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CNOR Trilogy Pt 1: Essentials of Certification


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Certification validates the quality patient care provided by the nurse committed to professional excellence. View this previously recorded webinar, CNOR Trilogy Part 1: Essentials of Certification, to learn more about how earning the CNOR credential can benefit you, your patients, and your workplace. Eligibility requirements, exam prep tips, and test question analysis are discussed.

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CNOR Trilogy Pt 1: Essentials of Certification

  1. 1. The Essentials of CNOR Certification Everything You Need to Know To Get Certified
  2. 2. We are conducting a sound test. Please type in the chat box if you CANNOT hear the speaker. 2
  3. 3. HOUSEKEEPING DETAILS • Today’s webinar is being recorded and will be available soon. • Submit questions via the chat feature in the lower right hand corner of your screen. • Questions will be answered during and at the end of the webinar. • If you need additional information or support, please call us at 888-257-2667 8-4 MT. 3
  4. 4. PRESENTERS Jim Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR Director, Credentialing and Education Julie Mower, MSN, RN, CNS, CNS-CP,CNOR and Dawn Whiteside, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA Nurse Managers, Credentialing and Education 4
  5. 5. PRESENTATION OBJECTIVES 1. Describe the value of certification. 2. Review eligibility requirements for CNOR certification. 3. Identify components of the CNOR exam. 4. Discuss available exam prep aids. 5. Discuss the CNOR application process. 5
  6. 6. CNOR CERTIFICATION CNOR Certification is defined as: The documented validation of the professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery. 6
  7. 7. 7 NURSING CERTIFICATION BIBLIOGRAPHY 2015 The American Board of Nursing Specialties maintains a comprehensive listing of all certification research studies. Found at: content/uploads/2015/09/ABNS-Certification-Bibliography-2015.pdf
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  9. 9. BENEFITS FOR YOU – THE NURSE • Professional recognition and credibility. • Professional achievement – validates the nurse’s specialized knowledge. • Personal accomplishment – sense of pride, fulfillment and empowerment. • Useful for career advancement and professional opportunities. 9
  10. 10. BENEFITS TO YOUR PATIENT • Contributes to better patient care • Becoming a consumer expectation 10
  11. 11. BENEFITS FOR YOUR EMPLOYER • Quality indicator that attracts patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. • Provides a rigorous benchmark to ensure that the nursing staff is qualified, knowledgeable, experienced. • Aligns well with programs used by other healthcare professions 11
  12. 12. BENEFITS FOR MAGNET INSTITUTIONS • The CNOR credential is a recognized by ANCC as a national certification for the Demographic Data Collection Tool (DDCT). • Supports the Magnet process with a certification specific to perioperative nursing, a large part of the nursing workforce in a facility. 12
  13. 13. CNOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  Licensed as a RN in the country where currently practicing perioperative nursing  Completed a minimum of two years and 2,400 hours of perioperative nursing practice in an administrative, teaching, research, or general staff capacity  At least 50%, or 1,200 hours, must be in the intraoperative setting  Must be currently working in a perioperative nursing role either full or part-time 13
  14. 14. CNOR EXAM • 200 multiple choice questions • 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the test • Updated annually to reflect current perioperative guidelines • Administered by an independent testing company, Prometric • May be taken Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, at test centers nationwide 14 Photo credit:
  15. 15. CNOR EXAM CONTENT 15 The Candidate Handbook is found at (information is subject to change) Subject Area % of Questions 1. Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis 12% 2. Develop Individualized Plan of Care 10% 3. Intraoperative Activities 27% 4. Communications 10% 5. Transfer of Care 6% 6. Cleaning, Disinfecting, Packaging and Sterilization 9% 7. Emergency Situations 11% 8. Management of Personnel Services and Materials 6% 9. Professional Accountability 9% Total 100%
  16. 16. COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCES These may all be found on the CCI website: •Handbook •Study plan •CNOR exam content outline •CNOR readiness survey •Sample test questions •Webinar recordings 16
  17. 17. EXAM PREPARATION REFERENCE BOOKS • Current edition of AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice • Perioperative nursing reference books • Phillips, N. (2017). Berry and Kohn’s Operating Room Technique (13th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. • Rothrock, J.C. (2015). Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery (15th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. 17
  18. 18. CCI STUDY AIDS Go to our bookstore at for a list of all CCI study prep items. NOTE: Purchase of any CCI products is not required to take the CNOR Exam and will not guarantee an increase in your chances for passing the CNOR Exam. 18
  19. 19. The Official CNOR Exam Prep • CCI’s latest exam prep product • In depth content review • 100 practice exam questions • Over 150 key terms • More than 45 exam tips 19 Go to our bookstore at for a list of all CCI study prep items. NOTE: Purchase of any CCI products is not required to take the CNOR Exam and will not guarantee an increase in your chances for passing the CNOR Exam.
  20. 20. OPTIONAL REFERENCES • A&P/Pathophysiology textbook • Med/surg book • Medical dictionary • Lab/test reference manual • Formulary/drug reference manual • • AORN Journal • AAMI standards • Websites • TJC • CDC 20
  21. 21. DEADLINES FOR TESTING 21 • Apply and pay one month prior to the three month testing window (i.e. if you apply in October then you can test in November, December, or January). • Once your paid application is approved, you can schedule a date, time, and location that are convenient for you.
  22. 22. CURRENT CNOR APPLICATION FEES (Fees subject to change without notice) • 2016 Fees • $395 Regular • $335 AORN member Please check our website for additional information 22
  23. 23. IMPORTANT RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION (information is subject to change) CNOR Credential Valid Accrual Period for Recertification Activities Recert Application Due (for discounted fee) 2016 – 2021 1/1/16 – 12/31/20 7/1/21 2017 – 2022 1/1/17 – 12/31/21 7/1/22 At the end of your 5-year cycle, you must apply for recertification by one of the following: • Contact hours (125) • Points (300) • Exam 23
  24. 24. UPCOMING CCI WEBINARS • Nov. 9, 2016: An Insider’s View of the CNOR Exam • Dec. 14, 2016: Last Minute Tips for a Painless Testing Experience 24
  25. 25. RECORDINGS • Recorded sessions will be available via our YouTube Channel at KAytxqtJA (link at the top right hand side of our website) and on our website at • Slides will be available for download at 25
  26. 26. Please know that the CCI staff is here to help you achieve your goal of CNOR certification. If you have questions, please contact us at 888-257-2667 or 26
  27. 27. GROUP PROGRAMS Take 2 Program • Facility-based or individual program • Learn more at 27