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President’s Message                       November 2017                                                              


Perioperative Colleagues,


I love the unique colors of fall. It reminds me of the unique differences of our chapter’s membership. You all work in different practice settings, at different hours, in different specialties and have different dreams and aspirations. I hope one of those aspirations is to come to at least one AORN meeting this year and to attend the 2018 AORN Expo and Surgical Conference in New Orleans, LA on March 24-28, 2018.


Our chapter is looking for 10 energetic members to represent our chapter as a delegate. This is a great opportunity to listen, ask questions and vote on issues that affects perioperative nursing and your professional organization. Need $$$ to attend??? See info below for the chance to win a scholarship to the 2018 conference.


Exciting Chapter meetings coming up:


November – Meet us at the Zoo. This has always been an exciting chapter event. Come see the new Zoo hospital and hear about the specialized care the animals receive.


December – Perioperative Holiday gathering at Cardinal – Please come to our annual holiday dinner and silent auction event at Cardinal Health. Special motivational education offering featuring the unique surgical experience of a quadruple amputee.


Special January Chapter meeting event – We will be hosting a special Teamwork themed Paint/Wine educational offering during our January 9, 2018 meeting. The cost is $25. Please save the date and look for an Evite to RSVP as there is limited seating. Start the new year out with a fun education chapter meeting.


SAVE THE DATE!!! AORN/COPANA Perioperative Collaborative Workshop on January 20, 2018. More info to follow.

There are two important things to remember in November…..

1. November 7th – Election Day. This is your chance to select the candidates that will best represent you, as well as vote on issues that are important to your communities, state and nation.


2.   Perioperative Nurse Week is just around the corner on November 5-11, 2017. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in providing first-class, safe patient care to our surgical patients. If you are having any special activities in your facility to recognize the perioperative team, please submit pictures to MaryAnn Bentivegna at mbentivegna@juno.com. Show (and share) the pride in your specialty profession and celebrate all you do in support of patient safety.



Jeanne LaFountain, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

Chapter President


More news from AORN……


The AORN Foundation's grant application for assistance to attend the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Boston is now available. Deadline is December 4, 2016.  Go to AORN.org and click on Scholarships & Grants. 






AORN is excited to introduce the Member Pulse, a new monthly, member-only e-bulletin that will acquaint you with fellow members, remind you of the clinical resources we offer, and quickly share ways your AORN membership makes your life in and outside the OR simply better. The first issue hit your inbox October 6th. Check your inbox the first Friday of every month to keep you and your Chapter members up-to-date on membership news!


With Perioperative Nurse Week just around the corner, plan ahead and honor your colleagues, mentors, or your entire team by making a donation in their honor to the AORN Foundation. In response to your gift, we will send a personal note of appreciation to your honoree, letting them know of the contribution made in their name.

Honor those who are making a difference in perioperative nursing today, and support those who have dreams of doing the same tomorrow. Your generosity recognizes the outstanding work of your colleagues and supports other nurses through the AORN Foundation’s educational programs.

Send an honorary gift and look for more ways to participate in Perioperative Nurse Week.



Are you a member of a Specialty Assembly? Specialty Assemblies serve as a place for you to network, resource share, and discuss with other nurses within your specialty. The governing councils of the Specialty Assemblies work hard to provide members with educational opportunities. Register today for an upcoming Specialty Assembly webinar to earn free contact hours:

· Ambulatory Surgery SA: Immediate Use Sterilization Training



· Total Shoulder Arthroplasty 


· Session 1: Laparoscopic Principles and Techniques


· Session 2: Laparoscopic Principles and Techniques



Also, make sure to check out the recordings of past Specialty Assembly webinars:


· How to Develop a Personalized Study Plan for the CRNFA Exam 


· A Review of Surgical Practice



· Leadership SA: Improving Quality Through Nursing Mortality and Morbidity Conferences


Advanced Practice Nursing SA: Anemia Considerations in the Perioperative Patient

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