Association News | 5.30.2023
Announcing the Fellow of National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Inaugural Class

We are excited to announce the inaugural class of NAON Fellows. The NAON Fellow Designation (FNAON) demonstrates commitment to the orthopaedic nursing profession beyond the normal role requirement and the highest standards of practice. It is the most distinguished and honorable level of membership, as well as a public hallmark of professional esteem. Fellows are outstanding leaders, leaving behind them an enduring legacy of accomplishment that will continue to shape or guide the profession.

Nurses who are designated as fellows have demonstrated outstanding leadership in orthopaedic nursing and contributed sustained and notable additions to the specialty beyond their work environment at a regional, state, national, and even global level. Recipients of this designation have achieved success in the field of orthopaedics, provided academic accomplishment, mentorship, advocacy, volunteer service, and demonstrated their commitment to advancing the specialty and the association. 

2023 Fellow of National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Class:

Tandy Gabbert, MSN, RN, ONC, FNAON

Christopher R. Hemmer, DNP, ANP-BC, ONP-C, FAANP, FNAON

Michele Hughes, DNP, ACNP-BC, APRN, ONP-C, FNAON

Charla Buford Johnson, DNP, RN-BC, ONC, FNAON

Miki Patterson, PhD, ONP, RNFA, FNAON

Michael E. Zychowicz, DNP, ANP-C, ONP-C, FAAN, FAANP, FNAON (not pictured)

These members were inducted as fellows during a ceremony taking place at the NAON 43rd Annual Congress.

Please take a moment to join us in saying congratulations to all the Fellows!


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