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February 2024 - Partner Updates

ONCB Connection – February 2024

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 January 2024.

Suzanne Gates
Clara Greci
Courtney Jackson
Victoria King
Lisa Kruzel
Julia Laco
Elen Merhu
Jennifer Mink
Lorraine Paris
Tracy Stevenson
Allison Storey

Adam Mattison


ONCB is now accepting applications for the ONC-A advanced certification by portfolio! Candidates for ONCB’s advanced orthopaedic certification (ONC-A™) by portfolio assessment must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have three full years of experience practicing as a registered nurse (RN)
  • Hold a Master’s degree or higher in nursing (e.g., MSN [CNS, CNL], MN, MNEd) OR related discipline with direct involvement in musculoskeletal health (e.g., MPH, MBA, MNA, MHA
  • While entry-level education may have been completed in a foreign nursing program, candidates are not eligible to apply for ONCB’s advanced orthopaedic certification through portfolio assessment if they earned their graduate degrees abroad.
  • Have a minimum of 2500 hours of nursing work experience in musculoskeletal health since completing the graduate degree, or within the last 3 years if degree completion was more than 3 years ago. This experience may be in direct care or in a support role (e.g., educator, nurse manager).
  • Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as an RN in the United States or its possessions

View the candidate handbook for additional information on eligibility requirements and the application process for ONCB’s advanced certification by portfolio.

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. 

Make orthopaedic nursing certification part of your professional development plan. Learn more about the scholarship and access the application on the ONCB website 

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