A column from the AORN Journal

Each and every day, perioperative nurses are faced with challenging situations that require personal strength and moral courage to address.

These events often go unnoticed by others.

The aim of this new column in the AORN Journal is to recognize and celebrate these actions by perioperative nurses, in hopes that they serve as examples for other nurses to emulate.

Purpose of this Form
For the AORN Journal’s newest column, “Speaking Up: Voices from the OR,” we are interviewing perioperative nurses about their successful experiences speaking up and demonstrating courage in the OR. We will evaluate stories for publication based on the information submitted below and interview those candidates whose stories are selected for the column. In all cases, we will maintain confidentiality about the event; you will remain anonymous and neither the name nor the location of the institution will be published. Although your contact information is required for coordination purposes with the Column Coordinator, all information will be kept anonymous and will not be seen by any AORN staff members besides the Journal Editor-in-Chief. If your story is accepted for publication, you are granting the AORN Journal editorial staff members the right to edit and modify your story as they feel is needed for publication. (However, you will have an opportunity to review and revise your story, if needed, prior to publication.) We thank you both for your submission and for your courageous action on behalf of your patient(s), their family members, or your colleague(s).
The Situation

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* 1. Please describe the circumstances that led to your act of moral courage. Include both the clinical & interpersonal facts.

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* 2. Please explain if there were any prior incidents or policies that were a factor in this specific event.

Your Actions

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* 3. Please describe the actions you took and why.

The Responses

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* 4. Please describe the responses from the other members of the surgical team.

The Results

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* 5. Please describe the results of your action for the patient(s), yourself, other members of the surgical team, and policies at the facility.

Lessons Learned

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* 6. Describe the key lessons and what can others learn from this situation.

Please indicate you give permission to publish this information by checking the box below.

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* 7. Yes, I give permission to the AORN Journal to publish my story. If your story is selected for publication, you will be required to complete the AORN Journal copyright transfer form.

Please list your first name and last name (this will only be used for coordination purposes and will not be included in the publication).

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* 8. First Name

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* 9. Last Name

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* 10. Title at the time of the incident

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* 11. Type of facility where the incident occurred

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* 12. Phone Number

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* 13. Email

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* 14. Country

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