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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 2021-22 President has determined the 2021-22 committees/task forces and initiatives.

AORN is currently seeking additional volunteers to serve on the following committees 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
  • National Committee on Education
  • Nursing Research Committee
  • Scholarship Committee

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, complete the Volunteer Application Form no later than March 12, 2021.

AORN is committed to diversifying its Committees and Task Forces and strongly encourages applications from interested volunteers who accurately represent the composition of the national perioperative nursing community. It is the association’s goal to recruit volunteers who have demonstrated clinical skills and leadership qualities and reflect all races, genders, physical abilities, generations, and sexual orientations.

Current 2020-21 Committees

For a complete description of committee goals and responsibilities for 2021-22, please scroll down and click on the name of the committee or task force in which you are interested.

2021-2022 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 the Award for Excellence Selection Panel. The Award for Excellence Selection Panel makes their recommendation to the Awards 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. Revise updated AORN Position Statements on:
      1. Perioperative Nursing Certification – Sunset Review 2021
      2. Prevention of Pressure Ulcers – Sunset Review 2021
      3. Patient Safety – February 2022
      4. Responsibility for Mentoring – Sunset Review 2022
    2. Research and create a tool kit for hybrid OR programs.  
  • 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 2021 attendees
      2. Recommend speakers for global track who will represent the 2022 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 virtual education sessions held in 2020-21.
    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. Where are we going to place in the initiatives the information you gave me prior around this micro-volunteer opportunity?
    5. Identify and implement an open vetting process for expanding review of abstracts for the education sessions at the 2022 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    6. Refine proposal review and evaluation process from feedback received.
    7. Collaborate with marketing to develop a plan to encourage members to submit Research, Concept, Innovation, Clinical Improvement poster abstracts for the 2022 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    8. Utilize a micro-volunteer team to review posters. (The Research Committee will provide a training webinar on how to do abstracts).
    9. Provide feedback regarding poster abstracts by evaluating their alignment to the AORN Mission, Vision, Values, and “AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice”.
    10. Utilize the poster evaluation tool to select the Outstanding Clinical, Research, Innovation, and Improvement/Innovation submitted for the 2022 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
    11. 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

    • Patient Skin Antisepsis
    • Radiation Safety
    • Complementary Care
    • Moderate Sedation
    • Surgical Smoke Safety
    • Information Management
    • Retained Surgical Items
    • Flexible Endoscopes
  • National Committee on Education

    Purpose


    Develop educational materials to meet the needs of AORN members.


    Initiatives:

    1. Revise/update AORN Position Statement on Care of the Older Adult in Perioperative Settings.
    2. Explore the significance of social determinants on health care of the perioperative patient and evaluation in the preoperative assessment.
  • Nursing Research Committee

    Purpose


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

    Initiatives


    1. Development of a Roadmap to increase the quantity, quality, and funding of perioperative research consistent with AORN’s Research and Legislative priorities.
    2. 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”.
    3. Review all research studies submitted for funding by the AORN Foundation.
    4. Review and revise as needed the AORN nursing research priorities.
  • 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 grants
      3. Expo grants
    3. Highlight current and past scholarship recipients and their accomplishments (i.e., Periop Today, AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, etc.)
    4. The chair will be the signer of the campaign letters to engage past recipients.