Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

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Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
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Abbreviation AORN
Formation 1949 (1949)
Type Professional organization
Purpose Professional
Headquarters Denver
Region served United States
Membership Perioperative nurses
Official language English
Website www.aorn.org

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) represents more than 41,000[citation needed] registered nurses in the United States and abroad who facilitate the management, teaching, and practice of perioperative nursing, or who are enrolled in nursing education or engaged in perioperative research. Its members also include perioperative nurses who work in related business and industry sectors.

History[edit]

The first groups of organized OR nurses were concerned with many of the same issues AORN and the profession of OR nursing face today, including standardizing OR techniques and education programs and promoting friendship among OR nurses. Between 1916 and 1949, several OR nursing groups formed in various parts of the United States, leading to the formal recognition of AORN as a national association. Major milestones in the association's history include:

  • The first national conference in 1954
  • The establishment of a constitution, bylaws, and national officers, the AORN Board of Directors
  • The establishment of the AORN Journal in 1963
  • Standards for Administrative and Clinical Practice in the Operating Room, now called Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices, a booklet first published in 1965

AORN is also involved in efforts that advance perioperative professionals and their profession. These activities include:

  • Offering educational opportunities that specifically address the perioperative setting
  • Setting standards for perioperative care and demonstrating how best practices can be implemented in the day-to-day work environment
  • Facilitating a community of perioperative professionals that enables sharing of best practices
  • Creating awareness and celebrating the value and skills of the perioperative nurse
  • Empowering perioperative registered nurses to engage in efforts to shape legislative and health policy issues
  • Securing resources to enable advancements in education and research in perioperative surgical care

AORN congress[edit]

The AORN congress is the largest education and networking conference of perioperative nurse professionals in the world,[citation needed] and the largest surgical products trade show in the US.[citation needed] To date there have been a total of 59 Congresses dating back to 1954.

List of past congresses[edit]

  1. New York, Feb. 1-3, 1954
  2. St. Louis, Jan. 24-27, 1955
  3. Boston, Jan. 30 - Feb 1, 1956
  4. Los Angeles, Feb. 18-21, 1957
  5. Philadelphia, Feb. 10-13, 1958
  6. Houston, Feb. 9-12, 1959
  7. New York, Feb. 22-26, 1960
  8. San Francisco, Feb. 13-17, 1961
  9. Denver, Feb. 19-22, 1962
  10. Washington, DC, Feb. 18-21, 1963
  11. Dallas, March 2–5, 1964
  12. New York, Feb. 7-11, 1965
  13. Chicago, Feb. 20-24, 1966
  14. San Diego, Feb. 19-23, 1967
  15. Boston, Feb. 18-22, 1968
  16. Cincinnati, Feb 24-27, 1969
  17. Anaheim, Feb. 22-26, 1970
  18. Las Vegas, Feb. 8-12, 1971
  19. Houston, Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 1972
  20. Chicago, March 17–23, 1973
  21. New Orleans, Feb. 10-15, 1974
  22. Dallas, March 23–28, 1975
  23. Miami, March 7–12, 1976
  24. Anaheim, March 20–25, 1977
  25. New Orleans, March 12–17, 1978
  26. St. Louis, March 4–9, 1979
  27. Atlanta, March 9–14, 1980
  28. Dallas, March 8–13, 1981
  29. Anaheim, March 7–12, 1982
  30. Houston, April 10–15, 1983
  31. Atlanta, March 4–9, 1984
  32. Dallas, Feb, 24 - March 1, 1985
  33. Anaheim, March 9–14, 1986
  34. Atlanta, April 5–10, 1987
  35. Dallas, March 6–11, 1988
  36. Anaheim, Feb. 19-24, 1989
  37. Houston, March 18–23, 1990
  38. Atlanta, April 7–12, 1991
  39. Dallas, March 15–20, 1992
  40. Anaheim, Feb 28 - March 5, 1993
  41. New Orleans, March 13–18, 1994
  42. Atlanta, March 5–10, 1995
  43. Dallas, March 3–8, 1996
  44. Anaheim, April 6–11, 1997
  45. Orlando, March 29 - April 2, 1998
  46. San Francisco, March 28 - April 1, 1999
  47. New Orleans, April 2–6, 2000
  48. Dallas, March 11–15, 2001
  49. Anaheim, April 21–25, 2002
  50. Chicago, March 23–27, 2003
  51. San Diego, March 21–25, 2004
  52. New Orleans, April 3–7, 2005
  53. Washington, DC, March 19–23, 2006
  54. Orlando, March 11–15, 2007
  55. Anaheim, March 30 - April 3, 2008
  56. Chicago, March 15–19, 2009
  57. Denver, March 13–18, 2010
  58. Philadelphia, March 18–24, 2011
  59. New Orleans, March 24–29, 2012

Perioperative Nurse Week[edit]

In 1979, the AORN House of Delegates approved a resolution that AORN designate a day each year to promote consumer education and enhance public knowledge regarding the role of the perioperative nurse. November 14 was designated as OR Nurse Day, and a few years later, the observation was expanded to a full week. Since 1979 individual members, AORN chapters, hospitals, and other medical facilities have organized special events and utilized other forms of publicity to help educate the public about the diverse roles performed by perioperative registered nurses. In 2000, OR Nurse Week was changed to Perioperative Nurse Week to more accurately reflect the broad spectrum of patient care services provided to surgical patients by perioperative nurses. It always occurs in the second week of November.

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