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MIS Course

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques, such as reduced postoperative pain and quicker recovery, are well documented. The shift from traditional open surgical procedures to the use of minimally invasive techniques continues to change the strategic approach for many types of operative procedures.

The purpose of this course is to present a review of the key perioperative nursing considerations for patients undergoing MIS procedures.

Current MIS and computer-assisted procedures often involve the use of complex technologies. As a result, MIS techniques are no longer limited to short procedures on relatively healthy patients. Longer, more complex procedures are being performed on patients who are elderly and in some cases have multiple comorbidities. As the MIS evolution continues, the potential for injuries and complications also increases. There are unique risks inherent to the minimally invasive approach.

It is vital the perioperative RN is prepared to transition to these new surgical approaches and provide safe patient care. As new strategies are developed to improve the safety of health care, integration of care is one transformational concept. The perioperative RN plays an integral role on the surgical team and must understand the planned surgical technique and the patient's unique clinical characteristics. By reducing risks and maximizing the benefits of MIS techniques, the perioperative RN promotes positive patient outcomes.

Flexible endoscopic gastrointestinal procedures, as well as specialty MIS procedures (e.g., spine, orthopedics, and cardiothoracic) are outside the scope of this course.

This course consists of four modules.

  • Module 1 will review preoperative risk factors related to MIS procedures: positioning, including the development of venous stasis; fluid management; and intraoperative use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  • Module 2 will discuss intraoperative nursing considerations, including positioning, equipment use, and troubleshooting.

  • Module 3 will focus on complications associated with MIS.

  • Module 4 will discuss postoperative patient care considerations.

Documentation for all phases of care will be integrated into each module.

AORN Members: $135
Non-members: $250

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Contact Hours:
Participants receive 8 contact hours after completion of the course. Contact hours will expire June 30, 2016.

Facility Subscription:
AORN's MIS course is available to facilities in a subscription format.

Completion Requirements:
Students will have four (4) months to complete the course. This course is worth eight (8) contact hours. To earn the contact hours and print a certificate you must complete all the course modules and the final course evaluation. Your record will be updated with your contact hours the month following the completion of the course.

Extension Fee:
This course is accessible for four (4) months from the date of enrollment. Should you require an extension, there is a $50 fee per month, with a maximum extension of four (4) months. Extension months must be consecutive. Please call Customer Service at (800) 755-2676 to request an extension.

Computer Specs:
Provide minimum system requirements for hardware and software for computers used to take this online course.

The AORN MIS course was developed through an educational grant from Ethicon-Endo Surgery, Inc. 

Accreditation Statements 

The program is approved for 8 hours of AEU credit by BASC Provider #0102.


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