Northwest Chicago Area Chapter AACN

In the spring of 1972, seventeen critical care nurses met to discuss the need for establishing a local chapter to address the complex changes in the critical care profession and to meet the challenges of a dynamic environment. A charter was granted by AACN in December 1972, and the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter was founded. Today, our chapter proudly boasts as being one of the largest and most active in Illinois. Our Chapter has been the recipient of several National AACN chapter awards including the Excellence in Chapter Educational Programming in 2010 and 2014. We also have been the proud recipient of the President’s Award. In addition, several members have received individual Circle of Excellence awards and volunteer at the National level of AACN. We are proud of our continued annual contribution to AACN’s Scholarship Fund. Providing quality and relevant educational programs is the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter’s promise to our chapter members and nursing colleagues.

There are many benefits of being a member of the Northwest Chicago Area Chapter of AACN. Some of these benefits include:
..Earning CNE’s while attending meetings, lectures, workshops, etc.
..Obtaining financial assistance and/or reimbursement in a wide variety of educational programs when certain criteria are met.
..Receiving “Flutter Waves” the chapters’ quarterly newsletter which contains up-to-date topics and important chapter and AACN information.
..Sharing experiences and networking with other professionals from the metropolitan Chicago area.

Our quarterly chapter meetings are held on Saturday’s from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at area hospitals: Alexian Brothers Medical Center, 800 E. Biesterfield Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL and Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL.

The educational program begins immediately after a brief general chapter meeting. Members of NWCAC and students are free. Non-members are welcome (at a nominal fee). For more information contact us at or call 630-624-5673. Join us on Facebook at