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AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902 Announcements



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

President's Message 

To the chapter members and friends of AORN 1902:

     First, I’d like to thank Mary Anne Toledano for taking the time to send out a message about all meetings being cancelled until further notice. The Board is having a Zoom meeting in the coming weeks to figure out possible alternatives to meetings and social events. Please stay tuned for more information.

     Second, please check the AORN website for the new COVID-19 toolkit as well as information on the virtual Surgical Conference and Expo starting May 1. It’s free for all members and a great benefit for everyone in light of the cancellation of 2020 Surgical Conference and Expo. If you’ve never been to our annual conference, I urge you check it out and see what the education sessions at Expo are like.

     Finally, as chapter president, I knew I needed to address the membership as our work (and life) situations changed with COVID-19; however, like many of you, I was working on the front lines at one of our area hospitals when everything started. At the end of the workday, I simply had no words left to send. I’m sure many of you understand what I’m saying.

     As nurses, we’re all in this together. There has never been a more important time to prioritize protecting ourselves mentally and physically to be able to not only function as caregivers but as humans navigating their way through this. As perioperative nurses without elective cases to work, we’re finding our roles shifting uncomfortably, our works hours reduced drastically, or even our jobs being put on an indefinite hold.

     The transition of responding to a global pandemic in New Orleans has been intense, abrupt, and shocking. A coworker said something a few weeks ago that really hit home with me: this is scarier than the worst hurricane. We can evacuate to a place out of the hurricane’s reach. With (COVID-19), there’s nowhere to evacuate and we don’t know when this particular ‘storm’ is going to pass. We began the month of March making small talk about COVID-19. A few weeks later, we saw our regular hospital environments dissolve and we started gearing up as if going into battle.

     Reality changed rapidly for all of us and change no longer happened gradually, but hourly. Part of the new normal in our hospitals involved getting new directives to replace ones instituted earlier that morning. Everyone is practicing and delivering care in different and creative ways in order to accommodate issues not typically seen in the American health care system. Our work environment completely transformed, and the energy shifted to something surreal: the air is heavy, hallways are eerily silent, and it’s frightening. Confusingly, at the same time, it is more positive, encouraging, and supportive than ever.

     Things seem to be improving ever-so-slightly as the days pass; however, we’re not out of the woods yet. Because of this, my message to you is that it is important for everyone in health care to find ways to decompress in order to sustain their energy levels and capacity to keep pushing through physically and emotionally. Keep working on your craft, on your art, on whatever lights you up outside of work, and share it online with the world if you choose. We are nurses, but we are human beings first. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that and step out of “nurse mode” to stay mentally healthy.

     To those still making it happen on the front lines: I was honored to work beside many of you when COVID-19 became our reality and turned our hospital and personal lives into something we thought we’d only see in a movie. Keep up the positive spirit and hard work. This too, shall pass.

     To those not working in a hospital environment: please be patient, considerate, understanding, and supportive of those who are. Take one moment to remember that it’s not business as usual when they clock in for their shifts. When it’s time to clock out, some are okay with being the heroes everyone is celebrating in this crisis, but others just want to be non-nurse humans for a few hours.

     As I said before, we’re all nurses, and we’re all in this together. Support those who are working tirelessly through all of this and understand that, when COVID-19 is just a memory, some may still have a long journey ahead to recover from what they’ve seen and experienced. Find a way to help a perioperative nurse who may have found themselves unexpectedly furloughed or their hours drastically reduced even if you’re out of work and can only afford a word of encouragement or a socially distanced shoulder to cry on. Count your blessings, be grateful for today, and appreciate those who might be getting on your nerves at home all day. Some of your fellow nurses only have virtual human contact right now. Most importantly, take care of yourselves and your families. The things we put on the backburner when this all started will still be here waiting to be dusted off and picked back up when normal returns.

Stay safe and be well.


Carrie Simpson

President 2019-2020

AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902

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 of New Orleans - Chapter 1902




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


Judy Montello, BSHCA, RN, 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

February/March  2019

President's Message



Carrie Simpson, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR

President AORN of New Orleans-Chapter 1902


Legislative Report by 

Nathalie Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR



Respectfully Submitted by,

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

AORN - Past President

AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902- Legislative Chair



Thursday November 28, 2019

 - Thanksgiving


Wednesday December 25th, 2019

 -  Christmas

No Meeting


 Wednesday January 1, 2019

 -  New Year's Day

Wednesday January 22, 2020


Ochsner Kenner


Tuesday February 25, 2020


My First Expo

                               by Angela Young

Wednesday March 11, 2020

University Medical Center (UMC)


Cancelled due to COVID-19

 Vendor Fair $200

AORN Member $35

Non AORN Member $45

Student  $25

Saturday March 28, 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19

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





Cancelled due to COVID-19


cordially invites you  to join us for appetizers at the

2020 AORN Surgical Expo & Global Conference

Louisiana AORN Chapters Meet and Greet


Place:  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Anaheim Garden Walk

Time:  7-9 on the Surf’s Up Patio

When:  Sunday March 29, 2020

Wednesday April 22, 2020


Meeting 5p

Wednesday May 27, 2020



Wednesday June 24, 2020 

 5:00p - 7:00p

Installation Dinner - 

$30 per person:

Come join us in the installation and Celebration of our New  Officers!!

We will have the Installation Ceremony followed by a delicious Dinner.


When: 5:00pm, Wednesday June 24th    

Where: Andrea's Restaurant 3100 19th Avenue, Metairie

Menu:        Salad

Choice of:  Eggplant Parmesan or Fresh Catch of the Day

                    Bread Pudding or Chocolate Mousse

                    Water, Tea or Cash Bar

Cost:     $30.00 all inclusive

Deadline for RSVP and Payment June 20th

pay by Check or PayPal below

Please pay Melissa Guidry her contact is:

Saturday July 2020

Louisiana State Council of AORN Chapters

- Meeting 10a


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