Nursing Research

AORN is dedicated to incorporating research and evidence-based practice as a foundation for perioperative nursing to provide quality patient care.

AORN believes:

  • Research should be the foundation for perioperative nursing practice.
  • Evidence-based practice is fundamental to quality patient care.
  • Incorporating research findings into perioperative nursing practice is a critical component of the continuing effort to improve patient outcomes.

Research Grants

Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant

Sigma Theta Tau International and AORN are offering a $5,000 nursing research grant for 2019.

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AORN and The Southern Nursing Research Society Grant

The Southern Nursing Research Society and AORN are offering a $10,000 nursing research grant for 2019. The AORN/SNRS collaborative grant supports high-quality research studies that contribute to the development of the science of perioperative nursing.

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Research Assistance

Nursing Research Topics

AORN topics for evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship include nursing priorities for patient safety, team functioning, systems of care delivery, perioperative education and administration, gap analysis, and outcomes related to guidelines.

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Nursing Research Links

We've gathered a selection of online research resources that include articles, data, and reports on nursing practice and research.

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Research Poster Display

Be an active part of the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo. Research poster abstracts are being accepted through September 27, 2019.

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Literature Searches

The AORN Journal

Stay up-to-date with the latest in evidence-based, clinical best practices through the award-winning, peer-reviewed AORN Journal.

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Literature Search Resources

Find articles, reports, and statistics to assist with nursing research.

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Literature Search FAQs

Get tips and answers to commonly asked questions about searching for content within the AORN Journal.

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Evidence-Based Practice and Research

How is an AORN Guideline Created?

Download this infographic to learn more about the step-by-step process and the Guidelines Advisory Board.

Certificate in the Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Practice

Are you consistently using the best evidence available to care for your patients? Evidence-based practice (EBP) is fundamental to quality patient care. It provides clinicians the tools needed to promote safer patient care and positive patient outcomes in all care settings.

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Evidence Tables

These evidence tables provide additional detail on the evidence supporting AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

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Evidence Rating

Evidence rating is a process by which scientific evidence is used to support recommendations about clinical decisions.

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