AACN News—November 2007—Chapters

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Vol. 24, No. 11, NOVEMBER 2007

Heart of the Piedmont Chapter
Implements Payroll Deduction Plan for Membership Dues

The Heart of the Piedmont Chapter in High Point, N.C. holds annual membership drives to recruit new members. They encourage potential members by sharing the perks of joining national and local AACN. Although these individuals understand the tremendous benefits, some are unable to pay $79 for the combined national and chapter membership and ask if they can pay in installments. Over the years, Heart of the Piedmont chapter members felt they have lost potential members because of the lack of payment options.

The chapter’s board of directors brainstormed on ways to resolve this issue. Payroll deduction was mentioned as a possible solution. The senior nursing leadership at High Point Regional Health System (where 95 percent of our chapter members work) was asked about this idea. Next, our chapter contacted Kim Coker, the manager of High Point’s payroll department. Martina Ratliff, a local board member, and Coker were happy to help us create a payroll deduction system to promote nursing excellence.

The Heart of the Piedmont Chapter buys bulk memberships for new and renewing members, who are now offered the option of payroll deduction to join national and local. The payroll deduction tool requires the employee’s signature, department and assigned employee number. After information is filled in, the tool is sent to Jan Teal, the membership chair. Teal sends the tool to Coker, and the payroll deduction process begins. A payment of $19.75 is deducted from each new or renewing member’s paycheck until the full amount is paid. Each pay period, checks payable to the Heart of the Piedmont AACN are sent to our chapter treasurer, Teresa Hembree. It is critical that good communication take place between the treasurer and membership chair to ensure the process is completed.

The payroll deduction process is working well, and our chapter has experienced an increase in membership. Most new and renewing members use the new payroll deduction system. Now that our fall membership drive is starting, we anticipate a big boost in membership.

What’s on Tap?

The San Diego Chapter will present “Innovations in Hemodynamics” 26th anniversary program Nov. 15 at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. For more information, contact Sarah Solon at (858) 793-0684; ssolonfish@aol.com.

The Greater Reading Chapter will present “Metabolic Syndrome” Nov. 15 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center. For more information, contact Kim Sharp at (610) 488-7048; poppytinkerbell@comcast.net.

The Greater Portland Chapter will present its 34th Annual Critical Care Symposium Nov. 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn, Portland Airport. For more information, contact Donna Hunter at (503) 590-5788; gpcsupport@comcast.net.

The Greater Kansas City Chapter will present a Certification Review Nov. 29 and 30 at Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. For more information, contact JoAnn Jenkins at (816) 861-4700; jenkins@ucmo.edu.

The Greater Long Beach-Orange County Chapter will present a CCRN/PCCN Certification Review Course Dec. 6 and 7 at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana. For more information, contact Rose Lee at (714) 992-3000, ext. 5783; Rose.Lee@stjoe.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.

AACN Chapters in 49 States, Not 50

Last month we announced that with the addition of the Central Wyoming Chapter in Casper, AACN now had chapters in all 50 states, but that’s not true. There are no chapters in Mississippi, so we want to encourage those nurses to start a chapter. Chapters are wonderful resources because they are comprised of a diverse group of AACN members who share a common goal: to provide the highest quality of care to acutely and critically ill patients. Through continuing education, local decision making and community service, AACN chapter members can enhance their clinical and leadership skills.

Starting an AACN chapter is very simple. The Chapter Advisory Team and the National Office team have put together 10 easy steps in a booklet titled “Start a Chapter,” available on the AACN Web site. Denise Bonura-Henry is the chapter adviser (CAT) for Region 12, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and she is available to assist AACN members and chapters in those states. Bonura-Henry may be contacted by e-mail at Region12@AACN.org.

If you would like to start a chapter in Mississippi or anywhere else, go to www..aacn.org > Chapters, or e-mail us at chapters@aacn.org.
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