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Regions 13 and 16 collaborative.

On Nov. 10, leaders from five chapters in Regions 13 and 16 met in Minneapolis, Minn. to focus on updates from National, to network and to share chapter creative solutions. Collaboration was the theme of the day. Represented at the meeting were the Central Minnesota Area Chapter, the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, the Rochester Chapter, the Rum River Chapter and the Siouxland Chapter.

Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, AACN board member, gave an update on the newest initiatives and information from National. Clareen Wiencek, Region 16 chapter adviser, presented information on the Circle of Excellence Awards, the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence and other AACN resources available to chapters. Pam Madrid, Region 13 chapter adviser, led a discussion with chapter leaders on why they came to the collaborative, how they know their chapters are doing well and how to effectively link with National. Many ideas were generated from the information shared throughout the day.

This was the second annual Regions 13 and 16 Collaborative, hosted by the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter and the recently formed Rum River Chapter. The two chapters worked together to plan and welcome the other chapters to the meeting. Because of a recent move, attendee Kathy Powderly is a member of two chapters in two different regions - the Siouxland Chapter in South Dakota (Region 16) and the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter in Minneapolis (Region 13). There was also collaboration between the experienced AACN member and the novice. In fact, Dorothy Phelps, a 34-year member of the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, and Kenneth Brooks, a new member of AACN and the Rochester Chapter, were seated next to each other.

It was great to learn about the National initiatives and to know that AACN is working to make it easier for chapters to be successful. We made plans to gather for the third annual Regions 13 and 16 Collaborative meeting in Sioux Falls, S.D. in 2008, which will be hosted by the Siouxland Chapter.

Regional collaboratives are wonderful opportunities for chapters in the same or different regions to get together to share best practices, learn from one another and network. If your chapter is interested in participating in a regional collaborative, please contact your chapter adviser, or e-mail AACN at

Kenneth Brooks, a new member of the Rochester Chapter, and Dorothy Phelps, a 34-year member of the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter, get acquainted at the Regions 13 and 16 Collaborative in Minneapolis. By Pam Madrid, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN, CCNS, and Clareen Wiencek, RN, PhD(c), CNP
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Author:Madrid, Pam
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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