March 2023 | 1st Quarter Employee Newsletter

Peer Perspective-CNOR Certification

Andrea Nelson, MSN, RN, CNOR

“Earning the CNOR certification is a mark of distinction and demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards in patient safety.” Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) is a way to tell employers and patients that you have specialized training, experience, and skills in the specific specialty of perioperative nursing.

The certification eligibility requirements are:

Current RN, working in a perioperative setting, a minimum of 2 years and 2,400 hours of experience in perioperative nursing, with a minimum of 1,200 hours in the intraoperative setting. Once you meet those conditions you can then sit for the certification test that is comprised of 200 questions of various levels of perioperative nursing.

Once you hold the certification, you can renew after 5 years with a portfolio demonstrating that you have maintained your skills and knowledge as well as 125 hours of continuing education (CE) in addition to 300 points from various categories. The 125 CE’s can be used for both RN renewal as well as CNOR.

Fun fact: if you are an AORN member and do evaluations for the CE articles (that don’t have a test anymore) you can obtain 24-48 CE units in one year.

Another free CE site is Pfiedler Education. They have an extensive course catalog but do require a test to be taken. also offers free CE credits and if you pay for unlimited you can access the entire catalog, but they also require a test.

The internet has an endless amount of paid CE’s as well. I personally stick to the AORN journal. I already pay for the membership and it’s really easy to achieve completion plus they are all kept neatly organized in one place.

Renewal for RNs in Illinois is every 2 years (even numbers) and now requires a sexual harassment CEU.


About the Author: Andrea has been a perioperative nurse since 2010 and has held the CNOR credential since early 2016. She began working with ORSS in the field in 2021 and we are happy to have her as a member of the team!

If you have a topic that you would like your peers to know about, please email us at put "Peer Perspective" in the subject.

Learn More

Employee Spotlight

Hardwork and a dedication to excellence is what makes the O.R. Staffing Solutions team second to none! Find out who made the 2023 1st quarter "Spotlight"...

Do you think you would make a good employee of the quarter or know someone who would? Send us an email at and let us know why.

Lights On

Geri's Health & Wellness Corner

Sleeping is not only for our patients...

A recent study indicates that getting good sleep could add years to your life. Science Daily reports:

“Getting good sleep can play a role in supporting your heart and overall health—and maybe even how long you live"—according to new research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

The study found that "young people who have more beneficial sleep habits are incrementally less likely to die early. Moreover, the data suggests that about 8% of deaths from any cause could be attributed to poor sleep patterns.”

Optimal sleep factors include: 1) ideal sleep duration of seven to eight hours a night; 2) difficulty falling asleep no more than two times a week; 3) trouble staying asleep no more than two times a week; 4) not using any sleep medication; and 5) feeling well rested after waking up at least five days a week.

Sleep is associated with optimal performance of the glymphatic system.

Sleep deprivation can make you gain weight.

Insomnia, disrupted sleep, and burnout are linked to higher odds of severe COVID-19.

Adequate sleep is the key to academic/work success.

Fun Fact:

National Sleep Awareness Month occurs every March.

Learn More

What's New

You asked, and we listened! The employee bonus structure has a new addition. Beginning this year end of year bonus eligibility begins at 1200 total hours (not including on call hours). Previously bonuses began at 1500 total hours.

*One year-end bonus per year for those who qualify

Learn More

Upcoming Events

AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo

April 1-4, 2023 | San Antonio, TX

Healthcare Sterile Processing (HSPA) Annual Conference

May 6-10, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Association of Surgical Technology (AST) National Conference

May 25-27, 2023 | Chicago, IL

Did You Know?

April is Minority health Awareness Month. The month is focused on building awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Efforts are made to encourage action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.

Learn More


1333 Burr Ridge Parkway

Suite 200

Burr Ridge, IL 60527

(630) 828-8003

(630) 828-8004 - Fax

LinkedIn Share This Email