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Two SMH RNs Attend AORN Congress

Two Registered Nurses from Stephens Memorial Hospital's Surgical Services department recently attended the 55th Annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress in Anaheim, CA.  The five day conference at the beginning of April was an information packed educational opportunity for operating room nurses. 

Sandy Richards, RN, CNOR (left) and Leah Frechette, RN, CNOR (right), both work as circulators in the operating room and in addition both are specially certified in Operating Room Nursing.   

The AORN Congress is a national event with over 7,000 attendees coming from all over the United States and several other countries.  The theme this year was, "Share Your Passion.  Illuminate Your Profession."  There are education sessions to help update and expand the nurses knowledge base, including sessions on patient safety, MRSA, personal accountability, as well as evidenced based practice.  Both Sandy & Leah will be giving in-service presentations to the entire OR staff on the things they learned in California.

Sandy has been employed in the operating room at SMH for 6 years.  In addition to being a circulating RN, she also is trained as a scrub nurse, and has been taking courses which qualify her to become a Certified First Assistant during surgical procedures.  Of the AORN Congress, she noted that it reminded her of her vision, "For me, it's been my dream since age 5 to be a nurse.  Now it is my passion and purpose.  I want to be current in my practice, and be an empathetic and compassionate nurse, while inspiring and serving others.  I am very grateful for the support to attend this conference."

Leah is a Clinical Level III nurse and has been employed at SMH for 24 years, 15 of those she has been an integral member of the operating room team.  She shared that it was a "very well done conference, …we have to thank SMH for their support and encouragement to attend.  We have brought back with us a number of new techniques and ideas that will improve patient care."

M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, Vice President of Clinical Services at SMH remarks that, "Leah and Sandy have consistently contributed to the high quality of care provided to patients in our operating rooms.  The information they are sharing with their peers from this conference will continue to enhance our care."

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