An Overview of the 2018 AORN Expo
Presented May 14th, 2018
by Barb Wiemann BSN, RN, CNOR & Cheryl Langford MSN, RN, CNOR
The 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo was held in New Orleans March 24-28th and as usual, was a great experience! The goal for the May Chapter meeting was to give a brief overview of a few events and presentations attended by Barb and Cheryl, and to share four ways for staff to care for themselves and support others throughout the journey of nursing.
The Expo highlight video was viewed as well as the 2018 Pink Glove Breakfast & Dance highlight by Medline.
Barb reviewed how the CNOR recertification process will be gradually changing and will encompass more point-based activities than just educational contact hours. The goal of this change is to assure continued competency. R. Knopp defines continued competency as “specified levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities not only at the time of initial certification but also throughout an individual’s professional career.” Contact hours for education topics are no longer sufficient enough to prove our competency to provide quality patient care.
Point activities may include mentoring another nurse during their orientation, academic studies, and teaching, publishing, or presenting education topics. It may also include volunteering on mission trips, CCI test development committee, or serving on boards or committees through your work facility, international, national, state or local levels. These activities are connected with current evidenced-based-practice guidelines and national standards of practice, just as our national AORN guidelines are updated with the use of evidence-based-research that guides us for safe patient care and positive patient outcomes.
Some great member discussion took place about certification and the concern for staff to remain certified in the future if the change is too drastic. CCI staff spoke to this on the Expo floor and more information can be found on the CCI website. The transition will be gradual, a date has not been determined yet by CCI, but once that occurs, CCI will notify us of the process. A hint to start with–update your personal profile on the CCI website with your current email address. They will inform us through
Cheryl spoke on the last speaker from the Chapter Leader Workshop on March 24th, who was DeNene Cofield, BSN, RN, CNOR. Her presentation title was “The Importance of Joy in the Workplace.” She was so full of energy, easy to listen to, and had some great messages to share, as well as a few book recommendations. She firmly believes that “joy has a shelf life, so you need to renew it and refresh,” and to “live life like you are looking through the front windshield, not the small rearview mirror.” Another impactful short video clip on you tube is “3900 Saturdays” which stresses the importance of each and every Saturday and the need to enjoy life! She had two book recommendations: Attitude is Everything by Keith Harrell, and Seven Lessons from Heaven; How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy Filled Life by Mary Neal.
Next was a brief overview of the Medline Breast Cancer Breakfast Speaker, LeAnn Thieman. She is an RN and went through her career history and is one of the authors for the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Inspiration for the Nurses- 101 Stories of Appreciation & Wisdom.” She stressed the importance of self-care in regards to mind & body, spirit, exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Remember that your mind is a computer and YOU choose the input! What you visualize and think about can change your function. Remember to take slow, deep breaths! Laughter is great medicine… so why do kids laugh on average 400 times a day and adults only 4-11 times a day? She asked the audience “What makes you laugh until tears run down your pant leg?” Forgiveness is also an important word! It is important to forgive yourself and someone else. When will YOU forgive yourself and someone else? Don’t give others the power to hurt you. Forgive them whether they deserve it or not. Forgiveness is freeing! So who will YOU forgive?
Keep your spiritual self in balance! Spend 15 minutes daily on something that speaks to you spiritually. This may intertwine with the mind/body/spirit concept of taking care of yourself. What is your #1 priority in your life and are you living it? Take some time to think each day. How do you achieve work life balance? Only you can choose to lead a more balanced life! “You are making a difference- set the world aglow with caring.”
Last but not least, we reviewed the past chapter year’s educational presentations; asking the members if they have changed their nursing practice due to a presentation they heard at our chapter programs? Members present stated that they were appreciative of all the topics offered and have made practice changes when possible.
Thank you to the 2017-2018 AORN of Twin Cities Chapter #2401 leaders for an awesome year!
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