AORN Los Angeles Bylaws & Policies
Code of Conduct Agreement
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
The name of this professional organization is the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Los Angeles #0507 chapter of AORN, Inc, herein referred to as the "Association".
The purposes of this Association are:
- To unite registered nurses for the purpose of maintaining an Association dedicated to promoting the highest professional standards of perioperative nursing practice for the optimal care of the patient before, during, and after operative and other invasive procedures;
- To provide opportunities for continuous professional development, to include diversified educational activities;
- To generate, evaluate, and disseminate scientific evidence to improve professional perioperative practice;
- To provide leadership in professional perioperative practice to influence health care delivery locally, nationally, and globally;
- To cooperate lawfully with other professional associations, health care facilities, universities, industries, technical societies, research organizations, and governmental agencies in matters affecting the foregoing purposes of the Association;
- To otherwise lawfully adopt policies and conduct programs for the improvement of professional perioperative practice provided that the policies and programs are consistent with the requirements that the Association is not organized for profit and no part of its earnings inure to individuals.
MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SECTION 1: Membership in the Association is contingent on compliance with requirements as specified in these bylaws.
SECTION 2: Membership is unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, lifestyle, color, sex, or age.
SECTION 3: Categories of membership in this Association are voting and non-voting.
- Voting: A registered nurse, or a previously registered nurse who is retired and whose license was in good standing at the time of non-renewal, who supports the mission of AORN.
- May vote for elected officials.
- May vote in the House of Delegates.
- May hold elective office.
- May serve on committees.
- Non-voting: An individual who is not defined as a voting member, who provides or provided direct or indirect perioperative services, and who supports the mission of AORN.
- May serve on committees.
- May not vote for elected officials or in the House of Delegates.
- May not hold elective office.
SECTION 1: Eligibility
- Delegates and alternate delegates to the annual Congress must be members in good standing of a recognized AORN chapter. Delegates and alternate delegates are not, however, required to be members of the chapter they will represent at the annual Congress.
- Each elected delegate shall serve for a term of one year commencing at the beginning of the first annual Congress that follows the selection of the delegates and ending immediately prior to the beginning of the next annual Congress.
SECTION 2: Representation
The delegate count shall be allocated annually to chapters based upon the ratio of total active chapter membership to total Association membership as of June 30, with each chapter having a minimum of one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate delegate.
The fiscal year of the Association is July 1 through June 30.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is the parliamentary authority of this Association in all
cases not covered in these bylaws.
The officers of this Association are President, Vice President/Secretary, and Treasurer.
Serves as the official representative of the Association and presides at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors.
- Vice President/Secretary:
- Performs the duties of the President in the absence of or inability of the President.
- Maintains records of all the business meetings of the Association.
Monitors the fiscal affairs of the Association and provides reports and interpretation to the membership and the Board of Directors.Monitors the fiscal affairs of the Association and provides reports and interpretation to the membership and the Board of Directors.
- Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is the parliamentary authority of this Association.
WILLINGNESS TO SERVE NOMINATIONS – ELIGIBIITY – ELECTIONS – TERMS OF OFFICE – VACANCIES - REMOVAL
SECTION 1: Willingness to Serve
- Willingness to Serve for elected office may be made by any active member of the Los Angeles Chapter at the time the slate is presented, provided that is written or submitted electronically..
SECTION 2: Eligibility
- To be eligible for elective office, a nominee must be an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter.
SECTION 3: Elections
- The Officers, shall be elected by written or electronic ballot, to be published, giving membership thirty (30) days to respond.
- Plurality elects.
- In the case of a tie, the choice is by lot.
SECTION 4: Term of Office
- Chapter Officers shall be elected for a term of four (4) years and shall serve until his/her
successor has assumed office.
SECTION 5: Vacancies
- The Board of Directors fills all vacancies.
SECTION 6: Removal
- Any elected official, regardless of the manner of election or appointment, may be removed by the membership upon two-thirds (2/3) vote. Whenever in its judgment, the best interests of the Association would be served thereby, provided the elected official upon request was offered an opportunity to have an unprejudiced hearing at which the elected official was permitted to defend against the termination.
SECTION 1: Chapter Meetings
- The Chapter will offer three educational opportunities with contact hours annually.
- Notices of opportunities will be posted on the Los Angeles Chapter website.
SECTION 2: Special Meetings
- A special meeting may be called by the President, or by request of a majority of the Board of Directors, or by request of a quorum of the membership.
- Amendments to these bylaws will be recommended and submitted to the Board of Directors.
- After approval by the Board of Directors, proposed amendment (s) will be submitted to the membership.
- Distribution of proposed amendment (s) for approval/disapproval will occur on the Los Angeles Chapter website.
- Ratification of proposed amendment (s) is by a majority of the members responding.
If the Association should dissolve, all funds in the treasury will be given to an appropriate educational endeavor determined by the membership majority.