Login Join AORN

New Perioperative Nurse

New staff RN just starting out in the OR. 

Scope of Practice

Role Description 

  • Provides direct patient care
  • Teaches patients and families self-care
  • Administer medications, IV therapy and treatments
  • Performs assessments
  • Plans, implements evaluates, and documents care
  • Serves as preceptor, team leader, supervises RNs, LPNs, and other non-licensed health care practitioners
  • Advocates for the patient and family with other members of the health care team

 

Work Setting 

  • Surgical clinics
  • Labor and delivery
  • Hospital
  • Operating room
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Physician's offices
  • Military
  • Infection control
  • Pre or postoperative setting
  • Procedural locations (radiology, GI lab, cardiac cath lab)

 

Required Education / Preparation 

  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing
  • Current licensure in state
  • BLS
  • AORN Periop 101 course or equivalent if no OR experience, within one month of hire
  • ACLS within 6 mos of hire if required to administer moderate sedation or monitor local anesthesia cases

 

Preferred Education / Preparation 

  • AORN Periop 101 course or equivalent if no OR experience, within one month of hire
  • ACLS within 6 mos of hire if required to administer moderate sedation or monitor local anesthesia cases
  • 2 yrs experience scrub/circulate
  • CNOR 
  • Member of AORN 
  • BSN
  • 6 mos - 2 yrs OR experience; consider related coursework/Periop 101 course

 

Professional Development

Career Preparation 


Education 

Resources 

Standards & Recommended Practices

Education

News & Events

Shop AORN