AORN Journal

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Stay up-to-date with the latest in evidence-based, clinical best practices through the award-winning, peer-reviewed AORN Journal. Available in timely, easy-to-read print, electronic, and mobile formats.

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April 2017 Issue

This April issue features articles on postoperative pain self-management among patients who underwent total knee or hip arthroplasty; innovative tests able to effectively guide proper blood product administration during trauma and surgical resuscitation; providing safe, high-quality care to patients who use service dogs; the safe use of lasers in the perioperative setting; and more!

CE Articles

  1. Effective Tools for Trauma and Surgical Resuscitation Efforts
  2. Guideline Implementation: Energy-Generating Devices, Part 2 – Lasers
  3. Clinical Issues: Using and evaluating hand hygiene products

Featured Content

  1. Postoperative Pain Self-Management Behavior in Patients
  2. Service Dogs in the Perioperative Setting
  3. Reducing Pediatric Surgery Cancellations

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AORN Journal December 2016 Cover

May 2017 Issue Preview

The May 2017 issue includes articles on implementing AORN’s guidelines for surgical smoke safety, preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), following sterile technique principles, and improving nursing knowledge of inadvertent perioperative hypothermia.

AORN Journal Writers Contest Award Winners

The AORN Journal Writers Contest Awards recognize authors of the highest-quality AORN Journal articles. All articles published in the Journal in 2016 were eligible. Winning articles were chosen based on points awarded by Journal editors and Editorial Board members. Congratulations to our winners!

The 2017 AORN Journal Writers Contest winners are:

  • “Pressure Ulcers: Factors Contributing to Their Development in the OR” by Dawn Engels, MSN, RN, CNS, CWOCN, CWCN-AP; Melody Austin, BSN, RN, CWOCN; Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, CNS, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP; Jennifer Fencl, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CNOR; Sat Gupta, PhD; and Haseeb Kazi, MD (March)
  • “Big Data and Perioperative Nursing” by Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI; and Jessica J. Peterson, PhD-C, RN, CRNA (October)
  • “Preoperative Screening for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children: A Systematic Literature Review” by Erin E. Bauer, DNP, CRNA; Rebecca Lee, DNP, CRNA; and Yasmine N. Campbell, DNP, CRNA (December)

AORN Journal CE Articles

Stay Current, Meet Requirements, Earn CEs

Searching for quality education? Preparing for recertification? AORN Journal  Continuing Education (CE) articles feature a variety of perioperative topics, from sterilization and guideline implementation to prevention of sentinel events and infection prevention, as well as online evaluations with immediate test results!

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