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Chapter Excellence Awards Application

General Instructions

  • Review a sample application and a sample PowerPoint presentation. Thanks to AORN of San Francisco & Marin, 2014 Chapter of the Year, for providing these award-winning examples. 

  • Review the application instructions for required items prior to completion.

  • Decide the content support: additional essay or PowerPoint presentation
    NOTE: Do not add music to the PowerPoint presentation.

  • Review the submission instructions and restrictions for electronic formats; submissions not adhering to these guidelines will be disqualified.

  • All chapters must complete Sections A/B of the application. (See below for downloading of application page.) Please refer to AORN's updated Chapter Accountability Standards and Sample Financial Statement for questions related to required information in these sections. 

  • All chapters must select two (2) of four (4) measurable goals under Section C: Presentation Content. (See below for options and downloading of application pages.)

All chapters must complete the essay portions of Section C. The digital materials content support in Section D must reflect the essay portions in Section C of the application. For example, photos of the chapter helping at a local food bank would support Option 1: Community Involvement.

In the PowerPoint presentation, slides must be limited to six (6) per measurable goal. The last one (1) or two (2) slides must contain an overall summary of the presentation relating to content submitted under Section C and should follow order of measurable goal options, i.e. Option 1 and Option 3. (Suggestion: Provide summary or key points in a numbered or bulleted format.)

Instructions for Completing Application

  1. Download Sections A/B and save to your computer. Type in gray-shaded areas as required or copy and paste from a Word document.

     
  2. Download your two (2) selected content options under Section C and save to your computer. Type in gray-shaded areas as required or copy and paste from a Word document. Statement area is pre-formatted with 1.5 line spacing.

     
  3. Section D: Content Support - digital materials

    Electronic Format Instructions and Restrictions: 

    Maximum time limit on digital PowerPoint presentation is five (5) minutes.

    Don't get carried away with graphics and fancy fonts in any PowerPoint presentations - keep it simple! Select from font styles that are easily readable such as Arial, Calibri, or Tahoma. Check out this helpful website; it contains ideas and tips for creating PowerPoint presentations. Remember... the content must support the essay portions of the application.

Submission Instructions

Two options are available for submitting your application.

  1. USPS/UPS/FedEx
    Mail one (1) hard copy of Sections A/B, one (1) essay on recruitment/retention, and two (2) total essays under Section C options, along with the additional essay (if applicable) or two (2) CDs of the PowerPoint presentation to:

    AORN
    Attn: Awards Committee
    2170 S. Parker Rd Ste 400
    Denver, CO 80231-5711

    Deadline: Submission must be POSTMARKED by December 14, 2014.

  2. Electronic
    Email Sections A/B, one (1) essay on recruitment/retention, and two (2) total essays under Section C options, along with the additional essay (if applicable) or PowerPoint presentation to: AORN Chapter Awards staff liaison 

    Deadline: Submission must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59pm on December 14, 2014. 

Please contact the Awards Committee staff liaison with any questions regarding the application process.

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