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Thursday, February 14, 2002

AAOS and NAON collaborate on education efforts

The AAOS Annual Meeting is the premier educational event of the year for orthopaedic surgeons. It's a major educational event for nurses and allied health professionals as well, thanks to the collaboration between the AAOS Nursing and Allied Health Professions Committee, co-chaired by Dennis P. Grogan, MD, and Susan M. Swank, MD, and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON).

This year, four nursing programs and one allied health professional program are being held concurrent with the Annual Meeting. They begin today and one course is offered each day thereafter.In addition, the orthopaedic nurses' certification examination was given yesterday. The courses feature both physician and nursing professionals and focus on a variety of topics.

"The educational component of this meeting is especially important because orthopaedics is no longer a separate part of the nursing program," said NAON President Sharon Stormer, BSPA, RB, ONC. "Nurses who are graduating now are getting good theory, but not hands-on training."

NAON is also working to attract younger nurses to the profession. "Specialized nursing is definitely more challenging," said Stormer. "We see continuing education like that provided during the AAOS meeting as a professional responsibility."

The NAON/AAOS partnership also extends to other areas such as health policy, research and patient education. "We have some common legislative interests," said Stormer, "and we need to educate nurses to educate patients about topics such as osteoporosis." NAON is also investigating ways to coordinate nursing special interest groups with specialty societies such as the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA).

"We have lots to offer each other," said Stormer. "After all, the bottom line for both physicians and nurses is good patient outcomes."

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