Meet Your Chapter Advisers
The Chapter Advisory Team provides an important link between chapters and the National Office ensuring effective communication among the AACN Board of Directors, National Office and local chapters on pressing issues chapters face. Advisers are volunteers who have expert knowledge about chapter issues and trends in their regions of the country as well as about what is happening at the national level and how that affects chapters.
Chapter Advisory Team representatives are selected from AACN's online Volunteeer Profile Database. The following are the Chapter Advisory Team representatives and their contact information for the 2006-07 year:
RN, MS, MSN, APRN, APRN-BC
RN, CNS, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CS
Chapter Adviser Co-leads
RN, ASN, CCRN-CMC
RN, MS, CCRN
Mary A. Bylone,
RN, BS, ASN, CCRN
Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
Reynaldo R. Rivera,
RN, MA, CCRN, APRN, MEd.
Serving New York and Germany
Katherine Peck Samon,
RN, MS, APRN, APN
Serving Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, PCCN
Serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
RN-BC, MSN, CCRN
Serving North Carolina and South Carolina
Serving Alabama and Georgia
Laura J. Bratcher,
RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
Maggie D. Carriker,
Serving Michigan and Wisconsin
Pamela J. Bolton,
RN, MS, ACNP, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN
Serving Indiana and Ohio
RN, DNSc, CCRN
Leanna R. Miller,
RN, MN, CCRN, CPNP, CEN
Serving Kentucky and Tennessee
RN, BSN, CCRN
Serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi
RN, MA, CCRN, CCNS
Serving Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska
Kay L. Luft,
RN, MN, PhDNc, CCRN
Serving Kansas and Missouri
Serving Oklahoma and Texas
RN, MSN, ACNP
Serving Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming
RN, BSN, CCRN
Serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
Julia K. Garrison,
RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN-CMC
Serving Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington
Serving California, China and Japan
Calling All CATs:Oct. 31 Is Deadline to Apply for Regional Positions
The Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) plays a vital role in supporting and linking local AACN chapters and the National Leadership Team. AACN is currently inviting and encouraging past and current chapter officers to apply for the advisory team positions in eight of its 19 regions. Chapter advisers do not need to reside in the region to be considered for an advisory role in that region. The chapter advisers will serve two-year terms, July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2009. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2006.
The CAT is vital in ensuring effective communication between the AACN Board of Directors and National Office staff and local chapters on pressing issues chapters face. Advisers are volunteers who have expert knowledge on chapter issues and trends in their regions and who are well informed about what is happening at the national level and how that affects chapters. They directly support chapters and chapter leaders in a number of important ways.
The chapter adviser responsibilities are to:
• Serve as a liaison and spokesperson to AACN chapters and leaders in his or her region.
• Establish ongoing mechanisms for communication with chapter leaders.
• Work in partnership with AACN staff to identify individual chapter strengths and needs so that chapters can be effectively supported and serviced.
• Develop and mentor local chapter leaders for future chapter and national leadership roles.
• Travel within assigned region.
• Attend two face-to-face meetings with other advisory team members each year.
• Participate in conference calls and use electronic media and online communication tools and databases.
If you are interested in serving as a chapter adviser but have questions regarding the role, contact Chapter Specialist Val Hardwick at (800) 394-5995, ext. 313; Val.Hardwick@aacn.org. You can also contact the current chapter adviser in your region. Contact information for chapter advisers is available online at www.aacn.org > chapters > chapter resource center.
To apply, register online at www.aacn.org > volunteer opportunities. Be sure to select “Chapter Advisory Team” under the “specialty or type of role.”
Chapter Advisers Sought in Regions in Color
On the Prowl ...
Currently seeking CAT representatives for the following regions:*
Region 4 Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 5 North Carolina, South Carolina
Region 6 Alabama, Georgia
Region 10 Illinois
Region 13 Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska
Region 15 Oklahoma, Texas
Region 17 Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
Region 19 California, China, Japan
*Chapter advisers do not need to reside in the region to be considered for an advisory role in that region.
Four New Chapters Chartered
AACN welcomes the following new chapters:
President—Ira Gene Reynolds
Baton Rouge Chapter
Nashville Regional Chapter
What's on Tap
Texas and Oklahoma
The Region 15 meeting will be Oct. 27 and 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Addison. For more information, contact Tonya Skeen at (972) 342-5178; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
The Region 17 meeting will be Oct. 27 and 28 in Albuquerque. For more information, contact Heidi Radke at (505) 268-1583; email@example.com.
The Central Savannah River Area Chapter will present a CCRN/PCCN Review Course Oct. 16 through 18 at the Belair Conference Center, Augusta. For more information contact Margaret Rollins at (706) 840-5698; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northeast Georgia Chapter will present “Trauma Series: Thoracic/Abdominal Series” on Oct. 26 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville. For more information, contact Deborah Cochran at (770) 983-3280; email@example.com.
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present a CCRN Review Class Oct. 15 and 16 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest Hotel. For more information, contact Leslie Collins at (630) 766-1596; NWCAC@juno.com.
The Greater Fox Valley Chapter will present a CCRN Review Oct. 20 and Dec. 1 at the Rush-Copley Heart Institute. For more information, contact Vicki Bergquist at (630) 215-3034; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rum River Chapter will present “2006 Critical Care Nursing Congress,” featuring a PCCN Review Course, on Oct. 26 and 27 at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids. For more information, contact Amy Asleson at (763) 236-8356; email@example.com.
The Coastal Chapter will present its fourth annual “Down by the Boardwalk” Oct. 20 and 21 at the Crown Reef Conference Center, Myrtle Beach. For more information, contact Jill Nale at (843) 347-8195; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter will present “Critical Care Updates 2006” on Oct. 19 and 20 at the Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha. For more information, contact Jeannine Davis at (262) 860-1026; email@example.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.