President’s Message May 2018

I hope everyone had a fantastic National Nurses Week!  As many of you know this weeklong celebration begins May 6th and goes until May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  It’s a time to celebrate nurse’s contributions and recognize the vital role they play within the health care industry.  Nurses have a beautiful way of transforming the ordinary into extraordinary and for that, we are recognized.

Did anyone get a change to enjoy a free Cinnabon during National Nurses Week?  Cinnabon’s partnership with The Daisy Award is a way we can celebrate nurses more than just once a year.  The goal of The Daisy Foundation is to, “ensure that nurses know how deserving they are of our society's profound respect for the education, training, brainpower, and skill they put into their work, and especially for the caring with which they deliver their care.” If you would like to learn more about The Daisy Foundation, click here.

I would also like to take this time to thank all the new and returning Chapter leaders.  There is a tremendous amount of dedication and volunteered time that goes into ensuring our success is long lasting.  We have been on an upward trajectory for several years now, and continue to do so.  However, this can only be accomplished with your help.  Our Chapter offers many ways in which you can become involved; volunteer at a community outreach event, participate in an educational offering, attend one of our Workshops, offer to join a committee, become a committee chair, or you can run for a board member or officer position to name a few.  Whatever your level of commitment, we welcome you and thank you for what you do for the perioperative community and our Chapter!

Thank you for your continued membership and support of AORN of San Diego County!

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President’s Message April 2018

Spring is here!  Spring has always been my favorite time of year because of the longer daylight, the softer color palate, but most of all I find great peace in admiring all the plants and flowers in full bloom.  Spring is a time for awakening and new beginnings not only for our plants and flowers, but for us as well.

As AORN’s President-elect Stephanie Davis begins to embark on her new beginnings as AORN President, she chose, “Harmonized Care: The Key to Safety” as her theme for this next year.  As we venture on through this beautiful season of renewal and new beginnings, I ask you to reflect on your practice and commit to incorporating patient safety as a top priority in every aspect of care delivered. 

If you would like to learn ways you can better achieve this, we can help!  Please join us for our Spring Workshop on May 19th from 8-12.  Our topics include: Improving Outcomes in the Operating Room, Respiratory Protection in Surgery, Sharps Safety in the Healthcare Setting, and Basic Considerations of Radiation Safety and Barrier Protection.  We look forward to seeing your practice in full bloom!

I would also like to send an early shout-out to all the hard-working mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day!

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President's Message March 2018

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AORN of San Diego County had an amazing time at AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo in New Orleans this past week.  What a fantastic experience!  This year was especially exciting because not only did our Chapter win GOLD for the prestigious Chapter Excellence Award in the large category, we also won the overall Chapter of the Year for 2018!  Congratulations and thank you to each and every one of our awesome Chapter Members, because without you, none of this would be possible.

This year our Chapter sent seven Delegates to Expo.  I loved seeing the diversity in our Chapter Delegates.  We had EXPO first-timers, Specialty Assembly Chairs, past National Board Members, and current Chapter leaders.  We all came together for great education, networking, and professional development that will transform our practice.  However, most importantly, WE HAD FUN!  You can check out our Facebook page, AORN of San Diego County to see some of the fun. 

If you would like to become part of our Chapter leadership, now is the perfect time! We are currently seeking candidates for: President-elect, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member and Nominating Committee.  If you are interested in what these positions entail, please check out our Policy Manual under the About section. 

For me, being part of this amazing Chapter has been extremely fulfilling both personally and professionally.  If you think this is something you want to do, or if you know of someone who would be perfect for any of these positions, please contact our Nominating Committee Chair, Gaylene Grossman at gaylenegrossman@gmail.com.  We will finalize our slate of candidates by April 26th so make sure to contact Gaylene before then. 

Congratulations again on being the 2018 Chapter of the Year! 

 

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President's Message February 2018

Although February is the shortest month, it sure is busy!  February is jammed packed with celebrations and activities: Superbowl, Olympics, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Black History Month, etc.  However, as healthcare professionals we mustn’t forget American Heart Health Month.

As a perioperative nurse, I’ve had the privilege to touch patient’s hearts both literally and figuratively and am reminded daily the importance of heart health.   Did you know 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each DAY?  This equates to one death every 38 seconds. Worldwide, cardiovascular disease and stroke is the leading cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths a year.  In the year 2030, the death toll is expected to rise to an astounding 23.6 million (American Heart Association, 2018).  I recently read an article titled, Life’s Simple 7, in which suggests seven simple ways to help control your risk of heart disease:

1.     Get active

2.     Control cholesterol

3.     Eat better

4.     Manage blood pressure

5.     Lose weight

6.     Reduce blood sugar

7.     Stop smoking

Understanding some risk factors are out of your control, what are you doing to help combat this horrific disease?  During this busy month, I urge you to find time to help reduce your risk of heart disease.  

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President's Message January 2018

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Farewell 2017 what a great year you’ve been!  In 2017, our Chapter experienced our first ever Chapter Excellence Award!  Additionally, we awarded numerous scholarships, participated is some wonderful heartwarming volunteer events, socialized at fundraising activities, offered outstanding cutting-edge education, developed a new website, welcomed new members, created beautiful relationships and had a blast doing it all! I can’t place my finger on one specific thing to explain our success, but I’m thankful and humbled to be your President.  You have all made me so proud to be part of this amazing Chapter!  I welcome 2018 because I know our successes will continue to blossom!

With the New Year brings New Year’s resolutions.  Are you going to drink more water, move more, travel, volunteer, try something new, take time for your self, etc.?  Every year I set a resolution for myself.  This year’s resolution, instead of losing weight (which has yet to work), I am going to try to become more compassionate.  What I have learned is the first step to compassion is self-compassion.  In my quest to become more self-compassionate, I stumbled upon a YouTube video by Tom O’Brien where he shares 12 Tips on How to Become Self-Compassionate.  My favorite tip in his video is to silence your self-critic and awaken your self-advocate.  Speaking for myself, as a perioperative RN, I strive for perfection on a daily basis and being an advocate is one of my strongest abilities.  However, if someone asked me how often I advocate for myself, my answer would be, not enough.  Tackling self-compassion is going to be a challenge for me in 2018, but I’m always up for a challenge.

If you don’t already have a resolution for 2018, I challenge you to come out and participate in activities you may not have ever tried before: volunteer event, wine and paint fundraiser, or an educational offering.  Whatever your resolution for the New Year may be my hope is that you celebrate yourself as a unique individual.  Cheers to a brilliant two-thousand-GREAT-teen!

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President' Message November/December 2017

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The holiday season is in full swing!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and good food.  Did you find great deals after Thanksgiving?  Is your shopping all done?  Are you preparing for your holiday baking?  If you are like me the answers are no, no and heck no!    

I wanted so badly to join in the holiday spirit (and crowds) the day after Thanksgiving and get all my Christmas shopping done, but this year it was my turn to work a 12-hour shift.  Being in the healthcare profession often times means many holidays spent away from family and friends.  However, I feel spending time with patients and their families during the holidays is wonderfully magical. 

Over my past nine years as a perioperative RN, I remember every patient I cared for on a holiday.  Perhaps this is because the schedule was lighter and it gave me more time to engage with my patients or perhaps it was because I got to be part of a true Christmas miracle.  Whatever it may be, I feel truly blessed to have a career where I am able to help and give back not only during the holiday, but everyday.   

If you are looking for ways to give back this holiday season, please come join us at Feeding America on December 2nd from 9-11 am.  We will also be at The Ladle Project, packing and distributing food to low-income seniors and needy Veterans on December 9th from 8:30-10:30 am.  If you haven’t participated in these events in the past, I encourage you to come out and join us as we could really use your help to ensure everyone’s holiday is a little brighter.

Don’t forget to join us for our Chapter Meeting on December 7th from 6-7:30 pm.  If things go to plan, I may just dust off my baking sheets and bake something delightful for our December Chapter Meeting potluck (no promises here)! 

Kudos Corner:

  1. Ronald DeLeon and Stella Sabourin presented during the AORN National Town Hall Meeting in November.  Job well done!

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President's Message October 2017

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As the leaves dance in the breeze and begin to change, and the smell of pumpkin spice and everything nice fills the air, I take a deep breath and am reminded the holidays are swiftly approaching.  If you are like me, you look at your calendar and realize there is not one day that is not consumed by either work, a sporting event, volunteer activity, birthday party, holiday get-together, etc.  Then suddenly you are overcome by a surge of anxiety as you realize how much you have to accomplish in such a small amount of time.  Will I be able to maintain my resilience this holiday season, or will this be the year burnout sets in?

As a perioperative RN, I can confidently say I have mastered the art of prioritizing, which comes in most handily during the busy holiday season.  Nevertheless, often times I find myself going to these activities and failing to connect.  Last week I received an email from AORN inviting me to make sure I visited Diane Sieg at AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo.  I thought to myself, oh just another email.  As I was about to place it in my trash (because who really has time to read all their emails), I decided I would open this one, and I’m sure glad I did! 

It was the words of Diane Sieg in that email that helped place my focus right back on track.  She highlighted the aspect of connection and support in the skill of resilience.  She provided the readers with five ways to incorporate this into their daily routine.

  1. Celebrate birthdays, holidays, and wins, big or small in your department.
  2. Organize an inclusive social event outside of work.
  3. Offer help to someone you may not even know.
  4. See how often you can smile in one day.
  5. Write a gratitude note to someone acknowledging them.

My hope is that you will all find a balanced holiday season and that participation within our fabulous Chapter is part of it.  I look forward to connecting with all of you! 

Kudos Corner:

  1. Ronald DeLeon, will be presenting at the upcoming OR Business Management Conference in San Antonio in January.  Mr. DeLeon will be part of a panel discussing, Spreading Business Intelligence Across Surgical Services.  They will be using a common business intelligence tool to improve understanding of complex issues and make informed decisions backed by objectivity. The use of data analytics has not only identified cost-saving opportunities, but also has helped to improve workflow, communication, transparency, decision making, and all aspects of staff education: clinical, operational, and financial.  They will highlight changes to the surgical receipt presented at the 2017 OR Business Management Conference, sharing the successes of that program and how it is evolving into a tool for surgeons to cut costs.

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018

President's Message September 2017

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Welcome back Chapter Members!  I hope you had a wonderful summer.  I would like to take this opportunity to personally introduce myself.  My name is Serena Dubuque and I am your Chapter President for the upcoming 2017-2018 year! 

I am honored, humbled, and excited to be leading this Chapter, as we are one of the very best in this country.  This past year I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of our members at our Chapter Meetings, and am in awe of how extraordinarily talented you are both within the perioperative arena and beyond. 

Last week our Board of Directors came together to plan our upcoming year.  I have to say, I was extremely impressed with their dedication, passion and innovativeness.  This year we are expanding our capabilities to reach our members who haven’t had the opportunity to attend our Chapter Meetings in the past.  We would love for you to join us, but if you aren’t able to, will be streaming live our next Chapter Meeting via our new Facebook page on September 28th.

We have a bunch of volunteer opportunities coming up within the next few months for you to participate in.  Please check out our Calendar tab for details.  Additionally, we will be kicking off our fundraising with See’s Candies starting next week!  We will be selling lollypops and taking orders from now until October 26th.  All orders will be delivered on December 7th, just in time for the busy holiday season.

Kudos Corner:

  1. Vickie Pierce, will be presenting at the upcoming National Student Nurses
    Association, (NSNA) meeting here in San Diego. The NSNA will be holding
    their 35th Annual Mid-Year Career Planning Conference, November 2-5. Vickie
    will be part of a panel discussion and presentation centering on nursing
    specialties. She will of course be presenting Perioperative Nursing.
  2. Michelle Fennell, has been asked to participate as a mentor in the AORN Foundation Student Scholarship Mentor Program. It is a national AORN program designed to engage nursing students who have received an AORN Foundation Academic Scholarship. The program goals are for the mentor to develop a supportive relationship with the mentee to encourage them to pursue a career in perioperative nursing while providing an introduction and awareness to AORN.

Congratulations to both Vickie and Michelle!

Thank you for being part of this awesome Chapter and riding this wave of adventure with us.  Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions on ways AORN of San Diego County can better meet your professional needs.  I look forward to a great year with you!

 

Respectfully,

Serena Dubuque, MSN, RN, CNOR

AORN of San Diego County Chapter President 2017-2018