Journal of Perioperative Nursing (JPN) publishes original articles on all aspects of perioperative nursing care spanning the period from a patient’s referral for surgery through to their discharge and full recovery.

JPN is a not-for-profit peer-reviewed journal published by the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN). It aims to be a trusted source of knowledge for perioperative nurses so they can provide patients with safe, effective evidence-based care.

The journal is diamond open-access which means articles are freely available to readers, and there is no submission or processing charge for authors. Published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

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Recent additions


Letters to Editor



Strategies to prevent inadvertent retained surgical items: An integrative review
Amanda J. Snape, Jed Duff, Oya Gumuskaya, Kerry Inder, and Alison Hutton


Mothers’ satisfaction with distraction as a postoperative pain management intervention for their child: An interventional study
Edlin Glane Mathias Dr, Mamatha Shivananda Pai Dr, Vijay Kumar Dr, Vasudeva Guddattu Dr, and Ann-Cathrine Bramhagen Dr


Measuring surgical patient engagement: A scoping review
Rebecca Law, Dawn Wong Lit Wan, Sonja Cleary, Wanda Stelmach, Krinal Mori, and Zhen Zheng

Case study


Integrated simulations to build teamwork, safety culture and efficient clinical services: A case study
Melanie J. Ferguson Miss, Cassandra Sampson, Jed Duff, and Theresa Green Professor

Discussion papers

Project reports


ACORN Papua New Guinea ANGAU Memorial Hospital redevelopment clinical support program (Part 1)
Carollyn Williams, Ruth Melville, Elinor Radke, and Sonia Griffiths



The first three procedures that marked the dawn of surgery
Lois Hamlin RN, DNurs, FACN, Foundation Fellow ACORN