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To AORN Staff:

We want to let you know that Sara Katsh is retiring from AORN in February, 2014. Sara joined us as our librarian in August of 1972, making her our longest tenured employee in AORN’s history. She leaves as manager of the AORN library staff, now known as ARIC. When she first arrived, the library was simply a pile of books, and she has played a central role in building from those humble beginnings the current comprehensive, high tech and highly inter-connected (with other libraries) source of content (books, journals, e-books and databases) and services that we all value and benefit from today. In her librarian role, she was the first AORN employee to use email and to use the internet.

So too has she worked closely with the nursing and library staff in developing the research processes and services needed for transforming our Standards and Recommended Practices into the state of the art evidence-based reference it has become, in addition to supporting the integration of evidence-based practices in all AORN products. Her loyalty and dedication has been extraordinary, and we thank her greatly for all of her efforts and contributions.

Although we certainly understand Sara’s decision to retire, and are happy for her, she will certainly be missed at AORN.

Sara will be working with Rich, the ARIC staff and the nursing teams over the next couple of months transitioning projects. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Rich. Stay tuned for information regarding a farewell celebration for Sara, which we’ll hold sometime in February, as it gets closer to Sara’s last day.

Please join us in thanking Sara for her efforts and support of AORN staff and members. We wish her well in her future endeavors.

Thank you,

Gloria McCamley, PHR
Director, Human Resources
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Reaching out for Volunteers for 2013 Congress - Letter to Chapter Presidents from Vickie Pierce, Congress 2013 Volunteer Coordinator

October 31, 2012

Dear Chapter Presidents

As the 2013 Congress Volunteer Coordinator I would like to extend an invitation to you and your chapter members to join me as a Congress Volunteer. As you know Congress is being held here in San Diego and promises to be an exciting week. In order for Congress to be a success we need volunteers who are planning on attending and can contribute an hour or more of their time.

It’s easy to volunteer and one of the highest needs is for Session Assistants during the educational sessions. There are also needs for volunteers in the registration area, helping with directing attendees to sessions, and to help in the first time attendees session. Just to give you an idea. For the on site volunteers, Saturday and Sunday are the busiest days.

So how do you volunteer? You can complete the volunteer sign up form on the national AORN website. It’s easy, on the Congress homepage under Congress Program there is the Volunteers at Congress, click, and you are on your way.

As many of you know at each Congress volunteers wear a “special item” to identify themselves to everyone. This year I have chosen a beautiful 13” x 60” Patriotic Scarf. San Diego is a military town and I wanted to salute our military in this manner. The scarf will be available for pre sell for $10 and details are posted on the San Diego Chapter website, Congress 2013 page.

Also take a minute and visit the San Diego Chapter’s website at We have a special Congress 2013 page where you will find helpful and fun facts provided by the chapter members, “Locals Lowdown” and “Sights, Sounds, and Good Eats” while in San Diego.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to our Association and for your time.

Vickie Pierce, BSN, RN, CNOR
Congress 2013 Volunteer Coordinator

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