History of the ORNCC

The Operating Room Nursing Council of California (ORNCC/Council) was formed in 1983 by a group of visionary perioperative nurses who realized the importance of watching legislative and regulatory activities in the State. This small group met several times during those early years to give structure and direction to the new organization. The ORNCC was the first State Council to interact with the National Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). In spite of the early rebuffs from AORN, these perioperative nurse leaders were determined to build the Council into an organization that would impact patient care.

Initially each California AORN Chapter was invited to join paying dues of $15.00 and the chapter president was asked to attend meetings as a voting member. If the president wasn’t available, they were asked to send a representative. Each Chapter was responsible for their own travel expenses.

In 1989, the Council created a new Associate Member category which gave individuals, who faithfully attended Council meetings, the opportunity to participate in the governing process. Prior to this, the only voting members were AORN Chapter representatives and elected officers. The Associate Membership dues were $25.00.

The purposes that guide the Council are:

  • Establish communication among State AORN Chapters.
  • Communicate educational offerings to prevent duplication.
  • Disseminate information important to perioperative nurses.
  • Participate in other nursing organizations.
  • Serve as a resource for perioperative nurses.

The Council believes in a unified concept for California AORN Chapters to:

  • Foster an assembly for consultation, advise, or discussion,
  • Act as a resource organization,
  • Promote communication relative to professional nursing issues,
  • Work collaboratively with other professional State organizations.

How the Council Works

The Council holds 3 meetings a year through-out the state. A 4th meeting may be held at the annual AORN Congress. This is determined on an annual basis.

The Council has three elected officers; Chair, Vice-Chair/Treasurer, and Secretary. The terms are for 2 years with the Vice-Chair/Treasurer being elected in the off year. The meetings are conducted by the Chair. There are also regular reports from committees’ that are formed by the Chair. National AORN Committee reports are also given. The meetings are held from 1000-1500 on the first Saturday in February, May, and October.

Contributing to the Council’s effectiveness is its affiliation with other influential state and national organizations. Here is an over view of some of these organizations.

  • ANA\C- the American Nurses Association \ California- is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, and it leads the profession of nursing in fulfilling its commitment to excellence in practice, education, research, and social policy. Its mission is to optimize nursing’s contribution to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. This primary commitment to society guides and shapes nurses’ efforts to foster nursing practice standards, promote professional development, conduct and use research, influence public policy, and enhance professional practice environments. The Honorable Tricia Hunter serves as a legislative advisor to the Council.
  • AORN-the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. The Council is associated with AORN through individual members who belong and participate in the Council. The mission of AORN is to support registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. ORNCC offers a state-wide organization to complement AORN’s structure of national, chapter, and other membership opportunities.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) regulates the practice of registered nurses and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare. The Board exists to protect the health and safety of consumers and to promote quality registered nursing care in California. Members of the Council provide information to the BRN regarding issues pertinent to basic and advanced practice perioperative nursing
  • CINHC-the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care- is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization developing solutions to California’s nurse shortage by partnering with nursing associations, educational institutions, hospital and health systems, foundations, policy leaders, health care companies, consumers and individual nurses. It provides information and solutions to vital nursing issues affecting the health of all Californians. The Council is a nursing association partner with CINHC.

ORNCC thus provides perioperative nurses in California the opportunity to keep abreast of issues pertinent to nursing and healthcare in general and perioperative nursing in particular.

ORNCC is a designated 501 (c) 6 organization. Our tax ID number is #68-0353211. Your dues may be tax deductible, please consult your tax advisor.