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AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902 Announcements
Thursday November 28, 2019
Wednesday December 25th, 2019
Wednesday January 1, 2019
- New Year's Day
My First Expo
by Angela Young
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 https://www.aorn.org/events/perioperative-nurses-week. 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 (thepaincommunity.org) 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. HealthyPeople.gov. 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 of New Orleans,
Chapter 1902- Legislative Chair
AORN of New Orleans - Chapter 1902
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Carrie Simpson, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, CNOR
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
Christal Cook, MSN, RN, CNOR
Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR
LA State Council Liaison:
Mary Anne S. Toledano, BS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR
Mary Anne Toledano, BS, BSN, RN,
Frances Hughes,BS, RN, CNOR
Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR
Saturday January 11, 2020
7a - 3p
AORN Chapter 1902 Annual Winter Seminar
7:00 - 8:00 Registration, Breakfast, and Welcome
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:
340 Aurora Ave.
Metairie, LA 70005
PayPal also available at:
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
Lizz Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, 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
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
Vendor Fair $200
Tuesday February 25, 2020
Wednesday March 11, 2020
University Medical Center (UMC)
Saturday March 28, 2020
AORN Surgical Conference & Expo
Sunday March 29 2020
Louisiana Council of AORN Chapters
- MEETING/SOCIAL @ 7p
Monday March 30, 2020
Tuesday March 31, 2020
Wednesday April 1, 2020
Wednesday April 22, 2020
Wednesday January 22, 2020
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