The CCI Research Foundation’s mission is to fund research that contributes to the advancement of perioperative nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. Numerous factors have traditionally limited the advancement of perioperative nursing research—lack of a core group of researchers, a sustained funding source, and the necessary support system in place to develop perioperative researchers.

The CCI Research Foundation was established to address these key limitations, while cultivating and nurturing perioperative researchers.


“Funding can have a significant impact on perioperative nursing research. Information from nursing research can directly impact the care provided to perioperative patients. We have the opportunity to support research that provides evidence linking certification to individual outcomes, such as nurses’ continued professional engagement and commitment to lifelong learning, as well as patient outcomes. The CCI Research Foundation’s investment in well-designed research supports the professional perioperative community, and facilitates the advancement of research in the care of perioperative patients. We recognize the importance of the nurse scientist’s role in providing perioperative patients with high quality care through knowledge gained by research.”

– Julia A. Thompson, PhD, RN, CNOR, President, CCI Research Foundation Board of Trustees

Funding Support

The CCI Research Foundation was founded in 2018 by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), the leader in perioperative certification. As a credentialing body, CCI is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of perioperative nurses and improving patient outcomes. Establishing the CCI Research Foundation was an extension of CCI’s sustained commitment to the perioperative community.

CCI certifies more than 40,000 perioperative nurses, and is an industry leader in nursing competency assessment. The nonprofit administers the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR), Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM), and Certified Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS-CP) certifications.