AACN News—May 2007—Chapters

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Vol. 24, No. 5, MAY 2007

Put Your Chapter in the Circle of Excellence

AACN Circle of Excellence Awards for chapters applaud the accomplishments of chapters in helping to bring the association’s mission, vision and standards-setting expertise to hospitals, nursing schools and local communities.

The nominating process for these awards for 2008 opened March 15. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15, 2007. The exception is the President’s Award for Chapters, for which the deadline is March 1, 2008.

Unless otherwise noted, chapters selected for these awards receive an honorarium of $1,000 each. All receive a personalized plaque, are announced in AACN News and on the AACN Web site, and are recognized at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

Following are brief descriptions about the chapter awards. Details are described in the Circle of Excellence Awards Guide, available online at www.aacn.org > Awards, Grants & Scholarships.

Excellence in Chapter Collaboration Award
Recognizes chapters that exemplify collaboration in any aspect of their operations while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values. Chapter collaboration must represent the efforts of at least two entities, one the chapter and the other an outside group such as a hospital, college or university, other nursing organization, or community. Successful applicants will demonstrate how chapter collaboration resulted in desirable outcomes that were mutually beneficial.

Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter
Leadership Development Award
Recognizes excellence in chapter leadership development and succession planning while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values. Successful candidates will demonstrate how the chapter has implemented an effective chapter leadership structure that provides guidance, strategic planning and continuity for the chapter. They will also demonstrate how programs resulted in desirable outcomes.

Outstanding Chapter Community
Education and Public Service Award
Recognizes chapters that have made an outstanding public service contribution in their local communities through community education and involvement while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values. Successful applicants will describe how their chapter has effectively communicated and disseminated knowledge about, and promoted AACN and the critical care nursing profession, to the local community.

Outstanding Chapter
Educational Program 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. Successful applicants will demonstrate how chapter educational programming met the educational standards of education assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for one or more programs in the past year.

President’s Award for Chapters
Recognizes the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of the AACN president. The theme of incoming 2007-08 President Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, will be announced at NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their chapters have exemplified the president’s theme throughout the year. Chapters will be evaluated on programs and activities that were completed from July 1 to date of submission. Up to $4,000 will be awarded to one or more chapters. Deadline to submit application materials is March 1, 2008.0

What’s on Tap?

The Inland Empire Chapter will present its “3rd Annual Critical Care Conference” June 2 at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage. For more information, contact Pam Silver at (760) 773-1302; psilver@emc.org.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present “Chapter Case Studies of Innovative Ideas” May 16 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington. For more information, contact Jenny Zaker at (847) 618-7975; jzaker2@nch.org.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present its “Member Recognition and Celebration Dinner” June 20 at the Meridan Banquet and Conference Center, Rolling Meadows. For more information, contact Joy Speciale at (630) 766-1596; nwcac@juno.com.

The Greater Reading Chapter will present “Healthy Work Environments” May 16 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Township. For more information, contact Debbie Jessell at (610) 404-2696; deewolfj@dejazzd.com.

The Tidewater Chapter will present a “CCRN Review Course” June 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Virginia Beach. For more information, contact John Whitcomb at (757) 953-5637; john.whitcomb2@cox.net.

Recipients of the 2007 President’s Award for Chapters

The following chapters received the AACN Circle of Excellence President’s Award for Chapters for 2007. The annual award is presented to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the yearlong theme of the AACN presdent. Recognized for their efforts to embrace the “Powered by Insight” theme promoted by 2006-07 AACN President Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN, were:
Greater Kansas City Area Chapter
Greater New Orleans Area Chapter
Houston Gulf Coast Chapter
Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier Chapters
Each of these recipients will be recognized at NTI 2007 in Atlanta and will receive a monetary award for their chapter.

Call for NTI Abstracts: Chapter Education Sessions

The Call for Abstracts for NTI 2008 in Chicago is currently underway. Each year, several chapter education sessions are selected to be part of the NTI program to provide learning opportunities for chapter leaders throughout the week. This year, in addition to the traditional sessions on chapter management, we are seeking abstracts that address the work chapters are doing to promote three of AACN's key initiatives: Healthy Work Environments, Beacon and Certification. If your chapter has done unique work related to these initiatives and you would like to share how you planned and executed your idea with other chapters, we encourage you to submit an abstract. Our goal is to have at least one session per initiative. The deadline is June 1, 2007. To find out how to submit your abstract, visit www.aacn.org > conferences/exhibits > abstract submission
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