Posted: Wed, Jul 25th 2018 at 07:01:57
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama
Powerful and thought provoking words Barack Obama said. It seems it is always easier to wait for someone or something to effect the change we want to see.
Reflecting on the year that was 2017, a few things have changed within ORNAC. Our conference in Niagara was the first that was planned with the help of a conference management company. Another change at the conference was the use of social media, in particular the ORNAC app. That was such a wonderful and exciting change, even though it was a steep learning curve for some of us “seasoned” OR nurses not used to this technology!!  2016 we held our first AGM “on the road” in Charlottetown PEI. Taking the AGM on the road offers our members the chance to attend an AGM in their neck of the woods. British Columbia you are next!! We will be in Richmond BC May 9th to 13th for the spring board meeting and AGM/education day. Looking forward to seeing many of you for a day of filled with great educational sessions and off course participating in the AGM. Save the date now.
Going back to the topic of change, how can we be the change we seek? To effect change one has to be involved. Whatever it is you want to see ORNAC being, doing, becoming, you need to be a member to take part and be the change agent. ORNAC is an organisation of members, for members, by members. We need each other so that our voices are magnified as we advocate for our patients and ourselves.  The impact our collective voices would have would resonate so far and wide. Let’s make ORNAC stronger.
So talk to your co-workers, friends and colleagues. Encourage them to join ORNAC and be part of the change and voice. Show pride in belonging to your professional association. Let your patients know you belong to the association that works on the standards that keep them safe during their perioperative journey.
What changes do we want to see within ORNAC? Email president@ornac.ca and share your thoughts, ideas on how together we can make ORNAC a force to be reckoned with. Let’s share our vision of a new and improved ORNAC will look like.

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