Foundations of Laser Physics and Safety


Complete Annual Laser Safety Training

Perioperative and procedural teams who use lasers are invited to join AORN for a half-day, virtual live training to understand and implement evidence-based laser safety processes. This course meets annual team training requirements and provides foundational safety guidance to protect everyone in the room.

Who Should Take this Course

  • ASCs, hospitals and procedural areas that use lasers (facility departments, clinics, offices)
  • Perioperative nurses
  • Perioperative scrub nurses and surgical techs
  • Anyone in a healthcare facility who interacts with lasers, participates in laser procedures, or is in the room while lasers are in use (contractors, admins, IP, Risk Managers, other team members)
  • Team leaders

Looking a deeper dive? AORN offers an alternate, 1.5-day virtual live course for designated Medical Laser Safety Officers (11.5 CH/AEU).

As safe — or as hazardous — as the users

Lasers are highly regulated, essential devices used in a wide variety of settings and in an expanding number of procedures including gynecologic, orthopedic, dermatologic, ophthalmologic, urologic, neurosurgical, cardiovascular, otolaryngologic, and cosmetic procedures, among others.

Treatment laser systems in surgery deliver laser radiation to alter tissue and are classified as Class IV or serious hazards. Managed improperly, they can severely damage eyes, burn skin, ignite fires, and create hazardous smoke byproducts. Regulatory and accreditation bodies consider laser safety the responsibility of each individual in the room – requiring everyone to have knowledge and skills to manage risks.

About This Course

In this half-day live course, you’ll learn about tissue interaction with lasers and critical safety precautions to avoid accidents that might harm the care team and your patients.

  • Those who complete the course and post-test will earn 3.25 CH/AEU and a Certificate of Achievement
  • Surgical Technologists can use AORN contact hours toward NCCT credits

Registration coming soon for the Fall 2024 course.

Foundations of Laser Physics and Safety Course and Q&A session are presented by Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer & instructor Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO.

Vangie Dennis


A former AORN Board President, Ms. Dennis works as Assistant Vice President for AnMed Health located in Anderson, South Carolina. She has been published and cited in several medical and nursing publications; was the expert reviewer of the 2011 & 2018 AORN Recommended Practices for Lasers; and authored the AORN Laser Study Guide, Module, and video.

Ms. Dennis also is an independent consultant who lectures on lasers and nursing practice nationally and internationally for AORN, Advanced Technology Specialty Assembly, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, The International Laser Safety Conference, Canadian Nurses Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, MedSun CODA Conference, and Medical Societies and facilities.

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