Specialty Assemblies

AORN Specialty Assemblies are member-run, online groups offering members the opportunity to virtually interact with other nurses from across the nation who share an interest in the same specialty. The purposes of specialty assemblies include providing and promoting a dynamic network, serving as a forum for communication, identifying and exploring patient care issues, addressing current trends and issues, and promoting specialized educational programming.

AORN Specialty Assemblies List

Changing technology and medical care needs are creating new demands for education and more focused specialization within the perioperative nursing field. AORN offers 9 specialty assemblies, listed below. Click on your Specialty Assembly title of interest for more information.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing

    Overview

    The Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly is for perioperative RNs who have completed an accredited nursing program at either the master’s or doctoral level in one of four roles: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The perioperative APN’s role includes direct patient care, research, consultation/collaboration, and education.

    Purpose Statements

    • Provide a forum for perioperative advanced practice nurses and other interested members of the perioperative community can unite to discuss issues relevant to advanced practice nursing.
    • Serve as a resource for perioperative leaders and AORN on issues related to advanced practice nursing.
    • Encourage lifelong learning at the advanced practice level.
    • Facilitate the implementation of evidence based research to improve perioperative patient outcomes.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink: contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Ambulatory Surgery

    Overview

    The Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly is for perioperative nurses and administrators who work in ambulatory settings or are interested in specialty surgery centers, office-based settings, free-standing surgery centers, or hospital-based outpatient centers.

    Purpose Statements

    • Enhance communication among perioperative nurses who practice in either a freestanding, office-based, or hospital-based ambulatory surgery facility.
    • Provide specialty education related to perioperative practices for the ambulatory surgery patient.
    • Serve as a resource for health care professionals.
    • Facilitate application of perioperative research to the ambulatory surgery patient.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Ambulatory Surgery Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink: contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Clinical Nurse Educator

    Overview

    The Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly is open to nurse educators, academic faculty members, clinical nurse specialists, and all other perioperative nurses who are interested in learning more about teaching and learning strategies for staff development and patient teaching.

    Purpose Statements

    • Provide a forum for networking for nurse educators and other members interested in perioperative staff development and patient education.
    • Unify perioperative nurse educators by maintaining a Specialty Assembly which is committed to promoting professional standards of perioperative nursing practice.
    • Provide specialized educational programs for novice and experienced perioperative educators.
    • Increase communication and collaboration among nurses who have similar work functions.
    • Serve as a resource for perioperative leaders and AORN in the area of perioperative staff development and patient education.
    • Promote safe patient care through the application of AORN Guidelines.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Clinical Nurse Educator Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Leadership

    Overview

    The Leadership Specialty Assembly is for perioperative nurses who are interested in administration, management concepts, leadership skills, or organizational dynamics for perioperative services.

    Purpose Statements

    • Enhance communication, collaboration, and networking among perioperative leaders.
    • Assess, promote, and provide specialized education programs for perioperative leaders.
    • Provide and serve as a resource network for perioperative leaders and other health care professionals who have an impact on the perioperative arena.
    • Facilitate applications of management research in the perioperative setting and exchange pertinent information.
    • Provide recommendations that will guide patient care practices and standards of care in the perioperative arena.
    • Unite perioperative leaders for the purpose of maintaining a Specialty Assembly dedicated to the continuous endeavor of promoting the highest professional standards of practice among perioperative leaders.
    • Serve as a resource for AORN in the area of management.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Leadership Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Pediatric

    Overview

    The Pediatric Specialty Assembly is for perioperative nurses who specialize in or are interested in working with pediatric patients, ranging from neonates to adolescents.

    Purpose Statements

    • Provide a forum for pediatric nurses for networking.
    • Unify pediatric perioperative nurses and to enhance pediatric research and education.
    • Enhance communication among nurses who have similar work functions.
    • Promote safe patient care through the application of AORN's standards and recommended practices in perioperative settings.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Pediatric Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Perioperative Nursing Informatics

    Overview

    The Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly is for nurses who specialize in or are interested in computer technology, internet interactions, or career opportunities in perioperative nursing informatics. This assembly will be of interest to you if you are interested in finding more out about the nursing informatics specialty or if you are an experienced nurse in informatics who would like to compare notes with others. Many times, consultants, managers, administrators, nurse educators, and staff nurses join this group to find out more about information technology.

    Purpose Statements

    • Increase awareness of the transaction that occurs between the nurse and the patient in the perioperative environment in a way that can be analyzed and documented.
    • Promote the visibility of the unique nursing contribution to patient outcome through the use of nursing informatics to communicate and codify nursing activities.
    • Actively promote education that addresses the informatics field.
    • Facilitate global dissemination of perioperative nursing informatics and information.
    • Facilitate the application of perioperative nursing research using nursing informatics, standards, and data.
    • Support the formulation and implementation of the perioperative nursing data set (PNDS).

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Perioperative Nursing Informatics Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Retired Nurses

    Overview

    The Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly is for perioperative nurses who are retired, in transition toward retirement in their career, or interested in tapping into the expertise of perioperative nurses with a vast array of experience in a variety of specialties.

    Purpose Statements

    • Provide a forum for networking for retired nurses and other members interested in learning about the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly.
    • Increase communication and collaboration among nurses who have similar work functions.
    • Serve as a resource for AORN in all areas of perioperative nursing.
    • Serve as a resource for the membership of AORN on matters concerning retirement.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Retired Nurses Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • RNFA

    Overview

    The RNFA Specialty Assembly is for perioperative nurses who are practicing as RN first assistants (RNFAs), managing facilities that employ or contract with RNFAs, or are interested in finding out more about this specialty.

    The RNFA Specialty Assembly is a coalition of perioperative nurses dedicated to the advancement of the role of the RNFA. Operating within the jurisdiction of and in collaboration with AORN, we provide a forum for the development of standards, the exchange of information, and the opportunity for education relative to the practice of the RNFA. In so doing, we enrich the quality of patient care and promote the enhancement of the role of the RNFA among our health care colleagues and the community at large.

    Purpose Statements

    • Unite RNFAs for the purpose of maintaining a specialty assembly dedicated to the continuous endeavor of promoting the highest professional standards of practice among them.
    • Research, study, discuss, and exchange information pertinent to the field of first assisting.
    • Provide and promote a dynamic network of RNFAs that will address current trends and issues related to RNFAs and promote specialized education programs for RNFAs' continuing education.
    • Serve as a forum for RNFAs in order to enhance communication.
    • Provide recommendations that will guide the scope of practice, the standards of practice, and the educational preparation of RNFAs as issued by AORN.
    • Provide a resource body for RNFAs, RNFA managers, RNFA educators, and RNFA employers in order to promote and facilitate the practice of RN first assisting.
    • Serve as a resource to AORN in the area of first assisting.
    • Facilitate the application of clinical research in the RNFA practice setting.
    • Promote safe patient care through the application of AORN's standards and recommended practices in the RNFA practice setting.
    • Promote consumer awareness to administrators, institutions, physicians, clients, and insurers regarding the RNFA role, scope of practice, qualifications, and educational preparation.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the RNFA Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

  • Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management

    Overview

    The Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly is for perioperative nurses and Sterile Processing and Supply Chain colleagues who manage or interface with central supply, sterile processing, or purchasing departments.

    Purpose Statements

    • Provide and promote a dynamic network for AORN members to address current trends and issues related to sterile processing and materials management.
    • Assess, promote, and provide focused education programs.
    • Develop a greater understanding between perioperative nursing, sterile processing, and materials management.
    • Serve as a resource to AORN to help promote safe patient care on issues related to sterile processing and materials management.

    Networking

    As a member of this specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the Sterile Processing/Supply Chain Management Specialty Assembly group on ORNurseLink where you can contact other members or specialty assembly leaders, share information, upload resources and documents, post and respond to discussions, and more.

    Join this specialty assembly and log in to ORNurseLink today.

How to Join a Specialty Assembly

You can join a specialty assembly simply by selecting as many as you want on the membership application when you join or renew your membership.

Already a member? Update or join a specialty assembly today!

Once you have joined a specialty assembly, you will automatically be placed into the corresponding specialty assembly group(s) on ORNurseLink.

How to Get Involved in a Specialty Assembly

As an AORN Specialty Assembly member, there are various ways to get more involved in your specialty assembly and interact with your fellow specialty assembly members.

Online

Specialty assemblies are available to every member, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Interact with your fellow specialty assembly members on ORNurseLink: participate in discussion groups, share documents, information and ideas, network, and more.

Phone

Each specialty assembly has the opportunity to connect with other specialty assembly members via calls on a regular basis. These calls provide information about what the specialty assembly is working on and serves as an opportunity to have discussions regarding upcoming projects or specialty issues.

In Person

Meet up with your fellow specialty assembly members at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo. Share best practices, network face-to-face, and gain insights specific to your specialty. Plus, most specialty assemblies include an education session prior to their meetings.

Continuing Education

Specialty assemblies have the opportunity to offer continuing education to AORN members via webinars, writing for the AORN Journal, and hosting a specialty assembly education session at the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.

Want More Information?

Access information on how to run and stay involved in your specialty assembly through the Specialty Assembly Resource Center, available on ORNurseLink under the “Group Description” for your specialty assembly.

Need Help?

Email SpecialtyAssembly@aorn.org or call Experience Services at (303) 755-6304.