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Vol. 23, No. 4, APRIL 2006


Critical Links: Greater Washington Chapter Leads Campaign

The Greater Washington Area Chapter continued to build its lead in AACN’s Critical Links membership campaign. As of the end of February, the chapter had recruited 59 new members.

Adding 11 new members to its recruitment total to move into sole possession of second place was the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter with 47 new members recruited. Other top recruiting chapters were the Atlanta Area Chapter, with 43 new members recruited; Greater Portland Chapter, with 41; San Diego Area Chapter, with 39; Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, with 38; Greater Cincinnati Chapter, with 35; and Greater Phoenix Area Chapter and Sacramento Area Chapter, both with 30.

With just one month of results to compile, nearly 4,000 new members have been recruited by 932 individuals and chapters since the campaign began May 1, 2005. (See page 9 for individual results.) The new campaign begins May 1, 2006.

Rewards
Participating chapters are eligible for valuable rewards, including complimentary NTI registration in a monthly drawing among chapters that recruit one member during that month. Receiving the reward in January was the Greater Flint Area Chapter.

The 2005-2006 campaign offers chapters a revamped list of prizes that aligns with individual rewards.

This year, the chapter recruiting the most new members will receive a $1,000 honorarium check toward its treasury. In addition, each chapter that recruits five or more new members during the campaign will be entered into three drawings for $500 honorarium checks.

Other Recruiters
Other chapters that have recruited five or more new members as of the end of January are:

Abilene Area Chapter, Adirondack Regional Chapter, Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Albuquerque Chapter, Ancient City Chapter, Athens Classic City Area Chapter, Bitterroot Chapter, Blue Ridge Chapter, Bluegrass Chapter, Brevard Chapter, Brooklyn Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Carolina Dogwood Chapter, Central Arkansas Chapter, Central Illinois Chapter, Central Indiana Chapter, Central Iowa Chapter, Central Massachusetts Chapter, Central Minnesota Area Chapter, Central Missouri Chapter, Central New Jersey Chapter, Central New York 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, Coastal Chapter, Colorado West Chapter, Columbia Wheatland Chapter, Cumberland Valley Chapter, Dallas County Chapter, Delmarva Chapter, Denver Chapter, East Carolina Chapter, East Central Illinois Chapter, East River Mountain Chapter, Eastern Iowa Chapter, Emerald Coast Chapter, Essex County Chapter, European Chapter, Fairbanks North Star Chapter, First Coast Chapter, Foot of the Blue Ridge Chapter, Foothills Chapter, Galveston Island Chapter, Gate City Chapter, Grapevine Area Chapter, Greater Akron Area Chapter, Greater Austin Area Chapter, Greater Berkshire County Chapter, Greater Birmingham Chapter, Greater Boston Chapter, Greater Charleston Area Chapter, Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Greater East Texas Chapter, Greater Evansville Chapter, Greater Flint Area Chapter, Greater Fort Worth Area Chapter, Greater Fox Valley 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 Raleigh Area Chapter, Greater Reading 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, Green Country Chapter, Hawaiian Islands Chapter, Heart of Acadiana Chapter, Heart of Florida Chapter, Heart of Georgia Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter, Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, Heart of Vermont Chapter, Heartland Chapter, High Sierra Chapter, Hill City Chapter, Horizons Chapter, Indiana Hoosier South Central Chapter, Inland Empire Chapter, Inland Northwest Chapter, Jersey Shoreline Chapter, Lake Erie Chapter, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Luzerne Lackawanna Chapter, Merrimack Valley Chapter, Metropolitan Orlando Chapter, Miami Beach Chapter, Middle Tennessee Chapter, Midland Empire Chapter, Minot Roughrider Chapter, Mobile Bay Area Chapter, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Montana Big Sky Chapter, Monticello Chapter, Mt. Rainier Chapter, Napa Valley Chapter, Nassau County Chapter, New Jersey Capital Chapter, New York City Chapter, North Carolina Coastal Chapter, North Central Florida Chapter, North Central Pennsylvania Chapter, North Central West Virginia Chapter, North Central Wisconsin Chapter, North Valley Chapter, Northeast Arizona Chapter, Northeast Arkansas Chapter, Northeast Georgia Chapter, Northeast Indiana Chapter, Northeast Tennessee Chapter, Northeastern Ohio Chapter, Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter, Northern Arizona Chapter, Northern Colorado Chapter, Northern Connecticut Chapter, Northern Illinois Chapter, Northern New Hampshire Chapter, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Northwest Chicago Area Chapter, Northwest Georgia Chapter, Northwest Washington Evergreen Chapter, Ocean State Chapter, Oklahoma City Area Chapter, Old Salem Chapter, Pacific Crest Regional Chapter, Palm Beach County Chapter, Palmetto Chapter, Paso Del Norte Chapter, Pee Dee Chapter, Peninsula Chapter, Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Pioneer Valley Chapter, Presque Isle Chapter, Puget Sound Chapter, Red River Valley Chapter, Redwood Empire Chapter, Riverbend Chapter, Rochester Chapter, Rum River Chapter, San Antonio Chapter, San Fernando Valley Chapter, San Francisco Chapter, Santa Barbara County Chapter, Shellcoast Chapter, Siouxland Chapter, Smoky Hill Chapter, Smoky Mountain Chapter, South Bay Chapter, South Carolina Mid State Chapter, South Central Connecticut Chapter, South Central Kentucky Chapter, South Central Oklahoma Chapter, South Central Wisconsin Chapter, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Southeast Missouri Chapter, Southeast Nebraska Chapter, Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, Southern Arizona Chapter, Southern Colorado Chapter, Southern Maine Chapter, Southern New Hampshire Chapter, Southern Shore Chapter, Southside Chicago Area Chapter, Southwest Georgia Chapter, Spindletop Chapter, Suburban Cook County Chapter, Suffolk County Chapter, Suncoast Chapter, Suspension Bridge Chapter, Susquehanna Valley Chapter, Tennessee Valley Chapter, Three Rivers Chapter, Tidewater Chapter, Treasure Coast Chapter, Treasure Valley Centennial Chapter, Triangle Chapter, Tri-County Chapter, Tri-State Area Chapter, Tri-Valley Chapter, Upstate Chapter, Ventura County Chapter, Vermont Green Mountain Chapter, Volusia Flagler Chapter, Washtenaw County Chapter, West Central Ohio Chapter, West Houston Chapter, West Michigan Chapter, West Texas Chapter, Western Connecticut Chapter, Western Kentucky Chapter, Western New York Chapter, White River Chapter.

Additional information and the complete list of recruiters are available at www.aacn.org > Membership.


NTI Group Discount Available to Chapters


If you are a member of a chapter, you are entitled to an NTI registration discount.

If four or more individuals from your chapter submit their NTI registration forms and fees as a group with the 2006 NTI Chapter Discount Form, each will receive $100 off the main conference fee.

This offer does not apply to daily registrants. The 2006 NTI Chapter Discount Form is available online at www.aacn.org > Chapters > Chapter Resource Center > Chapter Forms > 2006 NTI Chapter Discount Form or by calling (800) 394-5995, ext 365.


Chapters Welcomed Into AACN Corporate Circle


Along with prominent healthcare companies, chapters receive Corporate Circle in-kind credit for participation in AACN initiatives such as:

• Charlestowne Chapter Hurricane Katrina Challenge
• Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter Matching Funds Challenge (benefiting the AACN Scholarship Endowment)
• Direct contributions to:
—Scholarship Endowment
—Sharon J. Connor Fund
—Continuing Education Fund
—Grant Research
—Underwriting NTI attendee expenses

AACN welcomes these chapters into the Corporate Circle:

Bronze Level
• Southeastern Pennsylvania (SePA) Chapter

Associates
• Charlestowne Chapter
• Delmarva Chapter
• Greater Cincinnati Chapter
• Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter
• Greater Phoenix Area Chapter
• Heart of the Piedmont Chapter
• Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
• Metropolitan Orlando Chapter
• Northern New Jersey Chapter
• Pacific Crest Regional
• San Fernando Valley Chapter
• South Bay Chapter
• Southeast Michigan Chapter
• Tennessee Valley Chapter
• Three Rivers Chapter
• Triangle Chapter
• West Chicago Chapter
• Western Connecticut Chapter

What's on Tap


California
The San Diego Chapter will present its “16th Annual Contemporary Topics in Nursing” on May 4 at the Admiral Kidd’s Club. For more information, contact Joella Anthony, RN, BSN, at (619) 229-8851;jlanthony@cox.net.

Georgia
The Atlanta Area Chapter will present an “Adult CCRN Review” on April 19 and 26 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Learning Center. For more information, contact Kathy Kendrick at (404) 785-6521; kathykendrick@hotmail.com.

The Northeast Georgia Chapter will present “Trauma Series: Spinal Cord Injury Patients” on April 26 at Northwest Georgia Health System Walters Auditorium, Gainesville. For more information, contact Debbie Cochran, RN, BSN, at (770) 983-3280; deborah.cochran@nghs.com.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will presents its monthly educational program on May 9 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354; gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

Maryland
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter will present a “CCRN Review” April 18 through 20 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore. For more information, contact Karen Droter at mdroter@aol.com.

New Jersey
The Jersey Shoreline Chapter will present a “CCRN Review Course” on May 18 and 19 at the PCN Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel. For more information, contact Ryn Fernandez at (732) 776-4577; rynfern@aol.com.

Ohio
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter will present its “18th Annual Trends in Critical Care” on May 4 and 5. For more information, contact Sheila Palmer at (937) 748-4873; sheilapalmer@woh.rr.com.

Tennessee
The Greater Memphis Area Chapter will present “Engaging Minds Transform Practice” on April 21. For more information, contact Janet Mulroy at jfmulroy@midsouth.rr.com.

Is your chapter planning a program or special event? Submit your information online at www.aacn.org > About AACN > Chapters > Chapter Resource Center > Chapter Forms.