Specialty Nursing Organization: National Association of Orthopedic Nurses

Specialty Nursing Organization: National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) is a membership-based organization with headquartered along Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, it has numerous chapters across various states throughout the country. Founded and incorporated in April 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri, NAON has a national membership base made up of practicing, vocational and retired orthopaedic nurses and initial degree nursing students. It also offers membership to groups and other professionals involved in orthopaedic practice. They a membership fee of $140 for registered, practicing or vocational orthopaedic nurses and an associate membership fee of $130 for non-nursing practitioners involved in orthopaedic care or retired orthopaedic nurses. Nursing students who are members of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) pay a registration fee of $70 while non-NSNA members pay $80. Group membership fee varies depending on a variety of factors including number of group members (NAON, 2017).

In addition to several symposia and conferences, NAON holds an annual congress at Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota mostly in late October. There are no charges for the meeting other than individual accommodation arrangements for members. While it has no books for sale, NAON has an international journal: Orthopaedic Nursing Journal that publishes articles on various issues and topics beyond orthopaedic nursing. It also has a a blog and several online publications. NAON’s mission is to advance knowledge in the field of orthopaedic nursing through a multifaceted approach. It is guided by vision, integrity, trust and stewardship. It is also guided by trust and innovation. It seeks to promote a professional culture within the field marked by passion, collaboration, trust and integrity (Harvey et al., 2013). It also partners with other organizations including Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to promote and set best practices and professional standards in the sector. It offers scholarships through its foundation. I would be interested in joining NAON someday due to their excellent organization, adoption of emerging technologies in their service delivery and strong commitment to advancing orthopaedic nursing and nursing in general (NAON, 2017).




Harvey, C. V. et al. (2013). The National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) Scope and Standards of Orthopaedic Nursing Practice, 3rd Edition. Orthopaedic Nursing 32(3), p 139 – 152. Retrieved from: http://www.nursingcenter.com/cearticle?an=00006416-201305000-00004

NAON. (2017). National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Retrieved from: http://www.orthonurse.org/