Orthopaedic Nurses Week


NAON is excited to celebrate its 1st Annual Orthopaedic Nurses Week, October 29th - November 2nd. This week is about YOU and YOUR story! Each day will focus on testimonies from you, our members, in messages centered around partnership, inspiration, membership, and celebration. 

Throughout the week, there will be discounts on products, member highlights, trivia and giveaways, and a FREE member webinar. 

The History of International Orthopaedic Nurses Day 

The History of International Orthopaedic Nurses Day

Each year on October 30, orthopaedic nurses everywhere celebrate International Orthopaedic Nurses Day. The tradition began in the United States’ Senate with a proclamation presented by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) in 1990 to then-President George H. W. Bush.

Congressional Record – Senate

Proceedings and Debates of the 101st Congress, Second Session

Friday, October 19, 1990


"Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to an important skill in our medical community in honor of “Orthopaedic Nurses Day," Oct. 30, 1990. Musculoskeletal disease is a major health problem that affects all ages. Conditions such as congenital diseases of infants, trauma resulting from vehicular accidents and degenerative diseases of the aged, strike 23 million Americans. Orthopaedic nurses play a vital role in providing professional, competent care to patients with musculoskeletal diseases. They offer the specialty of orthpaedic nursing in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private homes, and physician offices. The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses has responded to the ever-increasing complexity of technology in its field. Additionally, their efforts to maintain and upgrade professional standards of practice in Orthopaedic Nursing has tirelessly continued. Clearly, orthopaedic nurses in Michigan, as well as all other States in our nation, deserve the Nation’s recognition on Oct. 30, 1990, 'Orthopaedic Nurses Day.'"

In 2001, October 30 became recognized as International Orthopaedic Nurses Day to acknowledge the impact of our nursing colleagues around the world in places such as the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Canada and Malta.

NAON is listed in the United States Congressional Record under Citation 136 Congressional Record, S16279-01 in recognition of the work the association has done to advance the orthopaedic profession.

Social Media Campaign

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Orthopaedic nurses are nothing short of extraordinary. Thank you for your passion and commitment while playing a vital role in providing professional, competent and the highest-quality care to patients with musculoskeletal diseases. 

Print and write your ortho nurse story on NAON's #ImAnOrthoNurse sign and share on social media with #ImAnOrthoNurse and submit your photo to naon@orthonurse.org by 11:59 pm CST on Friday, November 2nd

Stories will be used in the future for the #ImAnOrthoNurse section in NAON News, and one winner will be selected to receive an Amazon giftcard.

Please click here to download NAON's #ImAnOrthoNurse sign. 


International Orthopaedic Nurses Day Member Webinar

NAON is dedicated to providing continuing education in the orthopaedics community and continues to be a source for guidelines and up-to-date evidence-based practices. What better way to spend International Orthopaedic Nurses Day than learning more about Orthopaedics? On October 30th, NAON will host a FREE member webinar.

 Improving Outcomes in Geriatric Hip Fracture Patients: The Role of the CNS or APN

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

      • Pacific 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
      • Mountain 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
      • Central 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
      • Eastern 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

NAON Trivia

Everyday during Orthopaedic Nurses Week, one NAON trivia question will be posted to NAON's Facebook Page. Members can post their answers in the comment section of the post. Each day, one winner will be selected per question and receive a NAON swag bag.

Orthopaedic Nurses Day Ribbons

Check out NAON's New International Orthopaedic Nurses Day Ribbons. Celebrate your orthopaedic unit with a pack of 20 Orthopaedic Nurses Day Ribbon. 

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