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Course Objectives

This course will prepare the perioperative registered nurse to sit for the CNOR exam by strengthening his or her knowledge of perioperative nursing. This course serves as a review of the current Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices) and will help reinforce fundamental concepts of perioperative nursing.

With this self-paced course, you will learn effective test-taking strategies and review perioperative content. This program provides you with 58 modules, including a 50-question pretest and a 200-question practice exam. In addition, the course content contains many practice questions. Learners have access to the course for up to four months after purchase, and upon completion you will earn 49 contact hours. Learners receive online access for four months to the current AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.


Upon completion of this course, the perioperative nurse will be able to:

  • Identify the governing body administering the CNOR credential.

  • Apply test taking strategies for the CNOR examination.

  • Discuss key components of the nursing process related to perioperative nursing.

  • Identify critical thinking skills necessary to effectively practice perioperative nursing.

  • Identify safety measures to maintain a sterile field throughout the perioperative stay.

  • Identify nursing interventions to ensure a safe environment for the perioperative patient.

  • Identify strategies to assist the perioperative patient during the administration of anesthesia.

  • Recognize perioperative patient complications associated with acute or chronic conditions.

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of a perioperative patient's changing condition.

  • Describe the role of the perioperative RN in emergent or crisis situations in the perioperative period.

  • Identify components of effective hand-off communication.

  • Identify the perioperative RN's role as patient advocate.

  • Examine perioperative concerns for special populations of perioperative patients

  • Discuss unique perioperative care for minimally invasive and ambulatory procedures.

  • Discuss the perioperative RN's role in patient and family education.

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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