By Christine L. Nelson,
RN, BSN, CCRN
The Sacramento (Calif.) Chapter of AACN has found a way to rekindle interest in a program designed to encourage member involvement in the chapter and the community.
In the original Merit Scholarship Program, members submitted a quarterly “point form.” Points were earned in a variety of ways such as attending educational or board meetings, serving as a hospital unit liaison, presenting as a guest speaker at an educational meeting, writing an article for the chapter newsletter, bringing a guest to the educational meeting, recruiting new chapter members, or bringing refreshments to a meeting. A prize of $25 was awarded to the member who accumulated the most points each quarter. At the end of the year, the member with the most points received paid registration to the annual AACN National Teaching Institute.™
Although interest in the program had waned the last couple of years, the chapter board felt it was an important link to recruiting members and promoting volunteerism. Therefore, a new approach was devised in an effort to rekindle member involvement.
Members now receive tickets for activities in which they have participated each month. They write their names on the back of the tickets and enter them in a quarterly drawing for a $25 prize. Thus, a member’s chance of winning the prize increases according to the number of tickets received. The member with the most tickets is awarded the annual NTI scholarship.