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Presidentís Message†††††††††††††††††††††† May 2017†† †††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Perioperative Colleagues,


Just when I thought spring had arrived, the temperatures have plummeted. I am so ready for summerÖ.how about you. AORN delegates shared our exciting experiences and renewed energy as perioperative nurses during the April local chapter meeting. The General Session speakers, educational speakers, exhibit hall educational presentations, Local Anesthesia Toxicity; A Potential for Cardiac Arrest, Positioning Considerations and Mass Casualty Exercise simulations and hundreds of posters for perioperative research, clinical innovation and best practices were displayed, providing attendees with a potential for almost 60 CH of education possible. It was an amazing conference with the largest attendance in over 5 years. You couldnít help but come away energized. I hope you will think about going as a chapter delegate to the 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo in New Orleans, LA , March 24-28, 2018.


We will be holding our end of the year dinner and installation of officers this coming Tuesday, May 9th at Kay Ballís house with a wonderful wine/food pairing by her son Trevor. It has become an annual favorite.


Elections were held over the past couple of weeks. It is discouraging that only 23 votes out of 233 members were cast. Please consider participating in your local perioperative chapter. We value your membership, ideas and passion for perioperative nursing.


The AORN of Central Ohio chapter leaders for 2017-2018 are:


President: Jeanne LaFountain

President-Elect: Kay Ball

Vice President: Linda Carifa

Secretary: Sue Burke

Treasurer: Paula Blue

Newsletter Editor: Annette Svagerko

Board of Directors: Connie Irwin


I wish you all a safe and relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you in September at our chapter meeting. If you have any ideas for topics or speakers for our 2017-2018 chapter year, please let one of the officers know.




Jeanne LaFountain, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

AORN of Central Ohio Chapter President


Perioperative Colleagues,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† April 2017

The chapter delegates are off to Boston to represent you and other perioperative nurses from around the world. It looks to be a very exciting meeting with discussions of new technology, best perioperative practices, perioperative issues/concerns and motivational speakers to re-ignite our perioperative passion. I encourage each of you to attend our April meeting for a recap of what was discussed, voted on and other valuable information that impacts your perioperative profession.

Please consider getting involved with your professional organization by serving on a committee or running for office. It is not much work when we all pull together as a team. We are looking for new energy and ideas. . . .


The chapter elections will be conducted via Survey Monkey, beginning after nominations are closed on April 14th and ending April 26th. Results will be announced in the May Chapter Newsletter with installation of officers conducted in May meeting on May 9th.


If you have any questions, please contact me.



Jeanne LaFountain, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

Chapter President

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