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Perioperative Nurses Week
November 13-19, 2022

Safe Surgery Together: #PeriopProud


Our theme this year, #PeriopProud, is meant to inspire perioperative nurses to reflect on the value you bring to patients, your team, and the facility where you work. Perioperative nurses are detail oriented, always up for a challenge, have a passion for caring for others, and are capable of thriving in a fast-paced setting. Periop nurses have been described as patient, flexible, team players, calm under pressure, and effective multi-taskers who have a wicked sense of humor.

How about you? Why are you #PeriopProud? What makes you show up every day? What do you look forward to?

Periop Nurses Week Podcast

AORN leaders, like perioperative nurses everywhere, agree food can be the highlight for celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week. Listen in as Board President Vangie Dennis, Vice President Darlene Murdock, and Board Director Megan Nolan share some additional ways to have fun, bond with colleagues, and connect with the community. Spoiler alert: they love the food, too!

Listen Now

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What some of our AORN nurses said about their passion for perioperative nursing.


“I didn’t realize how much I needed the autonomy and excitement of the OR until I was there – the responsibility of being patients’ last line of defense and truly, their greatest advocate during their procedure was as daunting as it was thrilling.”

– Mary Alice Anderson, PhD, RN, CNOR, Perioperative Practice Specialist

“I like being able to focus on one patient at a time with the whole perioperative team right there - no agonizing over whether to wake up a physician to report a change in the patient's status.”

– Renae Wright, DNP, RN, CNOR, Perioperative Practice Specialist

“I loved being the patient’s advocate and their voice; I loved working as a member of a team to improve patient outcomes and keep them safe during surgery.”

– Lisa Spruce DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN, Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice

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Share & Win

This is your week. Make it fun!

While your team celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week, AORN invites you to tell us your stories, share your wins, your proudest moments, and any tales of life in and around the OR.

To amplify the fun, post a picture of yourself, your team, your party, or anything that makes you #PeriopProud to social media with a word or sentence that tells why you are proud of being a perioperative nurse. Don’t forget to tag AORN!

Complete the form below to share a bit of yourself and, yes, have a chance to win. Prizes include:

  • Five $100 gift cards
  • Grand Prize: All-Inclusive Package for AORN Expo that includes a Full Conference Pass, 4 Night Stay, a ticket to the AORN Foundation Party, and a meal at the historic Casa Rio located along the Riverwalk
  • All winners will be announced in Periop Today on November 23.

Enter to Win

Celebrate Together


Let's Eat Cake
Download the #PeriopProud 2022 cake or cupcake topper design for your favorite baker or supermarket to do the cooking for you.
Social Post a selfie or team pic on your social channels using #PeriopProud and @AORN on Facebook or @aornpics on Instagram.
Raise Awareness
Remind your colleagues that it’s Perioperative Nurses Week by printing and then hanging the AORN 2022 #PeriopProud poster.

Be an Advocate

Perioperative Nurses Week is a perfect time to share more information about the important work you do with elected officials and your community. You can be an advocate for perioperative nursing by sending an email to your legislators, submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper(s), or requesting a proclamation.

How You Can Advocate

Request A Proclamation

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