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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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March 2018 Issue

This March issue features articles on understanding the signs, symptoms, and progression of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; how to safely position orthopedic patients in the supine, Fowler and semi-Fowler, hemilithotomy, lateral, and prone positions; improving knowledge and awareness of surgical fire risk; how to maintain an adequate perioperative nursing workforce and recruit newly graduated nurses; and more!

CE Articles: FREE to AORN members!

CE Articles

  1. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Considerations for Perioperative Care
  2. Back to Basics: Orthopedic Positioning
  3. Clinical Issues—March 2018

Featured Content

  1. Use of a Novel Memory Aid to Educate Perioperative Team Members on Proper Patient Positioning Technique
  2. Surgical Fire Safety: An Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Improvement Project
  3. Understanding Value as a Key Concept in Sustaining the Perioperative Nursing Workforce

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March 2018 Issue

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The April 2018 issue features a special focus on wound care and includes articles on the following: hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including its indications, contraindications, and use at a tertiary care center; using big data analytics to help nurses and physicians provide optimized care for patients with chronic wounds; approaches that decrease amputations and improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes and foot ulcers; and more!

Two New AORN Journal Columns in 2018!

The February issue features the first “Leadership Insights” column. This bi-monthly column addresses the most current and pressing leadership issues in a practical manner. Targeted to managers and leaders, the column will report on innovative practices and initiatives at hospitals across the country and lessons learned from these initiatives. Each column will contain helpful insights, how-to strategies, and key takeaways for application to practice.

The March issue will feature the first “Speaking Up: Voices from the OR” column. This bi-monthly column focuses on speaking up and demonstrating courage in the OR. The column is designed to showcase different voices and perspectives of perioperative nurses who have shown courage in a variety of ways. Each column will not include any identifiable data to keep the individuals and facilities anonymous. The column is meant to inspire perioperative nurses to speak up, especially in difficult circumstances.

AORN Journal Receives Its First Impact Factor

The AORN Journal has been included in Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Journal Citation Reports® and has received its first-ever Journal Impact Factor. The Impact Factor is based on impact and influence metrics, along with citation data from the Web of Science, and measures a journal’s influence in the scientific community. This is an incredibly exciting achievement that raises the Journal’s standing in scholarly literature.

Introducing Journal Essentials

On-the-go just got easier with Journal Essentials - our new digital supplement to the AORN Journal. Providing a snapshot view of each month’s Journal articles, this great new resource delivers one page summaries of articles considered essential reading for perioperative practice!

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Have You Heard the Journal Lately?

You like to read the AORN Journal, but now you can listen to it, too. The Journal now features special monthly podcasts – full-length and summary - so you can take the Journal with you wherever you go!

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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)

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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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