Association News | 9.20.2023
September 2023: Association News

LAST CHANCE! Allied Health and APRN Virtual Symposium

Did you miss out on our virtual symposium? Register by 5:00 p.m. CT Friday, September 29th to access on-demand content geared toward our allied health and advanced practice nurses! Access sessions from multi-disciplinary orthopaedic teams presenting on quality improvement projects, best practices on program initiatives and updates relevant to any clinical setting.



In-Person Ortho Nurses Week ONRC Workshop

The Orthopaedic Nursing Review Course, will take place on Thursday, November 2 at NAON Headquarters in Chicago, IL, during Orthopaedic Nurses Week. This one-day review course is ideal for nurses seeking certification or to refresh their knowledge. Connect with fellow nurses to improve your overall orthopaedic best practices.



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.



Recently Released: 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.



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 orthopedic 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


How are you sleeping?

By Laura Hixon, MSNE, RN-BC, ONC

A good night sleep can make you feel on top of the world, but sometimes it can be hard to get. Here are some suggestions from the American Holistic Nurses Association. 

1. Invest in your sleep environment: Start with the basics- dark and quiet, comfortable temperature. Comfortable mattress and bedding. 

2. Shift-work: Minimize noise and light in your sleep environment. Ear-plugs or a white-noise machine, blackout shades or a quality comfortable eye mask 

3. Makes scents: Use a sleep enhancing linen mist or a diffuser with orange, lavender, or chamomile oil. 

4. Wind-down/ Mindfulness practices: Releases neurotransmitters for relaxation. Breathwork, Restorative Yoga, or Tai Chi, nice soaking bath.

4. Sleep hygiene: Reduce or cut-out electronic blue-light absorption (screen-time), cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine two hours before intended sleep. 

5. Manage the “Thought Whirlwind”: Sleep difficulties can be a sign of distress: continuous/frequent disturbing thoughts, anxiety, or nightmares, contribute to a sleep deficit.

If you are struggling with sleep, you are not alone! The rate of nurses complaining of these symptoms has risen as high as 60%.

For more research-based information about the effects of sleep on your body, here is a great article.

Worley S. L. (2018). The Extraordinary Importance of Sleep: The Detrimental Effects of Inadequate Sleep on Health and Public Safety Drive an Explosion of Sleep Research. P & T : a peer-reviewed journal for formulary management43(12), 758–763.


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