In March 2010 a new unit opened in our community hospital: special care unit (SCU) — a 19-bed progressive care unit. The new nurses hired came with a wide diversity of skill and experience.
Polling results revealed that none of the new hires were members of AACN. To encourage membership to AACN, membership packets (both national & local) were placed in the nurses' mailboxes and in November 2010 the "Be the Mystery Guest to a Dinner Meeting" program was implemented.
Once a new member joins the national AACN and/or the local chapter, their name is placed into the lottery for possible selection as a "mystery guest". The selected nurse attends the next education/dinner program as paid guest of Clinical Educator (AACN Ambassador).
My role was that of project implementation coordinator.