AORN Virtual Town Hall and Special Membership Meeting: February 23, 2016

Business, Industry & Consulting

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Perioperative nurses who work in business, industry, or consulting, or who are interested in finding out more about those roles.

Purpose Statements

•Enhance communication and networking among nurses working in a variety of health care careers related to perioperative nursing, including managers, consultants in organizations, education specialists, self-employed consultants, industry representatives, health care industry resource consultants, sales consultants, and those involved in scientific and clinical research for industry related to perioperative nursing. Assist other perioperative nurses interested in the assembly and its variety of foci.

•Provide focused education programs as identified by assembly members.

•Develop a greater understanding between perioperative nursing and industry for the improvement and advancement of health care.

•Serve as a resource to AORN on matters related to businesses and industries serving the perioperative setting.

•Serve as a resource for perioperative nurses involved in business, industry, and/or consulting.


A core group of innovative perioperative nurses working in industry and consulting joined together for the purpose of networking. When specialty assemblies became a part of AORN's structure, this core group began recruiting perioperative nurses with the same interests in business, industry, and consulting. The required number of members was achieved, and the Business, Industry and Consulting (BIC) Specialty Assembly was born.

The first BIC Specialty Assembly business meeting was held at Congress 1995, at which time the governing council was elected. Since 1995, there has been a great deal of activity in the governing council, including successful education programs designed to meet assembly members' specific needs.

2015-2016 Coordinating Council

Chair - Judi Seltzer, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Past Chair - Carol Beehler, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Communication Chair - Cynthia Halvorson, MSN, RN, CNOR
Education Chair - TBD
Professional/Practice Issues Chair - TBD
AORN Board Liaison - Donna Ford, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, CRCST
AORN Staff Consultant - Debbie Robichaud Stephen

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