Presidents Message – February 2014

Unless you’ve been vacationing on Mars the last several months, it would be difficult to ignore the fact that Denver has a pretty good football team this year. I’m not a football fan, but I do like to watch Peyton Manning. He’s passionate about his job and he’s good at it, two attributes I admire in anyone, regardless of profession.

It’s no secret that Peyton is something of a surgical miracle. After 4 operations on his neck, he’s lucky to be able to raise his arms, let alone throw touchdown passes. Every time he’s sacked and his head bounces off the ground, I hold my breath until he gets back up.

Certainly Mr. Manning’s surgeons should take due credit for his successful return to a game he loves to play. However, I believe a core group of dedicated health care providers has been overlooked in his return. I have yet to meet a surgeon who worked alone; somewhere, there is a group of OR nurses who share in this highly visible positive patient outcome.   I’ll bet they’ll be cheering for him on Sunday. Just don’t forget to breathe.

February, although a month short on days, is long on DAORN activities. I hope to see you at one or more of the following:

  • OR Nurses at the Museum of Nature and Science, Feb. 1, 1000-1500. Contact Sharon Luhrs at luhrsams@netzero.com for more information or to volunteer.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration for the Improvement of Patient Outcomes, Feb. 13, 0700-1700, Anschutz Pavilion 2, University of CO Hospital. $75, 6.5 CH’s, lunch included. Go to http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=5q6upyeab&oeidk=a07e8joxoxe10964b6d to register.
  • DAORN meeting, The Children’s Hospital, Feb. 13. Dinner at 1730, business meeting 1800-1845, educational session, 1900-2000: Dr. Brent O’Neil, Stereotactic Laser Ablation Therapy in Neurosurgery.

Our members continue to offer their time and expertise to community volunteer opportunities. Thank you for all who brought donations for Mt. St. Vincent’s Children’s Center. This month the center is asking for donations of school and art supplies. Visit their website at http://www.msvhome.org/help-abused-children/wish-list.html for a list of suggested donation items; there will be a box to collect them at our meeting.

Next month’s meeting will be held at Project Cure. If possible, come at 1600 and share your perioperative expertise. Stay for dinner and a presentation on mission work by our own Faith Beazer. Volunteers will earn an extra point towards meeting eligibility criteria to serve as a delegate.

Last but not least…if you would like to hone your leadership skills, there are several openings. More information will be available at the chapter meeting. See you Feb. 13th!  Julie Mower, DAORN President

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NUMBER OF OPEN POSITIONS

President-elect 2014-2015; will serve as President 2015-2016 1
Vice President 2014-2016 1
Secretary 2014-2016 1
Board of Directors 2014-2016 2
Nominating Committee 2014-2016 3