2016 AORN Surgical Conference and Expo
The 63rd Surgical Conference and EXPO Business Meetings Highlights
(Anaheim, California – April 2nd-6th, 2016)
Saturday April 2nd
AORN Syntegrity® Perioperative Documentation Solution
The procedure list and perioperative nursing documentation content that is utilized within an Electronic Health Record. In 2015, $375,000 was made and returned to AORN. In the future they will continue to standardize the content at the point of care, and are developing a unique device tracking identification work such as screws implanted where the ID numbers are hard to identify.
BSN or higher degree in Nursing for Candidates running for National Board of Directors
The National Leadership and Developing Committee led this discussion. Based on surveys of 10,000 members, the NLDC recommended this be a requirement for candidacy by 2020 in alignment with the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing recommendation and ANCC. There will be further discussion with the membership.
Go Clear – AORN’s Program and Awardto Eliminate Surgical Smoke
AORN developed a comprehensive approach to ensure a smoke-free environment wherever surgical smoke is generated to protect patients, colleagues and staff’s safety. The Go Clear Award, supported by Medtronic through the AORN Foundation, recognizes health care facilities committed to a surgical smoke-free environment for their perioperative team and patients. You can look for more information at aorn.org/goclear
First House of Delegates
Monday April 4th
Delegates registered for meeting 2240
The NLDC reported that 135 names were submitted for the national ballot last year. Of that number 39 submitted applications and 20 names were placed on the ballot. The committee continues to emphasize their goal to attract qualified candidates for office and their desire to increase engagement in the election process among the members.
Multiple chapter awards were given at 3 levels of chapter sizes and the Chapter of the Year was AORN of Las Vegas. A new chapter was formed this past year: Chapter 3417, Carolina Blue of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
AORN Foundation Report: The foundation had their eighth straight year of profits, a very successful year of growth revenues by eight percent. They contributed 2.6 million dollars to AORN and expect continued success in 2017.
OPPORTUNITIES WITH NATIONAL
AORN By Cheryl Langford
First I would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” for all your support, well wishes, and votes that elected me to be on the National AORN Nominating & Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) for 2016-2018. I am honored to serve you on behalf of MN and the Midwest! Two other new members were elected the NLDC this year as well, Brandi Miller and Reuben Barrios. There are five members total and the past president. We had orientation the day after Expo while in Anaheim and also attended the Volunteer Leadership Academy in May which included the Board of AORN and chapter leaders. Nominations for potential candidates for a 2017 National Office in AORN took place until May 23rd, and then those members nominated by their peers were called by one of the NLDC members to ask if they were interested in pursuing a nomination for 2017. Wow, sounds crazy that we are working so far ahead for 2017, but really, the next Expo is not that far away! Have you requested for time off for the next Expo in Boston, MA from April 1-5, 2017? The week at Expo is so inspiring and energizing; you have to experience it to believe it!
Want to become more involved in AORN opportunities locally or nationally? If you answered yes, please feel free to contact me at any time and we will connect and chat. There are so many great opportunities. Locally with our Chapter, AORN of Twin Cities Chapter 2401, we have multiple committees such as membership, education & workshop, finance, community, newsletter/communication, and awards. Every year, we also hold local elections for positions on our board of directors, nominating and leadership committee, secretary/treasurer (opposite years), and for president elect. All positions are for a two year term. Serving locally is a great way to meet new perioperative RNs, hear some wonderful local speakers on engaging perioperative topics, and get involved in some really fun committee and volunteer work such as the Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, and Feed my Starving Children organizations.
Another outstanding opportunity to become more involved is to go to Expo as a Twin Cities Chapter Delegate to the Congress Sessions. As a chapter delegate you receive some money towards your Expo expenses and commit to attending the business meetings (Congress) that take place during Expo (meet the candidates, the house of delegate sessions, and forums which typically end up taking about 6 hours total of your time during Expo). You must also write an article for our chapter newsletter – which is what you are reading now- called “Stereoscope.” To attend Expo as a Chapter Delegate there is a form to fill out, this form is in this Stereoscope. Please consider this for 2017. It is like a sneak peek into how National AORN is run and I guarantee once you try it, you will be hooked and want to get more involved. Just ask Marilyn or Mary Kay! They went as chapter delegates a few years ago, served on our chapter NLDC and now Marilyn is our chapter president and Mary Kay is very active with organizing our chapter community relations.
With National AORN there are many opportunities to volunteer in as well as committees and task forces that you can become involved with. Go to www.aorn.org and then “communications and government affairs,” then “get involved” and then “volunteer.” Also read your AORN Journal, Periop Insider, and watch for emails for future opportunities. The upcoming president advertises each spring as to which committees and task forces will need members for the upcoming year. The applications can then be turned in to National Headquarters. This year Barb Wiemann is the chair for the National Awards Committee! Thank you Barb for all your hard work and dedication to AORN!
Don’t forget that you can submit member names for awards at both the local and national level. We would love to honor our chapter members for all they do. Please consider submitting at least one name for the local awards listed in this newsletter, as well as a national award that will be communicated to all shortly via email, your journal, and Periop Insider.
I challenge each of you to bring a co-worker to a meeting this upcoming year and to also reach out to your student RNs or periop 101 RNs and get them to a chapter meeting. Let’s strengthen our chapter- AORN of Twin Cities- with the power each of YOU have!