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      President’s Message              November 2016                                                              


I can’t believe it is fall already.  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 2017 AORN Expo and Surgical Conference in Boston, MA on April 1-5. 

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.  The first time I attended AORN’s national conference, I was hooked.  Won’t you give it a try?  I guarantee you will not regret it.  Need $$$ to attend???  See the chance to win a scholarship to the 2017 conference.

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

·  November 8th – 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.  Oh… the way…….we have an AORN meeting that evening.  So go out and vote, then come share some nourishment, network with other perioperative nurses and earn a free CE.  I hope to see you there.

· Perioperative Nurse Week – November 6-12, 2016.  I hope you are planning activities to celebrate Perioperative Nurse Week.  I know I will be celebrating the Power of You, the members of Central Ohio AORN.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication in providing first-class, safe patient care to our surgical patients.

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

AORN of Central Ohio Chapter President 2016-17             


More news from AORN………

Apply for Expo Attendance Assistance

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 and click on Scholarships & Grants. 

Happy (Almost) Perioperative Nurse Week!

Perioperative Nurse Week is just around the corner (November 6-12) so be sure to show (and share) your pride in your profession and celebrate all you do in support of patient safety.

Visit AORN’s PNW webpage to download artwork for posters, cake toppers, and find other ideas to celebrate the week. Be sure to participate in AORN’s social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn with the hashtag #PeriopBecause.

Please take pictures of your perioperative staff holding signs that say Central Ohio AORN “#PeriopBecause” in bold print at the top of the paper, with their feelings about why they love their work, their colleagues, their patients, and why they’re working as perioperative nurses underneath. Upload the pictures using the hashtags #PeriopBecause and #AORN. 

From all of us at Central Ohio AORN, thank you for all you do and we wish you a wonderful Perioperative Nurse Week!

Honor a Colleague or Friend for Perioperative Nurse Week

Perioperative Nurse Week offers a great opportunity to recognize and honor perioperative nurses for their important role and commitment to safe patient care. Make a gift to the AORN Foundation in honor of a mentor or colleague to support scholarships and continue perioperative education. The AORN Foundation will send cards in recognition to your honoree during that week.

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