Who We Are

The AORN Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AORN. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that funds academic scholarships, professional development grants, and patient safety resources such as tool kits, webinars, and seminar series.

Last year the AORN Foundation helped hundreds of nurses achieve their goals of higher education and professional certification through grants and scholarships, including:

  • 392 professional development grants to help perioperative nurses attend continuing education conferences.
  • 68 academic scholarships to student nurses and registered nurses pursuing advanced degrees in perioperative nursing.
  • 12 CNOR exam and test prep grants to help nurses pursue CNOR certification.
  • 3 organizational CNOR test prep grants to help facilities prepare nurses for CNOR certification.


The AORN Foundation also supported perioperative professionals by funding over $1 million in patient and worker’s safety education and leadership education.


Donor Voices
“I strongly believe that access to education is a basic right and anything that helps individuals to learn and grow not only empowers them but also improves the greater community. It’s rewarding to play a small role in helping others to learn. I benefited myself from AORN Foundation scholarships and I like to think that AORN has received some return on their investment in me.”
Patricia Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(e), FAAN

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Phone: (800) 755-2676
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