TrueNorth Award


Certification, in many ways, acts as a compass directing a nurse's clinical practice towards nationally accepted standards. Registered nurses who hold the CNOR credential, as well as facilities that support those nurses’ certification goals, are subsequently committed to improving patient outcomes and look to certification to measure their mastery of the knowledge it takes to do so.

Thus, CCI developed the TrueNorth Award to recognize those organizations that use CNOR certification as a “true north” to guide their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety.

Learn more about TrueNorth by watching our previously taped webinar.

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

The Award

The TrueNorth Award consists of

  • $1,500 for a celebratory reception to be held in conjunction with the award presentation
  • A commemorative recognition plaque
  • Five CNOR certification vouchers to be distributed by the winning organization at their discretion within 12 months from the award announcement
  • Onsite visit from CEO of CCI and/or a member of the CCI Board of Directors to personally present the TrueNorth Award
  • Press release and other CCI communication initiatives announcing the TrueNorth winner


Health care organizations that employ CNOR certified nurses or have certified 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, and AORN chapters. A unit or division of a larger organization is eligible to apply. Organizations that employ any member of the CCI Board of Directors or CCI staff are ineligible. Self-nominations are acceptable.


Online applications applications for 2019 will open soon! Following are the steps to complete your submission 

  1. Review application instructions
  2. Gather letters of support from both the organization’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Director of Surgical Services affirming the organization’s commitment to specialty nursing certification
  3. Complete online application (click "Notify Me" button below to receive email notification once applications are open)

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Documents you may find helpful in your application process include

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