AACN News—February 2007—Chapters

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Vol. 24, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2007

Chapter Collaborative Provides Insight to Participants

By Clareen Wiencek, RN, MSN, ACNP, CAT, Region 16, and Kirsten Skillings, RN, MA, CCNS, CCRN, CAT, Region 13

Twenty-two AACN members representing six chapters from AACN region 13 and region 16 gathered under sunny, unseasonably warm skies in Fargo, N.D. in November to demonstrate the power of regional insight. This chapter collaborative strengthened the relationship between the two regions that encompass Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

The chapter collaborative was characterized by participants as “awesome” and “excellent networking” and overall as very effective in meeting the participants’ needs. The daylong program combined formal chapter-related presentations, open sessions for sharing of chapter successes and challenges, and an educational session with continuing education credits. Lori Hendrickx, RN, EdD, CCRN, member of the Siouxland Chapter and a former chapter adviser and member of the AACN Board of Directors, presented chapter roles and responsibilities. Kirsten Skillings, RN, MA, CCNS, CCRN, Region 13 chapter adviser, discussed the role of the Chapter Advisory Team (CAT) and how chapters can optimize this relationship. National initiatives were reviewed by Clareen Wiencek, RN, MSN, ACNP, Region 16 CAT, with spirited discussion about how to realize healthy work environments at the local and regional level and how to implement this year’s president’s theme, Powered by Insight. The meeting ended with an excellent and timely educational program, “Pandemic: What You Need to Know and Do Now,” presented by Mary Jagim, RN, BSN, CEN, FAEN.

The Red River Valley Chapter in Fargo hosted the event. The meeting location, program materials and refreshments were ideal and showed a high degree of planning and organization. The other five chapters represented were the North Valley Chapter (Grand Forks, N.D.), the Siouxland Chapter (Sioux Falls, S.D.), the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter (St. Paul, Minn.), the Central Minnesota Area Chapter (St. Cloud, Minn.) and the Rum River Chapter (Big Lake, Minn.). Members from each chapter shared their successes and challenges with the group. Successes included the development of an effective point system used by the Siouxland Chapter to award scholarships and the well-attended fall seminar presented by the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter. Challenges shared by participants included how to encourage and sustain member involvement, how to simplify financial reporting and how to use the chapter administration database.

The Region 13 and 16 Chapter Collaborative was most successful in establishing new colleague relationships and friendships and in using regional insight to realize the goals of local chapters and AACN’s national initiatives. Chapters from the two regions will gather for their next collaborative in November 2007. The event will be hosted by the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter.

Congratulations to Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of AACN Circle of Excellence recognition awards for chapters. Following is information about these awards and the recipients for 2007.

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. The recipients are:

Lake Erie Chapter
Cleveland, Ohio

Hill City Chapter
Lynchburg, Va.

North Central Florida Chapter
Gainesville, Fla.

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. The recipient is:

Greater Milwaukee Area Chapter
Milwaukee, Wis.

Excellence in Chapter Collaboration Award
This award recognizes 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. The recipients are:

Puget Sound Chapter
Seattle, Wash.

Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Cincinnati, Ohio

Greater East Texas Chapter
Tyler, Texas

Chapter Value of Certification Award
This award recognizes contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care. The recipient is:

Heart of the Piedmont Chapter
Archdale, N.C.

Nominations for 2008 Awards Open March 15
Nominations for chapter Circle of Excellence awards for 2008 will open March 15. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15, 2007.

Attention Chapter Leaders!

The annual Chapter Leadership Development Workshop is scheduled for Sunday, May 20 as a preconference at NTI 2007 in Atlanta. "Powered by Insight" is the theme for this daylong workshop. The event is complimentary for chapter president-elects; additional chapter leaders may also attend by paying a registration fee of $85. The deadline to register is March 5, 2007. If you are a chapter officer and have not received notification of the workshop, please e-mail chapters@aacn.org or call (800) 809-2273, ext. 365 or 313.
The Leadership Development Workshop is again sponsored by Nellcor Puritan Bennett/Tyco Healthcare.

Apply for President's Award by March 1, 2007

The chapter or chapters that best exemplify the "Powered by Insight" theme of AACN President Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, will be awarded the President's Award for Chapters for 2007. The nomination form and application information can be accessed at www.AACN.org>Chapters>President's Award for Chapters. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2007.

What’s on Tap?

The Sacramento Area Chapter will present “Current Issues in Critical Care: 2007” Feb. 15. For more information, contact Aida dela Cruz at (916) 851-2902; sac.info@aacn.org.

The North Central Florida Chapter will present “Swamped With Knowledge” Feb. 23 and 24. For more information, contact Laura Bratcher at (352) 265-0111, ext. 44998; bratclj@shands.ufl.edu.

The Northwest Florida Chapter will present a “CCRN Review” March 22 and 23 at West Florida Hospital, Pensacola. For more information, contact Susan Veazey at (850) 494-4164; susan.veazey

The Central Savannah River Area Chapter will present “February Updates for Critical Care Nurses” Feb. 23 at University Hospital, Augusta. For more information, contact Madeline Moyer at (706) 829-3613; mmoyer@mail.mcg.edu.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present its “33rd Annual Midwest Conference” March 11 through 14 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact the chapter at (630) 766-1596; nwcac@juno.com or Jodi Gunther at (847) 526-5865; jlg0618@aol.com.

The Chesapeake Bay Chapter will present “Critical Care Nursing: The Future Is Now” March 7 and 8 at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, Towson. For more information, contact Karen Droter at mdroter@aol.com or Elizabeth Zink at (410) 502-5726; ezink1@jhmi.edu.

The Greater St. Louis Chapter will present “Critical Care Trends” March 15 and 16 at the America’s Center, St. Louis Downtown Convention Center. For more information, contact Karen Jahn at kkz@sbcglobal.net.

The Greater Portland Chapter will present “Balancing Systemic and Pulmonary Hypertension—Annual Membership Meeting” Feb. 22 at the Bridgeport Brew Pub. For more information, contact Donna Hunter at

The Three Rivers and Central Pennsylvania chapters will present a “CCRN/PCCN Review” March 19 through 21 at the Seven Springs Resort, Champion. For more information, contact Lori Cox at (814) 534-3887; loricrnp@atlanticbb.net.

The Greater East Texas Chapter will present a “PCCN & CCRN Review” Feb. 27 and 28 at the East Texas Medical Center Pavilion, Tyler. For more information, contact Yolanda Carilimdiliman at (903) 530-0784; ty_cary@etmc.org or Shelley Welch at (903) 520-5415; sstage@aol.com.

The North Central Wisconsin Chapter will present its “Spring Symposium” March 7 at the Westwood Conference Center, Wausau. For more information, contact Kimberly Kuphal at (715) 295-0923; kuphal
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