About 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 – including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal – to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. Our 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


AORN is governed by an elected board of directors and by member appointed delegates who serve in AORN’s House of Delegates. These delegates oversee...

AORN and Pfiedler Enterprises Join Educational Forces

The 2015 acquisition of Pfiedler Enterprises, a longtime leader in the medical and nursing education industry, furthers AORN’s commitment to providing...

Annual Reports and Financials

View AORN's Annual Reports and recently audited financial statements.

AORN Facts

AORN, Inc., represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses and provides nursing education, standards, and services that en...


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Experience Services

AORN's Experience Services Department is available to answer your questions on a variety of topics related to your membership experience. From how ...

AORN Newsroom

AORN supports the efforts of journalists to report on the latest findings in perioperative management, teaching, and practice of perioperative nurs...