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July 2020

Board of Directors Meeting

August 26, 2020

Zoom Meeting


2021 National Elections



President Elect:

Vangie Dennis 



Nakeisha Archer


Board of Directors:

 Lisa Baily

 Bill Duffy

 Heidi Nanavati

 Karen White- Edwards 


Nominating Committee:    Andrea Dyer                                    Christopher Hudgins

AORN of New Orleans - Chapter 1902




Judy Montello, BSHCA, RN, CNOR



Mary Anne S. Toledano, BS, BSN,

Vice President

Sharon Guardina, BSN, RN, CNOR

Rochelle Cazaubon, BSN, RN, CNOR


Melissa Guidry, RN, MPH, CNOR

Board of Directors:


Susan Overman, BSN, RN, CNOR

Nora Lambert, BSN, RN, CNOR



Roxanne McNally, BSN, RN

Elaine Stock, BSN, BA, RN, CNOR

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

- Chair

Nominating & Leadership
Development Committee:


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

Kim Conway, MHA, BSN, RN-BC

Sheila Ostrow, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

LA State Council Liaison:

Sharon Guardina, BSN, RN, CNOR


Legislative Committee:

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

- Chair

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

Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR

May 2021

President's Message 

Hello Members,
My time as Chapter president has come to an end. I am honored and humbled to have been your Chapter president the past year. I have the official title of the Covid president. It was an intense year, but we managed to have our meetings, education and social events. We had great numbers for our virtual meetings and other events. We were not able to have our winter seminar this year due to Covid but that will resume next year! HAPPY NURSES WEEK!!!!
Note from Joe Tye:
The Year 2020 was designated as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization. But it did not turn out the way any of us anticipated that it would, did it?
Around the world, nurses and their colleagues in caregiving have risen to the occasion in ways that would have made Florence proud.
And while we all hope and pray that vaccines will be the light at the end of the covid tunnel, we all know there will be grave challenges still to come.
So please take time this week to pat yourselves and your colleagues on the back (better yet, give them a hug if everyone has been vaccinated) and recognize each other for the for the contributions, and the
sacrifices, you've made over this past year.
Nurses Week is always celebrated in May in commemoration of the birth of Florence, the only Rockstar in the history of healthcare.
The commitment and compassion, and the toughness and resilience, that Florence possessed during the Crimean War has shined brightly in the work of caregivers who have been called upon to emulate that spirit in the current crisis.
We join together, in grieving for the losses of the past year, praying for the end of the covid scourge in the current year, praising the strength, compassion and resourcefulness of those we have come to know as heroes, and wishing you the best in this month that is historically designated as a time to celebrate all the good done by our caregivers.
Thank you for the honor of being your president. I will be handing the gavel over to Mary Anne Toledano on June 16th at her installation banquet at Quarter View in Metairie.

Stay safe,
Judy Montello, BSHCA, RN, CNOR

September 23, 2020

St Edwards the Confessor Church

West Metairie /Transcontinental


-Outdoor Pavilion. 

October 28, 2020

Please join us on October 28th
at Ochsner Kenner, MOB Building, 7th floor Conference Rm (also via Zoom)
for a presentation on Optimizing OR Capacity:
Why Turnovers and Delays are Not the Most Important Metrics
Presented by
Emily Bodden, MPH, Harwant Sethi
and Jessica Kovash

Join Zoom AORN Meeting

Meeting ID: 984 2394 5819
Passcode: 213353

One tap mobile
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Meeting CANCELLED due to Hurricane Zeta


November 18, 2020

AORN Meeting 5p.

Dabs Bistro 

3401 N. Hullen St, Metairie, LA. 70002

(between Severn & N. Causeway Blvd.

off W. Esplanade)

Thursday November 26, 2020


December 2020

No Meeting 

December holiday social at Metairie’s Painting with a twist. December 16th for 2 hours $39.00. Minimum 12 people Max 20. 3-person deposit required. Bring food and drink. We have 12 already signed up. If you are interested contact Judy@ 504- 430-8611 or

Friday December 25, 2020


Chapter Hospital Liaisons

UMC-Elaine Stock Lakeview-Christal Cook
VA-Stephanie Wall Children's-Judy Montello
Ochsner WB-Kelly Acosta Touro-Cheryl Johnson
Ochsner Kenner-Shari Fourcade EJGH-Eddie Graebert
Ochsner Baptist-Lauren Levert Tulane-Linda Levesque
Ochsner Elmwood-Kathy Blanchard
We would like to encourage a member from
Ochsner Jeff Hwy
Crescent City Surgical
West Jeff
to volunteer as a liaison from one of these facilities to assist with providing information to your peers. If you are interested, please email Melissa Guidry at or call her at 504-442-9747.
Thanks to those members listed above who have volunteered - you are greatly appreciated


Call To Action:

1. Write an Opinion or Letter to the Editor of your local papers. In addition share this message with your Legislators. This is SAMPLE letter feel free to edit it to make it personal.
Title: Surgical Smoke in the Operating Room is Putting Patients and Healthcare Providers at Risk
As a Perioperative Registered Nurse working in an operating room, I work tirelessly for my patients. When I step into the O.R., someone's life is in my hands but, ironically, my life is also on the line when the O.R. is filled with surgical smoke during a patient's surgery.
As with cigarette smoke, surgical smoke can be seen and smelled. It is the result of human tissue being cut with mechanical tools and/or heat-producing devices, such as lasers and electro-surgery pencils commonly used for dissection and hemostasis. In other words, it's the smoke from burning flesh. An estimated 90% of all surgical procedures - including such common surgeries as cesarean sections, mastectomies, knee replacements and appendectomies - generate surgical smoke.
In the room where we are saving lives, we are risking our own. A single day working in an operating room without smoke evacuation is equivalent to inhaling the smoke of 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes. Smoke evacuation systems are available at the majority of hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in this state, however, our workplaces are not currently required by law to use them. This must change.
Nurses and other O.R. staff across the country have been fighting for legislation to ensure harmful surgical smoke is evacuated from every O.R. Their efforts have been successful in Rhode Island, Colorado and Kentucky this must become the standard in Louisiana as well.
On behalf of the surgical nurses across our great state, I appeal to our state lawmakers to pass legislation that ensures that surgical smoke evacuation systems are used every time there is surgical smoke, in every O.R. across the state. The lives of all the patients and those who work in the O.R. depend on it.
Thank you,
(sign your name, and credentials)

Click here for more info: AORN Government Affairs - Advocacy Tools - Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Legislative Report by
Nathalie Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR

An Unspoken Occupational Hazard
Reports of nurse abuse show that one in four nurses has been physically or verbally assaulted.
Research indicates this number is much higher in reality, with data suggesting 40-80% of nurse abuse is not reported.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only increased nurse abuse, with additional strains impacting mental health of patients and healthcare professionals. The violence seen in the public over the past year is also being seen in healthcare, including racially-motivated harm to nurses, and all of this is adding to the abuses against nurses ANA is hearing about, Boston-Leary notes.
“Nurses tend to accept this violence as part of their job, but make no mistake, abuse has absolutely NO place in nursing or towards any person in any setting” she stresses.
AORN agrees. That’s why AORN is supporting ANA in the national campaign #EndNurseAbuse to establish a zero-tolerance workplace culture where abuse is not tolerated in any form, whether verbal, physical, psychological, or sexual, including racially-motivated abuse.
You can support this end to nurse abuse, too.
Taking a Stand: To end nurse abuse for good, Boston-Leary says it takes every nurse speaking up and reporting abuse within an organizational culture that has an established process for allowing nurses to report abuse without fear of recrimination and then follows up with a resolution.
Here are four actions she suggests any nurse can take to turn the tide against abuse in their own practice setting:
1. Know the Definition of Abuse, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as “the act or threat of violence, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty.” Agreeing on this definition is an important first step to achieving widespread acknowledgement of the different types of nurse abuse, particularly non-physical abuse, Boston-Leary explains. “Subtle forms of assault, such as through words, are considered concealed weapons because the words harmed you and you didn’t see them coming, but the abuse can also create a ‘shock and awe’ response that leaves you wondering if you really heard what you heard—you might second guess yourself or wonder if anyone will believe you.” She hopes with awareness and education, a nurse experiencing any type of abuse can realize they have been abused.

2. Report Abuse, Ask about how your workplace handles abuse reporting, whether it is in your current workplace or when you are applying for a position, Boston-Leary suggests. “Ask about how reporting abuse happens during any shift because there should be a reporting mechanism in place for everyone, even if it’s on a weekend or evening shift with no manager easily accessible to report to.” If (when) you do experience abuse, it’s essential that you speak up immediately and note any witnesses who could corroborate your description of the incident, she says. Even after you experience abuse and even if you didn’t report it, it’s important to share your past abuse with others to empower them to report abuse they experience.
3. Change Your Culture Join or convene a committee to build or strengthen zero-tolerance abuse policies. Based on ANA’s Zero Tolerance Policy on Workplace Violence, Boston-Leary suggests these important elements of a zero-tolerance abuse program:
• Stop violence before it starts through education to identify risks and reduce vulnerabilities for workplace violence.
• Create an effective response to violence immediately after it occurs, including emergency care.
• Establish long-term responses that reduce the long-term negative effects of workplace abuse.
4. Speak to Your Legislator Congress is currently considering legislation to #End Nurse Abuse by passing The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R 1195). If approved, this law would require health care and social service industry employers to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan that protects nurses and other healthcare professionals from on-the-job abuse. Boston-Leary believes legislators are very attuned to the trusted voice of nurses to share about what is happening in health care today. “Send an email to your legislator to explain why this legislation and ANA’s #End Nurse Abuse campaign is important to you.”
Learn More:
• Read the latest issue brief on (H.R 1195).
• Read more from NIOSH on Listen to nurses’ personal stories of abuse on the job in ANA’s “.”



Respectfully Submitted by,

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

ORN of New Orleans, Chapter 1902- Legislative Chair


 Friday January  1, 2021

 -  New Year's Day

Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters

Wednesday January 6th, 2021

Business Meeting 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting ppbzdhb0hWQT09 Meeting ID: 815 9410 5760 Passcode: council

AORN Meeting:

January 27th, 5 PM
at Ochsner Kenner, MOB Building, 7th floor Conference Rm
(also via Zoom)
for a presentation on
Optimizing OR Capacity:
Why Turnovers and Delays are Not the Most Important Metrics
Presented by
Emily Bodden, MPH, Harwant Sethi
and Jessica Kovash
of Lean TaaS
A light dinner will be served
(CE is Pending)

Come join us for our first completely VIRTUAL meeting!
When: 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 24th
Where: ZOOM
Topic: Let's Clear the Air, The Time is Now (with CE)
Speaker: Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CML SO
AORN Treasurer
Educational grant provided by: ConMed
For confirmation of attendance,
please put your name in the chat box.
See Zoom details in email.
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March 24th-Virtual Meeting
with ConMed presentation

Did You know?

Louisiana State Council has an endowed scholarship for all AORN members that live in Louisiana!

Check out AORN Foundation's Scholarship and Grants page on the AORN website:

April 7th

- 5:00pm Virtual 1902 meet the candidates Zoom meeting hosted by Nathalie Walker to review the candidates best to lead us forward into the 2020-2021 year. Everyone is invited to share information.


April 28th
– Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
sponsored by Adam Bienvenu of Baxter (CE included)
by the 26th.​
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                AORN of New Orleans Chapter Candidates for Office


Official Ballot for Candidates for AORN Chapter 1902 New Orleans for President-Elect, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Nominating Committee. This ballot will be considered uncontested, unless there are write-ins brought forward to the Nominating Committee.  Please submit your consent to this ballot, by email to the Chair of Nominating Committee, prior to the May 26, 2021 chapter meeting. If ballot remains uncontested, the new officers will be announced at the May chapter meeting and the newly elected officers will be installed in June at our Installation ceremony.


         President Elect:        write in:               _____        





                Treasurer:                          Bobbie Carew


                                             write in:               _____




         Board Member:  (2 to be elected)


                                                            Nora Lambert


                                              write in: ____________


                                             write in:               _____



 Nominating Committee:   (2 to be elected)


                                                          Kim Conway


                                                          Kristi Guillot


                                            write in:               _____






Respectfully submitted:

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

Chair of Nominating Committee

AORN Chapter meeting
May 26, 2021 5p  - 
"The Evolving Value of Certification" CE with CCI's Jim Stobinski.  "This program has so much exciting news about CCI's  developing programs and new certification programs, and [CCI] has continued to offer perioperative nurses ways to not only certify but to continue to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills" - Nathalie Walker
May 26th- Short board of directors meeting with newly elected and remaining board members after the Zoom presentation.
National Nurses Week May 6- 12th. 
"National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event."
Installation Dinner -
June 16th-
Installation Banquet at
Quarter View Restaurant 
5:30 PM

AORN National Board




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


Holly S. Ervine, MSN, RN, NPD-BC CNOR                                   
Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR
Darlene B. Murdock, BSN, BA, 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

Brandy Miller, MHA, MSN, RN, CNOR

Kristy P. Simmons, MSN, RN, CNOR

Nominating Committee

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

Amy Brunson, MSN, RN, CNOR

Jeffrey R. Keane, BSN, RN, CNOR 

David Reinhart, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR
David L. Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR 


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

Louisiana State Council of AORN Chapters
Board of Directors Meeting 
1000 Zoom
Details TBA


August 7-11, 2021
Join us for the
68th annual
AORN Surgical Conference & Expo
in Orlando, FL!

My First Expo

                               by Angela Young


 Vendor Fair $200

AORN Member $35

Non AORN Member $45

Student  $25


Thursday November 2021

 - Thanksgiving


December 25th, 2021

 -  Christmas (No Meeting)

Upcoming Events

Join us for the

69th Annual

AORN Surgical Conference & Expo


in New Orleans

March 19-23, 2022


in San Antonio 

April 1-5, 2023

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