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Put your chapter in the Circle of Excellence.

AACN Circle of Excellence Awards for chapters applaud the accomplishments of chapters in helping to bring the association's mission, vision and standards-setting expertise to hospitals, nursing schools and local communities.

The nominating process for these awards for 2008 opens March 15. The deadline to submit nominations is July 15, 2007. The exception is the President's Award for Chapters, for which the deadline is March 1, 2008.

Unless otherwise noted, chapters selected for these awards receive an honorarium of $1,000 each. All receive a personalized plaque, are announced in AACN News and on the AACN Web site, and are recognized at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

Following are brief descriptions about the chapter awards. Details are described in the Circle of Excellence Awards Guide, available online at www.aacn.org > Awards, Grants & Scholarships.

Excellence in Chapter Collaboration Award

Recognizes chapters that exemplify collaboration in any aspect of their operations while actively supporting AACN's mission, vision and values. Chapter collaboration must represent the efforts of at least two entities, one the chapter and the other an outside group such as a hospital, college or university, other nursing organization, or community. Successful applicants will demonstrate how chapter collaboration resulted in desirable outcomes that were mutually beneficial.

Sharon Connor Excellence in Chapter

Leadership Development Award

Recognizes excellence in chapter leadership development and succession planning while actively supporting AACN's mission, vision and values. Successful candidates will demonstrate how the chapter has implemented an effective chapter leadership structure that provides guidance, strategic planning and continuity for the chapter. They will also demonstrate how programs resulted in desirable outcomes.

Outstanding Chapter Community

Education and Public Service Award

Recognizes chapters that have made an outstanding public service contribution in their local communities through community education and involvement while actively supporting AACN's mission, vision and values. Successful applicants will describe how their chapter has effectively communicated and disseminated knowledge about, and promoted AACN and the critical care nursing profession, to the local community.

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. Successful applicants will demonstrate how chapter educational programming met the educational standards of education assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for one or more programs in the past year.

President's Award for Chapters

Recognizes the chapter or chapters that best exemplify the theme of the AACN president. The theme of incoming 2007-08 President Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, will be announced at NTI 2007 in Atlanta, Ga. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their chapters have exemplified the president's theme throughout the year. Chapters will be evaluated on programs and activities that were completed from July 1 to date of submission. Up to $4,000 will be awarded to one or more chapters. Deadline to submit application materials is March 1, 2008.
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