• “Stop the Cycle of Nurse Bullying” – Dr. Renee Thompson

    September 28, 2018   By   aornpittsburgh

    The Pittsburgh Chapter of AORN


    Stop the Cycle of Nurse


    Dr. Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN

    November 10th, 2016

    LeMont Restaurant, Grandview Blvd, Pittsburgh

    CHOICE OF ENTREE: Great new menu selections!

    Chicken Neptune, Crab Cakes, or Veal Portabello

    Vegetarian dish upon request

    Cost to attend is $35.00 per person and a Cash Bar

    Registration opens October 3rd, 2016

    Registration 5:00pm, Dinner 6:15pm, Program 7:00pm




    Contact Hours Pending

    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.

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  • AORN of Pittsburgh Annual Education Scholarship, 2016

    October 1, 2018   By   aornpittsburgh




    AORN of Pittsburgh will award one $500.00 scholarships for one of its members to support educational advancement of our membership. To apply the following criteria must be met:

    1. Must be a member of AORN, 2 years of membership.
    2. 2 years of Perioperative experience.
    3. 100 word or less – What does being an AORN member means to you?
    4. Needs to enroll in an accredited school, BSN, MS or Doctorate.
    5. Nursing related field for degree.
    6. Must submit proof of completion of course with passing grade, must have completed class in 2016 calendar year.
    7. Application must be submitted by Jan 31, 2017.
    8. Each member is eligible for only one scholarship, once in a 5-year period.
    9. Please email Janet Szczerbienski or any officer for an application: jmws81@verizon.net

    The education committee and board will review all applications and documentation. Recipients will be awarded the scholarship at the May AORN meeting.

    Please submit application to the President Elect of the chapter, Janet Szczerbienski: jmws81@verizon.net

    No handwritten or faxed applications will be accepted. Only email applications will be accepted.

    Thank you

    The Board

    AORN of Pittsburgh, Chapter 3902 Scholarship Application

    Name: _________

    Address: _______

    Email Address: _____

    Phone Number: _____

    AORN Membership Number: ________

    College or University Attending: ______

    Please list local and or national AORN activities: _____

    Please submit the answer to the following question in 100 words or less. What does being an AORN member mean to you?

    No handwritten or faxed applications will be accepted. Only email applications will be accepted



    Janet Szczerbienski: jmws81@verizon.net

    [1] Revised June 2016

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  • “Wrong Site Surgery”

       By   aornpittsburgh
    Yonash Head shot 7-2012

    Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses

    Chapter 3902, Pittsburgh, Pa

    “Wrong Site Surgery”

     Robert Yonash, RN, CPPS

    Patient Safety Liaison – Southwest Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Registration/Cash Bar/Hors D’oeuvres at 5:00pm:

    Dinner and Business meeting @ 6:00pm

    Program @ 7:00pm

    1516 Coraopolis Heights Road/Moon Township, Pa. 15108

    Dinner Selection: Chicken Piccata, Salmon, Filet Mignon




    Please register by sending your dinner selection and check made out to

    “AORN of Pittsburgh”


    Friday May 6th, 2016


    Janet Szczerbienski

    200 McGregor Drive

    Canonsburg, Pa 15317

    Absolutely NO reservations will be accepted after this date!

    Contact me at jmws81@verizon.net or 724-746-2458 with any questions regarding this event.

    I will not be taking reservations by email.

    Contact Hours Pending

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  • March 2016 Scrub Sheet – Message from the President

       By   aornpittsburgh

    March 2016 AORN Pittsburgh Chapter – 1

    This is the Scrub Sheet publication for AORN Pittsburgh Chapter 3902 for the year 2015 – 2016. I would like the Scrub Sheet to be informative to all members…if you have information relative to our chapter…please send it to me in an e-mail or my address: lynchmobpa@yahoo.com or Vicki Lynch, 432 Turkeypath Road, Mt. Pleasant, PA. 15666.

    Here is an updated schedule of Board / Business meetings for this year:

    March, 7, 2016. ..Business meeting Presbyterian Hospital BST-100 room

    Apr 11, 2016…Board meeting Panera Bread 5-7pm Look for AORN sign      

    May 12, 2016… Business Meeting Hydeholde Restaurant

    June ? Board Meeting

    August? Board Meeting

    Sept 22, 2016…Business meeting UPMC East

    * Any Pittsburgh AORN Member may attend our Board meetings….only members of the Board may vote on items presented.

    Our January Business meeting was at Children’s Hospital. Carol Faytol planned this meeting and did a great job collaborating with the guest speaker, Dr. Schneck. Janet and Lorraine are really creating great flyers for these meetings, sending them out early so we can plan to be there, and being able to pay through PayPal. Dr. Schneck presented a Power point on “Volunteerism in Africa”. We had approximately 25 in attendance. We encourage all of you to actively recruit OR nurses to join our chapter.

    Steeler Ticket Sales

    Carol Faytol asked me to remind everyone she has some Steeler tickets left to sell. Contact her at her address 402 Commomwealth Avenue, West Mifflin PA 15122 or carol.faytol@chp.edu if you are interested in selling them.

    AORN Surgical Conference and Expo

    We will be sending 4 delegates to the AORN Surgical Conference and Expo in Anaheim California. Our delegates are Denise Filiaggi, Vicki Lynch, Joanne Severini, and Dawn Vocke. This will take place from April 2nd – April 6th, 2016. These 5 days will consist of:

    • Mandatory meetings we must attend to become familiar with AORN legislature and changes proposed with AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. We will then vote on these changes which will affect all of the national AORN chapters.
    • There will be educational sessions scheduled to attend from early morning to early evening. It’s exciting to look at what is offered each day and formulate your own schedule with which ones you want to attend.
    • AORN has planned well known speakers to present motivational and life changing events they have experienced.
    • Usually there will be an evening dinner meeting sponsored by a well-known surgical company. They always have a very interesting topic.

    Nominating Committee:

    Our nominating committee is actively looking for volunteers to fill the upcoming vacancies in our Pittsburgh chapter. Please consider investigating these roles at the next meeting in March, fill out a “Willingness to Serve” form, and help us keep our chapter running successfully. We still need a Vice President, President elect and 2 members for the nominating committee. We have a great group of members who are willing to help anyone assimilate into their role in the Pittsburgh Chapter of AORN.

    CNOR Certification

    • We are in the planning stage to host a CNOR Certification class. It was hosted a few years back at Children’s hospital and was a huge success. Lorraine Garrow is looking to see if it can be hosted at UPMC East. Be thinking seriously about attending this class to prepare you to take the CNOR certification test. We will keep you updated as to when the final plans are made.
    • Lora Gibb said she has a group of nurses at her hospital who want to take the class.

    March Business Meeting:Presbyterian Hospital meeting:

    • Presbyterian Hospital will be hosting the March 7th meeting.
    • Mario Solario is presenting, “Current Paradigms in Plastic Surgery” We will be in the Biomedical Tower for this presentation. Registration begins at 5:30pm.
    • Rachelle is able to get us free parking for the Presby March meeting. Everyone should park in the parking garage attached to the Biomedical Science Tower.
    • Go to the main lobby of the Biomedical Science Building and go to the BST-100 conference room

    April Board Meeting:

    • The next Board meeting will be at Panera Bread on April 11th, 2016 at 5:00PM. Please bring your updated reports and ideas to add to the agenda. Please note…we had to change this date …therefore the meeting will be in a section saved for us at Panera Bread…it will not be in the conference room. Look for a sign that says “Reserved for AORN”

    Upcoming Education:

    Shadyside Hospital will be having their 10th annual conference on March 19th.

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  • “Current Paradigms in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery” March 7th, 2016 at UPMC Presby

       By   aornpittsburgh

    Please join us on March 7th at UPMC Presby for the following presentation by Dr. Mario G. Solario, “Current Paradigms in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery”  Registration will open February 1st for this event.

    Dr. Mario G. Solari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery. He performs reconstructive surgery including head and neck, chest, abdominal wall, pelvic, and extremity reconstruction following trauma or cancer surgery. He specializes in microvascular reconstructive surgery.

    Dr. Solari performed his undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and earned his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston. He completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He took time away from clinical duty during residency to pursue a two-year extramural NIH fellowship (NRSA) studying the immunology of vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation (such as hand and facial tissue transplantation). After graduating from plastic surgery residency, he completed a reconstructive microsurgery fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

    Dr. Solari is the Director of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Research Laboratory. His major research goals include elucidating the immunobiology of VCA and developing strategies that limit systemic immunosuppression, prevent acute and chronic rejection, promote allograft longevity, and maximize functional outcome. Dr. Solari is a member of the clinical reconstructive transplantation program. His laboratory is closely linked with the clinical program; the ultimate goal being the translation of new research findings into novel therapies that will improve the care and quality of life of our clinical hand and facial tissue allograft recipients.

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  • Photo of the Winner of the Steeler Season Tickets

       By   aornpittsburgh
    AORN Steeler tx winner 2015





    Here’s the picture of Thea McKenna who won the Steeler tickets along with Beth Slater and Sharon Rust. Sharon and Beth both sold tickets for the Pgh chapter after working with Peggy Uhring at Altoona’s go live and Sharon happened to have her Brown’s hat on that day!

    Thea has worked in the OR for 3 years and has been a member of AORN for 2 years. She just passed her CNOR exam in April and is chair of the Horizon PPC council as well as their unit based PPC council. Thea is also an orientation mentor.

    Beth is the IS Specialist and Educator at Horizon and has worked in the OR a cumulative 29 years. Beth received her certification 27 years ago.
    Sharon Rust is a Specialty Team Leader and has been in the OR 9 years and also has her CNOR.

    All three of are currently members of the Northwest AORN chapter #3911 but frequently travel to Pittsburgh for continuing education and they are planning on attending some of our meetings!

    Congratulations to Thea who was the winner of the Steeler season tickets.

    AORN of Pittsburgh would like to congratulate all three of you for your commitment and dedication to AORN and your Nursing Careers!!

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  • AORN Pittsburgh Annual Election of Officer’s and Board Members

       By   aornpittsburgh

    Image of: Association of periOperative Nurses logo.


    May 14th 2015

    OFFICE                                                        CANDIDATE                 YOUR VOTE

    President (One Year Term):             Vicki Lynch                             _____________

    President Elect (One Year Term):   Rachelle Williams                _____________

    (Automatic Becomes President the following year)

    Vice President:   Susan Ober 2015-2016

    Secretary:          Kimberly Stimmel 2015-2016

    Treasurer (Two Year Term):            Janet Szcerbienski               _____________

    Board Members (Two Year Term):

    (Fours positions needed)   (Total of 7 members plus past president)

    Michele DiLucente                  _______________

    Kathy Gaberson                       _______________

    Adrienne Farley 2014 – 2016

    Carol Faytol 2014-2016                                

    Nominations from the Floor:

    Name:                                           Office:                                  Your   Vote       

    ____________________                   _________________               ____________________

    _____________________                 __________________              ____________________

    Thank you for voting

    The Nominating Committe

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  • Excellence in Orthopaedic Nursing Conference

       By   aornpittsburgh

    Save the Date for the 5th Annual Excellence in Orthopaedic Nursing Conference.

    Date: Friday, February 13th, 2015

    Time: 8AM to 4PM

    Location: UPMC Herberman Conference Center, Shadyside Hospital

    Contact: Mary Ellen Pritchard for details


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  • CNOR Certification Prep Course by Wendy Zander

       By   aornpittsburgh

    On the second weekend in September (9/13 to 9/14), CNOR Test Prep Presenter Wendy Zander will be in Pittsburgh at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

    Registration is open through the Monday before class.

    If you are a perioperative nurse who would like their CNOR certification, this course is for you. Wendy Zander’s students have over a 90% pass rate and, if you are committed, AORN Pittsburgh members support you and are confident you will pass!

    To learn more about CNOR certification prep course, click here to learn more

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  • Perioperative Week Celebration: Supplies for our Troops

       By   aornpittsburgh
    Image of: U.S. soldiers storming battlefield.

    Please join the Pittsburgh Chapter of AORN in celebrating PERIOPERATIVE NURSES’ WEEK 2013


    • Hand sanitizer
    • Body Wash
    • Baby Wipes
    • Deodorant
    • Sun Screen
    • Lip Balm
    • Candy (nothing that melts)
    • Magazines
    • Canned Foods (Spaghettios, fruit, tuna)
    • Vacuum packed tuna
    • Lotion
    • Antibacterial wipes
    • AA batteries
    • Individual Powder Drinks (Kool-aid, Crystal Lite, Gatorade)
    • Pens/Paper/Crossword Books, Novels-Mysteries
    • Eye Drops
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
    • Mouth Wash
    • Playing Cards
    • Letters or Cards of Encouragement
    • Any Holiday Items
    • Bug Spray
    • Calling Cards
    • Snacks (Beef Jerky, Pringles, Nuts, Trail Mix)
    • Foot Creams
    • Band-aids
    • Kleenex
    • Razors/Shaving Cream
    • Tylenol/Motrin/Throat Lozenges
    • High Socks

    Collection Boxes will be available at all of our functions with the final collection being at our Perioperative Week Celebration at Lemont in November!

    Involve your OR Staffs and Hospitals!

    lhgibb@yahoo.com for donation pick up!

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  • Scrub Sheet, Summer 2013

       By   aornpittsburgh

    President’s Message

    I am honored and proud to serve as the Pittsburgh Chapter of AORN’s President. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

    As perioperative nursing professionals, we have always embraced and adapted to continually changing technology and advances in surgical techniques and procedures. Through AORN, we have set the standards of our profession to ensure that our patients receive optimal care.

    Our culture is changing. We have been asked to do more in the same amount of time and with less resources due to budgetary restraints brought on by the changing health care environment. Many of our budgets and our staffs have been downsized. Some of us have been mandated to take time off without pay due to a fewer number of surgical cases than we had at this time a year ago. We have learned what HCAHPS, Value Based Purchasing and AIDET are and incorporated their standards into our daily practices so that our facilities will receive full reimbursement for our services.

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