AACN Chapter Leadership Development Workshop Case Study # 8 – Version 1

Case Study 8 – Version 2
Case Study 8 – Version 3

Case Study #8:

Growing Our Own 

(Fictitious) Chapter Name:

Forward Thinking Chapter

# of Chapter Members:


# of Chapter Officers and Board Members:

Eight chapter officers (president, president-elect, secretary, treasury, treasurer-elect, membership chair, program chair, community service chair). Officers serve staggered two-year terms. All positions are filled. 

Rural/Urban Area:


How active is this chapter?

Very active chapter with three to four large events each year, in addition to regular chapter meetings and certification study groups.

Background Information:

Chapter is just three years-old with members from all of the area hospitals, and has had a purpose and plan in place since Day One that is regularly reviewed and shared with the full membership. 

Chapter conducts a yearly chapter member needs assessment and an annual SWOT analysis to validate what they do well, what they need to improve upon, constraints and opportunities.

They then use the results of those items to evaluate their annual plan, tweaking as necessary. They keep the number of large events low so as not to overburden the chapter or any of the volunteers.

The chapter has established a relationship with the local nursing school and often provides information and education for the students. Students are welcomed to chapter meetings free of charge.

Conflict or Issues:

A recent nursing grad that has been attending chapter meetings has officially joined the chapter and paid her chapter dues. She has expressed to the chapter president her desire to be involved at a leadership level and has asked how soon she can run for election.

Things you need to know about this chapter:

Chapter has a mentoring program and succession plan in place, and is committed to developing their members for chapter leadership positions. Job descriptions are in place for current and past chapter leaders, and each is responsible for mentoring.


Participants: Identify the HWE standard(s) that would apply to this scenario and how you would operationalize them as you consider possible solutions.

(X) Skilled Communication
(X) True Collaboration
(X) Effective Decision Making
(X) Appropriate Staffing
(X) Meaningful Recognition
(X) Authentic Leadership

Skilled Communication

  • New grad/chapter both able to articulate needs.

True Collaboration

  • Member to chapter

Effective Decision Making

  • Member and chapter working together

Appropriate Staffing

  • Seeing if members’ qualifications fit the jobs

Meaningful Recognition

  • Encouraging member

Authentic Leadership

  • From leaders
  • Mentor! Mentor! Mentor!
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