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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 and CRNFA 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.

CNOR

  • 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

CRNFA

  • Scope of practice
  • Nursing process for RNFAs
  • Asepsis, infection control, and epidemiology
  • Surgical anatomy and physiology
  • Intraoperative RNFA nursing behaviors
  • Assisting considerations and procedure management (including specific surgical procedures and assisting techniques)
  • Surgical hazard recognition and intervention (including lab values and EKG interpretation)
  • Communication skills (including professional writing and presentations)
  • Professional development (ethics, mentoring and precepting, leadership skills, self-care issues, critical thinking skills, practice management, entrepreneurship, marketing, reimbursement issues, negotiation, and contract skills)
  • Pre- and postoperative patient care (rounding, patient education, etc.)
  • Trauma and physical assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Patient safety issues
  • Pathophysiology
  • Discharge planning
  • Medical record dictation
  • Legal, policy, and practice issues
  • Home healthcare relating to RNFA practice
  • Technology changes/advances and their effect on the RNFA role
  • Healthcare reform
  • CRNFA review
  • Managed care (critical pathways, utilization review, outcomes)
  • Invasive and noninvasive diagnostic procedures
  • Surgical complications
  • Wound management
  • Materials management/Product review
  • Bioterrorism