Publish Date: October 31, 2016
Keeping up with changes in practice and staying ahead to keep your professional knowledge up to par is no simple task. “If you want to address your knowledge gaps you can find a very ready source of CE with AORN,” according to James Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM, director of credentialing and education for the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI).
Now that registration is open for AORN’s 2017 Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Boston April 1–5, you can register and begin building your education schedule. Here are three strategies Stobinski suggests to make sure you capitalize on this opportunity to earn CE.
1. Know What You Need
Are you struggling to keep up with the demands of a new position? Maybe you have an eye on a promotion to a new role that will require skills or subject matter you are not strong in. Look closely to what education deficiencies you need to fill as you choose the education sessions to attend.
You may want to look ahead before the conference to review any CE you need to keep up with certifications. You should also look to required CE you must obtain to be eligible to test for a new certification you want to pursue. As an example, the Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM®) certification requires 30 CEs of leadership content if you hold a CNOR credential and 50 CEs of leadership content if you are not CNOR certified.
2. Explore Your Options
Five full days of education at AORN’s annual conference will cover a range of tracks, including:
- Professional development
Some sessions address multiple tracks. Perhaps you need strategies to improve satisfaction or need to know the steps for implementing a total joint program in the ambulatory perioperative setting. Or maybe you need the skills to apply a gap analysis to understand where to focus efforts for implementing evidence-based practice.
Several education sessions teach attendees about methods such as acupuncture or music to reduce patient anxiety. Other sessions cover specific patient harms such as surgical site infections. A range of leadership education covers topics such as developing new leaders and succession planning as part of the conference education schedule, in addition to the Executive Leadership Summit held during the conference to zero-in on leadership areas such as human resource management and best practices for using big data.
3. Be Strategic
Stobinski suggests choosing education sessions that aren’t your strength or address areas you know you need to understand better. Once you build your schedule, here are his tips for making the most from the education sessions you attend:
- Make time prior to attending the conference to download the slides and organize the material in a notebook you can keep and refer back to.
- Review the content and make notes on issues that apply to your work setting.
- Have your questions ready to ask.
- During the session assess your knowledge in the areas covered and make notes on your individual performance to note where further education is needed.
- Take time immediately after the conference to assess areas for further education you need to pursue.
“Be organized and methodical in your learning, it can’t be haphazard,” Stobinski says. “If you go to a session and take notes but never follow-up on the information, you are not maximizing your time to advance your knowledge.”
Explore the conference education schedule to plan for your needed CE.
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