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OR Nurses to Celebrate 50th Congress in Chicago

Monday March 10, 2003
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The 50th annual Congress of the American periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center from March 23 through March 27.
"The AORN Congress in Chicago is an opportunity for Midwestern perioperative registered nurses, including nurses in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, to participate in the shaping of our profession," says Bill Duffy, RN, BSN, MJ, CNOR, assistant vice president for perioperative services at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, IL. "AORN will give you an opportunity to network with more than 6,000 other perioperative nurses."
Duffy, a candidate for president-elect of the national organization, adds the AORN Congress has not been in Chicago or the Midwest for 30 years. "Don't miss the opportunity," he says. "Every time I attend the Congress, I leave with a renewed energy and passion for my profession."
Ann Marie Herlehy, RN, MS, clinical nurse coordinator for cardiovascular/thoracic surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, has been an AORN member for 10 years and has attended the national Congress many times. "Networking with peers provides opportunities to learn about methods practiced throughout the country. The ability to interchange ideas and have discussions with technical experts is quite helpful," says Herlehy, who serves as secretary and newsletter editor of the Chicago chapter of AORN.
The annual national Congress provides a number of continuing education forums and sessions especially for students, educators, and managers, among others. In addition to highlighting educational and professional opportunities in perioperative nursing, national delegate representatives gather to vote on key issues and elect new officers for the organization.
"The opportunity to participate in the administrative aspects of the organization as a delegate is another benefit of the Congress," says Herlehy, who is serving as a delegate this year. "Knowing that your vote and discussion will have an impact on perioperative nursing practices is a gratifying reward."
For Janess Dulinski, RN, MSN, CNOR, the five days of the Congress "recharges her batteries."
"The sharing is far from limited to the educational sessions," she says. "In the halls, on the shuttle buses, at social events, nurses are discussing perioperative issues. Go, learn, enjoy, share, and come home ready to mentor others."
As an additional bonus, free registration is available for student nurses at the Congress; and on March 26, attendance is free for all full-time faculty for schools of nursing. For more information, visit the website www.aorn.
org/Congress.