Guidelines Workshops

Local Hands-On Training

Local Education & Training Rooted in the Latest AORN Guidelines

In-person and interactive Guidelines Workshops are a perfect opportunity for any member of the perioperative team to expand their knowledge of how to implement evidence-based best practices in the OR. You'll learn about recent updates to AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, experience hands-on demos of the latest OR technologies, and build connections in your local periop community.

About the Events

  • 1-day periop workshops happening in 6 cities - Registration Coming Soon
  • Earn contact hours at interactive education sessions led by the authors of AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
  • Explore technology and solutions for the OR while having some fun in the hands-on demonstration room
  • Breakfast and lunch are included with registration
  • Chances to win prizes, including registration to AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo
LocationDateRegistration Info
Los Angeles, CA Sept. 14, 2024View Details
Denver, COSept. 28, 2024Coming Soon
Boston, MAOct. 5, 2024View Details
Chicago, ILOct. 19, 2024View Details
Houston, TXNov. 2, 2024View Details
Ft. Lauderdale, FLNov. 16, 2024Coming Soon

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Education Sessions at a Glance

Clearing the Air: Myths & Facts about Surgical Smoke

Misunderstandings about surgical smoke persist in the media and among healthcare personnel. With the increased focus on surgical smoke safety and progressing legislation throughout the country, it is important to ensure perioperative RNs are prepared with the most accurate and current information about surgical smoke. In this session, we’ll clear the air of several common misconceptions and provide the evidence-based facts about surgical smoke safety in the operating room.

  • Identify common misconceptions about surgical smoke in the operating room.
  • Discuss the data-driven facts about surgical smoke safety.
  • Review the evidence-based AORN recommendations for perioperative surgical smoke safety.


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Brr! It's Cold in Here!

We're gonna need a nurse in the OR atmosphere…to prevent patient hypothermia! Join us as we preview the newly revised recommendations for perioperative patient temperature management and test your knowledge on the best strategies to prevent patients from experiencing inadvertent perioperative hypothermia.

  • Discuss the perioperative nurse's role in perioperative patient temperature management.
  • Identify strategies to prevent perioperative hypothermia. 
  • Review recommendations for maintaining normothermia in the perioperative setting. 

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RSI Quiz Bowl

Uncover strategies to prevent unintentionally retained surgical items (RSI), and champion patient safety in this updated Periop Quiz Bowl as a team. Hosted by an AORN Guideline Author, your team will engage in a battle of facts to test your knowledge of best practices for preventing RSIs! 

  • Discuss the perioperative nurse's role in preventing RSIs
  • Identify best practices that enhance safety in the perioperative setting
  • Explain AORN recommendations for prevention of RSIs

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Meet the Speakers

Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC

Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist

Karen deKay is a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist at AORN. She is certified in perioperative nursing and infection control and has over twenty years of experience developing education.


Perioperative Practice Specialist

Dr. Hanks is a Perioperative Practice Specialist at AORN. She is the lead author revising the Autologous Tissue Management Guideline.

Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC

Sr. Perioperative Practice Specialist

Emily authored the revisions to the AORN Guideline for surgical smoke safety and the AORN Guideline for prevention of venous thromboembolism.

Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Editor in Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Dr. Erin Kyle is the Editor-in-Chief of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice at AORN where she works closely with the Nursing Practice team and the Guidelines Advisory Board in developing and updating AORN's 35 evidence-based guidelines.


Director of Evidence Based Perioperative Practice

Dr. Lisa Spruce is the Director of Evidence Based Perioperative Practice at AORN. She is responsible for the overall leadership of the products, services, and guidelines developed by AORN's Nursing Practice Team.

Zach Swartz, MHI, BSN, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Practice Specialist

Zach Swartz is a Perioperative Practice Specialist at AORN and is updating the Guideline for Pneumatic Tourniquet Safety. He contributes to the AORN Nurse Consult Line and Clinical Issues column, and authors the AORN Journal Back to Basics 2.0 column.


Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist

Amber is a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist at AORN where she has served as lead author of several guidelines.

Renae Wright, DNP, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Practice Specialist

Dr. Wright is a Perioperative Practice Specialist for AORN. She is the lead author for the AORN Guideline for Minimally Invasive Surgery and the AORN Guideline for a Safe Environment of Care.

Why Your Peers Love Guidelines Workshops

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. I feel it was an effective mix of talks with discussion, and informative hands-on sessions to expand upon the subject matter and how it can apply in our practice.”

Past Guidelines Workshop Attendee, 2023

"The most beneficial parts were hearing from the authors of the Guidelines and being able to ask them questions regarding things that come up in practice. Also, hearing what others are doing in practice and being able to take that back to my facilities.”

Past Guidelines Workshop Attendee, 2023

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