Specialty assemblies offer you an opportunity to interact with other nursing leaders from across the nation who share an interest in your specialty. Purposes of the 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.
Changing technology and medical care needs are creating new demands for education and more focused specialization within the perioperative nursing field. There are 9 specialty assemblies that offer a formal structure within AORN to facilitate national networking of AORN members interested in a subspecialty or interest area. Now AORN is offering more ways than ever to get in touch with your colleagues through specialty assemblies including:
- Access to nursing practice consultants for each specialty assembly
- ORNurseLink, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you to participate in discussion groups; share documents, information, and ideas; and network with peers in your practice area
- Face-to-face educational conferences focused on specific practice areas
Purposes of the 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 education programming. Each specialty assembly is governed by a group called the coordinating council, which is comprised of volunteer members. You must be a member of the specialty assembly to volunteer to serve as a coordinating council, committee, or task force member.
Specialty Assembly Mission Statement & Purpose
To meet the unique needs of the specialty by providing a voice for the specialty within AORN and a community for discussion, networking, and mentorship.
- Promote communication among RNs with similar work interests.
- Provide a forum for networking.
- Identify and explore patient care issues and promote specialized education.
- Support the mission of AORN.
Specialty Assembly Governance
Want to become more involved in a Specialty Assembly? Volunteer for a leadership position on the Coordinating Council! The first step for successful participation is to complete the Specialty Assembly Willingness-to-Serve form. The electronic version of the form will automatically enter your information into a centralized database for five years. You will receive a confirmation of receipt from AORN Headquarters and the form will be forwarded to leaders in the Specialty Assembly. Please contact the Specialty Assembly Governance Coordinator at 800-755-2676, Ext. 427 if you have any questions.
There are currently 9 Specialty Assemblies which are led by a Coordinating Council, each structured as follows:
- Chair as the coordinator, usually a one-year term
- Past Chair
- Education Chair
- Communications Chair
- Professional/Practice Issues Chair
- Chair Elect
- Board Liaison, assigned by AORN President
- AORN Staff Liaison