2017 Proposed Bylaws Changes

2017 Proposed Bylaws Changes

This year, the AORN Bylaws Committee is recommending two bylaws amendments, both stemming from charges received from the board of directors after the 2016 Congress business sessions.

The proposed bylaws changes relate to the individual qualifications to serve in an elected position with AORN and changing the responsibilities of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) to reflect a more traditional nominating committee.

All RN and retired RN members in good standing are delegates at Congress (including chapter delegates) and all may vote on AORN business. The AORN House of Delegates will vote on these changes during the Second House of Delegates at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 1 – 5, 2017. Approval of these changes requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at the 2017 House of Delegates session.

Current Bylaws Proposed Bylaws
ARTICLE VI

NOMINATING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Section 1: Committee Composition
  1. The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee consists of five (5) members. Three (3) members are elected in the even numbered years and two (2) in the odd numbered years, each serving for a term of two (2) years.

  2. The immediate past President will automatically become a non-voting member of the committee for a term of one (1) year following the term of office as President.


Section 2: Responsibilities

  1. Solicits and receives nominations for potential candidates for all elected positions.

  2. Prepares and presents a slate of candidates to serve for all elected positions.

  3. Establishes effective processes for the development of members to serve in leadership roles at all levels of the Association.

  4. Selects a chair from the continuing committee members.



ARTICLE VI

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 1: Committee Composition
  1. The Nominating Committee consists of five (5) members. Three (3) members are elected in the even numbered years and two (2) in the odd numbered years, each serving for a term of two (2) years.

  2. The immediate past President will automatically become a non-voting member of the committee for a term of one (1) year following the term of office as President.


Section 2: Responsibilities

  1. Solicits and receives nominations for potential candidates for all elected positions.

  2. Prepares and presents a slate of candidates to serve for all elected positions.

  3. Selects a chair from the continuing committee members.









In addition to the above changes in Article VI regarding the committee name and duties, upon approval of the membership, editorial changes will also be made throughout the bylaws correcting the committee name.


Current Bylaws Proposed Bylaws
ARTICLE VII

ELIGIBILITY – ELECTIONS –TERMS– VACANCIES– REMOVAL
Section 1: Eligibility


  1. To be eligible for elective office as a member of the Board of Directors or as a member of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, a nominee must currently provide or have previously provided perioperative nursing care.

  2. To be eligible for elective office as a member of the Board of Directors or a member of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, a nominee must have been a member of the Association continuously for two (2) years immediately prior to being nominated and may not be an employee of AORN Headquarters.

  3. To be eligible for the office of President-elect or Vice President, a nominee must have served at least one (1) year as a member of the Board of Directors, be a CNOR, and must possess a minimum educational preparation of a BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  4. The members of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee may not be listed as candidates for election on a slate that they have prepared






ARTICLE VII

ELIGIBILITY – ELECTIONS –TERMS– VACANCIES– REMOVAL
Section 1: Eligibility


  1. To be eligible for elective office as an officer, a member of the Board of Directors or as a member of the Nominating Committee, a nominee must:

    1. Currently provide or have previously provided perioperative nursing care;

    2. Hold current CNOR certification;

    3. Have been a member of the Association continuously for two (2) years immediately prior to being nominated; and

    4. Must not be an employee of AORN Headquarters.

  2. To be eligible for the office of President-elect or Vice President, a nominee must have served at least one (1) year as a member of the Board of Directors, hold current CNOR certification, and must possess a minimum educational preparation of a BSN or bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  3. The members of the Nominating Committee may not be listed as candidates for election on a slate that they have prepared.






The full current AORN bylaws are available here.