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Congress 1997 announcements and deadlines Sunday, April 6, to Friday, April 1 1, 1997
he 44th annual AORN Congress will be held April 6 to April 11,1997, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. The following includes important announcements and deadlines for the 1997 Congress to help you plan your trip.
CONGRESS REGISTRATION egistration brochures will be sent to all members in October. To take advantage of discounted registration fees, registrations must be postmarked by Feb 28,1997. Cancellations for Congress must be postmarked by March 17, 1997. New this year is an “exhibits only” registration option. Individuals who wish to view exhibits, but not participate in other official Congress activities, can register by the day or for all three days.
DELEGATE REGISTRATION ndividual delegates and alternates are responsible for their own Congress and delegate registrations. The Congress registration form provides an area for individuals to designate their status as chair, delegate, or alternate for their chapters. Chapter leaders should encourage delegates and alternates to register for Congress by the early registration deadline (ie, Feb 28, 1997) to save money on the registration
fee.Calculations for the number of delegates per chapter are based on the June 30, 1996, chapter statistics. Chapter presidents should use the packet they received with the July- presi_ dents’ mailing to plan for delegate selection at fall meetings. Chapters should register alternate delegates before the “Meet the Candidates” session so they will be adequately informed to fulfill their roles as potential delegates. Alternates may be added or moved to delegate status at Congress before the first session of the House of Delegates. At the Anaheim Congress, 15 member-at-large delegates will be seated. These delegate seats are reserved for AORN members who do not belong to chapters. If you are interested in serving as a member-at-large delegate, send a copy of your membership card and a brief letter of interest to Bonnie G. Denholm, RN, MS, CNOR, AORN chapter relations coordinator, at AORN Headquarters, 2 170 S Parker Rd, Suite 300, Denver, CO 8023 1-571 1 , or call (800) 755-2676 x 261.
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CONGRESS ORIENTATION help those who are attending Congress for the T first time, the AORN Membership Committee will present a Congress orientation on Sunday, April o
6, 1997, from 1 1 :30 AM to 12:30 PM. The session will provide the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of Congress and help first-time attendees learn the “lingo.” Attendees can meet other first-time attendees and leam about the resources available at Congress. Space is limited, so those who wish to attend should mark this session on their session scan form and indicate their first-time status on the Congress registration form.
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JERRY 0. PEERS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE LECTURESHIP
eeting rooms are available in the Anaheim
he Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Lectureship will be presented by Rosita Perez, CSP, CPAE. The lectureship is sponsored by the Exhibitors’ Advisory Committee. By combining social work skills with music and humor, Perez creates life-transforming moments that become lifeenhancing actions when those who listen commit to making their own kind of music. Her philosophy is, “You and I have a choice. Either we lament all the high notes we can’t or won’t hit or we leave those to Pavarotti and get on with the rest of our songs.”
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS
ontact hours will be available for nurses who participate in the continuing education content made available by the exhibitors. There will be a variety of formats from which to select, and the number of contact hours earned will be based on the number of activities each participant attends. Look for more details in upcoming Congress information. Exhibit contact hours are not included in the overall number of contact hours an individual may earn. Delegates will be able to earn 28.6 contact hours by attending continuing education activities. This includes 1.8 contact hours for attending two Forums and 1.8 contact hours for reviewing the research posters. Nondelegates may earn a total of 35.8 contact hours by attending all available education sessions and reviewing the research posters.
SLEEPING ROOMS AT CONGRESS ORN has appointed International Travel SerA vice (ITS),Inc, to coordinate housing services for the 44th annual AORN Congress. All sleeping rooms and suites within the AORN hotel block must be requested on the official AORN/ITS housing form. Once again, ITS requests that one person send the housing form in for all roommates. A deposit will be required at the time housing is requested. Housing requests will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Information and forms will be included in the registration brochure.
1\11 Hilton & Towers and other official AORN Congress hotels for state councils, chapters, committees, and other ancillary groups affiliated with AORN. AORN will not restrict when meetings can be held; however, they should be limited in length to one and one-half hours. Generally, room rental will not be charged for rooms used in the Anaheim Hilton & Towers. An administrative fee of $30 will be collected by AORN. Charges for catering, audiovisual services, and room rental will be the responsibility of the group using the meeting space. Information about acquiring a meeting room in Anaheim will be available in the registration brochure.
MAIL HOME CENTER
he Mail Home Center will be in the registration area, Hall A, of the Anaheim Convention Center. Meeting participants can use the Mail Home Center as “headquarters” for storing coats, umbrellas, books, and giveaways during the week. For $10 plus shipping charges, the Mail Home Center will provide a box and 24-hour security service. At the end of the show, participants’ boxes will be weighed, sealed, and shipped to the mailing addresses provided. The Mail Home Center will be open from Saturday through Friday. The Mail Home Center will sponsor a “box art” contest at the 1997 Congress. Watch for details about prizes and judging criteria in upcoming Congress information.
tandard Textile Co, Inc, awarded three AORN members $1,500 each to be used toward their 1997 Congress expenses. Jaqueline Saunders, Greensboro, NC; Dawn Yost, Morgantown, WV; and Beverly Anderson, Kalamazoo, Mich, were chosen in a drawing of names registered at the company’s booth at the 1996 Congress in Dallas. Winners should contact Barbara Beuke at (800) 999-0400 for further information. A
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