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Chapter of the Year Award
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North Central Region
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North Central Region
Chapter of the Year Award
Las Vegas, NV

Created & maintained by:
Gary Reschak, MS, RN, CNN
Secretary, Windy City Chapter
Staff Nurse, Inpatient Dialysis
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
(Created: August 10, 2006)

Updated: December 5, 2014

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Welcome to the Windy City Chapter of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA). We are your local ANNA chapter, centered around the Chicago Metropolitan area. Our members are generally from northern Illinois (zipcodes with 1st 3-digits: 600-608, 610 & 611) and as of January 2014, we also welcome members from the Duneland Chapter, IN-338 (zipcodes with 1st 3-digits: 463-466, 479 & 609).

The ANNA serves its members through a national structure of nearly 100 local chapters. Chapters serve as the foundation of the ANNA, making Association services locally available to members. By joining one of the ANNA's expanding networks of chapters, members can promote their professional growth, advance nephrology nursing practice, and positively influence patient outcomes.

Chapters offer ANNA members the opportunity to assume leadership roles at the local level. The ANNA supports chapter leaders in their leadership development by hosting the annual Volunteer Leaders Workshop and many online resources available in the Chapter Officers Only section, on the ANNA website (annanurse.org).

Go to our Events page for a listing of upcoming local and national nephrology related events. Chapter members will also be notified through ANNA Connected e-mail, of any chapter event, so please be sure that the ANNA National Office has your correct and current e-mail address. The Windy City Chapter tries to sponsor 2 events/programs per year.

Be sure to read this quarter's ACST Newletter (scroll further down this page) regarding changes that have been made to the eligibility requirements for the CNN certification exam.

2015 ANNA National Elections

Online voting for the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) 2015 Election is now open!

ANNA members should have received an e-mail from the ANNA Election Coordinator with instructions for "one click voting", links to review candidate's information and contact information for technical support.

If you did not receive this e-mail, please contact the ANNA National Office at 888-600-2662 or Lauren Clark at lauren.clark@ajj.com.

The voting process ends on Janaury 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST.

Last year, ANNA voter participation doubled from the previous year, but it was still only 11%. The Nominations Committee would like to challenge chapters to "get out the vote" and see which chapter will have the largest percentage of members voting this year! Come on people - We are the Windy City and we know how to vote in electons! Smile - that was humor - but let's do get out the vote, have your voice heard and let's win one for the Windy City Chapter, as well!!

The Search for New Chapter Officers

The search for new chapter officers never ends. If you have ever considered becoming an officer, please consider this the year to form a mentor relationship with the officer of your choice.

Do you like to coordinate events and plan budgets. Then you are a natural to become our chapter Treasurer.

Or maybe you have a secret craving to become a writer. Becoming our chapter Secretary is a great way to hone those writing skills locally, plus you will have exposure to a national audience.

Want to get involved in politics, yet don't want the hassle of running your own campaign? Consider becoming our next chapter Health Policy Representative. Get involved in the legislative process, have a chance to meet local, state and national legislators as you assist in shaping the law of the land!

Whatever office that you are interested in, you will never be alone. There is tremendous support from the ANNA National Offices, plus our current and immediate past officers are readily available to provide support, guidance and continuity. You are NEVER alone in the ANNA!

What an opportunity to get involved in YOUR professional organization and to build your personal resume! If you have any interest in becoming a chapter officer, please contact Gary Reschak, chapter Secretary at 2unicorn7@comcast.net. Or click on "Officer" to go to our officer page and contact the current holder of the position that your are interesed in directly, for your questions, concerns and support.

It is never too early to consider becoming a chapter officer! Make a comittment now before any deadline passes you by! Contact me - Gary Reschak for more information.

ANNA Quarterly Chapter's Newsletter.

With this years change in the ANNA's governance structure, local ANNA chapters are no longer organized by regions. Instead, chapters are now grouped together in an ANNA Chapter Support Team (ACST). The Windy City Chapter belongs to ACST Group 5. Click on the following link to read the latest quarterly ACST Spotlight newsletter.
ACST Spotlight Newsletter (October 2014)

Our "Accolades" page, to highlight chapter member's accomplishments, is up and running! See what your fellow chapter members have been doing and then click on "Contact Us" and let us know what you've accomplished!

Questions? Suggestions? News of your own to report? Take a chance to get more involved with a bunch of fun loving nephrology nurses! Click on the "Contact Us" page and let us know what we can do for you or what you can do for us. A chapter is only as informative and as fun as it's most active members. Get involved! Contact us!

Please do check the website for updates (at least every other month), and please do keep your e-mail addresses current with the ANNA National Ofiices as we use the ANNA Connected and this website as our primary means of communication.