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AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902 Announcements

 

NEW!

AORN National Board

2020-2021

 

President 

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

                                                                      President-elect   

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

 

Treasurer
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
CHAIR:

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 

ADVISOR

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

Carrie Simpson

President 2019-2020

AORN of New Orleans Chapter 1902

Saturday January 11, 2020

7a - 3p

AORN Chapter 1902 Annual Winter Seminar

                                    Agenda                                                                    

 

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

8:00-10:00    

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:

http://ejgh.org/patients-visitors/maps-a-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:

aornofneworleanschapter1902.com

 

 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.

 

Purpose

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

(2019-2020) 

BOARD of DIRECTORS 


President

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

simpsonca@cox.net


President-elect

Judy Montello, BSHCA, RN, CNOR

Judy.Montello@lcmchealth.org


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

matoledano@outlook.com


Secretary
Mandy Martin-Sanchez, BSN, MEd,
RN, CNOR

mmartin-sanchez@lammico.com


Treasurer

Melissa Guidry, RN, MPH, CNOR guidrymelissa@yahoo.com


Board of Directors:

(2018-2020)


Linda Levesque, MSN, RN, CNOR

Linda.Levesque@hcahealthcare.com

Roxanne McNally, BSN, RN

roxanne.mcnally@lcmchealth.org

Elaine Stock, BSN, RN, CNOR

elaine.stock@lcmchealth.org

(2017-2019)

Tammy Sill RN

tsill@ochsner.org


Geri Tannehill BSN, RN, CNOR geritannehill@yahoo.co


       
Nominating & Leadership
Development Committee:

Christal Cook, MSN, RN, CNOR

(Chair)

Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR

ramiemiller@yahoo.com

LA State Council Liaison:

Mary Anne S. Toledano, BS, BSN, RN, CNOR matoledano@outlook.com

 

Legislative Committee:

Nathalie Walker MBA, RN, CNOR

- Chair

gw_nat@bellsouth.net

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

mstoledano@ejgh.org


          Assistant Editor:

          Frances Hughes,BS, RN, CNOR
          fmhugs@hotmail.com


Webmaster:
Ramie K. Miller, MSN, RN, CNOR

ramiemiller@yahoo.com

Education 

TBD

Winter Seminar

January 2020

February/March  2019

President's Message

     

Respectively,

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

  

HOLIDAYS

Thursday November 28, 2019

 - Thanksgiving

 

Wednesday December 25th, 2019

 -  Christmas

No Meeting

 

 Wednesday January 1, 2019

 -  New Year's Day

Wednesday January 22, 2020

Meeting

Ochsner Kenner

5p

Tuesday February 25, 2020

MARDI GRAS

My First Expo

                               by Angela Young

Wednesday March 11, 2020

University Medical Center (UMC)

5p

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

- MEETING/SOCIAL @ 7p

Monday March 30, 2020

- tba

Tuesday March 31, 2020

-tba

Wednesday April 1, 2020

-tba

 

LOUISIANA STATE COUNCIL OF

AORN CHAPTERS

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

CHNOLA 

Meeting 5p

Wednesday May 27, 2020

SOCIAL 

-TBA

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

- TBD

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