Fall 2013 – President’s Message

DAORN Fall Newsletter

President’s Message

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.


Officers/Board/Committee chairs

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

Board members:

Cathy Andrews

Dee Claassen

Kathy Doughty


Committee chairs

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


2013-2014 Goals

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.