Passionate about Our Practice,
Fortified by Our Standards

Passionnées de notre pratique,
enrichies par nos normes

2023 programming


Educational Breakfast

Québec | N/A | 90 minutes | N/A | N/A


Pratique du Compte Chirurgical

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | French | Clinical Practice


Augmentation des incidents reliés au compte chirurgical


Démarche d’amélioration continue afin d’assurer la sécurité des soins périopératoires


Méthode Kaizen

  • Recensement et analyse des rapports d’incident-accident
  • Audits
  • Comité de travail avec intervenants terrain
    • Révision des normes et pratiques exemplaires
    • Élaboration d’un formulaire
  • Déploiement d’une formation
  • Évaluation post-implantation
    • Modifications du formulaire
    • Ajustements


  • Uniformisation des pratiques
  • Augmentation de la sécurité
  • Démocratisation des normes
  • Dominique Rheame
    Infirmière clinicienne au soutien à la pratique au bloc opératoire – volet qualité et évolution de la pratique

Concurrent : Pacemakers in the OR

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | Clinical Practice

Implantable cardiac devices are becoming more and more advanced with alternate insertion sites, variable functionality, and a variety of indications. The operating room staff needs to consider how the surgical procedure they are performing will impact the devices, and how to best plan for potential complications. This is a review of the basics of the various devices’ functionalities, how to consider the underlying indication for the device, and adaptations to practice in the operating room. Gone are the days of devices exclusively placed in the left chest wall, so we will also discuss novel devices and expected placement of the devices.

  • Jenna Reinhart Registered Nurse, B.Sc.N
    Clinical Educator for Inpatient Cardiology, CACU, CCU2 and Cardiac & General Surgery


Concurrent : What happens in the OR, stays in the OR… But does it really?

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | Clinical Practice

Communication is the key to a team’s success in the OR. Both verbal and non-verbal cues are pivotal in reducing adverse events and improving interpersonal relationships between team members. A cohesive team directly correlates to better patient outcomes. However, Multiple factors may affect these interpersonal relationships. 

This presentation is a review of the most prominent and controversial barriers to OR relationships which can lead to harassment, bullying, disrespect (Discrimination through racism, sexism, gender/orientation related; Unsane environment), difficult work conditions (calls, OT, fatigue, stress, workload/short staffing) and sometimes even unfortunate consequences. Strained work relationships can lead to depression, burnout, medical errors/near-misses or staff turn-over/massive quitting. Team relationships directly affect patient safety and are a vital factor to improve population wellness.

  • Sarah Monfils 


Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | N/A


Simulation Sessions

Québec | N/A | 420 minutes | N/A | N/A



Québec | N/A | 120 minutes | N/A | N/A


Concurrent : La toxicite aux anesthesiques locaux en salle d’operation: la connaitre, la prevenir at la traiter

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | French | Clinical Practice

L’utilisation des anesthésiques locaux est de plus en plus fréquente en salle d’opération. Le but de cette présentation est de familiariser les infirmiers (ères) avec leur utilisation, leur mode d’action, leur toxicité et la prise en charge de celle-ci.

  • Dr Meggie Raymond
    Anesthésiologiste à l’Institut de cardiologie de Montréal

Concurrent : Perioperative clinical skills tracking, There’s an app for that!

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | Education

Perioperative student experiences are being revolutionized by technology. The Perioperative RN & LPN programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic implemented the use of digital tracking. CompTracker® is a secure mobile app and website which allows real-time evaluation of students’ skills and progress during clinical education. Through digital tracking data can be obtained for program evaluation to examine perioperative student experiences. This presentation will discuss the implementation of digital tracking, the significance to perioperative education, explore the data extracted, and the potential for future use related to clinical practice and professional development.

  • Chelsy Ratcliffe, RN, BSN
    Faculty, Perioperative Nursing RN/LPN, & Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, School of Nursing, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon SK
  • Leah Lowe, RN, BN, MN, CPN(C)
    Program head, Perioperative Nursing RN/LPN, Occupational Health Nursing, & Medical Device Reprocessing, School of Nursing, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina SK

Have ORNAC Standards, Will Travel

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | Clinical Practice

I never imagined that I would still be working as a Registered Nurse after 30 years, nor did I think I would spend all of it in the Operating Room. My career has taken me to 3 countries and encompassed many different job descriptions. What guided me and empowered me was knowing that the ORNAC standards I had learnt and carried with me were reflected in all the hospitals I worked in. 

Working alongside colleagues who shared the same ideals and standards of practice resounded in me and rekindled my love and passion for all things OR. I have been a member of ORNAC since 1996, and have developed an unbreakable bond with that book “The ORNAC Standards, Guidelines and Position Statements for Perioperative Registered Nurses”.

Let me share with you where I have been and where we can still go

  • Cathleen Clarke BSN, RN, CPNc
    Inuvik Regional Hospital Inuvik

Concurrent : Better Communication in the OR for Patient Safety

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | Clinical Practice

We communicate but are we communicating effectively for patient safety? 

To communicate is not only talking or speaking, it also having effective listening skills. Even when we do not speak a word, we communicate. A lack of communication has a direct impact on the quality and safety of patients. The abundant literature on this subject shows that lack of communication is a major cause of errors and adverse events in health care. In ORs, a complex and stressful workplace with technology, good communication is essential at all levels—before, during, and after surgery—for patients undergoing a surgical procedure, as well as the surgical team. There are several communication methods and tools to improve the quality of communication and teamwork and thus, ensure patient safety and the well-being of the surgical team.

  • May Karam BSN, RN, CNOR
    Specialized in perioperative nursing care

Concurrent : Development and implementation of a day surgery hysteroscopy program

Québec | N/A | 60 minutes | English | Clinical Practice

Details available soon.

  • Amanda Kim M.D., FRCS(C)
    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Heather Lanouette RN, BScN, CPN(C)
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