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Foundation News

Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the AORN Foundation.

Celebrating 25 Years

January 26, 2016

Since the AORN Foundation was incorporated in 1991, it has continued to grow and enhance its commitment to the mission to advance patient safety by providing education, research, and patient safety initiatives to support nurses who make surgery safe.

Victoria M. Steelman

Supporting Life-long Learning

November 20, 2015

The AORN Foundation is proud to have recently awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships to deserving nursing students for the 2015-2016 academic year. We extend our sincere gratitude to our donors who make our scholarship program possible. 

Recently, Victoria M. Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, former AORN President, shared with us her passion for funding her named scholarship.

Stryker Instruments awards $250,000 to AORN Foundation for Nursing Education

November 8, 2015

To commemorate Perioperative Nurse Week, November 8-14, Stryker Instruments has committed $250,000 to support AORN Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Investing in Our Future - Ruth Plotkin Shumaker

July 24, 2015

Ruth Plotkin Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR has a passion for AORN. Recently, she was inspired by the collective dialogue at the 2015 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo to take action to involve the younger generation of nurses in AORN.

AORN Foundation Annual Report 2014

July 20, 2015

The AORN Foundation has released its 2014 Annual Report, Sharing our Commitment to the Future of Perioperative Nursing. The report highlights the 2014 programs, donors, events, and financial statements from the year. Thank you to each individual, corporation, and foundation contributor for making it an incredible year for the AORN Foundation.

Richmond Area Chapter Celebrates 50 Years

June 1, 2015

AORN of the Richmond Area, Chapter #4702, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on May 18, 2015, with a special dinner and installation ceremony for incoming officers and board members.

Who We Help

April 27, 2015

To promote patient safety, the AORN Foundation provides academic scholarships, professional development grants, and training tools and seminars for nurses. Each year, the Foundation helps hundreds of deserving nurses to achieve their professional goals. Nurses who receive scholarships and grants can be from anywhere in the county and pursuing any level of education from associate degree to doctorate.

Thank You to Our Partners and Donors

April 20, 2015

Thank you to our partners and donors who made the 2015 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo a huge success for the AORN Foundation. It was an amazing week that energized the AORN members, staff, and community.

Donor Voices

April 17, 2015

Bonnie Vencill, RN, CNOR shares why she supports the AORN Foundation during at the Foundation Day during the 2015 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado, March 10, 2015.

2015 Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist

April 15, 2015

The AORN Foundation was honored to present Vivian Watson, RN, CNOR, of SoSo, MS, with the Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist Award at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo in Denver, CO, on March 10, 2015. Each year, this award is given to a nurse who has truly demonstrated a strong philanthropic spirit and has motivated others to give of themselves.

Chapter and State Council Support Makes a Big Impact

April 13, 2015

Thank you to the many Chapters and State Councils who made donations to the AORN Foundation during the 2015 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo. Annually, each Chapter and State Council is asked to participate in the Chapter and State Council Challenge to raise funds needed for the Foundation’s professional development grants, academic scholarships, clinical practice tools, and resources.

AORN Foundation Receives $250,000 from Stryker for Perioperative Nurse Education

February 12, 2015

AORN Foundation, a subsidiary of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), has received a $250,000 grant from Stryker to support the continuing education of practicing nurses. The awards were distributed by AORN Foundation as professional development grants for individuals to attend the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo 2015, Leadership Development Summit, and the OR Executive Summit which will be presented in Denver, March 7-11, 2015.

CCI Matching AORN Foundation Donations in March

February 2, 2015

During the month of March, CCI will match your commitment to patient safety by doubling your donation to the AORN Foundation.

A Lasting Legacy

January 30, 2015

A very dedicated AORN member and donor, Patricia (“Trish”) C. Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(e), FAAN, of Falls Church, Virginia established an endowed scholarship fund in 2000 as the Patricia C. Seifert Endowed Scholarship. She recently shared with us the importance of her endowed scholarship.

Outstanding Chapter: AORN of the Omaha Area

January 28, 2015

There are over 200 AORN Chapters across the country that strive to create a strong community of perioperative nurses in each of their local areas. Every Chapter works to provide professional growth, resources and connections for their members. Each Chapter is critical to AORN as a whole and contributes to the success of the entire organization. One of our outstanding AORN Chapters is #2801 of the Omaha Area, who is celebrating their 50th anniversary year in 2015.