AACN News—August 1998—Circle of Excellence Recognizes Chapters

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Vol. 15, No. 8, AUGUST 1998

Through the annual Circle of Excellence awards program, chapters can earn recognition for outstanding programs and other contributions to AACN and critical care nursing practice.
Monetary rewards that can be applied in a variety of ways are given to recipients of the six awards available in 1999.
Included again this year is the special President’s Award, presented to the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the AACN president’s theme for the year. Other awards highlight pioneering spirit, educational programs, leadership development, communications, and promotion of the CCRN� credential.
Following are brief descriptions of the chapter awards:

President’s Award
For this award, AACN President Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, will select the chapters or chapters that best exemplify her theme of “The Power of Nursing: Breaking the Mold, Harmonizing Our Strength, and Influencing the Future.” Applications, which are due April 1, 1999, must cover activities demonstrated by the chapter as of July 1, 1998. Up to $4000 will
be awarded.

Pioneering Spirit
This award recognizes chapters whose contributions have influenced acute and critical care nursing in any setting. One chapter from each membership category will be awarded $1000 toward participation in the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ or Advanced Practice Institute,™ May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La. Applications are due November 1, 1998.

AACN Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development
This award is intended to promote the development of AACN chapter leaders by recognizing premier chapter leadership development plans, outcomes, and effective leadership transitions. The criteria include an assessment of the chapter’s support of the four “C’s”: communication, connection, consistency, and contribution. The award is named in honor of the longtime AACN national office team member who passed away in June 1997. One chapter from each membership category will receive $1000. Applications and a description of the leadership plan are due November 1, 1998. A description of the outcomes of the plan is due April 1, 1999.

CCRN Certification Drive
This award recognizes chapters that demonstrate the value of CCRN� certification by increasing the number of CCRNs in their chapters during the year. Chapters with the greatest percentage increase will receive five complimentary tickets to and be recognized at the CCRN luncheon at the NTI. Awards will be presented to one chapter from each membership category. To apply, submit the chapter roster as of January 1, 1998, and December 31, 1998, highlighting the nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year.

Outstanding Chapter Communications System
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify effective communication and promote AACN’s messages in the chapter and/or the community. One chapter from each membership category will be awarded $1000. Applications including supporting materials are due November 1, 1998.

Outstanding Chapter Educational Program
This award recognizes chapters that exemplify team-teaching, program quality, and learning connection opportunities. Efforts by individual chapters, chapters working with other chapters, and chapters working with outside collaborators will be recognized separately. One chapter from each category will receive $1000. Applications and supporting materials are due November 1, 1998.

All awards, apart from the President’s Award and the Outstanding Chapter Education Program Award, are presented based on the following membership categories:

Category I 1-60 members
Category II 61-150 members
Category III 151-300 members
Category IV more than 300 members

For more information about the Chapter Circle of Excellence Awards program or to obtain an awards guide, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the AACN home page at www.aacn.org.
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