Use Time Out Day to Start a Conversation

Publish Date: May 3, 2017

National Time Out Day is June 14, 2017, and it is a powerful tool that supports surgical nurses’ ability to speak up for safe practices in the operating room. Initiated as an annual awareness campaign by AORN in 2004, it has been consistently supported by The Joint Commission, the World Health Organization, and the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) for its ability to increase awareness of safe practices that lead to optimal outcomes for patients undergoing surgery and other invasive procedures.

Educating your community about this tool not only enables them to become better informed patients, but also demonstrates your role in patient care and dedication to patient safety as the perioperative nurse who cares for them. Sending a letter to the editor of your local papers is simple way to share your dedication to patient safety with your community. AORN also encourages perioperative nurses to write legislators about the importance of taking a time out every time. Legislators are not often familiar with what happens in an operating room and as legislation comes across their desks that impacts the OR, it is crucial that they understand the role of RN Circulators.

If you receive a response from your legislator or are published in your local paper, please let Danielle Glover, AORN Government Affairs Manager, know.