Chapter Award Categories Information

COE Chapter Award Categories

Excellence in Chapter Collaboration

Collaboration means working jointly with others (individuals, groups, organizations) to achieve a mutually beneficial goal. This award recognizes chapters that exemplify collaboration in any aspect of the chapter’s operations while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values.

Chapter collaboration must include at least two entities, including AACN chapters and/or outside groups (e.g., hospital, college or university, other nursing organizations, community group). Collaborators can reside within the same area, cross geographic borders or collaborate in a virtual environment.  

Examples of chapter collaboration include, but are not limited to these areas:

  • Program planning
  • Community service events and activities
  • Educational offering
  • Regional meeting
  • Fundraising
  • Promotion of professional certifications

Criteria
Successful nominees will demonstrate how chapter collaboration with another group resulted in desirable outcomes that were mutually beneficial. Nominees should clearly explain what the desirable outcomes were, as well as how they were determined, achieved and measured.

Be as specific as possible when you write your exemplar. Describe the details of your activities and the outcomes and provide specific examples of how you collaborated toward a mutual goal in any or all of the areas listed above.

Award: Up to three chapters will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each.
Deadline for nominations: November 1

Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development

Presented in memory of Sharon Connor, AACN director of membership and chapters from 1985 to 1997, for her advocacy of volunteerism and dedication to the success of chapters.

Leadership development and succession planning are critical components of ensuring chapter success. AACN defines leadership as the ability to influence oneself and others to independently accomplish work and reach defined outcomes. This award recognizes excellence in chapter leadership development and succession planning while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values.

Criteria
Successful nominees will demonstrate how the chapter has implemented an effective chapter leadership structure that provides guidance, strategic planning and continuity for the chapter. Successful nominees will also demonstrate how programs resulted in desirable outcomes and should clearly explain what the desirable outcomes were, as well as how they were determined, achieved and measured.

Chapters will be evaluated in all of the following areas, which should be addressed in the exemplar.

  • Chapter has and implements a transition plan for chapter officers and committee members when new chapter leaders take office.
  • Chapter has and implements a succession plan to recruit and develop the next generation of leaders.
  • Chapter has and implements a strategic plan.
  • Chapter has and implements job descriptions and responsibilities for each leadership position.
  • Chapter has and implements a plan to engage past chapter leaders in chapter activities (e.g., support in annual strategic planning, facilitation in event planning, liaison, committee support, invitations to attend board meetings and other activities). 

Be as specific as possible when you write your exemplar. Describe the details of your activities and the outcomes and provide specific examples of how you achieved success in the areas listed above.

Award: Up to three chapters will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each.
Deadline for nominations: November 1

Excellence in Chapter Community Education and Public Service

This award recognizes chapters that have made an outstanding public service contribution in their local community through community education and involvement while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values. Successful nominees will describe how their chapter has effectively communicated and disseminated knowledge, and promoted AACN and the critical care nursing profession, to the local community. Some examples of community or public contributions are blood drives, coalition projects, health fairs, CPR classes, etc. 

Criteria
Successful nominees will include the following in their exemplars:

  • Describe the public service contribution your chapter made.
  • Explain how you defined the community education component of the chapter’s public service contribution and other goals and outcomes of the program.
  • Describe the public service contribution outcomes (e.g., example, were goals actualized, evaluate the success of the program).
    • Include in your exemplar descriptions of community recognition and other demonstrations of success.

Be as specific as possible when you write your exemplar. Describe the details of your activities and the outcomes and provide specific examples of how you achieved success.

Award: Up to three chapters will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each.
Deadline for nominations: November 1

Excellence in Chapter Educational Programming

This award recognizes chapters that have demonstrated excellence in providing quality educational programming to their members and other constituents while actively supporting AACN’s mission, vision and values.

Criteria
Successful nominees will demonstrate how chapter educational programming met the following four educational standards for one or more programs offered in the past year. Include the following in your exemplar:

  • Education Assessment – Chapter has performed an education assessment to determine target audience and learner needs as the basis for the establishment of program goals (i.e., data collection from a variety of sources: previous program evaluations, environmental scanning and trends in critical care nursing profession, analysis and evaluation of learning needs). 
  • Planning – Chapter carefully analyzed learner needs assessment, established program goals and learner outcomes and developed an appropriate format for the educational program offering.
    • The educational program offering clearly facilitates the achievement of learner outcomes.
  • Implementation – The effectiveness of an educational program depends on the appropriate selection of instructional methods, effectiveness of the instructor or presenter(s), modification of situational variables and application of adult learning principles.
    • The chapter demonstrates how program goals and learner outcomes guide program planners in selecting the appropriate teaching methods and learning environment.
  • Evaluation – Evaluation feedback provides information related to goal attainment and is necessary to guide modification of subsequent programs.
    • The chapter’s educational program evaluation is systematic, ongoing and based on determining achievement of the program goals.

Be as specific as possible when you write your exemplar. Describe the details of your activities and the outcomes and provide specific examples of how you achieved success.

Award: Up to three chapters will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each.
Deadline for nominations: November 1

Excellence in Promoting the Value Of Certification

This award was established to recognize contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in high acuity and critical care. Successful nominees will show how they have increased the number of certified nurses, increased the renewal and retention of certified nurse, influenced the preparation or ability of nurses to qualify for certification, increased public awareness and promoted the value of certified nursing practice, and contributed to research validating the impact of certified nursing practice.

Criteria:
Nominees will be evaluated on how well they demonstrated the following:

  • Achievements and contributions that support and foster the advancement of certified nursing practice in high acuity and critical care
  • Success in increasing in the number of certified nurses
  • Success in increasing the renewal and retention of certified nurses
  • Success in influencing the preparation and/or ability of nurses to qualify for certification
  • Success in increasing public awareness of certified nursing practice
  • Success in contributing to research that validates the impact of certified nursing practice

Address the above criteria in your exemplar. Be as specific as possible as you describe your activities and outcomes and provide examples to support your success.

Award: Up to three chapters will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each.
Deadline for nominations: November 1

AACN President's Award for Chapters – deadline February 15 

(February 15 deadline applies only to this category; all other chapter award nominations are due November 1)

This award recognizes the chapters that best exemplify the association's annual theme. Successful nominees will demonstrate how their chapter has exemplified the association's theme throughout the year. Chapters will be evaluated on programs and activities that were completed from July 1, to date of submission and programs that are planned for the rest of the year.

When you write your exemplar, include examples of how your chapter has incorporated the theme into communications, meetings, educational offerings and community service. You will be evaluated on what you present in your exemplar, so provide enough detail for the reviewers to get a clear picture of your chapter’s activities and plans.

Contact AACN at (800) 899-2226 or visit www.aacn.org/nti for this year's theme.

Refer to specific additional information regarding requirements for this award category.

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