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.


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!  

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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.

September 2016 Featured Article

Specimen Labelling Errors Just Don't Cut it in the Operating Room


  • Tracey Lee, BN, MN, Auckland District Health Board, New Zealand Nurses Organization


Action research and focus groups are used to address an identified issue with specimen collection in the operating room environment in a New Zealand District Health Board.

Acknowledgement: This article is based on the paper which won the Surgico Free Paper Award at the Perioperative Nurses College (PNC) of the New Zealand Nurses Organization Conference in September 2015.

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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