In order to be eligible for the CNOR certification, you must have a license as a registered nurse, currently be working in perioperative nursing, and have at least 2 years’ experience working in perioperative nursing.
This computer-based exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes in length, and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions
If you require special testing accommodations for conditions that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you can make this request in writing.
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What subject areas and topics are covered on this exam?
- Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis – 12%
- Identify Expected Outcomes and Develop a Plan of Care – 10%
- Intraoperative Activities – 27%
- Communication – 10%
- Transfer of Care – 6%
- Cleaning, Disinfecting, Packaging, Sterilizing, Transporting, and Storing Instruments and Supplies – 9%
- Emergency Situations – 11%
- Management of Personnel, Services, and Materials – 6%
- Professional Accountability – 9%
Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis
Under the “preoperative patient assessment and diagnosis” subject area, the topics that will be addressed include evaluating a patient’s health status, looking over preoperative medicines, universal protocol, getting surgical consent, patient rights, pain assessment, and nursing diagnoses.
Identify Expected Outcomes and Develop a Plan of Care
Under the “identify expected outcomes and develop a plan of care” subject area, the topics that will be addressed include patient outcomes, individualized plan of care, perioperative safety needs, and safety precautions.
Under the “intraoperative activities” subject area, the topics that will be addressed include patient responses (physiological and behavioral), patient and personnel safety, prepping the surgical site, pharmacologic agents, sterile surgical field, environmental factors, managing specimens, and preventing complications.
Under the “communications” subject area, the topics that will be addressed include techniques related to communicating and interviewing, IT, the interdisciplinary team, and patient education.
Transfer of Care
Under the “transfer of care” subject area, the topics that will be addressed include coordinating care and the interdisciplinary team AND discharge planning.
Cleaning, Disinfecting, Packaging, Sterilizing, Transporting, and Storing Instruments and Supplies
Under the “cleaning, disinfecting, packaging, sterilizing, transporting, and storing instruments and supplies” subject area, topics that will be addressed include proper documentation for ensuring sterilization practices are adhered to, and safe handling principles.
Under the “emergency situations” subject area, topics that will be addressed include control issues regarding anaphylaxis, cardiac arrest, Malignant Hyperthermia, respiratory complications, trauma victims, fire, and terrorism.
Management of Personnel, Services, and Materials
Under the “management of personnel, services, and materials” subject area, topics that will be addressed include supervising the interdisciplinary team, evaluating products and controlling cost, ancillary personnel, and care environment.
Under the “professional accountability” subject area, topics that will be addressed include social policy, professional growth resources, quality improvement activities, and overseeing professional behavior.
What is the most convenient way to register?
Apply and pay for your exam online. You will also be assigned a 3-month period in which you are allowed to take the exam.
What is the cost of taking this exam?
The cost of taking this exam is $395, if only taking it once. If you would like to be able to take the exam twice, in a 12-month period, in case you do not pass the first time, you can participate in the Take 2 program. The cost of taking the exam twice in the Take 2 program is $445.
What are the testing dates and locations?
Testing for this exam is offered on a continuous basis, Monday through Saturday, with the exception of national holidays. You may research the many test centers throughout the world, and choose the one that is most convenient for you.
What should I do the day of the exam?
It’s best to get to the test center early. Worst case scenario, arrive on time. Arriving late could prevent you from being able to take the exam, this will also forfeit the exam fee you paid.
Bring a form of identification that includes your name, signature, and photo. Your ID must be valid, and not expired. A driver’s license, military identification card, and passport are examples of forms of ID that are acceptable.
This exam does not require a calculator, nor are you allowed to bring one into the testing area. In addition, personal items are not allowed in the testing area.
If you bring any items to the test center that are not allowed to bring into the testing area, you must store those items in a locker.
Can I take a break during the exam?
You are allowed to take restroom breaks, but the exam clock will not stop, your time will continue to count down. If you must take a break, you must sign out when leaving, and sign back in when you come back.
What happens after I take the exam?
You will receive your score report before leaving the testing center. It will indicate whether you have passed or failed the exam. If you pass, you will receive your certificate via email, in approximately 10 days.
What is the minimum passing score on this exam?
The score range is 200-800. The minimum passing score is 620.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
If you are participating in the Take 2 program, you can re-take the exam at no extra cost. If you are not participating in the Take 2 program, you can pay an additional fee of $395 and schedule to re-take the exam after your testing window closes.
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