The Chapter supported 12 Joplin nurses to attend the Chapter’s annual Visions Conference located at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, Kansas on March 8 and 9, 2012. On Friday March 9, four of these nurses shared their stories of courage and strength in supporting their hospitalized patients and needs of their community during and after the devastating tornado on May 22, 2011. Everyone in attendance was awed by their stories of bravery and was amazed by the capability of these nurses to continue to care for patients while their own homes and families were affected by this disaster.
Another part of this important project is that our Chapter, in collaboration with national AACN, seeks to recognize these nurses at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 19-24, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. GKCC AACN is donating $5,000 and invites community support to match those funds for a total of $10,000 to enable five Joplin nurses to attend NTI.
We have raised $2,500 with the hopes of reaching our goal of $5,000. We encourage all to request donations from family, friends, co-workers, and vendors. To donate, please visit the GKCC AACN website, www.aacngkcc.org, or send donations to the chapter's mailing address: GKCC AACN, PO Box 10113, Kansas City, MO 64171.
Thanks to the Joplin Nurses that Attended Visions, for Sharing Your Story: Dave Adamson, Laurette Charron, Kristie Conner, Kristin Curry, Amy Drenick, Kathy Drenick, Joanie Dutton, Bobby Hall, Jillian Mathia, Vicki McCleary, Karen Parsons, Monty Trinkle.
NTI Scholarship Winners from St. John’s Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO. Congratulations! Kim Clark, Tammy Fritchey, Kevin, Kepley, Monty Trinkle, Joan Wilson