Perioperative Nurse Career Pathway

What are your next steps and how can you get there?

Explore Paths to the Operating Room and Beyond

  • Allow AORN to guide you through your perioperative journey with the right education and support
  • Gain access to the necessary tools, resources, product overviews, and more to make informed decisions about your career
  • Membership opens access to a vital community of opportunities

Download Pathways

Student learning in the OR.
Prelicensure Student

Explore perioperative nursing, an exciting career choice that combines high-touch and high-tech into your practice. Learn more   

New Periop Nurse in OR
New Periop Nurse (<1 yr)

Build a solid foundation using resources that strengthen your clinical skills and improve patient outcomes. Learn more

Periop nurse learning new skills.
Emerging Periop Nurse (2 yrs)

Grow your competence by identifying knowledge gaps and pursuing new clinical skills. Learn more

Experienced Periop Nurses in OR
Experienced Periop Nurse (3 -5 yrs)

Expand your clinical expertise and demonstrate it through certification. Learn more

Educator teaching periop nurses.

Extend your love for teaching others into a vital role as an educator. Learn more

Advanced periop nurses wearing masks and scrubs.
Advanced Clinical

Shape clinical practice & amplify your passion for patient care or workplace improvement. Learn more

Periop nursing leader.

Spark collaboration & success among teams and thrive as a leader. Learn more

How can AORN help me navigate my pathway?

Use AORN Membership to Forge Your Way

Your professional association provides a wealth of tools, resources and support as you continue along your perioperative journey.

Looking for a higher-paying job or wanting to negotiate a raise? Discover your paycheck potential with AORN's Salary Calculator, which now includes 2022 data.