I would also like to express my profound thanks to our past Vision chairs – Cheryl Rader and Paula Ising who have worked extremely hard since 2010. Without their hard work, we would not have enjoyed education from such speakers as Beth Hammer, Mary Stahl, Debbie Sum-mers, Barb McLean, Christine Schulman, Kathleen Vollman and Tom Ahrens and many more. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
If you are a member of National AACN, I encourage you to join the local chapter. Your membership helps support the chapter’s educational programs including Visions as well as scholarships for various activities such as NTI.
Vicki Good, the current President of National AACN, launched her new AACN theme, ―Step Forward‖ on July 1, 2013 as she began her 12-month term. Vicki introduced her theme in Boston at the 2013 NTI. When she introduced her theme she reminded us that ―stepping for-ward is not always literal. Sometimes it requires us to step back or to the side in order to get onto the right forward path.‖ The artwork for her theme pictures a ―Confident figure with outstretched arms striding through a portal at a decisive moment to do the right thing. Step-ping forward leaves an unavoidable wake. Our wake can be smooth or choppy. Outstretched hands transfer and receive knowledge. An internal compass points the way toward decisions informed by our individual moral sense and ethic of care.‖
As AACN members, we encourage you to implement the ―Step Forward‖ theme into your personal and professional lives.
We hope you will ―Step Forward‖ to become more active in AACN at the local and/or na-tional level. You might get another member to join the local chapter or you might become certified in your area of specialty (CCRN or PCCN). We encourage you to become more in-volved in the local chapter by volunteering to help plan Visions 2014 or run for a 2014-2015 Board position.
Please ―step forward‖ and contact me if you are interested in becoming involved. I can be reached at 816-691-1754 or Janell.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to a great year!