About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) is to advance the specialty of Orthopaedic Nursing through excellence in research, education and nursing practice.

Value Statement

NAON promotes a culture of professional collaboration developed through trust, respect, integrity and passion for the specialty of Orthopaedics.


NAON believes the specialty of Orthopaedic Nursing should set forth the highest standards of nursing practice for optimum patient care. We believe in the concept of man as a total being having physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs. The orthopaedic nurse, in cooperation with the patient and other members of the health team, utilizes this concept of man to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a plan of patient care. This nursing process is essential to assure that each patient achieves the highest possible level of health. We are committed to the advancement of the profession of nursing. We believe that educational programs that foster personal and professional growth will develop competence and excellence in nursing practice for the orthopaedic nurse. We support and encourage research and advanced clinical practice as the foundation for expertise in nursing practice.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Vision
  • Innovation
  • Stewardship

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