Students Got a Taste of the Periop Life Through an Interactive Case Study
More than 100 students and faculty members took part in the dynamic session.
Publish Date: March 23, 2022

The student program was presented with a twist on Tuesday at AORN Annual Surgical Conference & Expo.

Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, Professor of Nursing with The College of New Jersey, presented an interactive case study that followed a patient through the perioperative experience from admission to discharge, quizzing the students about different aspects along the way.

More than 100 students and faculty members took part in the dynamic session, which was designed to build clinical reasoning and real-time problem-solving skills as participants actively engage in determining and customizing care based on the patient’s changing situation.


The students moved through the case, processing information related to the patient’s care as Altmiller unveiled it.

Terrianca Brooks, an RN student who attended the session, says after watching “Behind the Mask” short film, she is considering perioperative practice.

“Watching the video, it actually made me feel like I would love to bring families together and do surgery,” she said.

Before the student program, she says labor & delivery was topping her list.

Each student who participated in the event also got a free AORN membership to help them continue to learn about the profession.