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; firstname.lastname@example.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.”
What’s on Tap?
Regions 8 and 10
The Fall Collaborative for Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois will be Oct. 12 at Sage Product Headquarters, Carey, Ill. For more information, contact Maggie Carriker at email@example.com.
The Oklahoma City Area Chapter hosts “Chapter Collaborative—Reclaiming Our Priorities” for Oklahoma and Texas Oct. 26 and 27 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. For more information, contact Rebecca Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Central Alaska Chapter will present “Hot Topics in Acute Care” Sept. 15 and 16 at Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna. For more information, contact Susan Shoemaker at (907) 714-4776; email@example.com.
The Santa Barbara County Chapter will present a “CCRN & PCCN Review Course” Oct. 3, 4, 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2 at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. You may enroll for the entire course or individual classes. For more information, contact Karen Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org, Zoe Schultz at email@example.com or Cathy Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacramento Area Chapter will present an “Adult CCRN Review Course” Oct. 4 and 5 at the Marriott Courtyard. For more information, contact Aida dela Cruz at (916) 393-8186; email@example.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southern Connecticut Chapter will present a “CCRN/PCCN Review Course” Sept. 24 and 25 at Amarante’s, New Haven. For more information, contact Barbara Stone at (860) 358-4708; email@example.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.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; email@example.com or David Bailey at (706) 389-3405; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter will present “AHA/ASA Get With the Guidelines Program for Stroke—Evidence-Based Program for In-Hospital” Sept. 19 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Jenny Zaker at (630) 766-1596; email@example.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northeast Indiana Chapter will present “Critical Care Potpourri” Sept. 20 at the Landmark Conference Center, Fort Wayne. For more information, contact Janis Boterf at (260) 749-7515; email@example.com.
The Emerald Coast Chapter will present a “CCRN Review Course” Sept. 21 and 22 at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, contact Carol Fountain at (850) 862-1111, ext. 1827; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Michigan Chapter will present “Progressive Certification Cram” Oct. 2 at the Airport Hilton, Grand Rapids. For more information, contact Barbara Rogers at (616) 752-7055; email@example.com.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will present “Trends in Critical Care Nursing 2007” Sept. 25 through 28 at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia. For more information, contact Monika Cornelius at (800) 394-5995, ext. 239; firstname.lastname@example.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.