A Community of Exceptional Nurses
Stand Tall — Broward County Chapter of AACN truly embraces Kristine Peterson’s 2010-11 President's theme. Five of our board of directors attended the LDW prior to NTI 2010 with the expectation of increasing our momentum for chapter growth and energy.
“Stand Tall” provided us the vision to coalesce the flood of ideas and information we obtained at LDW. Eager “to recognize the unique and indispensible role that nurses play” and to better meet the needs of our chapter members, board members-at-large positions were increased to five before the new fiscal year began.
Starting a new fiscal year Standing Taller, we completed our chapter planning meetings in July and August (exhibits 1 & 2). Excited by LDW and desiring to lead the rest of the board and chapter membership to “recognize, understand, articulate and own our unique contributions” we needed to share the information we garnered at LDW and NTI while it was still meaningful and fresh in our minds.
Using the information from the Chapter Strategic Planning workshop at LDW, a SWOT analysis was performed (exhibit 3). The board reviewed the AACN Chapter governance manual, chapter charter agreement and the AACN bylaws.
Next, the treasurer report was reviewed and annual financial audit completed. Our chapter informational poster featuring “Stan Tall” was updated to include pamphlets, forms and general information on national membership, conferences and certifications and is available at each meeting. Monthly local chapter renewals are sent using the online chapter database which was updated with member referral information.
Opportunities for Standing Tall were identified by our AACN ambassadors, board and members and incorporated into all workplaces, meetings, electronic and face-to-face communications (exhibit 4) and community endeavors. Stan Tall was adopted as mascot to lead us in leveraging strengths and celebrating contributions. Before summer’s end, educational support and speakers were secured for chapter meetings, community support events were planned, and our 36th annual Spring Seminar planning was underway.
Our commitment to Standing Tall and walking for our community started with the American Diabetes Association Walk-A-Thon. More than $1200 was raised to help fight the devastating disease of diabetes (exhibits 5 & 6). In October/November our members stood tall and donated food and money to the Thanksgiving project. Committed to exceeding last year’s goal, we partnered with AACN Ambassador’s, “passed the hat” at meetings, and donated from the general funds. Sizeable contributions of foodstuffs and gift cards were collected to support two families residing in the southern part of the county and Big Mama’s Team of Life, Inc., a noted local charitable organization in the central part of the county (exhibits 7 & 8).
Standing taller, our Chapter collected over 60 “shoe box” gifts in October/November for Operation Christmas Child — a national charity supporting needy children around the world.
Standing tallest in December and partnering with a local community medical center, we continued a 20-year tradition of collecting toys, gift cards and educational materials for Kids in Distress — a local charity whose mission is child abuse prevention, family preservation and treating abused and neglected children (exhibits 9 & 10).
Chapter officers supported BSN students at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Fla., to present AACN’s mission, visions and values. Students designed “Stan Tall” and spoke about Standing Tall for nursing (exhibits 11 & 12).
For 2011, the chapter resolved to address the need of women in the community and collected toiletries for Valentine’s donations to Women in Distress of Broward County — the local domestic violence center.
Education and collaboration occurs at monthly meetings which provide a free dinner, valuable networking and a CE lecture on important acute/critical care topics (exhibit14). “Table stander” invitations personally invite our nonmember colleagues to meetings, increase membership and generate interest in the organization.
Attendees take the personal invitations back to their workplaces to communicate ongoing chapter activities (exhibit 13). Events are regularly posted and updated on the chapter website.
Increasing member knowledge about AACN benefits began with communication and collaboration with our AACN Ambassadors and CAT. At our March meeting we will extend this opportunity to all attendees.
Committed to meeting an hour earlier than usual, attendees will learn about AACN resources and communities. Our board, AACN ambassadors and our CAT will provide current information on AACN initiatives as we assist them to navigate the AACN website on a mission of discovery (exhibit 15).
Our upcoming, 2-day CCRN/PCCN review course (exhibit 16) is filling up fast. Our 36th annual Spring Seminar committee is ready for another awesome day of educational offerings. A poster session, self-learning modules, expanded exhibit space, healthy work environment topics and a pediatric track are featured items (exhibit 17).
Information regarding the poster session can be found on the website and local area leaders were challenged to celebrate how they transform care at the bedside. Both venues are advertised locally and on the AACN website.
Our chapter scholarship offers active members a way to Stand Tall for education. Yearly, eight to twelve applicants receive $500 to $1,000 each to help defray the costs of attending NTI or other acute/critical care programs.
As this year has progressed, Stan has become more than just our mascot or cheerleader. He has taken on a life of his own in our workplaces, meetings and hearts. Members share Stan as the embodiment and spirit of all chapter activities. He is our ally and supporter who reminds us of our importance to acute/critically ill patients as we Stand Tall for patients and families.
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