1 AMERICAN ASSEMBLY FOR MEN IN NURSING Providing a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss, and Influence factors which affect men/males as Nurses and Men's Health 1 InterAction Official Publication of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2 AAMN President`s Message 6 Chapter News AAMN 33RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA "Men in Nursing: Another Way of Caring" The 33rd Annual AAMN Conference will be held October 24-25, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana at University Interim Hospital and hosted by The Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Nursing in New Orleans. Keynote Speaker ANA President REBECCA M. PATTON, MSN, RN CNOR See conference schedule page 12! Hotel Accommodations at Le Pavillon Hotel (T / The AAMN Conference Room Rate for a Deluxe Room is $165/night single or double occupancy, $20.00 for each additional guest. To receive this rate please mention you are with AAMN. The cut-off date for this special rate is September 22 due to availability of rooms. Plenary Speaker ROBERT J. KEPSHIRE, RN, MS, MA Editor-in-Chief of Men in Nursing. 9 Interview with Bill Lecher 12 Conference Schedule 13 Bylaw Changes This is a busy time of year in New Orleans with Halloween & Conventions; please reserve early or you will not be able to stay in or near the French Quarter!
2 2 October AAMN Board of Directors Demetrius Porche, DNS, Ph.D. (c), APRN President Kevin D. Hook, MA, MSN, AGNP Vice-President / Bylaws Jim Raper, DNS, JD, CRN Immediate Past President / Nominations Hunter Jones, Ph.D., RN, CNAA, FACHE Treasurer Danny G. Willis, DNS, APRN-BC Secretary / Communications Luther Christman, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Chairman of the Board Don Anderson, CMSRN, EdD Board Member Michael Burnett, RN, MSA, BSN Board Member Jeffrey Hamilton, BSN, RN Board Member / Education Phil Julian, RN, MSN Board Member William T. Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, CNA-BC Board Member / Membership M. Bridget Nettleton, Ph.D., RN Board Member Alfredo L Guzman, CSE WebMaster Byron McCain, CAE AAMN Executive Director 6700 Oporto-Madrid Blvd. Birmingham, AL Mailing Address PO Box Birmingham, AL T F MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD(c), APRN It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve my first term as President for the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. As I complete my first term and begin my second and final term as President, it has been an incredible opportunity to work with the AAMN Board of Directors who are so dedicated to the nursing profession with a sincere mission of promoting men in nursing and the men s health agenda. At this year s conference, we have the opportunity to thank those board members who have dedicated their time and energy to our organization and identify new leadership to guide our organization s future. Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD(c), APRN In October as we convene for the 33rd Annual Conference for AAMN, the Board of Directors will present to the membership our strategic thinking regarding the future initiatives for AAMN. This will be accomplished through an intense strategic planning session prior to the initiation of the AAMN conference by all Board of Director members. Our Education Committee has planned a great conference for AAMN with the theme of Men in Nursing: Another Way of Caring. I am pleased to have the ability to welcome AAMN members to my home institution and city. On behalf of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, the School of Nursing, and University Interim Hospital, we welcome you to New Orleans and Louisiana State University Academic Health Sciences Center community. There will be a plethora of activities for all members to consider participating in during your visit to New Orleans. Some of the most common activities are the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, new Insectarium, riverboat ride at night with dinner, riding the street car either down St. Charles Avenue or Canal Street, the Ghost tours through the French Quarter, the two prominent museums New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Art, listening to jazz music in the French Quarter or down Frenchman Street in the Marigny area, touring the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in the Ninth Ward, or participating in the continuous celebratory atmosphere of the French Quarter. In addition for those who desire to venture out of the city, there are Antebellum Home tours and bayou tours where you can venture deep into the swamp to explore the natural habitat of alligators and nutria. Please feel free to explore and plan these activities through our tourism bureau which can be accessed at: $ $ $ WINNER $ $ Early Bird Registrant Darin Prescott, Morton MN won the drawing for $100 Contact Byron McCain, Executive Director
3 3 LIFE LONG LEARNING an editorial by Michael Burnett, RN, MSA, BSN AAMN Board Member -Co-Editor, InterAction Nursing is a dynamic profession where every day brings a new challenge. This involves new and expanding roles for health professionals, increasing technological advances in treatment and care, constant restructuring, and the allocation of material and human resources. It is vital that nurses develop and maintain their professional knowledge and competence to meet the demands and challenges of professional practice. Michael Burnett, RN, MSA, BSN Continuing education is essential to professional nursing practice. Inherent to their role, nurses have a professional, moral, and legal responsibility to obtain and demonstrate continuing education and lifelong learning throughout their career. Continuing education and lifelong learning promote evidence-based nursing practice, prevent poor or substandard care, and contribute to safe and quality nursing practice that aims to provide the best possible outcomes for patients. The nursing profession as a whole, through its professional and regulatory organizations, promotes the advancement of nursing practice, identifies standards of practice, and promotes professional development. Continuing education is maintained and enhanced through reflective practice, lifelong learning, and the integration of learning into nursing practice. Continuing education and lifelong learning is more than simply attending a conference. It requires an approach to the practice of nursing as well as to issues which impact on that practice. Basic nursing education and the state board examination prepares students for entry-level practice into the profession. In comparison, professional development or continuing education is linked to the licensure renewal process. To be effective, continuing education programs should be administratively feasible, publicly credible, professionally supported, financially prudent, and transparent. Through their commitment to the profession and to the general public, nurses have a duty to demonstrate, develop, and maintain clinical competence. Registered nurses must constantly perform a self-appraisal of both their didactic and clinical knowledge to identify gaps or deficits, to develop learning and development strategies, and to establish personal and professional goals. Health consumers and professional colleagues expect no less out of every nurse AAMN Committees Bylaws Committee Kevin D. Hook, Chair Michael Burnett Don Anderson Jeffrey Hamilton William (Bill) Lecher Communications Committee Danny G. Willis, Chair Jeffrey Hamilton Glenn Leblanc BJ Morgan Membership & Chapters Committee William (Bill) Lecher, Chair Ed Holloran Hunter Jones Phil Julian Glenn LeBlanc Danny Lee Jadeh Mauselis-Moore Education Committee Jeffrey Hamilton, Chair Don Anderson Michael Burnett Kevin D. Hook Gregory Howard Danny Lee Larry Purnell Glenn LeBlanc Nominating Committee Jim Raper, Chair Chad O Lynn Susan LaRocca Continuing education requirements vary by state, however, the core benefits are the same. Professional growth and development increases an individual s skill set and marketability, creating the potential for career mobility. Many nurses attend continuing educational programs that directly relate to their specialty. Other nurses challenge themselves by stepping outside their comfort zone to expand their knowledge base. These diverse learning opportunities enable the registered nurse to develop a personalized learning plan that supports their personal and professional goals. Contact hours are awarded through an approved provider of continuing nursing education in a variety of formats including traditional classroom, online, and standard pen and paper. Course work completed and applied toward a degree or certificate may also translate into additional contact hours. continued page 15
4 4 October 2008 CHAPTER DIRECTORY Georgia Northwest Georgia Chapter Contact Pending Louisiana Southeast Louisiana Chapter Danny Lee North Carolina East Carolina University Chapter Phil Julian, MSN, RN North Carolina Chapter at Chapel Hill Ed Halloran, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Ohio Greater Cincinnati Chapter Contact: Glenn LeBlanc South Carolina South Carolina Chapter Hunter Jones, MBA, RN, CNAA Wisconsin University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh Chapter Brent MacWilliams, RN, ANP Your State Chapter Belongs Here Start a Chapter Today! CHAPTER NEWS 2009 "MEN...MAKING A DIFFERENCE" The Greater Cincinnati American Assembly for Men in Nursing (GCAAMN) is Glenn R. LeBlanc, BSN, RN working hard planning the 2009 national AAMN conference which will be co-hosted by the GCAAMN and Cincinnati Children s in October The planning committee is gathering ideas to ensure the conference is a success and provides the AAMN members a venue that fosters not only an atmosphere for learning, but a place of fellowship for its members. The committee is working diligently at finalizing plans for the conference to be submitted for approval by the AAMN Education Committee. CONFERENCE UPDATE Make plans to attend the conference in Cincinnati has a lot to offer its visitors. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Fire Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center with five great museums in one, Cincinnati Zoo, Creation Museum, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, Kings Island and just across the river you can visit the Newport Aquarium and the night life is alive and well at Newport on the Levee. There is a lot to do and see while visiting Cincinnati. We look forward to meeting all of you at the 2008 national conference in New Orleans in October and being your host at the 2009 national conference in Cincinnati. Please fell free to forward any ideas or suggestions for the 2009 conference to Glenn LeBlanc, Chapter President GCAAMN at SAVE THE DATE AAMN 33rd Annual Conference New Orleans Louisiana October 24-25, 2008 Men in Nursing: Another Way of Caring SAVE THE DATE 2009 AAMN 34th Annual Conference Men Making a Difference in Nursing October 23-25, 2009 Hilton Motherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio SAVE THE DATE 2010 AAMN 35th Annual Conference AAMN is looking for a site; ALL chapters are welcome to HOST our 25th Annual Conference. for details contact: Demetrius Porche, AAMN President
5 5 MEMBERSHIP REPORT Bill Lecher, Chairman, Membership & Chapters Committee Breakdown of our membership as of August 2008 RN 177 LPN 1 Student 46 Transition 24 Corporate 1 Chapters in development 1. Columbus, OH (submitting, Oct 08) 2. Duke/Duram, NC (submitting Sept 08) 3. UT Austin Chapter interest 1. Akron, OH 2. California 3. Century College, Minneapolis, MN (college chapter) 4. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 5. Michigan 6. Houston, TX 7. Lubock, TX/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 8. Hershey PA/Southeastern PA 9. Pacific Lutheran 10. Columbia, SC 11. University of Alabama Birmingham 12. Rochester, NY 13. University of Cincinnati 14. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College William T. Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, CNA-BC Membership is E-A-S-Y as AAMN.org 4. Iowa City, IA Send in your chapter news today - this is your chance to brag on your local members and highlight your activities in the communities you serve! FOUNDATION FINANCIAL INFORMATION Assets Certificate of Deposit $13, Checking $24, Total Assets $38, CD will come to maturity in July at which time the Foundation will renew it for another 11 months. Jim Raper, DSN, CRNP, JD, FAANPAssets Begin, advance or even change your career! School of Nursing On-Campus and Online Offerings: MSN Family Nurse Practitioner / Adult Nurse Practitioner **Neonatal Nurse Practitioner **In collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University CNS Adult Health CNS Pediatrics CNS Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Post Master s Certificate Options in All Specialties Health Services Administration MS Health Services Administration RN to BSN & RN to MSN CNS Programs School Nurse Certificate Program For additional information contact: Division of Special Programs Phone: (302) FAX: (302) College of Health Sciences An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution Division of Special Programs Certificate Programs Online RN Refresher Course Spring 2007 class begins February 6 Register by January 29, 2007 Summer 2007 class begins June 5 Register by May 25, 2007 Register at anytime for these certificate programs earning contact hours for relicensure: Cognitive Therapy: Interventions for Healthcare Providers Cognitive Therapy: Advanced Applications for Healthcare Providers Online Injury Prevention Basic Certificate Course School of Nursing Phone: (302) FAX: (302)
6 6 October 2008 CHAPTER NEWS - EAST CAROLINA CHAPTER Under the leadership of a visionary executive board, The East Carolina Chapter is an active and strong student organization. During the academic year, the chapter presented 9 programs to address student career interests with an average attendance of 22 students. Men represented approximately 30% of the attendees which compares favorably with the 12% enrolled at the college of Nursing. The highlight of the year was the presentation on the History of Men in Nursing by Dr. Gene Tranbarger. The chapter recruited 31 new local members to join the 8 national members. The goal for is to encourage more students to join the national organization. In addition to the programs, the chapter team (Eastern Carolina University Men in Nursing) raised over $1000 in donations for 2008 Multiple Sclerosis Walk, the third year our team has exceeded its financial goal. Also, members from the chapter consulted with men from two other schools of nursing in NC about the prospects of forming new chapters! The major challenge for is to maintain continuity in chapter operations and activities during a period of leadership turnover only one incumbent officer returns. Fortunately, the immediate past president is practicing in the local area and already has renewed his commitment to participate, and a surprising number of enthusiastic students have expressed interest in upcoming chapter elections. We look forward to a banner year at ECU. GO PIRATES! NEEDED ARCHIVAL INFORMATION Have AAMN Memorabilia? AAMN Member Pictures? Articles on/or about AAMN? Please contact AAMN Archivist: Chad E. O'Lynn, Ph.D., R.N. AAMN Officers President: Ryan Lewis -Vice president: Caden Costello -Secretary: Vacant - Treasurer: Jake Hines -Faculty Advisor: Phil Julian AAMN Programs Career Encounters, J&J video + Faculty panel (36 attendees) Graduate Programs in Nursing, Dr. Sylvia Brown, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies (28 attendees) Snap shot into Kuwait Culture, Healthcare...and Nursing, Donna Lake, Colonel (Retired), USAF, Nurse Corps (15 attendees) Transition from Student to RN, Panel of Recently Graduated RNs (15 attendees) Nursing Anesthesia, Dr. McAuliffe, Director of ECU Anesthesia Program (21 attendees) AAMN Christmas Social, Off campus Financial Responsibility, Mr. Lee Tingen, Certified Financial Planner (11 attendees) History of Men in Nursing (Book signing), Dr. Gene Tranbarger, RN, EdD, ECU Professor Emeritus (37 attendees) Career as Certified Nurse Midwife, Mr. Bob Green, RN, CNM (16 attendees) Travel Nursing Panel of Travel Nurses (22 attendees)
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9 MEMBERS CORNER 9 AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM LECHER, RN, MS, MBA, CNA-BC Senior Clinical Director Cincinnati Children s Hospital Medical Center by Susan A. LaRocco Ph.D., RN SL: Bill, how long have you been a member of AAMN? BL: This is my third year as an AAMN member SL: How did you first hear of AAMN? BL: I have been a nurse for a long time and have been really happy with nursing as a career choice. I have been interested in recruitment and retention of men in nursing for quite some time. While I have some recollection about a men in nursing organization early in my career, I never made any connection. About four years ago I became familiar with AAMN; it became clear to me that this was a professional organization I wanted to align myself with. I have literally jumped in with both feet and have not looked back since. SL: I enjoy seeing you at the annual conference. When did you attend your first conference? BL: I attended my first AAMN conference in Portland in Chad O Lynn was the conference chairperson. Glenn LeBlanc, the current president of the Greater Cincinnati American Assembly for Men in Nursing (GCAAMN) attended with me. We were extremely encouraged about the possibilities that the national organization offered current and future men in nursing. On the plane ride home from the Portland conference we identified several things we could do back home to establish a firm foundation for AAMN in our community and promote AAMN as a whole. Our biggest hit was establishing an annual regional AAMN conference. We returned from Portland late October 2006 and hosted our first regional conference in June It was a big success for our region. We have since hosted our second conference in May As a result of this local grassroots work Cincinnati has been awarded the host site for the annual meeting in October Conferences are a great way to develop enthusiasm about men in nursing and our professional nursing organization. SL: Tell us a little about yourself. Why did you decide to become a nurse? BL: I grew up in Wisconsin and am the son of a carpenter. My dad wanted me to follow in his footsteps, but after five years in the construction industry, I decided to enter nursing school and pursue a different a career pathway. There were several people, both men and women, who influenced me with this decision. They talked with me about the job security in nursing. They described the career mobility nurses have, the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles and settings and opportunity for employment in almost any city in the country. I received my BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The nursing program is strong there. While at UW-O, I developed my interest in leadership and community service. I was an active member and leader with the Nursing Student Council and academic committees. Upon graduation (1987), I moved to Chicago where my first job was at Rush University Medical Center. Luther Christman was the dean of the nursing program and chief nursing officer at the medical center. I met Luther while working there; however, he retired shortly after I started and I was not introduced to our organization at that time. SL: Tell me a little more about your first job and how you were treated; were there other men working there or was it new to them to have a man on the unit? BL: I had a great experience with my first job at Rush. I worked on a medsurg, cardiac and renal unit. This was a great place to develop nursing assessment and technical skills. I also had opportunity to work as a member of the Rush AIDS Care Team. There was a strong and diverse professional nursing environment. My first supervisor and mentor was Carol, an African American nurse. I had two preceptors, one a man, the other a woman. There was another male nurse leader on this unit too. SL: How did you family and friends react when you told them that you were going to nursing school? BL: This is interesting to think about. My dad was always proud of my education and professional work. However, he didn t really know how to share with his friends and co-workers why I changed careers or what we do as men in nursing. When dad passed away over ten years ago, I had an opportunity to really experience nursing from the other side of the bedrails. continued page 10
10 10 October 2008 An Interview with William Lecher, RN, MS, MBA, CNA-BC (continued) I have an 11 year old son. I am very active with Boy Scouts and sports with him. We talk about nursing a lot and engage his friends in conversation about men in nursing frequently. He attended a high school nursing career day with me two years ago. While there, he had opportunity to intubate the manikin and start IVs on the practice arm. On the way home he told me he just might be Nick Lecher, RN some day. This was an inspiring and happy moment for both of us. My wife is also a nurse and presently works as an advanced practice nurse. One day our teenage daughter asked us, since you and dad are both nurses, will I have to go to college to be a nurse too? This was kind of cute too. We will support her in her academic and career interests, nursing or not. SL: I see that you have two Masters degrees. How has this education helped you in your career? BL: I have a Master of Science, Administrative Studies in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. This has positioned me well for nursing leadership. At UIC I had the opportunity to get both of these degrees in an organized curriculum. The college of nursing and college of business worked together integrating course work. I worked part time and went to school fulltime for seven consecutive quarters. Graduate degrees in nursing and business administration have provided me strong healthcare experience with a bottom-line, business-directed approach as a leader. SL: Tell us about your current position in nursing. BL: I have a great job at Cincinnati Children s Hospital Medical Center. Before working here I didn t think men worked in pediatrics. This has proved to be entirely untrue. Pediatrics offers tremendous opportunity for men in nursing. Children and their families respond really well to men in the hospital setting. I have administrative and leadership responsibility for five areas and more than 350 employees. Almost 15% of the nurses working in my area are men. They work in general pediatrics, specialty care, critical care and trauma. Many of them are certified, clinically advanced and informal or formal leaders for our organization. Here s an example of nursing leadership, B.J. Morgan is a nurse from our area and he was recently elected chairperson for the hospital-wide Nursing Professional Council. In this role he provides leadership and representation for almost 2,000 clinical nurses at Cincinnati Children s. SL: What do you see as some of the issues facing nursing today? BL: Since the nursing shortage will continue for a long time, men could make a favorable impact to correct this. Men make up half of the general workforce, yet we continue to comprise only 6% of the nursing workforce. Men work more hours annually and more overtime annually, compared to women. Men have fewer interruptions in their careers. Women frequently interrupt their careers for family reasons. This is not intended to reflect negatively on our women colleagues. It is just that men appear to have potential to positively impact the nursing shortage. SL: Anything else that you would like to share with the members of AAMN? BL: Yes. AAMNs future is bright. I would like to shares my assessment of what appears to be a new and genuine interest across the country about men in nursing. There are specific pockets of interest and new activity in: Akron OH; Columbus, OH; Durham, NC, Austin TX; Houston, TX, Lubbock, TX, Iowa City, IA; California; Minneapolis, MN, Michigan, Hershey PA; Columbia, SC and other areas We anticipate recognizing two to four new AAMN chapters at the October annual meeting in New Orleans. If our members reading this issue of Interaction want to get something going in their area, there is great potential to get some things started. My worry is that while we are the national organization for men in nursing and recruitment and retention of men in nursing and men s health are our primary aims, we continue to be relatively unknown. I meet nurses every month, men and women who have never heard about AAMN. Our name and brand recognition has great potential, but we have not really experienced this. I really hope we can organize and grow our membership and community at the grass roots with chapter development. I believe that if we invest in our membership and chapters we will have more resources to broaden our base and provide new and rewarding benefits for our members. A stronger voice and a larger presence would increase our member retention and leadership nationally. I am looking forward to our annual meeting and conference in New Orleans. The opportunity to network with friends and colleagues and to meet new ones is always exciting. I hope they will share my enthusiasm for where we can go in the future. I like being a nurse. SL: Bill, I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in October. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on nursing with the members of AAMN and especially thank you for all that you do to promote the organization and opportunities for men in nursing.
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12 12 October RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Friday October 24, :00-8:45 Registration/ Breakfast (provided) see page 15 for poster presentations 8:45-10:00 Welcome Remarks- Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR 10:15-11:15 1a. Overcoming Vulnerability: An Evidenced-based Practice Model Men s Health Clinic for High-Risk Men in Managua, Nicaragua 1a. From the Board Room to The Bedroom, supporting Men as Caregivers 11:30 12:30 Annual Business Meeting 12:30 1:30 Lunch (provided) 1:30 2:30 1c. Men s Health Lost but Not Forgotten 1d. Native American Nursing: Leading in a Warrior Tradition 3:45 4:45 1e. Clinical Nurse Leaders: Creating Vistas for Caring and Innovative Partnerships 1f. Attributes and Characteristics of Men in Nursing Focused on Caring Behavior 5:00p 6:00 Luther Christman Dinner - Special Guest Speaker: Bob Kepshire MS, MA, RN Saturday, October 25, :00 8:15 Registration/ Breakfast (provided) Go to AAMN.org for focus session abstracts 8:15 9:00 Opening Remarks Business meeting Wrap-up 9:00 10:00 2a. You re a Nurse? That s Just Silly! Male Nurses Caring for Children and Families in the Pediatric Setting 2b. The Nursing Man- Demic 10:45-11:45 2c. Perceptions of Masculinity: Influence on Caring and the Nursing Education Experiences of Recent Male Nursing Graduates 2d. Multigenerational learners and workers hang on to your ipod, here they come! :00 2e. Perceptions of Masculinity: Influence on Caring and the Nursing Education Experiences of Recent Male Nursing Graduates 2f. Masculinity and Caring-Are You Caring Enough to be a Nurse? Insight of Male Nursing Students from Karachi, Pakistan. 1:00-2:00 Lunch (provided) 2:00 3:00 2g. Communication Strategies for the Male Nurse That Can Enhance Common Patient Safety Initiatives 2h. Gender Differences in Subjective and Objective Evaluation of older Adults Memory 3:30 4:30 2j. Men Student Nurses: The Nursing Education Experience 2k. Images of Male Nurses: An update of Videos, Images and News Items Posted on Google.com, YouTube.com, MySpace.com TV images, and Nursing Journals. 4:45-5:45 Discussion Hot topics AAMN Planning and Committee sign up CONFERENCE REGISTRATION PLEASE NOTE: ON OCTOBER 1ST the Registration Fee INCREASES!
13 13 BYLAWS COMMITTEE BYLAW CHANGES PROPOSED Below are proposed changes (in blue) to the AAMN Bylaws. These changes were approved by the Board of Directors, April, They await approval by the AAMN general membership at the AAMN Conference in New Orleans, October Article VI. CHAPTERS AND CONFERENCES Section A. Chapters 1. Chapters composed of members of the Assembly may be formed by action of the Board of Directors upon petition of such members. 2.( To be deleted) Chapter members must be members of the Assembly. 2. All officers and advisers to university-based Chapters will be required to be members of the Assembly in addition to membership in the university-based chapter. Student officers will pay student membership rates to the Assembly. Faculty chapter advisers will pay full membership rates to the Assembly. 3. All officers and members of a community-based Chapter will be required to be full members of the Assembly and pay full membership rates to the Assembly. If a student belongs to a community-based Chapter, the student will pay the student membership rate to the Assembly. 4. A Chapter may adapt its own Bylaws, which shall not conflict with the Assembly s Bylaws. The Chapter Bylaws shall be submitted for review at the time of petition. Chapters must resubmit their Bylaws for review when major changes are made in the Assembly s Bylaws. 5. A Chapter may establish its own dues structure, which shall not conflict with that of the Assembly. 6.A Chapter may not act in the name of the Assembly unless the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has given consent. Current Bylaws for Article VI are below. Article VI. CHAPTERS AND CONFERENCES Section A. Chapters 1.Chapters composed of members of the Assembly may be formed by action of the Board of Directors upon petition of such members. 2. Chapter members must be members of the Assembly. 3. A Chapter may adapt its own Bylaws, which shall not conflict with the Assembly s Bylaws. The Chapter Bylaws shall be submitted for review at the time of petition. Chapters must resubmit their Bylaws for review when major changes are made in the Assembly s Bylaws. 4. A Chapter may establish its own dues structure, which shall not conflict with that of the Assembly. 5. A Chapter may not act in the name of the Assembly unless the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has given consent. The proposed bylaw changes were constructed to increase membership in chapters while also increasing membership in the national organization. Please forward all inquiries to Bylaws Committee Chair Kevin D. Hook, MA, MSN, AGNP Vice-President Bylaws Committee Chair AAMN is Looking For a Few Good RN'S WE Need YOU!!!! Board Positions open 1. Treasurer 2. Board Members at Large: Three Available Positions Kevin D. Hook, MA, MSN, AGNP VISIT AAMN.ORG TODAY! * to nominate a friend or yourself contact Nominations Committee Chair, Jim Raper, at ** or use the nominations form at AAMN.org to nominate IT'S EASY!