Expo Daily News | April 6, 2016

Second Forum

Young Professionals Panel Q&A

President Battié introduced the young professionals’ panel of four women emphasizing the value of their opinion and AORN’s desire to hear what’s driving their decision making around member engagement and expectations of the association. Gayle Davis, AORN’s director of corporate communications, moderated the panel of members Virginia Plume, Jennifer Federico, Liz Horne, and Shana Bounds.

Q: What were you seeking when you joined AORN?

Educational resources, networking opportunities, clinical knowledge and professional opportunities. Networking has been wonderful. One panel member described how she’d been encouraged to join by a local chapter and has since received lots of chapter support. For one, a preceptor took her to a meeting with managers and OR directors, and, with networking she landed a job in surgical nursing.

Q: What can AORN do to attract the workforce of the future as members?

One would like to see more leadership skills development education from AORN because she’s not getting needed mentorship at her hospital. Another described the millennial age group as being accustomed to a 24 hour news cycle and, as a result, she knows as much about Nigeria as San Francisco. The millennials think of their community on a global level and they’d like resources for mission work like Operation Smile. Their goals reach beyond their hospital walls. The panel wants better marketing from AORN around their opportunities to be involved in committees and task forces of the association.

Q: What do your peers think about value of membership?

To engage, AORN needs more information available in podcasts, for example recorded Journal articles or Guidelines discussions. A panelist participated and quite enjoyed her work on a task force saying it was amazing because the group was so welcoming.

One member suggested that OR directors and managers at hospitals could take younger perioperative RNs to their meetings as a form of mentoring and engaging at work.

Q: What can AORN’s NLDC do to be more effective in attracting younger professional candidates for national office?

It’s Important to recognize younger chapter members because they have the time and availability without family obligations. The younger professionals don’t have a clear understanding of what the roles are, how important they are and how to get involved.

All panelists expressed frustration that all nursing schools aren’t offering perioperative education. A member in the audience suggested that AORN provide a list to members of the hospitals that use Periop 101 so new graduates seeking a career in surgery know where to apply.

New Process for Volunteering

Martha Stratton reported on AORN’s recent call for membership involvement in named task forces in the March 23 and March 30 issues of Periop Insider. For 7 committees and 17 positions, only 19 applications were received. Stratton stressed the importance of engagement and suggested interested members send an email to jknox@aorn.org. One member noted that it was difficult to submit interest and if you did not see the Periop Insider article. Another member noted that members who are not chosen would appreciate feedback as to why not and whether there are other opportunities that might be a better fit. President-elect Stratton said most committees and task forces do not have minimum education requirements though some, such as the research committee, do. Stratton informed members that AORN is working to improve the entire process.

Three-year Board Terms

Ruth Shumaker asked members to consider three-year terms in place of two years for board members. This was not a recommendation for a bylaws change, but the idea was brought forward to the membership to explore the idea. One member who served recently as a chapter president commented that there was a steep learning curve for chapter president and was just hitting stride at the end of the year of presidency. Another member expressed concern about how younger members would feel about longer terms.

Sharing our Success Story

David Taylor shared the San Antonio chapter’s success story. The chapter set out to reinvigorate their membership and increase engagement and participation. The chapter invited the San Antonio mayor and the CEO of the San Antonio chamber of commerce to a newly formed education symposium. The chapter also invited nurses outside of surgery and non-AORN members. Attendees enjoyed networking opportunities, resulting in an increased interest in AORN membership. The chapter added five new members, provided a donation to the AORN Foundation and scholarship funding, and is now on solid financial footing. David urged members to take the lead of the young professionals’ panel and think beyond tradition.

Mike  Mullane

AORN Foundation General Session

Colonel Mike Mullane

Colonel Mike Mullane took the Arena stage yesterday with the ebullient energy of a Space Shuttle astronaut. Since being selected as a Mission Specialist Astronaut in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts and retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990, Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He inspired and educated the conference crowd with his program, “Guarding Against a Normalization of Deviance.” “Usually, the acceptance of the lower standard occurs because the individual or team is under pressure, from budget consideration or schedule pressure, and perceives it will be too difficult to adhere to the expected standard,” said Mullane. “Over time, the individual/team fails to see this action as deviant.”

He described what it was like to participate in a Space Shuttle mission from wearing “diapers” to a technician strapping them into their seats before they took off. He also shared the tragic consequences of the Space Shuttle Challenger and how he believes it could have been prevented if the organizational culture of NASA had not accepted the normalization of deviance. His key point was that we need to guard against the “normalization of deviance.” Normalization of deviance occurs when individuals or teams repeatedly accept a lower standard of performance until that lower standard becomes the normal. He stated the three main focuses of a team should be safety, quality, and everything else – in that order. However, when teams are under pressure for various reasons he described how it shifts to everything else, quality, and then safety. He encouraged the audience to not let this happen by setting challenging but attainable goals.

Mullane also stressed the importance of accountability by stating, “The first step over a best practice is almost always a fatal one.” He discussed the dangers of benchmarks creating a “mission accomplished” effect when you think you’ve hit the target and then let your guard down. He encouraged the audience to have an “escape route” and to not assume your processes, plans, or systems are infallible. He spoke of the importance of tenacity and continual self-improvement, and how they are far more important than genius to/in your reaching goals. He wrapped by telling the crowd that, “Safety, teamwork, and leadership aren’t final destinations; they’re continuous journeys.”

Foundation News

Nurse Philanthropist Award

Congratulations Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist

Patricia Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(e), FAAN was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist for her dedication as an exceptional perioperative nurse who has supported the AORN Foundation as well as other well-deserving organizations and demonstrated a true philanthropic spirit.

Last Chance for CCI Matching

Today is the final day for CCI to match donations to the AORN Foundation made by or in honor of a CNOR®, CRNFA®, CNS-CP®, or CSSM® certified nurse will be matched by CCI up to $10,000.

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AORN Foundation Supporting Partners

A special thank you to our corporate partners who have supported the 2016 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo.

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The Paradoxes of Perioperative Nurse Leadership

Marian E. Tatarczuk, DNP, RN, CNA-BC

As part of yesterday’s OR Executive Summit, Marian Tatarczuk, DNP, RN, CNA-BC, director for inpatient surgery at Exeter Hospital in Exeter New Hampshire, discussed how nurses can best make the transition to a leadership role. She described what current nurse leaders find most challenging about today’s ever-changing health care landscape. Tatarczuk shared her own personal experience regarding the paradoxical nature of the high risk and high finance world of perioperative services. Her discussion also emphasized the importance of creating strategies based on evidence and how they should be put into practice to recruit, retain, and empower perioperative nurse leaders. The majority of her session focused on how nurses can become the perioperative leaders they want to be, the major challenges they will face along the way, and the most effective ways to serve their facilities.

Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC

SPD: Instrument Quality in Action

Stacy Ann Kelley, BSN, RN and Karen L. DeKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC

Stacy Ann Kelley, BSN, RN, the system clinical director for Sterile Processing for Memorial Hermann Health System and Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, who also works for Memorial Hermann Health System in the role of infection prevention manager for surgical services discussed how to successfully implement a surgical instrumental quality management initiative as part of yesterday’s Leadership Development Summit. Together, they shared how an initial assessment at their multi-hospital health system revealed significant variation and suboptimal compliance impacting decontamination, sterilization, and a safe clean environment; and that the quality management of instrument processing was deficient. They discussed the actions they took that included formation of hospital-based multidisciplinary Instrument Task Forces and how they created a shared vision, as well as standardized and implemented best practices. Their discussion also emphasized how a biannual 85-step quality audit monitored the improved process and how they complete an ISO-based finished goods audit monthly. They drew from their personal perioperative experiences and focused on how strengthening their staff’s skills as well as instituting mandatory education, certification for staff, and comprehensive manager onboarding was critical to their success.

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