Pillar Chairs


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National Conference Planning

Kim McLennan-Robbins

Objectives:
  • Select a chair
  • Form a national committee
  • Develop 5 yr plan including a corporate sponsorship program
  • Financial planning
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Professional Practice/Research

Chris Downey RN, BScN, CPN(C), MSc, RNFA

Objectives:
  • Set priorities to focus on standardized education, certification, standards, scope of practice, mentorship program and financial awards
  • Role of RNFANC, CORL & PNEC
Chris has been a Perioperative Registered Nurse for over 40 years and practices as an RNFA(PT) and a consultant in the area of Perioperative Nursing Practice. Chris is an alumnus of the University of Ottawa, (BScN- Magna Cum Laude), Queen’s University, Kingston (MSc-Nursing ) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (RNFA). Chris has been CPN(C) credentialled since 1998. Chris has been a member of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Ontario (ORNAO) since 1990. Chris is a Past President of ORNAO, ORNAC Board member (ORNAO President Elect 2003-2005, ORNAO President 2005-2007, and Chair of the Registered Nurse First Assistant Network of Canada (RNFANC) 2009-2011). Chris was a member of the ORNAC Standards Committee during each of these periods of service. Chris has practiced as a general duty Perioperative Nurse,  Clinical Educator and a Nurse Manager. Chris has implemented two computer applications within the Perioperative setting (ORSOS and PICIS) and has always had a passion for computers. Chris was recruited in 2013 to become the Pillar Chair of Research and Nursing Informatics and was asked to continue the role until 2017. As part of the mandate of this pillar, Chris chaired the 2014-2015 ORNAC website redesign committee. Chris served as a CoChair with the ORNAC Standards Committee 2015-2017 (Standards Validation Process). Chris continues to work with the Standards Committee in a resource capacity, and now as Pillar Chair for Professional Practice/Research.

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Advocacy and Governance

Cathleen Ferguson (Interim Co-Chair, Governance)

Objectives:
  • Select a chair
  • Form a national committee
  • Focus on patients/family
  • Patient Safety, Patient Safety Summit, Surgical Safety Checklist
  • Patient Teaching Group
  • Government/stakeholder advocacy

The Governance component of the Advocacy Pillar has overseen the work of the creation and completion of Letters of Continuation and of Bylaws for the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC). This occurred following the proclamation of the Federal Not For Profit Corporations Act in 2013. The Act is much more prescriptive and the Bylaws did not need to be as extensive as the previous Bylaws.

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Advocacy and Governance

Bonnie McLeod (Co-Chair, Advocacy)

Objectives:
  • Select a chair
  • Form a national committee
  • Focus on patients/family
  • Patient Safety, Patient Safety Summit, Surgical Safety Checklist
  • Patient Teaching Group
  • Government/stakeholder advocacy
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Research (see Professional Practice and Research)

Three project charters were established for the RNI Pillar in 2013. These charters included:

  1. website redevelopment (webpages and membership database);
  2. validation process for standards of practice; and
  3. assessment of the current status of Canadian perioperative nursing research (Cardinal Health Research Grant).


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Objectives:
  • Select a chair
  • Form a national committee
  • Determine research topic to support periop RN advocacy – role & differentiation both clinically & cost effectively
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Marketing

Vacant

The Marketing Pillar is one of 5, of the pillar structures of ORNAC. It encompasses the website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), the ORANC Journal, boutique, advertising and brochures. The chair has a term of 2 years with the option to extend for an additional 2 years. 


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Objectives:
  • Website/Social Media
  • ORNAC Journal
  • Boutique
  • Advertising
  • Brochures
     
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