A Community of Exceptional Nurses
Leadership can exist in both formal and informal groups. In a formal setting, such as within a large corporation, the leader of the group is usually someone who has been appointed to a high position of authority. In an informal setting, such as a group of friends, the leader is someone with personal traits that simply tend to inspire respect. The Greater Washington Area Chapter has consistently succeeded in the latter.
Our members work in many different areas of their respected facilities — and our medical institutions are competitive — but we are all together in our vision and goals. We are friends with the common interest of being the best. It is that competitive and friendly spirit that has allowed our chapter to produce such great leaders.
Our strategic plan for succession and guidance consisted of very clear steps.
Our chapter’s leadership programs have resulted in desirable outcomes. Due to our significant land area, regional population and chapter size, we launched "Christmas in July" — a program to assist newly organized chapters to develop and succeed.
The first chapter to receive support from this program was the Southern Maryland Chapter. This chapter evolved from within our system. This “Christmas in July” program gives financial assistance and expertise in chapter issues to up and coming chapters.
Southern Maryland’s chapter membership continues to swell as a measurable outcome. This program has been so successful we have decided to do this nationwide. We will select three young chapters somewhere in the U.S. and send them a monetary donation and an offer to help them in the development of their chapter.
Each year the current president has the authority to assign or appoint the past president(s) to a specific task to assist the chapter. For example, the most recent past president was assigned to greet all the speakers for our annual 2-day conference, Spotlight on Critical Care.
The duty would simply be to give each arriving speaker their W-9 form and schedule of events. Once completing the W-9 form, they would receive their honorarium.
Another example is one past president was assigned to organize the poster sessions for our conference. Our past presidents have been happy to assist with this “light” yet meaningful undertaking.
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