SOMC Forms Local AMSN Chapter

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently formed a southern Ohio chapter of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). The group will meet quarterly and provide continuing education opportunities at each meeting. Medical surgical nurses in the region are invited to join.

AMSN was founded in 1991 and is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the medical-surgical nursing practice. The formation of the southern Ohio AMSN chapter at SOMC started with four officers and has grown to more than 20 members.

“The purpose of the chapter is to recognize medical surgical as a nursing specialty,” Lynn Chamberlin, nurse manager of the Med-Surg Care Unit at SOMC, said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for nurses to sharpen their skills with continuing education activities.”

Chamberlin explained that members will be given access to an online mentoring program, forums and chat rooms to prepare for med-surg nursing certification exams or to help nurses as they complete schooling.

“The online tools enable members to connect with peers and provides networking opportunities,” she said.

In addition, members will also receive six issues per year of the MEDSURG Nursing journal and MedSurg Matters newsletter as well as 12 issues per year of the MedSurg Nursing Connection e-newsletter. Members will have opportunities to volunteer both regionally and nationally while enhancing their leadership skills.

During the quarterly meetings, discussions will be held on any business needs and the allocation of chapter dues. One benefit of the local southern Ohio chapter is the opportunity to provide scholarships for nursing students.

“I’m very excited about the new AMSN chapter and I look forward to nurses in the community benefiting from this association,” Chamberlin said.

For more information or to join the southern Ohio AMSN chapter, please contact Lynn Chamberlin at (740)-356-8225.