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Celebrate Perioperative Nurses

More than 100 million surgeries are performed across the more than 6,000 hospitals and 9,000 ASCS in the U.S. EVERY YEAR.1,2

For each patient and their family, perioperative nurses have dedicated themselves to be compassionate and detail-oriented patient advocates. Throughout the surgical suite, perioperative nurses are charged with the safe care of patients - to be their voice, to educate them, to comfort them, and to safely see them through their surgery journey.

Periop nurses are critical thinkers working in fast-paced, demanding environments. They are team leaders and collaborative team players. They are master communicators and selfless comforters. Above all, their patients are always at the center of what they do. And, that’s just the job description…at heart, there’s so much more.

Are You Periop Proud?

Share why you're Periop Proud during Perioperative Nurses Week, November 10–16, 2019, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free weekly registration for the largest celebration of perioperative nurses worldwide—AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo (March 28-April 1, 2020 in Anaheim, CA).

How to Enter

1. Take a “Periop Proud” photo.

2. Upload the photo and share WHY you’re Periop Proud via your Instagram and/or Facebook account and tag us (@aornpics on Instagram or @AORN on Facebook) .

3. Add the hashtag #periopnursesweek2019.

4. Share your post.

One winner will be drawn on November 18, 2019 and announced on Facebook and Instagram.

Kate McGee, BSN, RN, CNOR

"I am Periop Proud….. I love being an OR nurse because I get to change the world for one patient at a time, every day."

Kate McGee, BSN, RN, CNOR
Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter

Be an Advocate for Your Profession

Perioperative Nurses Week is an ideal time to share with elected officials information about the important work you do. Take action by using these tools to proclaim November 10-16, 2019 Perioperative Nurses Week in your city or state.

How to Request a Proclamation for Perioperative Nurses Week (Word)

Send a Letter to Your Local Paper

AORN Members are Periop Proud

Being an AORN member means you’re dedicated to evidence-based practice. With access to free educational resources and tools, 200+ CNE contact hours, and the largest community of periop professionals, AORN members get what they need to provide safe patient care.



Let's Eat Cake

Plan a gathering with cake or cupcakes. Just download the cake topper or the cupcake topper and send it to your favorite baker (or supermarket), tell them what size you’d like, and they’ll do the rest.

Post your Periop Proud pics on your social channels using #periopnursesweek2019.

Honor Your Team

Download this note card template and then drop notes of appreciation before, during, and after Perioperative Nurses Week. Two sided template–use both sides when you make your copies.

Decorate Your Workplace

Download AORN's poster. Print and post it wherever you want to raise awareness.

Celebrate Nurses and Recruit Candidates

Employer Posting Package - Limited Time Offer

Job Openings from Our Sponsors

Registered Nurse 

Skagit Regional Health | Arlington, VA

OR RNs: Circulate in Sunny Phoenix, AZ

HonorHealth | Phoenix, AZ

CVOR and OR Operating Room Nurse

St.. Elizabeth's Medical Center | Brighton, MA

RN-Operating Room/ $15K Sign-on/Relocation Package

HCA/HealthONE (Denver) | Denver, CO

OR Registered Nurses (RNs), General OR & CVOR

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System | Sarasota, FL

RN-Cardiovascular Operating Room-Heart Team/$15K Sign-on/Relocation

HCA/HealthONE | Denver (Area), CO

RNs - Preop/PACU and Circulator

Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center | Show Lo, AZ

Assistant Unit Manager OR

Memorial Care | Long Beach, CA

Registered Nurse (RN) OR - $18K Retention Bonus/Relocation Package

Community Regional Medical Center | Fresno, CA

Surgical Scrub Technician/Surgical Services Inventory Specialist--ASC

The Surgery Center of Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK

Clinical Director

Medical University of South Carolina| Charleston, SC

Perioperative Clinical Nurse II

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Boston, MA

Honor Your Colleagues, Mentors and Team

Show your admiration for fellow Perioperative Nurses by making a donation in their name to the AORN Foundation. In response, a personal note will be sent, letting them know of the contribution made in their honor.

Support the AORN Foundation


1. 51.4 million inpatient procedures in non-federal hospitals (2010)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NCCHS. National Hospital Discharge Survey: 2010 Table, Procedures by Selected Patient Characteristics - Number by Procedure Category and Age. Atlanta, GA: CDC; 2010. Available at Last accessed August 2016.

2. 53 million in ASCs (2006)
Cullen KA, Hall MJ, Golosinskiy A. Ambulatory surgery in the United States, 2006. Natl Health Stat Report. 2009 Jan 28;(11):1-25. Available at Last accessed August 2016.