Monday, August 20, 2012

Inspiration: Quotes from previous AMSN National Conventions.

In order to get more members and non-members enthusiastic to join us at this year's AMSN convention, we are posting your quotes from previous year's meetings! 

"A learning and networking dream!"

"Boredom is not an option!" 

"I attended my first convention last year 2011.  I brought back more ideas and information than multiple other conventions combined.  Besides the information I learned at the convention I have used the audiotaped sessions and listened to them in my car, at the gym and on walks.  The cost of the convention pays for itself as you always have the convention available with the audiotaped sessions to use over and over."  Julie R. Welsh, MS,  APN, CMSRN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Come and join us in Salt Lake City!

Check out the AMSN website for more information on how to attend this year's convention on October 4th - 7th, 2012:

Reminder: Deadline for Local Membership Dues is now August 31st

Thank you for staying committed with AMSN Local Chicago Chapter #317. 

The deadline to for paying local membership dues is now being extended from July 1st to Monday, August 31st, 2012.  

To continue your commitment to us please send a check for $30.00 made payable to: 
AMSN Chicago Chapter #317.  Please mail your check to Cora Palmer.  Please contact her or refer to her e-mail for post address information.

Upon receiving payment a membership card will be sent electronically to your email allowing you to print your card at anytime ensuring that you will always have a copy. The official membership card is proof of your active membership to AMSN local Chicago Chapter #317. Your local membership will be valid through July 1, 2013. 

AMSN Chicago Chapter #317 is a great way to network, continue education, and gain nursing contact hours! We look forward to you staying connected!

Save the Date! Annual Local Symposium on November 7th, 2012

You are invited to our upcoming Symposium Event! 

Event: AMSN Chicago Chapter #317 Joint Symposium with Northwestern Memorial Hospital 

Date: November 7th, 2012 

Topic: Our Changing Focus in Healthcare: Are we Ready? 

Keynote Speaker: Sandra Fights,MS,RN,CMSRN,CNE, AMSN President 

Location: Northwestern Memorial Hospital 

NM Academy is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurse Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurse Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Essay contest: Enter to win FREE registration for 2012 AMSN Convention!

As winner of the Chapter of the Year Award, Chapter #317 has won two free registrations to our national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah!  In order to win FREE registration, submit an essay to Cora Palmer by 8/21/12 with the following components:
  • Personal contributions to Med-Surg Nursing
  • Reason why you should win registration
  • How attending the convention will benefit you
The essay will be judged by a panel of judges from each of our member hospitals.  Winners will be notified by 8/30/12.
All applicants must be national and local members in good standing.
Deadline for entry is 8/21/12--submit your essay today!

Chapter of the Year--AGAIN!

AMSN Chapter #317 has won Chapter of the Year again!  Time to go the convention in Utah and celebrate!

Hot Dog Social Celebration!

AMSN Chicago Chapter #317 Welcomes You To Celebrate...


Free Food: Kosher Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, Salads, & Veggies!
Also: Cash Bar! Nonalcoholic drinks available as well!

Relieve stress!
Celebrate summer! 
Celebrate birthdays! 
Celebrate life!


When: Tuesday, August 14, 2012                
Time: 4pm-9pm
Where: Cookies Cocktail Lounge
Address: 1024 w. 79th St., Chicago, IL  60620 (corner of 79th & Carpenter, very safe/friendly environment)

Please RSVP to Cora Palmer at 312-961-6515

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Soup Kitchen - Additional date added in December!

We are pleased to announce that there is another volunteer opportunity available at the soup kitchen on Saturday, December 1st, 2012! This is an excellent opportunity to help those less fortunate.

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

Hours: Dinner hours are between the hours of 4:45PM-7PM.  Confirmation: Please confirm volunteer session with Carmel – AMSNs Volunteer Coordinator at (847) 452-2948.  Please stay loyal to the date you choose and notify Carmel in advance!  You’re teamwork is needed and definitely appreciated for this wonderful cause!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course on 7/31-8/1

AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course on 7/31-8/1

This two-day course is 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.  The course will be taught by Caroline Ashman MSN, RN, CMSRN, and Director of Education for Eastside Medical Center near Atlanta, GA.   The course comes with 14 CNE Contact Hours.

This program will be held at:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Prentice Pavilion
250 East Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
3rd Floor Conference Room,  L North
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Topics Covered Include:
  • Exam Info & Test Taking Tips
  • Fluids and Electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Hematologic System
  • Integumentary System
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
8:00 a.m.  – 4:30 p.m.
Topics Covered Include:
  • Cardiovascular System & Shock
  • Endocrine System
  • Diabetes
  • Renal System
  • Genitourinary Systems
  • Musculoskeletal Systems
  • Neurologic Systems
  • Pain, Cancer, Post-Op, Nutrition
  • Nursing Practice Issues

For more information and to receive a registration flyer, please e-mail Cora Palmer at

Please alert your colleagues and friends. All are invited.

Save the Date! Next Chicago Chapter Meeting on September 12th

You are invited to our upcoming meeting on September 12th, 2012!

:  Nurses Caring for Themselves through the Arts

: Mary McDermott, EdD, RN

Purpose Statement
: To provide Nurse with the opportunity to explore ways they can maintain their own well being through the arts and humanities.

:Examine the arts as a strategy to assist in caring for self and others.Appraise 2 approaches for integrating the arts in the care of self.Evaluate the ability of the arts to restore and re-enchant one’s spirit as a nurse.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital: Prentice Women’s Hospital (251 E. Superior, Chicago, IL) Conference Room L North.

1.25 Contact Hours

RSVP by August 31st, 2012 to Cora Palmer at

A light dinner will be served at 5:30pm. The program starts promptly at 6:15pm. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NEW Med-Surg Review Course

Dates: Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26
Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm (both days)
Location: Feinberg 3rd Floor, Conference Room A

This is a 2-day review course to get you ready for the Med-Surg Certification exam on May 5. The instructor is dynamic and is the author of Medical-Surgical Review Course book. Invest in yourself and register today! You don't want to miss out! Registration flyer with detailed information is attached.

This course is being offered at a discount for AMSN members and is free to all NMH and NMLFH employees!

NMH Employees must register for course via ELM (BC1970) beginning January 9.

For questions, please contact Cora Palmer or Charlene Gilmore (312) 926-8021.