Guidelines Workshops

Local Hands-On Training

Local Education & Training Rooted in the Latest AORN Guidelines

Interactive Guidelines Workshops are a perfect opportunity for any member of the perioperative team to expand their knowledge of how to implement evidence-based best practices in the OR. You'll develop your understanding of recent updates to AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, experience hands-on demos of the latest OR technologies, and build connections in your local periop community.

About the Events

  • 1-day periop workshops happening in 6 cities this Fall
  • Earn 4.0 CH at interactive education sessions led by the authors of AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice
  • Explore technology and solutions for the OR while having some fun in the hands-on demonstration room
  • Breakfast and lunch are included with registration
  • Chances to win prizes, including registration to AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2024 in Nashville, TN!
Seattle, WA
Seattle Airport Marriott
Sept. 23, 2023 View Details & Register
Washington, D.C.
The Westin Crystal City Reagan National Airport
Sept. 30, 2023 View Details & Register
Minneapolis, MN
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place
Oct. 14, 2023 View Details & Register
Nashville, TN
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Oct. 21, 2023 View Details & Register
Las Vegas, NV
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton
Nov. 4, 2023 View Details & Register
San Jose, CA
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose
Nov. 11, 2023View Details & Register


Registration Information

$50 Non-Members | $40 Members | Complimentary for Leader Members

  • Members save 20% on registration
  • Leader Members attend at no cost
  • Member dues and industry partnerships help ensure AORN can continue bringing you quality education and programs that benefit your practice

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Education Sessions at a Glance

Surgical Site Preparation: Thinking Outside the Box

The goal of surgical site preparation with an antiseptic is to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin near the surgical incision. However, several other evidence-based interventions can contribute to the reduction of microorganisms on the skin. Join us for this interactive workshop to learn more about the updated AORN recommendations for preoperative patient skin antisepsis.

  • Identify the essential elements of preoperative patient skin antisepsis.
  • Discuss the updated AORN recommendations for preoperative patient skin antisepsis. 
  • Describe approaches to implementing select preoperative patient skin antisepsis elements.

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Elevating Care with ERAS: A Nurse's Guide to Transformative Practice

Lunch Session

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is as a patient-centered approach that is results-oriented, standardized, and grounded in evidence – a multidisciplinary program that all nurses should know about. In this presentation, you’ll discover how ERAS can enhance patient outcomes and revolutionize your nursing practice.
  • Review the core principles of ERAS.
  • Identify how to effectively incorporate its components into your daily patient care routines.
  • Discover how ERAS can transform patient outcomes across all perioperative settings in comparison to traditional surgical care. 

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Why Can’t We Stop Smoking? Creative Solutions to Surgical Smoke Evacuation Challenges

We still face challenges when it comes to surgical smoke evacuation in practice. Certain types of procedures can present unique issues for effective and practical surgical smoke evacuation. Bring your creative ideas and solutions to this interactive session to help solve some of the ongoing challenges to surgical smoke evacuation.

  • Review the hazards found in surgical smoke and related adverse health effects.
  • Discuss the updated AORN guideline for surgical smoke safety.
  • Describe practical implementation of the AORN recommendations for surgical smoke safety.

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RSI Challenge

Get ready to challenge your beliefs and preconceptions about retained surgical items (RSIs). In RSI Challenge you'll go head-to-head with other participants, assessing your grasp of RSIs and testing what you know about prevention strategies. Ready to step up? 

  • Discuss the perioperative nurse's role in preventing RSIs
  • Identify best practices that enhance safety in the perioperative setting
  • Explain AORN recommendations for prevention of RSIs

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Proper Positioning: The Key to Preventing Pressure Injuries

This guideline presentation will provide guidance on positioning the patient for surgery, how positioning can impact pressure injury risk and the use of proper techniques and prevention strategies. You'll leave with a positioning pocket card you can use as a practice resource for safely positioning patients.

  • Discuss the perioperative nurse’s role in positioning and preventing perioperative pressure injury.
  • Understand the causes and risk factors of pressure injuries.
  • Learn how to apply techniques for proper positioning.
  • Identify strategies and technology to prevent positioning and pressure injuries.

Meet the Speakers


Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist

Dr. Cahn works as a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for AORN. She has been the lead author of five guidelines including Sterile Technique, Autologous Tissue, Specimen Management, Retained Surgical Items, and Medication Safety.

Karen deKay, MSN, RN, CNOR, CIC

Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist

Karen deKay is a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist at AORN. She is certified in perioperative nursing and infection control and has over twenty years of experience developing education.

Emily Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC

Perioperative Practice Specialist

Emily authored the revisions to the AORN Guideline for surgical smoke safety and the AORN Guideline for prevention of venous thromboembolism.

Erin Kyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Editor in Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

Dr. Erin Kyle is the Editor-in-Chief of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice at AORN where she works closely with the Nursing Practice team and the Guidelines Advisory Board in developing and updating AORN's 35 evidence-based guidelines.


Director of Evidence Based Perioperative Practice

Dr. Lisa Spruce is the Director of Evidence Based Perioperative Practice at AORN. She is responsible for the overall leadership of the products, services, and guidelines developed by AORN's Nursing Practice Team.


Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist

Amber is a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist at AORN where she has served as lead author of several guidelines.

Renae Wright, DNP, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Practice Specialist

Dr. Wright is a Perioperative Practice Specialist for AORN. She is the lead author for the AORN Guideline for Minimally Invasive Surgery and the AORN Guideline for a Safe Environment of Care.

Why Your Peers Love Guidelines Workshops

“AORN and these events are what bring us together, it’s a way for us to connect and really share our ideas and experiences.”

Past Guidelines Workshop Attendee, 2022

"I’m in a new role as an educator so I found it really interesting. I learned a lot about what not to do and what to do, and it was just really helpful.”

Past Guidelines Workshop Attendee, 2022

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