Approved Topics for Contact Hours

To ensure the validity of this credential and its consistency with industry standards, we require contact hours earned for CNOR recertification to be related to the specialty of perioperative nursing. To be categorized as perioperative related, the contact hour activity must be relevant to your role and responsibilities as a perioperative nurse.  Although the following is not an all-inclusive list, it provides a broad range of perioperative related subjects.


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • AORN Surgical Conference & Expo programs 
  • AORN Journal Home Studies 
  • Critical thinking skills 
  • Communication 
  • Disease management (HIV, hepatitis, diabetes, etc.) 
  • Discharge planning 
  • Ethics 
  • Home healthcare management 
  • Infection control 
  • Leadership/supervisory skills 
  • Legal issues 
  • Nursing process 
  • Pain management 
  • Perioperative scope of practice 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Pre-, intra-, and postoperative patient care (patient assessment) 
  • Precepting 
  • Professional development 
  • Recommended practices 
  • Research posters 
  • Surgical procedures 
  • Technology