Introduction to PNDS


Gap Analysis/Purpose

The goal of this course is to familiarize nurses and other health care personnel with the Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS), a standardized nursing language that will support evidence-based perioperative nursing practice.


  • Define the PNDS language
  • Define the model representing perioperative nursing which is the basis of the PNDS
  • Outline the evolution of the PNDS
  • Describe the PNDS coding system
  • Identify clinical implications for the PNDS language
  • Define the AORN Syntegrity® Perioperative Documentation Solution
  • Identify components of the AORN Syntegrity Perioperative Documentation Solution

1.7 Contact Hours

Expires 6/30/23

Course Requirements

Learners receive 1.7 Contact Hours after passing the posttest with a score of 100% and completing the course evaluation.

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Free for both AORN members and non-members.

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After purchasing the course, learners receive an email with a link providing course access. Learners can also log in and access the course via My AORN.