters and individuals in the campaign, which ends March 31.

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 Cincinnati Chapter received the complimentary NTI registration in the monthly prize drawing for January.

What's on Tap

Arizona
The Greater Phoenix Chapter will present “CEUs on the Road to Nursing and Pain Management.” For more information, contact Jennifer Thomas at (480) 917-0482; e-mail, azjat@juno.com.

Florida
The Broward County Chapter will present its 30th annual spring seminar, “Join the Revolution: Live Your Contribution,” on April 14 and 15 at the Signature Grand, Davie. For more information, contact Janis Smith-Love at (954) 565-2182; e-mail, smithlovej@msn.com.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present “Bioterrorism Update” on April 12 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354; e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present “Organ Donation After Cardiac Death” on April 20 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Charlene Cioe at (708) 352-1200, ext. 4939; e-mail, Charlene.Cioe@AHSS.org.

Louisiana
The Greater New Orleans Chapter will present “Update on Pacemakers” on March 22 at the Steak Knife. For more information, contact Krista Marz at (504) 488-5307; e-mail, kmarz@ochsner.org.

New Hampshire
The Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire chapters will present “Management of Severe Sepsis” on April 5 at the Nashua Marriott, Nashua. For more information, call Donna at (603) 624-8836.

New York
The Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter will present “Linkages 2005” on March 21. For more information, contact Laurie VanDerMeid at (586) 342-2683;
e-mail, laurievdm@yahoo.com.

Pennsylvania
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will present “Trends in Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing 2005” April 3 through 6 at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia. For more information, contact Monika Cornelius at (800) 394-5995, ext. 239; e-mail, trends@aacn.org, or (610) 658-7266;
e-mail, sepaaacn@verizon.net.

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter will present “Update 2005” on April 12 at the Ramada Inn, Altoona. For more information, contact Lori Cox at (814) 534-3653; e-mail, lcox@conemaugh.org.

The Three Rivers Chapter will present “Concepts in Critical Care 2005” on April 18 and 19 at the Sheraton by Four Points, Warrendale. For more information, contact Wendy Grbach at (412) 751-0752; e-mail, grbachwj@upmc.edu.

Texas
The Greater East Texas Chapter will present a CCRN Review on March 23 and 24 in Tyler. For more information, call (903) 535-6408.

Virginia
The Greater Richmond Area Chapter will present “Odyssey on Critical Care” on March 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information, contact Paul Swadley at (804) 828-0418; e-mail, CEforNursing
@mcvh-vcu.edu.

The Greater Richmond Area Chapter will present a CCRN Prep Test on April 27 and 28 at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. For more information, e-mail Phyllis Turner at grac.info@aacn.org.

Wisconsin
The South Central Wisconsin Chapter will present a CCRN Review Course on March 31 and April 1 at the Bishop O’Connor Center, Madison. For more information, contact Eunice Simmons at (608) 258-6790;
e-mail, eunice_simmons@ssmhc.com.

The Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter will present an educational program on April 5 at the St. Joseph’s Outpatient Center, Wauwatosa. For more infor-
mation, contact Deb McCann at (262) 257-3529.

Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Submit your
information online at www.aacn.org.