About Us


To promote the highest professional standard of Perioperative Nursing.

We envision ourselves as an organization of competent and dynamic perioperative nurses committed to innovation and provision of optimum perioperative services locally and internationally.


We commit to:

  • Develop/cultivate the highest professional standard in perioperative nursing through education and research activities.
  • Collaborate with health care partners and other associations for development and training.
  • Sustain a harmonic professional relationship among members.
  • Enhance value centered decision making strategies.


Year Key Perspectives
1973 OR Supervisors in greater Manila hospitals organized the ORNAP through the leadership of Mrs. Consuelo Gomez-Arabit. Dr. Antonio Oposa, president of the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) and Medical Director of Johnson & Johnson (Phils.), Inc. served as the Godfather of the newly found association. Constitution and By-Laws was formulated by Mrs. Consuelo Gomez Arabit, Ms. Perfecta Nicolas, and Mrs. Rosario Domingo of UP-PGH, Mrs. Lourdes Medina of J.F. Cotton Hospital, Mrs. Norma Dizon of UERM-MMC and Capitol Medical Center and Mrs. Alma Mosque of ABM Sison Hospital. Atty. German Arabit was the legal adviser. First convention and election of Board Members was held at the Manila Polo Club with 144 members.
1974 The Philippine Nurses Association recognized ORNAP as a chapter.
1977 The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Board of Directors voted to sponsor a world conference for OR Nurses in conjunction with AORN’s International Symposium to the Far East in the fall of 1978. AORN’s First World Conference was held in Manila with the theme “Together we can make it happen.” The late President Ferdinand E. Marcos acted as guest speaker. Local chapters were organized in Baguio, Iloilo, Cebu and Davao.
1978 As per AORN National By-Laws, ORNAP was officially recognized as Chapter on September 5.
1979 The By-Laws of AORN of the Philippines was approved by the National AORN Committee on By-Laws.
  • Inter-Hospital Case Presentation was launched through the support of Johnson & Johnson Medical Philippines.
  • The Consuelo Gomez Arabit Award for excellence in perioperative nursing also commenced. Mrs. Leonila A. Faire then was the chairperson of the Committee on Continuing Education. She was the brain behind the two mentioned endeavours which until now perioperative nurses are enjoying.
1991 There was a clamour to standardized perioperative nursing practice through the country. A seminar workshop was held on April 6 at the Manila Doctors Hospital. Mrs. Antonieta D. Palafox was then the chairperson of the Committee on Continuing Education.
  • ORNAP Mini-Olympic was initiated. Management seminar kicked-off with B. Braun as the major sponsor.
  • Joint project of PCS and ORNAP to come up with a Standardized Guidelines on Infection Control for the OR.
1993 Birth of sisterhood for PCS and ORNAP.
1996 An addendum to the Constitution and By-Laws regarding the creation of an Advisory Council was unanimously approved by the body.
1997 Birth of Cavite and Misamis Occidental Chapters.
  • Davao chapter was revived.
  • Proposed increase of membership fee from 100 to 150 Php was rejected by the body during the Annual Convention.
  • Northern Luzon Chapter was reinstalled. Pangasinan chapter was born.
  • Thrust on Perioperative Nursing Research was intensified through a three-day session to enhance research capabilities of OR nurses.
  • ORNAP Vision and Mission was formulated.
  • November 26 – Pampanga chapter was reactivated.
  • December 11 – Iloilo chapter was reactivated.
  • ORNAP have a total of 10 chapters.
  • To have harmonious relationship, implementing guidelines have been developed on attendance, chapters (reactivation & reorganization), vacancies of offices and responsibilities of Standing Committee. ORNAP enrolled as a member of an International Organization known as “International Federation of Perioperative Nurses” whose administrative headquarters is located in Harrogate Yorkshire, United Kingdom whose purpose is to represent and be the voice of perioperative patient care.
  • ORNAP was invited for the first time to work with ASEAN congress of Neurological Surgery and the 4th ASEAN Neurological Nursing Congress held on October 17-20. ORNAP was the moderator of the Scientific Meeting. After the convention, ORNAP became a member of he ASEAN Neurological Nursing Congress.
  • September 3 – ORNAP office was bought and was blessed last October 7, feast of Our Lady of the Rosary; with postal Address: Unit 915 Le Gran Condominium, 45 Eisenhower Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
2002 June – ORNAP launched website (www.filnurse/ornap.com)
2003 March – Tarlac chapter was revived.
2004 Resolution… Launching Research…
  • Finalization and presentation of ORNAP Core Competency Standards was done last September 23, 2005, Mrs. Mila Delia LLanes was the adviser.
  • Revisiting and Revision of ORNAP By-laws was finalized last December 14, 2005
  • Two new chapters was established in the South, Zamboanga Chapter last October 28, 2005 at Ateneo De Zamboanga, Zamboanga City and Northern Mindanao Chapter last November 12, 2005 at Grand Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City .
  • Launching of ORNAP’s new website, www.ornap.org last February 2006
  • Revisiting and amendments of Core Competency Standards
  • Resolution 01 Series of 2007 – Confirming the official corporate logoof ORNAP
  • Resolution 02 Series of 2007 – Confirming the fiscal year of ORNAP
  • Resolution 03 Series of 2007 – The Official Plaque of the ORNAP
  • Resolution 04 Series of 2007 – Award for an Outstanding Achievement by a Local Chapter
  • Signed MOA with Aseculap Academy for Continuing Professional Education Programs
  • Reactivation of ORNAP Pampanga Chapter, December 7, 2007
  • Signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Operation Smile Philippines, Inc. (OSP)
  • Standardization of Forms, ORNAP Plaque and Coding of Regular membership Cards
  • Launching of the Award for an Outstanding Achievement by a Local Chapter
  • Position Statement: Retention of the Required Surgical Assist in the OR-DR RLE of Nursing Students
  • Position Statement: Japan – Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA)
  • Position Statement: Professional and Ethical Conduct of Perioperative Nurses
  • Resolution No. 4 – 08: A Resolution Prescribing the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions for Continuing Education Update for the Local Chapter
  • Signatory on the Position Statement of Various Nursing Sector representing all the Nursing Association, Specialty Groups and other Nursing Institution from Public and Government Sectors opposing the Institution of Practical Nursing in the Philippines
  • Technical Working Group member, Nursing Profession Roadmap 2030
  • Member, Research Study Committee in coming up evidences whether to defer or reduce the OR – DR Requirements of the Nursing Students with the BON, ANSAP, ADPCN and MCNAP
  • Revisited the Operating Room Standards and Recommended Practices with the Advisory Council and the Local Chapter Presidents
  • Collaborates with Philippine College of Surgeons in Coming up with Evidence Based Operating Room Standards and Recommended Practices
  • Launching of the new ORNAP Membership Cards.
  • Birth of ORNAP-Leyte Chapter, Mrs. Violeta Lozada as the first elected President and ORNAP-Nueva Vizcaya Chapter with Mrs. Clelia Alejandro as the Founding President.
  • Conducts survey in determining the total number of the Operating Room in the Philippines
  • Presentation of Guidelines and Criteria for Award for Best Performing Chapter
  • Birth of ORNAP Batangas Chapter, Dr. Leida O. Garcia as the founding President
  • Revival of ORNAP Cavite Chapter with Ms. Socorro Manalaysay as the elected President
  • Birth of ORNAP Baguio- Benguet Chapter with Ms. Marciana B. Bomowey as the elected President
  • Resolution No. 1 series of 2008- Increasing the membership fee effective January 15, 2009
  • Review of Core Competency Standards by 5 Panel Experts
  • Enhancement of ORNAP Website, online membership application and data base program
  • Revival of ORNAP Newsletter subscription
  • Launching of Seminar Workshop on Minimally Invasive Surgery Managing Surgical Instruments
  • Continuous collaboration with Philippine College of Surgeon in Revisiting Operating Room Standards
  • Steering Committee member, Philippine Alliance for Patient Safety in Surgery
  • Attended the first ASEAN OR Nurses Symposium; nominated and elected as Board member for ASEAN Society of Perioperative Nurses (ASPN)