2018-2019 Ballot for AORN Chapter #2401
of the Twin Cities
Denise Edelman (1 year term)
We support each other by being active in our chapter and organization. Over the years I have been involved with the board and worked closely with Rorie, our president, this past year to prepare me for my new role. I feel I have skills and knowledge to offer and also to learn. Thank you for this opportunity to support our great chapter as President as we continue to grow and improve.
Caroline Ness (1 year term)
I first joined AORN in 1986.
I have had the opportunity to attend Expo four times, three times as a Twin Cities chapter delegate in 2015, 2016, and 2018. I obtained my CNOR in 2013. When I was invited to the chapter meeting to recognize those earning their CNOR, I made the decision it was time to get more involved in the chapter. Prior to my involvement in the Twin Cities chapter, I served as secretary of the Bismarck and Fargo chapters. Within #2401, I’ve served in several roles: secretary, newsletter editor, co-chair of the communication committee and board of directors. In 2015, I received the Rising Star Membership Award. I am also a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC). Besides managing a Surgery Center and my AORN role, I am on the Board of Directors for the Chaska Rotary. I would be honored to serve the chapter as President Elect this coming year.
Leah VanGorp (2 year term)
I became a nurse in 2004 and obtained a job in the OR in 2011 after working in the ICU, telemetry and ER. I joined AORN and obtained my CNOR in 2014 (thanks to my mentor and co-worker, Jane Oksnevad). My OR career started at Unity Hospital as a staff nurse. Currently, I’m working as a staff nurse at M Health ASC at the University of Minnesota. I attended the AORN National Conference & Expo twice as a delegate in 2017 & 2018. I have been on the Nominating Committee for the last two years and helped expand our social media presence for our AORN chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
In 2016, I received the Promising Clinical Star Award. I find being involved in AORN gives me a deeper connection to my career by allowing me to continue learning with peers and colleagues outside of my job. I look forward to taking on the challenge of Secretary for our local AORN chapter.
Board of Directors
Jane Oksnevad (1 year term)
I joined AORN in 2005.
I have held several positions including Board of Directors, President elect, President, and nominating committee. I was also the Awards chair for several years and I have attended the Surgical Conference a few times. I have worked at Unity Hospital for many years as a staff nurse and orienting new employees. I have gained much through AORN like enhanced leadership, networking, and service.
I look forward to serving on the Board of Directors for one year to complete Caroline’s term.
Dick Hebrink (2 year term)
I have worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital since 1980, spent 10 years in SPD as an Assistant, Supervisor, and Asst. Manager before becoming a nurse in 1990. I transitioned to the OR in 2007 and joined AORN right away, and obtained my CNOR in 2009. I recognize the importance of Certification and what it means. I have been active nationally in many nursing arenas.
I attend local educational opportunities and encourage co-workers to do the same.
I try to galvanize my peers to pursue CNOR. Connecting and networking with others is important. I have created two bulletin boards in the OR to promote AORN. I also announce all events and educational opportunities during staff huddles. I believe AORN provides us with a lot of opportunities and being involved helps to elevate our practice. I will be attending my first EXPO this year and look forward to serving on the Board of Directors.
Melissa (Missy) Domogalla (2 year term)
I became an OR RN at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in 2013. I received my CNOR certification in 2015. In 2016, I assisted with the opening of the Maple Grove – Park Nicollet ASC. In May 2017, a FT position at Cambridge Allina opened up. I have attended 3 AORN conferences, Chicago, Los Angeles, and this year in New Orleans. My passion is the operating room, but I have cross-trained to the PACU, and I like the variety this opportunity brings. This year I signed up with CCI to be a certification coach for those interested in obtaining the CNOR status. I’m looking forward to meeting more of our Chapter members and serving on the NC.
Ruth Mitchell (2 year term)
I’ve been a nurse since 1977. I transitioned to the OR in 1988. This OR was an all RN OR. My boss and the educator went to Congress in Texas and presented about our Preceptor program (ever since then I have wanted to be a member of AORN), My roles in the OR include: scrubbing, circulating, working charge both in the hospital/ASC setting, teaching new peri-op nurses, being the ENT coordinator and educator, assistant nurse manager in a level one trauma center, and an infection prevention nurse in an ASC. I became a member of AORN in 2017 and my goals are to become certified and to attend congress.
I believe in providing quality, efficient and safe care and that the circulator needs to be an RN and the voice for our patients. I look forward to serving on the NC.
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