2017 Feed My Starving Children

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Following the education on Saturday, January 7th, 2017, we will grab lunch together and then work at Feed My Starving Children in the afternoon at two locations in the Twin Cities from 2-4 pm.

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401 93rd Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(Phone: 763-504-2919)

South / East Suburbs
990 Lone Oak Road
Suite 136
Eagan, MN   55121
(Phone:  763-746-2952)

Please contact MaryKay Boell at mkboell@yahoo.com
if interested in attending.  We will need to confirm participants ahead of the scheduled day.

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2017 January Jam

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Ring in the New Year by Joining
Chapter #2401 AORN of the Twin Cities

Saturday, January 7th, 2017
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Children’s Hospital, 2nd floor Education Center
2525 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55404

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7:30 a.m.
Chapter Meeting

8:00 a.m.
Fundamentals of UV for Hospital Surface Treatment by Eric Cheng (Clorox Healthcare)
Contact hour provided by Clorox

9:15 a.m.
Update on Fetal Therapy by Dr. Joe Lillegard
Contact hour provided by AORN of Twin Cities

Objectives for Update on Fetal Therapy

  1. Describe the status of Fetal Therapy.
  2. List the fetal interventions done.
  3. Define gene therapy as it relates to fetal therapy.

AORN of Twin Cities is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

10:30 a.m.
Surgical Smode Free Recognition Program by Karla Brustad & Mario-Vail (Medtronic and National AORN)
Contact hour provided by Medtronic


3.5 CEUs – FREE
Light breakfast will be served.   No registration is required.
Hope to see you there!
Chapter President, Marilyn Westphal, BSN, RN, CNOR

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President’s Message 2016 Fall


Presidents Message


Fall Greetings

Marilyn Westphal, BSN, RN, CNOR

Our new association year is off and running already.  Where does the time go?  I can’t believe we are seeing Christmas decorations in the stores again.  With that being said, there is a lot of activity planned yet for this fall.  August was our first board meeting where I proposed some changes for the upcoming term.  These ideas were also presented at the Fall Kick Off.  If you missed it, I hope to summarize it in the limited space here and reinforce it throughout the newsletter, on FaceBook -Twin Cities AORN 2401, OR NurseLink and our new website!!   www.TWINCITIESAORN.com

The Fall Kick Off event was on Monday, September 12th, at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  Our group was slightly smaller than anticipated.  This may have been impacted by the Metro nurses that are out on strike at the time of the event.  I would still consider it highly successful and a fun night!  We had 50 paid attendees and a few guests and business members of Chapter #2401. After a brief social hour with ice tea, lemonade, and coffee, we enjoyed a dinner catered by Olive Garden.  During the dinner, I was able to highlight our Chapter and introduce key members.  CNOR pins and Chapter Awards were also given during the program by Rorie Chinnock, President-Elect and Awards Committee member.  Congratulations to Leah VanGorp, Denise Edelman, MaryKay Boell, and Jane Oksnevad on your well deserved Chapter Awards.  See pictures and descriptions of the awards later in the newsletter.

We had some other winners too!   In the past we have given out an educational scholarship of $20 at the end of the chapter meetings.  They were rarely being utilized by the recipients.  This year, we went BIG!!  The chapter is only awarding three educational scholarships for the year and they were drawn on Fall Kick Off night. Although only three, they are for the value of the Fall Workshop, January Jam, and Spring Workshop.  Our lucky people for the educational scholarships were Annette Tschann, Angela Todd, and Andrea Qureshi respectively.

My presentation also introduced different chapter meeting days, splitting between Monday nights and Saturdays.  Please look at the Calendar of Events before heading out to a meeting as this is a CHANGE for the 2016-2017 year.  I may try to change the format to a web conferencing tool for the board meetings as well. Keep watching for updates and stay informed!

The evening highlight was our guest speaker and AORN member, Ellen Anderson-Manz who spoke about “Why Nurses Eat their Young”.  Ellen has a long career in Periop Education within the Health East system and 3M’s Infection Prevention Division.  She recently received her Master’s in Nursing Education at Bethel University.  As her final presentation, she researched the effects of lateral and vertical healthcare violence that young nurses are encountering. Many are leaving the nursing field and /or their first job within the first year after graduation.   Ellen’s daughter is a new nursing graduate and Ellen had assisted her in learning how to confront the violence, reduce intimidation and bullying whether it is from senior nurses, management, doctors, peers, and even other medical personnel higher or lower in authority.  It was very enlightening and interesting.  It was a topic that we can all relate to.  Read more about this topic in the Fall Kick Off section of the newsletter.

A requirement of our association is to review the Code of Conduct annually with all the members.  This was printed and placed at each table and certainly was relevant to the topic for the night.  I appreciate everyone’s attentiveness, courtesy, and interaction with our speaker.  Looking ahead, our next meeting will be Monday, October 10th at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  The Board meeting will begin at 5:30pm, followed by a Chapter meeting at 6:30pm and speaker at 7:00pm.  The topic will be Member Engagement and Generational Differences affecting our Association.  I will be leading the interactive presentation based on a book I received while at Volunteer Leadership Academy in Denver last May.  The book is entitled, Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now, by Sarah L. Sladek.  Everyone is welcome!   This topic could provide valuable information to your workplace also.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]