Collyn West , RN, BSN, PCCN VA Puget sound, Seattle wa. Khanhvy doan , RN, BSN VA Puget sound, Seattle wa. Chapter Succession Planning How To Find Someone To Step-Up Before You Step-Down Mountain to Sound Chapter of AACN, Seattle WA.
Collyn West, RN, BSN, PCCN
VA Puget sound, Seattle wa
Khanhvy doan, RN, BSN
VA Puget sound, Seattle wa
Cassandra KrumpElmann, Rn, MN, MSN, ccrn, FNP-BCva puget sound, seattle wa & SPU adj faculty
Lack of participation and difficulty filling Board positions.
The mission of the Mountain to Sound Chapter of AACN is to represent, promote, and provide guidance for the practice and growth of critical care nurses. Our mission became challenging to fulfill because of declining active membership and difficulty filling Board positions.
Increase member involvement and create a standardized mentoring program to ease new Board members into their positions.
What Our Chapter Has Done
What Our Chapter Is Working On
Educational Dinners:During 2011 and the beginning of 2012, our Chapter held quarterly educational dinners with an average of 70–100attendees at each event. Some topics presented were Hemodynamic Stabilization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Procalcitonin, Emerging Gram-Negative Resistance, and Management of Pain and Fever in Surgical and Critical Care Patients. A certificate of attendance is available for each topic and can be used toward CE credit for RN licensure. These events are advertised throughout Region 18. *Vendor sponsored.
Symposium: In 2011, our Chapter had approximately 250 health care providers attend our annual Currents In Critical Care Symposium. This is a great opportunity for nurses to network and earn up to 30 CE credits from nationally acclaimed speakers. *Vendor sponsored.
PCCN/CCRN Review Course: Over 100 RNs attend our annual PCCN/CCRN Review Course. MTS members are eligible for discounted tuition. Our Chapter recently contracted with a local, critical care education consulting group to provide quality speakers at affordable rates.
Regional Critical Care Consortium: Each year, between 250-300 critical care RNs attend our regional Consortium. The Consortium is a collaborative effort between the MTS Chapter and hospitals in our region to provide high quality education to prepare nurses for critical care and progressive care .
Scholarship Opportunities: Our Chapter awarded three NTI scholarships in 2011 and four NTI scholarships in 2012 to members seeking financial assistance to attend NTI. Portions of the four winning NTI scholarship essays were published in the MTS quarterly newsletter. These winners are also required to submit an article for our newsletter which will hopefully encourage other nurses to apply next year. Our Chapter also offer a Merit Scholarship to members based on the number of hours they have invested in the Chapter during the previous year that can be used toward any educational event.
“Touched by a Nurse” Grant: Our Industry Relations Chairperson has developed a *vendor, business, and patient-sponsored grant for nurses that are still working at least 80% at the bedside called Touched by a Nurse. The grant was developed to assist nurses still involved in direct patient care to attend educational offerings of their choice.
Raffle Ticket Prizes: During all of our numerous events, Our Chapter holds raffle ticket drawings and give away prizes, including a one year national AACN and a local MTS Chapter membership, annual symposium registration, and PCCN/CCRN review course registration. *Vendor sponsored.
*These events were possible due to the unrelenting efforts of our Industry Relations Chairperson.
The MTS Chapter of AACN Chapter Officers 2011-2012: President Judy Borish, President-Elect Pat Blissitt, Secretary Darla Saville, Treasurer Mary McCarthy, Education Chair Karen Paulsen, Membership Chair Cassandra Krumpelmann, Industry Relation Chair Birgit Weeks, Community Outreach Pamela Popplewell, Advanced Practice Liason Melissa Hutchinson, Newsletter Diana Lodzinski, Website/Informatics Khanhvy Doan