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How Will You Celebrate the Year of the Nurse?


Periop Life Blog - How will you celebrate the year of the nurse?

January 31, 2020

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to honor the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and her legacy to the nursing profession. 

Here’s how two nurse colleagues plan to honor the profession in 2020. How will you honor nurses (and the perioperative specialty) this year?

By Being Our Best

As plans at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy in Omaha, NE, are being shaped to honor nurses in 2020, perioperative director Janel Myers, MSN, RN, CNOR, and perioperative educator Jennifer Speth, RN, BSN, CNOR, are planning to celebrate by working on professional development through education and networking. 

Myers says her career development as a nurse leader would not be possible without her team and nursing peers. “Often as a leader, it seems as if we are alone in the challenges we face,” Myers says. “The understanding and support we bring to one another is important for our own resiliency.”

Speth is working with Myers and other nurse colleagues in their organization to honor the year of the nurse by delivering education in new ways. Through a connection Speth made with a virtual reality training company exhibiting at her first AORN Expo in 2018, she has been able to incorporate virtual reality and simulation training into staff education. “We believe nurses who are new to the perioperative specialty deserve a great on-boarding experience filled with excellent educational experiences.”

By Taking Time to Recharge

Like many perioperative team members, Myers and Speth are planning to attend AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020 in Anaheim CA, March 28–April 1 to gain insight and ideas from other educators and leaders.

“The conference exposes us to new and innovative methods based in evidence that help us provide excellent care to patients,” Myers shares. Her team has implemented several processes based on knowledge gained at the conference, including predictive hiring, PACU patient and family-centered care, and second victim support. 

Beyond returning to work with “a ton of new knowledge,” Speth says she also feels fully recharged. “It is so energizing getting to meet others who have similar interests and challenges and it’s fun learning from others and getting to make those connections that allow me to grow as an educator.”

Sunny California is the perfect place to recharge and celebrate the Year of the Nurse with your peers and AORN is planning a celebration to remember—on Saturday, March 28, 5,000 nurses will be enjoying a block Party on the Grand Plaza following the Opening Ceremony, with lawn games, food trucks, bar service, and a DJ to get the party going. 

Register now to attend the conference and begin building your schedule for fun and learning from nursing colleagues and thought leaders for nursing excellence. Don’t miss:

  • Posters presentations
  • Global lunch 
  • Steps challenge
  • Foundation party 

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a veteran Expo participant, don’t forget to meet-up with nurse colleagues coming in from other states (and countries). Also, make plans to attend Myer’s education session in Anaheim, “Hire the Right Fit and Improve the Culture” on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:30am at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020.

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