Welcome to Nashville and to AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2019. I’m proud to have you in my hometown as you connect with your peers from across the country and around the world.
This is an exciting time for all registered nurses working in the perioperative setting. As scientific research continues to define safer ways to practice, we must reshape and adapt to new approaches, new technologies, and exciting innovations. Our profession, with its constant change, demands that we continually stretch ourselves and find new opportunities to learn and grow.
By attending this conference, you are recommitting to patient safety, the success of your surgical team, and to the advancement of your career. You’ll see our conference theme, “Harmonized Care: The Key to Patient Safety,” come alive in many of our education sessions. My hope is your days at the conference will inspire you to achieve greater collaboration and that you’ll return home with a commitment to be the one who helps create and maintain harmony in your work environment.
I also hope you will spend both quality and quantity time on the exhibit floor. AORN’s Expo presents the largest surgical products trade show for nurses in the United States and the manufacturers’ representatives come specifically because of your influence in purchasing decisions. You’ll want to plan your time to include a visit to AORN’s OR of the Future booth 2514 in the Expo Hall. It’s an exciting opportunity to experience new technology, a more efficient use of space, and to glimpse how your practice may be changing.
In addition to the exhibitors’ booths, there are exciting educational programs in the Expo Hall that provide continuing education credits and hands-on simulations. Take advantage of these unique opportunities to learn more in three days with the exhibitors than is possible in months of in-services.
And, finally, from the bottom of my heart, I hope you will enjoy Nashville and that you’re ready for southern hospitality, the country music stars who abound, and the many harmonies and guitar sounds that fill the air.