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Career Overview

A perioperative nurse is a member of a surgical team who provides care for a patient before, during, and immediately after the patient has experienced a surgical intervention.


RN preparation is required. Certification is available through the Association of Operating Room Nurses or from the Competency and Credentialing Institute.


  • Knowledge and skills needed to assist in preparing and operating the technological
    tools involved in new surgical techniques now available (e.g., lighter fiberoptic scopes/lenses and video monitors)
  • Skill in providing comfort to the patient
  • Skill in assisting the anesthetic caregivers
  • Respect for cultural diversity, patients’ rights, privacy, and confidentiality
  • Team skills for interactions with surgeons, surgical technologists, other nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, pathologists, radiologists, perfusionists,
    support assistant staff, and many other members of the health care team
  • Skill in facilitating patient advocacy
  • Excellent basic nursing skills in observation and assessment


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Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) Review


Note to Readers: Publisher does not guarantee quality or access to any included digital components if book is purchased through a third-party seller.Includes 6 months' free ExamPrepConnect digital access with print purchase!Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) Review is designed to help you prepare for the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) certification exam. This comprehensive study aid is organized according to the latest CNOR® exam content outline. Content is presented in a templated, easy-to-read format, providing a targeted review that promotes knowledge retention. Tips and key points highlight key information to remember on exam day. Each chapter covers everything you need to know to pass the exam and includes end-of-chapter questions to check your knowledge. The review concludes with a full-length practice test to get you ready for exam day. With more than 400 practice questions, detailed review content and answer rationales, and access to ExamPrepC...

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CNOR® Certification Practice Q&A


Prepare for your Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) exam with CNOR® Certification Practice Q&A. With 400 high-quality questions and comprehensive rationales based on the most recent Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) exam blueprint, this essential resource is designed to help you sharpen your specialty knowledge with practice Q&A organized by exam topic and strengthen your test-taking skills with the 200-question practice test. Combined, it gives you everything you need to pass the first time, guaranteed!Key FeaturesIncludes 400 questions with in-depth rationales that address both correct and incorrect answersOffers two study options—by exam topic area and full 200-question practice testProvides key information about the CCI CNOR® certification examBoosts your confidence with a 100% pass guarantee (details inside)CNOR® is a registered certification mark of the Competency & Credentialing Institute ("CCI"), and CNOR® certific...

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CNOR® Certification Express Review


Improve retention with this high-speed review for test-day success!Designed as a last-minute gut check for your certification exam, this guide is written by perioperative nurses who have your back, providing you with quick, digestible nuggets of the most pertinent topics on the CCI® perioperative nursing certification exam. Use this small but mighty book during the last month of your preparation to strengthen your knowledge and get ready to tackle the exam with confidence!Organized by exam blueprint, this guide covers all the content that will be featured on the CCI exam including all you need to know about caring for a patient before, during, and after surgery, as well as infection prevention strategies, emergency care strategies, and professional accountability.Key Features:Offers a succinct, rapid review of the key topics you’ll likely see on the examGuides you through all phases of the perioperative process using a unique ACE mnemonicProvides important alerts, c...