Operating room nurses are responsible to give care and support to patients before, during and after they have surgery. These essential nurses maintain a sterile environment, monitor patients during surgery and ensure the team renders the highest level of care to each patient. Operating room nursing scholarships help pay for the costs of higher education to enter this challenging profession.

Unity Health System Opportunities for Operating Room Nurses

Scholarships, internships and residency programs through the Unity Health System in New York are geared to help students pursue a career in perioperative nursing. Graduate nurses may qualify for the eight-month perioperative residency program with classroom training and direct clinical orientation. Applications are accepted through May 16.

The summer internship program also gives students experience in a real-world nursing environment with an application deadline of February 15. Finally, the Unity high school nursing scholarship program helps students embark on their nursing education by offering an award of $1,000 each to six qualified applicants from certain local school districts. The deadline to apply is March 1. To find out more about these opportunities, call (585) 368-3009. visit http://www.unityhealth.org/jobs/nursing/students.aspx or write to Unity Health System, Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment Coordinator, 89 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611.

Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Opportunities

Operating room nursing students will find many educational and scholarship opportunities at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. They offer a year-long operating room novice nurse program, an operating room nurse internship program and continuing nursing education courses. Full and half-time employees of DHMC are offered financial assistance to obtain or advance a college degree. There are also multiple scholarship opportunities including Auxiliary Nursing Scholarships, the Elza Frank Hintze Scholarship Award and the Levine Nursing Continuing Education Awards. For additional information, call (603) 650-8891 or visit http://med.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/nursing.html.

Arnot Health Operational Nursing Scholarships

An endowment scholarship in the name of nursing instructor Teresa Gulati will be administered by the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation. The Teresa Gulati Nursing Scholarship is scheduled to make two awards totaling $5,000 annually to nursing students at the school in their second or later year of study. Gulati served Arnot as a perioperative nurse and later as a nursing instructor. For additional info about the scholarship, contact the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation at (607) 737-4606 or visit http://www.arnothealth.org/son-loans.

DAORN Scholarships for Operating Room Nurses

The Denver Association of Operating Room Nurses (DAORN) offers scholarships to its active members meeting certain criteria. Scholarships of $250 are awarded annually per qualified applicant. Applications are accepted four times per year, on January 20, April 20, July 20 and October 20. For additional information about these awards, visit daorn.org.

AORN Nursing Student Scholarships

The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) provides scholarships to registered nurses who are committed to pursuing careers in operational nursing. Several awards are offered for students on different levels, including the AORN Foundation Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Scholarship. The deadline to apply is May of each year. To learn more about these operating nurse scholarship opportunities, phone (800) 775-2676, ext. 328, contact AORN Member Services, Scholarship Application, 2170 S. Parker Rd #300, Denver, CO 80231, or visit http://www.aorn.org/AORN_Foundation/Scholarships_Available/Scholarships_and_Grants_Available.aspx.

FCORN Scholarships for Perioperative Nurses

FCORN in Florida offers several scholarships to qualified members pursuing a career in perioperative nursing. Scholarships available include Clifford Jordan for students pursuing advanced degrees and Gerri Helwig for entry-level nursing students. To get more info about these scholarships, contact Connie Hammond, Scholarship Committee Chair at hamco at gate.net or visit http://www.afn.org/~fcorn/scholar.htm.

Joseph Hageman Memorial

In honor of his service as a perioperative nurse and administrator, the Joseph Hageman Memorial Nursing Scholarship is awarded through the CarolinaEast Foundation to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in the amount of $2,250. There is also an award in the amount of $1,500 for students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. The application deadline is April 8. Candidates must be a resident of Jones, Pamlico or Craven counties, be enrolled as a full-time nursing student at an accredited college and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applications must include an essay, two personal references and one academic reference. To find out more, visit http://www.carolinaeastfoundation.com/nursing/nursing.html.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) offers several scholarships (Career Mobility Scholarship, Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Certification Grant, Certified Medical-Surgical Research (CMSRN) Recertification Grant, Convention Grant and Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Grant) for its members. Visit http://www.amsn.org/professional-development/grants-scholarships for more info.

Operating room nurses perform crucial functions for patients facing surgery. From talking to families to maintaining a superior level of care and treatment, perioperative nurses ensure surgeries go as smoothly as possible.