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

Federal Nurses

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Perioperative nurses who serve in active or reserve roles in the military or who work in Veteran's Administration facilities or other government agencies.


In July of 2004, the AORN Board of Directors approved formation of the Military/Government Nurses Specialty Assembly. The rationale for the formation included a need for AORN to identify or communicate efficiently with perioperative nurses who are serving in the military. Throughout the Armed Forces, perioperative nurses do not have a method to network with each other or other branches of the service. Civilian nurses who work in government or military facilities have similar issues to military nurses. In 2007, the members elected to change the name of the group to Federal Nurses Specialty Assembly to encompass all of the members of this specialty.

Purpose Statements

•Collaborate with other branches of military nursing.

•Network among civilian nurses who work in military hospitals.

•Provide a forum for nurses who work in military, VA, or state government facilities.

•Enhance communication among nurses who practice in perioperative settings within government-based facilities.

•Promote safe patient care through the application of AORN Standards and Recommended Practices in perioperative settings within government-based facilities.

2014-2015 Coordinating Council

Chair - TBD
Past Chair - TBD
Communication Chair - TBD
Education Chair - TBD
Professional/Practice Issues Chair - TBD
AORN Board Liaison - George Allen, PhD, MS, RN, CNOR, CIC
AORN Staff Consultant - Debbie Robichaud Stephen

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