March Educational Meeting




Medtronic Corporation


Go Clear – Surgical Smoke Free Recognition Program

March 22th, 2018

St. Margaret’s Hospital

815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, Pa  15215

Registration beginning @5:00pm, Dinner 6:00 pm with Chapter meeting and program to follow 

CHOICE OF ENTRÉE:  Salad Bar with Beef, Chicken, or Salmon

Cost to attend is:  $12.00 per person

Registration is Open

For Electronic Registration Please click the PayPal button below and choose your entrée 


Please register by sending your check made out to:  

“AORN of Pittsburgh” 

With your entrée selection

Deadline to register:  Saturday March 17th, 2018

Denise Filiaggi

3322 Cramlington Drive, Gibsonia, Pa  15044

Absolutely NO reservations will be accepted after this date!  March 17th, 2018!!

Contact me Janet Szczerbienski:

With any questions regarding this event.  I will not be taking reservations by email.


This activity has been submitted to the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Inc. for approval to award contact hours. The Association of periOperative Registered nurses, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Activities that are approved by AORN are recognized as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that AORN or the ANCC Commission on Accreditation approves or endorses any product included in the presentation.


Salad with

AORN of Pittsburgh and HIS Place









Vicki Lynch (right) with the Executive Director of HIS Place receiving a donation from AORN of Pittsburgh.


For forty years, His Place has enhanced the lives of many local children and teens through a variety of activities conducted during their afterschool programs.

The Pittsburgh Chapter of AORN constantly strives to offer our area the best possible perioperative nursing care through our regular programs of continuing education.

And we also recognize our call to stand with other caring organizations in our region like His Place, where together we can make a difference in the quality of lives in our community.

Awards and Accolades

AORN Pittsburgh Chapter Past Award Recipients




Every year AORN awards its highest honor to a member whose work and accomplishments have had global implications on perioperative nursing in the areas of practice, education, and research or support of research.

In 2016, the Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing to Kathleen Gaberson, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF. Kathleen received her award at the Opening Ceremony of the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2016.

Kathleen shared her excitement and appreciation for the honor:


What does being the 2016 recipient of the Award for Excellence mean to you?

I’m humbled by the realization that my peers thought me worthy of this prestigious award. The award is affirmation of the value of my achievements in the areas of perioperative nursing education and perioperative nursing research. Receiving this honor is the pinnacle of my career as a perioperative nurse.

Why is your AORN membership important to you?

AORN represents the interests of all perioperative nurses. We collaborate with other organizations to ensure that our collective voice is heard and that we are in positions to influence health care policy. AORN provides practice support to perioperative nurses to promote safe patient care and achieve optimal patient outcomes. The strength of our cooperative efforts accomplishes more than I could do alone

How has your AORN membership supported your career?

I’ve had many opportunities to obtain continuing nursing education required to maintain my nursing license and certification. I have developed leadership skills through my work on various national AORN committees, boards, and task groups and as a delegate to many AORN Congresses. As an academic nurse, it was important to my career development that I carry out funded research, disseminate my research results, and speak at conferences in my field. AORN supported these activities with research grants, opportunities to publish in our prestigious AORN Journal, and invitations to present at the Surgical Conference & Expo and other conferences.

What makes you most proud to be an AORN member?

I’ve been a member of AORN since 1983, and I have always valued AORN’s role as advocate for perioperative patient safety. AORN’s guidelines for perioperative patient care and its government and legislative affairs activities help nurses to achieve the best in safe patient care and improve the environment in which that care is provided. I’m proud to be a member of an organization that consistently strives to shape the future of perioperative nursing and patient care.

What are you most looking forward to at the Surgical Conference & Expo this year?

Networking with friends and colleagues, and learning new things in the education sessions and the Exhibit Hall.


Kathleen B. Gaberson, PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF, is owner of and nursing education consultant for OWK Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA. She has more than 35 years of teaching experience in diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs. Her teaching of undergraduate and graduate students and practicing nurses has prepared many of them for perioperative practice, teaching, and research roles. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on perioperative nursing and nursing education topics, and she is co-author of two nursing education textbooks, now both in their 4th edition. The findings of her research on the effect of humor and music on preoperative anxiety were widely disseminated, and her evidence-based practice expertise has produced important results for AORN and its members. She has mentored numerous perioperative nurse researchers.

Kathleen has been a perioperative nurse for 45 years. She has been active in three AORN chapters, serving on the Board of Directors of two of them. On the national level, she has been a member of the AORN Board of Directors (2012-2014) and a member or chair of various committees and task forces. She also is the recipient of the AORN Academic Nurse Educator and Research awards.