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We are the Manitoba Operating Room Nurses Association, a member of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC). We provide a voice for perioperative registered nurses across the province of Manitoba. Our not for profit association has a volunteer board of directors representing every region in Manitoba. MORNA works to promote excellence by demonstrating leadership in patient safety, and by enabling best practice, career advancement and professional development for perioperative nurses.

President's Message

Dawn Affleck

SUMMER 2021!!!!

Hello MORNA members!

Happy Summer!!! I hope many of you are enjoying some much deserved restful moments with family and friends while you recharge your batteries?!?!? How many of you are/were feeling the “blahs”?  Turns out you may in fact be languishing? Recently Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist wrote a poignant article in the New York Times that describes how many of us may be feeling?  He describes it as the feeling of “muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield”?  I may be putting myself way out there, but can anyone else relate??? But there’s some good news!!!! In fact, psychologists find that one of the best ways to manage our emotions is to name them.  Check it out here at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/well/mind/covid-mental-health-languishing.html

As of today, we sit with  78 MORNA members!!  Are you still looking to register as a MORNA member?  Head to ornac.ca and sign up!!! It’s super easy and with the “rolling membership”, no matter when you register, you get a full year from the time you sign up!!! Isn’t that great? How is that for a way to beat that “languishing feeling”?  If you had ANY challenges or problems with registration, please email info@ornac.ca and cc myself, at morna@ornac.ca. Again, we encourage you to sign up as there are so many benefits available to you with educational opportunities and funding.  In fact, the membership fee of $65.00 gives each perioperative nurse a minimum of $400.00 value. As always, we hope that you will take every opportunity to connect with MORNA executive as your concerns and questions come up.

Thanks to the small group who joined us on May 20th, 2021 for our second virtual MORNA AGM. Although a small group, it was important to keep the integrity of MORNA business intact, even though we could not be together. .  Although traditionally we have been able to socialize readily, the pandemic once again challenged us this way. Thanks again to those who took time out to join us.

Finally, I would like all members to seriously consider the following positions that are open for nominations for the 2021-2023 term:

The Manitoba Director on the ORNAC Board (1 year term) and the Education Coordinator (2 year term) are open and the nomination form can be found under the “downloads” tab on the main menu. We really need perioperative nurses to pursue leadership opportunities and join us!!!!  WE NEED YOU!!!! You would have great support by a wonderful executive as you lead our MORNA group to continued success and perioperative presence provincially and nationally.

Congratulations to our perioperative nursing colleagues who successfully passed their Certification in Perioperative Nursing, CPN(C) designation in the November and May writing. Please know that we celebrate your commitment to excellence and effort to uphold our nursing specialty. Did you see the changes to perioperative nursing certification? For example, you now have two options:

  1. 1,950 hours of experience in your nursing specialty within the last five years (formerly 3,900 hours) OR
  2. 1,000 hours of experience in your nursing specialty within the last five years plus 300 hours of formal education, which can be a specialty post-basic course or program at a college/university (as opposed to the former 2,925 hours of specialty experience plus education). - See more at: https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/certification#sthash.bjbedZIR.dpuf 

Finally, I wish to explain why the Manitoba Director position has come open.  Since taking a position outside the perioperative practice area, I am no longer eligible to serve as the Manitoba Director. This was a decision upheld by the ORNAC executive according to Bylaw 5.03.  The MORNA executive will be discussing our own MORNA bylaws and my eligibility to remain on as Manitoba president in the interim.  The MORNA executive will have more communication and updates for you at our annual Wine and Cheese on Friday, September 17th from 6-10 pm at the Winnipeg Winter Club Riverview Room. Did you read that?!?!? We will actually come together and celebrate our perioperative community in person. We are so excited!!! Please stay tuned for more information. Thank you again for all of your support  over the past number of years and I sure look forward to seeing you all soon! 

Yours in perioperative nursing,

Dawn Affleck RN MN CPN © President MORNA




This is a Reminder regarding the upcoming MORNA Wine and Cheese 

Venue: Winnipeg Winter Club: Riverview Room

Date: Friday, September 17th
Time: 6-10pm 
Please make sure to register!
Please consider applying for the following ORNAC Board and MORNA Executive Positions:
Click Here to Download MORNA Application Form

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