Texas State Council History
On May 13, 1953 in Galveston, Texas, a group of interested registered operating room nurses meet during the Texas Hospital Association, formulated a constitution, and established the Texas Conference of Operating Room Nurses. The primary purpose was to promote the advancement of knowledge and skill in the operating room and stimulate the interest in this field of nursing. It was further decided that meeting with the Texas Hospital Association would benefit entire medical field by promoting operating room nursing. The first President was June Pellet of Dallas, Texas.
In May of 1981 the name was changed to Texas Association of Operating Room Nurses (TAORN). With their growth from representation all across Texas it was hoped that TAORN would become the educational resource and serve as a pool of knowledge for operating room s across the State. TAORN functioned under this name until the late 80’s when all the specialty organizations discontinued meeting with the Texas Hospital Association.
In November of 1990, the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (TCORN) was formed to unite the various local AORN Chapters across the State and to provide a networking source. They functioned independently from AORN. Another main focus was to be able to quickly mobilize operating room nurses to respond to legislative efforts that may affect the practice of operating room nursing. Later the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) decided to classify State Councils as affiliate members still with their own independent control but working with AORN as needed. Yearly seminars have been conducted with at least two meetings per year.
In 2007 we began a yearly executive retreat to provide the “think tank” needed to continue to expand the focus and activities of TCORN.
Today (2012) TCORN is alive and well. We are active members of the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) Nursing Legislative Action Committee (NLAC) and participate with approximately 25 other nursing organizations to monitor legislative activity related to nursing issues. We host our own website which is expanding exponentially. We have established scholarships and also work with AORN’s Foundation. We were pioneers in establishing communication between other State Councils through the development of monthly meetings of all the Chairs of other State Councils in conjunction with AORN. Our goal is to be the primary resource for Texas Perioperative Registered Nurses.