The founders of Pfiedler Enterprises began their journey in continuing medical and nursing education thirty-five years ago.  Judith I. Pfister, RN, BSN, MBA and Julia A. Kneedler, RN, MS, EdD worked in direct patient care early in their professional careers  and were inspired to do more for their peers in nursing and their colleagues in medicine by providing tools, skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the ever-changing, high technology age of medicine. This early commitment to improving patient care led to an interest in developing and implementing continuing education.

Pfiedler Enterprises has its roots in Education Design, a continuing education company founded in 1981 to meet the learning needs of surgeons and perioperative nurses. With the advent of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, strategic relationships with surgeon experts were developed to advance education and skills training for general and gastrointestinal surgeons.  Nurses and other operating room professionals required the education and skills to support the surgeon in this revolutionary new approach, and hence education was developed for this audience as well. 

As the decade of the 1990s progressed into the 21st century, minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures blossomed in many specialties as it became evident that MIS offered dramatic patient benefits.  Fueled by an active and aging population, advancements in hip and knee reconstruction demanded ongoing education for orthopaedic surgeons to improve care options. Innovations in less invasive surgery in all specialties were a motivational factor in designing courses to prepare surgeons for the challenges of the next decade.  In addition to surgeons, this presented a learning curve for nurses and surgical technologists who are involved in the procedures and must be prepared to use new equipment properly and provide for the safety of patients and staff. 

After considerable growth, the assets of Education Design were sold in 1996 to the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) and subsequently sold in 2000 to HealthStream. After a number of requests by former clients, the founders of Education Design formed Pfiedler Enterprises.

Pfiedler Enterprises has earned accreditation status from the following organizations: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Other prestigious organizations approve the continuing education by program and those groups include: the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materials Management (IAHCSMM), the American Society of Radiology Technologists (ASRT), and the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and distribution (CBSPD). Pfiedler Enterprises works with other groups to obtain approval of educational programs as needed for various healthcare providers.

In 2015, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) acquired Pfiedler Enterprises as a wholly-owned subsidiary. 

Green Initiative

The green in Pfiedler has serendipitously come to represent our commitment to efforts to preserve the environment through “green conscious” choices.  When possible, we choose media and processes that recycle and decrease the demand for resources.  We strive to select vendors who have publically declared green efforts.  Our certificates are available online and course materials may include utilization of electronic media rather than paper.  Our conference locations include international hotel chains that have their own green initiatives.