October 28, 2015


By: Elizabeth Wood

Rooms filled to capacity, an expansive exhibit hall with a complete hybrid OR, and interactive sessions led by a stellar group of speakers were hallmarks of the 2015 OR Manager Conference in Nashville.

Uniformly positive comments from attendees suggest this conference was one of the biggest and best in its 28-year history.

Patient-centered care was an underlying theme of the program, which also emphasized innovation and inspiration.

For example, Keith Siddel, PhD, JD, MBA, used emerging technologies such as diagnostic apps and virtual check-ups to demonstrate how patient care is changing and how important it is for providers to take a more holistic view of their patients.

Other forward-looking sessions delved into the perioperative surgical home, new approaches to joint replacement, and post-retirement options.

Attendees flocked to the hybrid OR town hall during the OR Manager Conference.

Attendees flocked to the hybrid OR town hall during the OR Manager Conference.

For the first time ever, a town hall was held, with members of the Hybrid OR Steering Committee sharing their experience with planning and implementing hybrid ORs.

Rich Bluni, RN, LHRM, provoked laughter and tears during his opening keynote presentation about how to overcome burnout. In a humorous twist on this serious problem, he noted, “Low performers don’t get burned out!” Bluni encouraged the audience to turn habitual negative thoughts into positive behavior and to consciously recognize and reward their staffs.

A session on bullying drew one of the biggest crowds at the conference. “As long as we continue to ignore inappropriate or bad behavior, the negative people win,” said retired Navy captain Virginia Beeson, MSN, BSN, NEA-BC. Beeson shared a step-by-step plan to help leaders overcome these difficult situations.

Closing speaker Fran Solomon, RN, used interactive exercises to get the crowd up and moving and connecting with one another. She brought Bluni’s message full circle with positive affirmations OR leaders can use every day to power through tough times.

If you weren’t there, you missed an opportunity to be with your peers and enrich your daily life. I hope you’ll join us in Las Vegas, September 21-23, 2016, as we strive to reach an even higher bar.

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