Become a Delegate

What is a Delegate?

Delegates are voting members of AORN who attend the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo business meetings (ie, AORN Congress) and have the privilege to vote on the business of Association during the AORN Congress House of Delegates sessions. There are two types of Delegates – Chapter Delegates and Delegates.

Chapters receive a certain number of delegate seats based on their total Chapter membership as of June 30, with a total of 1,500 Chapter delegate seats. Chapters then choose, either through a point system (points are awarded for each activity/committee the individual is involved in or attends) or availability, individuals to fill the Chapter delegate seats to vote on behalf of the Chapter membership as a whole.

Delegates are any voting members in good standing who attend the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo. If you are an eligible voting member of AORN (see AORN Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 1, B, for the voting body details) and not serving as a Chapter Delegate or Delegate Chair, you will be automatically designated as a Delegate and may attend all business meetings and vote.

Below is information to help you with your Delegate duties.

Business Meetings

As an official Delegate, you are encouraged to attend the following business activities. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to all of these sessions.

  • Saturday, April 2, 1:30 - 3:30 pm – AORN Congress Candidates' Forum

  • Saturday, April 2, 4 - 5 pm – AORN Congress First Forum

  • Monday, April 4, 8 - 9 am – AORN Congress First House of Delegates

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2:30 - 3:30 pm – AORN Congress Second Forum

  • Wednesday April 6, 1:30 - 2:30 pm – AORN Congress Second House of Delegates

Get updated information, Chapter calculations and counts, state tally sheets, and register your Chapter Delegates on the Chapter Delegate Information page.

Remember that ALL voting AORN members in good standing can vote for Candidates.

If you have any questions regarding being a Delegate, contact Chapter Relations Coordinator/Delegate Registrar Deb Warren at 800-755-2676, Ext. 222.