The purpose of this tool kit is to provide nursing school faculty with educational resources to enable them to provide their students with an introduction to perioperative nursing. Frequently, nursing students have an observational experience in the perioperative setting but may not have had any didactic content to prepare them for this experience. Recent research has shown that students who have been prepared for the observational OR experience have a more positive experience.
The perioperative setting provides ample opportunities for students to observe the QSEN competencies of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, safety and informatics.
Exposure to perioperative nursing in prelicensure education is critical. There is a shortage of perioperative nurses and 64% of the perioperative nursing workforce is expected to retire by 2022. By providing nursing students the education and opportunity to experience perioperative nursing, we are opening the doors for the next generation of perioperative nurses.
Tool Kit Developed by the 2016 AORN Transition to Practice Task Force
"Student Immersion in Perioperative Nursing"
Penprase, Barbara et al.
AORN Journal, Volume 103, Issue 2, 189 – 197
"Integrating Simulations Into Perioperative Education for Undergraduate Nursing Students"
AORN Journal, Volume 103, Issue 2, 212.e1 - 212.e5
"Guiding Novice Learners in the OR"
AORN Journal, Volume 102, Issue 6, 653 – 655
"Nursing Shortages in the OR: Solutions for New Models of Education"
Ball, Kay et al.
AORN Journal, Volume 101, Issue 1, 115 – 136
"Preparing the Next Generation of Perioperative Nurses"
Chappy, S., Doyle, D., & Madigan, P, Tapio, N.
AORN Journal, 103, 104.e1-104.e7.doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2015.11.016
Perioperative Nursing Textbooks
Rothrock, J (2015). Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery 15th Edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby
Criscitelli, T. (2015). Fast Facts for the Operating Room Nurse: An orientation and care guide in a nutshell. New York, New York: Spring Publishing Company.
Cochran, A. & Braga, R. (2017). Introduction to the Operating Room. New York, New York: McGraw Hill Education.
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