BONUS exists to advance and enhance the professional skills of personnel working in the administration of nursing education in the areas of business, technology, finance, and administration within nursing schools, and to facilitate networking among members of the Business Officers of Nursing group. It also facilitates communications between the staff and officers of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the business officers of member schools. Visit the BONUS website at http://www.bonus.aacn.nche.edu.


“President’s Newsletter”

February 2002

To: Deans and Business Officers of Nursing Schools

From: Lynn Shull, President


Time is fast approaching for our annual meeting to be held at the Sundial Resort in Sanibel, Florida. As you remember, Jennifer Ahearn at AACN was able to secure a very good rate at this wonderful facility for us. It is well known by AACN member Deans and Directors as an excellent spot for meetings and for relaxing as well.

The theme for this year’s meeting will be “Charting Our Course: The Business of Nursing”. As we always try to do, we will focus on issues requested by BONUS members at the conclusion of the last several conferences. Topics will include organization structures that work, facility management, grants management, faculty practice, and staff retention and development – just to name a few. As we did last year, we will offer many of these topics at simultaneous breakout sessions. We will also offer a program session on stress management and how to stay fresh and motivated in our professional lives. I’m very excited about our keynote address. We will be busy as you can see, but we will also allow time for networking and getting to know one another.

You should be receiving your BONUS conference brochure via mail very soon. I will also notify everyone via our listserve and provide a link for on-line registration. Because of the resort location, the registration period is a quick one. Make yours early!COME TO THE BONUS CONFERENCE

As many of the “old” members can attest, the information learned and contacts made at our conferences is invaluable. This contact has facilitated a wonderful on-line listserve which I venture to say ALL of us use during the entire work year. If you’ve never attended, please seriously consider joining us in Sanibel. I would be glad to answer any questions you or your Dean might have about our meeting and plans for it.


Our strength is in our membership! We need your active participation!

As stated in our By-Laws, we will be holding elections during our annual meeting in Sanibel. This year we will be electing a President-Elect as well as Chairs for the Planning, Special Projects, and Membership Committees. The Chairs require a two-year commitment. The Planning chair works with the entire Steering Committee to plan the annual conferences, the Special Projects Chair works identifying a list of current general topics of interest to BONUS members and providing information on those topics to the general membership. The Membership Chair works to recruit, retain, and track our membership. More complete descriptions of the responsibilities of these offices are in the BONUS By-Laws at http://www.bonus.aacn.nche.edu.

In addition to the annual conference, Steering Committee officers are asked to attend a meeting in the Fall to plan the Spring conference. Officers may receive up to $100 from AACN to cover otherwise non-reimbursed BONUS related travel expenses. NOMINTATIONS WILL BE SOLICITED IN LATE FEBRUARY BY BILL WACHOB – STAY TUNED!

Greetings from your Planning Chair! We are gearing up for all the little “extras” that you have come to expect at your annual conference. I am going to be on maternity leave while you all are having a wonderful time in Sanibel Island. I will really miss being with you all this year, but I have a wonderful Planning Committee that will be helping me with the details and making sure that all runs smoothly during the conference. You will be introduced to all the committee members once you arrive in FL.

The group event this year will be a really nice event on the Resort grounds. We will be having a tropical island luau! Bring your “beachy”/tropical wear to wear to the event! Also, the opening night will give you the opportunity to go to dinner at restaurants off the resort. You will be able to sign up for these dinners the first afternoon of the conference.

As for your spare time, there will be too much to choose from! If you want more info on activities you can go to the BONUS website to find links to the Resort and surrounding area.

Now for my plug on poster presentations…. Last year in Tucson was the first year we incorporated poster presentations at the conference. I believe we had 5-6 posters presented on miscellaneous topics. Although it is time consuming to develop the poster, it is really rewarding to present your topic to the BONUS group. It really is a great experience to present at a national conference.

Selena Swartzfager

BONUS Planning Chair