Boucher, Line

The 19th National ORNAC Conference succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Delegates were first amazed by a performance given by members of the Paizo Circus. Later we heard speeches by our honoured guests, including Jane Cowell Poitras, assistant mayor of Montréal; Ghislaine Desrosiers, President of the Order of Nurses of Quebec; and Janet Mann, representative of the certification program of the Canadian Nurses Association.

2005 marks the 10th anniversary of Certification in Perioperative Nursing. On this occasion Ms. Mann requested that those who are certified stand to be recognized. She was impressed and enthused by the number of nurses present who had obtained certification. We can be proud that perioperative nursing is the specialty with the highest number of certifications.

Opening ceremonies continued with the presentation of bursaries and prizes. Those in attendance felt extremely privileged with the presence of two of the great Canadian pioneers in perioperative nursing, Victoire Audet and Isabelle Adams. Ms. Adams honoured us with a few words before awarding the Isabelle Adams Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing. This was a memorable moment for all.

The conference continued with many interesting presentations that contributed greatly to the event’s success. There were a total of 40 presentations, 17 of which were given in French and 23 in English (with simultaneous translation available).

On a lighter note, the Social Committee kept delegates very busy. To stay in shape, aerobic dance classes were offered before and after the daily conference sessions. The evening events were hugely successful. The committee sold 1052 tickets for the Disco Evening on Monday, 1210 tickets for the Cuban Festivities on Tuesday, and 914 for Wednesday’s Country Night. We were thrilled with both with the attendance and with the large number who showed up “dressed for the occasion.”

The exposition site was very impressive. We had great participation from our partners in the medical supply industry. There were 162 booths representing 78 companies, the largest participation seen yet.

For the first time at a national conference, the Standards of Practice in Perioperatwe Nursing was available through the CSA. ORNAC had worked hard to completed the 3rd edition in English and the French version is also now available. The representatives of the CSA were very pleased with the number of copies sold.

It was with pride that we learned that participation surpassed that of previous national conferences. The total number of delegates was 969. There were 653 medical supply company representatives and 74 visitors for a total of 1763 people.

At the end of the week, the Closing Ceremonies were simple, but moving. The Co-Chairs of the next national conference, Marcy McKay and Sandy Stewart (with French translation provided by Marlene Weeks), showed us some of the charms of Victoria, this loveliest of flower-filled cities. After this we were treated to a video of highlights of the Montreal Conference. It was an opportunity to relive, with pleasure, many moments from the conference… and to do so with a little nostalgia. This didn’t last long as the Conference headed in to its final moments with a very dynamic presentation about stress management through laughter. The official closure was marked by the removal and parade of the provincial flags.

Congratulations and thanks to all the members of the organizing committee. The success of this Conference was due to your passion and wonderful team spirit. Thank you also to our delegates and exhibitors for your wonderful support.

Author: Line Boucher, President of the 19th National ORNAC Conference.

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