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Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award.

Houston Gulf Coast Chapter Texas

The Houston Gulf Coast Chapter (HGCC), founded over 25 years ago by leaders in our nursing community, continues to be a leading source of knowledge and education. A comprehensive educational assessment was completed by our dedicated and motivated nurses to provide for the learning needs of critical care nurses in Houston for 2004-2005. The initial evaluation showed a wide span of topics of interest from hemodynamic monitoring to patient safety. A general objective was set based on AACN's mission of providing the highest quality resources to maximize nurses' contributions to caring for and improving the healthcare of critically ill patients and their families. Resources as defined by our group were terms of education and knowledge, which HGCC has consistently provided to the local community. An annual multidisciplinary seminar regarding management of the acutely ill patient is conducted with physicians, critical care nurses and respiratory therapists in attendance. It covers issues pertaining to heart failure and COPD. The development of the educational apprentice program where a member could join the educational team was crucial to the success of implementing our plan. Inherent in our educational apprentice model are the AACN core values of accountability, collaboration, leadership, lifelong learning, excellence, innovation and commitment to the passion of our mission. After identifying our core group of apprentices, we set strategies to motivate adult learners, such as social relationships, external expectations and personal advancement. The chapter has been a key resource for providing cutting-edge topics for critical care in the Houston community. Our attendance and membership involvement has increased an average of 21% annually in the last five years.

Three Rivers Chapter Pennsylvania

Our chapter conducted an educational assessment of the members to determine their needs and interests. We reviewed previous chapter program evaluations, developed a plan of action and established programs for the year, each with goals and outcomes. Our first program was "Acute Coronary Syndrome--Treatment Options and Outcomes." Many chapter members attended, and we advised them of upcoming events so they could plan accordingly. Our next project was an Erie Winery bus tour. We collaborated with the newly established Presque Isle Chapter and met with them for lunch and a brief program. In December, we held a program on organ donation, and a speaker from CORE discussed "Updates on Transplantation." To meet the needs of members who requested a morning program, we held a Cardiology Workshop on a Saturday morning in February. There was a great turnout and we used the program evaluations and assessments for future planning. We have also expanded our educational programs to reach out to local nursing schools, and attended several job fairs at local nursing schools. One of our representatives addresses the group, educating them on the benefits of national and local AACN memberships. We also held a Critical Care Workshop and were privileged to have the national president, Kathy McCauley, address our chapter. The program was well attended and received. Along with the Central PA Chapter, we will have a CCRN Review at the Seven Springs Resort in Laurel Highlands in September. We expect nurses from the entire region to attend..

Editor's note: Part of the AACN Circle of Excellence recognition program, the Outstanding Chapter Educational Program Award recognizes chapters that have done an outstanding job in providing quality educational programming to their members and other constituents while actively supporting AACN's mission, vision and values. Following are excerpts from exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2006. Additional exemplars will appear in future issues of AACN News.
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Publication:AACN News
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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