Perioperative Nurses Week
Perioperative Nurses Week (PNW) 2016 was a tremendous success. For the first time since its inception, in 2009, our aim was to generate community awareness rather than celebrate among ourselves.
We developed a logo to brand the campaign and welcomed committee members who volunteered to steer it. We also called for PNW 'champions' and nearly 200 dedicated perioperative nurses across Australia volunteered to lead their colleagues in PNW activities and remind their workplaces and communities of the important role that perioperative nurses play in keeping patients safe during surgery.
PNW 2016 ran from Sunday 9 October to Saturday 15 October, with Perioperative Nurses Day being Wednesday 12 October. Activities included:
- displaying the PNW16 poster
An A3 poster was included, as centrefold, in the spring journal and members displayed it in public areas at their workplaces. The poster was also available in A3 or A4 on our website.
- displaying the PNW16 car sticker
A car sticker was sent to members in September with the spring journal. Members used the stickers to promote the campaign to the public ahead of time.
- celebrating with a cake
In many workplaces, perioperative nurses shared a special cake to celebrate PNW. To see some of these beautiful cakes and how Perioperative Nurses Week was celebrated around Australia go to ACORN's facebook page.
- engaging the media
Articles about the important role of perioperative nurses appeared in newspapers and magazines and ACORN President, Jed Duff, and Education Officer, Paula Foran, were interviewed on radio. See the Media page, under Events on our website, for links to some of these.
- entering our PNW competitions
We ran four competitions for members to enter. Competitions A, B and C required team effort and the prizes were a $200 catering voucher for the winning team to spend at their favourite eatery. Competition D was for an individual and the prize was complimentary registration at our 2018 conference.
Competition A: Workplace display
There were a number of inspiring workplace displays and the winning display was created by the perioperative nursing team at Toowoomba Hospital.
Competition B: Local media story
A media kit was sent to members to help them contact the media and the team at Sunshine Coast Hospital won this competition with the story on News Sunshine Coast TV.
Competition C: Workplace newsletter story
Austin Health's innovative e-publication called 'A day in the life of a perioperative nurse' was the winning entry of this competition.
Competition D: Olympics quiz
An online quiz, based on the Standards of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, was created. There were 64 entries and those with a score of 98, 99 or 100 per cent were sent bronze, silver and gold certificates. Entries that got 100 per cent went into the draw for complementary registration at the 2018 ACORN & ASIORNA International Conference and Cherie Cowan, from South Gippsland Hospital in Victoria, was the lucky winner.