Greetings Perioperative Colleagues!
I pray this newsletter finds you well! I bring you greetings from the
great city of Boston! I must tell you that this year’s Annual Global
Surgical Conference & Expo did not disappoint. There were 5,875
energetic Perioperative nurses in attendance. There were more than
1900+ first time attendees! You could feel the passion at every turn.
One thing for sure is that the conference never fails to educate,
expand our thinking, and reenergize our minds and spirits to new levels. The noteworthy thing
about Perioperative nurses is that we are thirsty for lifelong learning. Our organization
consistently gives us tools, and opportunities that arm us with the very best education and
evidence to change and elevate the quality of care we provide.
Greater Houston Chapter shined immensely at this year’s National Conference. I am very
proud to be a member of Greater Houston, as I am sure you are. Here are a few highlights:
* New Member, Ty Houston was recognized on stage for her military service.
* Nominating Committee Officer, Daphny Peneza rocked her first national podium
* Past President, Newsletter Chair, and Board Advisor, Darlene Murdock served on the
national membership committee and was instrumental in the chapter awards presentations.
* Legislative Chair, Joanne Oliver was awarded the 2017 Philanthropist Award for her
unwavering service with the AORN Foundation, this was her 54th yearly national conference!
* Past President, Nikki Washington, was elected to the National Nominating Committee for
the 2017-2018 year.
*AORN of Greater won the "Gold Chapter of Excellence Award" in the large chapter
*AORN of Greater Houston won the overall nationally recognized "Chapter of the Year
What an exciting time we had celebrating our accomplishments. There is so much to be done,
but we should celebrate along the way. What we do makes a difference. Please join us at our
chapter meeting for more information on conference highlights. Our New National President,
Nathalie Walker shared her vision and theme for this year: "Embrace Action; Mind, Body,
and Spirit", what does this mean for you and your practice?
New Orleans, LA is the next stop for the conference, March 24-28, 2018. Start planning now!
This experience will change you in amazing ways! See you tomorrow!
Nakeisha M. Archer MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM
President, AORN of Greater Houston 2016-2017