Three professional nursing organizations that interest me are the Association of Surgical Technologist (AST), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and the Society of Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI). AST is an organization that is geared to supporting intraoperative practices of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. Their purpose is to enhance knowledge and skillset with national guidelines established through a partnership with AORN and American Nurses Association (AST, 2020). Members are required to be certified in their profession and pay a yearly fee of $80. This organization aligns with my goals in the perioperative environment because it holds key components to patient safety with team members that are in integral part of surgical services. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, I functioned as a Certified Surgical Technologist. This organization was a wonderful asset to my knowledge base as I practiced my skill and developed a sense of inquiry in the perioperative realm. AORN is an organization that supports best practice measures with a focus on surgical attire, technique, cleaning methods/ practices and preventable measures for surgical site infections (AORN, 2020). Their purpose is to protect the surgical patient and team and aligns with the specialty that is near and dear to my heart, as I find this to be an amazing asset to my day-to-day questions for best practice in patient care. Often times my team will also access articles and resources provided by AORN to support new initiatives and improve processes. The last organization that interests me is the Society of Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement. This organization seeks to engage and create a culture of collaboration and innovation between members of the perioperative team through educational opportunities and evidence-based practice measures (SPAQI, 2020). My worldview is to improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction. SPAQI can assist with my goals through their innovative techniques for partnerships and patient care measures.
Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). (2020). AORN membership: Join the
Association of Surgical Technologist (AST). (2020). https://www.ast.org/
Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI). (2020).