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Job Function- Perioperative


Why Work Here? 

“Mission driven, great benefits and room for growth!” 

Why consider AORN, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, as the next place for your career as our Perioperative Education Specialist? Because we’re innovative and all about quality and collaboration – we’re continually seeking to enhance our offerings to allow us to better tailor to the needs of our nurse members while expanding our market position and growing revenue across our business and sales divisions. 

Our mission is to define, support, and advocate for patient and staff safety through exemplary practice for each phase of perioperative nursing care using evidence-based guidelines, continuing education, and clinical practice resources. We collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support our mission. Our culture is one of openness, teamwork, risk taking and being at the cutting edge of our field and we only look for employees who hold these same traits. 

Values mean more to AORN than just bullets on a page.  They drive our daily decisions and impact how we work as an organization:

  • Innovation: Taking courageous and bold actions for growth and sustainability. 
  • Communication: Exemplifying respect, collaboration, transparency and honesty. 
  • Quality: Ensuring accountability and excellence.               
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness: Promoting fairness, valuing differences, considering all perspectives. 
  • Achievement: Achieving our mission, realizing the vision.  

Our Perioperative Education Specialist develops nursing education programs and products based on Adult Learning principles grounded in evidence-based practices for perioperative registered nurses (RN) and other health care professionals to promote positive patient outcomes and safe practices. They collaborate with the nursing education, nursing practice, ambulatory and marketing teams to identify and verify the learning needs/gap analysis of the perioperative nurse working in surgery and invasive procedure areas. Incorporating adult learning principles, the Perioperative Education Specialist plans, develops, implements, and evaluates AORN perioperative educational products consistent with the needs assessment/gap analysis and serves as a resource regarding education for perioperative professionals and patients. They are responsible for maintaining the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) criteria for the ANCC Provider Unit for assigned projects. The Perioperative Education Specialist incorporates evidence-based practice and lifelong learning principles into the development of educational products. 

AORN is based in Denver, CO. Our Perioperative Education Specialist will work remotely. 

More about what you’ll get to do as our Perioperative Education Specialist:

  • Collaborates with the Director, Perioperative Education and Sr Team Lead, Perioperative Education to develop continuing nursing education for the perioperative team based on needs assessment/gap analysis, trends, and feedback from target populations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Guidelines for Perioperative Practice and perioperative nursing practice issues. 
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends in the continuing education/professional field (such as use of spaced learning and chunking).
  • Maintains current knowledge of AORN products, website, and content.
  • Works collaboratively with learning experience designers, nursing practice, ambulatory, marketing and other appropriate departments for product development, launch, and positioning of educational products.
  • Responsible for reviewing and following ANCC criteria related to the Provider and Approval Unit.
  • Ensures that all educational products comply with ANCC accreditation requirements and meet established standards.
  • Engages in on-going assessment of the nursing practice needs for all perioperative practitioners.
  • Functions as a resource to perioperative nurses using AORN’s educational products.
  • Collaborates with other departments to develop pre-education program questions and follow-up surveys to identify impact of AORN continuing nursing education/professional development on perioperative practice.
  • Monitors feedback from customers regarding AORN products and makes appropriate adjustments to existing education/professional development programs.
  • Reviews AORN enduring products and services for appropriate revisions as assigned.
  • Collaborates with others in the design, development, and implementation of educational offerings to ensure quality.
  • Participates in the development of tool kits, videos, webinars, etc.
  • Participates in and/or conducts live and virtual educational events for AORN.      
  • Supports customer and member facing committees and activities, as assigned (e.g., staff liaison). 
  • Problem solver, innovator; brings ideas to the team for review, development, and possible implementation.
  • Ability to write for AORN journal and publications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Must Have’s to be our Perioperative Education Specialist:


  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • Master’s degree in nursing or education.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience working in a perioperative clinical nursing environment, with at least one year in a position responsible for the delivery of clinical education.
  • Registered Nurse.
  • CNOR Certification.
  • Experience that demonstrates strong writing skills and the ability to synthesize complex information and articulate concepts and recommendations. 


  • Master’s degree in nursing.
  • Experience teaching Periop 101: A Core Curriculum.
  • Experience in a fulltime perioperative educator role.
  • Experience with design, development, and implementation of multimedia education activities. 


  • Demonstrated knowledge in educational theory, program development, and life-long learning for all phases of a professional career.
  • Knowledgeable about continuing nursing education accreditation processes.
  • Excellent professional writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking and teaching skills.
  • Effective time management and project planning skills with strong organization and prioritization abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration and team building skills, and proven ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft applications and the internet.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals and groups; ability to function independently, collaboratively, and with excellent critical-thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrates and holds others accountable for demonstrating organizational values of diversity, equity and inclusiveness, innovation, communication, quality and achievement. 

Here are some of the excellent benefits we offer and why it’s so great to work here!

  • Competitive salary, for this role our salary range is $123,000 - $133,000.
  • Health insurance package options that include a HDHP plan and a PPO plan.
  • Dental and vision coverage.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) options.
  • Employer paid short- and long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and life insurance coverage.
  • Voluntary Life Insurance options including critical illness and accident insurance.
  • 401(k) plan with immediate vesting.
  • Pet insurance.
  • LinkedIn Learning.
  • Paid time off and 10 paid holidays per year.
  • Paid sick time.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Free subscription to Calm.
  • Up to 8 hours of paid volunteer time.
  • Employee Assistance Programs.
  • Staff Incentive Bonus. 


Working remotely, using a computer, telephone and Teams daily. Ability to travel as needed in support of Nursing Education Department and Association events. 

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

AORN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. We encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate based on disability.

Job ID: 74067888

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