Publish Date: February 17, 2017
Kristy Wheeler, BSN, RN, CNOR
Chair, Nominating and Leadership Development Committee
Social media continues to be an integral part of AORN’s Global Surgical Conference & Expo and how perioperative nurses learn and connect with one another. It’s important to understand how it can increase your own personal power – the Power of You. Here are five powerful ways to incorporate social media into your Boston conference experience.
1. Network, Network, Network
Networking is important in our perioperative world. Be thoughtful about who you follow and pay attention to who’s following you. As it doesn’t matter if you work in a small rural hospital or a huge University setting. We all face the same challenges in the OR. Social media allows us to connect to one another and to have our support network on stand by at all time. Or extend your network and meet up with someone you’ve been following on Twitter or Instagram that you know will be at the conference? Don’t be shy and DM (direct message) them asking to meet for coffee or lunch at the conference.
2. Professional Development
At the conference, we’re given the opportunity to hear from some amazing speakers. Many have written books or practiced nursing in different parts of the world. Their sessions are full of wisdom and insight. It’s a great chance to learn from these speakers by following them on social media before, during, and after the conference. Many of them post on a regular basis and you never know how their posts could help you in your everyday life. Here are a few I recommend following: Amber Wood, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC, FAPIC @Shablamber and Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN @drlisaspruce.
3. Share Your Conference Knowledge
Social media is an effective way to share what you learned, who you met, and what perioperative areas you’d like to focus on in 2017 with your perioperative peers. From a new product you found on the exhibit floor that could be a game changer for your unit’s practice to an education session slide that can help performance improvement in your unit. Another way to share your knowledge immediately from the conference is to check out our new Tweet Seats in the general sessions and concurrent education sessions. These special seats are reserved for those who want to live tweet or blog a session. They’re first-come, first-served, and open to anyone.
4. Use Photos
Photos are said to be worth a thousand words. So why not share photos from AORN’s Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2017 with all your friends on social media? From the opening ceremony and the Foundation’s Boston Tea Party to making new friends or reconnecting with old friends as many of us do while at the conference. And who doesn’t love to take a fun selfie or “like” one?
5. Show You’re AORN Strong
Share posts while at the conference to show your social media network who you are and why what you do is so important. We’re the face behind the mask, the hand that a patient holds while in pain or when they’re fearful of the road ahead. From life to death, we’re there with our patients. Show that you’re proud to be a nurse and not just any nurse but an AORN nurse.
Most importantly, have fun and be sure to use the conference hashtag #AORN2017 on all your posts and feel free to follow me on Twitter @KristyWheels. Also, please join me on Tuesday, April 4 from 3:15pm - 4:15pm for my education session, Social Media and the Professional You, where I’ll go into more detail about the importance of social media and your perioperative career.