Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Perioperative Community
AORN’s pledge to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare is based, in part, on the ANA Code of Ethics that governs our profession.
This includes advocating for a diverse perioperative workforce that can provide care in their patient’s native language, understand cultural differences, or suggest appropriate resources to help fill the gap for better health literacy and peri-operative care.
We are ethically responsible to provide leadership in the development and implementation of changes in public and health policies that support this duty and maintains the integrity of our profession.
Our unwavering commitment to DEI is reflected in these resources and perspectives:
What is DEI?
Diversity: Broad concept that embraces individual differences.
Equity: Fairness and respect. Individuals feel supported, valued, and trusted.
Inclusion: Involvement, engagement, and empowerment of all individuals. Leveraging everyone's’ talents and strengths so that they can contribute to his or her full potential.
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Hope for the Future
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Standing Together
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Where Are the Providers Who Look Like Me?
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Listen and Learn
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthcare Equality
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Understanding Implicit Bias
- Diversity, Equality & Inclusion: Much More Than a Kind Gesture
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION PLAN
In July 2020, AORN’s Executive Team and Board of Directors created a comprehensive DEI plan that established the following goals:
- Have a diversified staff, reflective of the community it serves.
- Maintain a diversified membership, reflective of the national benchmark.
- Have a diversified board of directors, reflective of its membership makeup.
- Develop and implement programs locally and nationally to support communities of color.
- Educate perioperative teams on the impact of health care disparities for the surgical patient and strive to improve the outcome of care for diverse patients.
Please contact us for more information on AORN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.
The AORN Foundation is proud to announce the Barba Edwards Scholarship Fund
Edwards served as president of AORN during the 1976-77 term and, in her honor as the first and only African American to serve in this position, the scholarship will fund students and nurses of color who are in pursuit of a Master’s, Bachelor’s or Doctoral degrees in the field of nursing.
RESOURCES FROM OUTSIDE AORN
- “Stop AAPI Hate”: a website that tracks hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Check out the Stop AAPI Hate National Report for information on discrimination and recent incidents.
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: a national organization, founded in 1974, working to protect and promote civil rights for Asian-Americans.
- #HATEISAVIRUS: an initiative and community raising awareness on anti-Asian racism and supporting Asian-owned businesses.
- Meet Anguish with Action: find resources to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world.
- How Does Implicit Bias Influence Behavior?
- Racism in Healthcare: What You Need to Know
- The Importance of Diversity in Healthcare & How to Promote It