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									                      AORN Chapter #4410 q Becky Churchman, editor q North Harris • Montgomery County q October 2004
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                                                                                                                                                                                words after “Chapter during the year immedi-
                                                                                                                                                                                ately prior to nomination,” so the sentence
                                                                                                                       The Bylaws They Are A Changin’                           would read: “To be eligible for elective office

                                                                                                                          The AORN Chapter #4410 Board of Directors             an officer, a member of the Board of Directors
                                                                                                                       has made the following recommendations                   or as a member of the Nominating Committee,
                                                                                                                       regarding the bylaws:                                    a nominee must be an active member of the
The AORN Mission                                                                                                          Article II section A. strike “operating room”         chapter.”
AORN is the professional                                                                                               after “professional” so the sentence would                   Article VI, Section 1-D, strike all together;
organization of periop-                                                                                                read: “To unite registered professional nurses           which reads: “May is designated as the annual
erative registered nurses                                                                                              for the purpose of maintaining a Chapter                 meeting.”
whose mission is to                                                                                                    dedicated to the constant endeavor of promot-                Article XI, Official Publications, strike, “at least
promote quality patient                                                                                                ing the highest professional standards of                nine (9) times a year.” And change to read, “The
care by providing its                                                                                                  perioperative nursing practice for the optimum           official publication of the Chapter is the “Circula-
members with education,
                                                                                                                       care of the patient before, during and after             tor” and is published on a regular basis.”
standards, services and
                                                                                                                       surgery.”                                                    Please come prepared to vote on these
                                                                                                                          Article V, Section 3: Eligibility, A. strike the      changes at the next Chapter meeting.
                                                                                  Greater Houston, Kate Lindsay of Austin, and
                                             Legislative                          Devon Morgan of Bryan/College Station.
                                             News                                 Instead of lobbying for particular issues
                                                                                  during an election year we went to the “Hill”
                                     October brings Columbus Day, the death       advocating for our patients. There were three
    Association of               of Superman, Christopher Reeves, the end of      keys issues that we were promoting which
   Operating Room                Daylight Saving time, Halloween, the             are as follows: ask for support of House
                                 National League Baseball Championship            Resolution 682 (which was introduced by Rep.
            Nurses               Series, the passage of the corporate tax bill,   Mark Udall (CO) to support the ideas of
   Officers 2004-2005            and the last presidential debate between         National Time Out Day) both on the House and
                                 Pres. Bush and Sen. Kerry. Following on the      Senate side; CRNFA Medicare reimbursement
              Karen Kurland      heels of last debate is the November 2nd         which is now before the Med Pac Committee
                936-321-8077     Primary election. Now is the time to research    for review, and continued funding for the
           fax: 936-273-6134     the candidates and decide who you are            Nurse Reinvestment Act (Title VIII) which has to
       going to vote for.                               be funded every year. Unfortunately, we only
                                       The AORN’s Public Policy Conference        got to meet with Sen. Cornyn in person and the
              Vice President
                                 and Advocacy Day held 09/20-21 in Wash-          remainder of our representative’s staff. Never
     Mary Lynne Weemering
              281-358-9497       ington, D.C. was a big success. There were       the less the feedback that I have received from      94 registrants in attendance. The Lone Star      Burke Beu at AORN’s Government Affairs has
                                 state of Texas had seven members repre-          been very positive.
                    Secretary    senting us at Capitol Hill. These                        Stateside, the legislative arena
               Gloria Falknor
                                 perioperative colleagues include: Barb Collet    remains quiet at the present time. Should
                                 of the Bay Area, Becky Churchman N Harris        you find me missing I have escaped to D.C.,
                                 Montgomery Co, Beverly Kirchner of Dallas/       the most fascinating city in the U.S. —Becky
                    Treasurer    Fort Worth, Verionika Lee & Karen White of       Churchman, RN, CRNFA
                 Jean Franks
                281-837-1332                                                          Mary Lynne gave a short research report
             Newsletter Editor
                                 Minutes                & Notes                   on mortality rates in hospitals with magnate
                                                                                  and non-magnate status. Patsy Danheim
                                                                                  volunteered to report next month.
           Becky Churchman           The meeting was called to order on
         phone: 281-537-1618     September 15 by President Karen Kurland at           The Rummage Sale netted $532.60. Our
           fax: 281-580-6693     6:07 PM. The minutes of the last meeting         next project is the Tinsletown Hot Dog Sale     were approved as amended.                        Saturday, October 2.
         Newsletter Publisher        The Chinese cuisine was provided by our          The next Board of Directors meeting will be
               Lynn Boeding      guest speaker and treasurer, Jean Franks.        October 14 in the Cali 1 Board Room.
     phone/fax 281/362-8408
                                     Jean reported that the treasury balance          AORN has templates available to help
                                                        chapters set up a web page. JoAnne Oliver
                                 was $1,923.22 at the end of last month and is
                                                                                  volunteered to set up the web page and
                                 currently $2,320.88.
                                                                                  Patsy Danheim volunteered to update it.
      Board of Directors             Becky Churchman will speak at the AORN
                                                                                      A motion passed that the chapter renew its
         Pat Botts-Foreman       Public Policy & Advocacy Day in Washington,
                                                                                  membership to TCORN.
              281-370-8273       D.C. on September 20-21. Mary Lynne     Weemering will speak at the Multispeciality          A motion passsed to send $50 to the AORN
                                                                                  Foundation in memory of Lavonne Knowles.
           Becky Churchman       Conference there prior to that meeting.
                 281-537-1618                                                         We need a president-elect for this year in
                                     Ann McKennis reported that 15 organiza-
           fax: 281-580-6693                                                      order to have a new president for the next.
                                 tions were represented at the Nursing                                                      Also, we need volunteers to chair CEU/
                                 Legislative Agenda Coalition Meeting in          Programs and Ways & Means committees.
             Ann McKennis        Austin August 28. The coalition prioritized a
                                                                                      Karen announced updates in our by-laws.
              281-367-5033       list of issues for the 2005 agenda.
                                                                                  See page 1 and be sure to vote this month.
                                     Karen announced that AORN Congress
                                                                                      The Chapter Goals for 2004-2005 were
           Dawn Sportsman        will be in New Orleans on April 3-7, 2005.
                                                                                  reviewed and accepted with minor changes.
                                 She also explained the acronym KEYS in        regard to patient safety and policy for              National information shared by Karen is
                                                                                  the quilt project “Celebrating Our Values,” a
         Rita Brown-Weiman       perioperative nursing.
                                                                                  task force to introduce perioperative nursing
                713-984-3600         Newsletter deadline is October 1. Help us    at the high school level (a chapter award), the
                                 save postage by updating your address to         Museum of Perioperative Care traveling
                                 receive the Circulator by e-mail.                museum and “Faces of Caring” a new profile
                                     Ann reported that The Children’s Museum      in the Journal to celebrate members everyday
     Chapter #4410 website:      of The Woodlands will open in late October. A    feats. Contact to             motion passed to give $50 to the museum.         nominate.—Gloria Falknor
                       Chapter News. . . In Brief
                       Congrats...& Thanks!
                …to Pat Botts-Foreman on her
             recent marriage
         …to Jean Franks for the delicious
     Chinese food and enlighting program
last month
…to Karen & Tom Kurland for the use of their
travel trailer during the recent Hot Dog Sale
…to Dave Falknor, Tom Kurland, Jeff
McKennis, & Joe Sokolowki spouses of
members who help with the Hot dog Sale. We
could not do it without your help! Y’all are #1!
AORN Chapter #4410 Stats As of 9/14/04,            The Texas Delegation meets with Rep. Kevin Brady’s
   116 Members: 5 Retired Members, 111             Legislative Director in Washington, D.C. From left, Bev
   Standard members, 2 New, 3 Rejoins, 5           Krichner, Veronikia Lee, Barb Collet, Becky Churchman,    AORN Chapter
   Renews, 2 Transfers In.                         David Malech, Devon Morgan, and Kate Lindsay.
   Welcome to Karen Evans of Memorial
                                                                                                             Committee Chairs
                                                     01/22/05 NLAC Mtg, Austin, TX location                  Budget & Finance
   Hermann The Woodlands Hospital,                   TBA & Greater Houston’s Triple Star Gala                Jean Franks
   Kimberly Tate of NE Medical Center,               1/29/04 TCORN Winter Conference,
   Deborah Jones of Kingwood Specialty                                                                       CEU/Programs
                                                     Austin,TX, location TBA
   Hospital, and Sheila O’Connor of Conroe                                                                   TBA
                                                   Ways & Means Saturday, 10/02/04 Chapter
   Medical Center                                                                                            Legislative
                                                     #4410 members convened in the wee
                                                                                                             Becky Churchman
OOPS! Correction to last month’s newsletter.         morning hours at the Tinsel Town parking
   Margie Sokolowski’s name was absent               lot in the Woodlands to set up for the                  Membership
   from the list of current CNORs. Sorry Margie!                                                             Schelley Wagner
                                                     biannual Hot dog Sale. To meet one of the
Dates To Remember…                                   number one human needs…FOOD! Hot                        Newsletter
   10/14/04 Chapter Board of Directors Mtg,          dogs, chips, donuts, soda, and water were               Becky Churchman
   Cali Conference Room, 1830-2000                                                                           Karen Kurland
                                                     sold. This year the 1st dog was sold at
   11/16/04 TNA District #9 Nursing Celebra-         0610. To make sure each customer had                    Community Service
   tion, Four Seasons Hotel, 6-9 p.m. For            clean hands before eating their hotdog we               TBA
   more information, go to         provided a waterless handwash. Mem-                     Research/Scholarship
   10/20/04 #4410 Chapter meeting, Cali              bers also offered this service after port               Mary Lynne Weemering
   Professional Bldg                                 potty use which remained quite popular. A               Special Awards
   10/30-31/04 Trauma Multispecialty                                                                         TBA
                                                     cool front blew in around 0930 bringing
   Conference, Dallas
                                                     light showers that not only dampened                    Policy/Bylaws
   10/31/04 Daylight Saving Time Changes—
   Fall back!                                        customer’s attendance but our renuves.                  Mary Lynne Weemering
   11/2/04 Election Day. Don’t forget to vote!       This was the second fundraiser for the year             TCORN
   11/5-6/04 Volunteers are needed to help           with proceeds from these events going                   Becky Churchman
   with the Take Action for Healthy Blood            towards scholarships, funding delegates                 Communication
   Pressure national tour sponsored by ANA.          to Congress, and a percentage of funds                  TBA
   TNA is collaborating with ANA to increase         going to the Woodlands Children Mu-                     Historian
   hypertension awareness on Friday, 11/5 at         seum. Those who help the event a                        Dawn Sportsman
   City Hall from 1000-1500 and Saturday, 11/        success were: Vicki Brooks, Becky Church-
   6 at Bayou Place from 1000-1500. If               man, Shirley Dukes, Gloria & Dave                       Becky Churchman
   interested please contact Melanie Dinh at         Falknor, Robbie Ganek, Shirley Granger,                                                                                     Nominating Committee
                                                     Kathy Louie, Karen and Tom Kurland, Ann
   11/6-7/04 Preparing for CNOR Exam at St.                                                                  Lois Gronau-Fietz
                                                     & Jeff McKennis, and Joe Sokolowski.
   Luke’s Hospital                                                                                           Pam Meszaros
                                                   #4410 At DC Chapter members Mary Lynne                    Mary Oates
   11/12-14/04 Hands Across Borders: The
   Americas Unite to Celebrate Perioperative         Weemering and Becky Churchman were                      Dawn Sportsman
   Nursing, Panama City, Panama                      present at the Multi Specialty & Public
   11/14-20/04 Perioperative Nurse Week.             Policy/Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
   Refer to for additional info         09/18-21/04. Not only did they attend the
   11/18/04 TNA District #9 Nursing Celebra-         meeting both were speakers. Mary Lynne
   tion, Four Seasons Hotel, 6-9 p.m.                spoke with Trish Seifert regarding “mag-
   01/10-15/05 TNA Caribbean CE Seminar at           nate status” and Becky spoke with NIWI
   Sea for details call 1-800-862-2022, ext.         partner, Terri Aldama regarding the do
   129 or>events                 and don’t of lobbying. Watch out DC!
                                 • • RESEARCH • • RESEARCH • • RESEARCH • • RESEARCH • • RESEARCH • •

                                           Coworker Support Lowers
                                           Perception Of Job Stress
                            Nurse researchers from Jordan University    gial relationships that promote nurses’ well-
                         College of Nursing studied the effects of      being or coping abilities had a buffering
                         social support on nurses job stress and        effect on job-related stress.
                         performance. Because stress contributes to        Nurse leaders are well advised to ensure
   There shall be        turnover, the researchers argued that it is    that they create a work environment that
                         imperative for nursing administrators to       encourages support among coworkers,
eternal summer           focus on minimizing staff members’ stress.     suggesting that they set examples of positive
                            The researchers surveyed 303 hospital       and supportive social interactions. Re-
           in the        staff nurses using a web-based survey to       searchers also postulated that nurses who
  grateful heart.        collect the convenience sample. The            perceive high social support enjoy their work
                         questionnaire used a nursing performance       environment and therefore may excel in their
        —Celia Thaxter   scale, a social integration scale, and a 34-   work. While social support is important,
                         item nursing stress scale that measured        social support alone cannot combat the
                         stressors, work load, and conflicts with       overwhelmingly negative effects of in-
                         physicians. The data were subjected to         creased job stress.
                         multi-variate regression analyses. The            Read more in the first quarter 2004 issue
                         researchers found that hospital nurses with    of Journal of Nursing Scholarship by Fawzi
                         high social support have low perceived job     AbuAIRub, page 73-78. —Mary Lynne
                         stress and that nurses with high social        Weemering
                         support have high job performance. Colle-

   1823 Ash Meadow
   Houston, Texas 77090
• Mark your calendar for the 52nd AORN
Congress, April 3-7, 2005 in New Orleans.
Information for the 2005 Congress may be
obtained by going to
Also note that the 2005 World Congress will be
09/25-29/05 in Barcelona, Spain. Refer to for more info.
• “Faces of Caring” is a program that AORN
is offering to celebrate our perioperative
colleague’s unsung accomplishments and
stories. Want to nominate a colleague for this,
please contact Kendra Keene at 800-755-
2676x 250 or See page
695 in the October AORN Journal for this
month’s heroes.
  National Board of Directors Proposed
Member Access Plan:
   1. Create national dues, which take away
the multi decisions members must make.
These dues would: a. include membership in
a local representative body (i.e. chapter, e-
chapter) or as a member at large, & a
member of a specialty group; b. rebate a          The Daughters Of Liberty Members of the National
portion of national dues back to the              Legislative Committee pause at the Liberty Bell before heading to The
member’s local chapter to support local           Hill. The members of the National Legislative Committee are, from
perioperative activities; c. provide delegates    left, Joan Butera, West Region co-chair; Colette Garton, Central Region
with discounted registration to Congress; d.      co-chair; and Becky Churchman, South Region co-chair.
provide members access to MemberTalk,
AORN library, AORN Journal, AORN Connec-          potential for specialty assemblies or other
tions, consultants in the center for nursing      groups to become a representative body at
practice, governmental affairs and other          the House of Delegates.
AORN services.                                       3. Develop a task force to look at the
  2. Develop a talk force that looks at the       structure of specialty assemblies to enhance
                                                  their value to their members.

                                   Laugh Stop!

                                                                                                               I like the
                                                                                                               dreams of the
                                                                                                               future better
                                                                                                               than the history
                                                                                                               of the past.
                                                                                                               —Thomas Jefferson
      AORN Chapter #4410
            North Harris/Montgomery County

                             proudly presents

"Achieving Magnate Status"
                               Presented by
Mary Lynne Weemering, RN, MSN, CS

    Wednesday, October 20, 2004
                            REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

               bring a friend

                          1.2 contact hours approved*
  *Contact hours for this continuing nursing education activity have been
applied for through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Inc.,
  an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
                       Commission on Accreditation.

                              5:30 PM
              BUSINESS MEETING 6:00-7:00 PM
                  PROGRAM 7:00-8:00 PM

         CALI Professional BUILDING


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