Conference Justification Tools

Are you interested in attending AORN Expo 2023, but uncertain about how to convince your manager to support your attendance? Below are steps for making your case, sample letters, and a practical conference budget worksheet.

Step 1: Identify Top Work Challenges

Identify the biggest challenges your OR team is facing, clinical or management-wise, especially those that relate directly to your role.

Step 2: Create a Sample Conference Agenda

Include the education sessions that address the challenges you’ve identified. It may also be helpful to point out which industry vendors will be attending.

Step 3:  Plug the Continuing Education

Share that attending conference is an efficient way to earn contact hours to obtain or maintain your certification or licensure. Plus, you won’t need to register for multiple conferences (meaning  less time away from work).

Step 4: Demonstrate Your Commitment to Professional Development

Be ready with options: a plan that shows who can cover your shifts, propose to share a room to reduce travel expenses, apply for grant funding through the AORN Foundation and contact your local chapter to request funding. 

Step 5:  Show You’re a Team Player

Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your team post-AORN Expo on what you learned. Plus, you can share the syllabus and speaker handouts, and you’ll have unlimited access to all speaker materials.

Download our customizable letters and budget worksheet to send to your manager.

Don't forget to check out AORN offers to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts. AORN members save up to $250 on registration. Offer to get registered early to save money. Join or renew today.