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 President has determined the 2017-18 committees/task forces and initiatives.

The appointments to the 2017-18 committees and task forces are now complete. Periop Insider will include announcements throughout the year if additional volunteers are needed to help AORN accomplish these initiatives and the goals of the Association. If you are interested in being contacted for micro-volunteering and/or community opportunities, as they come up, please complete the Volunteer Application Form.

2017-2018 Committees and Task Forces

  • Awards Committee

    Openings

    Three Openings. Interested individuals should represent practice, education and research.

    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.
  • Clinical Nursing Practice Committee

    Openings

    Three Openings.

    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

    Openings

    Five openings requiring BSN (or BS with a major in nursing) or a MSN (or MS with a major in nursing).

    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.
  • 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

    Openings

    Three Openings. Interested individuals should be actively involved in education, either as a clinical educator or in academia.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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

    Openings

    Five Openings. Please indicate your area of practice (i.e., Hospital, ASC, Office-based).

    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).
  • Global Surgical Conference Education Advisory Committee

    Openings

    Three Openings. Have an interest in reviewing and scoring proposals and abstracts submitted by national and international perioperative personnel by evaluating the proposal for innovation, inter-activity and relevance to perioperative staff. Reviews are done online with periodic conference calls.

    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
  • The Role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Perioperative Practice Task Force

    Openings

    Five Openings. Task force members should be a Clinical Nurse Specialist and must have a Master’s or DNP.

    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
  • Transition into Practice Task Force

    Openings

    One Opening.

    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.

2016-2017 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. Continue to refine and evaluate the online application process and scoring mechanism and provide recommendation for change, including the dates of open applications. Add specific criteria to point’s allocation per category for awards.
    2. Review criteria to determine if there are overlapping awards.
    3. Continue to utilize subject matter experts to judge awards.
    4. Review individual judging panels and make revisions to subject matter experts serving from the Specialty Assemblies.
    5. Appoint a panel of past award recipients to review and recommend Award for Excellence recipient.
    6. Review current awards to determine if the categories are still relevant and make recommendations.
    7. Develop criteria for a “Rising Star Award” for a perioperative professional with 5-10 years of experience.
    8. Select awards recipients for the following categories:
      1. Perioperative Education, Clinical or Academic
      2. Mentorship
      3. Promising Professional (3-5 years of experience)
      4. Perioperative Volunteerism (includes Chapter Leadership, Specialty Assembly Leadership, State Council Leadership, and Public Advocacy)
      5. Perioperative Research or Evidence-Based Practice
      6. Perioperative Clinical Nursing Practice
      7. Perioperative Nursing Management
    9. Conduct survey on those who completed and did not complete submissions 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 2016 House of Delegates into AORN bylaws:
      1. That certification as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) be a qualifying factor for candidates for national office (Officers, Board Members and NLDC members).
    2. Revise Article VI:
      1. Change title to Nominating Committee.
      2. Change Section 1.A to reflect change of committee name.
      3. Revise or remove Article VI, Section 2.C to reflect the elimination of leadership development responsibilities..
    3. Implement other Bylaws changes as directed by the Board of Directors.
    4. Submit bylaws changes for action by the House of Delegates during the April 2017 International 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. Collaborate with the Association of Occupational Health Professionals to develop a survey for personal eye protection compliance and occupational exposures reported to Employee Health.
    2. Develop tools to increase compliance with wearing eye protection.
    3. Develop quick tip tools for Radiation Safety awareness that are easy and accurate.
    4. Revise the AORN Position Statement on Patient Safety.
  • Construction Task Force

    Purpose

    Identify educational resources related to the design and construction of surgical facilities.

    Initiatives

    1. Develop a tool kit focused on guidelines for construction or remodeling of surgical suites.
  • 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. Publish quarterly newsletters to facilitate communication between the committee and AORN team members.
    6. Explore how to publish and share current education topics being approved with the membership.
    7. Identify and suggest topics to AORN staff for webinars and to the AORN Journal from topics being requested.
    8. Conduct performance improvement activities and make revisions in processes as appropriate:
      1. Review the quarterly newsletter and “Steps for Success” and refine as appropriate.
      2. Provide feedback from the beta test for the new online application.
      3. Evaluate feedback on the online steps for success document and any changes needed.
      4. Incorporate changes to the ANCC criteria to the application process.
  • Developing Leaders Task Force

    Purpose

    Develop tools and resources for mentoring and succession planning for young perioperative leaders.

    Initiatives

    1. Develop recommendations for identifying AORN members with potential for national volunteer leadership.
    2. Identify criteria for chapters to submit nominations for the Top 40 Perioperative Nurses Under 40 Award that would be awarded at the 2017 AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo.
  • Guidelines Advisory Board

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review and critique draft documents, provide input, review public comments, and arrive at consensus on the following Guidelines:
      1. Guideline for Surgical Energy Devices
      2. Guideline for Hand Hygiene
      3. Guideline for High Level Disinfection
      4. Guideline for Information Management
      5. Guideline for Minimally Invasive Surgery
      6. Guideline for Positioning the Patient
      7. Guideline for Surgical Smoke Safety
  • International Relations Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives

    1. Review needs of international participants
      1. Discuss hot international topics and feedback from 2016 attendees.
      2. Recommend speakers for International Summit who will represent the theme.
    2. Develop international guest relations for 2017 AORN International 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 AORN International 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 International Summit program.
      5. Identify ways to welcome and include our international guests.
    3. Identify two areas of clinical practice on which to compare international practices, such as staffing and culture of safety.
  • Length of Board Terms Task Force

    Purpose

    Create potential scenarios for implementation of three-year terms for Board of Directors members.

    Initiatives

    1. Assess pros and cons of three-year terms.
    2. Investigate other organizations’ Board terms and election cycles.
    3. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors on three-year terms including, if appropriate, plan for implementation.
  • Membership Committee

    Purpose

    Recruit, retain and engage perioperative nurses to grow AORN. Serve as a resource to all Chapter, State Council, and Specialty Assembly leaders to promote the value of AORN membership.

    Each committee member is expected to bring in three new AORN members, provide testimonials for marketing materials, and serve as an AORN Champion at their facility.

    Initiatives

    Recruit
    1. Partner with Membership team to develop a survival kit for new OR nurses.
    2. Develop nursing school outreach program to pitch AORN and perioperative nursing, including conducting school visits and creating a tool kit for other volunteer leaders.
    3. Develop facility outreach process to pitch AORN and membership, including conducting site visits and creating a tool kit for other volunteer leaders.

    Retain
    1. Email/call lapsed members.
    2. Contact new members and introduce them to AORN.
    3. Review/beta test AORN engagement strategies.

    Outreach
    1. Write monthly “Pulseline” article for the Chapter Leader Bulletin, highlighting hot topics, AORN activities, new benefits, and/or upcoming events.
    2. Assist in planning and execution of the 2016 Volunteer Leadership Academy.
    3. Support the Chapter Excellence Awards by encouraging participation and judging submissions.
    4. Assist in planning and execution of the First Time Attendee Orientation at the 2017 AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo.
    5. Explore setting up a mentoring program that would assist chapter leaders with technology, recruitment, retention, and ideas for education content for chapter meetings.
  • National Committee on Education

    Purpose

    Develop educational materials to meet the needs of AORN members.

    Initiatives

    1. Work with the Simulation Task Force in identifying changes or additions to Periop 101 curriculum for use in a simulation, including Difficult Intubation.
    2. Present quarterly webinars for educators.
    3. Continue the development of perioperative competencies for interventional radiology/OR hybrid rooms.
    4. Consider submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the 2017 AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo.
    5. Develop a speaking toolkit for perioperative nurses speaking to middle/high school students about perioperative nursing careers (see Scholarship Committee Initiative #5).
    6. Work collaboratively with Ciné-Med to develop teaching package videos for medical student/resident OR orientation.
    7. Revise the AORN Position Statement on Orientation of the Registered Nurse and Certified Surgical Technologist to the Perioperative Setting.
  • 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 International Surgical Conference & Expo 2017.
    3. Review and revise as needed the AORN nursing research priorities.
  • Processes Utilized in AORN Elections Task Force

    Purpose

    To review current processes related to election of AORN officers, Board of Directors, and NLDC and make recommendations for innovative changes in the timeline, processes, and dissemination of candidate information. Goal is to increase informed members to exercise vote and achieve one member one vote for candidates. Goal is to achieve 30% of eligible member voters to vote in national election.

    Initiatives

    Processes reviewed to include, but not limited to:

    1. AORN Statement on Written Campaigning
    2. Online questions for candidates prepared by NLDC
    3. Meet the Candidates
      1. Formal Presentations – videotaped and available as streaming videos on web site to end of Congress
      2. Q & A session – response to questions prepared by NLDC
    4. Voting
      1. Opens 4 weeks prior to Expo
      2. Moved to Expo site 4 days before Expo
      3. Closes midnight on night before closing session (usually Tuesday)
      4. Announcement made at end of 2nd House of Delegates session
  • 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., Connections).
    3. Develop a mechanism to recognize current scholarship recipients at the AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo 2017.
    4. Score and rank academic and professional development applications.
    5. Review current mentorship program for student nurse scholarship recipients and make adjustments as needed but continue Mentorship Program for 2016-17.
  • 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 three (3) additional simulatiosn on high priority topics in perioperative nursing as determined by the committee
  • Surgical Conference Education Advisory Committee

    Purpose

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

    Initiatives:

    1. Review education needs assessment and feedback from the 2016 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo.
    2. Identify key categories of desired content.
    3. Encourage peers to submit innovative proposals.
    4. Review proposals submitted, score, and provide feedback regarding appropriateness related to gap analysis and AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo theme. Refine proposal review and evaluation process from feedback received.
    5. Encourage submissions of poster abstracts for the 2017 AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo.
    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 2017 AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo.
    8. Evaluate the virtual poster review process and provide feedback.
  • 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. Develop a campaign for usage of the Fundamentals of Perioperative Nursing in the schools of nursing.
    2. Create a tool kit for non-perioperative faculty to familiarize themselves with perioperative nursing for basic nursing skills.
    3. Explore options to increase engagement of Periop 101 students with AORN after graduation.
    4. Continue to develop a tool on “How to Mentor a Student Nurse in Perioperative Services.”
    5. Revise the AORN Position Statement on Responsibility for Mentoring.