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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.

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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 Elsevier.
  • Periop Insider – AORN's weekly online newsletter providing current perioperative nursing news and announcements.

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. The publishing arm of ANA is Nursesbooks.org. We publish 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. 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 of AORN's books and publications?

Please visit the AORN Bookstore FAQs.

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Clinical Practice and Education

What clinical practice resources does AORN have available to members?

AORN offers a wealth of clinical practice tools and resources to help support your perioperative career, promote perioperative standards of excellence, and advance patient safety, including: Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices), Patient and Workplace Safety Tool Kits, Clinical FAQs, Position Statements, Guidelines implementation tools, Ambulatory Surgery Center resources, and more.

What type of education is available to AORN members?

AORN is committed to providing members with valuable resources to meet your continuing education and professional development needs, including: access to free CEs, free webinars, academic and professional scholarship opportunities, online courses (Periop 101, Periop Mastery program, Prep for CNOR, and specialty education modules), AORN events, and additional resources for educators.

I have a clinical question – can AORN help me get an answer?

Yes. AORN has several resources to help answer your clinical or practice-related questions, including Clinical FAQs, Nurse Consultation phone line available by calling 800-755-2676, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00am - 1:00pm MT.  

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General Membership

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

AORN offers membership for both individuals and facilities.

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.

Group Membership Program (previously named Perioperative Excellence Program): 

  • 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 (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices). 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 20 or more associate members.

What are the benefits of being an AORN member?

An AORN membership connects you to AORN's community of more than 41,000 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. See all the 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.

What if I need to update my contact information?

Once logged into AORN.org, you can update your profile information any time on Change my Profile page from My AORN.

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Membership Cards

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

Yes. Your new membership card will be included in your new member Welcome Kit mailed to you.

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

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

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Membership Dues

What are AORN membership dues?

Membership fees vary based on membership type and the length of membership. Visit our Membership Types 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 (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices), education, events, library literature search services, and more.

Are my membership dues refundable?

No, AORN membership dues are not refundable. 

Where can I review details about the upcoming membership dues changes?

For further details on the membership dues rates changes, click here.  


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Membership Renewal

How do I renew my membership?

Visit our Join/Renew page to renew your AORN membership. If your renewal date is within 90 days, you will also receive a renewal letter and email that you can fill out and mail to AORN.

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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 Manage Your Education on the My AORN page to view your product examination and evaluations, including: e-Congress and Face-to-Face events as well as live webinars.

How do I find out how many Continuing Education (CE) hours I have completed?

Visit Recent Contact Hours 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 My Downloadable Products on the My AORN page to view product titles that are downloadable.

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

Visit Retrieve CE Article and Online Purchases on the My AORN page for an overview of your purchases. You can also view each purchase for specific details.

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Online Community

What is ORNurseLink?

ORNurseLink is AORN's online community that provides operating room professionals a place to connect with each other and exchange helpful resources, ideas, and practices. Join one of 275 AORN Chapters, 16 specialty assemblies, or 30+ state council discussion groups, and network with your colleagues.

What is a Specialty Assembly?

A Specialty Assembly offers you an opportunity to interact with other AORN members who share an interest in a sub-specialty or area. Specialty Assemblies provide and promote a dynamic network, serving as a forum for communication, identifying and exploring patient care issues, addressing current trends and issues, and promoting specialized education programming. AORN has 16 specialty assemblies, and each member can belong to as many as they would like.

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

AORN has local chapters in most states, including one virtual e-chapter. Your AORN membership card lists the chapter you selected on your membership application. Visit the AORN National Chapter Directory for information about your local chapter. If you would like to change chapters, please contact AORN Customer Service.

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.

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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 member you recruit. Additional rewards can be earned for multiple recruits, including free membership or a chance to receive a free 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 AORN Customer Service.

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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 and resources to help nursing students enhance their education, be a better student, jumpstart your career, and prepare for a challenging and rewarding nursing career.

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

Yes. Nursing students have access to the same valuable resources as other AORN membership types, including: the AORN Journal and Periop Insider newsletter, complimentary ANA affiliate membership, education and practice resources, and networking and career opportunities.

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