MEETING AND COMMITTEE UPDATES JAN 2018 – May 2018

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MEETING AND COMMITTEE UPDATES

JAN 2018 – May 2018

Membership
As of January 2018, we had 370 members (100 more members than a year ago) The chapter maintained 60% of its current membership and recruited new members and peri-op 101 students. If we had maintained 80% of our membership, we would have been eligible for 2 EXPO registrations. We did not meet that criteria. In May 2018, we ended with 378 members. Based on these numbers we did receive an $800 incentive from National AORN for recruitment. Great work!

Awards & Certification
No activity during this time period. However, the nominations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 year for the fall presentation of awards. See the Award Form in this newsletter. Deadline is August 1st, 2018. Please mail to Mary Mirick, Awards, Chairperson. Her address and email are on the bottom of the Awards Form.

Bylaws & Policies
Bylaw changes were voted on and approved at the December 2017 meeting. The main change was to align the wording to match the National Bylaws such as the change from Nominating and Leadership Development Committee to Nominating Committee. We also reduced our quoram percentage for voting due to low attendance at meetings and increased membership numbers. The committee will attempt to tackle the policy manual in the coming year.

Community Relations
February donations went to American Heart Assn and we served lunch at the Ronald McDonald house following our Saturday meeting. April donations went to Dakota Woodlands. May donations went to Open Door Pantry / Mobile Lunchbox program. Total donations for the year were $1,287.00. Mary Kay Boell will be handing over the Chairperson position to Jacob Wager. Welcome Jacob!

Education & Workshops
February topic was Opioid Crisis in America. March topic was Bladder Stimulation. April Spring Workshop topic was Caring for Transgender Patients. Spring workshop had to be rescheduled until May due to April MN blizzard. May topic was Nursing now – Nursing later. Planning for Fall kickoff on September10th is under way. Also planning for Fall Workshop with National speakers, Vange Dennis and Brenda Ulmer, is set for November 10th. Application for National grant to assist with travel expenses has been submitted by Cheryl Langford. The ANCC approval process for continuing education was expensive and very time laden. Therefore, after April 30th, 2018 we will no longer be an ANCC Provider through WNA. Our ANCC programs will be a 1:1 application either through AORN or WNA. We will need to be proactive in applying for contact hours. More details can be obtained from Cheryl Langford or Barb Wiemann.

Finance
Beginning balance on 1/2/18 was $19,109.90. Income from Chapter dues, advertisement sales, volunteerism match, National incentives, and Spring Workshop. Expenses were speakers fees, SW food, RMH food, and 50th anniversary expenses submitted in January. Ending balance 5/14/18 was $19,724.33. Always seeking new fundraising ideas and assistance! Budget for 2018-19 reviewed, amended, and approved by the Board. Presented to the chapter at the May meeting and approved also.

Nominating Committee
The ballot was filled, accepted and approved by the membership. Voting to occur at Spring Workshop with installation of officers at the May meeting. President: Denise Edelman
President Elect: Caroline Ness
Secretary: Leah VanGorp
Board of Directors: Jane Oksnevad (to complete Caroline’s last year) and Dick Hebrink
Melissa Domogalla and Ruth Mitchell. Melissa Domogalla needed to withdraw her nomination at the last minute due to a relocation. Jacob Wager was approved to fill this position and installed with the rest of the officers. Always a reminder to view National candidates for office and vote during the EXPO period either in person or from home. All AORN members are allowed to vote.

Legislative
There are several opportunities for advocacy – look at the MNA website.  Legislative session runs from February 20th through May 31st. Nurses’ Day on the hill on March 5th and 6th were cancelled due to weather. Student Nurse on the Hill day is April 10th. Unfortunately we are seeing many cuts to needed programs and insurance options. See Anne Jones, our expert, to find out more.

Newsletter & Social Media
OR NurseLink and FaceBook seem to be working well as communication options for our chapter. We also have a website at aorntwincities.com. The newsletter is published three times a year: spring, summer, and fall. The next deadline is October 1st for a November 1st delivery to members. Newsletter is mailed to about 50 facilities in the metro area and sent electronically to all members of AORN #2401 based on your email address you have listed at National. Always looking for writers for the Stereoscope! It’s easy. Please volunteer!

New business
Three members attended the Leadership Conference during EXPO; they were Denise Edelman, Stacy Johnson, and Caroline Ness. Membership approved a $100 donation to National for the Silent Auction Fundraiser. Web Ex was successfully used for one Board meeting during this time. Hotel Reservations for 2019 have been made by Denise Edelman. Deposit has been placed on 5 rooms. September 17th will be the MN Summit meeting – hosting all MN chapter Leadership for talk with Kerilyn Vox, from National AORN Chapter Services![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”main-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

MEETING AND COMMITTEE UPDATES SEPT 2017-JAN 2018

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MEETING AND COMMITTEE UPDATES

SEPT 2017-JAN 2018

Membership
As of October 1st, 2017 we had 348 members registered in our chapter. As of January 1st, 2019 we have 370 members. That’s 100 more than last year. If anyone wants to change chapter membership status, one must call or email National directly or wait for their renewal notice.

Awards & Certification
Awards were given at the fall kickoff and recognized in the Fall Newsletter. Award nomination forms are available and we will be needing nominees by August 1st for their involvement during this past year. Recognize those that do outstanding work or are rising stars with a nomination!

Bylaws & Policies
The bylaws were updated to match National wording change “NLDC” to just “Nominating Committee.”  Also our quoram was reduced from 8% to 5% at business and chapter meetings. National recommends 3-5%. With a growing chapter and low attendance at meetings, it was difficult to get items passed. The bylaws were finally approved at the December meeting and sent to National Headquarters along with the Chapter Accountability Standards for the year.

Community Relations
See the article in the newsletter for complete community relations update.

Education & Workshops
The Fall Kickoff, Fall Workshop, and 50th Anniversary celebration in December were all very well attended. Incentive and grant monies from National helped to offset costs for these events.

The February thaw meeting is Saturday, Feb 10th on Opiate Crisis in America. March 12th topic will be on positioning
(it was requested from the Fall Workshop evaluation).

The Spring Workshop is Saturday, April 14th on Transgender Concerns
(4 CH), registration required. May meeting will be a vendor presentation. The Fall workshop (5 CH) is planned for Nov 10th with Vangie Dennis.

Finance
Beginning balance of $20,953.98 at the start of the financial year (July 1st) Ending balance on February 9th is $17,714.79. Income sources are Chapter dues, national incentives, vendor fair, silent auction, gift card raffle, workshop and kickoff registrations, and stereoscope ad sales. Chapter expenses are related to speaker fees, workshop and event costs, laptop purchase for the chapter, awards, delegate checks, and community relations efforts. All delegate checks have been processed. Ten delegates each received $1100 towards EXPO in New Orleans 2018. The Chapter also donates $1 for every member to the AORN Foundation annually; therefore, a check for $350 was sent in December 2017.  A donation of $100 will be sent to the EXPO Silent Auction.

Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee has reviewed the candidates and completed the ballot for 2018-19. You will find the complete ballot and brief bios on each candidate in this issue. Nominations needed to be completed by February, posted to the chapter in March, approved in April, and new officers installed in May this year. June will be the transitional board meeting. Caroline Ness will move to President Elect and Jane Oksnevad will finish her term on the Board.

Legislative
The MN Legislature is status quo. Anne Jones has contributed several articles to this newsletter from HealthCare Reform to what is on the agenda at National. Anne will also be working with our December speaker, Georgie Dinghoff-Hogenson on the statewide circulator bill. AORN National does not have MN on the agenda for this topic. This will be a 1-3 year strategy. Thank you!

Newsletter & Communication
Deadline for the Summer newsletter is June10th. Four companies continue advertising with us. We have recruited a new advertisement with Irrisept this year! Scanlan continues to electronically send the Stereoscope out to the majority of members and a small mailing list to hospitals and ASCs and members who have not submitted an email to National. FaceBook has grown to 102 members! This is a closed group. Message Leah VanGorp to join!

New business
Three members will attend the Leadership Meeting at EXPO on Saturday from 8-11. They are Caroline Ness, Stacy Johnson, and Denise Edelman. Chapter Accountability standards were submitted and accepted on December 30th, 2017. Rorie would like to thank everyone for their help with all the activities so far this year. Any pictures from celebrations can be given to Anne Jones. Michelle Nolander no longer works for AORN National due to restructuring. She is working as the Director of a Denver ASC.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”main-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2018-2019 Ballot for AORN Chapter #2401 of the Twin Cities

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2018-2019 Ballot for AORN Chapter #2401
of the Twin Cities

President

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.

President-Elect

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.

Secretary

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.

Nominating Committee

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.

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Membership Dues

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Membership

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Did you know…….

Each year when you renew your membership with National AORN and choose our chapter (#2401), we receive a portion to maintain our chapter functions. If you renew for one year, we receive $20 for that year. If you renew with a two or three year membership, we receive $40 or $60 respectively at the time of renewal. Therefore, our chapter funds may fluctuate greatly from year to year dependent on types of renewals and time of renewals.

For lifetime members, $20 is deposited with their initial payment. After that, no money is collected for the local chapter, but the member will continue to be a chapter member for life!
For retired and student members, no local chapter money is collected, but they remain a member of the chapter without payment.

National reports that Chapters can chose to charge those members dues if they would like.

The Board has discussed this for the past few years. We have decided to send out letters rather than invoices to our lifetime and retired members. We recognize your dedication to our profession by your commitment to become a lifetime member or stay active as a retired member but we ask that you consider a donation of $20 annually to help support our chapter and mentor our young membership. As you know we provide education monthly and need to pay speakers and that we also provide assistance to attend Expo.

It takes 55 paying members to support one delegate each year. Supporting fundraising events also helps our chapter. The letters will be coming out in the next few weeks. If you chose to donate now (or later), please send a check made out to AORN #2401 to our current treasurer, Marilyn Westphal, 3157 Doneene Lane, Eagan MN 55121.

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2017 June Board Meeting

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June 12th, 2017 Board Meeting Highlights

Written by Barb Wiemann, Secretary

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  • Spring Workshop was held May 6th with 42 nurses attending. Good reviews were received.
  • The survey monkey will be coming. Discussion included keeping the questions simple and short otherwise members will not answer or start it and not finish it. It was discussed to tell the members how long the survey would take to complete it prior to them starting it. We would like the survey to tabulate itself. The survey will includes topics meetings times and days, forms of communications, member demographics, etc.
  • The National Town Hall meeting was rescheduled to June 14th; topics will include OR Nurse Link, Chapter Accountability Standards (CAS) reports and calculations, Chapter Leadership workshop recap, attracting new members and guideline essentials demonstration.
  • Marilyn Westphal will be editor for the Stereoscope for 2017-18.
  • Leah Van Gorp will continue to head up social media for 2017-18.
  • Next Chapter Meetings: September will be the Fall Kickoff meeting but no actual business meeting October 9th will be the first chapter business meeting for 2017-18.

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2017 April-May Board Meeting

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April-May, 2017 Board Meeting Highlights

Written by Barb Wiemann, Secretary

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  • Legislative update: Health care legislation this session, so far, has consisted of two bills intended to shore up the individual market, GOP push to dissolve the MNsure marketplace, and an initiative from Gov. Dayton to allow more people to “buy in” to Minnesota Care. Opposed by the GOP.

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2017 February Board Meeting

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February 13th, 2017 Board Meeting Highlights

Written by Barb Wiemann, Secretary

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  • The January Jam held January 7th was successful. It offered 7 contact hours and 22 members participated in the event.
  • Marilyn Westphal, President, received a letter from AORN Foundation. They are trying to collect $20,000 from chapters by the end of 2017. Our chapter check for 2015 for $250 was never cashed. Faye sent a check for $500 already for 2015 & 2016.
  • The bylaws proposed change of Article XII Dissolution was passed at the January 7th, 2017
    chapter meeting.
  • IMS Education certificates are available for distribution. Clorox Healthcare certificates from January Jam are available online.
  • A discussion was held regarding the chapter needs to investigate in getting a pay service for workshops etc. Several individuals did not attend in the fall due to our chapter not accepting a pay pal transaction
  • The chapter was suggested to do a survey monkey in regards to the changes this year in chapter meetings, Mondays versus Saturday with 3 topics. Caroline has offered to design the survey.

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Meeting and Committee Highlights October 2016 Through February 2017

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Meeting and Committee Highlights

OCT 2016 – FEB 2017

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Membership

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Membership as of October 9th, 2016 was 255 members. There are over 1000 prospective members in the metro area. Rorie Chinnock, membership chair and President-elect, has been actively sending letters to welcome new members and follow up with any lapsed members.  Ending membership as of February 13th, 2017 is 282 members. We are growing in numbers yet attendance at meetings continues to decline. We are working on a monkey survey to get feedback on what you are looking for in an association. Letter template received from national for periop 101 students. Will look into recruiting from periop 101 groups.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Awards &
Certifications

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Awards were clarified and reduced to four this past year. They are Promising Clinical Star Award, Rising Star Membership, Distinguished Service Award, and Outstanding Perioperative Nursing Practice Award. The awards are based on the previous year service. We will soon be looking at the 2016-2017 nominations. Please consider nominating a deserving individual.  Many members also earned their CNOR during the 2015-2016 year and the chapter purchased CNOR pins for them. If you were not recognized with your pin at a meeting, please contact Mary Mirick at mmmirick@gmail.com. We would love to still recognize your efforts![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Bylaws &
Policies

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]In the Fall Stereoscope, a proposal was made related to the dissolution of the chapter along with the voting date of January 7th, 2017. The proposal passed that if the association dissolves, all funds in the treasury will be given to the AORN Foundation. Bylaws will be sent for final approval for our Chapter Accountability Standards. More bylaws updates coming from national in the new year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Community Relations

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]October cash donations were sent to Augsburg Women’s Clinic. Our November collection was Toys for Tots. In December, we did a service project, Cooking for Kids, at the RMH within Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis. Then at the January Jam we collected $100 which was split between the Eagan and Coon Rapids Feed My Starving Children locations while several members participated in packing food for needy children across the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Education &
Workshops

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Finance

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Beginning balance $21,063.95 on Oct 8th, 2016. Income from silent auction, fall workshop, Gerten’s fundraiser, basket raffle, and chapter dues. Expenses related to fall workshop. Ending balance $26,221.25 on December 4th, 2016.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Nominating &
Leadership

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Legislative

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Newsletter &
Social Media

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New Business

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2016 October Board and Chapter Meeting

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October 10, 2016
AORN of Twin Cities Chapter #2401

Highlights of the Board and Chapter Meetings

Report of Officers

President:
Marilyn Westphal
  • Fall Kickoff had 50 paid attendees; guests include Scanlan and our speaker plus two business associates. 12 no shows who had replied (6 paid and 6 not) greatly affects meal planning, next year consider catering from Children’s if this is an option. Three educational awards were given out to Annette Tschann, Andrea Qureshi and Angela Todd for the workshops and the January Jam.
  • Brigid Scanlan left pamphlets with Marilyn about” Scanlan Life Programs, supporting medical mission trips. More information can be found at http://www.scanlaninternational.com/scanlan-life-programs/
  • A Town Hall meeting was held last Monday regarding the National AORN elections. AORN was tasked with looking at the voting process at the EXPO in Anaheim. Since 2010 when all members could vote for National Officers etc, only about 2000 members have voted each year. Their goal is 13,000, a third of the membership for 2-17. The candidates for the ballot will be taping their statements but the Q&A will be live in Boston next year. By 2018 both will be taped and made available 2 weeks before the conference, in hopes of local chapters reviewing the presentations at a meeting and having discussions regarding the candidates. Hopefully more members will vote following the discussion. Next year there will be no campaigning as in previous years.
President Elect:
Rorie Chinnock
  • Current membership as of October 9, 2016 is 255 members. There were 32 new members, 6 lapsed members and 1100 prospective members. Prospective members are nurses from around the Twin Cities who have either accessed the national websites, purchased products etc.
Treasurer:
Faye Anhorn
  • Financial report was reviewed and approved. $260 collected last month for 2nd Harvest and Ellen Anderson Manz returned her $50 honorarium back to the chapter.
  • Faye has updated a form for speakers that have donated their honorariums back to the chapter and would like to have a tax donation form. Cheryl Langford asked for this form to be available for the vendors from the workshop.

Committee Reports

Bylaws and Policy:
Barb Wiemann

Bylaws proposal update.

Currently:
ARTICLE XII
DISSOLUTION

If the Association should dissolve, all funds in the treasury will be divided in half between the AORN Foundation and Shriner’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Revision:
ARTICLE XII
DISSOLUTION

If the Association should dissolve, all funds in the treasury will be given to the AORN Foundation.

* The members are given a 30 day written notification. Voting on this proposed bylaws change will be at the January Jam, January 7th, 2017 (Saturday) chapter meeting at Children’s Minneapolis Hospital.

Membership:
Marilyn
  • Marilyn and Rorie Chinnock revised the letters for new and lapsed members from our chapter (Marilyn has samples). Marilyn had sent letters to new members prior to the Fall Kickoff and Rorie sent out 38 more letters this past week to new (32) and lapsed (6) members.
Newsletter:
Caroline Ness
  • Input is being accepted about the new website created by Scanlan, it is www.aorntwincities.com, Marilyn will discuss with Scanlan how it will be updated etc.
Awards/Certifications:
Mary Mirick

The following awards were presented at the Fall Kickoff

  • Promising Clinical Star Award: Leah Van Gorp
  • Rising Star Membership award: Karen Dandeneau
  • Distinguished Service Award: MaryKay Boell
  • Outstanding Perioperative Nursing Award: Jane Oksnevad
  • CNOR’s: Christa Decker, Melissa Domagagalla, Darrin Olson, Brenda Hall, Mary Hobot,
  • Catherine McKeithern and Alexis Stucki
Community Relations:
MaryKay
  • Collection for Toys for Tots will be at the 3M meeting and the Fall Workshop.
  • Ronald McDonald House Meal will be served at Children’s Minneapolis on December 12th, 4:40-7:30PM
NEW Business:
Marilyn Westphal
  • Marilyn has received several names that are interested in a subspecialty group from the Twin Cities for nurse managers. If others are interested please let Marilyn know.
Bylaws Proposal:
October 10, 2016

Currently:

ARTICLE XII
DISSOLUTION

If the Association should dissolve, all funds in the treasury will be divided in half between the AORN Foundation and Shriner’s Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Revision:

ARTICLE XII
DISSOLUTION

If the Association should dissolve, all funds in the treasury will be given to the AORN Foundation.

Voting on this proposed change will be at the AM, January 7th, 2017 (Saturday) chapter meeting at Children’s Minneapolis Hospital.

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2016 August Board and Chapter Meeting

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August 8th, 2016
AORN of Twin Cities Chapter #2401

Highlights of the Board and Chapter Meetings

Report of Officers

President:
Marilyn Westphal
  • Chapter delegate notification was received from National in July. The chapter is slated for 13 delegates based on voting membership of 220 members; we are budgeted for 10 delegates.

Delegate applications are due by September 30th.

  • The Code of Ethics and Conduct should be reviewed annually. It will be laminated and place at each of the tables at the Fall Kickoff.
  • The annual Committee reports should be turned in to the President at the June Board meeting. It is requested to use the standard report form and attendance sheet.
President Elect:
Rorie Chinnock
  • Current membership as of August 8, 2016 is 241 members. There were 32 new members, 15 lapsed members and 1152 prospective members.
Treasurer
Faye Anhorn
  • The annual review of the budget was completed; the workshop registrations fees were discussed. The fee per member at spring workshop is $45.00 for 3 contact hours, the fall workshop is marked as $75 for 6 and $70 for 5 contact hours and the January meeting is marked for $20 for 3 contact hours.
  • The reimbursements forms will be used for anytime a member is asking for money from the chapter. The forms will be mailed electronically to Board members.
  • The current educational award per monthly chapter meeting is $5.00. The Board will eliminate these because they are not often returned instead we will give free registration to the fall and spring workshops (one each) and the January meeting if a charge will be made. The educational certificates will be transferrable to another chapter meeting if the winner can not attend.
Education:
Cheryl Langford and Barb Wiemann
  • Speakers for the fall are confirmed:
  • November @ 3M, Cori Olfsted “Recognizing the Potential for a perfect storm and strategies for improving patient safety”, 1.5 contact hours. Collection: Toys for Tots. Appropriate topic for Surgical Techs, CPD Techs and Infection Control staff.
  • November 12th, workshop, “Raising your instrument IQ” put on IMS (Nathan Hick), topic includes robotic instruments, rigid and flexible scopes etc. There are 7 speakers, 45 minutes presentations, and we provide lunch. Registration fees: $70.00 and $35 for retired or student. 5 contact hours. Appropriate topic for Surgical Techs, CPD Techs and Infection Control staff.

Times are being finalized. Also collecting for Toys for Tots. Cheryl has sent out vendor letters for a fee of $250.00. Any other vendor names you want to submit see Cheryl. That day the Toys for Tots collection will be organized by MaryKay Boell, the Silent Auction by Barb, and the vendor raffle gift cards by Marilyn Westphal. The cost for raffle ticket will be $1 each or 6 for $5.

President’s 2016-17 Goals:
Marilyn Westphal

Communication

  • Develop postal mailing roster for the Stereoscope to all surgical healthcare facilities in the Twin Cities area to promote AORN amongst OR managers and their departments. Goal meet!
  • Revive or develop a local chapter website as a source of standard communication.

Engagement

  • Offer one additional half-day workshop on Saturday morning in place of three Monday nights to increase attendance by 30% over weeknight meetings.
  • Begin the use of web-based meeting structure for Board meetings for two meetings during the year to allow easier access to elected positions.
  • Provide two chapter meetings that allow open discussion on member engagement at the local and national levels to increase involvement of newer members in to officer, board or committees by 20% (2 new members in leadership roles).

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