Global Surgical Conference

Agenda

Saturday, August 7

Saturday, August 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Hot Topic! Looking At Fire Through Two Lenses


Speakers 

Jeffrey R. Keane, Jr.

BSN, RN, CNOR

Charlotte L. Guglielmi

MA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Saturday, August 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Malignant Hyperthermia: Corrective Action Preventive Action

After two Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) episodes occurred outside of the OR at a facility in a large health care system in the Midwest, it was identified that processes need to be implemented to ensure personnel are better prepared to identify and treat an MH episode regardless of the event location. A multidisciplinary corrective action/preventive action (CAPA) team consisting of personnel working in a variety of roles from anesthesia to nursing to supply chain and human factors analysis. The team was tasked to assess current practices and make recommendations for improvement. The assessment identified gaps in MH education, policies/procedures, MH cart contents, existence of MH code teams, and available tools. Recommendations from the CAPA included creation of a system MH policy and MH crisis document, a Dantrolene dosing chart, standardization of MH cart contents (pharmaceuticals and supplies), and creation of one computer-based education module for all staff.


Speakers

Margaret Kuehl

MSN, RN, CNOR

Brenda G. Larkin

MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CSSM, CNOR

Saturday, August 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Optimizing Patient Health Leads to Safer Surgery

Optimizing a patient's health before elective surgery helps decrease complications of surgery, including infection, readmission, patient safety indicators, and mortality. By screening patients at their primary care clinic visit prior to surgical consult, a patient has more time to optimize their health and be a part of their care decision-making. Intermountain Healthcare Surgical Specialties Clinical Program partnered with Primary Care Physicians throughout the 23 hospital system to screen patients for five important measurements which include weight management (BMI), obstructive sleep apnea screening, blood glucose management, smoking/tobacco/nicotine cessation, and malnutrition screening. Partnering with primary care physicians on these important screenings has led to fewer complications in surgery and a decreased cost of care for patients.


Speakers

Katie Liljestrand

BSN, RN, MBA

Nathan Richards

MD

Kim Menge

RN, MS

Saturday, August 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Street Smarts: An Essential Leadership Proficiency

Perioperative nurses employ various communication strategies, emotional intelligence, experiential wisdom, and situational awareness to gain greater insights into clinical patient needs and desired professional goals. While such insights depend on knowledge, skill and experience, achieving the desired outcome can be enhanced by having a greater awareness of the importance of certain activities that can play a profound effect on one's 'audience.' For example, when negotiating a potentially difficult managerial issue, having food available can facilitate a successful outcome because people rarely argue over food. Knowing and respecting the cultural preferences of a patient can avoid excessive patient (or family) anxiety about an upcoming surgery. Being cognizant of political preferences -- but avoiding heated discussions -- is another form of 'street smarts' that can promote leadership successes. Also called 'common sense' and 'wisdom, ' these and other 'smarts' will be discussed.


Speakers

Patricia "Trish" C. Seifert

MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN

Saturday, August 7

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Hot Topic! Retained Surgical Items Guideline Update

Come join us to hear about the recent revisions to the 2022 Guideline for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items. This Hot Topic Session will discuss the significant revisions and key points in preventing RSIs in your patients.


Speakers 

Julie Cahn

DNP, RN, CNOR, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP

Saturday, August 7

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Implementing a Daily Huddle in Your ASC

This presentation will discuss the value in implementing a multidisciplinary daily huddle in the ASC setting to elevate the quality of care delivered to the patient, increase patients safety, reduce error, improve team communication, and, ultimately, improve staff/physician satisfaction. The presentation will focus on key personnel to include in the huddle, as well as essential key items to address/discuss. A sample daily huddle sheet will be shared with the audience, as the presenter walks them through each category on the huddle sheet.


Speakers

Jamie Ridout

MSN, RN, MBA, CNOR, NEA-BC, CASC

Saturday, August 7

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Enhanced Recovery After Pancreatic Surgery: How To Care For Patients With Cancer

The presentation will focus on established techniques to enhance the recovery of patients with pancreatic cancer that underwent surgery. Pre-, intra-, and postoperative strategies will be discussed. Proposed protocols will be presented for the attendees to consider applying to the care of their own patients.


Speakers

Sebastian De La Fuente

MD

Saturday, August 7

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Reflections: AORN History of Diversity and Moving Forward with Great Intentions

Learn the impact of diversity and inclusion on an organization and AORN's renewed dedication to the advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices.


Speakers 

Darlene B. Murdock

BSN, BA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Nakeisha M. Archer

MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM

Saturday, August 7

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

AORN Congress: First Forum

Join us for an informal discussion of items that will be brought to the House of Delegates, such as revisions to the AORN Bylaws, committee and task force activities and reports, and clinical practice issues. All Delegates are requested to attend.


Speakers - Coming Soon!

Saturday, August 7

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hot Topic! Considerations for Caring for Transgender Patients

This presentation educates healthcare providers on the unique aspects of caring for transgender patients. The presentation includes an overview of relevant terms related to the broader LGBTQ community and gender affirmation, discussion of mental and physical health disparities, and best practices for creating a more welcoming environment for this particularly vulnerable population.


Speakers 

Del Ray Zimmerman

Saturday, August 7

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sterilization Quality Control for the ASC: Are Your Practices Current?

Effective cleaning and sterilization of reusable surgical instruments is a critical element of a surgery centers infection prevention program. Are your facility's practices up-to-date and based on the latest national standards, evidence-based guidelines and device manufacturers' instructions for use? This presentation will discuss the sterilization modalities commonly used in surgery centers and describe available sterilization monitoring tools. The use of these tools as part of a comprehensive quality control program developed to align with current AAMI- and AORN-recommended practices for monitoring of steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization processes will be reviewed. Finally, well practice troubleshooting sterilization process failures by reviewing several case studies.


Speakers 

Susan Flynn

BESc, CSPDT

Saturday, August 7

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Future of Congenital Heart Surgery and 3-D Printing

With bringing awareness to 3-D anatomic models, this new technology and its practical real life uses can create an environment where all members of the multidisciplinary team (surgical and clinical perioperative educators, nurse managers, and clinical staff nurses) can participate and plan for the appropriate surgical approach, prepare for critical interventions, and anticipate prospective complications. Educators can utilize the information for training and teaching for novice and experienced nurses entering the subspecialty of congenital heart surgery; and nurse leaders, such as managers, provided time outside of the OR for the teaching to take place. It is essential to recognize the educational piece and its importance to a developing a more dynamic and competent surgical nurse. 3-D models also serve a significant purpose for the patients. They allow the patient to get a firsthand look at their own anatomy while the surgeon holds the 3D model of their heart in his hands and explains his process. This insight is invaluable for every individual involved in the care of the patient.


Speakers 

Crystal D. Carter

MSN, RN

Saturday, August 7

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation: Getting to Zero Harm


Speakers 

Lynn J. Reede

DNP, MBA, CRNA, FNAP

Brian J. Cammarata

MD

Saturday, August 7

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Inspire Integrity: Chase An Authentic Life

Corey’s most popular keynote on ethics encourages audiences to chase the truly important things in life such as a solid character, strong personal relationships and a sense of contentment. These “real rabbits” are compared and contrasted to more fleeting worldly success such as excessive wealth, popularity, and prestige. Audience members leave with a better sense of what it takes to develop integrity, set priorities, gain a big-picture perspective, and chase an authentic life. By the end, Corey promises that this will be one of the most powerful and motivational speeches you have ever heard.


Speakers

Corey Ciocchetti

PhD

Saturday, August 7

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Infection Prevention Strategies in the ASC

The role of the infection preventionist is critical in any healthcare organization. In an ASC, this nurse is often assigned the task as an ancillary role to his or her regular nursing duties, often without any formal background in infection prevention. This presentation will describe necessary components of an infection control program and help the ASC infection preventionist to navigate the multitude of regulations, accreditation standards, and best practice guidelines. This presentation will provide an overview of the infection control risk assessment, infection surveillance, and strategies to prevent SSIs.


Speakers

Lisa A. Berus

RN, MSN, MEd, CASSPT, CAIP

Saturday, August 7

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Help! My Cranial Surgery Patient is Awake!

Surgical treatment of brain tumors, especially those located in the eloquent areas: anterior, temporal, and frontal lobes, as well as proximity to language, memory, and motor brain areas, poses a risk of major irreversible impairment. Awake craniotomy is a great option to ensure maximum resection of the tumor with minimum functional impairment of the Central Nervous System, thereby preserving the quality of life of the affected patients. This presentation will outline a staff training program in learning how to assist and facilitate the surgical team during awake craniotomy procedure highlighting the nursing competency goals per perioperative phase.


Speakers

Daphny Peneza

MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Saturday, August 7

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Engaging the Team in the RCA Process to Evaluate Practice and Improve Patient Safety

The RCA process can be a valuable tool for the perioperative nurse and members of the team to evaluate current practices, especially following a sentinel event. The RCA process provides an opportunity for team members to carefully examine practices and make recommendations for change, or not, in order to improve patient safety.


Speakers

Kathleen Law

DNP, MS, RN, CNOR

Helena Ely-Dyson

BSN, BAS, MSHRM, CNOR

Saturday, August 7

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Opening Ceremony


Speakers

David A. Wyatt

President, AORN

PhD, MA, MPH, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

Jon Goode

Saturday, August 7

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

OPENING GENERAL SESSION-Transforming How We Tackle Challenges

Successful hospitals and hospital systems are very similar to successful sports teams. Like sports, healthcare operates by a few basic fundamentals. Do you know what they are? Do you know what’s required of you to get to the next level? Being fundamentally sound means you pay attention to every detail in your business and industry. You take criticism and use it to your advantage. You know your competition and you don’t stop, no matter what. Competition in today’s health care is fierce, as it is in any business. As registered nurses, you have the advantage of being identified by the public as a member of the most trusted profession. Walter will teach you strategies to boost confidence, create buy in and engagement, and ultimately accountability. Bottom line is… You have to MASTER the Fundamentals.


Speakers

Walter Bond

Saturday, August 7

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

AORN Illinois Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses (ICORN) Meeting


Sunday, August 8

Sunday, August 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am

RETIRED NURSES SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING/EDUCATION-Is There an I in TEAM? Understanding the Difference YOU Make in the TEAM

Join us to gain knowledge on how an active participant in a team can develop actions plans, employ strategies, and employ some general factors and strategies of good teamwork to have positive outcomes and achieve the goals of the team.


Speakers 

Dawn M. Yost

MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Sunday, August 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am

PEDIATRIC SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING/EDUCATION-Mental Health First Aid: Early Intervention is Prevention

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about one in five children have significant mental health challenges. Half of teenagers, who are living with mental illness that is severe enough to cause significant impairment in their day-to-day lives, are not receiving treatment. This educational offering will provide the learner with an awareness of how mental health issues impact children and their families.


Saundra W. Falk

BSN, RN, CNOR

Sunday, August 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am

PERIOPERATIVE NURSING INFORMATICS SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING


Sunday, August 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am

AMBULATORY SURGERY SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING/EDUCATION-Compliance Officer: Understanding the Role's Responsibilities

The Compliance Officers role in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) is one that most ASC leaders have not been trained to perform but are expected to perform. Yet, it plays a crucial role in ensuring the center complies with laws and regulations governing ASCs. Thus, why this session is essential to the ASC leader’s success, during this presentation, the definition of a Compliance Officer and the fundamental responsibilities of the job will be addressed. Exploring the expectations of the Compliance Office and why this position answers directly to the Board is key to the success of the center’s compliance program. Not only will you learn about the role but will be given tools to help you do the job.


Speakers

Beverly A. Kirchner

BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC

Sunday, August 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING


Sunday, August 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Workplace Civility

A collaboration between AORN, ASPAN, and AANA was formed under the direction of President Wyatt to research and develop a position statement based on the literature review on Civility in the perioperative space. The literature review revealed that workplace incivility and bullying can have a negative effect on nurse’s work environment, which can lead to negative impact on patient outcomes. Literature also revealed that every member of the perioperative team has the responsibility to promote civility and inclusion in the workplace. This presentation will include information from the literature review on workplace civility, and its effects on patient outcomes, as well as information on how each member of the team can support civility in the workplace. Just as all members of the perioperative team are paramount to providing the best patient outcome by their participation in the patient’s perioperative journey, so to are all members needed to promote workplace civility and inclusion.


Speakers 

Maria Sullivan

MSN, RN

Ruth Shumaker

BSN, RN, CNOR

Deb Spratt

MPA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Sunday, August 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Art of Human Care: Change the World One Patient at a Time

Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a board-certified heart and lung transplant surgeon and physician executive and works daily on the fringe of life and death. In this unique, engaging, and exciting keynote Dr. Tetteh shares, The Human Care Strategy, a formula for a new level of healing. His ‘Human Care Theory’ was inspired by his own near-death event and experience as a patient long before his training as a physician and transplant surgeon. Informed by over two decades of experience and real-life cases, he shares invaluable insights with the audience and espouses delivering the right treatment, to the right patient, at the right time. Human Care is the antidote for burnout in healthcare. The formula gives you the power to be passionate about healthcare again and inspires you to be the best version of yourself no matter what your role is in healthcare. Human Care represents the span of Dr. Tetteh’s experience as a patient and physician. In this session, the audience will gain knowledge and grasp the concepts and a core of information that helps them leverage their current roles to improve patient care, appreciate their true purpose in healthcare, and ultimately, positively change the world.


Speakers 

Hassan Tetteh

MD

Sunday, August 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am

New Horizons: 2021 Translational AORN Laser Guidelines

The intent of the new 2021 stand-alone Guideline for Laser Safety is to provide perioperative advisement on establishing a facility-based laser safety program driven by science and evidence-based practices. By utilizing the concept of translational research, laser safety standards of care can move more efficiently into our daily perioperative practices. This presentation will discuss the rationale and the research for new guidelines addressing Ocular Safety, Shared Airway surgeries, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Laser Hazard Evaluations. Furthermore, the administrative aspects involving the role of the Laser Safety Officer (LSO), Safety Committee, staff educational framework, and Third-Party Laser use will be discussed.


Speakers 

Patti A. Owens

BSN, RN, MHA, CNOR, CMLSO

Vangie Dennis

MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO

Sunday, August 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Coach Versus Mentor: How to Impact Successful Leadership Development in Perioperative Nursing

Are you a preceptor, coach or mentor? Perioperative nurses are leaders regardless of title but how can we continue to grow successful 'formal leaders' within our profession? One tool to succession planning is identifying the roles that preceptors, coaches, and mentors play in successful leadership development. Explore various leadership styles; provide examples of how these relationships can benefit the individual as well as the organization, and how volunteer leadership associations can play an important role in the identification and growth of the perioperative nurse. This session will explore various leadership styles; provide examples of how these relationships can benefit the individual as well as the organization, and how volunteer leadership associations can play an important role in the identification and growth of the perioperative nurse. The Clinical Coach program will aid others in developing this tool to aid in residency programs specific to perioperative nurses.


Speakers 

Marisa Merlino

MHA, RN-BC, CNOR, CSSM

Lisa Bailey

BSN, BS, RN, CNOR

Sunday, August 8

9:30 am - 11:00 am

LEADERSHIP SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING/EDUCATION-Our Shared Purpose: Succession Planning for Our Future

Nursing leadership succession planning is a key component to ensure organizations will have an adequate supply of new perioperative nurses who are prepared to become leaders to replace those who are retiring or leaving the practice all together. Learning key strategies to develop potential perioperative nurse leaders is key to ensure you will have a successful succession plan to adopt at your facility. In this presentation, we will define succession planning, synthesize the literature, and review the impending nursing shortages. We will review the Collaboration for Action 2030 Report and Vision for Nursing's future. Lastly, we will offer recommended strategies for succession planning.


Speakers 

Rebecca Vortman

DNP, RN, CNOR

Kenneth Worley

RN, BSN, CNOR

Leigh Anne Bartlett

MSN, RN, CSPDT

Kristy A. Wheeler

MSN, CNOR

Sunday, August 8

9:30 am - 11:00 am

RNFA SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING/EDUCATION-Advancing the RNFA: Personal Advancement and Advancement of the Profession

We will discuss legislative issues regarding the RNFA, and how individuals can become involved in legislative issues locally, regionally, and nationally. Specific discussion related to how RNFAs can further legislative support for reimbursement. A specific case study involving patient injury related to positioning and documentation will be explored. A detailed discussion will happen about how the RNFA can obtain certification whether you are a new RNFA with only a few hours, or an experienced RNFA with years under your belt.


Elizabeth Williams

MSN, RN, CNOR

Maureen Taylor

BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

Diana Wadlund

MSN, ACNP-BC, FNP-C, CRNFA

Sunday, August 8

9:30 am - 11:00 am

STERILE PROCESS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETING


Speakers

Sunday, August 8

9:30 am - 11:00 am

CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATOR SPECIALTY ASSEMBLY MEETINGS/EDUCATION-Our Shared Goal: Stability in Crisis Through Creative Education

We do not have absolute control of crisis situations. Health care systems must continuously adjust to support the needs of the community, especially in trying times. As front liners nurses must adapt in changing tides swiftly, Perioperative Educators are tasked to help facilitate smooth transition in these unprecedented moments and provide education via creative modalities despite limited time, as well as sustain staff motivation and morale.


Speakers

Daphny Peneza

MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Cera Salamone

MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, OCN, HACP

Sarah Matulewicz

MSN, RN, CNOR

Sunday, August 8

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Escape Rooms and Other Interactive Methods of Education

PowerPoint presentations are a main "go to" for education, especially for large groups, however, even with some of the additions of new technology options, they can still be limited on engaging the audience. Education in hands-on activity or simulation forms can be time consuming and a little daunting. Gain exposure to a couple of different methods of engaging learning activities and a blueprint of steps to help make these projects more manageable, in addition to being effective for your staff. Attendees will be asked to participate in the activities presented, which will be snippets of an actual exercises used other places, to get a glimpse into the process. The discussion will include tips on what to think about, how to identify the knowledge focuses, consider regulatory needs (if/when applicable), progressing from one step to the next to create an activity that would contain all the highlighted focuses.


Speakers

Lisa Morgenthaler

MN, RN, CNOR, LSO

Sunday, August 8

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Being a Member of the AORN Board of Directors: What Does that REALLY Mean?

Enjoy meeting three members of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors and learn about the real-life of being an AORN Board Member. You will learn the expectations and the facts of board membership. We will take you inside the board room of your professional organization where you will understand how this complex business is managed by the board you have elected. We will share how the Board navigated the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as identifying the emerging need to lead the association through ethical dilemmas related to human rights during the past year. Lastly, we will also discuss common misperceptions about the responsibilities of the Board.


Speakers

Elizabeth Pincus

MSN, MBA, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CNOR

Vicki Barnett

MSN, RN, CNOR

Nakeisha M. Archer

MBA, RN, NE-BC, CNOR, CSSM

Sunday, August 8

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Leadership Tools for the Emerging Leader

After sharing the definition of self-awareness and self-regulation, we will discuss examples of their importance and learn tactical ways to implement these elements into your leadership journey. Hear personal stories of the speaker's own leadership journey, key successes and failures and explore the phenomenon of burn-out, discussing it's subtle signs and symptoms and strategies to overcome.


Speakers

Jamie Ridout

MSN, RN, MBA, CNOR, NEA-BC, CASC

Sunday, August 8

9:45 am - 10:45 am

2021 Update on Sterilization Best Practices

Implementation of best practices found in evidence-based guidelines, position statements, and consensus documents applied in Sterile Processing (SP) impact the overall quality of patient care. It is imperative that we stay current with these essential best practices and documents that detail them. Keeping policies and procedures in line with the most up-to-date, Best Practices is a fundamental of perioperative management and will also contribute to the preparation for an accreditation review. This engaging and comprehensive presentation will provide attendees with a summary of the most recent changes in the Best Practices and regulations that affect healthcare medical device processing. Included in this discussion will be the new AORN Guidelines, featuring the Guideline for Care and Cleaning Surgical Instruments and Electrosurgical Safety, revisions to AAMI documents for healthcare medical device processing and new regulations.


Speakers

Susan Klacik

BS. CRCST, ACE, FCSS

Erin Kyle

DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Sunday, August 8

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

AORN Congress: First House of Delegates

Join us as we share and vote on the official business of the Association. Parliamentary procedure is followed. Only delegates are eligible to vote.


Speakers - Coming Soon!

Sunday, August 8

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

When Stress Hijacks Your Brain in the OR

Working in healthcare requires you to frequently operate in a complex, uncertain, and time-compressed environment that generates the kind of cumulative stress that adversely impacts performance and personal health. Stress has a profound effect on attention and decision-making skills within these circumstances, yet staff cannot afford to make errors or work under diminished conditions. This presentation will have a lasting and positive impact on future OR performance by providing participants with the programming they need to identify and implement critical behavior change tactics. The session will specifically look at individual behavior and performance across the full spectrum of home and work environment, identifying key areas of impairment. The attendees will self-assess on three levels: Preventative Care, Coping Strategies, and Recovery Techniques.


Speakers 

Spencer L. Byrum

Amy E. Bair

PhD, PMP, BCIA

Sunday, August 8

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

REBOOT: The Missing Link to Productivity and Performance

Energy drives everything – motivation, creativity, and performance. When people focus on generating energy rather than on managing time, they become more productive AND get through each day without feeling completely exhausted. However, in the age of the “Always-On” workplace, employees have become conditioned to think it is perfectly normal to struggle to get out of bed, experience mid-afternoon brain fog, and feel totally worn out when they get home from work. It may be common, but itis not normal. Employee and management fatigue costs companies over $500 billion in lost productivity each year due to missed work, diminished performance, increased medical costs, accidents, and errors. And it is completely preventable. In this fast-paced, interactive keynote, Dr. Jo uses scientific research from her review of over 1000 medical studies to offer real-life solutions that ignite company leaders to initiate, model, and encourage proven strategies for mastering peak performance without risking burnout.


Speakers 

Dr. Jo®

Sunday, August 8

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Use of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Survey on Patient Survey to Improve Patient Safety in ASCs

Learn how to successfully utilize the Agency for Healthcare research and Quality Survey on Patient Safety to support your Quality and Patient Safety programs. One organization shares their journey starting with their decision to utilize survey, through preparing for the survey, launching the survey, establishing a baseline, analyzing and communicating their results, submitting data to a public reported database, action planning, and re-measurement. Successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the course of a two-year period will also be shared.


Speakers 

Lisa Sinsel

MSN, RN

Sunday, August 8

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Intraoperative Trauma Communication Pathway: Understanding the Importance of Highly Effective Communication During Intraoperative Trauma

An elective surgical procedure becomes an intraoperative trauma when the need arises for unplanned hemorrhage control or fluid resuscitation. Barriers to communication that directly impact emergent care of intraoperative trauma patients are geographical locations of ORs, communication equipment inefficiencies, and lack of a formal communication pathway. In the Surgical Services Division at Tampa General Hospital, a 1000+ bed Level 1 Trauma Center, we realized that care of the unplanned intraoperative trauma patient was lacking, and a change was long overdue to create an environment of Zero Harm. We will describe our current state at the inception of the project, barriers discovered during the transition to the solution, and ongoing efforts to elevate Trauma Crisis Management in the future. The development of the Trauma Communication Pathway has resulted in our heightened ability to care for the unplanned intraoperative trauma patient as one OR in five locations.


Speakers 

Micheal Wallingford

BSN, RN, CNOR

Emily Schmidt

BSN, RN, CNOR

Jennifer Muller

BSN, RN, MPH, CNOR

Sunday, August 8

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Awards Ceremony 


Sunday, August 8

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

JERRY G. PEERS LECTURESHIP-Understanding and Effectively Addressing Social Inequities in Health

The presentation provides an overview of large and persistent socioeconomic and racial/ethnic inequities in health. It will describe scientific evidence that reveals that there are distinctive social exposures linked to racial status that contribute to inequity in health. It also shows that tackling social determinants of health can lead to improvement in health and reduction in health inequities. Interventions within the health care systems as well as interventions in upstream factors (such as housing, neighborhood condition, economic well-being) can markedly improve health and reduce social inequities in health.


Speakers 

Dr. David Williams

Sunday, August 8

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Expo Hall Opening Reception

Celebrate the opening of the Expo Hall featuring giveaways, snacks, and opportunities to mingle with vendors and peers.


Monday, August 9

Monday, August 9

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Rapid Fire! Recruitment & Retention
- Perioperative Residency: Conception, Evolution, and Developing our Future Leaders
- Pediatric Cardiovascular OR Vision: Optimizing Recruitment, Orientation, and Retention
- Perioperative Nursing Pipeline: From Student Nurse to Perioperative Novice Nurse

The Rapid Fire Recruitment and Retention of Perioperative Nurses session is designed to keep the information flowing. Colleagues representing facilities from across the country will share their successful recruitment and retention approaches. Each presenter has a predetermined number of minutes to discuss the topic. Following the presentations, there will be audience participation.

Part 1- Perioperative Residency: Conception, Evolution, and Developing our Future Leaders
An orientation process was implemented at our facility that considered the transition of experienced nurses to the pediatric CVOR environment and incorporated newly licensed nurses. Findings will provide perioperative nurses insight into recruitment, training, and retention practices employed by pediatric CVORs and the common challenges confronted.

Part 2- Pediatric Cardiovascular OR Vision: Optimizing Recruitment, Orientation, and Retention
Learn of the collaborative process used to create a successful pipeline for BSN students to learn and practice the fundamentals of perioperative nursing as part of their undergraduate curriculum. Learn sound strategies to create a perioperative pipeline through an academic-practice collaborative approach.

Part 3- Perioperative Nursing Pipeline: From Student Nurse to Perioperative Novice Nurse
Learn of the collaborative process used to create a successful pipeline for BSN students to learn and practice the fundamentals of perioperative nursing as part of their undergraduate curriculum. Learn sound strategies to create a perioperative pipeline through an academic-practice collaborative approach. Information from this presentation can empower the perioperative nurse to contribute and significantly improve recruitment/retention efforts to the perioperative arena.


Facilitated by Deb Ebert

Speakers 

Erica Basora

RN, CNOR

Sheri M. Pruett

MSN-Ed, RN, NPD-BC

Doreen D. Wagner

PhD, RN, CNOR

Deborah M. Ebert

MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR, CCRN, CPAN, CAPA

Roderick McArdle

MSN, RN, CNOR

Debora T. Mastin

MS, RN, CNOR

Monday, August 9

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"Surgical Smoke Research Projects-Part 1
Applying the Delphi Methodology to Build Consensus on Surgical Smoke Exposure and Practices Among Operating Room Nurses "

Are you passionate about perioperative nursing research and surgical smoke evacuation practices? Learn the steps to conduct a Delphi study and participate in a discussion about the findings from a nationwide Delphi study conducted to build consensus on surgical smoke exposure and practices among operating room nurses. You will leave with an understanding of the Delphi method and results from our research study.


Speakers 

Rebecca Vortman

DNP, RN, CNOR

Sara McPherson

PhD, RN

Monday, August 9

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Surgical Smoke Research Projects-Part 2
Analysis of Surgical Smoke Evacuation Practices: Covid-19 Pandemic 

Surgical smoke evacuation is a safety priority for AORN. In late 2019/early 2020 Covid-19 spread across the planet. Exposure to virus-containing smoke raised the level of concern in protecting patients and healthcare workers. In 2020 the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) increased concern related to Covid-19 and called for routine smoke evacuation. The project was developed to provide information for AORN’s Research Priority II under Healthcare legislative and regulatory initiatives by informing policy decisions based on documented behaviors. The study supports AORN Research Priority III by providing gap data for the Surgical Smoke Guideline.


Speakers 

Brenda C. Ulmer

MN, RN, CNOR

Christopher J. Hudgins

BS, ASN, RN, CNOR

Monday, August 9

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Surgical Smoke Research Projects-Part 3
Research on the Effects of Surgical Smoke Exposure on Perioperative Nurses: Convincing Data and Testimonies

The hazards of surgical smoke continue to plague ORs today. Research was conducted to identify and validate the symptoms nurses report from surgical smoke exposure along with specific predictive elements that are linked to the presence of these symptoms. Compelling stories from nurses will be discussed that are influential in convincing legislators and hospital administrators that smoke evacuation needs to be mandatory. Results of the study will be reviewed with implications for practice to create smoke-free environments.


Speakers 

Kay A. Ball

PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, FAAN

Monday, August 9

8:00 am - 9:30 am

The Sequel: Inspirational Stories of Compassion and Courage From an OR Near You

Inspirational stories from perioperative nurses' practice of courage, leadership, compassion, commitment, and sacrifice will demonstrate our universal bond of caring hands and hearts. These real stories from the forefront of perioperative nursing will encourage hope and serve as reminders of why the choice of perioperative nursing is full of unexpected rewards and hope for the future.


Speakers 

Darlene B. Murdock

BSN, BA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

J. Stephen Balog

MSN, RN, CNOR

Kristy A. Wheeler

MSN, CNOR

Kristy Simmons

MSN, RN, CNOR

Nakeisha Washington

MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Monday, August 9

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Communication Challenges: Strategies to Foster Effective Teamwork and Promote Quality and Safety

Difficult and challenging communication practices are known to threaten patient safety and stifle quality improvement efforts. Additionally, uncivil exchanges heighten stress, interfere with effective teamwork, and create joyless working environments. While communication standards and processes may be dictated by The Joint Commissions Sentinel Alert 40, and performance expectations are articulated in practice competencies, the application of those standards is not always realized in practice. During this presentation, challenges to collaboration in the perioperative setting will be discussed and strategies will be identified for navigating difficult communications, strengthening teamwork, and meeting quality and safety competencies in the perioperative setting.


Speakers

Gerry Altmiller

EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN

Monday, August 9

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Expo Hall Open

Connect with vendors ready to share their latest products, technologies, and services for the surgical suite.


Monday, August 9

10:15 am - 11:45 am

STUDENT PROGRAM: Perioperative Unfolding Case Study: An Overview of the Patient Experience

This interactive presentation is an unfolding case study that follows a patient through the perioperative experience from admission to discharge emphasizing safety-focused initiatives in place to protect patients undergoing surgery. Learners will move through the case processing information related to the patients care as it becomes available and acting upon it. This dynamic learning experience builds clinical reasoning and real-time problem-solving skills as participants actively engage in determining and customizing care based on the patients changing situation. Emphasis will be placed on quality and safety concepts related to patient care in the perioperative setting.


Speakers

Gerry Altmiller

EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN

Monday, August 9

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Robotic Emergencies: The Use of Simulation to Determine Role Delineation and Timeliness In Emergency Conversion Situations

Join us for a discussion of how a staff RN and a staff RNFA saw a need for a quality improvement project and put it together in order to provide a safer environment for patients in an emergency robotic conversion to open situation. We will describe why it is beneficial to provide this opportunity for staff development, quality improvement, and patient safety, and how it can improve teamwork, help staff feel more comfortable (especially newer team members), and improve on simulation after implementation.


Speakers

Elizabeth J. Williams

MSN, RN, CNOR

Kathleen S. Davis

BSN, RN

Monday, August 9

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Unplanned Hypothermia Temperature Trajectories in Surgical Patients Warmed with Forced Air

Even though the phenomenon of unplanned intraoperative hypothermia (UIH) has been studied for close to 30 years, limitations found in many clinical trials include a lack of generalizability as the sample populations may be at-risk patients or from patients having similar surgical procedures. There is scarce literature reporting hypothermia results from a broad population of surgical patients. Patterns of UIH and temperature trajectories in patients warmed with forced air are also poorly described in the research literature. This presentation will reveal results from our retrospective, exploratory study on patterns and trajectory of unplanned intraoperative hypothermia in adult patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery.


Speakers

Doreen D. Wagner

PhD, RN, CNOR

Vallire Hooper

PhD, RN, CPAN, FASPAN, FAAN

Monday, August 9

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Efficacy of Temperature-controlled Airflow in the OR to reduce surgical site infections

Demand for total hip and knee arthroplasties are expected to grow exponentially from 2020 to 2030. At the same time, for reasons that are unclear rates of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) are rising. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Temperature-controlled Airflow (TcAF), a novel ventilation technology on acquisition of surgical site infection. TcAF uses a combination of cooled HEPA-filtered air and gravity to maintain ultraclean ( < 10CFU/ m 3) conditions throughout the entire room. A retrospective analysis was performed with 1,000 consecutive cases of primary total joint arthroplasty before and 1,000 consecutive cases after the installation of an ultraclean TcAF system (Opragon, Avidicare AB, Sweden). The TcAF system was associated with a decrease in mean postoperative stay from 11.0 to 8.64 days, a decrease in percentage of patients who stayed in patient over 14 days after surgery from 7.3 to 2.2%, and a decrease in surgical site infection from 3.3 to 1.1%.


Speakers

Maureen Spencer

MEd, BSN, RN, CIC

Kathy Warye

Monday, August 9

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

ACADEMIC FACULTY AND CLINICAL EDUCATORS PROGRAM-School is in Session: Building an Academic/Clinical Partnership

Our perioperative education team designed a clinical immersion program to introduce nursing students to the perioperative environment. The immersion experience focuses on all areas of perioperative nursing, including the pre-, intra-, and post-operative arenas. With the projected shortage of nurses as experienced nurses retire, the need for nurses to join the perioperative team is evident. Having a competent workforce contributes to patient safety, efficiencies, and quality outcomes. Development of a clinical immersion experience for nursing students offers the ability of the nursing student to fully participate in the role of the perioperative nurse. The team collaborated with the school of nursing to design a curriculum for the clinical immersion experience. Development of a perioperative clinical immersion course is beneficial to both the academic and clinical partners. A strong clinical /academic partnership is essential for the success of this program.


Speakers 

Antoinette Zito

MSN, RN, CPAN, FASPAN

Lori Doctor

BSN, RN, CNOR

Charika Burns

MSN, RN, CNOR

Lonnie Weekley

MSN, RN

Monday, August 9

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

TBD


Speakers

Charlotte L. Guglielmi

MA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Monday, August 9

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Identifying Transfer of Care Gaps: Electronic Health Record Capture of Perioperative Handoff Communications

Poor communication and incomplete information transfer contribute to gaps in care following critical patient care transitions with information loss occurring 100% of time and contributing between 15%-67% of adverse events. Incomplete information transfer following surgical interventions has contributed to delays in diagnostic and therapeutic interventions with potential deterioration in the patient’s status. With nurses often viewing EHR documentation as a universal communication source, abridged verbal interactions with other patient care providers leads to critical information loss for patient care. Despite the use of handoff tools, there has been no progress made on the data requirements to be included in EHRs for continuity in ongoing patient care. This session will provide findings from a recent study on perioperative handoff communications and discuss what patient information was captured as structured EHR data necessary for transitional care.


Speakers 

Sharon J. Giarrizzo-Wilson

PhD, RN-BC, CNOR

Monday, August 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AORN Congress: Second Forum

Join us for an informal discussion of items that will be brought to the House of Delegates, such as revisions to the AORN Bylaws, committee and task force activities and reports, and clinical practice issues. All Delegates are requested to attend.


Speakers - Coming Soon!

Monday, August 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategies for Surgical Patient Safety: A Systems Approach to Improving Outcomes and Reducing Risk

Our analysts delved into surgical events that were reported to the PSO between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, in order to produce our annual Deep Dive report. In this presentation, we will discuss what the data revealed and highlight best practice recommendations based on literature, professional organizations, and subject matter experts from our Accident and Forensics and Health Devices Groups. The points of failure that were identified included unintentional retention of surgical items, wrong site/person surgery, patient and room readiness, complications, equipment failures and contaminated surgical instruments.


Speakers

Gail Horvath

MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST

Amelia F. Vagnozzi

MHA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Monday, August 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hot Topic! What We Have Learned

Dr. Bernard C. Camins is an infectious disease specialist in New York, New York, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West Hospitals, and Mount Sinai Hospital. He will discuss the lessons of the pandemic.


Speakers

Bernard C. Camins

MD,MSc

Monday, August 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What is The Joint Commission Looking For? A Peek at Accreditation Success During and Post-Pandemic

Joint Commission Ambulatory Healthcare CNORs will describe how to successfully navigate new requirements to meet accreditation standards during or after a pandemic/other Emerging Infectious Diseases. This event will help Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) leaders understand new changes in administrative and infection prevention processes and will offer strategies on how to avoid the top COVID-19 or Emerging Infectious Disease related findings in the post-pandemic environment. Surveyors will share information and examples related to survey activity to help ASC leaders prepare for staff and patient safety as well as successful survey planning.


Speakers

Lorrie Cappellino

MS, RN, CNOR

Dana Dunn

MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC

Monday, August 9

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

OR Noise is a Distraction But Not All Distractions Are Noise: How to Put a Plan into Practice

Noise is an insidious growing concern in the operating room that impacts patient safety during critical times of surgery. Research showed that noise causes distractions, ineffective communication, decreases work performance and surgical site infections that leads to negative patient outcomes. Noise also affects staff causes stress, anxiety, cardiovascular diseases and noise induced hearing loss. The dangerous unsafe effect of noise prompted multidisciplinary health organizations to call our attention to minimize, regulate & control noise. Evidence-based solutions to sustain OR noise reduction includes multidisciplinary involvement, education, and innovation to monitor and regulate noise. Practice and culture change is a process that involves visionary leaders, time, money, and focused, empowered team members working and learning together to achieve patient safety. Sustainability is difficult outcome to produce from process changes. Join us and learn how to put sustainable plan into practice.


Speakers

Glendyle Levinskas

BSN, RN, CNOR

Elizabeth Card

APRN, FNP-BC, CPAN, CCRP, FASPAN

Tuesday, August 10

Tuesday, August 10

8:00 am - 9:00 am

AORN FOUNDATION GENERAL SESSION: Find Your Spark: Inspiring Disruption, Growth, and Action

A spark. A flash of creative brilliance. A new beginning. The energy to forge ahead when things get tough. What if you could cultivate and deploy this white-hot, mighty force? What if you injected sparks of innovation, competitive advantage, and sustainable growth into your cohorts? Whether it’s mustering the courage to take that first step or harnessing the creative soul of your team to ignite wide-sweeping transformation, it’s time to create sparks so powerful they can’t be ignored. The long-awaited breakthrough idea. The inspiration to drive change. The unexpected solution to a burdensome problem. The beginning of unstoppable momentum. In this inspiring and actionable keynote, a famed tech entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author provides a memorable performance to help you cultivate those powerful, combustible forces. Through real-world examples, hysterically funny stories, and practical takeaways, Josh will help you and you will help your organization.


Speakers

Josh Linkner

Tuesday, August 10

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Expo Hall Open

Connect with vendors ready to share their latest products, technologies, and services for the surgical suite.


Tuesday, August 10

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Teamwork, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, and You!

A discussion of the results of a quantitative survey of registered nurse circulators regarding the influence of the perception of teamwork, emotional intelligence, and resilience on their intent to leave. This will be followed by a discussion of personal practices that can increased emotional intelligence and resilience.


Speakers

Mary Alice Anderson

PhD, RN, CNOR

Tuesday, August 10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION-The Grassroots Movement to Redesign Healthcare

Dr. Makary, a public policy and leading health care expert, reviews the current state of medicine and how to prepare for the future of health care. He describes the disruptors that are saying no to the throughput-billing model of practicing medicine and saying yes to a more patient-centered, relationship-based model that embraces technology, lifestyle science, and a competitive marketplace designed to bypass the middlemen and restore medicine to its mission. Dr. Makary, a New York Times bestselling author, will also discuss his newest book The Price We Pay and the grassroots effort to reform health care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well--a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.


Speakers

Dr. Marty Makary

MD, MPH, FACS 

Tuesday, August 10

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

AORN Congress: Second House of Delegates & Closing Ceremony

Join us as we share and vote on the official business of the Association. Parliamentary procedure is followed. All members should plan to attend. Only delegates are eligible to vote. The conference highlights video premiers and the Bylaws changes voted upon.


Speakers - Coming Soon!