Association News | 11.16.2023
November 2023: Association News

Renew Your Membership

As we dive into the season of membership renewals, NAON is thrilled to introduce our brand-new Full Membership category. This category is here to replace both the former Premium and General Memberships, ensuring that our members continue to enjoy all of the same cherished benefits at our lowest ever cost! Renew your membership today for the low price of just $100!



NAON Bylaws Changes

As with most organizations, NAON undergoes a periodic bylaws review. This exercise not only allows NAON to ensure alignment with policies and procedures but it also provides an opportunity to discuss the relevancy of the bylaws given current business factors and an ever-changing environment.

To view details and rationale of proposed changes, please review this document. Upon review, please vote on the proposed bylaws changes. Voting will remain open until Thursday, November 30 at 11:59pm CT.



Submit Your Nominations for the ONE Award

Each year, it is NAON's privilege to award outstanding orthopaedic nurses that go above and beyond in their field of work. Help us do so by submitting your nominations or by applying for our ONE Award!

Application Dates: Applications are due February 1, 2024

Application Fee: $1,000




Limited Time Discount on Core Curriculum for Orthopaedic Nursing

If you haven't already purchased your physical copy of the 8th edition Core Curriculum for Orthopaedic Nursing, now is your chance! This fundamental textbook provides comprehensive content for all nurses across settings and is an excellent resource to prepare for an orthopaedic certification exam or for application as a staff desk reference.

NAON is pleased to announce a limited time discount for the Core of $185 for members and $285 for non-members.



Purchase Our Online ONP-C Review Course

NAON’s new Online ONP-C course for the orthopaedic nurse practitioner offers a complete review course that can be completed online. NAON has identified the list of topic areas, with each module mapped to the ONCB ONP-C® exam content areas, and the number of exam questions are listed for each module to assist the learner with organization for their study. The course also features a physical assessment section and an interactive message board for learners to share resources and discuss content with peers as a virtual group.



Access the NAON Orthopaedic Nursing Journal Online

On the go or misplaced your print copy of the ONJ? Don’t forget you can access it online! Orthopaedic Nursing is the official journal of NAON and provides discounted continuing education for orthopaedic nurses and focuses on a wide variety of clinical settings including hospital unit, physician's office, ambulatory care centers, emergency room, operating room, rehabilitation facility, community service programs, and more.

Note that you must log in with your NAON username and password to access the Orthopaedic Nursing website.



ACORN Committee: New Ambassador Role

Are you looking to become more involved with NAON, but not quite sure which committee direction is right for you? Are you interested in making personal connections and supporting new NAON members?

The New Ambassador Role in the ACORN committee may be PERFECT for you!

The New Ambassador Role is a brand-new subcommittee formed from the ACORN (Advancing the Careers of Orthopedic Registered Nurses) committee, and the goal of this work is to guide, mentor, and support those new to NAON! We not only want to help advance orthopaedic nurses and their career goals; we also want to build professional relationships from across the country!

1-2 hours of virtual, monthly volunteer work will be required. If interested in joining the New Ambassador Role through ACORN, please email


Healthy Tips from ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Blog

Submitted by Laura Hixon, MSNE, RN-BC, ONC

Tis the season!

The days get shorter and weather is cooler, many love this time of year as the leaves change and holidays are around the corner. I have heard many tell me how shocked they are that it is almost Thanksgiving! Many are working shifts and spending time in between with family. So what can you do if the holidays are sad, stressful or full of anxiety?

Dr. Weir from Huntsman Mental Health Institute shares some of her tips for the holidays:

  1. Reflect on how you feel (from sad to anxious to exhausted) and ask for help if needed. You are not alone.
  2. Avoid holiday stress and anxiety- OK, right, but hold on! We can say no sometimes.
  3. Can do/must do schedule- prioritize things you want to do, leave the rest
  4. Journaling- can help the reflection of stress, sadness and gives a place to process emotions
  5. Limit alcohol use- more than 1-2 drinks per sitting can affect mood, sleep, and stress
  6. Plan a self-activity- a day trip or hike to a favorite spot can boost your mood
  7. Balance eating and indulging, eat healthy on days you don't have plans
  8. Volunteering is always a mood booster; even an hour reminds you of the reason for the season
  9. Limit overwhelming social media- "life is not always what it looks like on social media."
  10. Set boundaries- you can say no to things that cause you stress.


You can enjoy the holiday with the people you care about and acknowledge all of your feelings. You are valuable, a masterpiece, some might say.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of your favorite things! All the Best!


Laura Hixon, DNP, MSNE, RN-BC, ONC

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