Welcome to ORNAA

On behalf of the ORNAA Executive, and myself, I want to send our appreciation of the dedication and hard work that is happening across the province and in to the northern territories. We are all exhausted, mentally, physically, and spiritually. My hope is that we are turning the corner to a new normal where we will be able to return to life as we used to live it, with perhaps a few changes. Nurses are amazing. We make up the foundation of a very complex medical system. We are passionate, caring, empathetic, and resilient. Continue to take care of each other; take care of yourselves. We will get through this and we will be stronger for it. It may seem like a thankless job now and then, but to our patients, they appreciate your time and your sacrifices.

For those who attended the first virtual ORNAC conference several weeks ago, I hope that you were inspired and rejuvenated. I was so impressed with the caliber of speakers and the involvement of the vendor community. There were so many relevant topics presented that have changed the way that I now approach my work. The ORNAC Executive poured their blood, sweat, and tears in to this conference and it showed!

If you have not done so already, please register or renew your ORNAC membership for the 2021 year. Registration fees for ORNAC members are $65 and ORNAC Associate categories range from $55-$80. To learn more about ORNAC, please visit www.ornac.ca. Please be sure to choose the correct district that you reside in so that educational monies can be used where you live.

My time as President of ORNAA is very quickly ending. I will be transitioning into the Past-President role mid-June. I am honoured and humbled to have represented ORNAA as President provincially and as Alberta Director nationally. I am so grateful to have had this experience and I have made so many new, and lasting, connections with Perioperative nurses across this province and beyond. You have not seen the last of me yet. I will continue to support the Southern Operating Room Nurses Association (SORNA) as President.

I leave this organization in very strong hands. Bryana Hahn will be taking on the role of President following my leave. Bryana is so intelligent, caring, creative, and innovative. She will take ORNAA to the next level, while continuing to honour our history.

Please email me anytime at or reach out to your local district representatives. Whether you want to become involved at a district level, an executive level, or behind the scenes, let us work together to make ORNAA the leader in perioperative practice! Please continue to check ORNAA's website for educational opportunities and upcoming events.

Randi Galenzoski BA BScN RN CPN(C) PANC(C)
ORNAA President

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