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CNOR® Exam Review

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Course Description

This course is designed for perioperative nurses who want to be successful in passing the CNOR Certification Exam. The course content will review each section of the exam blueprint provided by CCI® while highlighting AORN® Guidelines that pertain to the topics and various patient populations. The participant will also create a study plan and review test-taking strategies. The course is interactive, allowing time for participants to ask questions and completing practice tests.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Self-report an increased knowledge of AORN Guidelines that will allow him or her to pass the CNOR Exam.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • You Got This: CNOR Certification
    Assessment of Current Knowledge | Review of Exam Information | Day of Testing Requirements | How to Create a Study Plan | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Pre/Postoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis
    Use of Universal Protocol with Procedure | Advance Directive Status | Assessment Techniques, Age and Culturally Appropriateness | Medication Reconciliation | Patient Data and Pain Assessment | Focused Assessment Relevant to the Procedure | Related Patient and Family Teaching | Nursing Diagnosis
  • Individualized Plan of Care Development and Expected Outcomes
    Expected Patient Outcomes Related to Procedure | Patient-Centered Perioperative Plan of Care | Perioperative Interventions for Patient | Evaluate Patient Responses to Plan of Care | Ensure Perioperative Safety | Critical 
    Thinking and Perioperative Nursing Care
  • Intraoperative Activities: Safety and Setup
    Body Mechanics | Environmental Requirements and Hazards | Sterile Field Setup and Maintain | Surgical Counts | Medication Preparation | Manufacturer’s Instructions | Implants
  • Intraoperative Activities: Patient in the Room
    Comfort Measures | Patient Advocate | Anesthesia Management | Patient Positioning | Surgical Site Preparation | Case Setup | Universal Protocol | Implant Management
  • Intraoperative Activites: Case Conclusion
    Specimen Management | Wound Closure and Dressing | Wound Classification | Intraoperative Blood Transfusion | Communication with Patient Support Person
  • Professional Accountabilities
    Scope of Practice | Accountability | Ethics and Professional Standards | Quality Improvement Activities | Personal Growth and Professional Organizations

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Review of Concepts
    Universal Protocol | Data and Pain Assessment | Patient and Family Teaching | Patient-Centered Perioperative Plan of Care | Critical Thinking and Perioperative Nursing Care | Patient Positioning | Surgical Site Preparation/Counts
  • Infection Preparation
    Environmental Cleaning | Handling and Disposal of Hazardous/Biohazard Materials | Personal Protective Equipment | Perioperative Zones and Surgical Attire | Hand Hygiene
  • Instrument Sterilization
    Spauling Classification System | Sterilization Process | Single-Use Items | Instrument Management Documentation | Quality Assurance with Instrument Processing | Handling of Instruments Outside the Facility | Environmental Conditions for Instrument Storage
  • Emergency Situation
    Process | Malignant Hyperthermia | Anaphylaxis | Cardiac Arrest | Trauma | Hemorrhage | Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity | Interdisciplinary Team Functions | Safeguard from Environment and Disasters
  • Intraoperative Activities: Management
    Equipment, Supplies, Personnel | Product Integrity and Expiration Dates | Cost Containment Measures | Product Evaluation and Selection | Supervision and Education of Team | Delegation | Visitor Management | Environmental Stewardship
  • Communication and Documentation
    Record Care | Collaboration | Interdisciplinary Communication | Outcomes Across Continuum of Care | Discharge Instructions | Solutions to Communication Barriers | HIPAA | Read Back/Teach Back
    Review of Concepts
    PPE | Spaulding Classification | LAST, MH | Scope of Practice | Transfer of Care | Counting | Hazardous Materials