This year, the annual OR Manager Conference proudly added preconference workshops to its educational offerings with expert advice from Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, and Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Designed to provide nurse leaders with the skills they need to take their careers to the next level, Kirchner’s ASC Administrator Course and Sherman’s Perioperative Leadership Course got attendees off to a great start on Sunday, September 16.
On Monday, September 17, attendees enjoyed an exceptionally full day that began with a timely breakfast presentation by Lois Schick on making marijuana usage a component of patient assessments.
Monday evening kicked off OR Manager Conference’s first ever Surgical Robotic Showcase to feature leaders in robotic surgery and technology. Forerunners in robotic surgery answered attendees’ questions and gave them a touch-and-feel experience with the equipment. Eleanor Martin-Markle of MountainView Hospital led a presentation on embracing the robotic revolution in perioperative suites.
Breakout sessions included clinical, ambulatory surgery center/outpatient, business management, masters series, new manager, leadership/administration, trending topics, general interest, and PACU management topics. View the full schedule of sessions online.
The Exhibit Hall featured a full schedule of events (www.ormanagerconference.com):
Awards were presented honoring the OR Manager of the Year, Emerging Leader, and Ambulatory Services Achievement.
Day 2 concluded with an offsite networking event, OR Manager’s Night Out: Rock n’ Roll Reception at the Musicians Hall of Fame. Attendees enjoyed live music, dinner, drinks, and making their own music videos!
Jane McLeod, MSN, RN, opened Wednesday morning’s program by addressing burnout commonly experienced by perioperative leaders. By sharing her personal experience of a loss of resiliency in a job she loved, she inspired attendees to increase awareness of this problem and to find solutions for dealing with common stressors. With the ever-changing healthcare landscape, we all must become more mindful leaders.