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Perioperative Nurses Training

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

 A perioperative nurse attends to a surgical patient's physical, logistical and emotional needs; before, during and after operations. Perioperative nurses report during the patient's surgical care, including detailed recording of vital signs, diagnostic tests and medications. Perioperative nurses training is the first step to a career choice that is in big demand and lucrative in the medical industry.

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Take the required boards after education completion to establish your competency as a registered nurse (R.N.); which is a prerequisite for attaining perioperative nursing credentials.

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Assist or shadow someone in the perioperative nursing area. Some hospitals will provide paid  in-house training; the facility may ask for a time commitment of up to two years.  Most hospitals offer positions to  experienced operating room nurses that have successfully completed perioperative courses.

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Study textbooks and online tutorial videos during the periop classroom and web-based phase. These sources illustrate the hands-on training received from the in-house educational resources. Graduates  receive 60 continuing education units, on average and a certificate after successfully completing the courses.

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Orientation consists of six weeks of rotating through various perioperative-related services in the medical facility after the nine week completed course.  You then graduate and become a perioperative staff nurse.

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Become a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Periop 101 online course for first-time licensees. The instructor monitors the student's  learning modules and meets individually for hands-on guidance. The online option is new and presents a convenient alternative for students to attain their certification.

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Maintain the  mandatory continuing medical education courses when required.  Focused periop knowledge, credentials and the ability to handle emergency scenarios while staying compassionate and in control are a part of perioperative nurses training.

Tips & Warning

Periop 101:  a trademark of AORN, Inc.,  an accredited provider of continuing nursing medical education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

A recommended classroom textbook is "AORN's Standards, Recommended Practices and Guidelines."

Resources

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
AORN Journal
AORN Periop 101: A Core Curriculum Course
AORN: Education: Periop 101


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Comments

Jun 2, 2011 9:02am
Sullysee
This article portrays a satisfying career as a perioperative nurse.
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