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Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN

Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC), is one of the largest and most active local chapters of AACN.  In 2011, our chapter won three Excellence Awards: Leadership Development, Educational Programming, and Chapter Community Education and Public Service.  In 2006 and 2010, our chapter won the AACN President's Award for Chapters—a distinguished award category recognizing the chapters that best exemplify the association's annual theme—with successful nominees demonstrating how the chapter was inspired by that year's Presidential theme.

Our membership consists of nurses and student nurses who care for critically ill patients in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and northern Virginia.  Many of our members work in critical care, but others work on telemetry units, stepdown units, post-anesthesia recovery areas, emergency departments, and in a variety of other settings.  We are united by the goal of providing the very best, evidence-based care to patients and their families.

There are many ways to become involved in your local AACN Chapter. Our premiere conference, Spotlight on Critical Care, is attended by hundreds of acute and critical care nurses from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  Our spring conference, Spotlight on Advanced Practice Nursing, is hosted to support our Advanced Practice colleagues.  Dinner meetings hosted by our vendor supporters are very popular functions, and there are also many opportunities to volunteer through varied community service activities.

These activities provide a forum to network, to share and to renew one's spirit in the future of professional nursing in the specialty of critical care.

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