PLS 2023 reports
PLS 2023 was held at the beautiful University of Notre Dame, in Freemantle. There were plenty of trade displays and time to engage and learn about products. Here are a few words, from one of the delegates, about some of the inspirational speakers that highlighted leadership.
Sandy Thompson emphasised how accreditation preparedness is vital for all facilities and gave insights into the requirements and responsibilities of accreditation using her many years of experience working with quality systems and assurance services. Preparedness is always working within the standards, and having systems for reporting, auditing and improving (taking action).
Michell Taylor, a former critical care nurse researcher, told us that 29 to 91 per cent of nurses are considering leaving the profession. Michelle likened nursing to the concept of VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, an idea introduced by the United States of America Army War College in the 1990s to describe the effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Cold War ending. Michelle suggested using situational awareness, with either transformational or transactional leadership styles, to create a culture and provide consistency, motivation, inspiration and a shared vision to empower teams to succeed together.
Phyllis Davis AM gave the Judith Cornell Oration, entitled ‘I am a Nurse’ and shared her career experiences from being a hospital-trained nurse to leading teams in the United Arab Emirates. Her style of leadership is engaging and personal – visiting the cleaners with a packet of biscuits, turning up where least expected, arriving on the ward to learn and engaging with people as a person not as the boss. Phyllis’s leadership uses her natural ability to put people first – listening, leading and empowering others to excel and take the team forward.
Simone Ohlin spoke about ‘the little things’. As a multi-generational workforce, with different expectations from leaders and managers, nursing requires a style of leadership and situational awareness that is flexible and ever evolving.
As well as providing the chance to hear from these inspiring leaders, the summit was a great way to meet up with old friends and make new ones in a relaxed environment.
The Perioperative Leadership Summit (PLS) was a valuable and enriching experience. Trade exhibitions and partnerships are integral to conferences in various fields, including perioperative nursing. The PLS provided a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with colleagues and industry experts. It was a time to reunite with old friends and make new professional connections which can lead to collaborations and knowledge sharing.