AORN Congress
Robust member discussion at Second Forum on Tuesday.
Publish Date: March 23, 2022

Hundreds of members joined AORN President Holly Ervine on Tuesday for AORN’s Second Forum.  Many members also participated virtually via the Zoom platform.

Members first heard an update from Dr. Coley Vitztum on AORN’s partnership with Chamberlain University to bring Introduction to Perioperative Nursing to student nurses for specialty preparation. After the presentation, a member asked whether the program could be expanded to include new colleges and states. Vitztum assured the audience to great applause that the program is intended to expand nationwide to be as inclusive as possible in support of perioperative nursing preparation.

Next, members heard from Linda Groah about the AORN Fellowship program and the qualification criteria for AORN Fellows. Information about the program will be updated for the coming year shortly and is available here.

During open discussion, members raised chapter needs for headquarters support for their engagement efforts, requested to expand awards eligibility, and a request that the board consider a position statement on perioperative leadership qualifications.

President Ervine asked for member feedback on why retained surgical items (RSIs) and wrong site surgeries are still prevalent sentinel events. Members at the microphones agreed that multiple distractions and productivity pressure in the OR contribute to RISs and wrong site surgeries. A few members expressed a preference for use of adjunct technologies being required. Members also agreed that productivity and turnover pressure generally can influence the risk of omission errors.

Line of audience attendees standing to speak at microphone.

Speaker on stage during AORN Congress.