1. Shoemaker, Barbara MSN, RN

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Goal #1 Quality of Care

NAON will be the leader for establishing the standard for quality orthopaedic and musculoskeletal practice and care.


* Funds have been approved to proceed with the revision of Scope and Standards of Orthopaedic Nursing Practice.


* President Anita Meehan will represent NAON on the AAOS Hip Fracture Consensus Steering Committee.


Goal #2 Recognition and Awareness

NAON will be globally recognized by colleagues, those who influence health policy decisions, and consumers as the authority on orthopaedic and musculoskeletal nursing practice and care.


* The board determined that, in order to accomplish the strategic plan objective of "creating promotional strategies to increase global recognition of NAON as the authority on orthopaedic and musculoskeletal nursing," it would be necessary to secure the service of a marketing/public relations firm. Prudent use of financial reserves for this project was approved. A task force under the leadership of Director Robin Voss was appointed to develop the Request for Proposals and for the selection of a firm. Approval of the amount of funds to be allocated was deferred until proposals have been reviewed and potential cost determined.


* Funds were approved to maintain two new Web site addresses to help with locating NAON's Web site when searching for "orthopaedic nurse" or "orthopedic nurse."


Goal #3 Education

NAON will be a world leader in providing flexible and accessible education in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care.


* The Board supported development of educational projects including, but not limited to, revision of the NAON audiotape series often used by nurses as a review while preparing for the ONC examination. Planning for the 2001 Regional Conferences will begin with considerations for site locations.


Goal #4 Organizational Development

NAON will have effective leadership operating in a flexible governance structure that focuses on delivering member-valued services while assuring fiscal stability.


* The 2001 NAON budget was reviewed and approved.


* Review and discussion of the NAON Bylaws was continued.


* Confirmation of year-round House of Delegate numbers.


* Initial information and concepts for a leadership-mentoring program were reviewed and discussed.


* The board discussed issues related to the relationship of NAON's Executive Board and the ONCB. Operationalizing our commitment to conduct business in a culture of trust, the NAON board unanimously supported relinquishing its authority to appoint ONCB members and allow the ONCB to select all members of its board. NAON's president will continue to serve as an ex-officio ONCB member.