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AORN Foundation Ornament Now Available

Foundation ornament

The 2015 commemorative AORN Surgical Conference & Expo ornament is now available by making a gift of $25 to the AORN Foundation and selecting “Ornament” from the “What inspired your donation today?” dropdown list.

This metal ornament measures 3 inches across by 2.25 inches high. $25 price includes shipping.


Partners for Safety

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The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) has been a long standing parter of the AORN Foundation on many levels. CCI has developed and maintained the CNOR, CRNFA and CNS-CP credentials for more than 30 years and currently certifies more than 33,950 nurses.

CCI supports the AORN Foundation’s educational scholarship and CNOR grants each year in addition to a matching gift challenge of $10,000. CCI’s annual matching gift challenge has raised over $120,000 since 2011 to support perioperative nursing.

CCI’s commitment and investment in nurses is truly evident when we hear from our grant recipients, including Nikki Pin Mazza RN, MSN, CNOR, who recently shared, “I just wanted to thank you again for the generous grant from CCI. I took the exam last week and passed! I'm really proud of myself and I want to express my gratitude for offering this opportunity. Without the grant I would not have been able to afford the study materials or the exam. THANK YOU!”

Shannon Carter, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for CCI said, “Through our partnership with the AORN Foundation we are able to impact patient safety through education and certification. We are proud to support professional development through lifelong learning for all of the surgical nurses we serve.”

AORN Foundation and CCI have a shared commitment to the future of perioperative nursing. Together through education and certification we have unbound potential to impact the future of health care at the individual and institutional level.

See more information about CNOR grants 


Do you know an outstanding nurse philanthropist?

2014 Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist – Ruth Plotkin Shumaker with then AORN Foundation President Paula Graling

2014 Outstanding Nurse Philanthropist – Ruth Plotkin Shumaker with then AORN Foundation President Paula Graling

Nominate an exceptional perioperative nurse who has supported the AORN Foundation. To qualify, the recipient should have donated time, talent, and direct financial support to the AORN Foundation, as well as other well-deserving organizations. The recipient of this award should demonstrate a strong philanthropic spirit, and through his or her charitable actions, motivate others to give of themselves.

Download the complete nomination details (.DOCX)


Donors Endow Academic Scholarships: Establish Perioperative Legacy

Individuals and groups wanting to leave a permanent legacy have found endowed gifts to be an impactful option. The Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (TCORN) and Millie and Wyman Stackhouse recently endowed academic scholarships through the AORN Foundation for nursing students and registered nurses pursuing advanced degrees in perioperative nursing.

Endowed scholarships are a gift of a lifetime. A portion of the invested income is awarded to scholarship recipients annually, and the remainder is reinvested in the original principal.

TCORN endowment

At the 2012 AORN Congress, the Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses (TCORN) endowed an academic scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to student nurses or registered nurses pursing advanced degrees in the state of Texas. 

Stackhouse endowment

Millie and Wyman Stackhouse endowed a scholarship through their estate. Learn more about planned giving. 

The AORN Foundation thankfully acknowledges the following endowed scholarship donors: 

  • 3M Health Care Endowment
  • AORN e-Chapter Endowment
  • AORN Golden Gavel Endowment
  • Brenda C. Ulmer Endowment endowed by Valleylab
  • Buffalo Filter Endowment
  • Competency & Credentialing Institute Endowment
  • Covidien Endowment
  • Dennis R. Scanlan, Jr. Memorial Endowment
  • Dr. Jane C. Rothrock RNFA Endowment
  • Judith Pfister/Julia Kneedler Endowment
  • Kimberly-Clark Healthcare Endowment
  • Louisiana State Council of OR Chapters Endowment
  • Michael D.Corley Memorial Endowment endowed by the Exhibitors' Advisory Committee
  • Natalie Walker Endowment
  • Owens and Minor Endowment by AORN of Richmond
  • Patricia C. Seifert Perioperative Nursing Internship Endowment
  • President George H.W. Bush Endowment endowed by AORN of Greater Houston
  • Ruth P. Shumaker Endowment
  • Stackhouse Endowment
  • Texas Council of Operating Room Nurses Endowment
  • William A. Clarke Endowment

Learn more about establishing an endowed scholarship.


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