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2 Myths that May Keep You From Voting

A Conversation with Karen Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA


2 Myths that May Keep You From Voting

March 10, 2019   

Voting is each member’s chance to have a voice in the direction of the association and the perioperative profession.

When you review the candidates by listening to their podcasts or attending the Candidates’ Q&A at Expo, you’ll understand their views on perioperative practice and their vision for the association’s future. As easy as that is, too few members are participating in the election.

Is it because you feel like you don’t know enough about the candidates?

1. It’s not difficult to research the candidates and we’ve made it easy for you find the information you need.

You can visit AORN’s Voting Matters web page to find the ballot and read candidate statements and bios, as well as their responses to questions the Nominating Committee asked them. You can also access audio recordings of the candidates to hear their voice and their positions on the important issues facing our profession.

Or is it because you don’t think you can vote?

2. In 2010, all members were given the right to vote in AORN national elections, so, you CAN vote! Here’s how.

Between March 11 and April 9, go to the Voting Matters web page or the AORN home page to cast your vote online. If you are attending AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Nashville April 6–10, you can download the AORN Expo App or visit the voting booths at the conference located on Level 3 in the Hall A lobby April 7–9 from 7am to 5pm to cast your vote. Expo attendees who vote may stop by the voting booths to enter for a chance to win a 2020 Expo registration.

You can also attend the Candidates Q&A at Expo on Saturday, April 6 at 4pm in the Davidson Ballroom to see and hear the candidates in person. Members at home can listen to them “live-streamed” or recorded by selecting the link on the AORN homepage.

Perioperative nurses know how important their voice is in the perioperative setting. Their voice is just as important in shaping the direction of AORN by voting for the candidates they believe will drive the vision they see for the perioperative nursing profession. In short, VOTE! Your association needs you.

Ready to throw your hat in the ring? Learn more from Knapp and members of the Nominating Committee at an education session at AORN Expo on April 7 about the “Pathway to AORN National Leadership.”

Karen Knapp, BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA is chair of the AORN Nominating Committee.