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Volume 82, Issue 2 p. 213-224

Crew resource management training—Clinicians' reactions and attitudes

First published: 01 August 2005
Citations: 26
This program meets criteria for CNOR and CRNFA recertification, as well as other continuing education requirements.
A minimum score of 70% on the multiple-choice examination is necessary to earn 2.8 contact hours for this independent study.
Purpose/Goal: To educate perioperative nurses about crew resource management (CRM) training and the outcomes of reaction and attitude surveys conducted with one group of clinicians that underwent CRM training.
Editor's note: Publication of this article in no way implies AORN endorsement of a specific training program.



  • MANY HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS are adopting crew resource management (CRM) training from the aviation industry as a patient safety practice.

  • ALTHOUGH CRM has high face validity, its effects have not been thoroughly evaluated in aviation or health care. Its potential to improve team communication, coordination, and patient safety, however, makes efforts to study CRM necessary and worthwhile.

  • THIS ARTICLE EVALUATES clinicians' attitudes about and reactions to CRM after they participated in an eight-hour, commercially developed training program. AORN J 82 (August 2005) 214–224.