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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For more information about the journal, to propose an article topic, or to order a back issue in print format, please contact Deborah McNamara, Journal Editor.

Current Issue: June 2017

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Featured Article

Communication, noise, and distractions in the Operating Room: The impact on patients and strategies to improve outcomes


  • Heather Plaxton RN, BScN, MN (NP)


The operating room is a complex environment where noise, distractions, and case relevant and irrelevant communication can adversely impactpatient care by prolonging surgeries and increasing the risk for adverse outcomes. This article explores the evidence regarding how communication, noise, and distractions impact the multidisciplinary team and patient outcomes and proposes strategies to deal with these workplace variables.


All ORNAC Members and Associates receive a complimentary subscription to the Journal.  Subscriptions will begin from the time your membership dues are received for the current year, so make sure to renew early to receive every issue!  Non-members, or those members wishing to purchase additional subscriptions, can do so by following the link below:

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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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