50th Anniversary

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Our 50th Anniversary Celebration


By Rorie Chinnock

On December 11, 2017 our AORN Chapter 2401 celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a time to reminisce about the past, celebrate our accomplishments, and look to the future of peri-operative nursing.

We gathered at Children’s Hospital Education Center. There was time to network and catch up with former members who had been invited to join in the celebration. Anne Jones had worked hard at updating our scrapbooks, which are now in great shape! It was fun to scan these books and remember past events and the people who have made our chapter what it is.

A wonderful meal was provided by BD Company compliments of Sherri Briggs.

After a brief meeting, we took time for people to introduce themselves and share their connection to the chapter and the part they had played in the past or future of Chapter 2401. The night concluded with a presentation by Georgia Dinndorf-Hogenson speaking on Moral Courage in PeriOperative Nurses.

Thank You to all who helped in making this event a great success! A good time was had by all.

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Take Off to 2017 AORN Surgical Expo and Conference

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Ready for “Take-Off” to Boston, MA

April 1st through 5th

International AORN Surgical Expo and Conference 2017

By Rorie Chinnock

Chapter 2401 delegates are heading off to Boston from April 1st-5th for the 64th annual conference. The focus is to discover “The Power of You” lead by President Martha Stratton.
As an AORN member, “The Power of You” means you have the right to vote for the officers of our organization locally and nationally. You do not need to go to EXPO to exercise this benefit. For a review of candidates, visit www.aorn.org or read about them in the January AORN Journal.

There will be many speakers, great education, and a “HUGE” exhibit hall. Continuing education will focus on current issues and trends, evidence-based practice and research, and health care initiatives relative to the advancement of perioperative practice.

Representing our chapter are: Rorie Chinnock (delegate chair), Marilyn Westphal, Denise Edelman, Anne Jones, Cheryl Langford, Lynette Marks, Mary Mirick, Michelle Nolander, Leah Van Gorp, and Barb Weiman. Among our delegation are three first time attendees: Denise, Lynette and Leah. Lynette was also our Expo scholarship recipient!

Become involved and join us in Boston! Or get involved in our chapter now and consider being a delegate in 2018 when the EXPO is in New Orleans, March 24-28, 2018.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”main-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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2016 AORN Surgical Conference and Expo

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2016 AORN Surgical Conference and Expo

The 63rd Surgical Conference and EXPO Business Meetings Highlights
(Anaheim, California – April 2nd-6th, 2016)

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Saturday April 2nd

AORN Syntegrity® Perioperative Documentation Solution

The procedure list and perioperative nursing documentation content that is utilized within an Electronic Health Record. In 2015, $375,000 was made and returned to AORN. In the future they will continue to standardize the content at the point of care, and are developing a unique device tracking identification work such as screws implanted where the ID numbers are hard to identify.

BSN or higher degree in Nursing for Candidates running for National Board of Directors

The National Leadership and Developing Committee led this discussion. Based on surveys of 10,000 members, the NLDC recommended this be a requirement for candidacy by 2020 in alignment with the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing recommendation and ANCC. There will be further discussion with the membership.

Go Clear – AORN’s Program and Awardto Eliminate Surgical Smoke

AORN developed a comprehensive approach to ensure a smoke-free environment wherever surgical smoke is generated to protect patients, colleagues and staff’s safety. The Go Clear Award, supported by Medtronic through the AORN Foundation, recognizes health care facilities committed to a surgical smoke-free environment for their perioperative team and patients. You can look for more information at aorn.org/goclear[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]First House of Delegates
Monday April 4th

Delegates registered for meeting 2240

The NLDC reported that 135 names were submitted for the national ballot last year. Of that number 39 submitted applications and 20 names were placed on the ballot. The committee continues to emphasize their goal to attract qualified candidates for office and their desire to increase engagement in the election process among the members.

Multiple chapter awards were given at 3 levels of chapter sizes and the Chapter of the Year was AORN of Las Vegas. A new chapter was formed this past year: Chapter 3417, Carolina Blue of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

AORN Foundation Report: The foundation had their eighth straight year of profits, a very successful year of growth revenues by eight percent. They contributed 2.6 million dollars to AORN and expect continued success in 2017.


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AORN By Cheryl Langford

First I would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” for all your support, well wishes, and votes that elected me to be on the National AORN Nominating & Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) for 2016-2018. I am honored to serve you on behalf of MN and the Midwest! Two other new members were elected the NLDC this year as well, Brandi Miller and Reuben Barrios.  There are five members total and the past president. We had orientation the day after Expo while in Anaheim and also attended the Volunteer Leadership Academy in May which included the Board of AORN and chapter leaders. Nominations for potential candidates for a 2017 National Office in AORN took place until May 23rd, and then those members nominated by their peers were called by one of the NLDC members to ask if they were interested in pursuing a nomination for 2017. Wow, sounds crazy that we are working so far ahead for 2017, but really, the next Expo is not that far away! Have you requested for time off for the next Expo in Boston, MA from April 1-5, 2017? The week at Expo is so inspiring and energizing; you have to experience it to believe it!

Want to become more involved in AORN opportunities locally or nationally? If you answered yes, please feel free to contact me at any time and we will connect and chat. There are so many great opportunities. Locally with our Chapter, AORN of Twin Cities Chapter 2401, we have multiple committees such as membership, education & workshop, finance, community, newsletter/communication, and awards. Every year, we also hold local elections for positions on our board of directors, nominating and leadership committee, secretary/treasurer (opposite years), and for president elect. All positions are for a two year term. Serving locally is a great way to meet new perioperative RNs, hear some wonderful local speakers on engaging perioperative topics, and get involved in some really fun committee and volunteer work such as the Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, and Feed my Starving Children organizations.

Another outstanding opportunity to become more involved is to go to Expo as a Twin Cities Chapter Delegate to the Congress Sessions. As a chapter delegate you receive some money towards your Expo expenses and commit to attending the business meetings (Congress) that take place during Expo (meet the candidates, the house of delegate sessions, and forums which typically end up taking about 6 hours total of your time during Expo). You must also write an article for our chapter newsletter – which is what you are reading now- called “Stereoscope.” To attend Expo as a Chapter Delegate there is a form to fill out, this form is in this Stereoscope. Please consider this for 2017. It is like a sneak peek into how National AORN is run and I guarantee once you try it, you will be hooked and want to get more involved. Just ask Marilyn or Mary Kay! They went as chapter delegates a few years ago, served on our chapter NLDC and now Marilyn is our chapter president and Mary Kay is very active with organizing our chapter community relations.

With National AORN there are many opportunities to volunteer in as well as committees and task forces that you can become involved with. Go to www.aorn.org and then “communications and government affairs,” then “get involved” and then “volunteer.” Also read your AORN Journal, Periop Insider, and watch for emails for future opportunities. The upcoming president advertises each spring as to which committees and task forces will need members for the upcoming year. The applications can then be turned in to National Headquarters. This year Barb Wiemann is the chair for the National Awards Committee! Thank you Barb for all your hard work and dedication to AORN!

Don’t forget that you can submit member names for awards at both the local and national level. We would love to honor our chapter members for all they do. Please consider submitting at least one name for the local awards listed in this newsletter, as well as a national award that will be communicated to all shortly via email, your journal, and Periop Insider.

I challenge each of you to bring a co-worker to a meeting this upcoming year and to also reach out to your student RNs or periop 101 RNs and get them to a chapter meeting. Let’s strengthen our chapter- AORN of Twin Cities- with the power each of YOU have![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cheryl Langford at Nationals

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Fairview Ridges Nurse Speaks, Shines at National

Congratulations to Cheryl Langford, RN, Clinical Informatics Specialist and Endoscopy Nurse Manager at Fairview Ridges Hospital. Cheryl was elected April 6 to the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

As part of the election process, Cheryl developed and presented a speech to several thousand people during a national candidate forum. She credits the public speaking skills she learned through a Fairview Organizational Development and Learning class with giving her the confidence to shine on stage.

“My continued enthusiasm and passion for perioperative nursing motivated me to run for the NLDC,” says Cheryl. “I’ll strive to use my leadership and perioperative expertise to encourage, motivate, and influence others to grow personally and professionally as I network, collaborate, and advocate for excellence and safety for our perioperative nursing practice and our patients.”

AORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and practice resources to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. The responsibilities of the NLDC are to solicit and receive nominations for potential candidates for all elected positions, prepare and present a slate of candidates to serve for all elected positions, and establish effective processes for the development of members to serve in leadership roles at all levels of AORN. (Cheryl is second from the right in the right hand photo).


2016 Fall Kick Off Dinner / Education




Monday, September 12th, 2016

5:30-6:00 Registration / Socializing
6:00-6:50 Dinner / Chapter Introduction / Awards
7:00-8:00 Speaker

Children’s Hospital

2nd Floor Education Center
2525 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN


Did you know……that a high percentage of new nurses leave their jobs and career within the first year of graduating? What are we doing to include and engage the next generation of nurses as well as retain current nurses in this work environment?

The objectives for this night are:

  • Define the types of workplace violence at different levels
  • Describe overt and covert bully behaviors
  • Use action steps to confront bullies

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1 CEU / Dinner $30.00 (Due by September 5th)






Make check payable to: AORN of the Twin Cities Chapter #2401
Mail registration form and check to:
Marilyn Westphal, 3157 Doneene Lane, Eagan, MN 55121
Any questions or concerns can be directed to guywestphal@yahoo.com
See you there!