Monday, December 26, 2011

Reminder: Virtual Food Drive ends 12/31!

AMSN's Virtual Food Drive benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository ends on 12/31!  Click here to be directed to the donation page.  Thank you for your support!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Help AMSN help the Night Ministry!

Help AMSN collect toiletries for the Night Ministry Health Outreach Bus!  AMSN will be assembling "hygiene kits" from these items in quart-sized ziploc bags at the January meeting.  Items can be dropped off on 16W at NMH or contact Margaret Konieczny to arrange pickup; items can also be brought to the January meeting where we will be assembling the kits.  Thank you for your assistance!

Ideally, personal care kits contain:
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • comb
  • small brush
  • hand lotion
  • lip balm
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • mouthwash
  • deodorant (full-size preferred)
  • small bar of soap
  • disposable razor and shave cream
  • washcloth
  • pre-moistened towelettes

January Joint Meeting @ NMH

The Chicago Metro Chapter of ASPMN & AMSN Chicago Chapter #317 present:
A Dinner Lecture on Management of Pain in the Bariatric Patient

Presenter: Patti Murray, DNP

Wednesday, January 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, registration at 6:00pm
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg Pavilion 3rd Floor
251 E Huron, Chicago IL 60611

Suggested parking at Park 1, 162 E Ohio ($14).  Parking at NMH will be $40.

The purpose of this activity is to provide nurses with current information about the application of multimodal analgesia for the bariatric patient; applying a pain management algorithm for post op pain management for the bariatric patient; recognizing potential post op bariatric surgery complications; pain assessment & treatment

This program is FREE to all attendees--advanced registration is required.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital-NM Academy is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

RSVP to Cora Palmer or Misty Kirby-Nolan by 1/4/12

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Med-surg certification review course in your area!

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Healthcare Education Network

The official AMSN review course, presented by AMSN Faculty, is a two-day course providing an overview of interventions that medical-surgical nurses use to promote quality of life for their clients. Using the nursing process to enhance physical and psychological well-being in clients and their significant others is inherent in the role of the medical-surgical nurse. Taking this course will provide those taking the medical-surgical certification exam with information necessary for success and will include practice exam questions. For those not taking the test, the course provides an excellent review of the body systems and nursing interventions used as well as objective and subjective data to gather.

Betty Jo Ernst is one of the most requested speakers for AMSN. She has lectured on numerous topics in Med-Surg nursing, and is known for her enthusiasm and approachable style.

Date: March 20 & 21, 2012
Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Location: West Suburban Medical Center
Instructor: Betty Jo Ernst, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN

Member: $250
Member Early Bird: $230
Non-Member: $290
Non-Member Early Bird: $270
Early Bird Deadline: February 7, 2012

This educational activity is being co-provided by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ). AJJ is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA). AJJ is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of CA must retain this certificate for 4 years after the CE activity is completed. 14 CNE Contact Hours will be awarded upon completion.

Click here to register or contact Rosemary Homer RN, MBA, Ph: 630 468-2162

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Adopt-a-School for the Holidays

AMSN Chapter #317 partnered with NMH's Adopt-a-School program at Jenner Academy in Cabrini-Green for the 2nd year in a row.  Our chapter adopted six 13-year-old boys and provided them with new winter coats.  Donations were collected through December 12 and will be delivered to Jenner on December 15.  Through the Adopt-a-School program, NMH employees give clothing, toys, and monetary gifts to children at Jenner ages 4-14 (grades pre-K to 8th grade).  Every year, the NMH family (including AMSN and its member nurses) donates back-to-school supplies in August and holiday gifts and clothing to kids in December.  Over the last 27 years, 11,400 children have been touched by the generosity of Northwestern employees!  We're proud to participate in this holiday tradition!  Thank you to everyone who donated!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Help fight hunger with AMSN's Virtual Food Drive

Join in the fight against hunger by supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository through the AMSN Chapter #317 Virtual Food Drive.  All donations raised through the Virtual Food Drive help the Food Depository purchase nutritious, high-quality food for hungry individuals and families in Chicagoland.

Through the Virtual Food Drive, the Food Depository can purchase food in bulk quantities, at prices well below the market rate.  All of the items on our food drive are high-demand items at the Food Depository.  Please join AMSN in helping provide food for the nearly 142,200 people who rely on the Food Depository each week!

AMSN prides itself on its members who are actively involved in their community and the world around them. Please join us in supporting this effort from now until 12/31/11 by clicking here.

Dates available for soup kitchen volunteers

The following Saturdays in 2012 are available for volunteers at the The Marquard Center Franciscian Outreach soup kitchen:

  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 31
  • April 28
  • May 26

Location: 1645 W LeMoyne St, Chicago, IL 60622 (corner of LeMoyne & Paulina)

Dinner hours are between the hours of 4:45pm-7:00pm.  Please arrive promptly at 4:45 (5pm at the latest!) Stay until 7:00 to help clean up.  A 5-10 minute orientation will begin the night.

Attire:  Please dress in casual, comfortable clothing (jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, etc). Please do not wear low tops, tight or revealing clothes; no open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted.  Please do not wear bulky jewelry.  Pull back long hair from face. Aprons and serving gloves will be provided.

Please confirm attendance with Carmel Medard, volunteer coordinator.  Hope to see some new faces!

Reminder to RSVP for Annual Holiday Party

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cora Palmer named Magnet Nurse of the Year

A late congratulations to Cora Palmer, BSN, RN-C, CMSRN, named Magnet Nurse of the Year!  The award is presented annually to a nurse who creates a vision for the future and the system and environment necessary to achieve that vision.  Cora has worked as a staff nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 12 years, specializing in pain management and has served as a mentor for new staff.  Cora was instrumental in launching our chapter in 2008 and has served since as chapter president.  Under Cora’s dynamic leadership, Chapter #317 has garnered national awards and recognition.  The work she has done was highlighted in Northwestern Memorial’s Magnet redesignation document in 2010.  She continues to work diligently to further medical-surgical nursing in Chicago and beyond.  Thank you for your efforts!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

UBC Community Health Fair

The health fair was a success!  Cora Palmer, Margaret Konieczny, and Judith Shehan were joined by Doneta Gathings at Uptown Baptist Church on Saturday, October 15 for a day of blood pressure screenings and health education.  The wonderful, diverse people of Uptown were excited to participate!  The fair also provided cholesterol screenings, blood glucose monitoring, HIV screening, massage, vision and hearing screening, and information on breast cancer, mental health, Social Security, lead testing, drugs, healthy lifestyle, and dental health.  AMSN is already signed up to participate next year!  For more information on AMSN's community outreach projects, contact Margaret Konieczny.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Domestic violence workshop

In support of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Chicago Police Department is sponsoring a workshop on police response to DV.  The workshop will go over policies/procedures for CPD when responding to a DV call. 

The workshop will take place on October 4, 2011 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

Please RSVP to

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Symposium information

Download the brochure here

"A Celebration of Medical-Surgical Nursing"
Date: Wednesday, 11/2/11
Time:  7:30am-5:15pm
Location:  Prentice Women's Hospital, 3rd floor Room L North

Keynote speaker: Robert Satcher, MD, PhD, NASA astronaut
Hosted by:  AMSN Chicago Chapter #317
Sponsored by:  Northwestern Memorial Hospital Department of Medicine Nursing
CNE Contact Hours: 7.75

See brochure for fees and parking information.  Contact Cora Palmer, BSN RN-BC CMSRN at (312) 961-6515 or with any questions.

Early registration is encouraged--seating is limited.  All forms and payment must be postmarked by Friday, October 14, 2011.

A special gift will be provided to certified nurses in any speciality.  Present your certification vard at the registration desk.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

School supplies for Jenner

This week, Chapter #317 was able to donate much-needed school supplies to Jenner Academy of the Arts, a pre-K through 8 school in the Cabrini Green neighborhood.  Through NMH's Adopt-a-School program, we were able to purchase notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, folders, and colored pencils to help prepare children ages 4-14 for the school year.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital has “adopted” schools for the past 27 years, helping to provide students with needed materials for the school year and holiday gifts in December.  AMSN Chapter #317 has partnered with the Adopt-a-School program in the past, purchasing coats and winter clothing for Jenner Academy students.

Nurses' Health Study

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chapter dues

Reminder:  Local Chicago Chapter #317 fees are now OVERDUE! 

Please send a $30.00 check payable to AMSN Chicago Chapter #317 to Cora Palmer.  Feel free to e-mail with any questions.


Chapter #317 has been named AMSN Chapter of the Year 2011!  Congratulations to all of our members!

Reminder:  There will be no scheduled meeting for September--Cora will be accepting our chapter award at the National Convention in Boston!

October meeting

Join AMSN October 12 for a complimentary dinner meeting!

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 5:30pm-9pm
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N. Clark Street
Topic: Cardiac arrythmias/failure to rescue

Note: members only, invitations will be mailed out.  Contact Cora Palmer with questions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you, volunteers!

Thanks to Jacquline, Semico, Jacquline, & Cheryl for volunteering this past Sunday at Chicago Books to Women in Prison!  Past volunteers include Cora, Margaret, Doreen, Regina, Elizabeth, Doneta, and Mechelline.

CBWP meets every Sunday at Beyondmedia Education, 4001 N. Ravenswood, from 2-5pm.  E-mail Margaret Konieczny or Cora Palmer if interested in attending a book packing session.

For more info, visit

Saturday, July 23, 2011

August meeting

Join Chapter 317 at our August meeting for a special educational offering!

"Nuts and Bolts of 12 Lead EKG Interpretation for the Bedside Med-Surg Nurse”
Presented by Michelle Alexander, APN, ACNP-BC, DNP, CNS and Assistant Professor, RUMC & and Shirley Ambutas, APN, CCNS, MS, CNS, RUMC

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Armour Academic Facility @ Rush, 600 S. Paulina, Room 971-975

This program has been approved by Rush University College of Nursing through the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by ANCC, for 1.5 Contact Hours.

Discounted Parking is available to guest attendees for $7.75. (Please confirm attendance.)  Please bring your parking ticket to be validated.  Enter Academic Facility on level 4 from the garage and follow the signs.

RSVP to Cora Palmer. Refreshments will be provided.  All members bringing a copy of their national membership card will receive a free gift.  2 lucky members will receive a gift basket!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Anniversary celebration @ Stroger

AMSN is on the move again! Join us at our July meeting for our 3-year anniversary celebration at Stroger! RSVP to Cheryl Eadie or Cora Palmer by 7/11/2011. Refreshments will be provided.  Remember to park on 1st and 2nd floors only and bring ticket to the meeting for validation.

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, 1800 W Polk, Room 4390

Guest speaker will be Joseph W. Shega, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, U of C.

*All members bringing a copy of their membership card will receive a free gift*

UBC Health Fair--volunteers needed!

Uptown Baptist Church's Women's Ministry is sponsoring a community health fair on Saturday, October 15th.  Uptown is located along Lake Michigan on the far North side of Chicago and is a diverse community of people from all walks of life.  AMSN has been invited to participate in the health fair by performing blood pressure screenings and distributing community health information.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location:  Uptown Baptist Church, 1011 W. Wilson Ave

Your RSVP is required to participate.  Please e-mail Margaret Konieczny, Community Outreach Coordinator, or Cora Palmer to sign up.  UBC is easily accessed by CTA buses #145, 148, & 78.  Remember to bring your stethoscope!

Friday, May 27, 2011

June meeting

Please make a note of the location--we will be at Prentice Women's Hospital, 250 E. Superior St, in the Canning Auditorium.  Feel free to bring a colleague!

RSVP to Cora Palmer by June 5

Prentice Women's Hospital info (find directions and parking here)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

We want to thank all the volunteers who came out on Sunday afternoon (despite the gorgeous weather) to help out at Chicago Books to Women in Prison.  As a team, we were able to answer 67 letters to inmates from as far away as California and Florida, and were able to mail out 120 books.  This was one of the highest mail-outs for CBWP in months!  For some inmates, this is their only connection with the outside world.

Feel free to stop by any Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm (stay as long as you want.)  Based on inmates' letters and our discussion with onsite volunteers, the following items are in highest demand:

Blank journals
James Patterson/Dean Koontz/Janet Evanovich
Spiritual books
Self help books
Urban books

No hardcover and no spiral-bound books will be accepted.  Thank you for your teamwork!

For more info:


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Community outreach survey

Don't forget to fill out our short online community outreach survey!  It only takes a few minutes but helps AMSN plan future outreach activities for the upcoming year.

Click here to take survey


Greetings, AMSN nurses and guests!  Welcome to the new AMSN Chapter 317 blog, where we hope to streamline chapter info for our members.  We will be posting upcoming meeting dates and locations as well as past meeting minutes.  We will also post a community outreach calendar and pictures from past events.  Hope to hear lots of feedback!