The TrueNorth Award
The TrueNorth Award was developed to recognize facilities that use certification as a “true north,” guiding their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety. Facilities that earn the TrueNorth Award exhibit the highest standards in perioperative certification excellence.
The TrueNorth Award consists of:
• $1,500 for a celebratory reception
• Reception presentation by CCI leadership
• A commemorative recognition plaque
• Free Professional Development Activities for Staff
• Press release and other CCI communication initiatives
2023 Winner: Inova Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiovascular OR
2022 Winner: National Institutes of Health-Clinical Center
2021 Winner: Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego
2020 Winner: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Pflugerville
2019 Winner: Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
2018 Winner: Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge and VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
2017 Winner: Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
2016 Winner: Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, OR
2015 Winner: St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, WA
2014 Winner: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Woodlands, TX
2013 Winner: Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
Healthcare organizations that employ certified perioperative nurses or have certified perioperative nurses as members and/or representatives are eligible to apply for this award. Organizations include but are not limited to, hospitals, health systems, surgical services departments, ambulatory surgery centers, units or divisions of a larger organization, and AORN chapters. Organizations that employ any member of the CCI Board of Directors or CCI staff are ineligible. Self-nominations are acceptable.
- October 1, 2023: Applications open
- November 30, 2023: Applications close
- Q1 of 2024: Applicants notified regarding results
Components of Application Packet
1. The Five Elements of Nursing Specialty Certification
Description and documentation of evidence about how each element is demonstrated
The five elements include Structure, Recognition, Professional Engagement, Dissemination, and Volunteer Service.
2. Certification Ratios
Numerical reflection of the number of FTE perioperative nurses who are eligible to be certified in comparison to the number of FTE perioperative nurses who are certified.
3. Documentation of Leadership Support
Letters from the CNO and Director of Surgical Services (or Manager) that describe facility support for certification
Impact of Certification Narrative describing and documenting accomplishments achievements, to include citation of specific examples
(Note: Detailed information about each of these components is included in the scoring rubrics).