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Committees & Task Forces

As part of a member-driven and mission-driven organization, we depend on the commitment of our member volunteers to keep the growth and success of our Association strong. The 2022-23 President has determined the 2022-23 committees/task forces and initiatives. 

For a complete description of committee goals and responsibilities, please scroll down and click on the name of the committee or task force in which you are interested.

  • Award for Excellence Selection Panel

    Initiatives


    1. Score the Award for Excellence applications.
    2. Present the recipient’s name to the Chair of the Awards Committee who will present it to the AORN Board of Directors.
  • Awards Committee

    Purpose


    Promote excellence in perioperative nursing through recognition of individual members and groups (i.e., chapters) who have demonstrated distinction in service.

    Initiatives


    1. Review and assess current awards to determine if the categories are still relevant, the online award application process, and the scoring mechanism and provide recommendation for change to the Board, including the dates applications open.
    2. Promote Individual Awards Process in Periop Today, Outpatient Surgery Magazine and on AORN Facebook to increase awareness / participation.
    3. Award for Excellence applications are scored by the Award for Excellence Selection Panel.
    4. Follow-up on those who completed and did not complete submissions to identify opportunities to improve the process. Make recommendations on value of individual awards to the AORN Board of Directors.
    5. Promote Chapter Awards Process in coordination with Senior Manager of Chapter & State Relations.
    6. Score Chapter Award submissions and select recipients.
    7. Re-assess criteria for chapter award and make recommendations for potential changes.
  • Clinical Nursing Practice Committee

    Purpose


    Review new and existing clinical nursing practice issues and develop strategies to assist perioperative nurses to implement successful practices.

    Initiatives


    1. Create an Intraoperative MRI Toolkit
    2. Update the following AORN position statements references for reaffirmation:
      1. RNFA
      2. Orientation of the Registered Nurse and Surgical Technician to the perioperative setting
      3. Criminalization of Human Errors in the Perioperative Environment
  • Continuing Education Approval Committee

    Purpose


    Utilize a peer review process to review applications from constituents and non-constituents using the ANCC criteria. 

    Initiatives


    1. Peer review continuing nursing education applications from constituents and non-constituents using ANCC criteria.
    2. Using ANCC criteria, provide feedback to applicants in a timely manner.
    3. Provide customer support regarding the approval process.
    4. Identify and suggest topics to AORN staff for webinars and to the AORN Journal from topics being requested.
    5. Conduct performance improvement activities and make revisions in processes as appropriate.
      1. Evaluate the effectiveness of the overall approval unit.
        • Consumers (i.e., applicants)
        • CEAC Members (aka nurse peer reviewers)- inter rater reliability
        • Nurses attending an approved activity
      2. Evaluate user feedback for the online application.
      3. Incorporate changes to the ANCC criteria to the application process, as required.
  • Global Relations Committee

    Purpose


    In collaboration with international colleagues, identify potential education sessions for a global education track at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2022.

    Initiatives


    1. Review needs assessments of international participants and members
      1. Discuss “hot” international topics and feedback from 2022 attendees.
      2. Recommend speakers for global track who will represent the 2023 theme.
      3. Review proposals submitted by international attendees.
      4. Ensure two clinical practice areas are addressed, i.e., exploring the use of checklists, cultures of safety, or other important issues.
    2. Members attending the conference to serve as hosts and moderators for the global track sessions.
    3. Provide any feedback from global attendees through an electronic survey following the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo concludes.
  • Global Surgical Conference Education Committee

    Purpose


    To serve in an advisory capacity to the AORN staff when planning educational programs for the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.

    Initiatives


    1. Review education needs assessment and feedback from virtual education sessions held in 2021-22.
    2. Identify key categories of desired/requested content from needs assessment.
    3. Utilize a minimum of 10% of first time presenters for Expo program.
    4. Utilize a micro-volunteer team to review proposals submitted, score, and provide feedback regarding appropriateness related to gap analysis and AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo theme.
    5. Refine proposal review and evaluation process from feedback received.
    6. Collaborate with marketing to develop a plan to encourage members to submit Research, DEI, Innovation, Clinical Improvement poster abstracts for the 2023 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    7. Provide feedback regarding poster abstracts by evaluating their alignment to the AORN Mission, Vision, Values, and “AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice”.
    8. Utilize the poster evaluation tool to select the Outstanding Clinical, Research, Innovation, Improvement/Innovation, and DEI submitted for the 2023 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    9. Evaluate the virtual poster review process and provide feedback for recommendations with the process.
  • Guidelines Advisory Board

    Purpose


    Reviewing, obtaining and providing input, and arriving at consensus on relevant, evidence-based Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

    Initiatives


    Review and critique draft documents, provide input, review public comments, and arrive at consensus on the following Guidelines:

    • Patient Information Management
    • Hand Hygiene
    • Positioning the Patient
    • Prevention of Pressure Injury
    • Product Evaluation
    • Flexible Endoscopes
    • Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Medication Safety
  • National Committee on Education

    Purpose


    Develop educational materials to meet the needs of AORN members.


    Initiatives

    1. Revise/update the AORN Position Statement on Care of the Older Adult in Perioperative Settings.
    2. Review and update the Bariatrics Tool Kit.
  • National Legislative Forum

    Purpose


    This group is a membership assembly convened via monthly conference call by AORN Government Affairs staff to coordinate and support AORN’s health policy initiatives.  The National Legislative Forum is open to all AORN members with an interest in health policy and legislative affairs.

    Initiatives


    1. Health Equity: Improving surgical outcomes requires more equitable care delivery and institutional investment in the safety and well-being of all patients. AORN urges extraordinary action to curb and eliminate all disparities within current models of health care.
    2. Public Health:
      1. Funding: AORN encourages local, state and federal governments and agencies to fund public health protections, including, but not limited to viral testing and vaccines.
      2. Public Safety and Protection: AORN supports public safety precautions including, but not limited to face coverings, social distancing and vaccine mandates related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    3. Safe Care Delivery: AORN advises and collaborates with regulatory and standard setting bodies to ensure access to essential PPE, public health readiness, and adequate mental health support and compensation for nursing services.
    4. Surgical Smoke Evacuation: AORN leads efforts to enact laws requiring facilities to adopt and implement policies addressing evacuation of surgical smoke for all smoke-generating procedures to eliminate ongoing exposure to the hazardous carcinogenic and mutagenic cells contained in surgical smoke and to ensure the health and safety of all surgical team members.
    5. Safety and Support For Patients and Perioperative Nurses: AORN encourages legislative and regulatory efforts to establish an accountable, trusting patient safety culture in the perioperative setting, including robust whistleblower protections for health care providers and mandatory reporting of safety incidences, such as surgical site infections and wrong site surgery. In addition to surgical smoke-free operating rooms, perioperative nurses deserve fatigue prevention resources, strong workplace violence protections, and safe patient handling programs focused on injury prevention.
    6. Perioperative Practice Issues:
      1. RN Circulator: AORN works to ensure every surgical patient has a dedicated perioperative registered nurse circulator for the duration of each operative and invasive procedure. Our team also actively promotes laws and regulations to ensure the supervisory presence of the perioperative RN in the perioperative setting.
      2. RN First Assistant: AORN supports the expanded role of the RNFA by actively working to achieve reimbursement parity for RNFAs. RNFAs work in collaboration with the entire surgical team to achieve optimal patient outcomes nationwide and yet private payer reimbursement is only guaranteed in 17 states.
      3. Professional Practice: AORN protects the perioperative registered nurse’s scope of practice and patient safety by engaging in legislative, regulatory, agency, and other stakeholder approaches to RN education, certification, supervision, roles, competencies, and duties.
  • Nursing Research Committee

    Purpose


    To serve as a resource and consultant to AORN regarding perioperative research.

    Initiatives


    1. Review and revise the AORN nursing research priorities.
    2. Develop a mentor program for novice researchers and/or students to assist them with projects in Perioperative Nursing.
    3. Review and accept individual Research and Evidence Based abstracts for poster session at 2023 Expo.
    4. Review, judge and determine “winners” for Research and Evidence Based posters at Expo 2023.
    5. Review research studies submitted for funding by the AORN Foundation.
    6. Provide feedback regarding the 2022 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo research poster abstracts by evaluating their alignment to the AORN Mission, Vision, Values, and “AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice”.
  • Scholarship Committee

    Purpose


    Evaluate and identify qualified AORN Scholarship recipients.

    Initiatives


    1. Review and score applications and award Academic scholarships consistent with criteria specified by donor.   
    2. Review and score applications for Professional Development Grants, including:
      1. ORX grants
      2. CNOR/CSSM/CNAMB grants
      3. Expo grants
    3. Highlight current and past scholarship recipients and their accomplishments (i.e., Periop Today, Outpatient Surgery Magazine, AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, etc.)
    4. The chair will be the signer of the campaign letters to engage past recipients.