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Chart your OR career

Chart your OR career with AORN's Career Pathway Tool.  Select where you are on your career path today or where you'd like to go.  Career Pathway guides you through the steps to becoming a perioperative RN or advancing your career at any point with useful information and links to key resources.

Career Pathway

Retired or Nearing Retirement 

Expert Perioperative Nurse 

Experienced Perioperative Nurse 

New Perioperative Nurse 

Mid-Career Switch (nursing and non-nursing) 

Student Nurse 

Surgical Tech 




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