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Impacting Lives

In 2018, the AORN Foundation provided over $1.5 million to support perioperative nurses.

  • 93 academic scholarships
  • 26 face-to-face regional seminars
  • $25,000 research grant
  • 1,220 professional development grants

It is because of generous individual contributions and corporate giving that we provide nurses these resources to help reach their goals:

  • Academic scholarships
  • Professional development grants
  • Seminars for leadership and clinical nurse education
  • Research grants

Meet one of our scholarship recipients.

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Academic Scholarship Recipients

Julie Anne Hubner 

“I am delighted and thank you for supporting me as I pursue my academic goals. When I am not in school or spending time with my family, I work as a surgical nurse. I love my career and I love caring for the people in my community. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity. I have big dreams, and would not be where I am today without your generosity and funding of scholarship programs. I hope that someday I will be able to help future nursing students the way you have helped me.”

Julie Anne Hubner, AORN Foundation Scholar
Deborah Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR 

“I am beyond thrilled and feel blessed to receive this funding. This degree is helping me to better evaluate employee’s training needs, develop and implement classes to help staff gain the skills needed to provide outstanding patient care within the operating room. Again, I am extremely grateful for the scholarship award.”

Deborah Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, AORN Foundation Scholar

Professional Development Scholarship Recipients

Cambria Nwosu, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM 

"I am extremely honored to be one of this year’s recipients…My position requires me to continue being knowledgeable on all aspects of surgical care. This generous contribution to my attendance of this year’s Expo continues my path as I move toward higher leadership roles within perioperative nursing. I look forward to attending Expo this year and welcome all the education that it will offer."

Cambria Nwosu, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Eunice Ower, BSN, RN, CNOR 

"I am beyond stunned and thankful for this grant, as it allows me to be able to attend my very first conference. With my passion for patient safety and improved practice, I believe I can share and impact others…I will utilize my time well at the conference and will bring back so much information that I can share with my teams. Thank you again for making this opportunity a reality."

Eunice Ower, BSN, RN, CNOR

Missi Merlino and the Expo attendees she sponsored.AORN President Missi Merlino sponsored grants for three grateful nurses so they could attend the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2019 in Nashville.