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AORN CONFERENCESAmbulatory Administrator Boot Camp
This program helps you develop the skills needed to manage an ambulatory surgery practice, from daily
operations to regulatory requirements. The four-month program combines face-to-face education with the
convenience of an online program. The course begins with a two-day seminar that is followed by 11
online learning modules. After successfully completing the 11 modules (a score of 100% is needed to
pass), you will be awarded 51 continuing education (CE) contact hours. Many ambulatory surgery center
(ASC) administrators have used this course to prepare for certification exams. Programs are scheduled
for August 14e16 and November 4e6, 2013, at AORN headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Registration
for the August class is open. For more information, visit http://www.aorn.org/ASCAdministrator.
Safe Practice Does Impact Outcomes: Hemostatic Agents and Wound Classification
Earn 4 CE contact hours. Join us in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 24. Funded through the AORN
Foundation and supported by a grant from Ethicon Biosurgery. For more information and to register, visit
Prevent Surgical Site Infections: A Collaborative Approach
Earn 3.5 CE contact hours. Join us in Richmond, Virginia on September 14, Dallas, Texas on October 4, and
Atlanta, Georgia on October 25. Funded through the AORN Foundation and supported by a grant from 3M and
Sage. For more information and to register, visit http://www.aorn.org/UpcomingEvents-SurgicalSiteInfection.
Lean Leadership in Health Care, August 20–22 and September 18–20, Denver, Colorado
Know what counts. Measure what matters. Deliver results. This three-day, highly concentrated, hands-on
workshop teaches critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills that are fundamental to creating
and sustaining actual change using lean strategies. Focus is placed on the intersection of people, process, and
organization culture. Work teams are highly recommended because this course explains by doing. For more
information and to register, visit http://www.aorn.org/LeanLeadership.
AORN’s 61st Annual Congress, March 29eApril 2, 2014, Chicago, Illinois
Next year’s event promises to be innovative, concentrated, comprehensive, and focused. New in 2014 are
focused programs designed exclusively for ASCs, OR leaders, and emerging leaders. Reserve your room
now to get the best hotel, submit your time-off requests, and check out everything Chicago has to offer. For
more information, visit http://www.aorn.org/Congress.
Get access to education 24/7 online. eCongress takes the best of Congress andmakes it available online all year
through on-demand recordings. Top Congress sessions were recorded on-site, so you can experience the
education, information, and energy. For more information or to register, visit http://www.aorn.org/eCongress.
AORN is the premier provider of continuing education for perioperative nurses. To ensure that you are registering
for an AORN event, look for the AORN name and logo. If you are not sure whether an event is sponsored by AORN,
call AORN Customer Service at (800) 755-2676.
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PERIOP 101: A CORE CURRICULUMTM
Periop 101: A Core Curriculum is a comprehensive, online program for educating new perioperative nurses
that provides 40 CE contact hours. The curriculum covers 25 pertinent topics and is designed to be integrated
with a facility’s specific policies and procedures in a clinical practicum and preceptorship. Use of Periop 101
will help develop confident, better-educated, safety-conscious, entry-level perioperative nurses.
For pricing information and a demonstration of the course, visit http://www.aorn.org/Periop101. Periop
101 modules also can be purchased individually. More information is available by visiting http://www
Periop 101: A Core Curriculum for OB Nurses
AORN has recently made extensive revisions and updates to Periop 101: A Core Curriculum for OB Nurses.
The new version consists of 22 modules from the original core curriculum that have been updated to be
directly applicable to the OB RN circulator. Major and minor changes were made to nearly all the modules.
The final examination has also been updated, based on the revised content. For more information, visit http://
Periop 101: A Core Curriculum for ASCs
This specialized Periop 101 course can be used to ensure that the surgical patient in the ambulatory setting
receives the highest level of care. The course contains 26 modules, including two ambulatory-specific
modules developed by experienced ASC nurses. For more information, visit http://www.aorn.org/
Education for Physician Assistants, Medical Students, Residents, Interns, and AdvancedPractice Nurses
AORN has assembled a subset of the Periop 101 modules to educate physician assistants, medical students,
residents, interns, advanced practice nurses, and other allied health professionals entering a facility. For
more information, visit http://www.aorn.org and select Education, Curriculum, Periop 101, and then
PA - Res - Med Course.
Periop 101 Single Modules
Learners can now customize their clinical learning needs by purchasing single modules from Periop 101: A
Core Curriculum. Individual modules vary in price and CE contact hours. These modules contain the same
information as the modules in the Periop 101 curriculum, so a learner who has recently completed Periop 101
will not want to purchase single modules. Modules can be purchased online. For more information, visit
PREPARING FOR THE CNOR� EXAMINATION ONLINE PROGRAM
This newly updated online program prepares RNs to sit for and pass the CNOR certification examina-
tion. There is a money-back guarantee for the course. This 40-CE contact hour course will strengthen
participants’ knowledge of the AORN recommended practices as well as perioperative nursing care. Test-
taking strategies will help participants prepare for test day and alleviate anxiety. Participants have four
months from the time of registration to complete the self-paced online program. Participants receive access
to the online AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices for the duration of the course.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.aorn.org/PrepforCNOR.
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INDEPENDENT STUDY GUIDE BASED ON PERIOPERATIVE STANDARDS ANDRECOMMENDED PRACTICES, 2013 EDITION
This study guide is an excellent resource to review and update perioperative nursing knowledge. New or
experienced RNs, educators, and managers can benefit by testing their knowledge of AORN’s 2013 edition
of Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices using this study guide of 250 questions. Each
participant will receive 13.6 CE contact hours after successfully completing the study guide. Order at http://
AORN webinars present the latest clinical, education, and management issues; ASC issues; perioperative
news; and best practices to promote safe care and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and
other invasive procedures. Visit http://www.aorn.org and select Events then Webinars for a complete list of
upcoming and previously recorded webinars.
AORN’s Webinar Series: Supply Chain Management in the OR, Third Wednesday of EveryMonth, MayeDecember
This webinar series packs practical and sought-after information from nationally known speakers in a handy
online format. Discover useful supply chain sessions each month through the end of the year. Topics include
inventory control, documentation practices, contract negotiations, controlling costs, introducing new prod-
ucts, preference card management, and a look at the future of supply management. Register at http://
ASC Development Webinar Series
The recording of a four-part webinar series on the development of an ASC is now available. The series
covers everything health care providers need to know to start an ASC, including the option of building a new
facility or buying an existing one. Topics include an ASC market overview (eg, ASC historical trends and
market-driven changes such as health care reform), business planning (eg, entity type: hospital outpatient
department versus ASC license, partnership considerations, financial projections, keys to the success of an
ASC), design and development of an ASC (selection of the right professionals, site selection, design of the
facility), and operations preparation (payer contracting, licensure and Medicare certification, accreditation
preparation, governance setup). Register at http://www.aorn.org/Webinars and encourage physician partners
to join as well.
SPECIALTY EDUCATIONAmbulatory Infection Prevention Course
This course provides information that will equip ASCs to meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) requirements for infection prevention and control programs in ASCs. This four-module
online course, worth 6.8 CE contact hours, follows the CMS surveyor worksheet, focusing on the obser-
vations and assessments that will be made during a regulatory visit to an ASC.
This course is appropriate for all perioperative personnel, administrators, and physicians who provide
services in an ASC setting and who want to ensure that they have implemented a quality infection control
program following nationally recognized standards and having safe patient outcomes as a result. For more
information, visit http://www.aorn.org/ASCInfectionPrevention.
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Caring for children in the perioperative environment is complex because of the vast differences in children as
Care of the Pediatric Patient in Surgery
they develop from neonates to adolescents. Nursing interventions implemented during the preoperative,
intraoperative, and postoperative phases are multifaceted and must take into account the continuum of
physiological and psychosocial changes that are occurring in the child. This online educational module was
developed in collaboration with Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA) by pediatric specialists and
provides an overview of the anatomical and physiological differences between children and adults and
a review of developmental stages, establishing the basis for safe care. Topics covered include family-
centered care, parent present induction, anesthesia and positioning considerations, temperature regulation,
and pain management. For more information, visit http://www.aorn.org and select Education, Specialty
Education, then Care of the Pediatric Patient in Surgery.
Caring for the Older Adult in the Perioperative Setting
The older adult population is increasing rapidly in the United States. In addition to understanding the
physiological changes, communication difficulties, and greater number of complications associated with
older patients, perioperative nurses must possess knowledge of how these and other age-related factors affect
the care and treatment of the older adult in the perioperative setting. This online module will provide in-
formation regarding the physiological changes of aging and guidelines for nurses caring for the older adult in
the perioperative setting. For more information, visit http://www.aorn.org and select Education, Specialty
Education, then Care of the Older Adult in the left-hand column.
Laser Safety for Perioperative Nurses
Today’s perioperative nurse must be knowledgeable about laser physics, tissue interaction, safety, and
delivery systems to serve as the patient’s advocate and ensure the safety of both patients and personnel. This
educational module, worth 2.5 CE contact hours, presents an overview of information for health care
personnel who may be involved in laser procedures and provides a foundation for the creation of facility-
specific laser policies and procedures. The module also addresses laser safety protocols according to the
American National Standards Institute Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities, AORN rec-
ommended practices, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery practices. For more informa-
tion, visit http://www.aorn.org/LaserSafety.
Medication Safety Assessment (Adult)
Knowledge of perioperative medications and safety practices is critical for positive patient outcomes.
This online independent study assessment activity will help experienced perioperative RNs identify
knowledge gaps related to medications in the perioperative setting. Educators, managers, orientation
coordinators, and staffing agencies for traveling RNs can use this tool for onboarding newly hired, expe-
rienced RNs. It can also be used by individual RNs as a self-assessment to identify perioperative
medication safety knowledge gaps. Each participant will receive 2 CE contact hours after successful
completion. This module is available for individual purchase or as a facility subscription. For more
information, visit http://www.aorn.org/medsafetyassessment.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Course
With the frequency of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) increasing, it is vital that the perioperative RN
be prepared. This course presents a review of the key perioperative nursing considerations for patients
undergoing MIS procedures. The course consists of four modules and is worth 8 CE contact hours.
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Module 1 reviews preoperative risk factors related to MIS procedures: positioning, including the develop-
ment of venous stasis; fluid management; and intraoperative use of magnetic resonance imaging. Module 2
discusses intraoperative nursing considerations, including positioning, equipment use, and troubleshooting.
Module 3 focuses on complications associated with MIS. Module 4 discusses postoperative patient care
considerations. To learn more, visit http://www.aorn.org/MIS.
Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS) Online Program
In this newly revised course, nurses can learn about the PNDS, test their knowledge, and earn 1.5 free CE
contact hours. Visit http://www.aorn.org and select Education, Specialty Education, and then Introduction to
the PNDS for more information.
The Role of the Perioperative Nurse in Product Evaluation and Selection
One of the perioperative RN’s most important roles is that of advocate. In this role, the RN is responsible
for providing a safe environment of care for both patients and personnel. An important aspect of this
responsibility is ensuring that products and equipment used in the perioperative practice environment are
both safe and effective. This one-hour program reviews key considerations regarding the perioperative RN’s
influence in product evaluation and selection. For additional information, visit http://www.aorn.org and
select Education, Specialty Education, and then the course name.
PERIOP MASTERY PROGRAM
Improve learning and retention of perioperative personnel while reducing patient risk. Periop Mastery
Modules reduce studying times by up to 75% and boost retention rates to nearly 80% after 12 months. These
AORN programs use the latest scientific advancements in understanding how the human brain acquires,
retains, and recalls information. This technology has been adapted into the Periop Mastery Program modules
to emphasize key objectives about AORN’s Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices.
Periop Mastery Program modules include:
n Deep Vein Thrombosis (2.3 CE contact hours/2.3 hours ambulatory education unit [AEU] credit)
n Hand Hygiene in the Perioperative Setting (1.0 CE contact hour/1.0 hour AEU credit)
n High-Level Disinfection (1.5 CE contact hours/1.5 hours AEU credit)
n Malignant Hyperthermia (2.5 CE contact hours/2.5 hours AEU credit)
n Moderate Sedation (1.8 CE contact hours/1.8 hours AEU credit)
n Perioperative Care of the Older Adult (1.9 CE contact hours/1.9 hours AEU credit)
n Positioning the Patient (1.5 CE contact hours/1.5 hours AEU credit)
n Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis (1.2 CE contact hours/1.2 hours AEU credit)
n Preventing Unplanned Perioperative Hypothermia (1.9 CE contact hours/1.9 hours AEU credit)
n Reducing Radiological Exposure (0.8 CE contact hour/0.8 hour AEU credit)
n Retained Surgical Items (1.8 CE contact hours/1.8 hours AEU credit)
n Safe Environment of Care (1.5 CE contact hours/1.5 hours AEU credit)
n Sterilization in the Perioperative Setting (3.0 CE contact hours/3.0 hours AEU credit)
Modules are available for individual purchase and as a facility subscription. For more information or to
purchase, please visit http://www.aorn.org/periopmasteryprogram.
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JOURNAL CE CENTER
AORN Journal CE articles are available with online testing. The online program allows nurses to search
for specific articles, read the article, take the test online, and immediately get results and print a certificate.
The Journal CE Center can help RNs prepare for the CNOR exam or meet state and facility CE require-
ments. Articles cover a broad range of perioperative topics and offer 1 to 6 CE contact hours each. To learn
more and earn CE contact hours online, visit http://www.aorn.org and select Education, then Journal
AORN VIDEO LIBRARY TITLES PRESENTED BY CIN�E-MED�Educational videos in CD-ROM and DVD formats, most including study guides, are available through the
AORN Perioperative Nursing Video Library and are ideal for use as training tools. The video study guides
contain a posttest with answers. Programs available for purchase address
n clinical practice topics,
n communication and conflict resolution,
n infection control,
n patient and family member education, and
n patient and personnel safety.
The AORN Online Video Library provides an innovative, cost-effective, user-friendly way to make videos
available to nurses and medical institutions. Purchasing a subscription provides access to all the videos in our
library for one full year. For details, visit http://www.aorn.org, select Books & Publications, and then Visit
the video library.
Newly Released Videos
Care of the Pediatric Patient in Surgery: Neonatal Through Adolescence
Care of the pediatric patient is a team effort, best accomplished through collaboration between anesthesia
professionals, surgeons, and nursing personnel throughout the continuum of care. A basic understanding of
pediatric developmental stages is essential to all phases of perioperative nursing care and affects how nurses
interact with pediatric patients. This video and study guide review pediatric developmental stages, essential
aspects of preoperative assessment and postoperative care, and basic principle of parent present induction.
Powered Surgical Instruments: Components of Safe Care and Handling
In today’s fast-paced, highly technical health care environment, surgical techniques are constantly evolving.
Manufacturers of surgical instruments have developed powerful and versatile electrical, battery-operated,
and pneumatically driven surgical instruments. This video will provide valuable information on selecting
high-quality powered surgical instruments and ensuring that they are cared for and handled safely.
Prevention of Transmissible Infections in the Perioperative Practice Setting
Protecting patients and the surgical team from disease transmission is challenging in today’s environment,
partly because of the evolving nature of microorganisms. Perioperative RNs should be proficient in tech-
niques that will protect them and their patients from exposure to potentially infectious material. This video
and study guide review infection transmission mechanisms, basic prevention techniques, and the role of
immunizations and evidence-based practices in preventing transmissible infections.
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Sterile Draping: Fundamental Practices
Surgical drapes are used to create a sterile field around the surgical site and establish a physical barrier that
reduces the risk of surgical site infections by decreasing the movement of microorganisms from unsterile to
sterile areas. Proper selection and correct use of sterile surgical drapes are essential practices for establishing
and maintaining a sterile field. This video and study guide review basic principles of drape selection and use
and describe proper draping methods for laparotomy, extremity surgery, lithotomy, surgeries requiring facial
exposure, and robotic surgery.
Sterile Technique: Key Concepts and Practices
Sterile technique means practicing specific procedures before and during invasive procedures to help prevent
surgical site infections and other infections acquired in hospitals, ASCs, physicians’ offices, and all other
areas where patients undergo these procedures. Perioperative nurses and all other medical and surgical
personnel involved in operative and other invasive procedures should promote patient and worker safety by
practicing correct sterile technique and by identifying, questioning, or stopping practices that appear unsafe.
The purpose of this video and accompanying study guide is to provide information to perioperative personnel
on key concepts and practices for establishing and maintaining a sterile field.
Surgical Instrumentation: Use, Care, and Handling
Surgical instruments are high-quality tools designed for accomplishing a specific, desired effect during
a wide variety of invasive procedures. Proper cleaning and handling minimize damage, increase instrument
life expectancy, and protect instruments that are a major financial investment for facilities. This video will
provide education for perioperative personnel on the use, care, and handling of all surgical instruments,
including minimally invasive, powered, and endoscopic instruments.
Editor’s notes: Periop 101 is a trademark of AORN, Inc, Denver, CO. CNOR is a registered trademark of
the Competency & Credentialing Institute, Denver, CO. Cin�e-Med is a registered trademark of Cin�e-Med,
Inc, Woodbury, CT. The Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS) terminology is only distributed through
AORN and AORN Syntegrity� licensed vendors. For questions about PNDS 3 implementation into the
electronic health record and electronic perioperative record solutions, please contact the AORN Syn-
tegrity team via e-mail at [email protected]. AORN Syntegrity is a registered trademark of AORN, Inc,
AORN ensures that no individual with a mobility, visual, or hearing disability is excluded, denied services, or
treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids or services.
AORN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s
Commission on Accreditation.
AORN recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply that
AORN approves or endorses products mentioned in the activities.
AORN is provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019. Check
with your state board of nursing for acceptability of education sessions for relicensure.
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