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