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The Denver chapter of AORN, or DAORN as its members refer to it, is about 600 members strong, encompassing the Denver metro area, including Boulder and Colorado Springs. Its purpose is to unite registered nurses to promote the highest professional standards of perioperative nursing practice for the patient before, during, and after operative and other invasive procedures. DAORN offers a sense of community as well as personal and professional benefits through networking and continuing education.

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President's Message

Now that 2021 has begun, we can look back over the past, very strange, year and recognize the things our chapter accomplished, despite the pandemic and social distancing.

January and February, we held chapter meetings face-to-face, with two interesting topics.

March saw the beginning of closures and the cancellation of Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in which we had planned on meeting and watching the parade as a group. Kim Caesar was instrumental in planning this event. It is unfortunate that this did not occur.

The May meeting was done virtually with a slide presentation created by President Karen Elliott, complete with Installation of Officers.

DAORN Board of Directors meetings resumed in August and continued monthly through December 2020.

Andine Gilmore and Karen Elliott were able to attend the OR Today Conference in Denver. They hosted a DAORN booth to provide information about the chapter.

The September and October chapter meetings were conducted through our Zoom subscription. Education was offered at both meetings.

On Friday evening, November 13, 2020 the DAORN staged a Virtual Silent Auction for nursing scholarships and raised several thousand dollars to add to the Bill Lord Scholarship, the Peggy Camp Scholarship, and the Bill Lord Endowed Scholarship.

On Saturday afternoon, November 14, 2020, DAORN members volunteered at the Project C.U.R.E. warehouse, sorting medical supplies and equipment to be shipped to developing countries in need of these items. Volunteer members wore masks, frequently sanitized their hands, and were physically distanced. A social hour was enjoyed with food and drink following the sorting session.

Meetings will resume in January using the virtual format until it is safe to resume face-to-face meetings. Education is planned for the January and February meetings.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this a year of chapter accomplishments and for participating in the activities of the chapter. We look forward to “seeing” you all in 2021, both virtually and, hopefully soon, in person!


Karen Elliott                                               Sandi Lindahl

DAORN President 2019-2020              DAORN President 2020-2021

2020-2021 Chapter Goals

  • Evaluate and disseminate scientific evidence to improve professional perioperative practice.
  • Mentor chapter members to become leaders who will influence healthcare locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Recruit and retain local perioperative professionals to expand the chapter’s collective knowledge and resources.
  • Continue involvement in our local community to improve and enrich the lives of the people we serve.
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Did You Know?

You’ve made it here – to our fabulous website! If you are looking to become a member of DAORN, this is how you go about it: If you are not already an AORN member, join AORN and select the Denver chapter (0601) in the membership application. If you are already an AORN member and would like to change or add chapters, please contact AORN Experience Services at (800) 755-2676 or We look forward to meeting you!

What's New?

If you are planning to attend the AORN National Conference in Orlando this August in-person, consider going as a delegate, representing our chapter and voting on important issues pertaining to perioperative practice. DAORN will reimburse you for the conference fee, if you decide to become a delegate. Please fill out the eligibility form and submit to our Nominating Chair, Toni Cunnings (mcunnings at msn dot com), by May 24. Please note that virtual attendees are not eligible for reimbursement of conference fees. You may still attend as a chapter delegate.