AORN Blog - The Periop Life

How to Be an Effective Periop Nurse Mentor

How to Be an Effective Periop Nurse Mentor

Learn why mentoring matters in today’s perioperative environment.

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Have an OR Innovation to Share?

Have an OR Innovation to Share?

Learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate Quickfire Challenge.

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4 Stress-Relief Tools to Boost Nurse Morale

4 Stress-Relief Tools to Boost Nurse Morale

Combat OR conflict and stress with these simple strategies.

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3 Steps to Secure a Time Out Proclamation

3 Steps to Secure a Time Out Proclamation

Use this advice to secure your own state Time Out Day proclamation.

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Moving the Needle to Zero Wrong-Site Surgeries

Moving the Needle to Zero Wrong-Site Surgeries

Learn how taking a Time Out can help decrease wrong-site surgeries.

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Surgical Fire! 4 Tips to Keep Patients Safe

Surgical Fire! 4 Tips to Keep Patients Safe

Learn how to better prepare your OR team for potential surgical fires.

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Achieving High Reliability in Flexible Endoscope High-Level Disinfection

Achieving High Reliability in Flexible Endoscope High-Level Disinfection

Learn four ways to effectively implement a flexible endoscope reprocessing audit.

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First-Time Attendees: 4 AORN Expo Takeaways

First-Time Attendees: 4 AORN Expo Takeaways

Hear about the experiences of two first-time AORN Expo 2019 attendees.

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5 Ways Robotic Technology Is Transforming Knee Replacement

5 Ways Robotic Technology Is Transforming Knee Replacement

Discover five ways robotic-arm assisted technology is improving outcomes in total knee arthroplasty.

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4 Keys to Passing Surgical Smoke-Evacuation Legislation in Your State

5 Keys to Passing Surgical Smoke-Evacuation Legislation in Your State

Empower your facility with these five ideas to help pass smoke evacuation legislation.

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BSN vs. RN: Why Earning Your BSN Matters

BSN vs. RN: Why Earning Your BSN Matters

Find out why earning your BSN matters to your periop career.

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2 Myths that May Keep You From Voting

2 Myths that May Keep You From Voting

Learn the top two myths that keeps people from voting and why voting matters.

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Nurse Activism: How to Make a Difference

Nurse Activism: How to Make a Difference

Nurse Blake shares how finding your voice can help make a difference in your community.

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You Don’t Have to Be the Boss to Be a Leader

You Don’t Have to Be the Boss to Be A Leader

Focus on these five leadership tools every nurse should know.

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2 Ways to Create Connection and Build Trust

2 Ways to Create Connection and Build Trust

Discover the importance of connection and building trust from author and human behavior expert, Colette Carlson.

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Considering a Move to ASC Management? 4 Things to Know

Considering a Move to ASC Management? 4 Things to Know

Find out if you have the right mindset to become an ASC leader.

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The OR of the Future: 3 Things to Know

The OR of the Future: 3 Things to Know

Learn three practical ways to help prepare for the OR of the future.

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3 Ways to Build Nurse Resiliency in 2019

3 Ways to Build Nurse Resiliency in 2019

Focus on building more resilience to handle the highly emotional work of perioperative nursing.

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3 HR Questions You’ve Been Too Afraid To Ask

3 HR Questions You’ve Been Too Afraid To Ask

Get the answers to the top three perioperative HR questions you’ve been afraid to ask.

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The Key to Harmonizing Your Surgical Team

The Key to Harmonizing Your Surgical Team

Learn how to achieve surgical team harmony through better OR communication.

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2019 Guidelines: Be Ready For 3 Big Changes

2019 Guidelines: Be Ready For 3 Big Changes

Read about three big changes to the new 2019 AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

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2018 Posts

What Inspires Your Surgical Practice?

What Inspires Your Surgical Practice?

Read the inspirational stories that tie us together and express our shared love of surgical nursing.

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Financial Tips Every OR Leader Should Know

Financial Tips Every OR Leader Should Know

Build your financial know-how with these four tips every OR leader should know.

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11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

Here are some fun holiday gift ideas to help spoil the perioperative nurses on your list.

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What’s your GenIQ?

What's Your Gen IQ?

Test your generational knowledge to avoid common generational mishaps with generational expert, Amy Lynch.

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10 Things a Nashville-based Periop Nurse is Thankful For

10 Things a Nashville-based Periop Nurse is Thankful For

In honor of Thanksgiving, find out what a Nashville-based perioperative nurse is thankful for.

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“Yield to Overcome”: 3 Mantras to Live By

“Yield to Overcome”: 3 Mantras to Live By

Col. Nicole Malachowski shares her personal journey through illness and gives us three mantras to overcome challenging times.

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Why Listening is Your #1 Tool to Drive Harmonious Interactions in the OR

Why Listening is Your #1 Tool to Drive Harmonious Interactions in the OR

Learn how famed pianist Freddie Ravel believes nurses can harness the power of music to engage with patients and colleagues in new ways.

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How to Infuse Fun Into Your Next In-Service

How to Infuse Fun Into Your Next In-Service

Integrate these three proven strategies to hook your next in-service audience.

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4 Ways to Prepare for Your First Nurse Leadership Role

4 Ways to Prepare for Your First Nurse Leadership Role

Incorporate these four tips to hit the ground running in your first nurse leadership role.

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Top 8 Things to Do in Nashville

Top 8 Things to Do in Nashville

Here are eight fun ways to explore the Music City on your own or with your perioperative colleagues.

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5 Tips for Growing Your Practice Through Social Media

5 Tips for Growing Your Practice Through Social Media

Hear from social influencer and nurse entrepreneur, Kati Kleber as she shares 5 ways to tap into the nursing social media community.

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Evidence-based Strategies Lead to Research Poster Win

Evidence-based Strategies Lead to Research Poster Win

Find out how a periop team used evidence-based strategies to earn top poster honors at Global Surgical Conference & Expo.

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OR Nurses: How to Develop an Effective Purchasing Plan

OR Nurses: How to Develop an Effective Purchasing Plan

Learn to how to flex your perioperative purchasing power with these three tips.

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Land Your First OR Nursing Job in 5 Easy Steps

Land Your First OR Nursing Job in 5 Easy Steps

Learn what you need to know to get your foot in the OR double doors to land your first surgical nurse job.

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4 Tips to Host Your Surgery Open House

4 Tips to Host Your Surgery Open House (and Why You Need To)

Learn four tips help you to connect with your community by hosting a surgery open house.

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Safe a Life: Use a Door Buster Card

Save a Life: Use a “Door Buster” Card

Learn how “Door Buster” cards can improve your team’s response to emergency situations in the OR.

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The Ultimate Sacrifice – In Honor of All Military Nurses

The Ultimate Sacrifice – In Honor of All Military Nurses

Read about an active military nurse and one who sacrificed her life in the line of duty to provide safe care for her patients.

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Got a Sharpie? You’re Ready to Take the Theater Cap Challenge

Got a Sharpie? You’re Ready to Take the Theater Cap Challenge

Can writing your first name on your cap really help your patients?

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4 Tips to Get That Scholarship You Want

4 Tips to Get That Scholarship You Want

Learn how to use scholarships to help advance your nursing education from AORN Foundation Scholarship Recipient Kelsey Baughn.

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First-Time Expo Attendee: Prepare to Expand Your Horizons

First-Time Expo Attendee: Prepare to Expand Your Horizons

Hear from first-time conference attendee, Alexis E. Flanders, MSN, RN about her experiences at Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2018.

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3 Ways to Leverage Your Purchasing Power

3 Ways to Leverage Your Purchasing Power

Discover three ways to leverage your product purchasing power to make your OR more efficient and your patients safer.

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Practical Ways to Keep Drug Resistant Bugs at Bay

Practical Ways to Keep Drug Resistant Bugs at Bay

Learn three practical ways to lower your risks of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in the OR.

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Mass Casualty Response: 5 Ways to Help Save More Lives

Mass Casualty Response: 5 Ways to Help Save More Lives

Prepare your team to effectively respond to a potential mass casualty situation with these five suggestions.

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AORN Voting Matters

Why I Vote (and How I Make Time for It)

Hear from an AORN member why voting matters and how you can (should) make time for it.

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5 Transformational Nurse-led Research Projects

5 Transformational Nurse-led Research Projects

Learn how five AORN poster presenters will help transform your periop care.

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Perioperative Pet Therapy

Adventures of a Periop Wonder Dog

Meet Lulu and learn why pet therapy programs continue to grow.

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Five ways to make your ASC more profitable

5 Ways to Make Your ASC More Profitable

Discover five solutions to better control your ASC’s operating costs.

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3 Mental Exercises That Will Bring You Joy

3 Mental Exercises That Will Bring You Joy

Learn three mental exercises that will joyfully impact your patients, your family, and your teammates.

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3 Ideas to Improve Your Robotics Program

3 Ideas to Improve Your Robotics Program

Learn how today’s perioperative teams are improving their robotics programs.

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5 Habits to Quit on Your Path to Positivity

5 Habits to Quit on Your Path to Positivity

Discover 5 habits to quit that will to help you create a happier personal and professional life.

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Knowledge Pathways to Secure Your Nursing Future

5 Knowledge Pathways to Secure Your Nursing Future

Take these five steps to build your perioperative knowledge and strategically plan for your future.

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2017 Posts

Periop Nursing in West Africa

Periop Nursing in West Africa: Caring for a Community

In the second edition of our new global blog series, Sèdjro Vincent Blaise Kovohouandé, a senior technician in surgery in the Republic of Bénin in West Africa shares his global perioperative perspective.

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3 Steps to Better Identify Patient Types

3 Steps to Better Identify Patient Types

Nicholas Webb suggests three steps to identify your patient types.

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9 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

9 Holiday Gift Ideas for Perioperative Nurses

We’ve gathered some fun holiday gift ideas for the perioperative nurses on your list. Take time to recognize the hard work they do to make patients safer.

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3 Ways Lean Thinking Can Prevent VTE

3 Ways Lean Thinking Can Prevent VTE

Learn three successful ways to apply lean concepts to standardize VTE prevention practices and stop preventable hospital-acquired conditions.

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Give Thanks

10 Things a New Orleans-based Periop Nurse Is Thankful For

Find out what this New Orleans-based perioperative nurse is thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Sarah Hirx, MSN, RN, CNOR

Growing Into a Leadership Role: 5 Lessons Learned

Read our guest blog from Sarah Hirx, MSN, RN, CNOR and discover the five lessons she learned after taking on a new perioperative leadership role.

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Nursing in Belgium: Global Collaboration, Local Improvement

Discover what it’s like to be a perioperative nurse in Belgium. Olivier Willième shares his thoughts on professional development, education, and the importance of a global perioperative community.

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Top 9 Things to Do in New Orleans

Top 9 Things to Do in New Orleans

Are you heading to New Orleans in March for our Global Surgical Conference & Expo? Here are nine fun ways to explore the Big Easy on your own or with your perioperative colleagues.

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Network Like a Pro at Your Next Conference - a group of women with their arms around each other smiling at the camera

Network Like a Pro at Your Next Conference

Learn to network like an introvert and other practical ways to improve your next industry conference networking experience.

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Resilience Spelled Out in Scrabble Letters on a Dark Wooden Table

Take the 30-Day Resilience Challenge

Imagine yourself 45% less stressed. Take the 30-day Resilience Challenge and find out why resilience matters.

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Nurse-Life Balance

3 Words That Help Me Find Nurse-Life Balance

In a guest post from Michelle Nolander, MSN, RN discover three words that can help create more nurse-life balance in your life.

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5 Facts to Make You a Surgical Smoke Advocate

5 Facts to Make You a Surgical Smoke Advocate

Read these five research findings about dangers of surgical smoke and become a surgical smoke advocate.

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The Secret to Learning Evidence-Based Practice

The Secret to Learning Evidence-Based Practice

AORN’s Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice shares the most efficient ways to implement AORN’s Guidelines.

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