Chapter Meeting – March 2019

Please join us for our next DOARN Chapter Meeting on

March 9, 2019, 0800 AM

at the Lowry Surgery Center
8101 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

(Call-in: 1-866-740-1260; Access Code: 5177749)

0800 AM: Breakfast

0830 AM: Education Session

0930 AM: Business Meeting

Education: Combating Surgical Site Infections: A Surgical Approach, By Peter B Graves, BSN, RN, CNOR

Nothing is more unfortunate than a patient developing a preventable surgical site infection. This educational program focuses attention on all areas of surgical services, by highlighting many of the current evidence-based and best practices. Using a collaborative, interactive team approach is a critical step in winning the battle against surgical site infections.


  • Review the published surgical site infection rates and the burden on the healthcare system
  • Review key infection control initiatives within the perioperative service line
  • Review evidenced based interventions that have a proven impact on surgical site infections prevention
  • Discuss changes in practice that could have potential impact on surgical site infections

Meeting Minutes – February 2019

Date:  Feb. 14, 2019 

HOST FACILITY:  University of Colorado Hospital

Meeting called to order by Karen Elliott, President Elect, at 1937.

Thank you to sponsors and speakers:DAORN President-Elect thanked Silverlon for hosting dinner and Amanda Budak, PhD, RN, CBN, for presenting “The Science of Silver”. James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM (E) provided a second education session on “The Twin Threats to Nursing Knowledge”.

Attendance/Guests:  Quorum established.  There were 25 members in attendance, one member attended remotely, one guest.

Approval of January 10th, 2019 meeting minutes with the following correction:

Karen Elliott will be attending Surgical Conference and Expo as a delegate. 

Treasurer’s report (F. Beazer, Treasurer):  

Treasurer’s report as of Feb. 14, 2019:

General account:  $36,858.69

$11,394.68 pending transfer to the Bill Lord Scholarship Fund

Bill Lord Scholarship Account: $1,170.58

$4,792.00 Pending for congress delegate registrations, to be submitted Feb. 15, 2019

Total remaining in account after these transactions:  $20,672.01


Sandi Lindahl distributed flyers on the 2019 Intraprofessional Collaboration Workshop to be held Feb. 21, 2019 at the Baldoria on the Water, Lakewood CO, 0745-1600. Register at 

Board Reports: 

Bill Lord Scholarship Fund and AORN Foundation

Karen gave a detailed account of the proposed change to moving the Bill Lord Scholarship fund to the AORN Foundation, where it will enjoy 501c (3) status. The benefits of this action will be a lighter workload for the DAORN treasurer and donations being tax-exempt, which may encourage donations from our corporate partners. The chapter will continue to oversee distribution of scholarship amounts, and donations may be designated for Bill Lord Scholarships. $25,000 must be in the Foundation before DAORN may begin awarding scholarships. 

After discussion, members present voted to begin submitting funds to the Foundation, beginning with the Bill Lord Scholarship Account, which will then be closed. The $11,394.68 earmarked for scholarships to be transferred from the General Account will also be deposited with the Foundation.

AORN Surgical Conference and Expo

11 people have volunteered to serve as delegates for 2019 Surgical Conference and Expo:

Joan Blanchard

Peggy Camp

Kathy Doughty

Karen Elliott

Andine Gilmore

Darla Gress

Lesia Hatlestad

Ellen Lord

Terry Russell

Mary Jo Steiert

Erika Zamora

The Board recommended based on the number of delegates and current status of chapter funds, that DAORN fund 50% of expenses ($776.00 each) for delegates. The members presented voted to approve this amount. 

The Board approved $250 will be donated to the AORN Foundation Silent Auction.

Julie Mower reminded delegates of responsibilities associated with accepting funds from the chapter. Each delegate is expected to volunteer for a 2-hour shift at the chapter fundraising table at Expo, along with volunteering for one other fundraising event (Spring Workshop, April 26, or Casino Night, Sept. 21). A sign-up list for Expo was distributed to members present.

Committee Reports 

Spring Workshop (Co-Chairs, L. Hatlestad and J. Mower):

We have 8 registrants so far, and 3 vendors. Hard copies of registration brochure were distributed at the meeting and can also be found on DAORN website and ORNurselink. 

Lesia presented information on the new poster presentation session. She brought a sample of a poster for members to look at for possible ideas. Applications for submitting a poster are found on the DAORN website, on ORNurselink, or contact Lesia or Julie.  

Legislative (Chair K. Caesar): 

Kim provided an update on legislative issues affecting perioperative nurses, specifically surgical smoke. Several chapter members attended discussions at the capital. See attachment for details.

New business: 

Next Meetings:

March 9 (Saturday), 0800-1030: Lowry Surgery Center


May 9th: Group wanted to explore having a dinner like we did last year.

Meeting adjourned at 2012.

Respectfully submitted,Julie Mower, Secretary

Meeting Minutes – January 2019


Date:   1/10/19                                               HOST FACILITY:  Lutheran

Meeting called to order by Peggy Camp at 1846.

Thank you to sponsors:DAORN President acknowledged Lutheran for hosting the meeting and Baxter/Ryan for sponsoring the Dinner and Education.

Attendance/Guests:  Quorum established.  

Approval of November 2018 meeting minutes: Approved as written.

Treasurer’s report:  

Treasurer’s report as of January 10, 2019


                        Checking/Savings Accounts:

                        General Account         $ 36,459.34

                        Bill Lord                       $ 1,170.40  

                        TOTAL ASSETS                     $ 37,629.74

Committee Reports (Committee chairs or designees)

Nominating (K. Doughty, Chair): The Delegates for Nashville AORN Expo are:

1. Erika Zamora
2. Darla Gress 
3. Lesia Hatlestad
4. Joan Blanchard
5. Mary Jo Steiert
6. Ellen Lord
7. Kristy Mooney
8. Andine Gilmore
9. Terry Russell
10. Peggy Camp
11. Kathy Doughty

Awards (C. Andrews, Chair):Lesia Hatlestad was presented with the Chapter Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Education (S. Lindahl, Chair):Collaborative workshop will be held Feb. 21 at Baldoria on the Water, Lakewood. Topics include opioid crisis and Type II diabetes. Cost of registration is $75.   Information and registration may be found at

Ways and Means (Chair):A casino night will replace the golf tournament, which has experienced declining player registration for several years. Casino night will be held Sept. 21, 2019 at the Ranch Country Club. There will be both live and silent auctions. The planning committee will convene beginning in Feb. Contact Ellen if interested in volunteering.

AORN at the Museum (S. Luhrs, Chair): Date is January 27th. Plan on being there at 0915 for a 10am start, ending at 1600. Contact Sharon Luhrs at 303-517-7749 if interested in volunteering to share information on perioperative nursing with the community.

Legislative (M.J. Steiert, Chair):Testimony for smoke legislation will be held at the Capitol Jan. 22, 2019.Plan on being at the Capitol by 0900 to coordinate and plan testimony; the committee hearing should start between 10 and 11.  

Here is the story from last year:

 Spring Workshop (J. Mower, Co-Chair): TheSpring Workshop will be held April 26that the Lowry Convention Center. Hard copies of the registration flyer and vendor registration form will be brought to meetings and are also available on the DAORN website and ORNurselink. A poster presentation will be offered for the first time. Please contact co-chairs at juliemower@msn.comor for questions or more information. 

New business: Changes to structure of DAORN Chapter to increase membership participation (P. Camp, President)

The DAORN BOD has looked at options for re-energizing the chapter.

  1. AORN headquarters was contacted for input and support.
  2. Partnership with AORN Foundation Bill Lord Scholarship. Monies for scholarship must be given out in the year in which they were received. A partnership with the AORN foundation means that DAORN would still have control over monies, and vendor contributions would be tax-deductible. 
  3. Ideas for increasing attendance:
    1. Cut down on travel by have 2 or more sites able to access the meeting (for instance, host sites on east/west or north/south sides of town). Keeping sites consistent would be key, as the sites must have the technological capability to send and receive audio and video for member viewing.
    1. Decrease number of meetings to quarterly. 
    1. Most of the board business and committee reports will be placed on ORNurselink and the DAORN website. 
    1. The members will receive orientation on how to access their ORNurselink account.
    1. Peggy asked for membership input on changes. Ideas include:
      1.  Have a good catch segment at the end of the meeting to acknowledge use of critical thinking skills in practice
      1.  Andine is going to build a DAORN Facebook page as another way to get information to members
    1. Karen Elliot is chairing the DAORN Re-energizing Committee. Please contact her to volunteer your time and expertise.   The new format will be instituted at the Sept. 2019 meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 1935.

Respectfully submitted,

Julie Mower, Secretary

Chapter Meeting – January 10, 2019

Happy New Year!  

Start off the New Year with a commitment to professional growth!  Join us for our January 2019 DAORN Chapter meeting to be held at

Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

1730-1800: Dinner (provided by Baxter) & Networking

1800-1900: Education Session

1905-1945: Business Meeting

Call-in Number: 1-866-740-1260, Passcode: 5177749      

Education Information:

Understanding Hemostatic, Sealant and Adhesive Agentspresented by Baxter

Due to the risk factors related to perioperative bleeding, members of the perioperative team need to be knowledgeable about the wide variety of hemostatic, sealant and adhesive agents that are available for the management of bleeding in surgical and other invasive procedures. 

 Session Objectives:

  1. Discuss the evolution of surgical hemostasis.
  2. Review the surgical challenges and impacts of bleeding.
  3. Describe methods to achieve surgical hemostasis.
  4. Summarize the coagulation cascade and how a clot is formed.
  5. Define the categories of hemostatic, sealant and adhesive agents.
  6. Discuss mechanisms of action, components and safety considerations for hemostatic, sealant and adhesive agents.

Meeting Minutes – October 2018

Date:   Oct. 11, 2018                                               HOST FACILITY:  St. Joseph’s

Meeting called to order by Peggy Camp at 1913.

Thank you to sponsors: DAORN President acknowledged Eren Tuzman and Medtronic for dinner and Kim Caesar and St. Joseph’s for their work in hosting the meeting.

Attendance/Guests:  Quorum established.  There were 24 members present and no guests.

Approval of September 2018 meeting minutes: Written as approved.

Treasurer’s report:


Checking/Savings Accounts:

General Account         $ 34,124.45; $11,000 to be moved to scholarship


Board Reports:

Committee Reports (Committee chairs or designees)

  • Nominating (Kathy Doughty): Delegate tally sheet were distributed at the meeting. Please return to Kathy by the November meeting at Denver Health. Kathy will ask Andine to post the form on the DAORN website. 12 points are needed to serve as a delegate to Surgical Conference and Expo in Nashville 2019. Members who did not attend Expo last year will be given priority.
  • By Laws (Karen Elliott): Bylaws have been reviewed and no changes are needed at this time. Bylaws have been available for review on DAORN website. Bylaws were approved as written.
  • Education (Sandi Lindahl; Peggy Camp reported):Speakers have been finalized for the rest of the year.
  • Finance (Faith Beazer):The Finance committee will have a discussion on moving the chapter to 503B status in November.
  • Ways and Means ():
  • Hospital Captains (Lesia Hatlestad): Lesia will be given names of hospital captains and will reach out to them to support attending meetings and encouraging staff to join. Captains currently include:

Lutheran: Adrienne Snyder

St. Joseph: Kim Caesar

Children’s: Tammy Woolley

University: Sharon Luhrs

Rose: Eileen Fraser

Kaiser Ambulatory: Karen Elliott

HCA ASC: Mary Jo Steiert

Boulder Community: Joan Blanchard

Avista Surgery Center: Jenelle Bartels

Captains are expected to print out the meeting schedule for the year and post for staff.

  • Gift Give-Away (Gerry Hopkins): All proceeds will go to Project Cure.
  • Spring Workshop (Co-Chairs Lesia Hatlestad and Julie Mower):The Spring Workshop will be held April 26, 2019 at the Lowry Conference Center. Co-Chairs will organize a mass mailing to go out to all members for save the date. Michael Burke has again agreed to be our vendor liaison. Julie passed around a sheet for recommendations for surgeons, anesthesia care providers, periop nurses, PACU nurses, and AMA nurses to serve on a discussion panel for civility in the workplace.


Near miss/good catch:Karen Underberg shared an example of equipment set on simulation mode that was being used for an actual case.

New business:

Collaboration workshop will be Feb. 21, 2019. 8 different specialty nursing organizations are involved.

Next meeting: November 10th, 0800, Denver Health. Speaker on LGBT gender re-assignment.

Meeting adjourned at 1948.


Respectfully submitted,

Julie Mower, Secretary

Chapter Meeting – November 10, 2018

Join us for our November 2018 DAORN Chapter Meeting at

Denver Health

601 Broadway, Room 408

(Parking is available on the first few levels of the 601 Broadway building)

8:00 am:                    Breakfast & Networking

8:30 – 9:30 am:     Education Session

9:35 – 10:15 am:  Business Meeting

Call-in Number: 1-866-740-1260, Passcode: 5177749

Chapter Meeting – October 11, 2018

Join us for our October 2018 DAORN Chapter Meeting

St. Joseph Hospital

1375 E 19th Avenue, Denver CO 80231

5:30 pm  Dinner & Networking

6:00 – 7:00 pm   Education Session

7:05 – 7:35 pm   Business Meeting

Education Information: Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, presented by Adam Hebb, MD, FRCSC, FAANS  

Call-in Number: 1-866-740-1260, Passcode: 5177749

Chapter Meeting – September 13, 2018

Join us for September 2018 DAORN Chapter Meeting

AORN Headquarters

2170 South Parker Rd, Suite 400, Denver CO 80231

5:45 pm  Dinner & Networking

6:00 – 7:00 pm   Education Session

7:05 – 7:35 pm   Business Meeting

Education Information:

This presentation has been approved by Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI)  for one contact hour. CCI is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15613.

Activities that are approved by CCI are recognized as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that CCI or the California Board of Registered Nursing approves or endorses any product in this presentation.

Chapter Meeting – May 10, 2018

240 Union Restaurant
240 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228

6:00 PM

Please note, this meeting is going to be mainly a social event,  in the form of a banquet. Click here for the evening’s menu. The cost of the dinner is $40. The deadline to register and pay was April 30. If you still wish to join and have not yet registered for this event, please contact Gerry Hopkins ( by May 5 to inquire about late payment options.

There will be no educational offering at the May meeting.

Meeting Minutes – April 2018

DAORN Chapter Minutes

April 14, 2018 Lowry Surgical Center

Meeting brought to order at 0945 AM

Attendees: See membership sheet

Quorum Present: As above

Action of Previous Minutes: Approved as written

Balance in Treasury: General Account- $21,184.56  $5,000 will be going into Bill Lord Account.

Bill Lord Account- $994.85  Total – $22,179.41

Board Report: none

Committee Reports:

Awards:  Cathy brought applications – Deadline April 26.  To be given out at May Dinner

Bylaws: Karen Elliot reviewing bylaws and Duties for Board members to be updated.

Education:  Peggy gave update on Spring Workshop. We have about 50 registrations and 10 companies attending. April 20th. Final meeting of committee on April 17. Ellen will bring articles to sell from expo.

Finance: None

Facility Ambassadors: None

Informatics: Andine updated website

Legislative: Julie Mower told Chapter Governor Hickenlooper approved legislation for Community Colleges to have BS Nursing program. Julie wrote letter to get OR nursing into curriculum to colleges.  She got response and sent syllabus for them to look at.

Nominating: None

Membership: We have 603 members in Chapter, only 19 present with 2 guests. New members at meeting offered some suggestions to get more members to come.  They want Education – wanted workshop on Saturday, we mentioned could not get members to come and cancelled workshop last year. They also said maybe more advertising meetings would help. From tenured members said we need to get Periop students to come, Target OR Directors to get Nurses to come. Send as member to go to Hospitals and do presentation, talking about benefits of organization. Will do meeting at Headquarters.

OR Nurses Day: None

Scholarships: None

Ways and Means: Ellen talked about golf Tournament. Gerry is getting Auction articles as well as Ellen.  PAYPAL is setup to pay for registration Auction will be online- one week before Tournament. Ellen mentioned Foundation made $50,000 on their Auction. Please donate, June 11th is Tournament. Bring to May dinner. Website DAORNBLord

Old Business: None

New Business: Karen Elliot talked about Leadership Conference at Expo. They suggested happy hour to get new members and they would pay $125 towards it.  Other examples they said were bowling, dinner and Sat. Meetings. Fun events, picnic do a run or participate in one  We have done some of these things! We will try to get first meeting next year at headquarters.

Peggy gave report from Expo.  She mentioned delegates need to to volunteer and help at  workshop and/or golf Tournament.  Said qualification for being National officer DO NOT need CNOR. Part of annual membership – money goes back to chapter -when people do lifetime membership – get this only once. Chapter sales at Expo were not as good. not put sales tables in appropriate location. Ellen, Karen Leisa, Kathy, Peggy, Mary Jo helped at table. Kathy Clark said to be first time attendee at Expo was overwhelming, even when going to first time attendee session. Sharon L. said we need to setup buddy system for next year. Also, do a meet and greet there.

Mary Jo said we got a four star rating for Chapter accountability report. We were downgraded because of lack of Delegates at Expo.

Katherine Halverson will not be able to make May Dinner to honor her for her National Award. Mary  Jo will donate $100. towards wine for May dinner. If anyone else wants to donate that would be nice.

Mentoring moment: None

Hour of Adjournment:  1026

Signature of Secretary: Respectfully submitted by Catherine Andrews, RN, CNOR