November 30, 2022

Submit presentation proposal for OR Manager Conference 2023 by Dec. 15

By: Carrie Shapiro

Editor's Note

The OR Manager Conference program committee is seeking presentation proposals for the 2023 conference, to be held September 18–20 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Perioperative leaders who have experience or a story to share in the following categories are encouraged to submit a proposal by December 15, 2022. The list of topic areas by category includes:

  • Business
  • Leadership
  • New manager education
  • Clinical education
  • PACU/Perianesthesia
  • Ambulatory surgery center (ASC)

BENEFITS OF SPEAKING: This is an optimal opportunity to showcase the success of your facility, a beneficial partnership, and your skills as a leader! Top five reasons to speak:

  1. Showcase your knowledge as a subject matter expert.
  2. Your name will be published in the OR Manager Conference program, website, and marketing materials leading up to the event.
  3. Meet with OR Manager editors for an opportunity for your story to be featured by OR Manager.
  4. Complimentary All-Access conference registration for you and one co-presenter.
  5. Explore Nashville. Enjoy the benefits of speaking to make your education vacation most economical!

Interested in speaking, but need a little more time to submit your abstract? Please contact Carrie Shapiro, CMP, senior conference manager, at [email protected], with your name, title, organization, email, phone number, and the topic/title of your proposed session. Also reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more about speaking at the conference.

Additional presentation topics not addressed below are happily welcomed by the program committee. Presentation proposals can be made here.



Perioperative leaders are in need of business and finance education to improve process and efficiency, understand budgeting strategies, gain buy-in from senior leadership, and navigate the current financial landscape of the healthcare industry.

  • Healthcare economics
  • Finance, budgeting for health systems of all sizes
  • Buyout of an organization and the impact to staff
  • How to increase revenue in the OR
  • How to present finance plans to the C-suite
  • Financial survival of rural health and critical access hospitals
  • Financial recovery since the pandemic
  • Travel nurses and impact to financial health of the organization
  • Coding & reimbursement
  • Automation to replace manual work to improve New service lines, business development models and experiences
  • OR efficiency
  • Supply chain issues
  • Innovation
  • AI/Robotics
  • Process improvements
  • How to get the most out of Hybrid OR rooms
  • Contract negotiations


Leaders are facing challenges every day – from staffing and retention to workplace safety to standards/regulations – and your experience and expertise is vital to the cultivation of a positive and flourishing work environment. As new OR leaders emerge, your guidance is key to ensuring optimal outcomes.

Interdisciplinary Partnerships
  • Collaboration efforts between departments
  • How to get buy-in from facilities
  • Moving or decreasing services to remove dependency on travelers
  • Creative staffing models
  • Staffing innovation
  • Recruitment/retention
Regulations, Legislation and Accreditation
  • AAAHC accreditation
  • AAMI and Joint Commission – Standards along with pending legislation related to surgical processing
  • Forming relationships with legislators to pass healthcare legislation
  • Regulatory compliance and survey preparation
  • Smoke evacuation legislation
Workplace Culture
  • Staff morale – Benchmark ORs across the nation on how they are handling challenges with motivating staff
  • Difficult conversations
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Changing culture, improving attitudes
  • Mental health/well being
Human Resources
  • Human Resource issues – Increasing staff involvement in local issues; understanding FMLA, ADA, SPD laws
  • Productivity
  • Workplace violence, safety in the workplace
  • Delegation for new leaders
  • Change management – Coaching your staff through market trends and industry changes
Career Advancement
  • Benefits of leadership
  • Engaging staff and motivating newer nurses to advance their career
  • Leadership development – Soft people skills
  • Education staffing in different areas – OR, PACU, ASC vs. Hospital setting

New Manager

As evidenced by the volume of new OR managers at the 2022 OR Manager Conference, there is an abundance of new OR leaders who are in need of education to succeed in their roles. In the current healthcare landscape, more and more tenured leaders are retiring, and new leaders are stepping up to fill their roles.

  • Climbing the clinical ladder
  • Finance 101 and budget topics
  • Generational differences
  • Speak the language on ROI
  • Calculating the need for FTEs and present to CFOs
  • Supply chain issues
  • Negotiating contracts and working with GPOs
  • Creative staffing models
  • Human Resources – Unions, social media use, FMLA, recruitment/retention, hiring/firing, coaching/counseling
  • Orientation, training, simulation, precepting


Optimal patient outcomes are among the most important aspects of running an effective perioperative suite. Leaders need to have an understanding clinical best practices to better support their teams, create preceptorship plans, and maintain high standards of care.

  • Enhanced patient experience
  • Infection prevention
  • New technologies
  • Total joints
  • Safe patient handling
  • Sterile processing
  • Pediatrics
  • Reduction of instrumentation
  • Moderate sedation in the Hybrid OR
  • Anesthesia issues
  • Endoscopy standards


Those involved in the PACU share similar responsibilities as those involved in overall perioperative services; however, there are areas of education unique to the perianesthesia unit that require a deeper dive into management and improvement of the department.

  • Managing PACU overnights
  • PACU staffing models and managing “downtime”
  • PACU to Phase II recovery
  • Bottlenecks in PACU
  • Creative solutions for decreasing length of stay
  • Special considerations for pediatrics in the PACU
  • Pain control
  • Improving PACU throughput
  • Surgical recovery at home
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS)


Based on attendee feedback, the 2023 OR Manager Conference plans to expand upon ASC content, taking a deeper, more targeted dive into how to improve operations and patient care within the outpatient environment.

  • Pre- and post-op information
  • ASC staffing models
  • Staffing retention models for ASCs
  • Supply chain solutions for small, independent ASCs
  • Payor contracts, negotiation strategies, reimbursements for ASCs
  • Best ways to incorporate new service lines in an ASC
  • Cardiovascular in the ASC
  • Total joints moving from hospital to outpatient environment
  • Hospitals crossing over into ASCs

The OR Manager Conference brings together managers and directors involved in leading the surgical suite for four days of continuing education and networking opportunities. The conference builds on the content developed in each issue of OR Manager, a monthly print and digital publication, providing attendees with a live learning experience. Attendees can earn CEs, AEUs, and explore new technologies with more than 140 solution providers.


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