Keynote Speakers

The 2016 OR Manager Conference will feature four Keynote Speakers who will engage, inspire, and delight you with their experiences and lessons learned throughout their lifetimes.

And if that’s not enough, Keynote Speaker sessions at the OR Manager Conference also count for additional contact hours!

Meet the 2016 Keynote Speakers

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Marcus Engel,  M.S., CSP
Author, The Other End of the Stethoscope 


Wednesday, September 21
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Other End of the Stethoscope – Prevailing Over Compassion Fatigue

As a college freshman, Marcus Engel was blinded and nearly killed after being struck by a drunk driver. Through two years of rehab, over 350 hours of reconstructive facial surgery, and adaptation to a multitude of life changes, Marcus experienced the good, the bad, and the profound in patient care. Perioperative leaders are exposed to trauma all too often, yet they must not allow complacency to creep in and impact patient care despite the extreme situations they become accustomed to witnessing. This touching tale of trauma, hospitalization, and healing will provide insight from “the other end of the stethoscope” and show OR managers how to sustain body and mind in the face of incredible trauma. Heartwarming and humorous, this presentation reminds us why we do what we do, and inspires dedication to excellence in patient care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the foundation of excellent patient care: human presence.
  2. Describe how to sustain body and mind in the face of trauma.
  3. Understand the leader’s role in the patient experience.

 Sponsored by:

Smith & Nephew


Rose O. RoseShermanphotoSherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Editor in Chief, Nurse Leader
Professor and Director, Nursing Leadership Institute
Florida Atlantic University


Thursday, September 22
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Adaptive Leadership: At the Helm of Perioperative Nursing in a Time of Change

The current environment presents many challenges as healthcare reimbursement moves to a value-based system with a focus on quality, safety, and patient engagement.  At the same time, there are generational shifts in the workforce as 10, 000 Baby Boomers retire each day. How can we as perioperative leaders remain resilient in the vortex of change and proactively plan for the future? In this leading-edge keynote, Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, uncovers how these changes will impact the future of perioperative environments and what can be done to strategically adapt to the changing landscape.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the impact of healthcare reform and trends in the nursing workforce on health systems and perioperative environments.
  2. Define value-based purchasing and implications for perioperative reimbursement.
  3. Describe ways that OR managers can educate staff about the changing environment and their role in creating value.

Sponsored by:
Halyard Heath


Dr. EliElizabeth Normanzabeth Norman, RN
Professor, New York University
Author, We Band of Angels and Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam 1965-1973 and co-author Tears in the Darkness: The Untold Story of the Bataan Death March


Thursday, September 22
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Heroism on the Front Lines: Achieving Greatness and Conquering Adversity

The convergence of professionalism, survival, and heroism is where true greatness lies. Whether they are managing cases in the operating room or tending to the wounded on the front lines in wartime, nursing’s greatest heroes share many qualities including courage, resiliency, and self-sacrifice. Nurse leaders today must demonstrate these qualities to lead their teams through the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. In this heartfelt keynote presentation, Dr. Elizabeth Norman illustrates the experiences of American military nurses who defied the odds to rise above adversity on the battlefield and after returning home. Discover what today’s nursing leaders can learn from these wartime heroes, and become the hero of your operating room.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of nursing leadership in wartime.
  2. Describe how one group of nurses adjusted from a peacetime to a wartime existence.
  3. Identify leadership attributes that equip nurses to be heroes and leaders in any setting.


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Jody Urquhart
Comedian and Author, All Work & No SAY


Friday, September 23
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Love My Job, It’s the People I Can’t Stand! Leading a Positive, Vibrant Healthcare Team

The key to successful leadership today is positive influence, not authority. Great OR managers set themselves apart by consistently igniting the fires of hope in others. Daily, they muster the nerve to serve in a complex and challenging environment. So with today’s rapidly evolving workplace, strong perioperative leaders must work harder than ever to influence and engage everyone on their staff, especially the most challenging people. This entertaining and provocative keynote presentation provides a lively, interactive look at how to inspire a spirited and resilient workforce that stays positive, focused, and productive. Learn the tools you need to influence, energize, and engage staff members while keeping your own fire of hope burning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why some people are perpetually difficult and the toll it takes on others.
  2. Discuss how to rally positive support to build a congruent, vibrant team that is focused on providing safe and compassionate care.
  3. Apply strategies to remain a focused and productive manager while rediscovering the fun and joy in your work.

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