President’s Message – May 2014

President’s Message May 2014

It is with mixed emotions that I write my last President’s Message. On one hand I will be sorry to retire my office; I’ve truly enjoyed every minute. But I’m equally excited to see the new directions and initiatives our new President, Sharon Luhrs, and her board and committees will take us in 2014/2015. Please support her as you have me.

A HUGE thank-you to Swedish Medical Center for hosting the April chapter meeting. Attendees enjoyed another stellar speaker; Dr. Kurian provided an excellent update on surgical treatments for GERD. As a more “seasoned” nurse, I continue to be amazed at the changes in technology that were unheard of 30 years ago.

The last time for anything deserves a moment of reflection, and I’ll like to take a look at our goals for 2013/2014 and progress made towards meeting them:

1. Increase opportunities to participate in chapter meetings

Daisie Snyder has stepped into the new role of chair of the Information Technology committee and embraced the challenges. Under her direction, DAORN was able to trial remote access to members through Readytalk. This is still a work in progress but holds great promise as an added benefit for our members.

Besides being posted on the DAORN website, President’s messages were also posted on ORNurselink, expanding the audience who received chapter news.

2.  Begin preparations for AORN Conference and Expo, Denver, CO, 2015

Our own Peggy Camp has been selected as part of the national planning committee. I’m sure there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities at all levels. Take a minute to let her or Sharon know of your willingness to serve.

3.  Revise scholarship/grant process to address changes in nursing programs

The way the board reviews and selects candidates for scholarships will take into account the changing face of nursing education.

4.  Explore new avenues for supporting and celebrating individual chapter members’ accomplishments

In addition to winning the AORN top award for chapter achievement, Peggy Camp was nominated and awarded the Perioperative Excellence in Education award. For the first time, a first-time attendee was funded at delegate status to attend Surgical Conference.

5.  Initiate “Adopt a Cause” for monthly chapter meetings

$90 worth of school supplies were donated to Mt. St. Vincent’s Children’s Home, a treatment center for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems. In addition, our March chapter meeting was combined with an opportunity to donate time at Project Cure.

This is a great time to thank my board and amazing committee chairs and members. Space will not allow me to name everyone here, but plan on attending our May meeting at St. Anthony West. Dinner will be served at 1730, with awards to follow. Please join me as we welcome our new leaders and thank the ones who have donated so much of their time and expertise to making our chapter “Denver Strong”!

And speaking of volunteers-please make sure to lend your enthusiasm, energy, and expertise to the Bill Lord Memorial Golf Tournament, held June 2 at everyone’s favorite golf course at the Ranch. Please see Ellen Lord for volunteering opportunities.

Julie Mower, DAORN President, 2013-2014