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The Denver chapter of AORN, or DAORN as its members refer to it, is about 550 members strong, encompassing the Denver metro area and stretching as far as Colorado Springs, Vail, and Fort Collins. Its purpose is to unite registered nurses to promote the highest professional standards of perioperative nursing practice for the patient before, during, and after operative and other invasive procedures. DAORN offers a sense of community as well as personal and professional benefits through networking, social events, and continuing education.


What's New?

This Chapter is only as strong as its active members and your participation in the various committees and the Board. The time commitment for volunteering in one of these positions is minimal, yet rewarding. Please consider helping out. We would love to have you. Please email us at aorn.denver @ with your interest and any questions.

AORN HQ will be helping at the Denver Pride Run on Saturday, June 22. We would love it if our chapter would help out, as well. We have AORN t-shirts and several different ways you can help at the event, such as: watering stations, signup helpers, and start/finish volunteers. If interested, please contact Melissa Hedman, who is heading up the volunteer effort, by May 24. And the great part is, not only are you helping the LGBTQ+ community, but this will also count toward our chapter DEI points at the end of the year.

We would LOVE to see you there!

President's Message

I am honored to serve as the DAORN Chapter President for the term starting this June of 2023. I am especially proud to be a part of an organization of fellow members passionate about promoting and maintaining a culture of safety in the perioperative setting through life learning, activism, and patient advocacy.

My commitment and goals to the membership are as follows:

  1. Be TRANSPARENT through organized events and planned events so you can attend.
  2. Provide opportunities for CONNECTIONS by bringing educational events to local facilities throughout the Denver metro area and with the creation of DAORN Connections. DAORN Connections are planned community events throughout the year that focus on having fun and networking with like-minded people to help you build your career goals.
  3. Educate the membership on the VALUE AORN and DAORN membership can offer you personally, professionally, and as a national/ community resource.
  4. Increase member participation through tactics of creativity, engagement, and personalization.

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Did You Know?

You’ve made it here – to our fabulous website! If you are looking to become a member of DAORN, this is how you go about it: If you are not already an AORN member, join AORN and select the Denver chapter (0601) in the membership application. If you are already an AORN member and would like to change or add chapters, please contact AORN Experience Services at (800) 755-2676 or We look forward to meeting you!