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About AORN

Safe Surgery Together

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) was founded in 1949 to establish a national community for operating room nurses who sought to share best practices for patients undergoing surgery. Today, we unite and empower perioperative nurses, healthcare organizations, and industry partners to support safe surgery for every patient, every time.

You’ll find AORN resources used in every hospital and ambulatory center across the country, including:

  • The evidence-based Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
  • Perioperative staff education
  • Career and leadership development guidance
  • Facility and health system solutions

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Celebrate the Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to honor the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and her legacy to the nursing profession.

AORN is celebrating the Year of the Nurse and honoring perioperative nurses from around the world through:

Join Us & Be Involved

When you join AORN, you are part of a community of 43,000 professionals who share a passion for advancing perioperative nursing and ensuring patient safety and optimal outcomes.

AORN supports your personal and professional development by connecting you to valuable career and practice resources, continuing education, and a close-knit nursing community.


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Find an AORN membership type that’s right for you, your team or facility.



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Support your marketing strategy and connect with OR decision-makers.



Nurses and Facilities

Commit to evidence-based practices through quality education and resources.



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Use your perioperative voice to advocate on the state and national levels.


The AORN Organization of Companies

AORN includes a family of organizations dedicated to supporting nurses and surgical teams in providing evidence-based, quality care.

AORN Foundation

The AORN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is the philanthropic arm of AORN. The generosity of individuals and corporate sponsors enables the Foundation to fund research, award academic scholarships, professional development grants, and patient safety resources such as tool kits, webinars, and seminar series.

Pfiedler Education

Pfiedler Education is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AORN offering accredited continuing education that provides medical device companies the opportunity to bring education to physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

AORN Syntegrity®

A subsidiary of AORN, AORN Syntegrity is the only EHR nursing content built by perioperative clinicians based on the most current Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Evidence-based practices help prevent surgical risks and support more efficient processes, improve care protocols and outcomes, and lower costs.

Outpatient Surgery Magazine and OR Excellence

The leading voice in ambulatory surgery, Outpatient Surgery Magazine, a division of AORN, and its trade show, OR Excellence, provide expertise and resources to perioperative professionals and administrators who work in surgical settings.

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This is What We Believe In


Our mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support the mission.


AORN will be the indispensable resource for evidence-based practice and education that establishes the standards of excellence in the delivery of perioperative nursing care.


  • Communication: Open, Honest, Respectful
  • Innovation: Creative, Risk Taking, Leading Edge
  • Quality: Reliable, Timely, Accountable
  • Collaboration: Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity

Meet AORN Leadership

AORN is led by our board which consists of the officers and seven elected members. They are elected to make AORN the go-to perioperative resource for all perioperative nurses.

These delegates oversee and vote to update and modify AORN's bylaws, which include criteria for membership, descriptions of elections, terms of office, and more.

Executive Profiles

Board of Directors

Nominating Committee

Annual Reports and Financials

AORN Board of Directors 2019-2020