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Vol. 23, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2006

Portland Chapter Continues to Lead in Drive

The Greater Portland Chapter held onto its lead in AACN’s Critical Links membership campaign at the end of December by adding one more new member to bring its total to 34 new
embers recruited since the drive began May 1. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter also added one new member to bump its total to 30 and retain its second-place standing.

However, it was the Broward County Chapter that made the most impressive showing in December, adding 10 new members to bring its total to 25. Broward was joined in its debut in the 20-plus member recruitment level by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, with 22 new members recruited, and the Greater Memphis Area Chapter and Greater Phoenix Area Chapter, each with 20 new members.

Other chapters that have recruited 20 or more new members are the Atlanta Area Chapter (29), Houston Gulf Coast Chapter (27), Sacramento Area Chapter (25) and San Diego Area Chapter (25).

Chapter recruitment efforts helped boost the campaign totals as of the end of December to 2,941. The campaign ends March 31.

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 December was the West Houston 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.

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

Other Contributors
Abilene Area Chapter, Adirondack Regional Chapter, Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Albuquerque Chapter, Ancient City Chapter, Bitterroot Chapter, Blue Ridge Chapter, Bluegrass Chapter, Brevard Chapter, Brooklyn 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 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, Greater Washington 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, 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 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 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, 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 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, Spokane Chapter, Suburban Cook County Chapter, Suffolk County Chapter, Suncoast Chapter, Suspension Bridge Chapter, Susquehanna 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.

What's on Tap

Region 1
Region 1 chapters (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) will present “Horizons 2006” March 29 through 31 in Manchester, N.H. For more information, contact Pat Rosier at (413) 499-0743; prosier@bhs1.org.

The Greater Miami Chapter will present “The CCRN Certification Exam” on Feb. 16 and 17 at South Miami Hospital. For more information, contact chapter President Maggie Alonso, RN, at (305) 301-6185; malonso@med.miami.edu.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present the “32nd Annual Midwest Conference” March 12 through 15 in Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Jodi Gunther at (847) 526-5865; jlg0618@aol.com.

The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present “LVAD” on March 14 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354; gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

New York
The Greater Rochester Area/Finger Lakes Chapter will present “Linkages 2006” on March 20 at Rochester General Hospital. For more information, contact Laurie VanDerMeid at (585) 342-2683; laurievdm@yahoo.com.

The Smoky Mountain Chapter will present “East Tennessee Critical Care Spring Conference and Workshop 2006” on March 10 at the Knoxville Airport Hilton Hotel. For more information, contact Deb Moroney at (865) 988-6724; deb@moroney.org.

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.

NTI 2006 Educational Sessions Help Chapters Engage and Transform

Special chapter educational sessions are planned for NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif.

You can choose from these informative topics:

• Ensuring Future Chapter Leadership—Mary A. Bylone, RN, BS, AD, CCRN, CNA, CRN, presenter.
• Creating Healthy Chapter Work Environments—Rose B. Shaffer, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, APRN, ACNP-CS, FAHA, presenter
• Empowering the New Chapter Board Member: The Benefits and Responsibilities—Damon Cottrell, RN, CNS, MS, CCNS, APRN, CEN, CRN, RN-BC, and Eugenia Welch, RN, BSN, CCRN, presenters.
• Mergers and Start-ups: How to Get the Best Use of Local Chapters—Tonya Ellis Skeen, RN, MSN, and Jamai Freeman, RN, CCRN, presenters
• Engaging Membership: Transforming Your Chapter!—Kimberly S. Martin, RN, MSN, CCRN, presenter
• Celebrating Chapter Success: Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards—Kathleen Klein Peavy, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, presenter

March 6 Deadline to Register for Chapter Leadership Workshop

March 6 is the deadline to register for the annual Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, scheduled for Sunday, May 21, as a preconference at NTI 2006.

“Engage and Transform” is the theme of this day-long workshop, which is complimentary for chapter president-elects. However, additional chapter leaders may register for a fee of $85.

Chapter Group Discount Offered
Did you know that members from your chapter who plan to attend NTI may qualify for a discount on registration?

If four or more members of your chapter plan to attend the NTI, each can receive a $100 discount off main conference registration by submitting their forms and fees together. The offer does not apply to daily registrations.

To find out more and obtain the 2006 NTI Chapter Discount Form, visit the AACN Web or call (800) 899-2226. NTI 2006 is scheduled for May 20 through 25.

Does Your Chapter Belong in the Circle of Excellence?

Nominations are now being accepted for Circle of Excellence recognition awards for chapters for 2007. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15, 2006.
For more information, visit the AACN Web site. 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 Atlanta, Ga., in May 2007. Up to three awards of $1,000 each will be given.

Chapter Community Education and Public Service Award
This award will 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 2007. 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 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 each will be given.

Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award
This award recognizes chapters that have done an outstanding job in providing quality educational programming to their 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.

Apply for President’s Award by March 1

The chapter or chapters that best exemplify the “Engage and Transfom” theme of AACN President Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, will receive the President’s Award for chapters for 2006. The deadline to apply is March 1.

President-elect Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, will announce her theme for the following year’s award at NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif.

For more information, visit the AACN Web site.

Welcome New AACN Chapters

AACN welcomes two new chapters as well as one chapter that recently rechartered. The new chapters and their officers are:

Athens Classic City Area Chapter (Georgia)
President David Bailey, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, CNAA
President-elect Margie Nicolaus, RN, ADN, CCRN
Secretary Patience Burgoyne, RN, BS, CCRN, CRN
Treasurer Michaelene Sury, RN, MSN

Red River Chapter (Louisiana)
President Rosemary Vanlangendonck, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, CS
President-elect Ruth Ann Moore, RN, MSN, CCRN
Secretary Jack Gootee, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Treasurer Lisa Woods, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN

Returning as a rechartered AACN chapter is:

Upper Valley Chapter (New Hampshire)
President Matthew Choate, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT
Secretary Sarah Burgess, RN
Treasurer Lynn Brenfleck, RN
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