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. Nurse.com 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!
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