Outstanding Chapter: AORN of the Omaha Area

Publish Date: 1/28/2015

There are over 200 AORN Chapters across the country that strive to create a strong community of perioperative nurses in each of their local areas. Every Chapter works to provide professional growth, resources and connections for their members. Each Chapter is critical to AORN as a whole and contributes to the success of the entire organization.

One of our outstanding AORN Chapters is #2801 of the Omaha Area, who is celebrating their 50th anniversary year in 2015. Currently, with 130 members the Chapter has 19 committees and was able to increase their membership 58% since 2013. The Chapter has a strong leadership team consisting of President Becky Rohe, BSN, RN, CNOR; Vice President Candy Beerman, RN; President-Elect Michelle Cook, RN; Secretary Linda Marcum, EdD, MSN, RN, CNOR; Treasurer Dale Newman, BSN, RN, CNOR; and six-person Board of Directors.

Recently, Rohe shared some of their Chapter’s highlights, featuring an annual awards banquet, a full day workshop, and several fundraising activities including a bowling tournament and a Harley-Davidson raffle. The educational workshop featured national keynote speaker Bill Duffy, MJ, RN, CNOR, FAAN, on Electronic Record Documentation and Effects of Health Care Reform on Nursing.

Chapter 2801 has successfully raised over $34,600 for community charity organizations, local pediatric transplant patients, nursing scholarships and the AORN Foundation. Generous contributions to the AORN Foundation include gifts during the Chapter Challenge, scholarship program, and an engraved brick for the "Pathway to Patient Safety" project. The Chapter is also active in advocacy efforts including participating in National Time Out Day, receiving a Governor's Proclamation for Perioperative Nurses Week in November, and supporting the Nebraska Action Coalition.

“Our Chapter continues to strive for excellence-in ourselves, our community and our profession. We have donated to AORN Foundation because we see what a difference you have made in our profession as a perioperative nurse by continuing education, scholarships, and leadership development. Thank you for all you do for our organization.”
- Becky Rohe

More information about Chapter #2801 can be found in their newsletter, Across the Suture Line, on ORNurseLink.