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MORNA Welcome Message Summer 2019

Happy Summer MORNA Members!

Summer in Manitoba is a beautiful gift after a long winter. Whether you spend your extra time gathered with friends and family in the backyard or by a lake, I wish you time to relax, enjoy your loved ones, take a deep breath in, and relish in all that our beautiful province has to offer.

Allow me to briefly introduce myself as your president. I entered perioperative nursing in 1997, after completing an ORNAC accredited perioperative program through SaskPolyTech (formerly SIAST). Since that time, I have served in the role as general duty perioperative nurse, preceptor, perioperative clinical educator and instructor, and currently as an OR team manager. I completed my CPN(C) in 2009 and have served as a MORNA site representative and as the 2015 ORNAC standards committee member. I have presented locally, provincially, and nationally within the perioperative community.

I wish to extend my deepest appreciation for the support to stand as your MORNA president for 2019-2020. It is an absolute privilege and honour that I take very seriously. A special thanks to our MORNA executive team, Kim Goodman who enters Past-president, Melodie Kurys, President-elect, Iris McMillan Secretary, Carmen Saban Treasurer, and Stacey Brown Education Coordinator for their commitment, time, and dedication to our provincial group and members. They are a tireless group!!!

Do you know that MORNA is the only provincial perioperative group in Canada that strives to connect through monthly web-based meetings? I think that is so special! Unfortunately, our meetings have been interrupted with connection issues and this will hopefully be rectified before our first meeting this fall.

Connectedness, education, support, and a sense of community in perioperative nursing are the fruits of our MORNA/ORNAC labor. We are so fortunate to have an organization that supports our nursing specialty. But there is MUCH work to be done. The ORNAC strategic plan was released at the ORNAC 2019 conference. Three specific pillars of focus were identified as enhanced communication (between ORNAC board members and its membership in general), member engagement, and role definition and processes (current structure of ORNAC).

In order to stay in sync and develop alongside our ORNAC organization, MORNA also needs to ensure these pillars are the foundation for our anticipated growth and progression. We will work together to explore certification, education, leadership, and growth of our membership, as these will be key areas for us all to focus on to keep our group strong. We know there is over 400 nurses who practice in perioperative nursing in Manitoba, yet we only have about 70 members in our group. The value of being an MORNA member far outweighs the annual membership fee. I believe we have to increase our membership so that MORNA is a strong voice representing perioperative nursing issues and trends at provincial and national levels.

With that said, very soon, your site reps will be receiving and distributing an electronic email survey from the MORNA executive to inquire about your thoughts of MORNA and what you like, what you need from us, and where you feel improvements can be made. I REALLY hope you see this as an opportunity to be heard and will take some time to complete the survey and provide this information. We cannot actualize our potential, unless we know what your needs are. Look out for the email, details, and instructions on completing the survey coming soon!!!!

Our executive team is working very hard this summer as we create our very own MORNA website, establish an exciting new relationship with Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM), creation of sub-committees, and plan our education/business meetings for the 2019-2020 year. So please stay tuned for all the exciting times ahead and let’s stay connected in perioperative nursing. I also want to offer my MORNA email, should you wish to reach out for support or address concerns. If urgent response is needed, please include in the subject line, as we will do our best to reply with a prioritization of emails.

Hope to see you all at the Wine and Cheese September 19, 2019.

Yours in perioperative nursing,
Dawn Affleck RN MN CPN ©
President MORNA