June 12th, 2017 Chapter Meeting Highlights
Written by Barb Wiemann, Secretary
- We had a successful Spring Workshop on May 6th, attended by 42 nurses.
- There will be a survey monkey to assess needs and wants of the chapter; please participate when you receive it.
- 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. Rorie Chinnock, next year’s President, will report on this in the fall.
- Marilyn Westphal, President reviewed her goals from 2106-17. The chapter membership grew from 234-328 and utilized new means of communication; a chapter website, Facebook, a facility mailing list, and OR Nurse Link. We saw new faces and new members participating in events and on the ballot this year. Congratulations Marilyn on your success with your goals.
- Marilyn also reviewed her year as President:
- Provided 22 contact hours in educational sessions through chapter meetings and workshops.
- Community outreach through donations to seven organizations and volunteering at Feed My Starving Children and the Ronald McDonald House.
- Continued to spread AORN through social media (Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook, website creation through Scanlan, and increased mailings of the Stereoscope (electronic and ground mailings to 45+ facilities).
- Held six chapter meetings with six business meetings, a delegate meeting with several first time attendees to Expo. The transitional Board will be held in two weeks. This year we skipped 3 chapter meetings and held a Saturday “January Jam” meeting with a business meeting. 21 nurses attended. Also held one Board meeting as an email discussion with board and officer members responding to each other.
- The Fall Kickoff September 11th is being planned. The chapter received a $1000.00 grant from National for the event. The speaker will be Lin Bruce, a motivational speaker from Northfield. Her presentation will be “YES I Think I Can!” The grant money for the event will pay for the first 10 first time attendees and the first 10 perioperative 101 students to register. Registration and social time will begin at 5:30pm at Children’s Hospital Education Center, 2nd floor. Registration fee is $25.00. Please look for the registration form for the Kickoff in the next Stereoscope and on OR Nurse Link.
- Need speaker ideas for next year. September is Lin Bruce; October is Anne Jones, RN on legislative issues for MN; November @ 3M; December will be our 50th chapter anniversary.
- Current membership is at 328 members.
- Anne Jones reported a nursing staff bill was introduced during Nurses Week on staffing ratios. The Democrats and one Republican are supporting the bill. The uninsured is down by 4.3% at the National level. Medicare is devastating half of the budget surplus on the uninsured.
- Writers are needed for the speaker summaries and any other articles of interest for our Stereoscope.
- Seeking a new chair for the Community Relations Committee for next year.
- Deadline to submit nominees for awards will be August 1st. Please see the Stereoscope for nomination forms.
- Seeking a new chair or mentee for the Awards/CNOR Committee for next year.
- An email address for the Chapter President was created: firstname.lastname@example.org
Installation of NEW and returning officers and Nominating Committee are President: Rorie Chinnock, President-Elect: Denise Edelmann, Treasurer: Marilyn Westphal, and Secretary: Barb Wiemann. Board of Directors: Michelle Nolander, Caroline Ness, and Anne Jones. The Nominating Committee: Lynette Marks, Stacy Johnson. Leah VanGorp, and Jane Oksnevad.
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June 12th, 2017 Board Meeting Highlights
Written by Barb Wiemann, Secretary
- 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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AORN Chapter #2401
Member Code of Ethics and Conduct
Our Chapter requires ALL members to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As representatives of Chapter #2401 and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (herein AORN), we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
In accordance with the mission statement of AORN, the following Code of Ethics and Conduct applies to all members of the Association in all membership categories.
- Members’ professional conduct shall remain consistent with the vision, mission, and core values of AORN.
- Members shall conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring discredit upon AORN or its members.
- Members shall refrain from abusing their relationship with AORN in an improper economic, professional, or other manner.
- Members shall treat their peers with the utmost dignity and respect, both personally and professionally.
- Members must feel comfortable to express their concerns, particularly with respect to ethical concerns. Officers have a responsibility to create an open and supportive environment where member concerns and questions are responded to without retaliation.
- Members shall not misuse information communicated or disseminated through any AORN program or media of any type, whether in person, electronic, or otherwise.
- Members shall comply with all laws, regulations, and AORN policies regarding privacy and copyright, as well as other tangible and intangible property.
AORN will be the indispensable resource for evidence-based practice and education that establishes the standards of excellence in the delivery of perioperative nursing care.
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ (AORN) mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support the mission.
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurse’s (AORN) core values reflect what is truly important to the Association.
- Communication: Open, Honest, Respectful
- Innovation: Creative, Risk Taking, Leading Edge
- Quality: Reliable, Timely, Accountable
- Collaboration: Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity
AORN affords equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate with regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected statusin accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws.