Sunday, August 11, 2013

Upcoming outreach events

Franciscan Outreach soup kitchen 
Upcoming dates:  10/26, 11/30
1645 W LeMoyne St, Chicago
Toiletries needed, please confirm attendance with Carmel, volunteer coordinator

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Every Sunday from 2-5pm
950 W Newport, Chicago
Donations needed:  paperback only, romance, self-help, GED, spiritual, dictionaries, parenting, recovery/addiction

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summary of past meetings

January 9, 2013: Rush University Medical Center

Speaker: Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assoc. Professor for Rush University CON

Phillips presented "Prescription Drug Abuse: Problems, Policies and Implications". Her topic focused on prescription drug abuse emphasizing the role of and need for legislation in addressing the issue of prescription drug abuse. She discussed goals she personally accomplished on Capitol Hill as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy. Dr. Phillips also discussed her nursing career as a clinician, researcher, advocate, and educator in health care. One CNE was provided.

March 13, 2013: Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Speaker: Kristine Gleason, M.Ph, R.Ph- Clinical Quality Leader NMH

Gleason discussed “U.S. Healthcare ‘System’ History, Evolution and the role of Nursing in Quality and Patient Safety.” She discussed health insurance and the factors associated with hospitals and reimbursement received. Hospitals are becoming more accountable for quality in patient care, and data is being utilized to improve patient outcomes and improve patient’s perceptions on care. Hospitals are creating quality measures (ie: Acute Myocardial Infarction) to improve performance and outcomes. Together nurses can reduce readmissions and can achieve higher quality of patient care and safety received. One CNE was provided.

Chapter of the Year for 2 years in a row!

Chapter #317 was awarded the 2011/2012 Chapter of the Year!

AMSN Chicago Chapter 317 is committed to providing excellence in medical-surgical education, volunteer work, community outreach, and our national conventions. We have striven and proved our dedication with this wonderful award.

Please continue to join us for our meetings held every other month on the 2nd Wednesday. Teamwork is needed! $30 Membership fee due July 30th!

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.” --Florence Nightingale

Friday, August 2, 2013

It's coming! AMSN's 20th Annual Convention in Nashville, TN!

 AMSN's 20th Annual Convention in Nashville, TN is September 26th - 29th, 2013.

Please view the website for further convention details:

We will have several Chicago Chapter attendees.  Please join us!

Enroll now! Medical-Surgical Review Course

Greetings AMSN members!  

The Medical-Surgical review course is being offered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on August 20th and 21st, 2013.  The cost is  $100 and you will receive 14 CNEs. The instructer, Sally Russell, is directly from AMSN and was previously the AMSN Educational Director and was one of the authors of the Med-Surg Certification course book!

Enroll today!  Invest in yourself, whether you use this for a review for certification or a review of Med-Surg nursing.

All nurses are invited and welcome. Bring a friend!  Refreshments and coffee will be served! 

Any questions, please feel free to e-mail Cora Palmer:

Local AMSN membership - Reminder!

Greetings AMSN members!
A reminder that the month of July was the time to either join or renew your local AMSN membership.  We welcome all national members and encourage you to join us as we promote Medical-Surgical Nursing in the city of Chicago! 
We welcome you to come on board and be as active as you would like in our local chapter. All members reach out to the community through volunteer services and assist us in planning our local meetings and events. 
Once you join us, you will know in advance of our meetings, dinners, and symposium, so that you can pre-plan your schedule.   
The following are our upcoming events!
  • November 1st, 2013: Local Symposium 8am - 4pm at Prentice Women's Hospital
  • November 6th, 2013: Members only complementary dinner with speaker 5pm - 9pm  (Topic/location TBA)
  • December 11th, 2013: Holiday/Volunteer Appreciation (Time/Location TBA)
Our upcoming volunteer /community outreach activities will be communicated to you in our newsletter or by direct e-mail through our volunteer coordinators.
Please join us!  We could use your support!  All nursing students are welcome!  
Please e-mail Cora Palmer for your membership application: