Local Networking Groups

Local Networking Groups are a great way to network and join forces with local AAACN members.

Discuss local issues, share best practices, and establish your own unique goals for your group. LNGs provide education, professional support, and information, and can be a unique way to make a difference at the local level.

Purpose of Local Networking Group (LNG)

CCTM SIGThe purpose of an LNG is to provide education, professional support, and information designed to meet the needs of nurses in a variety of ambulatory care settings.

LNGs share information about the benefits of AAACN membership and discuss the available AAACN resources. Additionally, they encourage submission of articles for ViewPoint from the group.

They also coordinate opportunities to promote AAACN membership at regional and local meetings of ambulatory care nurses.

An Informal Networking Group

An Informal group will select a 'chair' (must be a member of AAACN).

The 'chair' serves as the official spokesperson for the Local Networking Group and should keep records of the LNG meetings, and maintain communication with the AAACN National Office about activities.

The group will decide on a schedule or frequency of meetings, as well as the type of meeting which can include educational sessions, networking or listening to and discussion of an audio-conference.

An Formal Networking Group

A Formal group will establish officers for their group.

The officers should include a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary, a treasurer, and a program planner or planners. Depending on the size of the Local Networking Group, these roles may be combined.

The ‘chairperson’ will serve as the spokesperson of the group and maintain communication with the AAACN National Office about the group’s activities.

A formal LNG group should have quarterly business meetings. Business meetings can follow or precede other group activities. Minimally, one major educational offering/program should be scheduled annually.

The LNG will determine the program design and content of this program and registration fees. In most formal or conventional networking groups' non-members are charged a higher registration fee than members.

A Formal LNG needs to apply for individual recognition of exemption from income tax and an employee identification number if it chooses to obtain tax-exempt status.

How to Start a LNG

Group of nursesTo create an LNG, the person who will serve as Chair must be a member of AAACN, and contact the AAACN National Office with the request.

The Chair serves as the official spokesperson for their LNG and should keep records of meetings and maintain communication with the National Office about activities.

The group decides on the frequency of meetings, as well as the type of meeting, which can include educational sessions, networking events, or listening to and discussion of an audio-conference.

The National Office can provide assistance with inviting members local to the LNG’s location via eblast to upcoming meetings and events, as well as advertising events on the AAACN Website.

Scheduled Meetings/Events

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AAACN Local Networking Groups

If you have questions about the LNGs, or wish information, please contact us.

Central Ohio Ambulatory Nursing Networking Group (COANNG)
Contact: Carmela Hartline

Cleveland Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (CAACN)
Cleveland, OH
Contact: Diane Lapars

Georgia Ambulatory Care Nurses LNG
Atlanta, GA
Contact: Linda Perkins

Houston Area Local Networking Group
Contact: Sibil Blee

Illinois Ambulatory Nurse Practice Consortium Local Networking Group of AAACN
Contacts: Mary Smith

Middle Tennessee LNG
Contact: Cathey Hunter

Milwaukee Networking Group
Milwaukee, WI
Contact:  Jennifer Bousman

North Carolina Association of Ambulatory Nurses
Contact: Beth Coulombe

Northeast Florida LNG
Contact: David Cox

NYU Langone Health LNG
Open to AAACN members in the Northeast
Contact:  Ann Marie Moynihan, MSN, APRN, ONC

Triangle Informal Networking Group
North Carolina
Contact: Janice Fortman

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