Association News | 2.21.2023
February 2023: Association News

Apply for NAON's 2023 Research Grants

Research Grant Initiative: The purpose of the NAON Research Grant Initiative is to promote and support orthopaedic nursing research to advance the specialty of orthopaedic nursing. The Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for this grant is due by February 28, 2023. Utlize the 2023 Research Grant Instructions for further information. 

Past Presidents Quality/Process Improvement Grant: The purpose of the NAON Past Presidents Quality/Process Improvement Grant is to support the development of evidence supported quality/process improvement (QI/PI) initiatives aimed at improving outcomes. Applications are due by March 30, 2023. View the application instructions for further information.

Register for the 43rd Annual Congress

What better place to earn CNE hours than at NAON's 43rd Annual Congress? Register now to join us in Pittsburgh, May 6-9, 2023. 

Free, Online American Bone Health Fracture Risk CalculatorTM is Now Available 

As nurses who care for orthopaedic patients, we understand the impact a fracture has on one's quality of life and have the opportunity to improve bone health in our patients. However, it is unknown if nurses are aware of their own risk for fractures and if our own bone health behaviors influence our nursing practice. 

Each year approximately 805,000 people experience a heart attack and 795,000 people experience a stroke. However, 45 million Americans have low bone mass, putting them at risk for fracture. An estimated 2 million people experience a fragility fracture each year. After sustaining a fragility fracture, there is an 86% increase of having an additional fracture. Despite this statistic, 80% of patients do not have a metabolic bone evaluation. There are tools that can help providers and patients understand future fracture risk. The public is well informed about cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk factors but less informed on risk factors for bone health.

If you are over the age of 45, we invite you to use this free, online American Bone Health Fracture Risk CalculatorTM and assess your risk for fracture. After learning your fracture risk, you may opt in to receive a series of six emails with bone health information according to your fracture risk. Three months later, you will be invited to take a 15-20 minute online survey assessing your bone health behaviors and nursing practice

It is our hope to help you understand your risk factors and bone health practices, as well as to understand if your gained knowledge and behaviors influence how you care for people. If you complete the Fracture Risk Calculator, opt in to receive the emails, and submit the follow-up survey by July 6, 2023 you can choose to be entered into a drawing for a copy of NAON's Core Curriculum textbook!

We thank you in advance for your interest in improving nurses' bone health and the bone health of our patients. Feel free to forward the calculator to any other nursing colleague over the age of 45 who may be interested in participating.

Movement is Life Blog: One Size Does Not Fit All Submitted by Yashika J. Watkins, PhD, MPH

*Graphic from “Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire.”

Equity is key to producing the most optimal health outcomes possible. Health equity includes the absence of disparities in health, health care, health status, and the living and working conditions that impact health. The Race Matters Institute describes, “The route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally. It will be achieved by treating everyone equitably, or justly according to their circumstances.” Achieving health equity does not include a ‘one size fits all’ approach; rather, it includes a sized approach - one that is sized according to each person’s needs.

What does the ‘one size does not fit all’ approach mean for musculoskeletal health disparities?

Health disparities are used to measure progress towards achieving health equity. Given this, it is assumed that as health equity improves, health disparities will diminish. Yet, health disparities specific to musculoskeletal health are increasing. With increasing rates of arthritis diagnosis, disparities in arthritis and functional limitations are highest by gender (i.e., women) and by race (i.e., African Americans) and ethnicity (i.e., Hispanic/Latinos). How can we together make an impact on musculoskeletal disparities? One way is to recognize and understand that neither health equity nor the elimination of musculoskeletal health care disparities can be achieved without a redistribution of resources tailored to the needs of individual patients and health care consumers. Only when the resource is redistributed and tailored to the needs of each individual, equity is achieved. In health care, this means and calls for a fundamental shift in how health care resources are distributed and accessed - those that need more will get more; the quality of care will be the same for all; and care will be affordable. 

Another way to make an impact on musculoskeletal disparities is to join the movement and learn about Movement is Life. Movement is Life is the leader in addressing musculoskeletal health disparities. They have suggestions for ways to get involved, ways to promote health equity, and resources to support those efforts. Join them in sounding the alarm to providers and policymakers that there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ health care or care that is equal. Rather, the best health care is care that is accessible and tailored to the needs of each individual patient.

Join NAON for Nurse Navigator Networking Activities Next Month! 

Join NAON for Nurse Navigator Networking Activities in March by joining the zoom link at 1 p.m. CT on March 16. 

We are also looking for volunteers to share about their program (10 minutes max) each month and volunteers who are willing to be a moderator for our break-out rooms.  If you're interested in either of these, please reply to this post or email Paulina, Lyndee, or the shared email

NAON Annual Awards: Nominate or Apply Today

Both the Orthopaedic Nurse Excellence (ONE) Award & the Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse Practice Award are now accepting submissions for 2023.

Recorded Webinars for General Members

In 2023, NAON is offering general members free access to five of the webinars that took place throughout 2022. These webinars were chosen based on popularity and results of the surveys taken following viewing of the webinars. Once you register for these webinars, you should be able to access the recordings within the Education Center. Learn more.

Access Your Membership Card Online

Looking for your NAON membership card? Finding it is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Log in to your account on the NAON website and go to your profile by clicking “My NAON” in the top right corner
  2. Click on Memberships to view your active memberships
  3. Download your ID card

Healthy Tips from ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog Submitted by Laura Hixon, MSNE, RN-BC, ONC

February is typically when we wear red, focus on cardiovascular health and spread the love for American Heart Month. Healthy Nurse, Health Nation is joining in with their "Get Your Heart Pumping" challenge. They encourage beneficial bouts of exercise to total 150 minutes of moderate aerobic or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week. Even a tiny increase in moderate activity can add up to significant results. This ten-day challenge might inspire you to make exercise seem more like a lifestyle and not just a chore! Mattioni Maturana et al. (2021) note the increase in healthy exercise releases myokines into the circulation, improves glucose homeostasis, and protects against cardiovascular disease. These are great reasons to “Get Your Heart Pumping” and take the challenge!


MATTIONI MATURANA, F. MARTUS, P., ZIPFEL, S. NIEß, A. (2021). Effectiveness of HIIE versus MICT in Improving Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Health and Disease: A Meta-analysis. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 53(3):p 559-573.  DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002506

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