Colleges of Nursing - Faculty

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

Components

Resource Document for Non-Perioperative Faculty (PDF)

Perioperative Content Outline (PDF)

Learning Guide (PDF)

What is Perioperative Nursing? (PPT)

Clinical Observation Tool (for students to take and complete on OR observation day) (PDF)

Suggested Perioperative Student Lab Schedule (PDF)

Needs Assessment Tool (PDF)

Webinars

Surgical Attire: The Ongoing Challenges

Surgical Attire: Are We Doing This Right?

Recommended Practices for Sterile Technique

Recommended Practices for Preoperative Patient Skin Antisepsis

Surgical Attire - What You Wear Does Matter!

Clean Hands Count! Hand Hygiene Guideline Update

Video



AORN-Related Links

Back to Basics: Surgical Skin Antisepsis

Back to Basics: Counting Soft Surgical Goods

Back to Basics: Positioning the Patient

Relevant Articles

"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"
Bashaw, Marie
AORN Journal, Volume 103, Issue 2, 212.e1 - 212.e5

"Guiding Novice Learners in the OR" Foran, Paula
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.

AORN Position Statement on the Value of Clinical Learning Activities in the Perioperative Setting in Undergraduate Nursing Curricula

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