Flip the Session: An Experiment in Content Delivery

Flip the Session:  An Innovative Approach to Content Delivery

We are flipping the conference on you!  

You spoke. We listened.  You asked for more time for questions, and we have the solution!   

Prior to the Surgical Conference & Expo, we will host two webinars (see topics and link to webinars below), for all registered attendees. Prior to the Annual Conference, you will receive a link to the webinar so you can access it on demand. 

A question and answer session will be offered at the Surgical Conference & Expo with the same speakers discussing the topic featured on the webinar.  Attendees may earn 1.0 CH for the webinar and up to 1.2 CHs for the face-to-face interactive session after completing the evaluation onsite.  Below is a listing of the topics.   

The Latest on the Development of RPs and Newest Recommended Practices

Flip the Session webinar  (1.0CH)

Part 2 - Monday, March 31 from 4-5pm
Live Q&A session will be held at AORN's Surgical Conference & Expo 2014

Lisa Spruce, DNP, CNOR, ACNP, ACNS
Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR/CRNFA, CPSN, PLNC
Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, CPN/AORN Nursing Practice   

Get an introduction to AORN's recommended practices (RPs) for 2014. The recommendation levels based on evidence and entered in each new RP will be explained and discussed. Assess your knowledge of RPs and the new evidence rating process. AORN has a new model on rating the collective evidence used in the RPs, and this new model allows the perioperative nurse to understand the level of evidence supporting each new RP. Translating evidence to the bedside can be difficult to understand, and this session will explain how AORN translates the evidence to the RPs and how the perioperative nurse can implement them in practice. 


1. Describe AORN's Model for rating the collective evidence.
2. Describe how the evidence is translated into a recommended practice.
3. Identify what is new in the recommended practices for 2014
4. Describe what the level of recommendation means, including how to apply it in perioperative practice. 

Pharmaceutical Waste: Hands-on Strategies to Reduce Waste in Perioperative Settings and Access Resources for Safe Disposal


Flip the Session Webinar (1.0 CH)
Barb Bickford, MS, PG, Medical Waste Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources delivers the content during this webinar recording portion of the Flip the Session program. Part two, the live, face-to-face Q&A, allows you to interact with fellow attendees and speakers, and to ask questions.

Part 2 – Tuesday, April 1 from 4:15-5:15pm
Live Q&A session will be held at AORN’s Surgical Conference & Expo 2014.

Bonnie G. Denholm, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR/AORN Nursing Practice
Barb Bickford/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 

Unwanted and leftover pharmaceuticals are a complex waste stream that poses many health, safety, and environmental risks, including drug overdoses, drug abuse, poisonings, and water pollution. Unused pharmaceuticals have considerable impact on the social and physical environment, including an increase in childhood poisoning, theft, misuse, and abuse, unintended environmental exposure, and inappropriate international donations. While environmental stakeholders, such as the EPA and local environmental health agencies, are currently developing programs to collect unused household pharmaceuticals, a sustainable solution requires minimizing the generation of waste. By having a full understanding on the impact of unused pharmaceuticals, perioperative nurses can be more influential in the efforts to reduce the amount of unused medications to help eliminate the need for disposal of the medications. This interactive session will provide information about national regulations and the safe method of disposal for different categories of drugs. Participants will have a hands-on experience to use the Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction website and be guided to use a worksheet to solve specific case studies aimed at reducing the occurrence of unused medications and reducing costs in perioperative settings and thereby reducing pharmaceutical waste in our communities. 


1. Discuss two regulations enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency that must be considered when exploring options for disposing of unused medications.

2. Identify three categories of drugs and the characteristics that influence the method of disposal.

3. Discuss two strategies for increasing the awareness of perioperative team members and patients about the impact of unused medications on the social and physical environment and online resources available to the public.

4. Demonstrate how the Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction Website can be used to develop strategies to reduce the number of unused medications, reduce costs in perioperative settings, or reduce pharmaceutical waste in our communities.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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