The ORNAC Journal is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC). Published quarterly by Clockwork Communications, the ORNAC Journal promotes professional perioperative nursing practice and provides its membership with relevant, practice-based information to apply in today's OR environment. All clinical articles are subjected to a double blind peer-review process conducted by members of an independent rotating review panel.

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Current Issue: March 2017

March 2017 Journal Cover

Featured Article

Handover between Anaesthetists and Post- Anaesthetic Care Unit Nursing Staff Using ISBAR Principles:
A Quality Improvement Study


  • Patricia Kitney RN, BAppSc-Nsg, DAppSc-Nsg Ed, MEd (Research), GradCert LdrshipEdTrng, GradCertPeriop, Western Health, Sunshine, Vic, Australia.
  • Raymond Tam MBBS, FANZCA, Western Health, Sunshine, Vic, Australia.
  • Paul Bennett RN, BN, GradCertSc (App Stats), MHSM, PhD, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Western Health – Nursing Research Centre, Sunshine, Vic, Australia.
  • Dianne Buttigieg RN, BHSc (Nursing), Grad Cert Periop Nsg, DipMgt, Western Health, Sunshine, Vic, Australia.
  • David Bramley MBBS, MPH, FANZCA, Western Health, Sunshine, Vic, Australia.
  • Wei Wang Msc (Stats), GdipSci (Stats), MD, PhD, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic, Australia.


A structured approach to communication between health care professionals contains introduction/identification; situation; background; assessment and request/recommendation (ISBAR). ISBAR was introduced into the postanaesthetic care unit (PACU) of a large Victorian health service in 2013. The aim of this study was to measure the effect of an education program on ISBAR compliance.

First published in Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, March 2016.
Reprinted with kind permission from Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN).


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ORNAC Journal Vision

The ORNAC Journal is Canada’s leading publication which engages, empowers and supports Perioperative Practitioners.

ORNAC Journal Mission

The ORNAC Journal is the best source of information and news relevant to Perioperative Practitioners dedicated to:

  1. Connecting Perioperative Practitioners
  2. Enhancing professional growth
  3. Promoting perioperative professional practice.

ORNAC Journal connects Canada’s Perioperative Practitioners and is the best source of information and news that is relevant to their practice.

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