Closing Day: Meeting of the House of Delegates
Online and In-person Meeting Attended by Thousands
Publish Date: March 23, 2022

In the final meeting of AORN Congress 2022, the House of Delegates assembled to consider motions for amendments to the bylaws and hear reports on the business of the association. President Holly Ervine, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNOR, welcomed all attendees and provided her Officers Report with highlights of AORN accomplishments during her 2021-2022 term.

Ervine emphasized the value of advocacy, especially on behalf of members, and cited the organization’s commitment to improve educational content and member services. Under her leadership, AORN launched the new monthly dues subscription option for payment, continued work to achieve smoke-free policies for all operating rooms, and focused on efforts to increase member engagement.

Past President of the AORN Foundation Board of Trustees, Anne Fairchild, reported on the success of corporate partnerships and member donations in 2021 that contributed to the awarding of academic scholarships and professional development grants.

CEO/Executive Director Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, provided an update to members that emphasized the association’s seamless transition to remote work and its successful pivot to support members with online education and new podcasts and webinars. Describing AORN as tech-forward, Groah referenced numerous activities in 2021 demonstrating tremendous progress on all fronts in building member value, including resources to support members’ emotional health and well-being.

Members in the presentation hall and those attending virtually were able to vote electronically on the business before the House.  First, members declined to adopt a motion that would have amended the AORN bylaws to delete the requirement that Specialty Assemblies meet Specialty Assembly Accountability Standards. Next, members adopted the following motions from AORN members:

  • That by June 1, the Board of Directors increase chapter rebates in support of growing member engagement and delegate attendance at Expo.
  • That the Board of Directors consider developing a position statement on perioperative leader qualifications.

New Position Statements  

President Ervine reminded members of a special business meeting on March 1, 2022, when a quorum of members approved the updated:

  • AORN Position Statement on Health Care Equity and Racial Justice
  • AORN Position Statement on Patient Safety
  • AORN Position Statement on Prevention of Perioperative Pressure Injury

President Ervine announced the election results and named new members of the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee

To close the meeting Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, assumed the role of President of AORN and promised members that the organization will look at revenue streams differently to transform the business of AORN to strengthen the profession. Dennis said, “As an organization, we must disrupt the playbook of healthcare before it disrupts us. We must consider all possibilities and apply a strength-based, positive approach to leadership development and organizational change.”