Introduction to the Perioperative Nursing Data Set


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® Standardized Perioperative Framework
  • Identify components of the AORN Syntegrity Standardized Perioperative Framework


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Non-members: Free

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Contact Hours

Learners receive 1.7 Contact Hours after passing the Post Test with a score of 100% and completing the Course Evaluation. Contact hours expire 12/31/19.

Course Length and Extension

This course is accessible for 4 months from the date of enrollment. If an extension is needed, please call Experience Services at 800-755-2676.

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