May 2018 President’s Message- Rebecca (Becky) Davis
Greetings eChapter members and welcome to the eChapter 2018-2019 year. First of all, Happy Nurse’s Week. Thanks to all of you for your dedicated service to our profession. Also, thank you to those members in other fields of healthcare and perioperative care. Our membership is fortunate to be comprised of professionals in many fields of healthcare and perioperative care throughout the US and around the world.
My goal this year is to identify additional and better ways to serve our membership. To that end, I send my request to you to share your thoughts and ideas on how we, the Officers, Board of Directors and Committees can better serve your needs to take advantages of the benefits of membership in AORN and eChapter. We made incredible strides last year under the amazing leadership of our Past President and dedicated participation of our Board and Committees. Throughout the year we managed to streamline our processes, identify and correct membership discrepancies and adjust to changes at the level of our National Association. AORN’s newest department, Experience Services, has worked with us to address our unique needs as a chapter and has provided amazing support to tap into the services of this department.
Because of our successes, it is now time to focus on the needs of our membership in the areas of leadership development, education, participation at the chapter and national level. We currently have approximately 1500 members. Functioning committees are Communication, Education, Finance, Membership and Ways & Means. We also have a Leadership Development Task Force working hard to identify ways to offer resources to enable members to participate in the election process at the chapter and national levels. Our Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) is an elected committee and they have developed a streamline and efficient process by which we can provide a ballot of high quality candidates to continue the leadership of a very large, global and unique AORN chapter.
The efforts of the Communication Committee have provided us multiple ways to share eChapter information. In addition to our website, www.eChapter.org, and ORNurseLink (ORNL), located via the AORN website, we have used social media to disseminate chapter information. Check our our Facebook page. You may receive emails from ORNL that contain information regarding chapter business as well as valuable discussions on perioperative and nursing issues.
Again, welcome to our new year and please consider sharing thoughts on how we can meet your needs. We’d love your participation on any of our committees and also your interest in becoming part of our leadership team. Go to the website and/or ORNL for chapter events, education information, and valuable information. I welcome any and all questions, suggestions, and ideas on how to make our chapter your go-to chapter for involvement in our great organization.
Best wishes for a successful year
Rebecca (Becky) Davis
eChapter AORN #9991