Standards Revision and Development
The current process of reviewing ACORN Standards first involves determining which standards will be reviewed in each review round. Standards are selected for review using a matrix that ranks standards on key criteria, such as:
- previous review date
- new evidence and level of evidence
- government policy or national standards
- sentinel events
- membership feedback
- industry trends
- clinical developments
- environmental macrodynamics
- risk management (patients and staff)
- partnerships with other professional bodies.
ACORN recognises the value of members and other key stakeholders as sentinels of ongoing and emerging factors that impact on perioperative nursing practice. Members, non-members, industry, professional organisations or government agencies have the opportunity to submit project proposals to revise, amend or develop a standard.
Proposals received are logged centrally and forwarded to the Standards Editor who tables the proposal for review at the next Standards Committee meeting. Once proposals are evaluated and reviewed by the Standards Committee and a decision is made by the ACORN board, the outcome will be communicated directly to the proposal submitter. A formal proposal requires a rigorous justification of the need for the project and a statement of its value to Australian perioperative nursing practice before ACORN approves the a new project.
If you want to report an issue with the current edition of the Standards, e.g. a typographical error, a numbering sequence out of order, a reference omission, a glossary term requiring updating, please go to the ask a question page.