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For over 30 years, CNOR has been the gold standard in recognizing registered nurses who possess the specialized knowledge and skills required to provide the highest quality of care in all aspects of patient care before, during, and after surgery. Current accreditation by the ABSNC (American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification) and the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) indicates that the CNOR certification program has met the highest certification standards in the medical industry. CNOR credentialing sets you apart as a registered nurse with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to providing the best care for surgical patients. Eligibility requirements to apply for the CNOR exam include: current RN license (unrestricted), current full-time or part-time employment in perioperative nursing (clinical practice, research, administration, or nursing education), and perioperative nursing experience of at least 2 years and 2,400 hours (a minimum of 50% or 1,200 hours must be in the intraoperative setting). Your clinical experience and excellent study materials is the key to success in taking the CNOR exam. Mometrix, the world’s #1 test preparation company, has the study materials you need to adequately prepare for this important exam.

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The CNOR exam is a computer-based test consisting of 200 multiple choice questions. Each question will have four possible answers and there is only one correct answer. All questions should be answered. If you are unsure of the answer, you can indicate that this is a question you want to return to later. To complete the exam in the allowed time of 3 hours and 45 minutes, each candidate will need to spend approximately one minute on each question. Before starting the CNOR exam, you have the option of taking a 15 minute tutorial which will familiarize you with how to navigate through the test. All candidates are encouraged to take the tutorial. Upon completion of the exam, there is a short survey. The survey questions do not affect your test results. Once you have finished the survey, you will receive your test results indicating if you passed or did not pass. The current passing score is 620. All CNOR exams are administered by Prometric. Candidates desiring to sit for the CNOR exam will need to submit an application at Prometric testing centers are located all over the country and tests are scheduled Monday through Saturday, except holidays.

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What is the CNOR certification?

The CNOR certification is a certification for perioperative registered nurses. This certification proves that CNOR certified nurses are committed to providing quality care to their surgical patients.

How much does it cost to take the CNOR?

The cost to take the CNOR exam is $395. If you need to, or choose to, retake the CNOR exam after the first initial test, the cost for retesting is $445.

How do you become CNOR certified?

To become CNOR certified, you must have a current RN license and be currently working either full or part time in periperative nursing as well as having completed at least 2 years and 2,400 hours of experience in periopertive nursing with 1,200 hours in the intraoperative setting.

What is the CNOR exam?

The CNOR exam covers nine different subject areas including Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis, Perioperative Plan of Care, Intraoperative Care, Communication, Transfer of Care, Instrument Processing and Supply Management, Emergency Situations, Management of Personnel, Services, and Materials, and Professional Accountability.

Is the CNOR exam all multiple choice?

The CNOR exam is all multiple choice. The exam contains 200 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four answer options.

How long do you have to take the CNOR?

The CNOR exam is timed for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

How do you sign up for the CNOR exam?

To sign up for the CNOR, you will first need to fill out your application. Once your application has been approved, you will need to locate a testing center and schedule the time for your exam.

What is the pass rate for the CNOR?

The passing rate for the CNOR exam is 70%.

What is a passing score for the CNOR exam?

The CNOR exam is scored on a standardized scaled score. The passing score for the CNOR exam is 620.

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The CNOR exam consists of 9 subject areas:

  1. Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis (12%)
    • The Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis subject area includes: patient health assessments, medication reviews, the Joint Commission’s Universal Protocol, surgical consent, advance directives, patient rights, pain assessment, and development of nursing diagnoses.
  2. Perioperative Plan of Care (10%)
    • The Perioperative Plan of Care subject area covers topics such as development of measurable patient outcomes, development of individualized care plans, and incorporation of patient education into the patient’s care plan.
  3. Intraoperative Care (27%)
    • The Intraoperative Care subject domain consists of patient education of the surgical area, safe medication administration practices, safe patient positioning, surgical site care, asepsis principles, perioperative care during procedures, identification and control of environmental factors, reducing the risk of complications, preparation and labeling of specimens, performing counts, and maintaining accurate records.
  4. Communication (10%)
    • The Communication subject area covers the importance of effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication including but not limited to hand-off’s, SBAR, Universal Protocol, WHO checklist, HIPAA, National Patient Safety Goals, PNDS, and The Joint Commission.
  5. Transfer of Care (6%)
    • The Transfer of Care subject domain covers subjects such as transferring of patient care to other team members and planning for the discharge of patients from the facility.
  6. Instrument Processing and Supply Management (9%)
    • The Instrument Processing and Supply Management subject area includes questions about principles of infection control, chemical and biological monitoring principles, best practices in the safe handling of hazardous and bio-hazardous materials, and the proper cleaning, disinfecting, packaging, sterilization, transportation, and storage of instruments and supplies.
  7. Emergency Situations (11%)
    • The Emergency Situations subject domain consists of questions regarding personal physical complications such as anaphylaxis, cardiovascular emergencies, respiratory complications, and malignant hyperthermia. This domain also includes trauma, fire, mass casualties, terrorism and natural disasters.
  8. Management of Personnel, Service, and Materials (6%)
    • The Management of Personnel, Services, and Materials subject area includes all aspects of managing an interdisciplinary team and ancillary personnel, product evaluation and selection, supply management, cost containment, and environmental consciousness.
  9. Professional Accountability (9%)
    • The Professional Accountability subject domain contains questions such as best practices, regulations, healthy work environment, workplace improvements, quality assurance, patient advocacy, continuing education, professional growth, ethics, and professional standards.

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I like how it breaks down the information into sections. For example, it takes you through prep-operative and teaches you all you need to know and all that needs to be done before going to the operating room. Then, I like how it flows into intraoperative, teaching you everything you need to be a competent, knowledgeable, and successful operating room nurse. The material is very detailed, to the point, and easy to follow.

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The material is presented in an organized fashion along with ideas of how to study for this big exam. I have taken the test once before and was unsuccessful. I researched the ratings of this study guide and they were very high. I also like the many practice questions in the back of the book.

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