Conference Justification Tools

AORN has developed tools to help you gain funding for your attendance at the Surgical Conference & Expo 2016.

Below are customizable letters to your supervisor, a budget worksheet, and general tips and talking points to help you quantify the benefits of attending.

General Tips

Many travel budgets and training budgets have been reduced which means that regardless of the merits of a conference, you’ll probably need to justify the expense. So here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Focus on what you will specifically bring back to the organization as return for the investment. 
  • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues to share what you learned. That way others in your unit will get the benefits of your attendance, too. 
  • Share the syllabus and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you have unlimited access to materials posted by speakers.
  • If you are working to obtain or maintain your certification, remind your supervisor that this is a great way to earn contact hours and is less expensive than registering for separate conferences. It also requires less time away from the office. 
  • Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
  • Offer to apply for grants through the AORN Foundation, and to contact your local chapter to request funding. 
  • Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses.
  • Be sure to check out the registration page where all the various rates are listed to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts.