Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC)
- Posted 2019-03-01 12:44:16
Hi everyone;

 I have upload the Febuary Webinar on MAiD and Orgna Donation for your reading. Thank you to those who were able to join on on the call that evening, it was very informative.




November Dinner
- Posted 2018-10-18 10:01:32
Hi everyone! 

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our November Dinner on November 20th, taking place at LAKE HOUSE restaurant in Vineland. It is literally right off the QEW! Grab a co-worker, friend and join us for a wonderful dinner! 

We will also be having ELECTIONS that evening.  There are 4 positions up for election. President-Elect, Treasurer/Secretary, and 2 program positions. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of ORNAHD, and the bigger picture of ORNAC. You will help to support, encourage and present to other Perioperative nurses. 


There will be a drop-down menu for the Dinner here on the website. Please register! 



September General meeting
- Posted 2018-09-07 15:06:00
Hi everyone!

Welcome back! Summer fun is over and time to start the "new" year off with our General meeting at the Juravinski on September 18th! Denise Mclauglin will be presenting her RNAO project; which is Leading Invasive Procedural Area Education Beyond the Perioperative Suites.  Please join us for an educaitonal evening. 


ORNAO 15th Biennial Conference is also coming up! Sept 27th to Sept 30. The Challenge of Change: Review, Rebuild and Rejuvenate. There is still time to register!  Check out  http://conference.ornao.org/summary.shtml to see the conference agenda.


The ORNAC 26th National conference will be in Halifax in April 2019! Check out https://www.ornac.ca/en/news-events/conferences to find out more! 


Hope to see you all in September!



 Angela Russell

ORNAHD president


- Posted 2018-06-06 14:30:11
Come and Join us for an evening of socailizing and talk about End of Life and the OR. Dr Corey Sawchuk will be presenting. It will be at Emma's BackPorch on 2084 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON.


Looking forward to seeing you all before Summer holidays!



- Posted 2018-04-02 13:38:09
HI everyone! 

We are excited to be hosting a MINI Conference for you on MAy 8th! Nurses Week! Come celebrate with us, enjoy a dinner, and a learning opportunity! We will have vendor support and a great presentation from Dr John Harlock and Dr Niv Sne, sharing their experiences and story from Trauma for the Field to OR! 


The prices will be Member $50.00 Non-Member $55.00   Student  $45.00


It will be held at the Art Gallery of Burlington at 6pm. 


Please share with your colleagues! 



- Posted 2017-10-06 12:05:42
Just an update to let you all know that the ORNGT  had to cancel their Fall Conference due to unforeseen circumstances.

Happy Thanksgiving!
- Posted 2017-10-03 08:11:07
Hello Fellow ORNAHD members!

Can you believe we are into Thnaksgiving already? We have a lot to be grateful especially with all the tragic events the past couple of days, take a moment to hug your family close, and send respects to our collegues in Las Vegas dealing with that crisis. 

Our September meeting was a great success, happy to see some new faces! Thank to Dorothy and Joe Brant for allowing us to visit the amazing new OR suites!


We are looking forward to seeing you all at the November Dinner, which will be held this year at Rayhoon Restuarant in Burlington! Looks like a fun place...even including a belly dancer!  Keep posted for more details! We will also be having our elections during this dinner. We currently have 3 positions on our executive, Program (2) and President Elect. Be sure to come out and support this event!!


We have created a new "Ask a Question" on our home page! You have an opportunity to ask a question direct to the Executive, and we will get back to you! It will not be posted unless we feel that it is important for all our members to know!


Looking forward to an exciting year with you all! Be sure to let us know if there is anything we can help with or if you have any suggestions moving forward!! Thank you for all your contributions thus far!


Warmest Regards;

 Your President;

 Angela Russell



Happy Summer
- Posted 2017-07-05 20:06:37
The ORNAHD executive and I would like to all our members a safe and happy summer! Looking forward to an exciting year ahead with OR tours, November dinner, Webinar on End of LIfe/DNR in the OR, and Handling evidence in OR setting! We have added "ASK a Practise Question" to our Website!  The executive will take your questions, find the best answer and discuss at our General meetings!  We are hoping that this provdies you with an avenue to clarify your practise and help create discussion at our meetings!  Be sure to check it out!! 

We will see you in September at Joe Brant! 


Check your email for an upcoming Survey Monkey regarding the November Dinner! We really want your feedback! 




ORNAHD President




September Greetings!
- Posted 2016-09-09 11:11:31
Hello Members! 

Hope you all had a wonderful and safe summer! Welcome back to the busyness of the fall season although it certainly doesn't feel like Fall out there! We will be having out first General meeting at St Mary's hospital on ERAS in Thoracic Surgery on September 20th. I am really interested in hearing more about this as it is becoming more of hot topic in our OR as of late!! Hope to see you all there!


The executive committee have already started planning and looking forward to our year ahead! We are always looking for presentations and host hospitals, please let us know if you are willing to do either! We will have the finalised details for you regarding November Dinner at the September meeting. Just to remind you, this will be our election dinner as well. We will have one open position this term. It will be for Programme. Ruth Driedger has served with us for 3 years and has done an amazing job! Thanks, Ruth!


There is an educational day being hosted by SEG group and I have posted the details! Looks like a great educational opportunity! Please check it out! The deadline is Sept 20th! 


The ORNAC conference planning is in full swing! And I am part of that planning committee! Of course, you all know that Niagara Falls is the host City this year! The conference is being held from April 29 - May 3rd! Mark the date!! There is a call out for abstracts/ posters still as well till the end of September!  Just check out the ORNAC website and it will link you to the conference page! 


Thank you all for your continuing support and membership! Please feel free to email me at anytime if you have any comments, concerns, or questions! 


Angela Russell

ORNAHD President


- Posted 2016-06-15 07:15:45
Looking forward to seeing everyone on June 21st for Strawberry Social and Work/Life Balance Meeting at Norfolk General Hospital! This will be the last meeting before the summer!


Happy Nurses Week!!
- Posted 2016-05-09 09:49:31
Happy Nures Week ( May 9-13,2016) to all of our members!! We hope that you all have a fantastic week and know that you are appreciated for your time, talents and efforts in making patient care your priority!

- Posted 2016-03-29 11:58:48
Hello members! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend with family and friends! And hopefully starting to enjoy the Spring weather! Our next general meeting is coming up soon and you should have recieved the flyer in your email today. Hope to see you all there! Also the ORNAO conference early bird deadline has been extended till March 31st! If you are interested in attending, even one day, you have the opportunity to win your registration fees from ORNAO. Just email me a note to let me know, and we will be drawing the lucky participant on Friday, April 1st. The conference has some wonderful topics and should a great experience! Hope to see our members there! 

Please renew your membership before Dec. 31 deadline
- Posted 2015-12-30 18:34:57
On behalf of the ORNAHD Executive I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We have had a great educational year and this promises to be excellent as well. I encourage you to renew your membership before the deadline of December 31 to avoid the late fee.

Your new Executive for 2016 is as follows: President - Angela Russell

                                                                    President Elect - Dorothy Pallister

                                                                    Treasurer/Secretary - Tara Willemsen

                                                                    Programme Committee - Ruth Driedger, Linda Becker, Mary Winn, Stephanie Fleming

                                                                    Past President - Dee Frisina

I would like to thank Sandra Rivas and Diana Hughes for their hard work and committment as they leave the Executive.

Thank you,

Dee Frisina, Past President ORNAHD


General Meeting Tuesday September 22, 2015
- Posted 2015-09-02 18:50:55

Dear ORNAHD  Members,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Please Save the Date and mark your calendars. Our ORNAHD General Meeting will occur on Tuesday September 22. It is another great meeting.

Dr. Waël Hanna, MDCM, MBA, FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Thoracic Surgeon at St Joseph’s Healthcare will be giving a presentation on  Da Vinci ROBOTIC LUNG SURGERY. Our friends from Minoque Medical Inc. will also be offering a hands demonstration in our Operating Room. Come and play with our ROBOT!!!


I encourage you to please tell your colleagues about this very interesting and interactive meeting. All healthcare workers are invited to attend.

I look forward to seeing everyone,

Dee Frisina RN, CPN (c)

ORNAHD President


TUESDAY September 22, 2015, Da Vinci ROBOTIC LUNG SURGERY

Presented by Dr. Waël Hanna, MDCM, MBA, FRCSC Assistant Professor, Thoracic Surgeon

Hands on Demonstration to Follow in our Operating Room by Minogue Medical Inc.

Location: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Miller Auditorium

50 Charlton Ave, E, Hamilton


1830: Refreshments served                               Members Free


1845: Business Meeting                                  Non-Members $5.00


1900: Topic Presented


~ On-site parking is available at your own expense ~

ORNAHD News July 2015
- Posted 2015-07-04 18:52:05

        Your elected executive members of ORNAHD continue to represent registered nurses practicing perioperative nursing in the Hamilton region and beyond, planning and providing regular educational sessions covering a broad range of topics that impact the perioperative nursing specialty. A long standing tradition of ORNAHD, the annual June Dinner, advertised to take place on the 16th of June this year, had to unfortunately be cancelled due to low numbers of registered attendees. Executive members reached consensus on this decision in order to respect our business partner, and to exercise fiscal responsibility in avoiding cancellation charges as required minimum numbers were not met.

        In light of ORNAC taking on membership responsibilities in 2014, all provincial councils adopted the registration year to be from 01 January of one year to 31 December of the same year. Members will continue to have the opportunity to exercise their nominating and voting privileges for vacant executive positions at the future ORNAHD General Dinner meeting to be held in the month of November this year.


**Please Save – The - Date November 17 - General Meeting / Dinner / Election – to replace June Annual Dinner. Location - Seasons Restaurant in Oakville**




September 22 – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, “Robotic Lung Surgery”


November 17 - General Meeting / Dinner / Election - Seasons Restaurant in Oakville


Please watch for further information on these and other exciting networking and educational events as details for 2015-2016 meetings are finalized.

Time changes many things and new traditions evolve….we invite you to join us and look forward to seeing at the next ORNAHD General meeting on September 22, 2015.

Have a great summer.


Dee Frisina RN, CPN(C)

ORNAHD President


ORNAC Journal December 2014
- Posted 2014-12-30 09:30:00
CONGRATULATIONS to BARB SAWATSKY. Sending congrats out to Barb who was featured in our ORNAC December 2014 Journal. "Spotlight on ORNAC Members - an interview with Barb Sawatsky". We had the pleasure of seeing all the hard work that Barb and her perioperative team did at our November 2013 General Meeting. Barb was actively involved in the planning of the new OR from the functional plan, design and build, equipment procurement, operational readiness, move plan and the education of staff and physicians. Congratulations again Barb on all your hard work. It is nice to see one of our ORNAHD members featured.

Merry Christmas / Happy New Year 2014
- Posted 2014-12-30 09:16:42
On behalf of your ORNAHD Executive I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season with loved ones. This past year ORNAHD has been busy. During the summer, we met to discuss and update our ORNAHD Website. I hope you will find it easy to navigate. We followed the ORNAC website as a guide. We have also just recently changed our logo. Please let me know your thoughts. Our September General Meeting was at the Hamilton General Hospital. Dr David Szalay, Vascular Surgeon, presented "The Future of Vascular Surgery". It was very informative. In October, Kathleen Loney and her staff from BAXTER sponsored an educational dinner for us at the Burlington Art Gallery. The hemostatic agents: FLOSEAL, ARTISS, COSEAL and TISSEEL were discussed followed by a hands on displays of each agent. It was a fun educational night. Thank you to Kathleen and team BAXTER. November took us to the new St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Site. The Bariatric Clinic presented, "Follow a Patients' Journey plus the changes in Bariatric Surgery and the newest options for patients. 5 speakers presented: a patient Educator, registered nurse, surgeon, nutritionist and a social worker. The New Years offers our February 17 Webinar "Bullying" presented by RNAO. Details to follow. April 21, our General Meeting will be at the Norfolk General Hospital. "It's Getting Hot in Here", a presentation on cautery in the OR. As President, I am very proud of the work that the Executive has and continues to do to make ORNAHD a success for all of you. Enjoy the holiday season, Dee Frisina

Year at a Glance 2014 - 15
- Posted 2014-08-27 20:19:32

Hope everyone has enjoyed summer and had some time off to spend with family and friends. Your ORNAHD Executive has been working hard throughout the last few months to organize a great year for us all. We first meet on Tuesday September 16, 1830 at the Hamilton General Hospital, David Braley Auditorium with Dr D.Szalay as presentor. He will be discussing a case study with was very fascinating and rare as well as the future of vascular surgery.

At our business meeting, prior to Dr. Szalay presenting, we will be giving everyone a chance to vote on our new website. A number of us met throughout the summer to revamp the ORNAHD website and hope you will find it easier to navigate.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday September 16.


Dee Frisina

ORNAHD President

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