I have developed and maintained an AACN bulletin board, called the “Go to Area” in our break room. It is a place where our staff know they can find all things AACN, including a link to me.
Below the board is a portable file filled with AACN applications for certification, membership and recertification. It also contains the many handouts we have as well as AACNs site information.
Posted on the board is an ongoing bulk membership sign up so everyone knows how many staff will be joining, the cost and benefits of membership.
In the last 6 months we have had 2 renewing members and 15 new members. During the 6 months prior we had 24 new members and 1 renewal. This has been very successful.
We have linked AACN up to our Professional Performance Division, which I lead with one other member). This is part of our ground breaking Quality Committee established last year.
The idea behind this is that we are highly skilled nurses with a duty to be our best for our patients. We stress ongoing education, staying current in our practice and becoming involved in our unit and professional community. Our staff is encouraged to join AACN and to climb the clinical ladder in our unit.
This has worked well over the last six months.