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Nursing Research Priorities

AORN Research Priorities in Perioperative Nursing 2018 - 2023

The following AORN Research Priorities for 2018-2023 serve as a pathway for the advancement of perioperative nursing science through research and translation to evidence-based practices that build best practices in perioperative settings. The ultimate goal of these priorities is the preparation of perioperative nurses who deliver quality care to continually improve surgical patient outcomes.

  • Priority I

    Build the science of perioperative nursing practice through the discovery and translation of evidence-based strategies in the clinical setting.

    This priority addresses clinical practices that relate to:

    • Team function/human factors
    • Impact of nurse characteristics
      • Self-care practices
      • Resilience and emotional intelligence
      • Certification and experience
    • Perioperative nurse education
      • Transition to practice
      • Continued clinical competency
    • Horizontal violence/bullying
    • Cultural and generational diversity
    • Perioperative nursing leadership
      • Management/staffing models
      • Systems of care delivery
      • Technology for decision support

  • Priority II

    Produce valid evidence to inform ongoing development and revision of the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

    This priority addresses research gaps found in the AORN guidelines that relate to:

    • Aseptic practice
    • Surgical attire
    • Equipment and product safety
    • Patient and worker safety
    • Patient care
    • Sterilization and disinfection

  • Priority III

    Examine and link sentinel perioperative indicators to promote positive patient outcomes through evidence-based practices.

    This priority addresses patient outcomes that relate to:

    • Patient safety culture
    • Medication safety
    • Patient handling and positioning
    • Patient education practices
    • Location of delivery of care
      • Inpatient
      • Ambulatory
      • Office-based
      • Minimally invasive surgery and hybrid ORs
    • Healthcare legislative and regulatory initiatives
    • Technology and environmental controls
    • Vulnerable populations
    • Influence of cost/product evaluation
  • AORN Guideline Research Gaps