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AORN Journal CE Articles

Whether you're preparing for recertification, renewing your license, or just want to stay current, the AORN Journal Continuing Education (CE) articles address a variety of perioperative topics. From Guidelines implementation to perioperative safe practices, stay up-to-date and improve your own practice every day.

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August 2016 Issue


This August issue includes special featured CE articles tied to the Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification program. Featured articles examine perioperative nurse leaders and professionalism, improving OR efficiency, effective perioperative communication, perioperative orientation strategies, and challenges and success strategies tied to leadership and management roles.

Featured CE Articles

Perioperative Nurse Leaders and Professionalism

Professionalism in nursing leadership encompasses key elements that include a common body of knowledge, autonomous practice, self-regulation through education and licensure, a set code of ethics, and a commitment to altruism. Perioperative nurse leaders also must embrace collaboration, vision, accountability, and patient and staff member advocacy based on established ethics, values, and standards of care.

Improving OR Efficiency

The high-cost/high-revenue environment of the OR requires special attention from managers to scrutinize and reduce costs. Operational costs in the OR are affected by start times, turnover times, cancellation rates, and adequate supplies, equipment, and staffing. This article describes concepts that contribute to efficiency in the OR and the importance of staff engagement in achieving desired outcomes.

Effective Perioperative Communication to Enhance Patient Care

Effective communication is a necessary component of a patient safety program, which enables all members of the interdisciplinary health care team to effectively manage their individual roles and responsibilities within the perioperative setting; set expectations for safe, high-reliability care; and measure and assess outcomes. To sustain a culture of safety, effective communication should be standardized, complete, clear, brief, and timely.

Strategies for Successful Perioperative Orientation

The successful orientation of new employees facilitates the transition to the complex and demanding world of perioperative nursing. A new nurse benefits from a transition period during which new skills, processes, and concepts can be learned. Training should offer new employees the opportunity to develop competency, experience, collegial relationships, clinical judgment, and overall specialized knowledge for application in the clinical setting.

Leadership and Management Roles: Challenges and Success Strategies

Determining the differences between management and leadership is not as straightforward as it may seem. This column describes the difference between leadership and management in a broad sense and how these roles apply to health care settings. It also explores examples of selected types of leadership, current issues, ethics, challenges, skills, and roles of nursing leaders.

Clinical Issues - August 2016

This month’s Q&A column addresses the following topics: assessing discharge risks for infants and toddlers who have undergone moderate sedation, assessing a child for sleep apnea, using a frailty index to assess surgical patients, and determining the need for IV access in patients undergoing local anesthesia.

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