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"Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade" ~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Perhaps the only thing that is signalling that spring is near, other than the calendar date, is that the days are getting longer. We have moved out of the dark days of winter, and although the temperatures have yet to rise, we know that change is near.
This is my first post as President of ORNAA. As some of you may have read in the latest edition of Snips and Snaps, Colleen Marcotte has decided to step down as ORNAA President. We are grateful for the time and energy she devoted to the organization and we wish her all the best. This is but one of the few changes that is occurring within our organization. It is true that the only constant is change itself!
Although I am very new to this role and I have much to learn, I feel energized and supported by all those around me. I am sure that each of you, regardless of where you are in your nursing career, can remember a time when you too were learning something new. The emotions are many: fear, anxiety, and excitement to name a few. What made you succeed at this new task? Was it internal motivation, the support and guidance of others, the patience of those who we call mentors and friends, or perhaps a combination of all of these? I believe success happens to each of us because of the many people around us who have helped us along the way. The same can be said for our professional organizations. The success of these organizations does not sit on the shoulders of one, but rather on the shoulders of many.
There will be many changes taking place this spring within ORNAC at the national level, and many of these will trickle down to us here at the provincial level. I encourage all of you to stay involved, to ask questions, to support each other through the changes and to be leaders in perioperative nursing. It is in this manner that I believe we will continue to see success within our organization.
Lucia Pfeuti RN BN CPN (C)