DAORN Fall Newsletter
DAORN promises to continue its tradition as a strong advocate for local perioperative nurses. I am proud to serve as your President for 2013-2014.
This year will be one of changes, beginning with a new name for our annual national conference. No longer known as “Congress”, the new name, “Surgical Conference and Expo” more accurately defines the experience we’ve come to enjoy as the major education and industry convention for our profession.
Change is taking place on the local level as well. Based on the results of the survey distributed in the spring, members confirmed that your time is valuable. A major initiative for this year is to strive for a meaningful experience for every meeting, every time. New ideas to recruit, retain, and reward members have been suggested, and I’m excited to see how they will be implemented. Look forward to participating in these new projects:
- “Theme” related meetings to encourage networking and to showcase the host site’s special strengths and attributes
- Monthly service projects
- Innovative ways to acknowledge members’ contributions to their profession and our chapter
Feel free to talk with any board member to share your ideas for improving the chapter experience, or to volunteer for one of our many initiatives.
Our own mini “Expo”, the annual Fall Workshop, is undergoing some changes as well. This year will be devoted entirely to perioperative nursing issues. Held at Presbyterian St. Luke’s on Nov. 22, the workshop promises to be an exciting day spent with nationally recognized leaders in our profession who will share their insights on a variety of topics.
Our major fundraiser, The Bill Lord Memorial Golf tournament held June 3, incorporated a change in the silent auction. An auctioneer added another level of excitement to the bidding war for sports memorabilia.
Both the Fall Workshop and the golf tournament rely on volunteers to ensure their continued success. If you volunteered last year, thank you. If you didn’t, it’s not too late to support these or any one of the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. If you’ve never been active in DAORN before, isn’t it time for a change?
I look forward to embracing the changes we’ll see this year. Let’s make a difference together.
I’d like to take a moment to introduce your board and committee chairs for 2013-2014. Drop them an e-mail or introduce yourself at a meeting or chapter activity and take a moment to thank them for their volunteer service.
DAORN Board Members
President: Julie Mower
President elect: Sharon Luhrs
Vice President: Faith Beazer
Treasurer: Tammy Woolley
Secretary: Julie Martin
Awards : Jim Stobinski
Bylaws: Amanda Brown
Education: Peggy Camp
Fall Workshop: Julie Martin
Finance: Tammy Woolley
Hospital Captains: Cathy Andrews
Informatics: Daisie Snyder
Legislative: Mickie Parsons
Membership: Karin Underberg
Nominating: April Erbland
OR Nurses’ Day: Sharon Luhrs
Scholarships/grants: Tammy Woolley
Ways and Means: Ellen Lord
Website Design: Faith Beazer
When you see these folks, either in the hall at your facility or at a chapter meeting, make sure you give them a shout out and let them know how much they’re appreciated. The chapter could not run without them.
Save the dates
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
Bill Lord Memorial Golf Tournament Monday, June 2, 2014 The Ranch
AORN Surgical Conference and Expo March 29-April 2, 2014 Chicago IL
Make sure you mark your calendar for these important dates and for the monthly chapter meetings as no postcards will be sent. Check our website at daorn.wpmudev.host often to stay informed.
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
Increase opportunities to participate in chapter meetings.
Begin preparations for AORN Conference and Surgical Expo, Denver, CO, 2015.
Revise scholarship/grant process to address changes in nursing programs.
Explore new avenues for supporting and celebrating individual chapter members’ accomplishments.
Initiate an “Adopt a cause” for monthly chapter meetings.