Partner News | 4.18.2024
April 2024: Partner Updates

ONCB Connection – April 2024

Exam Prep Products Scholarship

NAON and ONCB jointly sponsor a scholarship specifically for orthopaedic nursing certification preparation materials. The ONC scholarship award includes one copy of the current Core Curriculum for Orthopaedic Nursing, courtesy of NAON and a bundle of five online ONC practice examinations provided by ONCB. The ONP-C scholarship award comprises the OONP Online Review Course courtesy of NAON and a bundle of five online ONP-C practice exams provided by ONCB. To promote the value of certification and NAON membership, awards are available only to non-certified NAON members.

Application deadline for this scholarship is May 1, 2024. For more information and to apply, visit the ONCB website 


Certificant Spotlight
The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB) is pleased to announce that the following individuals have achieved the ONC® Certification and ONP-C® Certification in March 2024.


  • Katie Anderson
  • Julia Beck
  • Jane Beckette
  • Isabella Briscoe
  • Debra Cucchiara
  • Patricia Friberg
  • Elliott Gault
  • Zoe Green
  • Emily Iseman
  • Amanda Laukaitis
  • Cassidy McCleary
  • Magali Padilla
  • Valentina Radivojevic Malinowski
  • Dianna Shaw
  • Rebecca Susemihl
  • Adriana Terry
  • Samantha Tiede
  • Maria Vespa
  • Amanda Yates


  • Whitney Abraham
  • Marta Sofia Lopez Rodriguez
  • Jennifer Talevski


Recertification Deadline Approaching

For nurses who are due to recertify in 2024, recertification applications are due June 30, 2024. If you have had a change in email or mailing address, please contact ONCB at to ensure your record is correct. Learn more about the options to recertify, recertification requirements and fees on the ONCB website.

In need of Category A credit? ONCB is here to help! Check out BONEafide, a list of continuing education activities identified by ONCB as suitable for Category A. Be sure to bookmark this page as the list if updated throughout the year.


ONCB Recognition Breakfast at NAON Congress
You're invited to join your fellow ONC, ONP-C, ONC-A and OCNS-C certificants for an invitation-only breakfast during the upcoming NAON 44th Annual Congress in Louisville, KY. The breakfast will take place on Monday, May 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. local time.

You must register for the ONCB Recognition Breakfast when you register for NAON Congress or you may add the breakfast to your already existing registration. Registrations for the breakfast will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited. 

Movement is Life Blog: Do You Use a Health Equity Lens to Support Inclusive Communication?

Yashika Watkins, PHD, MPH

Many approaches have been implemented to address systemic health inequities, but they continue to persist among some of our most vulnerable communities. How do we effectively address health inequities with our communication and messaging? One approach, as highlighted by the CDC, is to use a health equity lens. This includes a deliberate evaluation of our messaging to determine its positive and negative impacts. To ensure we are using a “clear and balanced” health equity lens, we need to keep in mind the following health equity concepts.  Health inequities have persisted due to well established policies at various governmental levels. Health equity is intersectional, meaning that people can belong to more than one group, which suggests that their health inequities can overlap. Health inequities can be addressed using public health practices, programs and policies that mirror the diversity of the communities in which they serve.  As we develop programs, practices and policies, we must consider that literacy levels vary across communities. Literacy includes knowledge of digital access, variances in literacy in one’s primary language as opposed to their secondary language, using plain language that people can understand, and respecting that people have life skills that are more important than their literacy levels. Lastly, community engagement must be included in the process of developing culturally tailored communication.  

Come join us at the annual Movement is Life Summit to learn more about how you can develop a “clear and balanced” health equity lens to promote health promotion, research, policy making, and community programming. We will hold the Summit for the first time in Atlanta, GA., so we are excited and look forward to seeing you there!



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