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AORN is dedicated to helping you, your facility, and health system resolve the challenges that impact perioperative teams and surgical patients every day.

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Our mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support the mission.


AORN will be the indispensable resource for evidence-based practice and education that establishes the standards of excellence in the delivery of perioperative nursing care.


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  1. Technology is advancing perioperative care on many fronts and keeping up is critical to providing safe patient care, stresses Julie Cahn, DNP, RN, CNOR, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, perioperative practice specialist for AORN. “The complexities of new OR technologies and the changes they bring to nursing practice keep nursing exciting as well as challenging, but knowledge is power in understanding these technologies and keeping patient safety and optimal outcomes your priority,” Cahn notes. She recommends nurses recognize the importance of adaptability and that they approach learning as a lifelong opportunity, especially when it comes to the value new technologies bring to nursing care and better results. Technologies to Master In the year ahead Cahn is looking to four specific technologies that nurses should understand and feel comfortable with. While some of these technologies are applied in the OR, others impact patients along various points in their surgical care. Top four technologies where nurses’ competence is necessary... Robotics While robotic-assisted surgeries have been evolving in the perioperative setting for years, Cahn says robotic procedures are currently occurring in almost every surgical specialty and their use is predicted to increase. “Perioperative nurses play an incredibly important role in understanding how robotics technology is implemented in order to protect the patient and support the surgeon for optimal outcomes.” Hybrid ORs Whether it is in an endovascular suite or MRI suite, both of these hybrid rooms and the procedures performed in them are increasing, Cahn says. The technologies used in hybrid ORs are also advancing, bringing new approaches to everything from diagnostics and image-guided surgery to postoperative recovery all in one setting. Adjunct environmental cleaning technologies Environmental cleanliness is foundational to the prevention of SSIs and advances in adjunctive room decontamination system technology, such as ultraviolet light (UV) and hydrogen peroxide, may be used in addition to manual cleaning procedures, Cahn says. “Nurses need to work closely with environmental services team members and leadership to evaluate adjunct cleaning technologies and implement them in ways that ensure optimum efficacy and patient and staff safety.” Predictive analytics Advances in software technology allow perioperative data collection for analysis. This analysis enables predictions that can optimize OR scheduling and patient throughput, she notes. “There are more programs than ever that help provide data analytics on perioperative efficiency to understand how your department is working currently. It’s necessary that nurses understand how this technology works as well as how to apply it in new ways.” There are emerging technologies that can support specific service lines, too. For example, earlier this year, a drone was used to deliver an organ for transplant. Also, cryoreductive surgery combined with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is being used in oncology surgery. “With any technology used in perioperative care, perioperative nurses need to be actively involved in a robust process for product evaluation and integration to help with transitions in practice change,” Cahn advises. “Working closely with product manufacturers to take advantage of education and training provided can help offer personnel hands-on experience prior to implementation.” Staying informed Cahn suggests nurses stay informed by seeking out health IT resources in specialty publications that include news of OR technology trends. The AORN Journal is one example as it provides ongoing coverage of emerging technologies such as robotics, hybrid ORs, and procedures using HIPEC. Conferences are another valuable resource for opportunities to gain knowledge about technology trends. She says, “talking about technology with nurses at different types of facilities who may be trialing and implementing new OR technologies can provide interesting insights to what is happening in your area.” AORN hosts the Global Surgical Conference & Expo where there are numerous networking opportunities and where technology is well-covered in education sessions and on the exhibit floor. It’s an opportunity for nurses to talk to reps and see the advancements at work. The conference in 2020 is March 28 – April 1 in Anaheim. The World's Largest Gathering of Perioperative Nurses AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020 Anaheim, CA | March 28 – April 1 Register Today
  2. Perioperative RNs are in high demand in hospital surgical departments, day-surgery, clinics, and physicians' offices. They help plan, implement, and evaluate treatment of the surgical patient and may work closely with the patient, family members, and other health care professionals. Sound intriguing? Here are five important steps you can take to pave your professional path to the OR. Step 1: Find a perioperative internship program Most hospitals host a perioperative nursing internship program that involves didactic and clinical education and training. Many hospitals across the country use AORN's Periop 101 curriculum, which is structured based on AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Any perioperative nursing position you apply for will require you to demonstrate knowledge with AORN guidelines. Step 2: Attend an AORN local chapter meeting Finding a group of perioperative nurses in your community can be a great way to network, learn about job opportunities, and understand important practice issues you will need to address in a perioperative nursing role. Step 3: Seek out perioperative nursing experts Connecting with perioperative nursing professors can be a great way to understand the education base you will need. This option can be great for nurses already in school to advance their education, say for a BSN, because they may be able to take a perioperative nursing course or get involved with a partnering hospital where perioperative nursing observations are held. Step 4: Research the evidence for safe perioperative nursing practice AORN offers a series of regional workshops throughout the year that nurses interested in the perioperative specialty can attend. Participants take a hands-on approach to understanding and implementing perioperative practice issues addressed in AORN's guidelines. The workshops can give prospective perioperative nurses a chance to network, learn, and earn perioperative nursing continuing education credits. Step 5: Attend AORN's Global Surgical Conference and Expo Interested nurses attending the annual conference in New Orleans, March 24-28, can learn about the latest trends and evidence-based practices in perioperative nursing, while also having ample opportunities for networking and fun. The meeting also offers a free student day for hands-on nursing education and first-hand experience and education with OR technology on the exhibit floor. GIVEAWAY AORN is giving away a five-night hotel stay in New Orleans to use during Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2018. Register by December 15, 2017, with promo code "AllNurses" to be entered into the drawing.* *See full contest rules.

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