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Stay up-to-date with the latest in evidence-based, clinical best practices through the award-winning, peer-reviewed AORN Journal. Available in timely, easy-to-read print, electronic, and mobile formats.

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February 2017 Issue

This February issue features articles on preventing unplanned perioperative hypothermia in children, ethical considerations when caring for children undergoing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, implementing AORN’s “Guideline for hand hygiene,” the patient and family experience during transfer of care, remote video auditing in the perioperative setting, and more!

CE Articles

  1. Preventing Unplanned Perioperative Hypothermia in Children
  2. Ethical Considerations for Care of the Child Undergoing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  3. Guideline Implementation: Hand Hygiene
  4. Clinical Issues: surgical smoke evacuation practices, policies, and procedures; patient safety and hand hygiene

Featured Content

  1. The Patient and Family Perioperative Experience During Transfer of Care
  2. Remote Video Auditing in the Surgical Setting
  3. Neuraxial Anesthesia and the Use of Sterile Gowning

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March 2017 Issue Preview

The March 2017 issue features a special focus on healthy nurse strategies and includes articles on promoting resilience in new perioperative nurses, cultivating mindfulness to promote self-care and well-being, health-promoting behaviors, and addressing perioperative staff member fatigue.

AORN Journal Writers Contest Award Winners

The AORN Journal Writers Contest Awards recognize authors of the highest-quality AORN Journal articles. All articles published in the Journal in 2015 were eligible. Winning articles were chosen based on points awarded by Journal editors and Editorial Board members. Congratulations to our winners and honorable mentions!

The AORN Journal Writers Contest winners are:

  • “Cardiac Risk Assessment: Decreasing Postoperative Complications” by Joanne L. Thanavaro, DNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, DCC, FAANP (February)
  • “The Nature and Hazards of Diathermy Plumes: A Review” by Catherine Lindsey, BN, RN; Marie Hutchinson, PhD, Grad Dip HA, MSc, RN, RM; and Gary Mellor, PhD, RN (April)
  • “The Bariatric Patient: An Overview of Perioperative Care” by Jennifer L. Fencl, DNP, RN, CNS-BC, CNOR; Angela Walsh, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR; and Dawn Vocke, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR (August)

Honorable mention goes to:

  • “Computer Simulation Shows the Effect of Communication on Day of Surgery Patient Flow” by Kevin Taaffe, PhD; Lawrence Fredendall, PhD; Nathan Huynh, PhD; and Jennifer Franklin, MSN, NE-BC, CPAN (July)
  • “Pressure Mapping Comparison of Four OR Surfaces” by Holly Kirkland-Walsh, MSN, FNP, CWCN; Oleg Teleten, MS, RN, CWCN; Machelle Wilson, PhD; and Bonnie Raingruber, PhD, RN (July)

AORN Journal CE Articles

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Searching for quality education? Preparing for recertification? AORN Journal  Continuing Education (CE) articles feature a variety of perioperative topics, from sterilization and guideline implementation to prevention of sentinel events and infection prevention, as well as online evaluations with immediate test results!

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