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About AORN

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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 – including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal – to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN’s 41,000 registered nurse members 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 guidelines.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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. 

Our Values

  • Communication: Open, Honest, Respectful

  • Innovation: Creative, Risk Taking, Leading Edge

  • Quality: Reliable, Timely, Accountable

  • Collaboration: Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity

Are you...

A member of the press? 

A perioperative professional?

AORN provides resources for safe clinical practice and your professional development. 

An educator or perioperative leader?

AORN provides acute care facilities and ambulatory surgery centers with the education, training, and resources they need to support the practice and professional development of perioperative nurses.

A provider to the health care industry?

Connect with perioperative nurses and executives for surveys and focus groups for product development.


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