Expo Daily News | April 5, 2016

First House of Delegates

The Business of the Association

AORN President Renae Battié welcomed members to the first House of Delegates on Monday morning. State by state, the delegate reporters entertained attendees with their count using mottos, sports references, and weather updates to announce their representation. Final count for authorized delegates registered this year is 2,240.

Chair of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) Vangie Dennis reported on the committee’s work of the past year, emphasizing the committee’s goal to attract qualified candidates for office and their desire to increase engagement in the election process among the members. President Battié reminded attendees to vote before midnight on Tuesday and she announced chapter award winners, including Chapter of the Year, AORN of Las Vegas.

Battié congratulated the formation of Chapter 3417, Carolina Blue of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The meeting concluded following the treasurer’s report from Stephanie Davis who noted net positive revenues in 2015 and a positive forecast for 2016.

First House of Delegates

Celebrate Foundation Day

Every Member Campaign: $25 for 25 Years

In honor of the AORN Foundation’s 25th anniversary we are asking every member to make a gift of at least $25 to support our commitment to the future of the perioperative profession. Help us make the next 25 years great – your gift will impact not only the perioperative professionals you work with today to make surgery safe, but your future colleagues as well.

Visit the Foundation Booth in Lobby B to make your gift today.

Share why you support the Foundation on social media with #AORN2016.

Top Finishers

Race for Patient Safety Top Finishers

Thank you to all the runners and walkers who completed the Race for Patient Safety Monday morning. It was a great race through beautiful Anaheim.

Top Male Runner: Cameron Moussavi, Stryker
Top Female Runner: Elizabeth Beltis, Case Medical
Top Female Walker: Florence Braun
Top Male Walker: Jay Bowers

Thank you to our sponsors - Case Medical, Megadyne, Sage Products, and Zimmer Biomet.

AORN Foundation Silver Soiree

Silver Soiree

It was an evening to remember at the House of Blues. Thank you all of the attendees who celebrated the night away at the AORN Foundation 25th Anniversary Silver Soiree.

Thank you to our sponsors- IMS and Pedigo.

Stryker LEARN

Thank You to Our 2016 Corporate Educational Partners

This year the AORN Foundation awarded more than 160 financial assistance grants to deserving nurses to enable them to experience the Surgical Conference & Expo and continue their professional development. In addition to individual grants, the Foundation partners with industry supporters to underwrite the cost of educational speakers and sessions.

Expo Pulse Video

AORN Foundation Video

Jerry G. Peers Lectureship - Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up, delivered an inspiring talk yesterday titled, “How to Thrive in Your Role as Transformational Leader & Innovator” in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. He was introduced by president-elect, Martha Stratton and he went on to ask the crowd, “Whose quality of life have you changed?” He shared with the audience that all transformational leaders have one thing in common – a shared goal to change the world one life at a time.

He shared numerous personal stories how the nursing profession has directly affected his life during difficult medical-related experiences and stated, “You and I became best friends. I felt so helpless and that’s where you came in.” He also noted that a perioperative nurse fills many roles in the OR, including customer experience officer, translator, technical expert, transformational leader, and logistical lead. He told the audience that they have to come to their own rescue and how coming together as a team they can transform lives – nobody does anything alone. He then challenged the crowd to, “Create a life that matters to you and to the people who matter most to you.”

Thompson told his audience that transformational leaders live an arrogant-free life, drive change, and create community. He emphasized the only way to grow is to change and the importance of embracing diverse views every day. He wrapped up by asking the audience to stand and ask a fellow attendee, “Who do you most admire and why?” He then came out into the audience and had some individuals share their answers with the crowd. Thompson encouraged the attendees to use this specific question with their own teams as he stated it can significantly propel the time it takes to learn what truly motivates an individual. He concluded by reminding attendees that the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo helps change the way people see the perioperative profession and how it affects the world.

Mark Thompson


Don't Miss Events on Tuesday

Poster Displays 7am–5pm Level 2
AORN Congress: Voting for Candidates 7am–5pm Arena Lobby
AORN Foundation Silent Auction (Item Pickup) 11:30am–3pm Room 208
AORN Congress: 2nd Forum 2;30pm–3:30pm Arena
Exhibitors 9am–2pm Exhibit Hall
General Session Speaker: Mike Mullane 4pm–5:15pm Arena

Vote for the 2015-2016 AORN National Candidates online at www.aorn.org/vote or in the Arena Lobby. Officers, Board of Directors, and the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee will be elected via electronic ballot by all AORN members in good standing.

AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo 2017 Hotel Winners

We’re excited to see you next year at the AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo 2017 in Boston. Below are the winners of a five night stay at an official Expo hotel during next year’s conference. The winners were announced at yesterday’s closing ceremony. Congratulations!

Dorothy Serralles
Louann Huffman
Kasey Cole
Karen Schrader
Lorraine Brown

2015 Chapter of the Year - Las Vegas

2015 Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to the 2016 Chapter of the Year – AORN of Las Vegas. They were selected from one of the four Gold chapters and received their award yesterday at the First House of Delegates.

If you have questions about the AORN Chapter Excellence Awards, please contact Debbie Robichaud, AORN Awards Committee staff liaison.

Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award Winners

Marlene Craden, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA and Ruth Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR both received the prestigious Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award yesterday during the Jerry G. Peers Lectureship Session. Shumaker stated, “That there is no other award I would want to win more than a Jerry G. Peers award.”

Jerry G. Peers Award Winners

Individual Award Winners

The AORN Individual Achievement Awards were presented yesterday to the following AORN members during the Jerry G. Peers Lectureship program in the Arena, with the exception of Sue Seitz, co-winner of the Perioperative Education, Clinical or Academic Award, who was unable to attend. The AORN Individual Awards program provides an annual opportunity to recognize and honor members who have demonstrated excellence in the perioperative nursing profession.

Promising Professional Achievement

Kristy Wheeler, BSN, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Nursing Research or Evidence-Based Research Award

Catherine Kleiner, PhD, RN

Volunteer Leadership Award

Marlene Craden, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA

Mentorship Award

Ellen Lord, MSN, RN, CNOR and Ruth Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Education, Clinical or Academic Award

Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN and Sue Seitz, MSN, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Nursing Management


Mentorship Award

Ruth Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR

Expo Tips

Daily Expo Tips

  1. If you find something at the AORN Bookstore or at a fundraising table, buy it then! Inventory is limited.
  2. Blisters and headaches are almost inevitable. The First Aid office is located in Room 112 on the Lobby Level.
  3. Exercise lowers stress levels and will help you sleep better. Even if you’re not particularly active, try taking a short walk in the am as it will increase your energy and loosen your legs for an action-packed day.
  4. You’ll be talking to lots of new people. Go with the more discreet breath mints over chewing gum.


Visit AORN Central

Come learn more about AORN products and programs.

Periop Mastery 9:30am
AORN Go Clear Award 10:30am
Guideline Essentials 11:30am
Facility Implementation Course for Prep for CNOR 12:30pm
Mike Mullane Book Signing 1pm–2:30pm

Congratulations to This Year’s Poster Winners

Top Poster in the Research Category

# 31 - Residual Contamination Found on Endoscopes in an Ambulatory Surgery Center

Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, Otis L. Heymann, BA

Top Poster in the Evidence-Based Practice Category

#60 - The Effectiveness of a Simulation-Based Resuscitative Curriculum in the Pediatric Operating Room

Debra A. Harker, DNP, FNP-BC, MS, CNOR

Top Posters in the Clinical Improvement/Innovation Category (TIE)

#78 - RNFS: Bridging the Gap in Colon Cancer Screening

Janice Koekebakker, BHScN, RN, CPN(C), RNFA

#112 - Job Safety Behavioral Observations (JSBO) in Central Processing

Elena G. Canacari, RN, CNOR, Ross W. Simon, BA

From the AORN Bookshelf

Free Daily Giveaways

We’re giving away a free gift with every purchase in the bookstore while supplies last! Don’t miss out on your chance to take home a great prize.

10% Discount – This Week Only!

Get 10% off these select online products at the AORN Bookstore:

  • AORN eBooks
  • Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, 2016 edition
  • AORN’s Guidelines for Autologous Tissue
  • Core Curriculum for the RN First Assistant
  • AORN Guidelines and Tools for the Sterile Processing Team
  • ASC Infection Prevention Course
  • Administration of Moderate Sedation in the ASC
  • Prep for CNOR Course

Book Signings

Mike Mullane will be signing his books today at the AORN Central Booth. Pick up copies of his books in the bookstore before heading over.

Mike Mullane
Do your Ears Pop in Space? and Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Tuesday, April 5 from 1 – 2pm

5 Steps to Find Your Dream Job at Expo

Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced nurse, your dream job is waiting for you. All you need is the courage to find it! “We reflexively close our hearts in anticipation of fear, disappointment, or pain. But that reaction is more limiting than protective,” says nursing career coach, Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC. It takes self-reflection and perseverance to find your dream job. Here are five steps to get you on your way.

Step 1: Create a Vision of Your Dream Job

Reflect on strengths that match your desired role. Explore different work environments, such as ambulatory care, the military, or industry sales. Creating a vision will set a path towards a job that offers professional satisfaction or transform your current position into your dream job. Ask Dr. Phyllis, for additional guidance.

Step 2: Build a Strong Resume

Tailored it for your dream job and present yourself in the best light. For example, an experienced nurse can lead with clinical expertise, while a new graduate may highlight their educational background. Focus on the right details to make it stand out for a particular role.

Step 3: Promote Yourself

Make sure you have an online presence that is searchable by employers. Creating an online profile and use keywords for specific skills and accomplishments. Keep it updated to reflect your most current skills.

Step 4: Network, Network, Network

Connect with potential employers and peers who can refer you. Meet with employers from top health systems in the exhibit hall. Network with your peers at events and educational sessions organized by education tracks tailored to your interests.

Step 5: Never Stop Learning

“Successful people invest in themselves,” stresses Dr. Quinlan. You can apply new skills wherever you go, open doors to new opportunities, and remove experience barriers. Make sure you take advantage of CE hours at the conference and in the exhibit hall.

News from the Shore

Monday's Surf the Hall Winners

9am Otisha Taylor
10am Riki Watts
11am Kim York
12pm Wendy Miller
1pm Sarah Leniz
2pm Jill Jonason
3pm Jennifer Ruiz
4pm Patricia R. Rodruiguez