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Vol. 23, No. 1, JANUARY 2006


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 2007. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15, 2006.

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.

Chapter President’s Award
This award goes to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, the 2006-2007 AACN president. Her theme will be announced at NTI 2006 in Anaheim. The deadline to apply for this award is March 1, 2007.

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.

For more information, visit the AACN Web site.


Chapter Leadership Workshop Set for May 21


Attention chapter leaders! The annual Chapter Leadership Development Workshop is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, as a preconference at NTI 2006 in Anaheim, Calif.
“Engage and Transform” is the theme of this daylong workshop, which is complimentary for chapter presidents-elect. However, additional chapter leaders may register for a fee of $85.
The deadline to register is March 6.

Meet AACN’s New Member Relations and Services Specialist


Hardwick

AACN recently welcomed a new member relations and services specialist, Val Hardwick.

Hardwick has worked for AACN for approximately six years, first in the Customer Service Department and then in the Finance Department. Her focus in the Membership, Volunteers and Chapters Department is on chapters and working with AACN’s Chapter Advisory Team.

“I am very excited to be in this position and look forward to working with our chapters,” Hardwick said. “Chapters are an integral part of advancing AACN’s mission, vision and values.”

She previously was in a management position for 15 years with the Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board in Canada.

Hardwick can be reached at (800) 394-5995, ext. 313; val.hardwick@aacn.org.

What's on Tap


California
The Sacramento Chapter will present “Current Issues in Critical Care: 2006” on Feb. 16 at the Garden Pavilion at Lions Gate North, McLellan Park.

Florida
The North Central Florida Chapter will present “Swamped With Knowledge” on Feb. 3 and 4 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville. For more information, call Laura Bratcher at (352) 265-0111, ext. 44998; bratchj@shands.ufl.edu.

The Emerald Coast Chapter will present “Critical Care Update” on Feb. 24 and 25 at the Four Points Sheraton, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, contact Carol Fountain, RN, CCRN, at (850) 862-1111, ext. 1827; carol.fountain@hcahealthcare.com.

Georgia
The Atlanta Area Chapter will present “Critical Care Update” on Jan. 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta. For more information, contact Kathy Kendrick at (404) 785-6521; kathy.kendrick@choa.org.

Illinois
The Greater Chicago Area Chapter will present its Critical Care Symposium on Feb. 12 at Resurrection Medical Center. For more information, contact Lori Marcantonio at (847) 722-4354, e-mail, gcac_aacn@yahoo.com.

Kansas/Missouri
The Greater Kansas City Chapter will present “IABP: Not Just for the Heart” on Feb. 22 at the St. Joseph Health Center auditorium. For more information, contact Lisa Riggs at (816) 932-5976; LRiggs@saint-lukes.org.

Michigan
The West Michigan Chapter will present a PCCN Review Course on Feb. 16 at the Hilton Airport, Grand Rapids. For more information, contact Barbara Rogers at (616) 752-7005; bcrn33@sbcglobal.net.

Ohio
The Greater Cincinnati Chapter will present its second annual CCRN and PCCN test preparation and certification celebration luncheon Jan. 23 through 25 at the Drake Center. For more information, contact Sheila Palmer at (937) 748-4873; SheilaPalmer@woh.rr.com.

Texas
The Greater East Texas Chapter will present a CCRN Review on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Tyler. For more information, contact Anna Taylor at (903) 360-5593; anna@cox-internet.com.

Wisconsin
The North Central Wisconsin Chapter will present “Sepsis and ARD/ALI Bundles and the Power of One” on Feb. 28 at the Westwood Conference Center, Wausau. For more information, contact Kimberly Kuphal at (715) 295-0923; kimkuphal@sbcglobal.net.

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.