Chapter Awards

Past chapter award winners

Community Service Award

This award will be granted to a chapter that has made a significant contribution to the community in the last year.chapterawards

Nominations will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • How the activity benefited those with disabilities within the community.
  • External support (e.g., community agencies that assisted with the project).
  • Number of chapter members involved in the project.
  • Number of people that benefited from the project.
  • The focus of the activity (e.g., fundraiser, service, etc.).

Reward
Recipient chapter will receive a $100 award, a certificate, and recognition at the ARN annual conference.

Communication Award

This award will be granted to a chapter that has excelled in regularly communicating with its members. Communication can include newsletters, Web sites, and blast e-mails.

Nominations will be reviewed and based on the following criteria:

Design and Format

  • Content is attractively arranged
  • Size and coloring of print and ease of reading
  • Graphics are included for visual appeal, but do not clutter the media format
  • Pages are linked and arranged to provide user-friendly navigation (for Web site submissions only)
  • Various information sections and links are clearly marked (for Web site submissions only)
  • Volunteers that contribute to the production and maintenance of the Web site Professionally maintained Web sites without significant member participation will not be eligible

Content

  • Mission/description of chapter and national ARN are provided
  • Chapter contact information is provided and easily accessible
  • Membership activities are highlighted
  • Content is updated frequently (for Web site submissions only)
  • Printed newsletter is distributed on a timely basis (newsletter submissions only)
  • Educational content (e.g., future or past local or national events)
  • Professional resources are provided (e.g., Web sites, educational articles, printed media or professional regulations and licensure and certification updates)
  • Additional rehabilitation and rehabilitation nursing links/resources provided

Reward
Recipient chapter will receive a $100 award, a certificate, and recognition at the ARN annual conference.

Education Award

This award will be granted to a chapter that provided an extraordinary educational event above and beyond the requirements designated by ARN (chapters are required to present one educational offering per year). The educational event must reflect principles of the current trends in rehabilitation nursing and have been presented within the last calendar year. Applicants should highlight why the chapter feels the educational event exceeded their normal chapter educational meetings.

Nominations will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Educational Goals:

  • The presentation must have established educational goals consistent with ARN's philosophy for ongoing continuing education.
  • The educational program should demonstrate consistency between the educational goals and current trends in rehabilitation nursing.

Planning and Implementation Process:

  • Applicants must provide a narrative description of the planning process, description of the activity, objective and content outline which demonstrate support for the achievement of goals.

CEU Approval:

  • Applicants must provide documentation that the educational program was approved for continuing nursing education contact hours.

Evaluation Process:

  • Applicants must provide a summary of the evaluation process. The summary should include a copy of the attendee evaluation form and results.

Reward
Recipient chapter will receive a $100 award, a certificate, and recognition at the ARN annual conference.

Membership Recruitment/Retention Award

This award will be granted to a chapter that has exceptional membership recruitment and retention methods. Applicants should present documentation of the chapter's membership campaigns along with documented recruitment and retention statistics displaying both what was done to increase membership and support of the success of the efforts.

Nominations will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Chapter Size:

  • Number of chapter members over the last 3 years
  • Percent increase in chapter membership over the last 3 years

Chapter Composition:

  • Percent of national ARN members residing in chapter area who that are members of the chapter

Leadership:

  • Display consistent chapter member excellence through:
    1. Active governance (i.e., administration)
    2. Stability of participation by members
  • Diverse membership base (i.e., chapter officers turn over rate)
  • Member innovation (i.e., creative recruitment methods or outstanding growth)
  • Programs that the chapter has developed/presented over the previous 3 years to promote chapter leadership

Chapter Activities:

  • Best practices implemented to improve the chapter and services provided to members
  • Outstanding programming (i.e., co-sponsorship of events with another chapter or overall programming excellence)
  • Member volunteer opportunities (i.e., speakers, moderators in seminars, annual conferences, and panels)

Chapter Finances:

  • Financial incentives to members that attend conferences

Reward
Recipient chapter will receive a $100 award, a certificate, and recognition at the ARN annual conference.

Chapter of the Year

This award will be granted to a chapter that meets the criteria of the communications, community service, education, and membership recruitment awards.

Reward
Recipient chapter will receive a $500 award, a certificate, and recognition at the ARN annual conference.

The application deadline for 2014 awards is closed. Please check back in the spring for the 2015 award applications.

Applications are formatted as electronic form fillable Word documents. Please type required information directly into each field.