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 2019-20 President has determined the 2019-20 committees/task forces and initiatives.

AORN is currently seeking additional volunteers to serve on nine of these committees, and one micro-volunteer opportunity, to assist with the completion of the initiatives, including:

  • Awards Committee
  • Clinical Nursing Practice Committee
  • Continuing Education Approval Committee
  • Global Relations Committee
  • Global Surgical Conference Education Committee
  • Guidelines Advisory Board
  • National Committee on Education
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Simulation Task Force
  • Micro-Volunteer Opportunity (volunteers needed to):
    • Review/revise the Position Statement on the Role of Health Care Industry Representative in the Perioperative/Invasive Procedure Setting

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, complete the Volunteer Application Form no later than January 16, 2019.

For a complete description of committee goals and responsibilities for 2019-20, please scroll down and click on the name of the committee or task force in which you are interested.

View 2018-2019 Committee Information

2019-2020 Committees and Task Forces

  • 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 excellence in service.

    Initiatives


    1. Review current individual 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. (Add specific criteria to point allocation per category for awards when making changes).
    2. Promote Individual Awards Process in Periop Today 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. 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 association’s membership.
    5. Review online award application process to make it more user-friendly for nominators and nominees.
    6. Promote Chapter Awards Process in coordination with Chapter Relations.
    7. Score Chapter Award submissions and select recipients.
  • 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 Robotics Orientation Tool Kit.
    2. Develop resources for intraoperative robotic system failure.
  • 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. 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.
  • Fellowship Selection Committee

    Purpose


    Identify and select members as AORN Fellows.

    Initiatives


    1. Establish criteria for being a fellow and what is needed to maintain the status.
    2. Promote Fellowship Level of membership in Periop Today and on AORN Facebook to increase awareness / participation.
    3. Review online application process to ensure a user-friendly experience for applicants.
    4. Select fellows.
  • Global Relations Committee

    Purpose


    In collaboration with international colleagues, identify potential education sessions for a global education track at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020.

    Initiatives


    1. Review needs assessments of international participants and members
      1. Discuss “hot” international topics and feedback from 2019 attendees
      2. Recommend speakers for global track who will represent the 2020 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. Assist in the development of a letter of invitation that includes the conference theme and new activities that will be sent to the international nursing association.
    3. Members of the committee attending the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo network with global attendees.
    4. Members attending the conference to serve as hosts and moderators for the global track sessions.
    5. 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. Encourage potential presenters to submit proposals.
    2. Review education needs assessment and feedback from the 2019 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 2020 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo. (Utilize Periop Today, 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 2020 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


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

    • Surgical Attire
    • Prevention of Unplanned Hypothermia
    • Sharps Safety
    • Selection and Use of Packaging Systems for Sterilization
    • Autologous Tissue Management
    • Environmental Cleaning
  • 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 2020 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    2. 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
  • Nursing Research Committee

    Purpose


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

    Initiatives


    1. Review all research studies submitted for funding by the AORN Foundation.
    2. Review survey tools requesting access to AORN members prior to refinement of the tool by Business Intelligence.
    3. Review all research and evidence-based practice posters for AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2020.
    4. Review and revise as needed the AORN nursing research priorities.
  • 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 (e.g. Periop Today)
    3. Develop a mechanism to recognize current scholarship recipients at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020
    4. Score and rank academic, CNOR, and Expo professional development applications
  • 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.

    Suggestions for simulations include:

    • Multi-system trauma
    • Emergent transfer to OR from obstetrics department for postpartum hemorrhage
    • Transfer to Acute Care from ASCs
    • Intraoperative robotics system failure and how to deal with that (see initiatives for the Clinical Nursing Practice Committee related to robotics)
  • Recruitment and Retention of Perioperative Nurses Task Force

    Purpose


    Identify creative methods to recruit and retain nurses to the perioperative specialty.

    Initiatives


    1. Explore creative methods of recruitment of novice and experienced nurses to the perioperative specialty.
    2. Develop resources to assist educators and managers/directors in recruitment and retention of perioperative nurse.
    3. Develop a template for succession planning for key management positions in the operating room.