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President痴 Message October 2018



In the Legislative Corner this month, I wrote about Ohio House Bill 456 - Improving Nurse Staffing and Patient Care in Ohio. This bill has been voted out of the House and has been introduced into the Senate. It prohibits hospitals from requiring an RN or LPN to work overtime as a condition of continued employment. Also the nurse can use his or her professional judgment in determining if he or she can safely continue to work. This presents a dilemma to nurses as sometimes we may not be able to realistically tell if we can deliver safe patient care. I feel hospitals need to provide detailed education for nurses to help them identify when they cannot safely provide patient care due to fatigue. Sometimes a perioperative nurse is on call after working an exhausting 8 hour shift, continues to work on emergency cases all through the night, and then is expected to work the next regularly scheduled day shift. Yes, a lot of overtime money is gained but is this really safe practices for the patient, and for the nurse? Be professionally responsible and realize when you need to speak up and say you may be compromised if you are expected to work more hours. This is your professional duty!


We hope to bring many educational presentations to you during this 2018-9 AORN of Central Ohio season. Our kick-off meeting on gender reassignment surgery on September 11th was extremely well attended and we壇 like to extend our gratitude to Dr. McClung for an enlightening presentation and Medtronic for the delicious food!


At our October 9th meeting (see the flyer for this meeting at Brio痴), we will be voting on the minor changes we made in the Bylaws for our chapter. Vice President Linda Carifa will be chairing this meeting as I have been invited to speak on surgical smoke hazards at the New Zealand Operating Room Nurses meeting in Nelson, New Zealand, from October 11-14. I値l bring greetings from AORN and our local chapter to our professional colleagues in New Zealand.


I hope we continue to grow in the numbers of perioperative nurses and nursing students who want to attend our meetings. If you have any creative idea on how to encourage meeting attendance, please feel free to reach out to me at kayball@aol.com or 614-975-4972. I知 always open for any new ideas.


Kay Ball, RN

AORN of Central Ohio (#3603) Chapter President


AORN of Central Ohio: Who are we? 9/2018


As I begin my Presidency of our local chapter, I thought a reminder of 努ho we are would be very appropriate for my first President痴 message. Below is the AORN mission, vision, and values that our local chapter will use to make decisions and plan events for our chapter.



Our 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.



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.



COMMUNICATION: Open, Honest, Respectful
INNOVATION: Creative, Risk Taking, Leading Edge
QUALITY: Reliable, Timely, Accountable
COLLABORATION: Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity


Our local chapter, AORN of Central Ohio (3603) was formed on January 1, 1965, and we have approximately 329 members. Our dedicated chapter officers and volunteers include the following:

President Kay Ball (2018-19) kayball@aol.com

Vice President Linda Carifa (2018-20) lands2@embarqmail.com

President-elect Donna Doyle (2018-19) djd43235@yahoo.com

Treasurer Paula Blue (2017-19) sisterno1@att.net

Recording Sec Gail Ramm (2018-20) GailRamm@att.net

Newsletter Sec Jean Abdul-Zahir (2018-20) jeanholston@yahoo.com

Board Lisa Fraraccio (2018-20) lisafraraccio@hotmail.com

Jeanne LaFountain (Past President) JKLRNFA1@aol.com


Webmaster MaryAnne Bentivegna mbentivegna@juno.com

Ohio Council Gail Ramm (2018-19) GailRamm@att.net

Kay Ball (2018-19) kayball@aol.com

Jeanne LaFountain (2018-19) JKLRNFA1@aol.com



We strive to provide engaging meetings with continuing education credit to help maintain your RN registration and certifications. We usually meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If the meeting dates change, we will notify you in our monthly newsletters.


I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on September 11, 2018, at 6:30 PM, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in the Silver Tower Classroom S1599. This meeting will feature Dr. Christopher McClung who will speak on Gender Reassignment Surgery. Please see the flyer within this newsletter. We池e excited about the diverse topics and venues for our upcoming meetings.


We plan to email our newsletter during the first week of every month. This is our main avenue for communication along with our website (http://www.centralohioaorn.com/) which includes pertinent information and pictures for your review.


If you ever want to include something in our newsletter or on our website, please contact Jean Abdul-Zahir (newsletter secretary) and/or MaryAnne Bentivegna (Webmaster). Their email addresses are posted within this message.


I look forward to an exciting and stimulating year as your President. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. kayball@aol.com I love being a perioperative nurse. I hope this passion is contagious as we explore our profession and the difference we make!



AORN of Central Ohio (#3603) Chapter President

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