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

Region 2

Reynaldo R. Rivera, RN, APRN, MA, MEd, CCRN, CNAA, ANP

Region 3

Katherine S. Peck, RN, APRN, MS, APN

Region 4

Cynthia L. Steinbach, RN, BSN, BC
Region 5

Roanna F. Payne, RN, BN, BS

Region 6

Marylee R. Bressie, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, CEN

Region 7

Laura J. Bratcher, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC

Region 8

Maggie D. Carriker, RN, MSN

Region 9

Pamela J. Bolton, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, ACNP

Region 10

Jodi L. Gunther, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN-CSC

Region 11

Leanna R. Miller, RN, MN, CCRN, PCCN, CPNP, CEN

Region 12

Denise Bonura-Henry, RN, BSN, CCRN, CPHQ

Region 13

Pamela A. Madrid, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS

Region 14

Kay L. Luft, RN, MN, MS, CCRN

Region 15

Jamai Freeman, RN, BSN, CCRN

Region 16

Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhDc, CNP

Region 17

Linda G. Martinez, RN, MSN, APRN-BC-CMC

Region 18

Melissa L. Hutchinson, RN, MN, CCRN-CMC, CCNS, CWCN

Region 19

Karen Stutzer-Treimel, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C

Chapter Adviser Co-Lead
Kimberly Hodge, RN, ASN, CCRN-CMC

Board Liaison
Julie Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN, TNCC

Chapter Specialist
Karen Certalic,BS

Chapter Adviser Co-Lead
Jan Teal, RN, MSN, CCRN, RN-BC

Governance Manager
Tracey Van Dell, MA

Senior Chapter Associate
Mitzi Inman
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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