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AORN Foundation Mentor Program

Publish Date: July 5, 2016


In 2015, the AORN Foundation launched a new Mentor Program to continue to build on its mission to support perioperative education. The opportunity to participate in the Mentor Program was offered to all of the undergraduate academic scholarship recipients awarded in 2015. The mentor selection process was specifically targeted to the geographic area of each student. The mentors were required to complete an application and commit to the nine month program.

The Mentor Program is designed to engage the mentors and mentees for the school year and encourage them to communicate at least once per month, either in person when possible or via phone or video call. The Program’s goals are for mentors to develop supportive relationships with mentees and encourage them to pursue careers in perioperative nursing, in addition to AORN involvement.

This first year, the Mentor Program successfully paired 12 mentors with mentees across the country. The students range from freshmen to seniors. The AORN Foundation staff checks in monthly with the participants to encourage communication and share and questions, concerns, and successes.

Mentor, Carrie Hickman, BSN, RN, a nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children, with mentee Diane Gifford, a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT

Mentee Voices

“I was able to make connections with AORN members and professionals who will be valuable references for me in my future once I begin applying for jobs.”

“It was great just to hear firsthand what being a perioperative nurse is actually like.”

Pictured at Left: Mentor, Carrie Hickman, BSN, RN, a nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children, with mentee Diane Gifford, a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.