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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.
  • As a nursing organization we have a fundamental principle that underlies all nursing practice in our respect for the inherent dignity, worth, unique attributes, and human rights of all individuals.
  • 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.

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.


In July 2020, AORN’s Executive Team and Board of Directors created a comprehensive DEI plan that established the following goals:

Staff & Leadership Committee

 

Have a diversified staff, reflective of the community it serves.

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DEI Membership Committee

 

Maintain a diversified membership, reflective of the national benchmark.

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AORN Board of Directors

 

Have a diversified board of directors, reflective of its membership makeup.

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Community Committee

 

Develop and implement programs locally and nationally to support all communities.

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Patient Committee

 

Educate perioperative teams of health care disparities for the patient and strive to improve.

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AORN Foundation

 

Fulfilling the AORN Foundation mission through initiatives representing the community.

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LGBTQ+ Advisory Group

 

Identify opportunities to ensure LGBTQ+ is represented in AORN's DEI efforts.

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Please contact us for more information on AORN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.

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Articles

AORN Journal

Barba Edwards

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.

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