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Professional Development Recommendations

Posted by Taylor Niss on Jun 23, 2020 3:25:15 PM

Professional development is an integral component of staying informed on new findings and best practices in a continuously changing field. By completing professional development activities, you can learn about current best practices and new findings within the perioperative field. These opportunities come in a variety of forms and are available to everyone. Here are some professional development opportunities for you to consider.


Certifications for Perioperative Nurses

Specialty nursing certification is the formal process in which a certifying agency validates a nurse's knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area. Certification allows nurses to demonstrate their commitment to exceptional patient safety and adhere to the current standards in their field of practice. Nurses seek certification for numerous reasons, like professional validations, career advancement opportunities, and a sense of personal accomplishment.


The Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) credential is the only accredited certification for perioperative registered nurses. The CNOR certification, held by more than 40,000 nurses internationally, assesses a perioperative nurse's knowledge and skills with a minimum of two years of clinical practice. Earning the CNOR is a mark of distinction and demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards of patient safety.


The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification is the only perioperative management credential. This credential is for perioperative managers, directors, and nurses who oversee personnel, a budge, business unit, or service line. The CSSM recognizes the critical role managers play in delivering safe patient care.


The Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification credential (CNS-CP) is intended for advanced practice registered nurses who have completed graduate preparations (Master's or Doctorate) in the CNS role. The CNS-CP credential focuses on several key factors, such as the promotion of patient safety, facilitating the use of evidence-based practice, and expert guidance and support of the perioperative team. Specialty certification helps bridge the gap between initial certification as an APRN and specialty practice.


The Certified Ambulatory Surgery Nurse (CNAMB) certification is designed for perioperative nurses working in the ambulatory surgery setting who seek to improve and validate their professional competencies. CNAMB certification assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice in the ambulatory setting. The CNAMB credential validates a certificant has met established eligibility standards of competence. Applications for the inaugural exam open on July 1, 2020.

Continuing Education and Points Activities

Continuing education and points activities are the most widespread form of professional development opportunities. This broad category includes activities such as complex case studies, webinars, and games.

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The CCI Online Store offers a variety of professional development points activities for perioperative nurses and leaders. From case studies to crossword puzzles, these free educational activities are sure to fit any perioperative professional's needs. By completing the activity, you not only gain more knowledge of the perioperative field, but you can also earn points toward recertification.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) offers an extensive assortment of continuing education activities for critical-care nurses. Numerous topics are addressed, and there are hundreds of activities available. Members have free unlimited access to these activities. For a limited time, non-members can also access them for free.


The Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN) provides nurses with many continuing education opportunities that are free for their members. There is a wide range of activities, including leadership development courses for perioperative nurses. You can also earn continuing education credits by attending AORN's Virtual Expo happening now until July 31, 2020.

Certificates of Mastery and Microcredentials

Certificates of Mastery and microcredentials are an excellent method for furthering your knowledge in specific topic areas.

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New to CCI, we are excited to offer microcredentials to our nurses. Microcredentials will focus on a specific topic, and the course will take approximately five to eight hours to complete. Nurses will have 90 days to complete all the necessary coursework to earn the digital badge and certificate of completion. Keep your eyes on this page as more microcredentials are coming soon!

Fundamentals of Operating Room Management, Certificate of Mastery

CCI is presenting this workshop before the OR Manager Conference in Las Vegas, NV, in 2020. This session will give you the tools to describe the tasks performed by surgical services leaders, discuss examples of the knowledge needed to manage in the surgical services work environment, and identify two emerging trends that affect the delivery of surgical care in the United States.


With the perioperative nursing profession continually changing, professional development is essential to remain informed on current best practices and new findings. Pursuing professional development looks different for every nurse and can be done in a variety of ways. Whether you are looking to earn a professional certification, complete activities to maintain your credential, or complete a mastery certificate to further your career, we encourage you to explore the ample opportunities available!

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