AACN News—October 2007—Chapters

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Vol. 24, No. 10, OCTOBER 2007


Meet Your Chapter Advisers


The Chapter Advisory Team is an important link between local chapters and the National Office. Advisers are volunteers who have expert knowledge about chapter issues and trends in their regions of the country, and they know what’s happening at the national level and how chapters are affected.

Representatives are selected from AACN’s online Volunteer Profile Database. The following are advisory team members along with their National Office liaisons for 2007-08.

Region 1

Mary A. Bylone, RN, ASN, MSM, CCRN
region1@aacn.org

Region 2

Reynaldo R. Rivera, RN, APRN, MA, MEd, CCRN, CNAA, ANP
region2@aacn.org

Region 3

Katherine S. Peck, RN, APRN, MS, APN
region3@aacn.org

Region 4

Cynthia L. Steinbach, RN, BSN, BC
region4@aacn.org
Region 5

Roanna F. Payne, RN, BN, BS
region5@aacn.org

Region 6

Marylee R. Bressie, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CEN
region6@aacn.org

Region 7

Laura J. Bratcher, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
region7@aacn.org

Region 8

Maggie D. Carriker, RN, MSN
region8@aacn.org

Region 9

Pamela J. Bolton, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, ACNP
region9@aacn.org

Region 10

Jodi L. Gunther, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN-CSC
region10@aacn.org

Region 11

Leanna R. Miller, RN, MN, CCRN, PCCN, CPNP, CEN
region11@aacn.org

Region 12

Denise Bonura-Henry, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPHQ
region12@aacn.org

Region 13


Pamela A. Madrid, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS
region13@aacn.org

Region 14

Kay L. Luft, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
region14@aacn.org

Region 15

Jamai Freeman, RN, BSN, CCRN
region15@aacn.org

Region 16

Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhDc, CNP
region16@aacn.org

Region 17

Linda G. Martinez, RN, MSN, APRN-BC-CMC
region17@aacn.org

Region 18

Melissa L. Hutchinson, RN, MN, CCRN-CMC, CCNS, CWCN
region18@aacn.org

Region 19

Karen Stutzer-Treimel, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C
region19@aacn.org

Chapter Adviser Co-Lead
Kimberly Hodge, RN, ASN, CCRN-CMC
Kim.Hodge@aacn.org

Board Liaison
Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, TNCC
Julie.Miller@aacn.orgg

Chapter Specialist
Karen Certalic,BS
Karen.Certalic@aacn.org

Chapter Adviser Co-Lead
Jan Teal, RN, MSN, CCRN, RN-BC
Jan.Teal@aacn.org

Governance Manager
Tracey Van Dell, MA
Tracey.VanDell@aacn.org

Senior Chapter Associate
Mitzi Inman
Mitzi.Inman@aacn.org
What’s on Tap?

Region 15
The Oklahoma City Area Chapter hosts the “Chapter Collaborative—Reclaiming Our Priorities” for Oklahoma and Texas Oct. 26 and 27 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. For more information, e-mail Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@okheart.com.

Alaska
The South Central Alaska Chapter will present “Priorities in Acute & Critical Care Nursing” Oct. 20 and 21 at Alaska Regional Hospital. For more information, contact Christie Artuso at (907) 261-3138; christie.artuso@providence.org.

California
The Alameda Contra Costa Chapter will present “Chilling Out, Healthy Work Environment” Oct. 18 at Summit Medical Center, Oakland. For more information, contact Ellen Cullen McCaig at (510) 530-0288; bugzmccaig@aol.com.

The San Diego Area Chapter will present a PCCN Review Class and Preparation for PCCN Certification Exam Oct. 22 and 29 at Palomar Hospital, Escondido. For more information, contact Marcia Stahovich at (858) 792-9944; skipurgmom@aol.com.

Colorado
The Northern Colorado Chapter will present “Trauma & Critical Care Resuscitation” Nov. 9 at Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland. For more information, contact Todd Grivetti at (970) 495-8325; tmg4@pvhs.org.

Connecticut
The Northern Connecticut Chapter will present “Flight Nursing—the Sky Is the Limit” Oct. 20 at at the Hartford Marriott, Rocky Hill. For more information, contact Dawn Beland at (860) 545-2183; dbeland@harthosp.org.

Georgia
The Athens Classic City Chapter will present a CCRN and PCCN Review Oct. 24 through 26 at the Classic Center. For more information, contact Margie Nicolaus at (706) 367-1002; margie@nicolausassociates.com or David Bailey at (706) 389-3405; dbailey@stmarysathens.org.

Illinois
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present “Anticoagulation in Special Patient Populations” Oct. 17 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Jenny Zaker at (630) 766-1596; nwcac@juno.com.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present “Enteral Nutritional Support (ENS): the Right Time, the Right Formula, the Right Way” Nov. 14 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Jenny Zaker at (630) 766-1596; nwcac@juno.com.

Kansas/Missouri
The Greater Kansas City Chapter will present “Progressive Care Core Curriculum” Oct. 31, Nov. 8 and 9, Nov. 12 and Nov. 14 at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, Kan. For more information, contact Teresa Lienhop at (913) 595-4975; teresa.lienhop@providence-health.org.

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.

Kentucky
The Greater Louisville Chapter will present “To Breath or Not to Breath: Evidence-Based Ventilator Management and Weaning 2007” Nov. 5 at Baptist Hospital East. For more information, contact Sharon Ruhl at (502) 897-8832; sruhl@bhsi.com or Marlot Wigginton at (502) 339-7966; mawigg@gmail.com.

Massachusetts
The Merrimack Valley Chapter will present “Endocrine Issues in Acute Care” Oct. 16 at the Holiday Inn, Tewksbury. For more information, contact Diane St. Pierre at (978) 455-4167; diane.stpierre@comcast.net.

Michigan
The West Michigan Chapter will present “Code Stroke: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic” Oct. 17 at the Country Inn and Suites, Grand Rapids. For more information, contact Kristen Simpson at (616) 752-7055; wmc.ingo@aacn.org.

New York
The Suffolk County Chapter will present “Current Issues in Heart Failure: the Fifth Annual Heart Failure Symposium,” in conjunction with the Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Center of Stony Brook University Medical Center Oct. 29 at Villa Lombardi’s, Holbrook. For more information, contact Lynn Hatta at (631) 864-3899; lynn.hatta@stonybrook.edu.

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

Pennsylvania
The Greater Reading Chapter will present “IVIG Infusions/Immunology” Oct. 18 at Saint Joseph Medical Center. For more information, contact Debbie Jessell at (610) 404-2696; djessell@dejazzd.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.

Virginia
The Greater Washington Area Chapter will present “Spotlight on Critical Care” Nov. 7 and 8 at Waterford Reception, Springfield. For more information, contact Minnie Raju at (301) 490-5286; minmaraj@yahoo.com.

The Peninsula Chapter will present “Reflections on Critical Care 2007” Nov. 8 and 9 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton. For more information, contact G. Yvette Franklin at (757) 833-5185; yvette_franklin@bshsi.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.

Calling All CATs
Oct. 31 Is Deadline to Apply for Regional Positions


AACN is currently inviting former and current chapter officers to apply for chapter advisory team positions in 10 of its 19 regions. The chapter advisers will serve two-year terms, from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2007.

CATs play a vital role in ensuring effective communication between the AACN Board of Directors, National Office staff and local chapters on the issues chapters face. Advisers are volunteers who have expert knowledge on chapter issues and trends in their regions. They are well informed about events and issues at the national level and how they affect the chapters. CATs directly support AACN chapters and leaders in many ways.

The chapter advisers:
• Serve as a liaison and spokesperson to AACN chapters and leaders in their region, including supporting and understanding AACN initiatives, such as the Beacon Award, certification and Healthy Work Environments.

• Establish ongoing mechanisms for communication with chapter presidents and other chapter leaders in their region.

• Work in partnership with AACN staff to identify individual chapter strengths and needs, so that chapters are effectively supported.

• Develop and mentor local chapter leaders for future chapter and national leadership roles.

• Collaborate with AACN staff to plan the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, held annually as an NTI preconference.

• Travel within their assigned region and attend two face-to-face meetings with other advisory team members each year.

• Participate in conference calls and use electronic media, online communication tools and databases.

If you are interested in serving as a chapter adviser in your region or in another region and have questions regarding the role, contact Chapter Specialist Karen Certalic at (800) 394-5995, ext. 313; chapters@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 “specialty or type of role.”

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