Chapter Meeting – April 14, 2018

Lowry Surgery Center

8101 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

  • 8:00  am        Breakfast & Networking

  • 8:15-9:15     Education Session

  • 9:30-10:15  Business Meeting

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Education Session:

Smoke Evac & Dangers of Plume

Presented by Stryker


Meeting Minutes – March 2018

DAORN Minutes

Meeting called to order at: 1850

March 8, 2018 at Medical Center of Aurora

Mary Jo thanked Facility and sales representatives for dinner

Attendees: See membership sheet

Quorum Present: As above

Action of Previous Minutes: Approved as written.

Balance in Treasury: General Account: $21,990.87

                                              Bill Lord Account: $1,004.85

                                             Total: $22,995.72

Taxes submitted on time.

Board Report: Still working on May meeting

Committee Reports:

Awards: Cathy – please submit Award applications for Chapter by April 26, 2018.

Bylaws: Karen will get changes on line to review (DAORN website).

Spring Workshop: Lesia very disappointed, only 6 applications so far. She mentioned we have National Speakers and a lot of work has gone into this! Please talk it up at your Facilities. If not enough registrations, may have to cancel Workshop! Will let us know next meeting! Lesia will check on vendors to see hoe many signed up.

Education: Peggy asked Mary Jo if she has speaker or food arranged. Working on it.

Finance: no report

Facility Ambassadors: No report

Informatics: No report

Legislative: Kim reported on new Bill for Community Colleges to offer a BS in nursing. It has passed and is up to school to do this. Does need to be signed by Governor.

Membership: 34 members present. We have 571 members in chapter.

OR Nurse Day: Sharon said she had miscommunication with Museum Liasion. Will do in fall.

Scholarship and Grants: Rose has none.

Ways and Means: Remember Golf tournament is June 11 at Ranch. Registration forms on website.  Gerry accepting items for Silent Auction.

Nominating: Kathy Doughty  read Slate for Chapter officers: President Elect- Karen Elliot, Susan younger dropped out after consideration. Secretary- Julie Mower, Board Members- Andine Gilmore, Ellen Lord and Darla Gleason Gress as Board Member Mentee. This was decided after discussion and vote. We need younger members on Board to continue on for future. This will be a trial pilot.. Nominating Committee – Toni Cummings. Slate was presented and voted on by members at meeting. Congratulations to all who ran and accepted positions.

Old Business: Peggy is leader of Delegates at Expo. She sent around list for Delegates to sign up, for contact information. Mary Jo Asked for National, that they need help for Volunteers on floor. To help with demonstrations. Vendors will also have a lot of education available on Exhibit floor. Denver Chapter will have sales table at Congress. If you are going, please sign up to help!

New Business: Danielle Glover, our Lobbyist from National AORN was present. She discussed RN circulator status. Thirty-five States have RN as Circulator in their State law.  AORN promotes RN Circulator, Workplace safety initiatives, Professional Practice, RN First Assistant, RN safety culture and Health System Improvements. She was here tonight to discuss Smoke Evacuation in OR. Rhode Island is the first to get law in legislation. We are working on this here in Colorado. She asked for Volunteers to help to get it out to Legislation. Will be meeting sometime next week. Will send out information! There is no Federal Standard.

Peggy mentioned that Health One will have review course for PACU Nurses. Denver Health will have CNOR review class Nov. 8 and 9th. Kathy will get on DAORN website.

Spring Dinner:  Gerry Hopkins got information from 240 Union. Three price ranges: $32 – $40.80 with taxes and gratuity, $37- $47.18 as above. $45- 57.37 as above.  This is without drinks!

Sandy Did research, Second Home Kitchen is closed, no response from YA YA’s, Washington Grill is $750. minimum,  IL Fornaio is $650 minimum. Chapter will pay for Katherine Halverson’s dinner. She is award winner for National Award for Excellence. After much discussion with members, it was voted on to go to 240 Union on May 10th , 6pm for  dinner .Mary Jo said maybe we could give discounts to those who sign up for Spring Workshop. Just a thought.

Hour of Adjournment: 1952.

Chapter Meeting – March 8, 2018

Medical Center of Aurora

1501 S Potomac Street

Aurora, CO 80012

  • 5:30  pm        Dinner & Networking

  • 6:00-7:00     Education Session

  • 7:15-7:45     Business Meeting

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Education Session:

Blood Management and Blood Biologics

Transfusion avoidance, Autotransfusion, Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Aspirate

Presented by HemaSource

HemaSource is the Comprehensive Patient Blood Management and Blood Biologics in Company in Colorado since 1999.  We are the largest contract service provider in Colorado of intraoperative Autotransfusion (cell saver), platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate (BMAC) with a 18 year track record of dependable, cost effective service and expertise.


Meeting Minutes – February 2018

DAORN Chapter Minutes

February 8, 2018 at Lutheran Medical Center

Called to Order @ 7:18 pm

Mary Jo thanked Lutheran Medical Center and 3M for providing place and dinner.

Attendees: See Member sheets

Quorum Present: Yes

Action of previous minutes: Approved as read


Balance in Treasury:   $20,730.27 General Account,

$1,2014.85 Bill Lord Scholarship,

$32,745.12 Total Balance all accounts

Board Report:   Will send Karen Elliot to Chapter Leadership Conference at Surgical Expo. BoardBoard voted to do brick for Lesia’s Mom at Headquarters.

Awards:                  No report.

Bylaws:                   No report.

Education:            Next meeting at Medical Center of Aurora. Karen Underberg reminded us about                                          the Interdisciplinary Collaboration for the Improvement of Patient Outcomes Annual Conference, February 15th at The Arvada Center. Julie Mower handed  out flyers for the DAORN Spring workshop, Crossing the Quality Chasm: Taking  the Leap, April 20th at Lowry Conference Center.

Finance:                 No report.

Facility Ambassadors:  No report

Informatics:         Andine Gilmore will chair the committee.

Legislative:          Enhanced Nurses license was signed January 18th. If you have a license from                                         another state you can be grandfathered in. New bill asking Community  Colleges to offer a BS in Nursing.

Membership:        512 DAORN members

OR Nurse Day:    Nurse day at the Museum canceled. The museum changed the date at the last                                         minute to this weekend. We will defer till October.

Scholarship/Grants:    No applications. Application is on line and can be used for things like the                                        Collaboration conference, DAORN workshop, Expo. Etc.

Ways and Means:   We will have a table at Expo to sell the jewelry, cards potato bags etc.                                                      Delegates please volunteer to help.   Golf tournament will have an auctioneer.                                       There will be a live and silent auction. You will be able to bid online also. Invites                                                 will be sent to all past players. Hoping to get 100 players.

Fall Workshop:   Friday April 20th at Lowry Conference Center. Keynote speaker is Patricia (Trish)                                                 Seifert. A link to the brochure is on the DAORN website at

Nominating:   Two applications have been received for President-Elect (Susan Younger and                                          Karen Elliot), one for secretary (Julie Mower), three for Board (Andine Gilmore, Ellen Lord and Darla Gress) One for Nominating (Tony Comings). Let Kathy Daughty know if you are interested in running. Willingness to Serve form and Duties of each position is on the DAORN website. Voting will be open from March 1 to April 1st.

New Business:  DAORN will purchase a brick at Head Quarters for Lesia Hatlestad’s mother                                           (Doris Ashley Field) who passed away last month. Doris was one of us – a lifelong perioperative nurse and active member of AORN.

Mary JO discussed having the May meeting be a celebratory one to install new  officers with dinner at a nice restaurant. It will also be a celebration for Kathy Halverson as she won National Award for Excellence. There was discussion around cost and attendance. Heather Debrio and Sandy Lindahl will look into                                               options for May meeting with a range of costs. May do a survey monkey to ask all DAORN members if they would go.

Looking to bring laptops to March meeting to encourage on site voting for  National officers. Please come prepared to discuss AORN business that will be covered at Expo. See your AORN Journal for Expo business agenda.

Hour of Adjournment:  7:59 pm

Signature of Secretary:   Rose Seavey taking minutes for Cathy Andrews

2018-2019 Open Board and Office Positions

DAORN Members!

We have the following openings for office for our DAORN Chapter for 2018-2019:

  1. President
  2. President Elect
  3. Secretary
  4. Board Members x 2
  5. Nominating Committee x 1

You can find the descriptions of the positions and the duties under the Downloadable Forms tab on our website. If anyone is interested in these positions, please let Kathy Doughty know by February 8th, at our next meeting, or contact her via email: kathy.doughty(at)

Thank you,

Kathy Doughty – Nominating Committee

Chapter Meeting – February 8, 2018

Lutheran Medical Center

8300 W 38th Avenue

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


  • 5:30  pm        Dinner & Networking

  • 6:00-7:00     Education Session

  • 7:15-7:45     Business Meeting

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Education Session:

Chapter Meeting – January 11, 2018

North Suburban Medical Center

9191 Grant St.

Thorton, CO.  80229

  • 5:30  pm        Dinner & Networking

  • 6:00-7:00     Education Session

  • 7:15-7:45       Business Meeting

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

President’s Message – October 2017

Welcome Fall!

Please plan to join Denver AORN members for a periOperative Oktoberfest on Thursday, Oct 12 at Tony P’s, 777 E. 17th Ave. 530-730 pm. CCI (the perioperative competency and credentialing institute) is generously sponsoring this event.

Invite your co-workers to join us for a fun evening networking, meeting new colleagues and connecting with those you know.

Guests who are not members will be eligible for a drawing for a year’s membership to AORN.

Hope to see you there!

Mary Jo Steiert

Meeting Minutes – September 2017

DAORN Chapter Minutes

September 14, 2017 at Children’s Hospital

Meeting brought to order at 1844

Food sponsored by Medtronic

Attendees:  See membership list

Quorum Present:  Yes

Action of Previous Minutes:  Held to November’s meeting

Balance in Treasury: $34,868.88 – General Account,   Bill Lord Account: $164.85 Total – $35,033.73

Bill Lord Scholarship Golf Tournament

Total income – $12,204.87

Expenses – $5,774.14

Net Profit – $6,430.73

Outstanding Assets –  Vendor checks from Bill Lord Scholarship Golf Tournament – $900 to be deposited ( included in income from Golf Tournament)

Total Balance All Accounts:  $35, 033.73

Announcements:   Karen Underburg_ Collaborative Workshop to be held  Thurs. Feb. 15th at Arvada Center – may be happy hour after meeting. Theme- did you know/ Staying ahead of curve There are nine different nursing organizations involved.  Topics to include Cases- malpractice, Marriage and therapy, Trauma informed care, ethics speaker and Nurse Practice act.

Board Report:  Karen Elliot reported that AORN members do not have to pay for Journal CEU’s  anymore. Members can take selfies, and send to instagram – may win  Expo registration.

Continue with goals : Mentoring, increase involvement and support  Nursing Students.

Continue Hot topic, mentoring and good catches at monthly meetings.

Social Activity  to be held Oct. 12 (Octoberfest) instead of regular meeting. CCI to sponsor it. To be held 530 to 8pm. at  Tony P’s at 17th and Clarkson after discussion and vote from chapter on where to have it. Two drink limit and appetizers. Rose and Cathy to do decorations. Will e-mail to Hospital Captains.

Board discussed new ideas to increase participation – maybe something in spring -maybe barbecue, Casino night, any ideas call or e-mail to Board. Should there be another Golf Tournament? Less golfers this year and participation.

Workshop to be held in spring – no date yet! Julie and Leisa to chair.

Committee Reports:

Awards:  Cathy described what is involved in being on committee.

Bylaws: Karen asked for help – committee keeps bylaws current and update revisions and bring to chapter for approval.

Fall workshop:  no date yet, Julie and Leisa to be co-chairs.

Finance: No report

Facility Ambassadors:  none

Informatics: Faith -none

Legislative: Kim will put on website. not in session at this time. 1. Facility  can revoke license  – person has 30 days to update license. 2. Fingerprint medical professional every 2 years did not pass.

Membership: Andine said 30 members were present, no guests.  500 members in DAORN Chapter

OR Nurse Day: Oct. 14th Nurse day Museum. Passed Volunteer sheet around for Sharon

Scholarship And Grants: Rose mentioned we have money and for people to apply! Does not have to an AORN seminar.

Ways and Means: See Golf Tournament report under Treasury report.

Nominating: Mickie – none -will be working on Delegate list!

Old Business – none

New Business: Mary Jo told members, what a great Chapter we have and that

  1. We were 5 gold star chapter – last year
  2. Met 100 percent accountability

3.Made Golf Tournament a success – 5 scholarships awarded- $1,000 to each person.

She also said we need to engage younger members, continue to grow and that change is consistent.

Also discussed – how to get schedule of meetings to members. Post cards to expensive, e-mails are not always right. Look at DAORN website- Faith said all places were not confirmed, that is why list of places and dates were not posted. Andine will try to help with e-mail as she gets updated list for membership.

Hour of Adjournment: 1935

Signature of Secretary,

Respectfully submitted by Catherine Andrews RN, CNor


Chapter Meeting – September 14, 2017

DAORN Chapter Meeting

Children’s Hospital Colorado

September 14th 2017


  • 5:30  pm        Dinner & Networking

  • 6:00-7:00     Education Session

  • 7:15-7:45       Business Meeting


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