Association News | 1.24.2024
January 2024: Association News

Let's Louisville This May

Now is your moment, register today to join more than 500 fellow orthopaedic nurses and healthcare professionals for our yearly gathering of the minds. The NAON 44th Annual Congress will take place May 18-20 in Louisville, KY. Make an investment in yourself and dedicate 2.5 days to come together, to move NAON and the field of orthopaedics forward, and to re-discover the passion and excitement that brought us here.


Last Call for ONE Award Nominations

Every year NAON is honored to award outstanding orthopaedic nurses that go above and beyond in their field of work - support us in our mission by submitting a nomination or application for the Orthopaedic Nursing Excellence (ONE) Award. Applications are due by February 1, 2024.


Application Deadline Approaching for NAON Fellows Program

Stand out in the field orthopaedic nursing and affirm your achievements in the profession by obtaining the NAON Fellow Designation (FNAON).

Nurses who are designated as Fellows of NAON have a history of sustained and notable contributions to the specialty beyond their work environment at a regional, state, national, and even global level. They have also excelled in orthopaedics, offered mentorship, advocated for the field, engaged in volunteer service, and showcased their dedication to advancing both the specialty and the association.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2024.


New Ambassador Role with NAON ACORN Committee

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 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 you are interested in joining the New Ambassador Role through ACORN, please email

Access the 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.


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

Water is life! As a baby, we are 75% water and as we get older, it is closer to 55%. Our blood volume is 90% water, so it makes sense how essential it is for our homeostasis. Maybe you have a system to try to get your water in, but it is a challenge. ANA knows the importance for overall body health and encourages replacing fluids to prevent dehydration. Here are some considerations with dehydration to provide us some motivation!

  1. Exercise- Fluid loss of 6-10% through sweat can occur, so drink fluids above the thirst you might be experiencing.
  2. Mind- Mild levels of dehydration can affect your mood and short-term memory. This stresses the body and can distract from essential cognitive functions.
  3. Gastrointestinal- Dehydration can cause acute and chronic constipation. You need water to balance fiber intake.
  4. Kidney function- Regulation of fluid balance requires hydration in order to filter any waste from the blood and excrete in the urine
  5. Heart- Hydration is a part of the blood volume that can affect blood pressure and the hemodynamic response. Lower blood volume can lead to lower blood pressure.

So how much water do you need? This depends on you, your activity level and lifestyle. Ultimately you will need to listen to your body. If you are thirsty, you should reach for that high quality H2O first. Chances are you are already dehydrated, so be sure to get the best benefits from water itself.  Happy drinking!


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Benton, D. & Young, H. Do small differences in hydration status affect mood and mental performance? Nutrition Reviews, 73(2), 83–96,

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