AACN News—April 2009—Chapters

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Vol. 26, No. 4, APRIL 2009

Sen. Atkinson Lauds Critical Care Nurses at Chapter Certification Dinner

By Julie Saindon, RN, BSN, CCRN,
President, Pacific Crest Regional Chapter

The Pacific Crest Regional Chapter (PCRC) held its annual Certification Celebration Dinner and celebrated the chapter’s 20th anniversary in February. The PCRC, a “Chapter without Walls,” is based in Medford, Ore., serving southern Oregon and Northern California. The event was attended by certified nurses and chapter members in the Pacific Crest region, as well as Region 18 CAT, Melissa Hutchinson. Administration from two area hospitals, Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Medford Medical Center, came to support our certified nurses, as did special guest, vascular surgeon John Schwartz, MD, and our guest speaker, Oregon state Sen. Jason Atkinson. The event’s theme was “We Love Our CCRNs and PCCNs” and included an interactive presentation on healthy work environments by chapter treasurer Lori Lind, RN, MHA, PMNed, CCRN.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Atkinson, who suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the leg in July 2008, and spent considerable time in the ICU. The senator gave a heartwarming tribute to critical care nurses. He shared the story of his injury and nearly becoming an amputee, and stated how ironic it is that while he works in Iraq, he was shot in Central Point, Ore.

This injury was not the senator’s first experience with critical care nurses. He spent more than four months visiting the NICU six years ago when his son was born at 24 weeks gestation and also many hours in the ICU last year when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Atkinson believes critical care nurses can’t help but give exceptional care: “You’re hardwired to serve people.” The senator’s kind words and indebtedness to the medical profession, particularly critical care nurses, left nary a dry eye in the room.

Atkinson’s wife, Stephanie, was awarded an “Honorary Critical Care Nurse-CCRN” for her “astute assessment skills, quick reactions, ability to remain calm in a very stressful situation, and her patience and compassionate caregiving.” After the senator’s accident, she called 911, rendered aid to him and spent many hours in the ICU, learning skills she hopes to never use again.

Atkinson is back at work in Salem and continues to have physical therapy. Although he walks with a cane, the normal function of his knee is returning. It was a privilege for our critical care nurses to see him walk to the podium. The Pacific Crest Regional Chapter was honored to have such tremendous support for our chapter and our certified nurses.

Members of the Pacific Crest Regional Chapter welcomed Sen. Jason Atkinson to their Certification
Celebration Dinner. From left are Heather Timmons,
Kelly Wells, Melissa Hutchinson, Gemma Marlia-Johnson,
Atkinson, Julie Saindon, Lori Lind, Mary Edwards and Judy Lang.

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What’s on Tap?

The Napa Valley Chapter will present “CCRN/PCCN Review Course” April 25-26 at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa. For more information, contact Vicki Moore; (707) 251-1333; vicki.moore@stjoe.org.
The South Bay Chapter will present “Critical Care With Confidence” April 30 at the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. For more information, contact Elizabeth Scruth; (408) 972-7515; elizabeth.scruth@kp.org.

The Broward County Chapter will present “With Confidence” April 25 at Hollywood Beach Marriott, Hollywood. For more information, contact Sandy Salicco; (954) 265-6475; ssalicco@mhs.net.
The Emerald Coast Chapter will present “CCRN/PCCN Exam Cram” May 7-8 at Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, contact Ann Hakenson; (850) 758-0117; akh531@woolcom.net.

The Northwest Chicago Area Chapter
will present “Cancer Complications in the ICU Patient” April 15 at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights. For more information, contact Jenny Zaker; (847) 618-7975; jzaker2@nch.org.

The Central Indiana Chapter will present “Providing Nursing Care With Confidence in Critical Care” April 20 at Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis. For more information, contact Kimberly Hodge; (317) 625-3312; cicaacn@hotmail.com.

The Rum River Chapter will present “2009 Critical Care Nursing Congress (CCRN & PCCN Certification Review Course)” April 20-21 at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids. For more information, contact Karen Schulz; (763) 236-8356; rrc@rumriverchapteraacn.com.

The Greater Kansas City Chapter will present “CCRN/PCCN Certification Review” May 5-6 at VA Medical Center, Kansas City. For more information, contact JoAnn Jenkins; joann.jenkins@va.gov.

The Lake Erie Chapter will present “Critical Care Hot Topics: Go Forward With Confidence” May 7 at Maggiano’s, Beachwood Place Mall, Beachwood. For more information, contact Anita White; (216) 476-4014; anita.white@fairviewhospital.org.

The Heart of Vermont Chapter will present “Advances in Critical Care” April 27 and again April 28 at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland. For more information, contact Robert Bassalin; rbassalin@rrmc.org.

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NTI Chapter Events

This year’s NTI will be filled with much to learn and see, with several events designed for chapter members and leaders, including the Leadership Development Workshop, Chapter Concurrent Educational Sessions, Chapter Best Practice Posters, Chapter Regional Meetings and Chapter Q&A Sessions. The Greater New Orleans Chapter is your host and will be available at the Host Chapter Booth to answer questions about New Orleans, and will have the official NTI T-shirts for sale (the T-shirts will also be available for purchase in the Bookstore).

Chapter Leadership Development Workshop

The big event for chapter leaders is the Annual Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), which will take place Sunday, May 17 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Funded in part by a grant from Covidien, the all-day LDW will provide chapter leaders with the core leadership skills to effectively and successfully manage their chapters while carrying out the mission of AACN. Program topics will focus on chapter governance, including chapter strategic, financial and educational planning.

Each chapter that sends at least one chapter leader to LDW will receive a $350 grant from AACN to help offset the costs of attending the workshop (e.g., airfare, hotel, etc). The first chapter leader registration received from each chapter is complimentary. Additional leaders may attend LDW at the rate of $85 each. Category O or C (Synergy CERP) CNEs are provided for this workshop.
Registration for the Chapter LDW is separate from your NTI registration. Go to www.aacn.org > NTI > Chapters/Chapter Advisors for the Chapter LDW registration form. The registration deadline is April 30th 2009, and seating is limited.

Chapter Concurrent Educational Sessions

All chapter members and leaders are invited and encouraged to attend one of the many Chapter concurrent educational sessions:

Chapter Treasury: A How-to Session
Course CON531
Presented by Denise M. Bonura-Henry, RN, BSN, CPHQ
Monday, May 18, 2009 – 12:30-1:45 p.m.; Room 263

The Year in the Life of a Chapter
Course CON538
Presented by Cynthia A. Noe, RN, MSN; Elizabeth W. Cowles, RN; and Mary Vaiculevich, RN, CMSRN
Monday, May 18, 2009 – 2:15-3:30 p.m.; Rooms 252-254

Chapter Strategic Planning: A How-to Workshop (mastery session)
Course MS539
Presented by Kimberly S. Hodge, RN, ASN, CCRN-CMC; and Kathleen K. Peavy, RN, MS CCRN
Monday, May 18, 2009 – 2:15-5:15 p.m.; Room 263

How Green Is Your Chapter: The Recycling of Chapter Leaders
Course CON535
Presented by Marcia G. Bixby, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN; and Jan H. Teal, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRN, RN-BC, Chapter Advisory Team co-lead
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 7:15-8:30 a.m.; Rooms 350-351

Translating AACN Initiatives Into Action With Confidence
Course CON534
Presented by Cynthia L. Steinbach, RN, MSN, RN-BC, chapter adviser; and Karen A. Kesten, APRN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, PCCN
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 7:15-8:30 a.m.; Room 263

The Ins and Outs of Planning a Successful Education Event
Course CON536
Presented by Jamai Freeman, RN, BS, MSN, CCRN, CEN, chapter adviser; and Melissa L. Hutchinson, RN, MN, BA, CCRN-CMC, CCNS, CWCN, chapter adviser
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 2:15-3:30 p.m.; Room 263

Creating Chapter Diversity: Recruiting and Engaging New Graduate Nurses
Course CON530
Presented by Jan H. Teal, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRN, RN-BC, Chapter Advisory Team co-lead; and Stephanie Ray-Nichols, RN
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – 2:15-3:30 p.m.; Rooms 215-216

Chapter Challenges: Using Crucial Conversations for Chapter Issues
Course CON532
Presented by Linda G. Martinez, APRN, MSN, APRN-BC-CMC, chapter adviser
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – 2:15-3:30 p.m.; Room 263

Transitioning a New Generation of Chapter Leaders, With Confidence
Course CON537
Presented by Kathleen K. Peavy, RN, MS, CCRN; and Joy M. Speciale, RN, MBA, CCRN
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – 4:00-5:15 p.m.; Room 263

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Chapter Best Practice Posters

We invite you to view the Chapter Best Practice Posters, and meet the authors for an opportunity to speak with them about their research findings and experience. There will be a lot of good information being shared. The posters will be located in the Resource Center at the Convention Center.

Chapter Poster Viewing

Following is a list of the chapter posters that will be on display, and their authors:

AACN Piedmont Chapter Initiative for Promoting Healthy Work Environments
Chapter: Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Charlotte, N.C.
Poster CP126
• Authors: Tina M. Cronin, RN, BSN, AS, CCRN, CNRN; and Tricia “Nikki” Dotson, RN, BSN, CCRN

Collaboration: Providing an Avenue to Practice With Confidence Through Education
Chapter: Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, Charlotte, N.C.
Poster CP127
• Authors: Kelly W. Tanner, RN, BSN, CCRN; and Laura E. McCall, RN, BSN

Finding the “Lost Chapter” of AACN: Renewing and Revitalizing With Confidence
Chapter: Central Illinois Chapter, Springfield, Ill.
Poster CP128
• Authors: M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, CCRN; Leslie J. Montgomery, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN; Gina Marie Palazzolo, RN, BS, BSN, TNS; Angela J. Bentley, RN, APRN, MS, CCRN, CRN; Theresa Jones, RN, ADN, AAS;
Jane K. Sexton, RN, BSN, AA, TNS; Ashlee N. Sloman, RN, BSN; Jennifer M. Holmes, RN, CMSRN; and Yvonne Pellerin, RN, BSN

Meeting Our Members’ Needs: Quality and Affordable Education
Chapter: Mountain to Sound Chapter, Seattle, Wash.
Poster CP129
• Author: Mary Jo Kelly, RN, MN, CCRN

Mentoring With Confidence: Collaboration Helped to Breathe New Life Into a Dormant Chapter!
Chapter: Oklahoma City Area Chapter, Okla.
Poster CP130
• Authors: Yancy Kay Bolles-Clarkson, RN, CCRN; and Elizabeth A. Morris, RN, MS, CCNS

Opportunities for Improvement: Solving Chapter Membership Opportunities With Confidence
Chapter: Heart of the Piedmont Chapter, High Point, N.C.
Poster CP131
• Authors: Teresa H. Hembree, RN, CCRN; Patricia A. McCabe, RN, MSN; and Lisa M. Bost, RN, ADN, PCCN

Saving the Planet and Staying Financially Solvent: The Mountain to Sound Chapter Goes Green
Chapter: Mountain to Sound Chapter, Seattle, Wash.
Poster CP132
• Authors: Rachael Rivera, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, TNCC; Diana L. Lodzinski, RN, BS, CCRN; and Elizabeth A. Mattox, CCRN, APRN-BC-CSC, ACNPC

Chapter Regional Meetings

Some regions will be having regional meetings during NTI to network with other chapters. Your chapter advisers will host the get-togethers. Be sure to stop by the Information Center at NTI to pick up a schedule of the regional meetings.

Chapter Q&A Sessions

Mark your calendar to join Karen Certalic, AACN chapter specialist, for Chapter Q&A Sessions in the Demo Room near the CE Computers and Mail Home areas Monday, May 18 from 3-4 p.m., or Tuesday, May 19 from 2-3 p.m. If you have questions or there is something you would like to see or learn on the Chapters area of the Web site, please attend one of these sessions.

Be sure to check out all the details online at www.aacn.org > NTI > Chapters/Chapter Advisors. We look forward to seeing you at NTI.

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Online Chapter Education Room Opens

The new Chapter Education Room (CER) opened in January to reduce the workload of chapters and increase access to quality education through this Web-based program. The CER, available only to AACN chapters, contains vetted and approved programs that eliminate the need for chapters to go through the approval process for programs already in the Chapter Education Room. The program approval process will remain available for individual programs for which a chapter wants to obtain CNE/CERP approval.

Available in the Chapter Education Room are

• CNE-Approved Programs – A selection of prerecorded multimedia presentations gleaned from the highest rated NTI sessions (available via a self-paced link that allows the user to view a variety of topics at their convenience; each presentation is approved for continuing nursing education credits).
• Happenings – A list of upcoming live webinars that chapters can attend as a group.
• Speaker Directory – Comprehensive background and contact information on many outstanding presenters in the nursing community.

The Chapter Education Room opened with approximately 10 pre-approved programs. Programs will continue to be added so that chapters have a vast selection from which to choose for their events.

Two live webinars, recorded in February, are now available for chapter meetings. The sessions are “Keeping the Balance: Achieving Desired Outcomes with CRRT,” by Leslie Swadener-Culpepper, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS,

critical care clinical nurse specialist, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, and “Beyond the Land of Ice and Snow: Moderate Hypothermia,” by Dr. DaiWai Olson, assistant professor, Duke University Medical Center.
Additional live webinars are planned. We encourage chapters to regularly check the Happenings area of the Chapter Education Room and register to participate.

Access to the Chapter Education Room is available via the left-hand vertical menu on the Chapters home page: www.aacn.org > Community > Chapters.

Note: Chapter members must be listed in their online chapter database to gain access to the Chapter Education Room.

We welcome your feedback about this new feature and at chaptereducationroom@aacn.org.

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