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10 Things a Nashville-based Periop Nurse is Thankful For

A Guest Post from DeNene Cofield, BSN, RN, CNOR


10 Things a Nashville-based Periop Nurse is Thankful For

November 9, 2018     

In honor of Thanksgiving and our Global Surgical Conference & Expo host city, Nashville, we asked DeNene Cofield, BSN, RN, CNOR, VP of Perioperative Services at Tristar Centennial Medical Center, what are the Top 10 Nashville-only experiences she is most thankful for.

10. The Nashville Zoo pet therapy program that brings small horses and dogs to visit with patients.

9. Walking in Centennial Park on a sunny day to have lunch overlooking the Parthenon.

8. Realizing that “honky tonks” are only five minutes away for meet-ups with friends.

7. When someone treats the entire OR to Nashville “hot chicken.”

6. Hearing the sweet country singers from Musicians On Call* that drop by the hospital to entertain our patients and make everyone’s day brighter.

5. Rounding at the Children’s Facility and seeing Keith Urban singing at the nurse’s station to entertain the patients and nurses.

4. A Mayor who sends letters across town excusing everyone from being tardy to work because we stayed up late watching our Predators in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

3. Seeing all the bachelorette paddle wagons around town and realizing what good exercise this is. No wonder Nashville is the bachelorette capital of the world!

2. Meeting friends and colleagues at your AORN Chapter Meeting – in Nashville, it’s Maggiano’s for an Italian dinner, business meeting, and CHs.

1. Looking forward to welcoming everyone to AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, April 6-10 in Nashville for the first time!

Nashville is a creative melting pot that stirs together rock, country, bluegrass, and jazz. Create an unforgettable week with world-class art, cuisine, unique shopping, and outdoor activities. There will be many things to do during your conference downtime.


* Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities who area undergoing treatment or are unable to leave their beds. These volunteer musicians have performed for over 600,000 patients and their families.