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AORN Members Can Now Become an AORN Fellow: 3 Things to Know

Publish Date: April 8, 2020

Perioperative nurses have the opportunity to add “FAORN” to their credentials with a new fellowship AORN now offers to recognize members who have made a significant contribution to the specialty and the organization, according to Victoria M. Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, chair of the AORN Fellowship Selection Committee.

Steelman first introduced the Fellowship to AORN membership last month during the virtual AORN Congress Forum on March 28.

The fellowship is a category of AORN membership eligible to those who go beyond the local setting to have a sustainable impact on patient care, Steelman shares. “Carrying the FAORN behind your name gives you recognition 365 days a year for your significant contributions to AORN and perioperative nursing on the national level.”

Being Recognized
Many professional nursing and medical organizations have a fellowship to recognize contributions in education, leadership, clinical practice and research. For example, the American Academy of Nursing has approximately 2,400 fellows, including perioperative nurses.

Two years ago, the AORN Fellowship Selection Committee explored the feasibility of a fellowship and AORN’s board of directors decided to move forward. This year Steelman and committee members developed plans for how fellows would be recognized, the eligibility criteria, and how sponsorship for the Fellowship would work. With these details determined, the committee worked with AORN staff to develop and pilot test an appraisal tool to evaluate applications and also worked together to develop and test an online application form for the Fellowship.

Once designated, a fellow will hold the title of Fellow of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (FAORN). Their name will also be posted on AORN’s website, they will have designated seating during the opening ceremony at AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo, and they will be given a fellowship certificate and lapel pin.

What to Know

Steelman shares three things to know about the new AORN Fellowship:

  1. Candidates will need to have a sponsor.
    Sponsors must be certified through CCI, have at least a master’s degree, and have received the Award for Excellence or are Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. If applicants need help finding a sponsor who meets this criteria, they can contact [email protected] for a recommendation.

  2. Eligibility for fellowship consideration includes 8 requirements:
  • Is an active member of AORN in good standing for at least five (5) consecutive years.
  • Holds an unrestricted and active license to practice registered nursing in their respective state.
  • Holds a master’s degree or higher.
  • Holds a nationally recognized current or emeritus status certification in perioperative nursing or a perioperative specialty.
  • Has a minimum of five (5) years of perioperative nursing experience.
  • Is sponsored, with a letter of recommendation, by a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and/or an AORN Award for Excellence winner.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the vision and values of AORN.
  • Has made significant contributions to the activities of the association and the advancement of perioperative nursing in the areas of clinical, administration, education and/or research.
  1. Prospective fellows can apply online.
    The online application requires three essays describing the candidate’s significant contributions through engagement in AORN, how the candidate has promoted AORN membership and the activities of the association, and the candidate’s contributions to the advancement of perioperative nursing in the areas of clinical, administration, education and/or research. Two letters of support are required, including a letter from a sponsor and a letter from nursing leadership in the candidate’s facility. The Fellowship webpages include a section called Letters of Recommendation to help guide you.

“Developing this Fellowship represents a tremendous amount of work and we are ecstatic to be able to now offer this membership opportunity to AORN members,” Steelman says.

Learn more about the AORN Fellowship.