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AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902 Announcements



Thursday November 28, 2019

 - Thanksgiving


Wednesday December 25th, 2019

 -  Christmas

No Meeting


 Wednesday January 1, 2019

 -  New Year's Day

My First Expo

                               by Angela Young

October 2019

President's Message

      First of all, I want to give a big thank you to everyone who attended our September meeting at Ochsner. We had a great presentation on “The History and Science for Silver in Managing Infections” and delicious catering (sponsored by Silverlon) from Ye Olde College Inn. Now, it may not feel like it outside, but it is officially Fall! Get those (optional) Halloween costumes ready for our next meeting on Wednesday October 30 at East Jefferson General Hospital. We will have a presentation worth 1 CE and light refreshments available.


     It’s difficult to believe that 2019 is almost over and the holiday season will soon be upon us. Before that holiday hustle begins, don’t forget to take time to celebrate Perioperative Nurses Week from November 10-16, 2019. For creative celebration ideas and to learn how to advocate for your profession, go to Before then, don’t forget to celebrate our Great 100 Nurses on October 23, 2019, especially AORN Chapter 1902 members Rochelle Cazaubon, Jeanne Feltey, Carolyn Gaude, and Judy Montello. Congratulations!


     Spring will be here before you know it and that means it’ll be time for the 2020 AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo in Anaheim, CA! AORN of New Orleans will be represented by 9 Delegates. If you’re interested in being a Delegate in Anaheim, please see the information in this newsletter and keep an eye out for additional information in your e-mail.


     As always, feel free to contact me via the information listed in this newsletter. I welcome all feedback or input and will be sending out a member survey by the end of 2019.



Carrie Simpson, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR

President AORN of New Orleans-Chapter 1902

Legislative Report by 

Nathalie Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR

The Ethical Oath of Advocacy: A Nurse’s Promise

Reprinted with permission New Jersey Nurse, October 2019, Volume 49, Number4

Karen Kiefer, APN, NP-C, RN-BC

As nurses we see and assist people during the most vulnerable and private times in their lives. We are physically and emotionally present often feeling the burden, honor and spirit of walking them through painful and frightening experiences. We guide them through understanding, acceptance and participation in their healthcare (Sommaruga, et al. 2016). The impact we (knowingly or unknowingly) impart does not end with the transition of patient to home, other health facilities or even death. We can do so much more for ourselves, our patients and families.

I challenge you to join public advocacy groups and use your experience, knowledge and desire that you choose and continue to work in nursing. Nurses are one of the most trusted professions interacting with the public (Sommaruga et al., 2016). The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics addresses advocacy, education and affects change in public policy and legislation (ANA, 2019). Participation includes public advocacy organizations, professional organizations, participation in public hearings regarding health issues and national work groups for healthcare issues (Taylor, 2016). Nurses can and do lead on boards of public advocacy organizations and Nightingale, continuing through the present day. A contemporary example is NJ Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz who is impacting healthcare policy and legislation.

I challenge nurses to become involved in public concerns that are present and concrete. Examples include the opioid epidemic, chronic diseases, the rise of elderly population and access to insurance and healthcare (Office of Disease Prevention and Promotion, 2019). There is a need to assist the public in understanding the impact of chronic conditions with actions of education, and inclusion within the healthcare team resulting in increased daily function and decreased hospitalizations (MacLeod et al., 2017). I have chosen to become involved in groups such as the American Pain Foundation and the pain community ( It provides an opportunity for professional and personal growth honoring the oath for education, advocacy and the inferred promise of disruptive change to advance health, promote comfort, and provide emotional support (CDC, 2019) The non-profit website provides virtual support groups, education, an opportunity for expression via blogs, research and tools for patients and caregivers. The information provided increases healthcare literacy, patient centered care using research and credible information. As a board member I implore you to look at public advocacy organizations and find your place, and impact many people who benefit from your experience, knowledge and vocational mission.

American Nurses Association. Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (View only for members and non-members). Retrieved from on July 14, 2019.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Literacy. Retrieved from on July 14, 2019.
MacLeod, S., Musich, S., Gulyas, S., Cheng, Y., Tkatch, R., Cempellin, D., Bhattari, G., Hawkins, K. & C. Yeh (2017). The impact of inadequate health literacy on patient satisfaction, healthcare utilization, and expenditures among older adults. Geriatric Nursing, 1-7.
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Access to Health Services. Retrieved from on July 14, 2019.
Sommaruga, M., Casu, G., Giaquinto, F. & P. Gremigni. (2016). Self-perceived provision of patient centered care by healthcare professionals: The role of emotional intelligence and general self-efficacy. Patient Education and Counseling, 1-7.
Taylor, M. (2016). Impact of Advocacy. Initiatives on Nurses' Motivation to Sustain Momentum in Public Policy Advocacy. Journal of Professional Nursing, 32(3), 235-245


Live your life as a good citizen. Together, we can make our profession stronger and our patients safer.  Be an Advocate! Participate, volunteer, contribute, show up, and VOTE!  Nov. 16, 2019 ~ Louisiana Gubernatorial General Election- Runoff.    Early voting is Nov. 2-9 (except Sunday, Nov. 3) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted by,

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

AORN, President

AORN of New Orleans,

Chapter 1902- Legislative Chair

AORN of New Orleans - Chapter 1902




Carrie Simpson, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, CNOR


Vice President
Mary Anne S. Toledano, BS, BSN,

Mandy Martin-Sanchez, BSN, MEd,


Melissa Guidry, RN, MPH, CNOR

Board of Directors:


Linda Levesque, MSN, RN, CNOR

Roxanne McNally, BSN, RN

Elaine Stock, BSN, RN, CNOR


Tammy Sill RN

Geri Tannehill BSN, RN, CNOR

Nominating & Leadership
Development Committee:

Christal Cook, MSN, RN, CNOR


Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR

LA State Council Liaison:

Mary Anne S. Toledano, BS, BSN, RN, CNOR


Legislative Committee:

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

- Chair

Newsletter Editor:
Mary Anne Toledano, BS, BSN, RN,

          Assistant Editor:

          Frances Hughes,BS, RN, CNOR

Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR



Winter Seminar

January 2020

Saturday January 11, 2020

7a - 3p

AORN Chapter 1902 Annual Winter Seminar



7:00 - 8:00    Registration, Breakfast, and Welcome


11:30 -12:30 

12:30 -13:30   Evaluation/Certificate/Raffle

13:30 - 15:30 Louisiana State Council of AORN Chapter meeting

For Driving Directions:

Registration                  by 1/12     on site

AORN Member                                      $35           $45  

           Non-Member                               $45            $55  

Nursing Student’s                                  $25            $25


Send registration fee to:

Melissa Guidry 

340 Aurora Ave.

Metairie, LA   70005

PayPal also available at:


 CE credits:

CE credits is provided through AORN. AORN is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by ANCC. 

Criteria for successful completion, to obtain CE Credits: the participant must attend the entire event; no partial credit is awarded.



The objective of this educational offering is to enable the RN to increase his/her awareness of options and opportunities available to improve professional awareness. Being proactive is essential to provide safe, optimal patient car

Register by PayPal 

*Louisiana State Council to AORN Chapter - Meeting

to follow Seminar

AORN Member $35

Non AORN Member $45

AORN National Board




Missi Merlino, MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM




David A. Wyatt, PhD, MA, MPH, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR                                                                      
Holly Ervine, MSN, RN, CNOR



Vangie Dennis, BSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO


Board of Directors

Nakeisha M. Archer, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM


Stephen Balog, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA

Vicki J. Barnett, MSN, RN, CNOR

William (Bill) Duffy, MJ, RN, CNOR, FAAN 

Brenda G. Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR


Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

Kristy P. Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR



Nominating Committee

Heidi L. Nanavati,  MSN, CRNP, CNOR

Laura A. Gayton, MHCA, BSN, CNOR, CSSM 

Jamie Ridout, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Leilani A. Salimone, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNOR

David L. Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR - TX


Stephanie S. Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Student  $25

 Vendor Fair $200

Tuesday February 25, 2020


Wednesday March 11, 2020

University Medical Center (UMC)


Saturday March 28, 2020

AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

Anaheim, CA

Sunday March 29  2020

Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters


Monday March 30, 2020

- tba

Tuesday March 31, 2020


Wednesday April 1, 2020



Wednesday April 22, 2020


Meeting 5p

Wednesday January 22, 2020


Ochsner Kenner


Wednesday May 27, 2020



Wednesday June 24, 2020 

 5:00p - 7:00p

Installation Dinner - 

$35 per person:


pay by Check or PayPal

Saturday July 2020

Louisiana State Council of AORN Chapters

- Meeting 10a


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