Nursing Research

AORN is dedicated to incorporating research and evidence-based practice as a foundation for perioperative nursing to provide quality patient care.

AORN Believes

  • Research should be the foundation for perioperative nursing practice. 
  • Evidence-based practice is fundamental to quality patient care. 
  • Incorporating research findings into perioperative nursing practice is a critical component of the continuing effort to improve patient outcomes. 

Research Assistance

Nursing Research Topics

AORN topics for evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship include nursing priorities for patient safety, team functioning, systems of care deli...

Nursing Research Links

A selection of online resources providing articles, data, and reports on nursing practice and research.

Research Grants

AORN & Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant

AORN Foundation, in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau International, is offering a $5,000 nursing research grant for 2018. Grant applications are now closed.

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AORN Foundation Grant

The AORN Foundation was accepting proposals for research studies focused on perioperative care. The Foundation awarded grants of up to $25,000 for research. Applications are now closed.

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Literature Searches

AORN Journal

Stay up-to-date with the latest in evidence-based, clinical best practices through the award-winning, peer-reviewed AORN Journal. Availabl...

Literature Search FAQs

Get tips and answers to commonly asked questions about searching for content within the AORN Journal.

Literature Search Resources

Find articles, reports, and statistics to assist with nursing research.

Evidence-Based Practice & Research

How is a Guideline Created?

Download the infographic to learn how an AORN Guideline is created.

Evidence Tables

These evidence tables provide additional detail on the evidence supporting AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice. Researchers, educators, stude...

Certificate in the Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice

Are you consistently using the best evidence available to care for your patients? Evidence-based practice (EBP) is fundamental to quality patient c...

Evidence Rating

Evidence rating is a process by which scientific evidence is used to support recommendations about clinical decisions. Evidence rating has become an e...