Membership FAQs

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About AORN

  • What is the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)?
    AORN is a non-profit membership association based in Denver, Colorado that represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and clinical practice resources Learn more about AORN.

Books and Publications

  • What books and publications does AORN offer?
    AORN publications are specifically designed to help OR and ambulatory professionals implement Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. With updated content released each year, our publications not only keep you and your colleagues current on the latest evidence-based industry information, but also provide you with tools for facility development and management.
  • What publications are included as benefits of AORN membership?

    As part of your AORN membership you receive the following publications:

    • AORN Journal – AORN's award-winning publication, and official voice of perioperative nursing. The AORN Journal includes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles featuring practice information, research study summaries, and management and staff development guidance. The AORN Journal is published by Wiley.
    • Outpatient Surgery Magazine – The leading news and information sources for professionals who manage surgery facilities. AORN members receive a complimentary digital subscription.
    • Periop Today – AORN's weekly online newsletter providing current perioperative nursing news and announcements.
    • Member Pulse – AORN's monthly online newsletter providing updates and information regarding your AORN membership.
  • Is AORN looking for authors to write an article for the AORN Journal?
    Yes! AORN is always looking for new authors to contribute to the Journal. To have your article considered for publication, review the author guidelines and the submission checklist.
  • Does AORN publish books?

    Yes. AORN publishes a wide selection of nursing books, including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for a number of nursing specialty areas.

  • Does AORN offer perioperative resource videos?

    Yes. Although not included in membership, AORN offers a comprehensive library of educational videos, which can be purchased individually, as part of a video collection, or as an online subscription. Visit the AORN video library to access our perioperative collection.

  • What if I have other questions about AORN's books and publications?

    Please visit the AORN Bookstore FAQs.

Clinical Practice and Education

General Membership

  • How do I know what membership type is right for me?

    AORN offers membership for both individuals and groups.

    Individual Membership types: 

    • Standard – Select this if you are a registered nurse (RN) who is actively practicing, and seeking the latest practices, education, and resources you need to stay current and maintain your license or certification requirements. Standard members may hold an elective office and serve as delegates to the AORN House of Delegates.
    • Associate – Select this if you are an industry professional (non-RN) who provide direct or indirect perioperative services, and support the mission of AORN. Associate members do not have voting privileges.
    • Student – Select this if you are a student pursuing education leading to eligibility for the registered nurses licensing exam. Student memberships include all benefits of membership, and continues one year after graduation. Student members do not have voting privileges.
    • Retired – Select this if you are a registered nurse (RN) who is retired from the health care industry, and wants to stay connected to the perioperative community and the latest news and trends. Retired members may hold an elective office and serve as delegates to the AORN House of Delegates.
    • APSNA – Select this if you are a registered nurse (RN) who are interested in the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA). APSNA members may hold an elective office and serve as delegates to the AORN House of Delegates.
    • New to Profession – Select this if you are a registered nurse (RN) who has 2 years or less of experience in the OR and is actively practicing, and seeking the latest practices, education, and resources you need to stay current and maintain your license or certification requirements. New to Profession members may hold an elective office and serve as delegates to the AORN House of Delegates.

    Group Membership types: 

    • Facility – Select this if you are a healthcare facility who would like to enjoy discounts on staff development programs, and receive an eSubscription to the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice . A minimum of six (6) staff memberships is required to qualify for the Group Membership Program.
    • Industry – For industry professionals who are interested in reaching perioperative nurses in the OR setting, network with perioperative leaders, and build lasting business relationships. Industry memberships include discounted rates for groups with 6 or more associate members.
    • Ambulatory Surgical Center - Select if you are an ASC who would like to enjoy discounts on staff development programs - specific to the ASC, and receive an eSubscription to the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice . A minimum of six (6) staff memberships is required to qualify for the Group Membership Program.

  • What are the benefits of being an AORN member?

    An AORN membership connects you to AORN's community of more than 43,000 registered nurse members who manage, teach, and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in nursing education, or are engaged in perioperative research. We define and advance best nursing practices for surgical patients by researching and distributing scientifically based recommendations.Benefits of AORN membership.

  • What if I'm not a registered nurse – may I still join AORN?

    Of course! Among the variety of memberships AORN offers, an Associate membership is for those individuals who are not a registered nurse, but provide direct or indirect perioperative services, and support the mission of AORN. Group Membership is also available for non-Registered Nurses (minimum of 6 staff members is required). 

  • What if I need to update my contact information?
    Once logged into, you can update your profile information any time on Change my Profile page from My AORN.

Membership Cards

  • When I become an AORN member, will I receive a membership card?

    For members who are rejoining or new to AORN, your membership card will be included in your new member welcome kit mailed to you. If you are a renewing member, you can print your membership card by going to My AORN and clicking Reprint Membership Card.

  • I lost my AORN membership card, how do I receive a new one?

    It's easy! From the MyAORN page, select Reprint Membership Card and a new card will be generated for you to print.

Membership Dues

  • What are AORN membership dues?

    Membership dues vary based on membership type and the length of membership. Visit our Individual Memberships page to see our dues structure.

  • Where are my membership dues going?
    Membership dues directly contribute to the important tools for practice support, professional development, and patient safety that AORN provides its members every day. Member benefits include AORN publications, continuing education contact hours, practice resources, webinars, nurse consultation services, tool kits, local chapter and specialty assemblies, online communities, and an ANA affiliate membership. Members also receive exclusive discounts to partner products and services, AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, education, events, and more.
  • Are my membership dues refundable?
    No, AORN membership dues are not refundable.

Membership Payments

  • How do I pay for my AORN membership dues?

    You have several different options for paying the annual dues. The fastest way is through our secure website, where you can pay via credit or debit card.

Membership Renewal

  • How do I renew my membership?

    It's easy - Renew your AORN membership today. If your renewal date is within 90 days, you will also receive a renewal letter and email reminding you to renew your membership.


  • What is "My AORN"?
    Manage your AORN membership at My AORN – update your email, mailing address, or other account information. You can view recent contact hours, access online education, and even link to AORN Journal articles. Sign in to manage your AORN membership.
  • How can I view manage my education?

    Visit the My AORN page to view your product examination and evaluations, including face-to-face events and webinars.

  • How do I find out how many Continuing Education (CE) hours I have completed?
    Visit Contact Hour History on the My AORN page to view your contact hour history, including the date, course, title, and total contact hours.
  • Where can I access products that are available for download?

    Visit the View section under My Education on the My AORN page to view downloadable products.

  • Where do I see all of the purchases I have made?

    Visit Access Journal CE Articles & Exams on the My AORN page for an overview of your purchases. You can also view each purchase for specific details.

Online Community

  • What is ORNurseLink?
    ORNurseLink is AORN's online community providing OR professionals a place to connect with each other and exchange helpful resources, ideas, and practices. Join one of 220+ AORN Chapters, 9 specialty assemblies, or 30+ state council discussion groups, and network with your colleagues.
  • What is a Specialty Assembly?

    AORN Specialty Assemblies are member-run, online groups offering members the opportunity to virtually interact with other nurses from across the nation who share an interest in the same specialty. The purposes of specialty assemblies include providing and promoting a dynamic network, serving as a forum for communication, identifying and exploring patient care issues, addressing current trends and issues, and promoting specialized educational programming. There are 9 different specialty assemblies and members can belong to as many as they want.

  • How do I join a local Chapter? Or change Chapters?

    AORN has local chapters in most states, including one virtual e-chapter. Visit the AORN National Chapter Directory for information about your local chapter. If you would like to change chapters, please contact Experience Services.

  • What is a State Council?
    State councils are 501(c)(6) professional membership organizations formed to focus on legislative, education, and practice issues affecting the perioperative nursing profession. They provide forums for perioperative nurses to gather for discussion, advice, and consultation on issues in their respective states. State councils are typically made up of local AORN chapters and individuals.

Recruitment Rewards

  • I know someone interested in becoming an AORN member – does AORN have a recruitment or referral program?

    We do, it is called Recruitment Rewards, and AORN highly encourages our members to participate in this program as your efforts will directly strengthen the association and the professional development of your colleagues. Recruitment Rewards allows you to earn a $5 Amazon gift card for each new member you recruit. Additional rewards can be earned for multiple recruits, including complimentary memberships and AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo registration.

  • Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
    Your feedback is important to us. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Experience Services.

Nursing Student Memberships

  • Can student nurses become AORN members?
    Absolutely! AORN offers a nursing student membership for those individuals studying toward a Registered Nurse degree.
  • What are the benefits of a student nurse becoming an AORN member?

    AORN membership offers valuable tools, resources, and benefits to help nursing students enhance their education, be a better student, jump start your career, and prepare for a challenging and rewarding nursing career. 

  • Does a student nurse membership have access to all of the member benefits?

    Nursing students have access to the same valuable resources as other AORN membership types, including: the AORN Journal and Periop Today e-newsletter, education and practice resources, and networking and career opportunities. Student members may not hold office, vote in the House of Delegates, and student membership does not include an ANA affiliate membership. Student rates continue one year after graduation.