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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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October 2018 Issue

This October issue features articles on the effectiveness of aromatherapy in reducing postoperative nausea and vomiting, use of an evidence-based protocol to reduce cesarean delivery surgical site infection rates, root causes of OR patient falls reported in the Veterans Health Administration, implementing the AORN “Guideline for manual chemical high-level disinfection,” contaminated instruments in the perioperative setting, and more.

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CE Articles

  1. Creating a SSI Prevention Bundle for Patients Undergoing Cesarean Delivery
  2. Guideline Implementation: Manual Chemical High-Level Disinfection
  3. Clinical Issues—October 2018

Featured Content

  1. The Effect of Aromatherapy on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in a Short-Stay Surgical Population
  2. Reported Patient Falls in the ORs in the Veterans Health Administration
  3. Contaminated Instruments Present Patient Safety Issues: The Role of the Perioperative Team

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AORN Journal Cover - October 2018

The November 2018 Issue Preview

The November 2018 issue features a special focus on technology and includes articles on adjunctive air cleaning technology, robotic emergencies, improving efficiency and standardization in a robotics program, surgery to correct movement disorders in children with cerebral palsy, unplanned patient hypothermia, and more.

Two New AORN Journal Columns in 2018!

The February issue features the first “Leadership Insights” column. This bi-monthly column addresses the most current and pressing leadership issues in a practical manner. Targeted to managers and leaders, the column will report on innovative practices and initiatives at hospitals across the country and lessons learned from these initiatives. Each column will contain helpful insights, how-to strategies, and key takeaways for application to practice.

The March issue will feature the first “Speaking Up: Voices from the OR” column. This bi-monthly column focuses on speaking up and demonstrating courage in the OR. The column is designed to showcase different voices and perspectives of perioperative nurses who have shown courage in a variety of ways. Each column will not include any identifiable data to keep the individuals and facilities anonymous. The column is meant to inspire perioperative nurses to speak up, especially in difficult circumstances. Submit your stories of courage, and the positive results achieved, in speaking up in the OR for patient and staff safety.

AORN Journal Receives Its First Impact Factor

The AORN Journal has been included in Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Journal Citation Reports® and has received its first-ever Journal Impact Factor. The Impact Factor is based on impact and influence metrics, along with citation data from the Web of Science, and measures a journal’s influence in the scientific community. This is an incredibly exciting achievement that raises the Journal’s standing in scholarly literature.

Have You Heard the Journal Lately?

You like to read the AORN Journal, but now you can listen to it, too. The Journal now features special monthly podcasts – full-length and summary - so you can take the Journal with you wherever you go!

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2018 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 2017 were eligible. Winning articles were chosen based on points awarded by Journal editors and Editorial Board members. Congratulations to our winners!

The 2018 AORN Journal Writers Contest winners are:

  • “Postoperative Distress of Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery Patients” by Jan Odom-Forren, PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN; Deborah B. Reed, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAOHN, FAAN; and Carrell Rush, MPH (May)
  • “Viscoelastic Studies: Effective Tools for Trauma and Surgical Resuscitation Efforts” by Dagoberto Salinas, MSN, ACCNS-AG, CNOR, LCDR, NC, USN (April)
  • “Epilepsy: Clinical Review and Surgical Options” by Beth Karasin, MSN, APN, AGACNP-BC, RNFA, CNOR and Mark Karasin, DNP, APN, AGACNP-BC, CNOR (November)

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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