President’s Message – March 2017

Greetings DAORN Members,


Can you believe Spring is almost here!  How will the season arrive?  Like a lion or a lamb.  Well… it is Colorado so I guess we will see.  I wish to thank Children’s Hospital for hosting our February meeting in the Board Room no less!  Our educational presentation was exceptional and our meal was provided by FFG Financial.


Thank you to those who helped with our Nurses Day at the Museum on Saturday February 25.  And special thanks to Sharon Luhrs for coordinating the important community event.  We had a great time promoting good health habits as well as our profession as perioperative nurses.


Some of you are in the planning stages of preparing to attend the Global Surgical Conference and Expo in Boston.  I always look forward to this event as it provides an incredible opportunity to participate in our profession at a national level through networking, education, and using our voice at the House of Delegates.  For the first time in a long time, I will not be attending due to a personal conflict. Do not feel sorry.. I am traveling to South Africa for holiday.  However, I will use my voice as a member and will be voting for our officers.  We have had this ability to for every member to vote for some time and yet according to our Journal many members do not know they can vote even if they do not attend the national conference.  Voting does matter. Review the proposed ballot of officers in your January Journal.  Learn about the candidates and what they propose to offer.  Your choice helps to influence your perioperative practice as well as the direction of your professional organization.  Online voting begins March 6 through midnight of April 4.  Here is the link:

www.aorn/Voting Matters20       Link should work starting March 6


With March here, that also means our year is coming to a close as it relates to our monthly meetings.  Our work and energy to support this chapter will continue.  Please think about nominating one of your peers for an award this year.  These awards will be announced at our final meeting in May.  Submit your nomination to Tammy Woolley for Educator, Clinical Excellence, and Leadership.  We all know peers who deserve this important recognition. Again, use your voice.


Upcoming events:

  • DAORN Meeting at Children’s South Campus March 9th-Education is Dr. Jay Albright speaking on Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • Global Surgical Conference and Expo Boston – April 1-5
  • DAORN Workshop – April 21, 2017
  • DAORN Bill Lord Scholarship Applications are due April 30, 2017
  • DAORN Bill Lord Golf Tournament – June 12


Lesia Hatlestad – President