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The Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) of Middle Tennessee and REBOOT Recovery hosted the fifth annual Healing Hands Helping Heroes Casino Night on Thursday, November 7, at City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee to benefit the AORN of Middle Tennessee and REBOOT Combat Recovery.

The event raised an estimated $30,000 for the two nonprofit organizations to help further their missions and help accomplish the following:

  • Provide AORN delegates with scholarships to attend the national AORN Symposium and Expo
  • Provide quarterly scholarships to select chapter members to complete the Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) exam or attend a continued education offering
  • Reinstate the AORN Chapter Nurse of the Year Award
  • Provided full REBOOT Combat Recovery scholarships to hurting military families in Middle Tennessee to our combat trauma healing course. These scholarships included meals, child care, curriculum and even one-on-one mentorship

“Over the last several years, we have observed the hard work and dedication that the perioperative nurses in Middle Tennessee have provided to the patients in our community. AORN is a nonprofit membership association that was established in 1954 to promote safety and optimal outcomes by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. Since the founding, the association has expanded to include more than 275 U.S. chapters,” according to a press release.

OR Today magazine was a proud sponsor of the event. Publisher John Krieg said it was a wonderful event and he looks forward to being a part of future events.

“OR Today was honored to be a part of such a great benefit. Our team is thankful for the opportunity to work with such great leaders at the AORN Nashville chapter and look forward to supporting the event next year,” Krieg said.

REBOOT Recovery was founded in 2011 by a licensed occupational therapist specializing in traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). REBOOT exists to address the overlooked spiritual aspects of combat trauma. The program focuses on issues of identity, false guilt, forgiveness and building an environment of healing. This organization has provided the Middle Tennessee chapter with many learning opportunities. Service members and their families will be assisted by receiving therapy with money generated from this event.

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