Who We Help

Your support of the AORN Foundation provides academic scholarships, professional development grants, and training tools and seminars for nurses to promote patient safety. Meet a few of the hundreds of nurses who we support to achieve their professional goals each year.

Academic Scholarship Recipients

“My goal after graduation is to go into a perioperative nursing residency program in an area hospital and develop my skills in the OR by working alongside some of the best RNs in the field. Receiving these funds from the AORN Foundation is a show of support for my goals, and only strengthens my resolve to continue in the field of perioperative nursing.”

Katie Apfel
Seattle, WA

“I thank you for your generous financial support towards my higher education. I am currently a senior with a 4.0 grade point average. I take my education very seriously and strive to give patient-centered care through evidence-based practices. This award has enabled me to strive for my goals and I hope to give back one day to other students as you have done for me!”

Karen Jenkins, RN, CNOR
Elyria, OH


Professional Development Grant Recipients

“Thank you for the grant to fund my attendance to the annual AORN Surgical Conference & Expo! I am very excited to learn about new technology, evidence-based practices, and many other topics that will help me provide excellent patient care. It is only through continued learning that nurses are able to acquire new knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe practice in our ever-changing healthcare settings. 

It is my hope that you will be rewarded as you witness surgical nurses, everywhere, providing exceptional care to every patient, every time.”

Judy Burroughs, RN, MSN, CNOR
Stoneville, NC

“The most beneficial element of AORN Surgical Conference & Expo to me was being connected to 5000 perioperative nurses and experts leaders who are committed to patient safety. Each education session I attended had up to date information. The Exhibit Hall had the newest technology combined with education opportunity for me apply to my practice. AORN is committed to both nurse and patient.”

Mary Jane Brantley, RN, BSN, CNOR
Greer, SC