MASSACHUSETTS Highlights of a recent meeting of AORN of Massachusetts, Chapter I, was a concert given by the Harvard Medical Chorus. Consisting of Harvard Medical School students, interns, and technicians, the group is managed by William Moran, a Harvard Medical School student. Its president is Dr. Walter Gamble, surgeon at Children’s Medical Center. Earlier in the evening the chapter elected Dorothy Berry of Boston as vice president. Others elected were Barbara Bell, corresponding secretary; Marie Clancy and Nancy Fennessey, Board members; and Margaret Deady and Joanne Sutherland, nominating committee members. CENTRAL NEBRASKA Just eight months old and suffering growing pains common to new chapters, the AORN of Central Nebraska now numbers 45 members representing 22 communities and 21 hospitals. Some members travel 150 miles to attend meetings. One stalwart gal comes from 300 miles away! The chapter’s varied programs are par-
tially responsible for this enthusiastic response. One recent meeting featured a detailed demonstration on orthopedic traction equipment. Other programs have included educational movies, a tour of a medical supply manufacturing plant, a research speaker, and question box sessions. The chapter has a newsletter, too, AORN Currents, which is being sent to 77 hospitals as well as to all chapter members. Though the second group to organize in NebraskaAORN of Omaha was organized three months earlier-this young chapter promises to make up for its title as “second.” NEW JERSEY Capt. Linda N. Christ, a member of the AORN of New Jersey before going to Vietnam, was recently the subject of a feature story in the Newark Sunday News. Linda was one of 12 women who arrived in Vietnam by troop ship USS Mann. The voyage took 23 days and she claims it was probably an effort to acclimatize them. “There were 2,500 troops aboard!” They landed at a time when the Viet Cong were about to attack and were immediately issued car-
New oficers of AORN of Tidewater were installed earlier this year at a dinner meeting, by Cdr. Helen Brooks of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. They are from left to right, Ina Love Williams, president, Portsmouth; Mary Mox, vice president, Norfolk; Joan Simpson, secretary, Newport News; and Helen Cathell, treasurer, Portsmouth. Elected to the Board but not pictured were Frances Edwards, Sufjolk; Sister John Marie, Portsmouth; and Elizabeth Gammage, Ham pton.
bines-which they still possess. Linda reports that they have become adjusted to snipers, primitive living conditions, arduous work-verything except lizards, scorpions and snakes. Worst of all was a cobra which one of the nurses discovered under her bunk. To counteract the masculinity, in their tents mirrors dangle, steel bomb crates have been painted turquoise, and a much-loved mongrel named Charlie lives in a “pup” tent nearby. However, it is the wounded soldier that claims their real attention, for whom Linda has nothing but praise. “Their morale is terrific,” she says, “their main concern is getting back to the fighting.” OMAHA In April, one month before it was a year old, the AORN of Omaha inaugurated an event which is to be an annual affair-that of honoring a local nurse who has been the most active in, and made the most outstanding contribution to, the field of operating
room nursing. In February, each member had been urged to submit a nominee who could meet the following requirements: 1) she must have been actively employed in the OR for three years, 2) she had to be a member of one or more professional organizations. This year’s winner proved to be Joanne Wakefield, Supervisor of the Operating Room and Out-Patient Emergency Department at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. An active OR nurse for the last 12 years, she is a member of AORN, helped found the local chapter and is now its current president. She also belongs to ANA, NLN and the National Catholic Council of Nurses. Selected by a committee of five surgeons, Miss Wakefield was commended for: preparing a procedure manual for the OR, establishing written authorized scheduling policies, working with architects and administration on plans for a new hospital and equipment, setting up a. course outline for surgical technicians and setting up and su-
Joanne Wakefield, R.N.
pervising a departmental inservice program. The award to Miss Wakefield was made by Mayor A. V. Sorenson of Omaha at an April meeting which had as its theme “The Patients-the Hub of the Wheel.” A lively discussion ensued, ranging from the past and the present to the future of the OR nurse and anesthetist. The meeting was chaired by Miss Barbara Edwards, R.N. Despite its youth, the Omaha chapter has 130 members representing 11 hospitals-ten locally and one across the state line in Iowa. Previous activities have included a getacquainted party, a dinner meeting, and attendance of 23 members at the 13th Annual Congress in Chicago. It has a publicity chairman, Mrs. Yvonne Stock.
Hilda R. Fletcher, who was a guest of Johnson and Johnson at the 13th Annual AORN Congress in Chicago, has returned to England and her job as theatre superintendent at Hammersmith Hospital in London. Miss Fletcher, winner of the second J & J Travel Award, is a former army theatre nurse and has been associated with Hammersmith Hospital since 1948.
SUPERIOR Dr. Marvin Gerber, Captain, USN, discussed mass casualty nursing at the April meeting of the AORN of Superior in Sacramento, California. Dr. Gerber is stationed at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland where he set up the hospital’s casualty nursing program. At their business meeting members agreed to assist San Diego in presenting next year’s Congress, They also toured the new hospital wing and surgical suite of Roseville District Hospitul.