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FAQ for Periop Mastery Program

Why should I offer Periop Mastery Program to my perioperative nursing staff?

Periop Mastery Program modules are based on the latest edition of AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices) so students are learning the most current on clinical practice information. Mastery learning is designed to identify knowledge gaps, target education and improve competency.

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How can I justify the expense to decision makers?

Surgery is a high risk environment. An organization can minimize patient risk through increasing nursing knowledge. You cannot address knowledge gaps if you do not know they exist.

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Why is it a good use of time for periop nurses?

Periop Mastery Program utilizes a new technology that enables the student to learn material faster and retain the information longer. Traditionally multiple choice tests have been used to assess the learner's knowledge; however, studies show that multiple choice tests are flawed in distinguishing the student's level of knowledge. Conventional tests can't distinguish if the student was confident in the selection of the correct answer or was unsure of the information and guessed the correct answer.

The Periop Mastery modules are designed to test the student's level of knowledge and confidence in that knowledge. The module begins by determining what learners know and levels of confidence. As the student progresses through the module, educational resources are provided to help the student understand the correct answers. Students continue through the module until achieving mastery, which means knowledge is correct and level of confidence is "sure."
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Can new nurses enroll in Periop Mastery Program?

It is suggested that nurses new to perioperative services take Periop 101: A Core Curriculum first, but it is not a requirement for registering for Periop Mastery Program. The modules can be used to test competency for recently hired RNs.

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Does a facility need to purchase all the modules?

A facility is not required to buy all the modules although it is highly recommended. An educator can also choose to purchase specific modules to either ascertain knowledge gaps in a specific area or to address a specific issue identified.

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How can educators use the modules?

There is a variety of uses for Periop Mastery Modules:

  • Annual Reviews
    Facility required annual training for high-risk and high and low-volume patient care issues such as moderate sedation/analgesia, patient positioning, malignant hyperthermia, and radiation safety.
  • Site Reviews from Accreditation and Regulatory Agencies
    Provide current validation of continuing education and training requested by federal and state regulatory agencies and accreditation agencies such as the Joint Commission.
  • On boarding/Travelers/Experienced Staff
    Assess the knowledge of recently hired RNs, travelers, RNs transferring from one area of care to another, and even highly experienced RNs.
  • Competency Validation
    Combine with the facility’s skills days/competency reviews to enhance understanding.
  • Remediation
    Include in an action plan for nurses to update knowledge of a specific practice or who are unable to demonstrate competency in a specific area.
  • General Education
    Continuing education for RNs for license renewals and certification.

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How does an administrator use the reports?

An administrator can use the reports to track students' progress and also review specific questions and see how all the students are doing on that particular question. These reports can be shared with the students and also with management to demonstrate the progress and improvement of the students. Instructions on how to pull reports can be found on the administrator resource page.

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