Outgoing President’s Message

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Outgoing President’s Message

By Rorie Chinnock

My year as President has gone by very fast. I only served 11 months, since we changed the end of our year to May instead of June, but it was my second term as President. Membership has changed from 327 to 388. We were awarded an $800 bonus for chapter recruitment. Some of this is due to increase in the number of the peri-op 101 students assigned to our chapter. Please embrace and mentor our new peri-op students. We all can remember that nurse that took a little extra time during our orientation to help us over the difficult times. These are the next generation of peri-op nurses!

Events of the year included a great Fall Kick-off with a delicious dinner and speaker Lin Bruce. We had excellent and knowledgeable education sessions at our Fall Workshop, Spring Workshop, and February Jam followed by serving lunch at Ronald McDonald House. A special Thank You to Barb Wiemann and Cheryl Langford for all the work they do coordinating our educational activities. Our chapter also hosted six chapter meetings with education for total of 17 contact hours!

The highlight for me was hosting our 50th anniversary party for our December 11th meeting. It was exactly 50 years to the date from the original meeting of Chapter #2401. It was great to see friends and retired colleagues along with many of our current members. Anne Jones, as historian, along with other members did a wonderful job of capturing our history in picture scrapbooks. Then EXPO in New Orleans cannot be beat. New Orleans is definitely the ultimate party town! Expo has changed and calmed down since my first time attending Congress in 1989 in Houston, Texas. Thanks to my mentor Kathie Adams for showing me the ropes. There were big parties every night with live entertainment like Lee Greenwood. Now, the Exhibit Hall focuses more on education of new equipment and products and simulations that make our OR’s safer for our patients. I have had the privilege of attending 18 EXPOs in the last 30 years.

It takes teamwork to successfully organize and implement activities within the chapter. Thank you to all the officers, board of directors, nominating committee and committee chairs for all the work that they did. A special Thank You to Marilyn Westphal (past-President, treasurer and stereoscope editor) for her support, knowledge, and motivation!

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing everyone at events planned in the next year!

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Summer 2018 President’s Message

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I hope everyone is enjoying the warm summer. I hope that our 2018-2019 AORN calendar year is just as hot for our chapter and our events. As your new president, I would like to tell you a little about myself. I feel like I am still a new member as I joined AORN in 2005. I have served on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee and last March I attended my second EXPO in New Orleans. I would like to say that Rorie Chinnock has been my mentor and instigator to me becoming President Elect and now President. I graduated from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1976. It was there I knew that I wanted to work in the Operating Room. The hospital had given me a job as the female prep tech and the evening scheduler. Can you imagine a 20-year-old second-year nursing student scheduling cases on a large paper schedule? Am I dating myself? After graduation, I worked in Council Bluffs, Iowa for a year and then moved to South Dakota. There I worked in all areas leaving only labor and delivery and surgery untouched. In 1996, I loaded up the U-Haul and moved to the Twin Cities. I worked two years at Methodist Hospital in the Critical Care Unit. In 1998, Methodist opened a pilot project of a women’s only surgery area. I thought it would be a great opportunity. Thank you also to Ruth Mitchell for being my OR educator. Fast forward 20 years, now I can say I have touched many aspects of surgery: neurology, spine, general, urology, orthopedics, cardiovascular, and some robotics. For the last year and a half, I have been the resource nurse for General/Urology at Methodist Hospital.

At Expo in March our new National President, Stephanie Davis, announced her President’s theme of “Harmonized Care: The Key to Safety.” This is a great motivator for all. I know that AORN of the Twin Cities Chapter #2401 is focused on leading the way and I look forward to being a part of this amazing chapter as your
new President.

Please join us at our Fall Kick Off on Monday night, September 10th for dinner, socializing, and an interesting new topic for the night. Registration form is found inside the newsletter.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”main-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Spring 2018 President’s Message

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Embrace Action

Make Personal and Professional Resolutions!

Rorie Chinnock

When I was a new OR nurse back in the early 80’s, our Friday morning speaker was a Plastic Surgeon who had traveled on a mission trip to repair cleft lip and palates. It was always my goal to participate in mission work and use my talents to help other people.

I was able to reach this goal in 2006 when family and job commitments allowed me to be away. Last week I returned from my ninth medical mission trip to Peru with Programa San Francisco Dias, based out of St. Paul and started by Dr. Frank Pilney. I have also been involved in two other mission trips to the Philippines and Hermosa, Mexico. Each trip is unique and very satisfying.

During my week in Peru we were able to operate on 39 children to change or improve their lives. Our mission is to repair or revise cleft lip and palates for these children. It takes the work and cooperation of the whole team from anesthesia to surgery to recovery room to make a safe environment for our special patients.
The program started in Lima, Peru but is now based in Arequipa, Peru, which is in the mountains east of Lima. The patients come from all over Peru. This is an easier access for our patients who may travel by bus for 16 hours to reach us verses 30 hours when we were in Lima.

In the last AORN Journal, President Natalie Walker talks about Embrace Action: Make Personal and Professional Resolutions. She is referring to your New Year’s resolutions. According to wikipedia, a New Year’s resolution is “a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, or to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.”
I would like to challenge everyone to apply this to our Professional Practice in some way. It might be as small as mentoring a new peri-operative nurse to build confidence or a goal of a weeklong mission trip in a third world country. I guarantee you will get back tenfold the effort you put into your resolution.

Enjoy the rest of Winter and Spring is just around the corner! Please take note that we will have a Monday night March meeting during the month of EXPO, followed by our Spring Workshop on Saturday, April 14th and the election of new officers. This year our chapter meetings will end in May with the installation of officers. There is a board / transitional meeting only in June. Also, remember to Vote for National Officers before March 26th, 2018!

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2017-18 President’s Message

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Rorie Chinnock

Hello! I am Rorie Chinnock, your new Chapter President. I have been active in Chapter 2401 for many years as Past President, Board of Directors, Treasurer, and the Nominating Committee. I have also served on many other committees and as a delegate to Expo
at least 15 times.
I graduated in the first class from Lakewood Nursing Program in 1976. My nursing career began at St Joseph’s Hospital on a surgical floor but I needed to explore other job opportunities. I took the Post Basic OR course offered by Pat Knowles and FELL IN LOVE with the Operating Room. I worked for three years at Bethesda, where I learned to scrub and circulate. A move to the western suburbs meant a job change for me to Methodist Hospital where I have worked for 35 years. There have been a lot of changes in the OR with equipment and technology over the last 38 years. As we learn these new skills, one thing has remained the same, we are there for our patients and to make sure that they are safe. In order for us to be safe care providers, we also need to improve our wellness and pledge time to take care of ourselves. As we work to be our “best self,” we ensure that we will give safe patient care!
Natalie Walker, our New National President chose “EMBRACE ACTION: MIND, BODY & SPIRIT” as her theme. Her interpretation is “As members of America’s most trusted profession, nurses should be role models for good health and productive living. Just as we have an obligation to our patients, we have an obligation to ourselves and our families to maintain a healthy life balance. We must take care of ourselves first, just like when the flight attendant tells us to put on our own oxygen mask first before helping others. We need to get moving, eat healthier, and get proper rest. We need to embrace action to make that happen, because without action, the healthy lifestyle is only a thought. The five areas of wellness: rest, nutrition, physical activity, quality of life, and safety – are the areas in which we need to focus to achieve the healthiest
year ever!”
Plan on attending the Chapter 2401 annual kick-off dinner on Monday, September 11th to hear Lin Bruce and to be motivated to “BE THE BEST WE CAN BE.” The registration form was sent out on ORNurseLink and is found in this issue of the Stereoscope. Then in December our chapter celebrates its’ 50th year anniversary. Thanks to our founding leaders and all past leaders who have continued in their footsteps to make our chapter successful. We are planning an anniversary party on Monday, December 11th to celebrate. Hopefully we can engage new members and honor past presidents and board members!
I have set up a new email for myself as the president at aornpres2401@yahoo.com. Please feel free to send ideas and comments to me at this email. You can also see upcoming events through National at OR Nurse Link and visit our chapter website at www.aorntwincities.com. We have a closed group on Facebook called Twin Cities AORN #2401 of which you can be involved simply by requesting membership. See you in September!
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Outgoing President’s Message

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Marilyn Westphal, BSN, RN, CNOR

I can hardly believe that my year as President is over. It was a great year of personal and professional growth. I could not have done this without much encouragement and support from Chapter leaders and friends. As I look back I am proud to say that our chapter has grown from 234 members to 328 members in the past year. We offered 22.5 contact hours of education, held 13 business meetings (6 chapter and 7 board meetings), promoted seven community organizations through collections, and two organizations through service projects. I am so proud of what we accomplished as a chapter. There was a variety of interesting and extremely knowledgeable speakers that entertained us throughout the year. I appreciate all the vendors and physicians that served our association in any way!
We are also reaching new people though social media and our website and professional networking. We offered different meeting days/times this year. We engaged and recruited new members through educational scholarships to workshops and the Expo scholarship! There were 18 members of our Chapter that attended Expo in Boston this year. One of the first timers sent me a personal thank you that I would like to share some of the words that really warmed my heart and reconfirmed what a great year it was for me as President. She wrote“Your inclusive nature and mother duck care taking ensured that we were all in the right places and part of the group. Even as a newbie, I felt like I was in the club. It was your encouragement to get involved and setting a high standard for professional nursing that was largely responsible for my decision to attend Expo. You made it appear easy (and fun)!” I will keep these kind words in my mind for a long time. Thank you so much. You know who you are!
With that being said, I could not have hoped for anything more during this year. I challenge everyone to believe in themselves. All of you that belong to this organization are capable of being a leader. Stretch yourself and grow! So many are here to support you on this journey….you won’t regret it! Thanks again for a great year!
– Marilyn

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President’s Message 2017 Spring


Presidents Message


Spring Greetings

Marilyn Westphal, BSN, RN, CNOR

Can you believe that we are a few months into 2017 already? I am half way through my presidency of the Chapter. It has been a very rewarding experience for me. A Chapter website with assistance from Scanlan International was created to share the news of our chapter, and Leah VanGorp has been very helpful with FaceBook, Instagram, and Twitter (see her article on page 4). I am also excited to say that our chapter is growing. In summer of 2016, our membership was 233 members. Currently we are at 282 members! I am seeing more business memberships and they are asking to do education and support our chapter as we need. For our January Jam when we combined the winter meetings into one Saturday morning, Clorox Healthcare and Medtronic played a role in our education! A huge thank you to them for reaching out to me!

We had a very successful fall workshop on November 12th, 2016 with education from IMS (Integrated Medical Systems, a division of Steris Corporation) about “Raising our Instrument IQ.” Five contact hours were earned at this event. We coordinated a vendor fair, silent auction, basket raffle, and Toys for Tots drive on this day; creating an environment with lots to learn and see and be involved with! Thank you for everyone who organized and participated. We couldn’t do this without devoted individuals!

On Monday, November 21st, 2016 our chapter along with the East Metro Chapter was invited to visit 3M, get an innovation tour of the facility, and have refreshments and dinner with fellow AORN members and business associates of 3M. The evening concluded with an education session about “Recognizing the potential for a perfect storm: Strategies for improving patient safety with flexible endoscopes.” Although many of us do not participate in endoscopy, it is still valuable information that can be carried forward on instrument cleaning as well as the potential for the perfect storm. Later in the newsletter, you will read an article about “Guarding against the Normalization of Deviance.” While this incident did not occur in healthcare, we can easily learn and see the weak links in the healthcare industry that create the perfect storm.

Monday, March 13th, 2017 we will have extended chapter meeting from 6:00-7:00pm  in the 2nd floor Education Center at Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis. At 5:30pm, the delegates heading to Boston for the International Surgical Expo and Conference 2017 will meet to finalize all their information. I am very excited to be leading ten individuals to represent our amazing Chapter at Nationals. Three of these people will be attending as “first-timers.” They don’t know what they’ve been missing! If you have never experienced it, I would strongly encourage you to consider it sometime in your perioperative career! Happy reading and contact me or any chapter officer if you have questions![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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]