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
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.
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