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Mid-Career Switch

Nursing and non-nursing career switches. 

Scope of Practice

Role Description – Staff Nurse

  • Provides direct patient care
  • Teaches patients and families self-care
  • Administers medications, IV therapy and treatments
  • Performs assessments
  • Plans, implements, evaluates and documents care
  • Serves as preceptor, team leader, supervises RNs, LPNs, and other non-licensed health care practitioners
  • Advocates for the patient and family with other members of the health care team

Work Setting

  • Surgical clinics
  • Labor and delivery
  • Hospital
  • Operating room
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Physician's offices
  • Military
  • Infection control
  • Pre or postoperative setting
  • Procedural locations (radiology, GI lab, cardiac catheterization lab)

Required Education / Preparation

  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing
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  • Current licensure in state
  • BLS
  • AORN Periop 101 course or equivalent if no OR experience, within one month of hire
  • ACLS within 6 months of hire if required to administer moderate sedation or monitor local anesthesia cases

Note: Non-nursing candidates will have extended educational preparation, ie school of nursing, new graduate orientation, before beginning perioperative education and preparation.

Preferred Education / Preparation


Professional Development

Career Preparation




Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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