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This article discusses instrument contamination, how to deal with contamination, and tips for speaking up about contamination.

Thriving as an introverted OR nurse is possible through awareness and communication.

A nurse seeks advice about owning up to a mistake for the safety of the patient.

This week’s Periop Life shares 5 lessons to help nurses gain the confidence to provide transgender-competent care.

Unintended retained surgical items (RSIs) pose significant risks, often leading to patient harm and emotional distress for operating room teams. Despite ongoing efforts, RSIs remain a top concern in surgery. Read about their effective approaches to enhance surgical safety and minimize RSIs.

Are you reluctant to lead? The literature is showing a shift toward changes to prepare happier, healthier nurse leaders. This change might open your mind to a high-demand leadership career path.

Your knowledge of forensic specimen handling is critical to ensure that all potential sources of evidence are protected during patient care and surgical procedures. Master forensic specimen handling with this overview of what periop nurses need to know.

Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a rare, serious condition that requires prompt response. Simulation exercises, like those at Orlando Health, help teams practice their response and communication. Explore training methods, such as drills, technology, and virtual reality, to prepare healthcare teams for MH emergencies.

This article describes what forensic evidence is and provides recommendations for handling it to maintain integrity.

Take a look at what was happening in surgery before the year 1800.

New law takes effect July 1, 2025.

My calling to become an OR nurse was one of determination and perseverance. The challenges that stood in my way tried their best to defeat me, but I overcame them to get where I needed to be and where I wanted to be.

Being an operating room nurse is rewarding and challenging. There are times when difficult decisions are made for the betterment of patient care.

Nurses speak up for so many that sometimes they forget to speak up for themselves.

As we celebrate Diversity Month in April, this week's Periop Life blog features insights from Debra Callender, DNP, RN, CNOR, CSSM, as she addresses the complexities of unconscious bias in perioperative nursing. Gain valuable strategies on mitigating biases impacting patient care and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

West Virginia celebrates being “sweet sixteen” as the 16th state to enact smoke evacuation legislation.

Arkansas Capitol demonstration gives legislators firsthand experience with surgical smoke.

Navigating the complexities of moderate sedation/analgesia (MSA) in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) requires a delicate balance of expertise and preparedness. To support nurses in this role, AORN provides exclusive and discounted resources for its members.

One way to increase the feeling of purpose is to find your ikigai, or your why.

Learn about important components of ACDF, such as patient assessment, positioning, surgical prep, needed supplies, and more.

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