President’s Message – January 2014

Happy New Year! Was anyone else totally caught off guard by the passing of 2013? A new year always gives us a great opportunity for fresh starts and trying something new. If you haven’t been a regular attendee of our monthly chapter meetings, add this to your other resolutions. We’ll be meeting at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center on Thursday, Jan. 9. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Hudson Garrett, presenting “Beyond Superficial Layers: A Review of Evidence-Based Practice for the Proper Use of Skin Antiseptics”. In addition to this great educational offering, another item on the agenda will be choosing the member the chapter will fund as a first-time attendee to the Chicago Expo. And don’t forget to bring a canned good for our Cause of the Month, Mt. St. Vincent’s Children’s Home. The Periop 101 course held at Metro was a resounding success. Peggy Camp will give us an update, and there’s a flyer on our website with more information for the next class. A quality preceptor has been shown to be the single most important orientation tool. This is a great opportunity to step up and offer your expertise to our next generation of perioperative nurses. Plan now to attend the inaugural Interdisciplinary Collaboration for the Improvement of Patient Outcomes, to be held Thursday, Feb. 13 from 0700-1500 at the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion. There’s a flyer on our website with registration information. The nice part about this location is that you only have to park once: you can walk next door for the Feb. DAORN meeting at Children’s. Teresa Nino and the local chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses reached out to DAORN at the inception of this project; it would be great for the perioperative community to support them. It’s not too late to think about running for a chapter office for 2014-2015. Talk with any of your officers or board members, and make sure the nominating committee has your contact information and your willingness to serve form. Sign-up sheets will be passed around beginning next week. In addition to your resolutions to get more rest and drink more water, don’t forget to be kind to yourself by enhancing your professional development as an active DAORN member. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you next week. Julie Mower DAORN President