August 2013 – e-missive

August 2013 e-missive

Has this summer flown by or what!  My biggest take-away from starting my tenure as your chapter leader is that there is no such thing as taking the summer off! The board has met multiple times, both remotely and face-to-face, and has come up with some exciting new initiatives to help us achieve our chapter goals, which will be introduced in the Fall newsletter.

The annual summer committee chair meeting has been expanded to include former chairs, whose wealth of information will be a welcome addition to help our new committee leaders get off to a great start.  The committee chairs will meet on Aug. 27 to review their plans for the year.

I had the pleasure of attending the Leadership Academy here in Denver in July. I have to say this was one of the most informative academies I have had the pleasure of attending. Some highlights:

  • A review of the revised ORNurselink. I know that we all struggle with efficient ways to stay connected to our peers and colleagues. ORNurselink has undergone some major changes to make it more user-friendly. Check it out. And whichever website you use (DAORN or ORNurselink) make sure that your most current, correct contact information has been provided so that you don’t miss any important information related to local or national news.
  • For several years we have discussed ways to for our members to who are unable to attend in person to participate remotely. Now, AORN is providing access via Readytalk to chapters for a nominal fee. Be prepared to discuss and vote on this exciting initiative during the Sept. meeting. Remote attendees would be able to dial/log in and participate in chapter meetings. There is also the capability of attaching the speaker’s slides so that this part of the educational offering could be viewed as well.

Your time is valuable, and your leaders have recognized this by making some changes to “the way we’re always done things.” Some of these changes were recommended by our newer generations of perioperative nurses:

  • Holding the board meeting via conference call the week prior to the meeting. This will give us time to better organize information to be presented at the chapter meetings, and alleviate the “time crunch” typically experienced by board members trying to get to the meeting from work.
  • Revising the meal normally offered at the meeting to better accommodate facility cost/vendor budgets. Facilities will now have the option to offer drinks (non-alcoholic) and heavy hors d’oeuvres to help control costs.
  • Encouraging host sites to develop a “theme” for each chapter meeting. Speakers and networking opportunities will be developed around the theme. The theme for Sept. is professional development.
  • There will be no educational offering/contact hours provided at the Sept. meeting. Instead, your committee chairs and elected officers will spend a few minutes discussing their roles, responsibilities, and goals for the year. Changes to bylaws will be reviewed and voted on. The points worksheet for attending Congress as a delegate and/or running for office will be reviewed.  If you are interested in becoming more involved in AORN, or have a friend who has never attended a chapter meeting, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction to DAORN.


Mark your calendar for these important dates and for the monthly chapter meetings as no postcards will be sent.  Check our website at often to stay informed.

OR Nurse Day   Saturday, Nov.9, 2013    Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Fall workshop   Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center

Schedule of meetings

Sept. 12, 2013: AORN Headquarters

Oct. 10, 2013:  Exempla St. Joseph’s Hospital

Nov.  14, 2013: Denver Health

January 9, 2014: Exempla Lutheran Medical Center

February 13, 2014: Children’s Hospital Colorado

March 13, 2014: TBD

April 10, 2014: Swedish Medical Center

May 8, 2014: St. Anthony West