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 2018-19 President has determined the 2018-19 committees/task forces and initiatives.

AORN is currently seeking additional volunteers to serve on seven of these committees to assist with the completion of the initiatives, including:

  • Awards Committee
  • Clinical Nursing Practice Committee
  • Continuing Education Approval Committee
  • Global Surgical Conference Education Advisory Committee
  • National Committee on Education
  • Nursing Research Committee
  • Simulation Task Force

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, complete the Volunteer Application Form no later than March 14, 2018.

For a complete description of committee goals and responsibilities, for both 2017-18 and 2018-19, please scroll down and click on the name of the committee or task force in which you are interested.

2018-2019 Committees and Task Forces

  • Awards Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review current individual awards to determine if the categories are still relevant, the online award application process, the scoring mechanism and provide recommendation for change to the Board, including the dates applications open. (Add specific criteria to point’s allocation per category for awards when making changes).
    2. Promote Individual Awards Process in Periop Insider and on AORN Facebook to increase awareness / participation.
    3. Award for Excellence applications are scored by past recipients of the Award for Excellence. The Award Committee Chair, Board Liaison and Staff Liaison will invite 3 new past Award for Excellence recipients to replace the 3 past recipients that have been on Award for Excellence selection panel for 2 years. The remaining 3 past recipients and the 3 newly invited past recipients will review the Award for Excellence applications and make their recommendation to the Award Committee for selection.
    4. Consider following 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 association’s membership./li>
    5. Review online award application process to make it more user-friendly for nominators and nominees.
  • 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. Review and update the Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit.
  • Continuing Education Approval Committee

    Note: Degree required. Must have BSN or MSN or higher to apply.

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Participate in the orientation webinars and any follow-up webinars.
    2. Peer review continuing nursing education applications from constituents and non-constituents using ANCC criteria.
    3. Using ANCC criteria, provide feedback to applicants in a timely manner.
    4. Provide customer support regarding the approval process.
    5. Identify and suggest topics to AORN staff for webinars and to the AORN Journal from topics being requested.
    6. 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. Review the quarterly newsletter and “Steps for Success” and refine as appropriate.
      3. Evaluate user feedback for the online application.
      4. Incorporate changes to the ANCC criteria to the application process, as required.
    7. Define and document the role of the CEAC mentor.
  • Fellowship Level of Membership Task Force

    Initiatives

    1. Explore the need for a fellowship level of membership.
    2. Establish criteria for being a fellow and what is needed to maintain the status.
    3. Consider with this status a higher level of membership dues or added fee to apply and maintain.
  • Global Relations Committee

    Purpose

    Develop global education program for the Global Summit initiatives and relationships with colleagues based upon collaboration and respect, to optimize AORN's role, reputation and contribution to healthcare via the global environment.

    Initiatives

    1. Review needs assessments of international participants and members
      1. Discuss hot international topics and feedback from 2018 attendees
      2. Recommend speakers for Global Summit who will represent the 2019 theme
    2. Develop international guest relations for the 2019 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo
      1. Develop a letter of invitation identifying the theme that staff can send to International association
      2. Provide plan for orientation to the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo for international attendees
      3. Volunteer for registration area
      4. Network with attendees during the social time prior to the beginning of the Global Summit program
      5. Identify ways to welcome and include our international guests
    3. Identify two areas of clinical practice on which to compare global practices, such as length of stay, Check list, culture of safety or other topic suggested by committee for Conference’s Global track.
  • Global Surgical Conference Education Advisory 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. Encourage potential presenters to submit proposals.
    2. Review education needs assessment and feedback from the 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    3. Identify key categories of desired/requested content from peers at the local level and needs assessment.
    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. (Education will provide a webinar on how to evaluate the proposals.)
    6. Encourage peers to submit Research, Concept, Innovation, Clinical Improvement poster abstracts for the 2019 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo. (Utilize Periop Insider, AORN Facebook, etc.)
    7. Utilize a micro-volunteer team to review posters. (The Research Committee will provide a training webinar on how to do abstracts.)
    8. Provide feedback regarding poster abstracts by evaluating their alignment to the AORN Mission, Vision, Values, and AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.
    9. Utilize the poster evaluation tool to select the Outstanding Clinical, Research, Innovation, and Improvement/Innovation submitted for the 2019 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    10. Evaluate the virtual poster review process and provide feedback.
  • Guidelines Advisory Board

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review and critique draft documents, provide input, review public comments, and arrive at consensus on the following Guidelines:
      1. Safe Patient Handling and Movement
      2. Safe Environment of Care, Part 1
      3. Safe Environment of Care, Part 2
      4. Sterile Technique
      5. Sterilization
      6. Prevention of Transmissible Infection
  • National Committee on Education

    Purpose

    Develop educational materials to meet the needs of AORN members.

    Initiatives

    1. Consider submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the 2019 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    2. Develop a position statement on Nurse Residency.
    3. Explore a ratio of educators to number of staff to use for position justification and benchmarking.
  • 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. Continue to strengthen and expand state-level relationships
    2. Advance RN Circulator legislation
    3. Protect perioperative nursing scope of practice
    4. Seek reimbursement parity for RNFAs
    5. Advocate for safe work environments (smoke evacuation and safe patient handling)
    6. Provide advocacy training to AORN members
    7. Ensure perioperative nursing voice in federal reform efforts
  • National Membership Forum

    Purpose

    This Committee is a Membership Assembly convened via a monthly conference call with Regional Champions to coordinate and support AORN’s organizational units that includes Chapters, State Councils and Specialty Assemblies. As part of a mission-driven member organization, we depend on the commitment of our volunteer leaders and to keep the growth and success of our Association strong. The Membership Forum will work on leadership development and chapter development to promote the mission and core values of AORN.

    Initiatives

    1. Recommend Periop 101 engagement strategies that will increase adoption.
    2. Discuss new member “welcome” calls and how to best structure and test this approach.
    3. Discuss chapter specific projects and how to assist.
    4. Develop a “new to the profession” how to guide.
    5. Generate membership ideas to increase and retain our members.
    6. Ongoing awareness of AORN membership benefits, including Guideline Essentials and free Journal CE.
  • Nursing Research Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review and approve/disapprove all research studies submitted for funding by the AORN Foundation or requesting access to AORN membership data.
    2. Review all research and evidence based practice posters for AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2019.
    3. Review and revise as needed the AORN nursing research priorities.
  • Scholarship Committee

    Note: As a member of the Scholarship Committee, you are not eligible to apply for grants or scholarships from AORN.

    Purpose

    Evaluate and identify qualified AORN Scholarship recipients.

    Initiatives

    1. Verify amount of funding available from Foundation for distribution and award scholarships consistent with criteria specified by donor
    2. Highlight past scholarship winners and their accomplishments in publications (i.e., Periop Insider, Periop Briefing)
    3. Develop a mechanism to recognize current scholarship recipients at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2019
    4. Score and rank academic, CNOR, and Expo professional development applications
  • Simulation Task Force

    Note: When applying please indicate your area of practice (i.e. Hospital, ASC, Office based, etc.).

    Purpose

    To develop materials to promote and facilitate clinical learning through the use of multidisciplinary simulation.

    Initiatives

    1. Using the AORN template for multidisciplinary simulations, develop two simulations (one on RSI and one on Blood Management).

2017-2018 Committees and Task Forces

  • Awards Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review the following: current individual awards to determine if the categories are still relevant, the online award application process, the scoring mechanism and provide recommendation for change to the Board, including the dates applications open. (Add specific criteria to point’s allocation per category for awards when making changes).
    2. Promote Individual Awards Process in Periop Insider and on AORN Facebook to increase awareness / participation.
    3. Award Committee members review and score Individual Award recipients applications utilizing Subject Matter Experts from the Specialty Assemblies as needed to work with the award committee for each award category (Micro-opportunity: Invite SA members to be SME as needed).
    4. Award for Excellence applications are scored by Past recipients of the Award for Excellence. The Award Committee Chair, Board Liaison and Staff Liaison will invite 3 new past Award for Excellence recipients to replace the 3 past recipients that have been on Award for Excellence selection panel for 2 years. The remaining 3 past recipients and the 3 newly invited past recipients will review the Award for Excellence applications and make their recommendation to the Award Committee for selection.
    5. Conduct survey on those who completed and did not complete submissions to identify opportunities to improve the process. Make recommendations on value of awards to the association’s membership.
  • Bylaws Committee

    Purpose

    Sustain, clarify, review, update and prepare revisions, additions or deletions of the Bylaws to be presented to the House of Delegates.

    Initiatives

    1. Incorporate the following recommendation of the 2017 House of Delegates into AORN bylaws:
      1. That certification as a perioperative nurse (CNOR or accredited perioperative nursing certifications) be a qualifying factor for candidates for national office (Officers, Board Members and Nominating Committee members).
      2. Explore a BSN requirement for eligibility for officers and Board members.
    2. Implement other Bylaws changes as directed by the Board of Directors.
    3. Submit bylaws changes for action by the House of Delegates during the 2018 Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
  • 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. Develop a resource to assist perioperative nurses reduce traffic in the OR.
    2. Review the Guideline for Safe Patient Handling and Movement during the drafting stage serving as subject matter experts.
  • Continuing Education Approval Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Participate in the orientation webinars and any follow-up webinars
    2. Peer review continuing nursing education applications from constituents and non-constituents using ANCC criteria
    3. Using ANCC criteria, provide feedback to applicants in a timely manner
    4. Provide customer support regarding the approval process
    5. Identify and suggest topics to AORN staff for webinars and to the AORN Journal from topics being requested
    6. 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. Review the quarterly newsletter and “Steps for Success” and refine as appropriate
      3. Evaluate user feedback for the online application
      4. Incorporate changes to the ANCC criteria to the application process, as required
    7. Define and document the role of the CEAC mentor.
  • Global Relations Committee

    Purpose

    Develop global initiatives and relationships with colleagues based upon collaboration and respect, to optimize AORN's role, reputation and contribution to health care via the global environment.

    Initiatives

    1. Review needs assessments of international participants and members
      1. Discuss hot international topics and feedback from 2017 attendees
      2. Recommend speakers for Global Summit who will represent the 2018 theme
    2. Develop international guest relations for the 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo
      1. Develop a letter of invitation identifying the theme that staff can send to International association
      2. Provide plan for orientation to the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo for international attendees
      3. Volunteer for registration area
      4. Network with attendees during the social time prior to the beginning of the Global Summit program
      5. Identify ways to welcome and include our international guests
    3. Identify two areas of clinical practice on which to compare global practices, such as length of stay, Check list, culture of safety or other topic suggested by committee for Conference’s Global track.
  • Global Surgical Conference Education Advisory 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 the 2017 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo
    2. Identify key categories of desired/requested content
    3. 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. Refine proposal review and evaluation process from feedback received. (Education will provide a webinar on how to evaluate the proposals).
    4. Encourage peers to submit Research and Innovation poster abstracts for the 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (Utilize Periop Insider, AORN Facebook, etc.)
    5. Utilize a micro-volunteer team to review posters. (The Research Committee will provide a training webinar on how to do abstracts).
    6. Provide feedback regarding poster abstracts by evaluating their alignment to the AORN Mission, Vision, Values, and “AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice”
    7. Utilize the poster evaluation tool to select the Outstanding Clinical Improvement/Innovation submitted to the 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo
    8. Evaluate the virtual poster review process and provide feedback
  • Guidelines Advisory Board

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review and critique draft documents, provide input, review public comments, and arrive at consensus on the following Guidelines
      1. Perioperative Team Communication
      2. Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis
      3. High-Level Disinfection
      4. Medication Safety
      5. Safe Patient Handling and Movement
      6. Product Selection
  • National Committee on Education

    Purpose

    Develop educational materials to meet the needs of AORN members.

    Initiatives

    1. Develop a ‘Speakers’ Toolkit for perioperative nurses to use when speaking to middle/high school students about perioperative nursing careers.
      (Note Scholarship Committee initiative: Review current mentorship program for student nurse scholarship recipients and make adjustments as needed but continue Mentorship Program for 2017-18).
    2. Consider submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the 2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo on the new Toolkits.
    3. Revise the AORN Position Statement on Orientation of the Registered Nurse and Certified Surgical Technologist to the Perioperative Setting.
  • 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. Continue to strengthen and expand state-level relationships
    2. Advance RN Circulator legislation
    3. Protect perioperative nursing scope of practice
    4. Seek reimbursement parity for RNFAs
    5. Advocate for safe work environments (smoke evacuation and safe patient handling)
    6. Provide advocacy training to AORN members
    7. Ensure perioperative nursing voice in federal reform efforts
  • National Membership Forum (Formerly Membership Committee)

    Purpose

    This Forum is a Membership Assembly convened via a monthly conference call to coordinate and support AORN’s organizational units that includes Chapters, State Councils and Specialty Assemblies. As part of a mission-driven member organization, we depend on the commitment of our volunteer leaders and to keep the growth and success of our Association strong. The Membership Forum will work on leadership development and chapter development. This Forum will serve as a resource to all AORN member with a focus on developing Chapter, State Council, and Specialty Assembly leaders to promote the mission and core values of AORN. The National Membership Forum is open to all AORN members with an interest in recruitment, retention, and engagement in perioperative nursing.

    Initiatives

    1. Discuss the benefits of belonging to AORN. Make suggestions for additional value add services that AORN should explore.
    2. Identify methods of increasing engagement in AORN activities at the Chapter, State Council and Specialty Assemblies.
    3. Recommend to AORN President Elect topics for the annual Chapter Leaders Workshop.
    4. Participate in Annual Chapter Leaders Workshop at Expo.
    5. Participate in Chapter Visits if applicable/appropriate with HQ staff.
    6. Participate in National Education Events when appropriate when they are scheduled in local area.
    7. Participate in welcome calls for members who join/rejoin.
    8. Participate in calls to renew lapsing member.
    9. Participate in Membership Campaigns as directed by staff liaison.
  • Nursing Research Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review and approve/disapprove all research studies submitted for funding by the AORN Foundation or requesting access to AORN membership data.
    2. Review all research and evidence based practice posters for AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2018.
    3. Review and revise as needed the AORN nursing research priorities.
    4. Explore option of doing Research Symposium in 2018.
  • Role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Perioperative Practice Task Force

    Purpose

    To define the expanded role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in perioperative practice.

    Initiatives:

    1. Review and revise the Clinical Nurse Specialist job description.
    2. Specific areas to be explored include:
      1. Responsibility for facilitating quality outcomes for patients
      2. Mentoring of novice perioperative nurses
      3. Explore challenges to implementation of CNS role in the perioperative setting
      4. Role of CNS as educator for perioperative services
  • Scholarship Committee

    Purpose

    Evaluate and identify qualified AORN Scholarship recipients.

    Initiatives

    1. Verify amount of funding available from Foundation for distribution and award scholarships consistent with criteria specified by donor
    2. Highlight past scholarship winners and their accomplishments in publications (i.e., Periop Insider, Periop Briefing)
    3. Develop a mechanism to recognize current scholarship recipients at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2018
    4. Score and rank academic, CNOR, and Expo professional development applications
    5. Review current mentorship program for student nurse scholarship recipients and make adjustments as needed but continue Mentorship Program for 2017-18. (Note National Committee on Education initiative: Develop a "Speakers" Toolkit for perioperative nurses to use when speaking to middle/high school students about perioperative nursing careers.)
  • Simulation Task Force

    Purpose

    To develop materials to promote and facilitate clinical learning through the use of multidisciplinary simulation.

    Initiatives

    1. Using the AORN template for multidisciplinary simulations, develop two simulations (one on Moderate Sedation, and one on Cardiac Arrest).
    2. Using the AORN template for multidisciplinary simulations, develop a simulation unique to ASC (i.e. transfer of patient to hospital).
  • Transition into Practice Task Force

    Purpose

    To facilitate the education and preparation of perioperative nurses for the future through the development of materials needed to integrate perioperative nursing into undergraduate curricula and nurse residency programs.

    Initiatives

    1. Explore opportunities to have the white paper, developed by the committee last year, published in Journals.
    2. Continue to develop options to increase engagement of Periop 101 students with AORN and AORN chapters following completion of the program.