Community service events and activities
Promotion of professional certifications
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Did your chapter incorporate the theme at activities throughout the year, rather than just applying it to isolated activities?
Did your chapter effectively use the theme during chapter meetings?
Did your chapter effectively use the theme (frequency, relevancy) in communications with members, including promotion of programs and educational events?
Did your chapter effectively incorporate the theme into the content of educational programs and offerings?
Did your chapter effectively incorporate the theme into community service activities?
What outcomes, if any, did you achieve? How did incorporating the theme make a positive impact on the chapter, work environments, patients and/or the community?
1Complete a chapter nomination form. Chapters must be in good standing and nominators must hold active AACN membership. Nominees may not have received an award in the same category in the last three years.
2Submit an exemplar in MS Word format, minimum font size 10 points, no longer than 800 words, and include your chapter name and award category at the top of each page. Describe why and how the chapter embodies all areas of the award criteria from July 1 through date of submission. Include your plans for the remainder of the year through June 30.
3The complete packet must be submitted by Nov. 1 (Feb. 15 for President’s Award nominations) and sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your chapter name in the subject line.
4Nominations are reviewed by an AACN volunteer selection committee and applicants are notified by Feb. 15 (March 31 for President’s Award).